I’ve always struggled with symptoms of depression. Shortly after college, the issue became much worse. I found it difficult to keep a job, which led to financial issues. I had trouble getting out of bed in the mornings, gained weight and lost confidence. I tried medications but was unwilling to deal with the long-term side-effects. I tried therapy and had little success with it. My sister finally suggested I sign up with a personal trainer. At first, I was unwilling to even try it. I felt intimidated by the thought of working out with a stranger. I was self-conscious of my body. I was sure I’d embarrass myself. My sister volunteered to sign up with me. She researched various trainers in our local area and set up a schedule for our workout sessions. My sister took care of everything, and I have her to thank for changing my life. Even after a single session with the personal trainer, I felt like a new person. He is extremely upbeat, encouraging and supportive. He talks with me about my concerns and fears and motivates me to work through them. He stresses the importance of a good night’s sleep, healthy diet and keeping active. The workouts are extremely demanding, and I’m always drenched with sweat and exhausted at the end of them. However, I feel proud of achieving new goals. I feel stronger and better about myself. Outside of the sessions with the personal trainer, I’ve started getting involved with various organized activities. I’ve gone white-water rafting, ran in a marathon and signed up for a softball league.