Fitness has been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl. I grew up playing sports year round, and eventually played three varsity sports in high school, along with competitive summer travel softball. Despite being active from a young age, I gained over 50 lbs while in college due to poor nutritional choices (beer, late night buffalo chicken calzones, and endless dining hall dessert…I’m talking about you!) coupled with a lack of regular exercise. I was no longer an athlete playing for a team, which meant that I had nothing in particular to train for. Sure, I would notice my pants fitting a bit tight and decide to mosey on over to the gym or head out for a jog, but that was truly once in a blue moon. I convinced myself that because I was tall (5’9), I “carried the extra weight well”…basically, I was pulling an ostrich and stuffing my head in the sand.
After losing weight with Weight Watchers and gaining some of it back a few times, I decided once and for all that I was finished with yo-yo dieting and instead, focused my efforts on a total lifestyle overhaul. I began a consistent workout routine full of strength training, cardio that I enjoyed and wasn’t doing just to burn calories, and most importantly, got a handle on my eating habits. This included switching to a plant-based vegan diet, which is what I’ve personally found works best for me but is never something that I push on anyone…unless they are curious! If you are, I’d encourage you to check out a little resource I put together for you plant-curious folks.
Once I rediscovered my long-lost fitness and felt younger than I did when I was a teenager, I decided to pursue a certification to become a personal trainer – something that would allow me to knowledgeably share my passion with others who are struggling as I once did.
As a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, I’ll work closely with you to develop a fitness program to help you reach your goals, and to make lasting lifestyle changes. Everyone has a different health journey (trust me..I’ve ranged from three sport athlete to 50 lbs overweight to where I am today – happy, healthy, and strong) and there is no one-size-fits-all approach…it’s all about what works for you and makes YOU happy.
I’m acutely aware of the challenges that we face today in our world — there is an overwhelming amount of health information being spewed in the media, and I’m passionate about simplifying and demystifying the process, while making fitness approachable, attainable, and most importantly, fun!