PERSONAL TRAINER & REGISTERED HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST
The first time I was ever introduced to “dieting”, I was 8 years old and my mother had just enrolled in Jenny Craig. Every night she would make dinner for the rest of the family and then sit down with us to eat her small microwavable meal that looked nothing like the pictures on the box. At the time, I couldn’t understand why she would subject herself to such small portions that barely looked like food. This was not the only diet my mother tried. There was Weight Watchers, a Curves gym membership, an Ab Sonic machine, you name it, she tried it. Finally, I realized how desperate my mother was to lose weight, helplessly watching her fail over and over again. Seeing her happiness suffer because of it has pained me until this day.
My early teens, was when I started having my own personal struggle with self-loathing. I hated my frizzy hair, and how my thighs rubbed together when I ran. After a routine visit, my doctor told my mother I needed to lose about 10lbs. I enrolled in my first gym membership in a desperate attempt to lose some weight. Unsuccessful, I continued to gradually gain weight until I left home for college on a full-ride softball scholarship. The stress of being hundreds of miles away from my family with no food restrictions and late night partying resulted in gaining 20lbs my freshman year. When my college career came to an end, while I was job seeking, I came across an ad for a personal trainer certification program. I had always been an athlete playing multiple sports and genuinely enjoyed helping people. I knew I could not live the same life as my mother, yo-yo dieting in a vicious cycle. I needed to learn how to become fit and healthy myself and hopefully pass those values onto others.
Little did I know that becoming a personal trainer would be the first step towards the greatest changes in my life. Using the skills that I learned and a little soul-searching, I managed to reach a healthy weight, improve my confidence and learned to value myself and embrace my flaws. I knew that if I could help even just one person feel as happy and free as I finally felt, then I would consider myself a successful trainer. In 2011, I founded Bodylicious Fitness.
Years later, I realized there was much more to health than just exercise when I lost three people very close to me in one year including one of my best friends and fell into a deep depression. How was I going to get to the gym when I could barely get out of bed to brush my teeth? At this point, my relationships, my career and my life were starting to suffer and I felt like everything I had worked for was slipping away beneath me. My first hope was in visiting my doctor who prescribed me anti-depressants. It broke my heart that I was going down this path and I hated not feeling like the happy, positive person I had always been. The first few months I felt like a fog was over me. I was still anxious and tired and although I was back to work, it felt like I was just going through the motions of life and merely existing. This is when I started researching other ways of dealing with depression, anxiety and stress. The abundance of information I found regarding dietary and pyscho-spiritual change paved my path towards becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Life Coach.
Since 2011, I have helped over 500 people improve their quality of life through both physical exercise and practicing self-compassion and self-care. Seeing my clients shed tears of joy when they have completed my health program is by far the most rewarding part of my career and I strive to continually make their experiences better and exceed their expectations. I believe that all of the struggles I have experienced in my life were not only moments for growth but that they were necessary. I am thankful everyday for them. They have shaped who I am, and I am so deeply passionate about helping other women discover their greatness. These learning moments that shift us into our most authentic self usually reside in the darkest moments in our life and I am here to help you bring them to light.
Living a happy life begins with believing that you deserve to live one. I will honour your individuality and make sure you feel supported every step of the way. Whether your goal is to lose weight, recover from yo-yo dieting, balance your mood, improve persistent health issues, increase energy or simply want to live a more balanced lifestyle, lets work together and started building your future. You do not have to continue living the same story. You can re-write your story and start living the life you've imagine today.
Weight Loss & Weight Management
Balancing Blood Sugar
Eating Psychology & Behaviour Change
Emergency First Aid & CPR
Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.)
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN)
Certified Professional Life Coach
Rhodes Wellness College