My health and fitness journey began halfway through my sophomore year of high school. Like most people, I set a New Year’s resolution to exercise more and track what I was eating. This was a great way to start, but it quickly developed into an obsession. I had always been active and was by no means overweight, but I did not see myself the way that others did. I saw myself as fat, while in reality, I looked emaciated and weak. I was only eating nine hundred calories along with playing multiple hours of intense tennis each day.
The results were almost immediate. I began shedding weight and was able to fit into anything (some of you ladies can relate to that struggle)! It seemed that I was perfectly healthy until a year later when I turned seventeen. I weighed in at a measly eighty-five pounds, but to no avail, I still saw myself as fat.
Thankfully, my parents and oldest brother helped me to find a solution. My brother signed us up for a gym membership and taught me how to lift weights. He even helped me structure my diet! I was hooked. I never wanted to take a day off. Even to this day, the gym is the place where I feel the most confident, relaxed, and happy. That confidence and work ethic has carried over into the rest of my life, and I have completely changed because of it.
That year and a half of my life was intended to prepare me for who I am now. I tell you this story because I want you to know that I do not always love myself or the way I look. But those negative thoughts can be turned into positive actions. You should want to improve, but at the same time be smart and healthy. My passion is to help anyone who struggles with eating disorders and body-image issues. I want to give people the knowledge, motivation, and confidence to be the best version of themselves. The gym has changed every aspect of my life, and it can change yours. It is not a quick fix. It is a lifestyle.
"For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." - 1 Timothy 4:8
Bachelors of Nutrition and Dietetics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2020
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certification date: November 2016