Attitude is a Choice
I have been an active girl my entire life. My dad told me when I was a baby that I had the strongest calves he’s seen! When I was little I grew up being on swim teams, playing basketball and tennis. But with all the sports I played growing up, tennis was the one that stuck with me. My parents are both tennis pros, so I started playing when I was 6 years old. I played in tournaments as a kid and tried out for the team in high school. I played varsity for 4 years at my high school and ended up loving it so much, I decided to continue in college.
It wasn’t until I played college tennis that started to really focus on my fitness and health. I’m sure this could speak to a lot of girls: my whole teenage life I just wanted to be a kid, eat what I want. I didn’t understand how to lose weight or how to work out and be fit, I just wanted to “fit in.”
I gained so much knowledge while being on the women’s tennis team at Webster University. We had off-season workouts with the professional and knowledgeable trainer Webster Athletics provided to us, who taught me so much. While I spent my first two years focusing on all the new fitness tricks I would learn, it wasn’t until my junior year and especially my senior year that I understood how much work it takes to really improve yourself in tennis. My tennis team is something I truly care about and my success in the off season would ultimately determine my success during the season, not only for my own game but for the team as a whole.
"I gained so much [fitness] knowledge while being on the women’s tennis team at Webster University."
To sum up what it was like to be on the women’s tennis team in college, I would say the amount of passion you have for the sport will determine your determination to work on your fitness and nutrition. Everyone has their own reasons for playing a sport and the great thing about a college sport is that you not only get to have a great time, but you find your strengths and take the mindset of “I can do this, I am strong and I’m an athlete” with you for the rest of your life.
It’s only been a few weeks since I graduated college, but I’ve already got a great mindset coming off a great season of tennis. I want to continue to be an athlete even after completing my time on the team. I can’t even describe the feeling of just feeling good about yourself. I don’t necessarily need to lose weight to feel good about myself and that’s something I’ve always struggled with. I struggled with, “if the scale doesn’t show it, you aren’t good enough or it’s not working.” If I’m working out a good amount during the week and eating healthy, I’m going to be feeling really good!
My fitness and nutrition goal after college is to stay active and to think about what I’m about to eat, but also live a fun, happy and stress-free life. There’s a lot of times when I really don’t care enough to work out or I just don’t feel like going to the gym, but I’ve realized that even if I don’t burn a ton of calories that day, I’m still at the gym working off stress and improving myself day by day.
"My fitness and nutrition goal after college is to stay active and to think about what I’m about to eat, but also live a fun, happy and stress-free life."
What keeps me motivated for fitness is the sense of feeling better. Being tired, stressed, lazy, angry, annoyed and feeling bad about myself can all be reversed with a solid workout or good food choice.
I control my attitude, my mind and ultimately my journey. Attitude is a choice and I choose to stay motivated.
Written by Kaylen Kress
Kaylen Kress is a 22 year old recent graduate of Webster University in Saint Louis. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Kaylen moved to Missouri to earn a degree in Video Production. She is currently juggling starting a career with focusing on lifelong fitness.