I am a daughter of the the one true God, a wife, a mom of three, a sister, a friend, and today I know myself better than I ever have. Because of this, I am able to share my passion, knowledge and experience with those who’s paths cross mine. I have never been more excited about the call on my life to help others find the healthy life they desire.
My story isn’t unlike many of yours…
I was not always healthy nor active, I lacked confidence in myself and the for a long time, the belief that I needed to have in myself to change my health for the better. I was not always confident. I didn’t view myself as “worth it.” I was an emotional eater. I hated exercise. I dabbled in fad diets. Short term windows of motivation offered me some success but ultimately my heart wasn’t in it. I didn’t have the right outlook or understanding of what it truly meant to treat my body as a temple and to honor the one who created it. Saving my calories all day for Cold Stone ice cream and Subway sandwiches (true story) didn’t lead to anything but a body that was hungry for nutrients and a mind that knew this wasn’t the answer. I was self sabotaging.
Growing up, I was never the "athletic" type. I carried a little extra weight and I did not care to be healthy. My childhood was one of staying out of the spotlight. I was not the popular girl in school. I kept to myself most of the time, but luckily, God brought a young boy into my life that loved me for me. I married my high school sweetheart while obtaining my degree in Education and Counseling, Educational, and Developmental Psychology. After years of letting myself go, struggle, miscarriage and depression, my husband and I had our first daughter. Immediately following her delivery in 2007, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. And within a month, I had to have my gallbladder removed. Needless to say, I was a wreck.
This wasn’t the picture of life I thought I would have.
Sixteen months later we had our second daughter. I started having migraines and was constantly tired. The excess weight was dragging me down and I continued to struggle with bouts of depression that led me to emotional eating. I tried exercise videos and dieting but nothing seemed to work as I slipped deeper into depression. The years following, I was good at faking it. I lost some of the baby weight but my body hurt. I would cry out to God and pray that something in me would change. Meanwhile, two years later, I became pregnant with my third girl. I had a very rough pregnancy being on bed rest and gaining over 60 lbs. We had our her in spring of 2011 and one year later something inside me snapped. I was sick of being overweight and tired. I was tired of the sadness and lack of energy I had. I was tired of the headaches. I was tired of being so self-conscious in everything I wore, and in everything I did.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment, but it happened, the deep knowledge that I had to change.
It was time to dig in and put in the work to change my life.
It started with motivation which inspired me to study and research. I wrestled with God about my worth and this propelled me to follow through and put in the work. I fell in love with weight lifting - something I was never taught to do as a woman. I started researching and understanding nutrition and my body changed but my mindset changed too. I began to lean out - FINALLY - without doing hours upon hours of cardio. As my body began to change, my self-image began to change. I began to love myself. Even though I still had a ways to go with weight loss, I finally began to see myself as worth it. And as my body continued to change, the emotional eating stopped. I implemented tools (from my mental health background and schooling) and allowed God to do work in my life that helped when I found myself sinking back into depression and anxiety that led to emotional eating along my journey. I truly began to see myself the way that God intended - a child of the King. I was finally able to see my LIFE as worth it. I began to fuel my body the way I was supposed to. I began to work through my own mental health struggles. My life changed.
In 2014, I was selling my social work agency and I went back to school to study at the International Sports Science Association to obtain my certificate in personal training. I felt a strong desire to start helping woman the way I wish I would have had help in the beginning. I felt the stir of helping lift others up with the tools they needed. Iknew I could help with and become an igniting passion. That winter, I purchased a local gym where I could share my passion and knowledge with my community and from there I continued to invest in this field and grow in my knowledge of health, nutrition and overall wellness. I took things to the next level when I began online trainings and bootcamps that could help women I couldn’t physically reach. And my heart for working with people grew even more, and still does.
I realize now more than ever that healthy living starts inside. We have to have our emotional health in check to truly thrive, and I am a champion for that above all else. My three girls continue to be the inspiration that brought me to the place I am now. I am healthy, fueled and strong. I am imperfect but I am equipped and I know that motivation sometimes runs out but consistency pays off. And that is likely where my story and yours are similar. Each one of us has come to a place where we want to treat our body well, feed and train well for life. We all have our “reason(s)” and we push because we are capable.
Today I am…
I live healthier and fuller, finally holding onto the needed knowledge and personal experience necessary to continue to treat my body as God would have me. I start with my head and heart, letting that be the catalyst for my overall health. Training hard, finding balance and eating to fuel my body rather than mistreat it. I’m here with an open heart and a true desire to be your biggest cheerleader and champion for you. We are all capable of living healthy lives to the fullest and I believe God has equipped me to be a source of encouragement and beyond for those who he brings my way. My passion lies in running my online fitness bootcamps with women, just like you and me, all over the world. My mission is to empower and teach other women how to look and feel their best no matter what the age. And I want YOU to know your worth.
I hope that my story has inspired you and I hope to help YOU on your journey to wellness. You can work with me through the Think Fit Method™ or FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. For daily inspiration head over to my Instagram page or my find me on Facebook.
I am a certified personal trainer and a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach as well as Director of the Six Week and VIP Programs with the FASTer Way! My passion is to help women get fit and healthy – no matter what the age.
I understand, from personal experience, that it is hard to find the motivation to lose weight on your own. I understand the struggles of food addiction and emotional eating. I understand the struggles of life and being busy.
That is why I have made it my mission to teach other women what I have learned over the years – that they CAN do it with the proper tools.
I have NOT always been “fit” or “in shape”. My journey was a difficult one, but one I am proud of. I hope I can inspire YOU to make the change too.