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 find 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 terrible.
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 the 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.