After years of battling weight and confidence issues (read more of my story below) I finally decided to change my ways. I was sick and tired of feeling bad for myself so I developed an exercise routine and eventually improved my diet (took a while to make the connection that exercise cannot undo a poor diet). I lost 25 lbs and have managed to maintain my new weight for the past four years and feel stronger than ever (even managed to train and run a half marathon)! I finally feel more connected and at peace with my body and I no longer let food control my life. I started listening to what I needed versus the multiple fad diets out in the media and what I "should" be eating. Once I understood that I was the best expert on my health, my life completely changed. Now, I want to help others realize that healthy living is attainable and support them along the way.
As a certified Health Coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I am very excited to work with clients to diminish stress, discover a better relationship with food, and rekindle their love for themselves and their incredible bodies. Through whole and natural foods and professional coaching methods, I know I can help you reach your individual goals.
My Before and After
Managing my weight and low self confidence was a constant struggle from early childhood. I was very skilled at putting myself down by comparing my appearance to others around me and in the media. I considered myself fat and ugly starting at a young age and had a very difficult relationship with food and over-eating. When I was around 12 years old I picked up dancing as a hobby and continued until I went off to college. As much fun and artistically freeing as dancing was, it perpetuated this comparison mentality that worsened as I went to a high school with a dance program. I would base my talents on the others in my program and used food to comfort my feelings. I was an active teenager but I still had a hard time losing the extra weight. I had yet to realize the connection between the type of food I ate and my mental and physical well-being.
My health journey FINALLY gathered speed in the spring of 2013. While in college, I decided to take a semester to study abroad in Rome, Italy. As I was an Art History major it was a dream come true! But it was also a significant turning point in my life. I went through some very tough personal issues that affected me significantly both mentally and physically. I came home very depressed, anxious, suffering from cystic acne, and several pounds heavier. I decided it was time to stop playing the victim and to actually do something about my weight and health. With my parents as my training accountability partners, we started exercising together and I developed a discipline and an actual enjoyment of working out. I even continued after I went back to college in the fall and would often work out in my dorm room. Since then, I have tried several different training styles like Insanity, T25, yoga, running, HIIT, and weight training that I continue to mix up to keep my attention and body engaged. Exercise is still a major part of my routine as it helps me sleep better, feel stronger, regulates my bathroom trips (such an important thing as I suffered from constipation!), my hormones, and my mood. I never signed up for a gym or a personal training program and still do most my exercise in my living room off of YouTube videos or purchased workout DVDs. I am now 25 lbs lighter and so much stronger both physically and mentally. My health journey has taught me that there is so much involved to reaching your wellness goals and I want to share my knowledge with YOU! I finally feel so happy in my own skin and I am very excited to support and empower your journey towards your own wellness goals.