Do not let my photos deceive you. I may flash my abs now with a smile, but there was a time when I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw.
Growing up I was thin. Genetically blessed and petite. I can remember have the typical teenage “I’m fat” thoughts, but I never actually “struggled” with weight.
I was “skinny fat.”
Through college I stayed fairly active. I was on the dance team and we practiced several days a week.
My eating habits, however, were terrible. (Like fast-food three times a day terrible.) Seriously I actually told people I didn’t eat fruits or vegetables because I didn’t like them. That was not a lie – I actually never ate them!
Truthfully I knew nothing about real nutrition, having been raised on the “Standard American Diet.” I drank soda, plenty of alcohol and pretty much ate what I wanted when I wanted. (Oh yea, I was a smoker too.)
After college was when things started to change. My weight crept up. I was working full-time and stressed out. I felt tired a lot and had no energy.
My weight loss journey began when I saw myself in this photo taken at Christmas 2005.
I didn’t want to believe that woman was me. How did I get to this point? Had I given up?
I hated not being happy with the way I looked, but more than that, I wanted to feel good. I knew I had to get tough with myself and make some serious changes.
I quit smoking, and started exercising. And as I exercised more, not only did my body change, but my eating habits did, too. I wanted to eat healthier foods. Junk food was less and less appealing. I started to feel good about myself.
Over a period of months and years, I grew to love exercise. I learned to like foods I had never tried or even in some cases, heard of. I had tons of energy, slept well, and was more positive and happy.
In 2008 I became a certified Group Exercise Instructor. I started teaching classes, and talking to other people about how they could lose weight and improve their lives through healthy living.
In 2012, I took the next step and became a certified Personal Trainer. I realized fitness was more than just a hobby, it was my passion.
I’ve been unhealthy, unfit, unhappy and wanting to change but clueless about how to do it. Now, I have the ability to help guide others on the same journey. Nothing feels better than living a healthy life and being confident about your body. It is a gift I am blessed to be able to give my clients.