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 like the victim so I developed an exercise routine and eventually improved my diet (took a while to understand that exercise cannot undo a poor diet). I lost 25 lbs, have managed to maintain my new weight, and feel stronger than ever. I even trained and ran a half marathon in 2017 (I used to be personally offended by running)!
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 instead of the multiple (ever-changing) fad diets . 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
I had a rocky relationship with food and my appearance from a very young age. I was constantly putting myself down by comparing my appearance to others around me and in the media (side note: comparison is the thief of joy) . In my eyes, I was fat and ugly, which created 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 picked up speed in the spring of 2013. While in college, I decided to take a semester to study abroad in Rome, Italy. When I came home, I was several pounds heavier (actually at my heaviest I had ever been), suffering from painful cystic acne, and utterly at a loss. 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 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 (I don't think my neighbors liked me). I never signed up for a gym 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. I also went on a plant-based diet and it has completely changed my life!
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.