What motivates me…
Being of service. Helping others with the skills, tools and experiences I’ve gathered in my lifetime and using my quiet nature to hold the space for them to look deep into themselves, flourish and grow through movement and fueling their bodies.
Fitness and food happen to be the way I express these services and offerings best and it’s my goal and mission to share anything and everything I can with those who are ready to receive it.
Where it all began…
I started flipping around at a very young age and was a competitive gymnast for most of my youth. I dabbled in sports in high school – including the wrestling team! I was a tomboy at heart, so I fit in pretty well wrestling with the boys.
So when I decided to take on the challenge of competing in my first fitness and bikini competition in 2005, my friends and family were surprised, to say the least. I was finishing my last semester at San Francisco state university when I committed to hitting the stage for the first time.
I got hooked. I continued to compete in for the next 6 years, placing top 5 Nationally and Internationally, being featured on Fox Sports and gracing the inside of Oxygen Magazine – a dream come true! Yet having experienced the good, the bad and ugly side of the competition scene, I was hungry for more knowledge and desperate for another approach to getting stage ready. The conventional approaches were proving to be both ineffective and detrimental to my health and the health of fellow competitors around me.
For the first time I questioned why I was competing and whether it was worth it.
Until I was introduced to The Carb Nite Solution and my world was flipped upside down.
No longer were the days of 6-mini meals every 2 hours. Or endless hours of cardio. The all-or-nothing, no-pain-no-gain mindset was gone. And my life has never been the same.
Through my extensive competition experience I began coaching other women get to the stage using sound nutrition and training, that allowed for a more balanced approach than is traditionally thought to exist.
I’ve spent the last decade researching, experimenting and gaining every ounce of insight through personal experience and working with a wide range of women from every walk of life to better serve you.
what I’ve learned in last 2+ years...
When I first met my now husband, I didn’t know what balance was. I thought I had balance in regards to diet and training, but I didn’t. I found myself wanting to experience more of life with my new life partner and while we both enjoyed eating well and staying active, I learned to loosen the reigns of my regimented life and open the door to b-a-l-a-n-c-e, while still maintaining the aesthetics, strength and functional movements that I’ve gained over the years.
Learning and practicing this balance of a fit-healthy-happy life proved itself again when I became pregnant with my son in 2017. I was even more dedicated to eating well – for both of us – and staying active in ways that felt good, kept me sane and strong till the end. I share details on each trimester in these episodes of HER Body.
I used similar techniques during my post-partum journey and details on how I approached this new balancing act of having a family can be found on this episode of HER Body.