The photo on the left was me in college. You can’t tell by looking at me, but I ran 5-6 days a week, lifted weights 4-5 days a week, and was eating “healthy food.” In fact, I was even a vegetarian! I truly believed that cutting meat out of my diet would make me healthier. I had no idea what I was doing. I left the University of Illinois with a beautiful, new diploma, and a vast knowledge of the mechanics, anatomy, and physiology of the human body as it relates to health and movement, but none of it was relevant to my personal life- yet. I had to learn to implement it on my own.
The photo on the right is a more recent photo of me. Do I have the perfect body? No. A fitness magazine will not be calling me anytime soon to post my body on its cover- but you know what? That’s not what this is about for me.
After over a decade of trying to figure out how to love my body, and using and abusing exercise as a means to an end, I have finally figured it out. And I am on a mission to liberate women from the same relentless and vicious cycle that comes with exercising and “dieting” without a damn clue.
I tried every diet under the sun, and none of it made sense to me. I tried every workout craze known to man, and none of it worked for me. I wasted so much time, money, and energy. Nothing worked. Although I never gave up, for years I genuinely thought something was wrong with me. “It can’t be me!” I thought every single day as I continued to victimize myself. Looking back, it really WASN’T my fault! The dieting and fitness industry is created in such a way that we continue to fail, over and over again, so that we go back for MORE because we can never reach our goals- and we need the next best thing! Sound familiar?
After being a cardio-bunny with a horrible relationship with food and torturing myself for years, I’ve found what works for me- and I am beyond confident that it can work for you, too!
I lift weights anywhere between 3-6 days a week, with progression and intensity in mind.
I hardly do cardio- if I do, it’s short and intense. If I go for a run, it’s because I want to, and not to “burn off” the nachos I had last night. I use a “no food off limits” approach to my eating- no guilt, just moderation. I work out and lift weights because I love the way it makes me feel. I focus on building my own confidence daily, and helping other women achieve their own level of their confidence daily, too!
I’m going to be honest- I’m horrible at marketing. Unfortunately, what that also means is that there are thousands of other companies out there- fitness related, and nutrition/supplement related that are GREAT at it. What this means for me is that I genuinely do not know how to craft a message in such a way that it will blow sunshine up your ass and force you into believing that what I offer is somehow the magical answer to all of your body and health-related prayers.
But I can tell you this: there will be no bullshit. I can’t promise you a crazy weight-loss in 2 weeks from a weird juice cleanse (because I don’t offer those, nor do I believe in them), I can’t promise you abs of steel in a month, and I cannot help you look great in your wedding dress if your wedding is 2 weeks away. What I can promise is this: I will help you mend your relationship with food- once and for all. I can help you eat so that you’re not on a diet- but still able to achieve your goals. I will construct efficient and effective workouts that challenge and change your body, and I will be your coach every step of the way.
I genuinely believe that my struggles and my journey so far happened so that I could learn from them and be able to educate and empower women so that they do not have to feel how I once felt. I’m on a mission to change the way that the fitness and diet industry works- one woman at a time.
I believe in hard work. I believe in lifting weights, I believe in sweat. I don’t believe in excuses. And I truly believe that the only way to fail is to give up.
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*National Academy of Sports Medicine:
Certified Personal Trainer
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Fitness Nutrition Specialist
BS Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
MBA, Elmhurst College