We all have a story.
And most of us have pivotal moments in our life that shape who we are and that includes our journey with weight loss and wellness. Maybe there was one moment or a string of them that affected how we see ourselves (and how we see food).
My story started in Daytona Beach.
I grew up in a very close-knit family with six brothers and sisters. Despite my parent's divorce, we had a really good childhood. Our parents did all they could to make sure of that.
It wasn't until the age of 9 or 10 that I remember really starting to notice my size. Friends and family members would make comments in passing. The females in my life would often talk about diets and weight. They would talk about stepping on the scale and they were always on a mission to lose more weight.
It wasn't their fault, it was a time when body positivity wasn't a thing. They were taught that there was one type of body to aspire to and that's it.
By the time I was a preteen I was different. I had boobs and I was tall and I was athletic. And while that sounds great, when you're in middle school, being different is terrible. I was bigger than the boys, I was bigger than the girls and all I really wanted was to fit in.
By the time I entered high school I had started dieting. My first calorie-restricted diet started at just 15 years old. I had no idea what I was doing- I just knew I wanted to be smaller.
I was an athlete, a cheerleader, a track runner, and I was trying to consume as few calories as possible.
The feeling only got worse and by my early 20's I was binging and purging.
And even then I knew it wasn't healthy and it wasn't right but I didn't know HOW to fix it. So I spent the next decade trying new diets, each of them more extreme.
I spent a small fortune on online programs and nutrition plans and books. All the things you think you need to change your life for good.
On the outside, things looked great. I was outgoing and working on a successful career. On the inside, I was a mess.
I remember feeling almost relieved when I was pregnant, I could eat whatever I wanted because I was 'eating for two'. It was the first time in decades I hadn't been on a calorie-restricted diet.
And I gained 65 pounds.
And lord it threw me for a loop. How could I let this happen? I dove straight into intense diets and lost all the weight and more. It was not cute- it was NOT healthy.
But I equated so much of my value to that number on the scale. When it dropped I felt so powerful.
Rinse and repeat with my second child, and another ride on the diet rollercoaster and intense workouts.
And then it all came crashing down. My marriage fell apart and I was forced to really take a look at what was going on in my life.
I knew in my core that I needed more. So after a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and a very deep dive into my spirituality and mindset, I had my moment of clarity.
It hit me like a ton of bricks.
I had a passion for fitness and nutrition and I wanted to learn to do it the right way. And I wanted to help all the women who I knew dealt with the SAME things I did. The frustration of years of dieting and failing to ever reach a healthy happy life.
So, as soon as I got back to Atlanta I hit the ground running. I took classes, I got certified and I found myself along the way.
I've never been happier and more satisfied in my life.
I've found a TRUE passion with helping women overcome the same things that held me down for so long.
I truly love what I do- and who I am now.
And I want that for you too.
You've got this mamma.
If you want to hear more about my story head over to episode 1 of The Wellness Revolution Podcast.
I hope I can help you find yourself again too xx
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