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WHAT was I like as a kid?
Growing up, I never could decide what I wanted to be. I gravitated more towards building toys, electronics, sports, science and math than I did to fashion, makeup or hairstyles. I thought I’d be an athlete, an astronaut, a circus clown, even a bum living in a shack at the back of my sister’s property (yes, seriously!). I was all over the place! But when one of my teachers suggested that I would make a good engineer (“Wait, he wants me to drive a train!?”) I thought I finally had the direction I needed. So I suited up in my best geek outfit (erm, can anyone out-geek my purple alien costume?) pulled on my learnin’ cap and set my sites on studying mechanical engineering.
My 4th grade Halloween costume. Cool, right?
I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering and was a typical “enginerd”. I spent my days researching and solving problems, designing systems and specifying equipment. But I realized that life in the cubical farm had taken its toll on my mind, body and soul. I was a busy professional working long hours. I was a road warrior, traveling 5-days out of the week, spending more time with strangers than with my own family. I was eating out every day (hello fast food and room service!) and not taking very good care of myself. And before I knew it, I was 25 lbs overweight! I was feeling incredibly burnt out and knew something had to give. I knew there had to be more of a purpose for me than living the daily 9 to 5 grind.. or in my case, it was more like a 6 to 6 grind! I wanted to help people in a more meaningful and personal way.
So WHY did I make a change?
Heart disease and strokes run in my family and I knew it was up to me to do what I could in order to Break the Cycle. I decided it was time to do something to start feeling better, to get stronger and to make changes in both my diet and exercise. I’ve CHOSEN to make mine a healthier life. Now I’m here for pay it forward to help motivate and support anyone else who is interested in learning to live a healthier lifestyle too.
HOW did I make a change?
In April 2014, I made some BIG promises to myself. I decided it was time to get serious about my health. I was at work and remember thinking that I was tired of feeling tired all the time. I was tired of squeezing into my work pants every day. I was sitting there looking down at my muffin top, wondering, “When did my pants get so small?”
So right then and there, I decided to make lifestyle changes. I started tracking my food intake and adjusted it to balance my macro-nutrient (Carbs-Proteins-Fats) ratio. I was more conscious of what I was putting in my body to FUEL it and I cut out all the junk from my diet. I started working out regularly, 5-6 days a week (for at least 30 mins/day) – a healthy mix of cardio, weight training, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), yoga and Pilates. I started walking 4-5 miles every day. And before I knew it.. I had my own transformation story!
WHY did I become a Coach?
Not only did I lose weight and inches (down 25 lbs and 14″ off my body!), but I was building muscle and getting stronger. Having lowered both my cholesterol and triglycerides levels into normal ranges, I was becoming healthier and overall, I could feel a mental shift. Dare I say it? I was a happier person! After achieving my own fitness transformation, I realized that I was passionate about fitness and wanted to help as many people as I could get their own health back on track. I used the discipline, motivation and commitment I learned and figured out how to create a business helping other people do the same thing. As a fitness coach, I teach what I’ve learned and share my energy, passion, and give you life-changing support through my personal coaching and training programs.
What ELSE do I do with my free time?
- I’m passionate about supporting the American Heart Association and raise money through Heart Walk events to support research.
- I’m involved with a book club where I’m pushed to read a different personal development book every month. I can’t say enough about how invaluable this has been to developing my skills as a coach.
- I’m a sports junkie! My blood bleeds Cubbie Blue and I’m finally living my dream of being a season ticket holder!
- I stay active by playing softball, spring through fall, and volleyball year-round.
- I love being an Auntie to 10 nieces and nephews and spending time with my family whenever I can!
Please feel welcome to explore the rest of my website. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to see what I can do to get you started on your our journey, please Contact Me. I look forward to working with you!