About Me – My Journey in Health & Fitness
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
My goal is to inspire – inspire you to believe in yourself and your abilities, inspire you to dream bigger and reach higher. I want you to know that it’s okay to stumble, it’s okay to fall down, as long as you get back up. I want you to live healthier, smile bigger, feel more confident and be bolder! I want you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of – and I want it to start right now!
I KNOW HOW IT FEELS.
I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and be unhappy. I know what it feels like to be overweight – borderline obese – and cry when you try on the one pair of pants that makes you feel “okay” and suddenly they don’t fit. I know exactly what it feels like to try and try and try…just to fail over and over. I know what it feels like to struggle – physically and financially.
But I also know what it feels like to finally SUCCEED. I know the feeling of joy that happens when you zip up your goal jeans. I know the feeling of joy when your doctor finally tells you good news. I know the feeling of living a life you’re proud of instead of one you wish you could change.
And I want that joyful feeling for you. I won’t stop until you feel it!
Born and raised in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, I have struggled with my weight and self-image since I was young. I was always more interested in creative ventures like art and music instead of sports and physical activity. I have never played for any sort of sports team, organized or recreational, and I have never been recognized for any sort of athletic skill. Throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I loved my abilities in the creative field, winning awards and traveling with orchestras and choirs across the world. Life was great! But as the years went on, the number on the scale and the size of my pants went higher and higher. I had always struggled with my weight, so I figured “this is just the way my life is going to be.” In college, at my high weight of 212 lbs, (I’m sure I had been higher, but I avoided the scale for YEARS!) I had just ended a relationship, and I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “No. This is not going to work for me. I will not face this person in my reflection every day. I need to do SOMETHING.” Though I surrounded myself with people who loved me for me, regardless of my weight or looks, I was unhappy with myself, and I made the decision to change. If I had to hear one more person say, “but you have such a pretty face!” or “you have an amazing personality, who cares what you look like?!” I was going to flip.
Of course, as a girl who had never worked out in any way except for required physical education all the way through high school, figuring out how and where to start was a challenge. I felt I was “too fat” to go to the gym, I hated running, and the old, 1980s exercise videos in mom’s library just weren’t going to cut it for me. And then it happened. Sitting in my college dorm room, unable to sleep (and most likely snacking on something I shouldn’t have been eating…) around 2:00 am, I found myself glued to my little tv and the fitness infomercial that was playing. Normally, I’d watch them and laugh, thinking “yeah, that doesn’t work. Those results are fake. Let’s see what the gimmick is this time.” But for some reason, this one was different. I could see that it was “real.” I could understand that it was a complete program and not just a quick fix. Again, I had no real health & fitness education, so I was drawn in by the infomercial’s ability to connect with me on a “hey, it’s ok if you don’t understand everything…we’re here to help!” basis. I loved the appeal of the easy yet effective moves, the fun attitude, the nutrition plan being included AND a community support element! After I watched the entire 30 minute infomercial, I signed on at 2:30 am, and ordered my first program, Yoga Booty Ballet. At this time, I had no idea who “Beachbody” was as a company, all I knew is that I felt gross and I needed to do something about it!
Fast forward a few months. After giving “YBB” a healthy shot and feeling the new energy from moving, shaking and truly being active for the first time, I felt it was time for me to try out something else. Here I was again, watching late night infomercials. This time, I wasn’t viewing it with skepticism, I was watching it thinking, “oh my GOD that looks like something fun! I should try that! Who is this bouncy blonde with all this energy and how do I get this program in my living room?! “ Turns out, it was Chalene Johnson, and the program was Turbo Jam! I signed on to the website to order this program, and to my surprise, I saw the name “Beachbody” again! I remember thinking, “man, these guys must really be on to something! I should probably see what this community thing is all about!” And I did. I signed on, interacted with others trying to lose weight like me, other people trying Turbo Jam and other people who were struggling. I swapped recipes and motivation, I made connections, and I found a community of people to help hold me accountable. From that moment on, I have been unstoppable!
Using Turbo Jam, in a single summer I dropped from 212 lbs. to the mid-160’s and felt AMAZING. For the first time in my life, I felt beautiful. I felt that I was in control. I felt like there was no goal I couldn’t accomplish! Since then, my weight loss total has come to 80 lbs, shrinking myself back to a size I haven’t seen since before high school! Seeing such amazing results, people started asking, “What are you doing? How do I get those results? Can you help me?!” After so many people kept asking, there was that a-ha moment. In late 2008 I decided to put my motivational skills to work and become a Beachbody Coach. I realized that there was no better way to pay it forward and help others than to take the success I’ve had with these programs and share my story! And that’s what I’m here to do; share my story and inspire you to live better, healthier, happier lives!
Since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I have graduated college, purchased my first home, received my certification as a personal trainer, taught Turbo Kick, started up an art business, traveled all across the United States, met and befriended amazing people, professional athletes, visual and musical artists, fitness professionals and more! When I’m not chatting up my awesome community through this blog, Facebook, Twitter, in person and on the phone, you can find me working a full time job that I absolutely ADORE, locked away in my art studio, spending time with my great boyfriend, best friends and family, and…of course…catching a live hockey game. (Blackhawks fan for life, baby! Let’s go HAWKS!) Becoming a Beachbody Coach was the launching pad to the happy, amazing life that I live. Because of Beachbody, I am now comfortable in my own body, secure with who I am as a person, and I am blessed to be making a career out of my dreams! From “fat” to “fit,” I have taken on a life that the “me” in high school and college could have never dreamed! I create my own destiny and motivate people every day!