Lydia Livingston

Fitness quest

EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a senior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

This week I did not want to get up. After a three-day weekend out of town with my family, all I wanted to do was stay in bed an extra hour Thursday, when Iím scheduled to work out with my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, at 7 a.m.

I didnít though.

Instead, I got myself up, went to the Lordís Gym, where Daniel is based, and was pleasantly surprised with myself.

My warmup mile wasnít too tiring. I did 200 jump ropes like a pro, well maybe not a pro, but way better than my initial abilities.

I pushed through squats and leg lifts easily enough.

The stationary bike was bearable for the five minutes I was on it.

And all the other exercises I did were not that bad.

Donít get me wrong, I was drenched with sweat by the end of the workout and my legs felt it the rest of the day, but I made it through without any major trauma.

Workouts like that make me realize how far Iíve come and how happy I am that I made a change to live a healthier lifestyle.

Daniel has helped me in so many ways and I have been able to see several results because of his training.

I look at myself now and canít imagine ever giving up the exercise and healthy habits Iíve developed.

All of the changes I made, which seemed tough at the time, have shown to be so worth it Ė and I really encourage anyone who has ever wanted to be healthier to do it.

Danielís tip of the week: When changing your diet, donít jump into wholesale changes. Make it a gradual change so that you will be more likely to succeed.

Daniel Ortiz is a personal trainer based out of the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie. He also trains with Larry North. He can be reached via his website at

Lydia Livingston is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.