OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Getting in shape doesn't come easy, and Ocean Springs fitness expert Patricia Anderson knows first-hand that fitness goals aren't met overnight.
"What I tell everybody across the board is that whatever you're starting, no matter how advanced the athlete may be or how new the beginner may be, you have to start with small steps," said Anderson.
Anderson has been a fitness coach for more than 15 years, and she's worked with people on all levels. She most recently began training high school athletes.
"You get a lot of looks when you're pursuing this track. In the cafeteria, in the gym, 'Why are you going to the gym so much? Why are you eating like that?' There's always an opportunity to spread the hope that's in you," said Amanda Kilduff, senior at Ocean Springs High School.
The track Kilduff is referring to is Anderson's way of putting as much focus on her client's diet and exercise as she does on their mind and soul.
"It gives you a lot more drive and self-motivation to go out and do those things that seem hard, and seem like it's pointless to work this hard, when really you're doing it to provide an awesome testimony for the people around you," said OSHS senior Joey Porcreva.
Anderson says that's what it's all about, making a lifestyle change. One that not only benefits you, but maybe inspires those around you as well.
"Give yourself a time frame to not give up and stick to your plan through that time frame. If you feel like, 'okay I did three to six weeks and I'm giving up', then you can give up. But I doubt you will if you have done it consistently," said Anderson.
Anderson says for some people, she even suggests making it a routine to go to the gym and walk in everyday just to grow accustom to the habit.