INTEGRITY | LEAD BY EXAMPLE | EDUCATION | COMPASSION
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MY JOURNEY &
WHY I WANT TO HELP YOU!
Trust me, I’ve been there. I started my health and fitness journey in 2014 after years of debilitating aches and pains, insomnia and mental health ailments. Throughout high school, I would wake up every morning feeling nauseous, and going to bed every night feeling nauseous. (Side note: I was not a sedentary child. I played softball for years, rode my bike around constantly, and was always finding new ways to get into trouble, which often involved running or walking for long distances). As a young adult, I found temporary relief in my three chiropractor appointments a week which became a ritual of mine for two years ($180/week!), and even tried switching my diet to vegetarian in hopes that it would help me feel better. Of course, at the time I had no idea what kind of nutrient deficiencies and hormonal imbalances came along with being vegetarian, if done without thorough research.
I found solace in alcohol, which of course only worsened my conditions. But it allowed me to enjoy a temporary moment of a social life without the constant fatigue, mental illness and pain. This in turn pushed me into a caffeine addiction, where I consumed three energy drinks a day for years in order to keep up with my lifestyle. I literally kept an energy drink can on my night stand so that I could chug the warm carbonated beverage as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning.
You get the point. Not only was I unhealthy, I was a derailing freight train. It wasn’t until 2014 that I began to put the pieces together. At this point my mental struggles had forced me to move to a state where I knew nobody to start over in hopes of doing better. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: everywhere I go, there I am. I went from having a chaotic non stop lifestyle to having a normal work schedule and no friends or family nearby, which in turn forced me into uncomfortable boredom for hours every day. It was out of pure boredom that I signed up for the gym around the corner from my new home.
I became addicted to exercise. At first, it was an hour to spend in air conditioning doing light walking on the treadmill and reading TV subtitles. I didn’t realize how addicting it had become, until I was spending two hours a day or more there, one hour in the morning and one after work. I noticed I was sleeping better, I began to feel a new sensation most call joy, I began thinking optimistically, and best of all – my three chiropractor appointments turned into one a week, followed by one every other week. After a couple of months I didn’t need the chiropractor at all anymore, and was instead indulging in massages once a week for half the price.
Along with this new found life, I began diving deep into healthier habits and researching proper nutrition for vegetarian diets. Long story short, I pursued a career in personal training while reading any health book I could get my hands on. If the book contradicted something I had learned in a previous one, I would dig deeper for answers. My obsession still stands today. I read roughly two to five health books a month, attend wellness conferences as often as my schedule allows, seek out certification courses to feed my hungry brain, and most importantly – I have experimented with several diets and exercise routines and studied several others.
I have come to the conclusion that although there is not a one size fits all way of losing weight for everyone, there are a set of solutions that can be specifically applied to an individual that supply me with enough information to effortlessly provide each individual with a game plan that fits their lifestyle. You might travel a lot for work, or maybe you’ve recently become a new mom (Congrats!), or maybe you’re too intimidated to take the first steps due to conflicting advice – THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR YOU.
Even after years of research and exercise, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting any leaner. I was maintaining my weight at best. For a new personal trainer, this was EXTREMELY frustrating. I needed answers, so I kept digging. I found the solution is often overcomplicated by health experts and that a lot of gym trainers (not all, but a lot) have no idea what the answers are (I was one of those trainers at one time). Others claim to be experts after following the advice of a dietician and/or trainer and reaching their goals. While this is wonderful and it is only natural to want to help others achieve those same results – the same plan that worked for that individual won’t always work for you. The answers are HEAVILY dependent on lifestyle factors. But once again, IT IS POSSIBLE for you. I promise.
My goal is to reach as many of you as possible, and educate you as best I can (while making it as simple and fun as possible). In turn, I hope to see everyone I’ve helped reach out to someone they love and put in some effort to help them. There is a global health crisis that is worsening by the DAY, and we need to get ahead of it. We have the power to alter our health care systems – lowering costs and improving our health in a natural way so that we don’t need to rely on medications (which only mask the problem rather than solve it). We have a lot of work to do, but I believe we can make it happen!
The key is to love yourself enough to invest the time that it takes to create a better version of yourself.
Once you begin, others will follow. Be the inspiration that someone needs to save their life. I can’t wait to meet you!
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer, 2018
Personal Fitness Workshop, 2018
Corrective Exercise Specialist, 2019
Weight Loss Specialization, 2020
American Academy of Health & Fitness
Fitness Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs, 2020
Full Sail University
Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business, 2020
Areas of Expertise
Exercise Programming & Form
Dieting for Weight Loss