Buffbunny is a brand created by Heidi Somers to empower women.
A little background about myself, I was born and raised in the small town of North Pole, Alaska. It's a real place, I promise! When I was 20 years old, I juggled 4 jobs to save up the money to move to a new city. I left behind all my friends and family and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where I didn't know a single soul. I did this for both adventure and better opportunities. Since then, I have become very involved in the fitness industry. I love being able to encourage others to become healthier and happier versions of themselves.
I do want you to know I haven't always been fit. I wasn’t very active growing up. I never played sports, and didn’t get out much because I was homeschooled. I was once dangerously skinny, and once overweight. I have been on both sides of the health spectrum, so I understand how people feel when they come to me, wanting help losing/gaining weight. I know how it feels to have no curves. I know what it feels like to have unwanted weight gain and to have cellulite. Unhealthy comes in all forms.
One day, I found myself in a fitting room trying on my normal size. Nothing fit. I had to go up quite a few sizes. When I looked in the mirror, not only did I see the weight I had gained, but also saw the unhealthy habits I developed staring back at me. It was at this point that I re-evaluated my life and realized I didn't like the direction I was going with my body. I told my friends I wanted to lose the weight I had gained. They told me it was too late, and that I would never go back to the skinny body I once had. In retrospect, they were right. I never went back to being skinny. I became athletic and strong instead.
I started exercising like most people. I wanted to lose a little weight and try to 'tone up'. I was scared to lift weights at first, because I thought 'weights' made women look 'bulky'. I gave it a shot though as the yo-yo diets and cardio weren't working for me. All of a sudden, my life changed. I started to feel good. Very good. All of the weightlifting and healthy food choices started transforming my body. From the tips of my toes to the top of my head, I had become a different person. My nails became stronger, my hair became shinier, and my skin started to glow and tighten. I started needing less sleep at night and woke up early full of energy! I realized what respecting your body truly meant. I had finally acknowledged you are given one life, one body. You have to make the most of it, and treat your body the best you can.
In this past year, my fitness career has completely taken off. I have been given opportunities I never could have imagined. My life has changed dramatically, but I love every minute of it. I am overwhelmed by the love and support I have received by not only the companies I work with, but from the people that follow my journey as well. I love being able to connect with as many people as possible and being able to learn from each other. It truly touches me hearing that I have helped people change their lives for the better. There is nothing more rewarding than that.
What is my purpose? Simple. I want to change the world. I want to change lives. I want to make a difference. I want to be part of a movement. I want to show people how to believe in themselves. So I will continue to focus all my energy into helping others reach their health/fitness goals!