I didn’t wake up one day with abs. I was not someone who “always worked out.” Healthy eating was not something I did until I was well into my 20s. For most of the first 25 years of my life I told people “I don’t eat fruits or vegetables.”
So .. how did I get here? It has been a long journey. It has taken many years of growing and learning. It is not over.
2005: At 23 I was recently out of college, working full time and eating an almost entirely fast-food diet. I smoked cigarettes and although I’d been active in college (I was on my school’s dance team) now that was over I had a gym membership I never used.
2008: Newly married, I was about two years into my health and fitness journey. I did almost entirely cardio, fell in love with group fitness classes and decided to become a certified instructor. I began teaching classes part-time. I was eating better but still not great, but I liked my body and felt good.
2011: By this point I was fully obsessed with all things fitness. I soon made the decision to become a Personal Trainer and start my business. I was still doing a lot of cardio but had added weight training. I was starting to experiment with different styles of eating (including a year as a vegetarian!!) to f
ind out what worked best for my body.
2014: Into my second year of competing and deep in the extremes of competition prep. I was also navigating my newly diagnosed Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid disease. I looked amazing. I felt like shit.
2017: No longer competing, working out and training hard because I love it, having a balanced approach to food that involves eating healthy 90% of the time and making room for things I enjoy but avoiding foods that do not serve my body or do not make me feel good.
I’m a busy, stressed out business owner but I would have it no other way. Still working to be a little better each day and constantly learning. There are many things I know now I did not know in the beginning and things I did then that I don’t do now. But that’s what life is about. When we stop growing we die.
2020? Who knows. That’s t
he exciting part. There is no end on this journey, just evolution. My ideologies and methods may change and my goals will too. And that’s ok. There was a time when I thought it was about having the “perfect body.” Now I know there is no such thing. There’s just my body and how I want it to move and how I want it to feel.
This body has carried me through so many years and I want it to continue to do so for many years to come. It’s not just about fitness or muscle or health or strength. It’s about ALL those things. I never want physical inability to hold me back from the things I want to do, the experiences I want to have and the memories I want to make. My goal is to live my life freely, fully, and without hesitation.