November of 2014 I was finally fed up. I gained 10 lbs. in 2 months, I had chronic pain in my elbows, caught every cold that came across, my clothes were tight and my attitude was negative. At the rate I was going, waiting until the new year was not an option.
I found amazing support and accountability through a workout program, clean eating with portion control, a daily routine and a private online FB support group with like minded people. It didn't take long for my clothes to start fitting better and my elbow pain subsided.
I found my confidence and my waist again.
This amazing feeling kept getting better and I wanted to share it with others.
So I started fitness coaching and absolutely LOVED helping others reach their health and fitness goals.
Feeling amazing in my body was such a foreign feeling. What was I going to do with all this energy?
I decided to run. My first event was the Tough Mudder, a 12 miles obstacle course in the mountains. It was by far one of the most challenging things I've ever done.
It opened the door to run my first half marathon a year later.
Over the course of the next 3 years I ran 11 10k's, 6 half marathons (all between 8,2000 and 10,000 feet in elevation), and a few fun mud runs.
Logging around 450 miles a year in training.
I couldn't even run a full mile when I started.
I had been been doing Fitness coaching and running online accountability groups for a couple of years when I started noticing a pattern.
People would do amazing when they would start, but it didn't last long.
They would start coming up with excuses and fall of the proverbial wagon.
I had to figure out why...
I found a health coaching course that resonated with me and I acquired my certification 6 months later.
With that, I was able to add a lot of content for my online health and fitness groups.
With a goal and focus of being able to provide whole body health for my clients, I studied and received my National Personal Training Certification to add even more value and expertise to my repertoire.
As a woman who has obstacle and responsibilities, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a business owner. I have 2 boys, biological and bonus, I am divorced and remarried.
I realize that life can feel heavy, we have things that happen, planned and unplanned. Sometimes we want to see the finish line before we even begin the race, but as someone who has and will always battle to be the best I can everyday, I know that I am in this for the journey and this journey never ends. This is a journey to be healthy and to love ourselves, our whole self. We are in this together.