I'm a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Mindset Strategist, Nutritional Lifestyle Coach, Cycling Instructor, and Personal Trainer with over 10 years of experience working with busy career women, kids, and families in the areas of obesity, fitness, chronic illnesses, mindset, nutrition, mental/physical health, and injury recovery.
As a child, I stayed active and was an athlete in track & field, basketball, kickball, and softball. My love of being active led me to become an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer in 2010. Not long after becoming a personal trainer, I sustained a severe injury to my right knee. I didn't realize that that injury was going to change my life completely. Life is funny; I never thought that an athlete, who was in great physical condition and always kept a positive attitude, would go through a comprehensive reform both physically and mentally. That injury limited my ability to do what I love to do when I was a child that I turned into a career now business.
I became very depressed; I found myself emotionally eating, doing nothing due to this injury. When I went back to work, I couldn't work with my clients; they put me at a desk. That was not my passion for sitting at a desk. I ended up getting laid off. Going through all of this, I was still unaware of what was happening to me mentally and physically until one day, I was preparing to go to my doctor's appointments, and I could not pull my pants past my knees. I had always weighed 120 or less, size 2/4.
I was pre-obese with my highest weight was 192! I couldn't believe it, not me, and that's when all my unaddressed past mentally, emotionally, and physically appeared of suffering from my father's grief as a child, molestation, sexual assault, and not being in a good mental space. I had to get out of that. I had to make a decision; I had to change my mindset to help me stay alive. The light bulb went off.
My journey helped me understand that losing weight is not just about exercising. Still, it's also about understanding the successful behaviors that lead to maintaining weight loss by addressing what keeps a person from a fantastic healthy lifestyle. This understanding led me to obtain my Nutrition & Healthy Living Certification from Cornell University in 2018. In 2019, I received my certification as a Health & Wellness Coach and am an AADP Board Certified Health Coach. In 2020, recertified advanced personal trainer and 2021, certified cycling instructor. Having transformed my mind and body to achieve my goals, I want to use my expertise to help you reach your desired long-term goal to BE A HEALTHIER YOU!
The DIFFERENCE is my mission. My mission is to help you find and address what is hindering you so together; we can move you toward improving your well-being, physical, emotional, nutritional, and overall health. I want to help you harness your inner strength to change your mindset, avoid negative eating behaviors and successfully lose weight. With my proven tools, YOU CAN ACHIEVE SUCCESS!!