I’ve been on my fitness journey for 23 years losing a total of 156 lbs. Two years ago, I spiked back up to 202 lbs and decided to do something about it. I’ve lost 56 lbs and changed my body composition like I never thought I could. My biggest challenge was being kind to myself along the way realizing to appreciate the season my body is in and celebrating my wins over my challenges.
My previous weight loss left me with excess skin stretch marks and things I didn’t like about myself. While trying to appreciate where my body was and what I had achieved, I also had a vision in my mind of the body I wanted but didn’t see it being possible without surgery.
I also have chronic pain and several health issues that have been a challenge along the way. But with consistency, determination, and self-healing for my mental health, I was able to get farther than I ever saw possible. I have muscle definition now, reached and exceeded my body fat %, lean muscle mass and weight goals. I still have a ways to go to get to that vision but I’m so much farther than ever before.
Tampa, FL, US
Wellness Coach / Aesthetics.
Share your unique training/coaching methods.
I created a course called The Four Fundamentals of Fitness, the secret guide to success that breaks down 4 crucial steps that I found helped me achieve my goals such as neurolinguistic programming methods to understand your behavioural patterns so you don’t repeat the old and can incorporate the new healthy habits long term, mental health and trauma healing, exercises that are specifically designed for individual unique goals and current physical conditions, along with ayurvedic and customized diet plans that don’t restrict you, but combine foods that work with your specific body type.
I weight train 3- 4 days a week along with Pilates, yoga and meditation.
I utilize a macro-based nutrient plan non-restricted, and tracking my food daily for a year typically staying within 1600 calories a day. However, I have found that hitting my macros has always been a challenge because I actually eat less than I should. So I have found that my body responds well to Intuitive nutrition, but I don’t recommend that to my clients until they have a firm handle on tracking their food intake and uncovering their habits.
I take apple cider vinegar and probiotics daily, protein supplements and amino acids, CLA, and very occasional creatine from gains in bulk. I also love their pre-workout chews.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
In the past, I had followed a low-carb diet for so long which I no longer recommend however, I do still avoid sugar. I will use natural sugars such as honey, fruits or agave occasionally depending, but I prefer stevia or natural sweeteners that are sugar-free. I feel as though it helps with eliminating cravings that real sugar can cause.
Please describe the importance of mental health
Mental health is SO crucial in keeping you on track. If you focus on the negative, it makes your journey 10 times harder. But if you celebrate your wins and stay clear on your mental health, you will be more likely to stay consistent and achieve your goals long-term.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I would ask about his personal journey whose story he was most inspired to write and why
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I am stoked!! It would be an honour.
What does the future hold?
I really expect to expand my coaching career and follow my path to helping others along their journey. Showing them that nothing is impossible, and you can do this at any age, in any situation. Every issue has a solution and no one is perfect.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be patient with myself. My motto is progress over perfection and patience over progress. And don’t compare yourself to someone else, no one started where you are and no journey is the same.
What does success look like for you?
Success to me is continuing to follow my dreams, doing what I love, having a passion for what I do for myself and others and helping people achieve their dreams! We are all on this journey together and need to support one another!
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