When I was 20 years old I found myself on my fourth change of majors and close to taking time off wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up. I recently started training with a friend using some machines at the YMCA and I fell in love with how it made me look and feel. I started going to the gym on campus regularly and I quickly became interested in learning about barbells and dumbbells. I soon made friends with three male power lifters and became excited and passionate about getting stronger in movements like the dead lift, squat and overhead press.
After college I soon took what seemed the natural path of becoming a personal trainer and competing in body building. I competed in two shows and coached myself through the second. Through this process I learned a lot about my body and how to push myself, but I also walked away with some pretty damaging after effects. I had damaged my gut while creating a terrible relationship to food, my body, I lost my period, and I had effectively slowed down my metabolism. I couldn’t keep this up, so I stopped competing and went on a quest to heal the damage I had created.
As I looked for information on how to heal myself I started learning that almost everything I knew was not correct at all and I was going to have to make a lot of changes to get myself where I wanted to be health wise. I started learning all of the myths that are in the health industry and that there are a lot out there aimed at women. I started to understand that my period is a vital sign and needs to be something that is taken into account every day in order for me to achieve my goal of being as healthy as I can be. I started taking every piece of my health into account from my stress levels impact on my health, my sleep quality’s effect on my workout, my diet’s effect on my mental brainpower and my female cycles effect on my workouts.
I have learned that everything that you do has an effect on everything else that you do in your day to day life and that you don’t get to big goals without changing small habits and practicing them every single day. Consistency is key when you are working towards changing your lifestyle. I coach my clients to the achievement of their goals using this process. This is the best way to accomplish success.