Never in a million years did I think I had it in me to be “into fitness”, let alone be a successful coach.
I’ve struggled with obesity all my life, and at my heaviest I weighed 245lbs. Over many years, I’ve tried every diet on the shelf, and all I got was a yoyo affect. Nothing ever kept the weight off. It was beyond discouraging, to say the least.
After I lost my job due to a company shutdown, I felt like this was my opportunity to really focus on myself and learn how to be healthy for life. Not only from a physical standpoint but nutritionally as well.
I began by joining an outdoor bootcamp and committed myself to an 8-week challenge they had going on. There were a lot of emotions I was feeling and fear was probably the biggest one. I think it was fear of failing to be honest. I knew this was going to be one of the hardest things I was going to dedicate myself to, but also realized I owed it to myself AND my quality of life. There was no excuse to back out on this.
Results don’t lie! When I lost 28lbs in my first 8 weeks as a result of my hard work and dedication to the challenge, I was hooked, and I couldn't ignore this feeling of being proud of myself!
It felt like for the first time, I was finally able to see and feel the results I’d been trying to achieve for so many years. I guess you could say I got addicted to the feeling, I was on a high and stuck with the workouts and meal plans, and slowly the weight continued to drop.
My fitness level was becoming stronger and I was given the opportunity to become an instructor with the bootcamp. I was hesitant at first because I felt I still had a long way to go. However I was so passionate to share everything I'd learned, and help people who were just like me achieve their goals and become happy within themselves. I knew and understood the struggles of starting a journey such as mine. I still do!
With this new found strong passion for working in fitness, I decided to take the next step and I joined Forge Valley Fitness.
Starting here in March 2013 brought my dedication to fitness to the next level. I absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere and the underlying community culture. It gave me new challenges that made me feel even more proud and confident in my abilities as an athlete and in becoming a professional coach.
My journey led me through many ups and downs, which is to be expected. I wasn't going to let anything take me back to that unhappy place. I had achieved so much! I progressively lost 100lbs and I am thrilled to help others with their own journey to find happiness in their health and fitness.