We learn as we grow…

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We learn as we grow.

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I was that girl in high school who ate bagels and cream cheese for lunch with a pint of Ben and Gerry’s.

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I was that girl who *wasn’t* (thats was not) over weight but JUST LIKE MANY had a the WRONG *diet* mentality. At that time I had the skinnyfit mindset always wanted more tone but didn’t do it in the healthiest way. I took energy diet pills to run. Didn’t eat balanced or nearly healthy enough. Sugar was a HUGE food group for me. AKA I ate ALOT of empty calories. I was that sugar addicted girl who bought sour patch kids and swedish fish by the BULK bags.

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Fast forward to realizing that CHANGE was important in how I was feeling in order to become who I wanted to FEEL like.

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Before making that MINDSET SHIFT, I still wasn’t overly overweight BUT I wasn’t healthy either. I remember being around 130lbs at my 5’ 1&1/2” frame.

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Enter more consistency with physical activity (not just here and there spurts and when I felt like it etc). *Weekly* consistency.

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Enter learning about Clean eating and how nutrition is key in a healthy body. FEED the body fuel. Eat to LIVE not live to eat.

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Obviously there’s no MAGIC spell, trick, or tip. It’s not an overnight journey. All this awareness started around 2006 for me. Clearly Consistency. Self-awareness. Self-Desire. Has played a part in my journey as we live in 2018 now.

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My current journey — Now as I near the end of my 2nd pregnancy I have never felt better about my choices and healthy state of mind. The inability to move or workout like I did before doesn’t define me. Before my mindset would be stuck on #s no matter the reason behind it. We LEARN AS WE GROW! My growing baby and 32lb “weight gain” — The # didn’t and doesn’t define me.

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Everybody and every BODY is different. No matter your journey! It starts with the mindset! Self-Educate. Self-Love. Self-Acceptance. Self-Care. Start with KNOWING what needs to change, UNDERSTANDING what to do, TAKING ACTION in the most healthy way! ❤️

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I am 35 yrs. old -a Wife and Mother to a Beautiful Boy and my Rainbow Baby Girl. I am a dance and fitness instructor. I own a fitness studio where I offer a variety of fitness classes in the evenings. I recently have become a FULL TIME Fitness Coach after 3+ years of working as a Day Care Assistant after having my Son and leaving my Emotionally Taxing Case Management Position. Fitness is my passion! I love to work out on my own AND with others! Throughout my both of my pregnancies I continued to work out on my own and with Beachbody programs, live my dream of being a work from home mom (for most of the day), and teach at my studio (and other locations) in the evening. After the birth of my son I have worked hard to get my pre-preg. body back. Shaun T's T25 was initial program and then Tony's P90X3 BOTH which I loved the short affective times because with having a newborn baby that was EXACTLY what I needed. I know and understand the self discipline it takes to achieve your desired goals and I am still on that path and have my struggles as everyone else does! I love to offer my support to my clientele with group fitness classes I offer in my community and I feel we work as a team all together to HELP each other. I LOVE offering my support via the web too as I REACH other people that I can't physically see. IT IS AMAZINGLY rewarding and I can't imagine NOT doing what I do! Im currently on my postpartum journey once again and so GRATEFUL and BLESSED to live this healthy lifestyle, lead by example for my family, and support others on their journey too!

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