Hello! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I think when you meet me now it’s easy to assume I have been someone who has always been fit. I’m here to tell you NOT TRUE! While I do have an athletic background, (gymnastics & cheerleading) as a kid and young adult…. I did not get serious about fitness until I was in my mid-30s. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ When starting out I found myself where many people do… post-baby, very out of shape, tired all the time, and missing “my old body”. At 33 years old I started trying to "get my body back”. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Let me start by telling you I failed. I could not get through a 20-minute beginner workout. I was certain Jillian Michaels was trying to kill me. I thought it was impossible. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Almost a year would go by. Start.. stop. Start… Stop. Start…..stop. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Maybe it wasn’t for me? ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Maybe I wasn’t meant to be one of THOSE fit people. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Have you thought the same thing? ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I wish I had pics of how I looked before I started. Video of me yelling at my TV trying to finish a workout (with 8-pound weights, not even kidding) in my living room during nap time. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ One day, after all of those attempts, I got serious. I stopped making EXCUSES and started showing up for myself. I’m not going to tell you the road was smoothly paved. It was not. With a history of disordered eating, addictive tendencies, and old injuries the road was more like a derelict highway riddled with potholes and IEDs. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ My story has had many evolutions. I used to say “If I could just lose this weight then I’d be happier.” ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I was convinced hours of cardio would get me the fit (read: skinny) body I desired. And it did. Complete with a concerned neighbor asking me if I was sick because I had lost so much weight. In 2011 I ran the New York Marathon weighing 108 unhealthy pounds. My periods had stopped, my hair was thinning, and I wasn’t sleeping. The cycle of disordered eating from my teen and 20s had returned. I was skinny and miserable. I was lost. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Soon after the marathon I was driving in Austin and saw a group of women exercising outside with barbells and I said, “What is THAT?! Women lift big weights like that? They aren’t bodybuilders? What the hell? I want that!” ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I drove home, did my research, and immediately signed up for Crossfit. I wanted muscles. I wanted community and fellowship. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ It did not come easily. For months I went home after every class and cried because I always finished last or because I was weaker than everyone else, but I never gave up on myself again. I started eating more food and building more muscle. I was still last, for a long time! However, I decided it was fine to be last if I was lifting more weight. Strength became my priority. YEARS passed. The strong body (and more importantly the mind) I wanted started to emerge. I decided it was ok to take up more space. To be more, not less. That concept is still something I struggle with because old habits die hard, it’s still all a process. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I think it’s very easy to look at a person and assume it’s all come easy to them. You see the person before you and some kind of finished item. You don’t see the hidden scars or the roads they’ve traveled. You don’t see the failures, the setbacks, or the therapy sessions, but it’s all there. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Listen, we are all busy. We have kids and mortgages. We have had successful relationships and failed ones. We have suffered through loss. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ We all have a history, we all have baggage. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Let me help you unpack it. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Through NUTRITION and FITNESS, let me help you find your AUTHENTIC self. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ I promise to show up for you if you promise to show up for YOU. I’ll push you to uncover the healthy person you are meant to be. The one who sleeps better, who uses exercise to manage stress and anxiety, the one who eats healthy and also eats dessert! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ It is not too late to start making great choices, and it’s never too late to start choosing yourself! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Over the last 10+ years, I have built an arsenal of experiences that I want to share with you. My background in gymnastics and love for Olympic weightlifting is the foundation I use to teach the basics of human movement. It all comes down to physics and I have a knack for breaking complicated movements into their simplest terms. It’s important for you to know not only how to move, but also WHY we move the way we do. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Additionally, as a nutritionist with a background as a professional chef, I can help you on the path to eating better and feeling better. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Want your first pull-up? Let’s do it! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Want to be stronger and more efficient in your sport outside of the gym? I got you! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ More energy? Better sleep? YES! YES! ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Let me be your cheerleader, because that is the kind of coach I am. I’m pushy (when it comes to how much weight you should lift) and blunt (I don’t have a lot of patience for excuses), but I will cheer (loudly) for your victories. ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ Join me! Let’s get to work!