Over the last three years I have learned so much about not only myself, but what it is that I truly enjoy doing, the one thing that I have this incredible passion for, and that is fitness and nutrition. I love being healthy and living this healthy lifestyle day in and day out. Yes, I said lifestyle. NOT A DIET. The one thing I love most about all of this though is being able to share my knowledge, inspire and help all of you! To want to quit, give up, and the feeling of failure is completely normal, I have been there. However, with persistence, drive and the desire to overcome that failure, I now know what it is like to also feel excited and accomplished, and it is an incredible thing. All of us have our own journeys, our own paths in life that we take, our own uniqueness. But, there is one thing among us all that we share and that is called choice. Being able to choose exactly what we want in this life.
My journey started when I was about 15 years old. Entering high school and seeing all of the ‘skinny’ pretty girls, I wanted to be just like them. I was never overweight but I always was a little bit bigger as a kid. I grew up playing sports my whole life, basketball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics. You name it, I did it. Every day after school, I would come home, race right to the kitchen, and grab whatever the heck I wanted to eat. There came a point where I realized I was not happy with what I saw when I looked in the mirror, and I didn’t want to be this way anymore. Without telling anyone I began to starve myself and doing excessive amounts of cardio on our treadmill we had at home. I would eat a piece of lettuce and immediately have to go burn it off, just because I wanted to be skinny. Unfortunately this led me into an even harder time in my life. At 15 years old I wasn’t really too sure what eating disorders even were, but with my unhealthy habits I had developed anorexia. Between doctor visits, hospitals, being forced to gain weight within a certain amount of time, this had become an emotional roller coaster not only for me but for my whole family as well. After learning about how bad anorexia can take over one’s body both mentally and physically, I knew something needed to be done. I knew I needed to find the strength within and make a change.
At about 19 years old, I decided I wanted to join the gym. Just like most of you, I joined not really knowing too much about it. I stuck to the typical, cardio and abs and that was pretty much it. My diet was not nearly what it is like now. Chicken fingers and fries? Sure, why not. I’ll make sure I run it off tomorrow. Health was never a priority to me. As the years went by and I got older, I decided that I was still unhappy with myself. I always felt tired, unfocused, my clothes didn’t fit the way I wanted them to, I would get break outs, my hair was dry and I just felt unhealthy. It was then that I decided to do more researching, reading, and educating myself on all of the things that I in fact wanted. I wanted to feel happy in my own skin, be healthy, look good and be fit! I knew it was not going to happen overnight, I knew it was going to take a lot of time and effort but quitting to me was never an option. For two years, every single day I was learning new things. Between what I was doing in the gym, to the things I was putting in my body, I developed an incredible knowledge and I wanted more. I realized that if I could help myself overcome an eating disorder, help myself learn how to live a healthy lifestyle that I could help anyone and that is exactly what I wanted to do.
In 2012 I became a personal trainer at a one on one training facility. Here I developed relationships with clients that were unlike anything else. Being the reason someone was able to smile at me, say thank you and leave feeling good about themselves every single day, was one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced. My love for fitness than began to grow even more. Fast forward to now, I am 28 years old and have never been happier with where I am at. I am the strongest, healthiest, and happiest I have ever been with myself and to me this is only the beginning. I have faced a lot of loss and hardships in my life but I never let it break me down, it only helped make me stronger and the person I am today. I have turned my passion and love for this lifestyle into not only something for me, but a career where I can help people experiencing similar struggles, or just looking to turn their lives around. I am able to help people reach and achieve their goals and to be honest nothing makes me happier. It’s not all about watching clients lose weight, it’s about watching them gain confidence and love themselves again. It’s my goal every day to help you succeed. Remember, everyone starts somewhere. You only have one body. Love it, and it will love you back!