BR teacher turns fitness journey into a blog, inspiring people across the country

BR teacher turns fitness journey into a blog, inspiring people across the country
Photo provided by Aislinn Herrera.

POSTED: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:06pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:17pm

We've all heard of those stories where someone goes from being out-of-shape to fit. Well, this one's a little different. A local teacher turned her journey into blog that's inspiring people all around the country, but more importantly right here.

Meet Aislinn Herrera. She works two jobs, one of those being a teacher, and she gets up at 4:00 A.M. five days a week for her 5:00 A.M. workout.

"I just plan everything out, and I just hope that by the end of the day, everything's crossed off," Aislinn said.

Her workout of choice is Crossfit.

"I hate monotony," Aislinn explained. "I don't want to put in the same DVD everyday in my living room, and I wanted something different."

Even though she's active now, it wasn't always like that.

"In 2012, I was my biggest. I was 190 pounds," Aislinn admitted. "I had actually gained a lot of weight and because of the way I carry my weight, I hadn't noticed how much it really effected my body."

After a visit to the doctor, the LSU graduate knew she had to make a change. So, she decided to put it into a blog called Eat.Pray.WOD (Workout of the Day).

"I found out through Facebook that a lot of people were kind of following my fitness journey. So I decided to put together a blog, so I could kind of have an online journal of the things that I was going through," Aislinn said.

What she wasn't expecting was this. More than 5,000 views in her first month, and now nearly 6,000 Facebook fans in a little more than a year.

"It's the most humbling experience," Aislinn said. "Honestly, when I started, I was pretty sure, only three people were going to read it. I was pretty sure it was going to be me, my mom Nancy, and maybe my best friend."

Now thousands of people are reading her blog and Facebook page and sharing their stories.

"It's really motivating to me to help motivate these people, and they motivate me right back," Aislinn said. "I'm really blessed to say these people want to be involved in my journey, and I get to be involved in theirs."

The positive comments she gets helps make it all worthwhile.

"I got a message about two months ago, from a young lady that said she was struggling because her whole life, she's always wanted to be skinny," Aislinn explained. "Through my blog and through finding a different way of fitness and a different way of looking at her body, she said now she'd rather be strong. She wants to focus on making her body type beautiful."

Right now, Aislinn's next goal is to work with physical rehabilitation for veterans and the elderly.

If you want to learn more about Aislinn and take a look at her blog or Facebook page, the links are listed below.

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