Hi! Thank you so much for coming here to scope out my website! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I got here on this crazy fitness journey.
I’ve been on quite a weight loss roller coaster dating back to around 2001. Well, if you rewind to when I really started to gain weight, it was around 1999 – I was a junior in high school. I was 16 years old and starting to really rapidly gain weight. It was due to a lot of different factors, mainly poor food choices in the household and hormones. When I graduated high school I was weighing in at around 180 pounds. I couldn’t believe it.
Enter my freshman year of college. I was very adamant that I would not gain the dreaded “freshman 15” that everybody talked about. I couldn’t afford to gain any more weight! So, my freshman year I dedicated myself to working out regularly and significantly cutting the calories in my diet. I had no idea what I was doing. Basically, I knew I needed to eat less and workout more. I ended up losing about 32 pounds. At this point, I barely picked up a weight – I was doing mostly cardiovascular exercises.
The weight stayed off for a few years but after the college life took over (drinking, staying out late, eating out frequently, etc.), I was putting weight back on. This time around I reached nearly 200 pounds. I remember looking in the mirror crying at one point. Seriously? I did this again? Wow.
I knew I needed to change so I made another total lifestyle change. I got back in the gym, I started tracking my food in a journal, and I was even doing workout videos at home (Tae-Bo to be exact). I dropped almost 60 pounds this time! I was down to about 143 pounds at one point in 2005. I felt awesome! But still, it was only a temporary lifestyle change. I returned to drinking alcohol regularly, eating what I wanted with some discretion (not much), and not working out very regularly at all. I remember getting up to around 165 pounds from 143 and I started feeling not-so-confident anymore. I had a constant struggle to dedicate myself permanently to a fit lifestyle.
In 2010, I became a mother to my little girl. I was determined to have a healthy pregnancy and to try not to gain an obscene amount of weight. I began my pregnancy at 158 pounds and I weighed around 185 pounds when I had her. Not too bad. Within a month or two of having her, I was down to 147 pounds at one point. I was so proud of myself! BUT, I was still not working out regularly and surely not making the healthiest food choices. Over time, I put some weight back on.
At this point, it is just getting exhausting. I mean, you’re probably getting exhausted just reading about the up and down weight gain. 🙂
At the end of 2014, I decided to commit myself to the bodybuilding.com 200K Transformation Challenge. I was terrified. For some reason, I have been terrified to make a really solid commitment to making a lifestyle change FOR GOOD. This time I was doing it. I was introduced to lifting weights in 2011 and loved it! I had lifted on and off since then but still no lifestyle change. I was following all kinds of inspirational women in the fitness industry on social media, but I was struggling to BE one of those women. I wanted so badly to be part of that group. Helping people has always been an interest of mine and this just seemed like the perfect opportunity – teach other women how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle by being that example.
From December 29, 2014 to April 5, 2015, I significantly transformed my body and my lifestyle. I lost nearly 20 pounds and 10% body fat! I couldn’t believe it and there are days that I still can’t believe it. I lifted thousands of pounds, did endless hours of cardio, planned and prepped dozens and dozens of meals, and made a promise to myself to keep pushing HARD every single day. No excuses. Finally, I can say that I have made a real lifestyle change. I have taken everything I have learned throughout my journey and applied it. I learn more every single day. I am now working to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Not only do I still live the healthy lifestyle everyday, I am now teaching other people how to do the same.