Fitness, Inspiration

My Fitness Journey

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Alright everyone, here is the first fitness related post for this page. Instead of throwing a bunch of tips at you that you could probably find on Pinterest, I am going to tell you about my journey, which culminated in the start of this website and, coincidentally, my crochet “habit.”

Prior to 2009, I was always one of those people who never worried about their weight. I was active enough to not be considered lazy, but I ate what I want and never went to the gym. That all came to a screeching halt in 2009, when I suffered a pretty major back injury during military training. With two torn, and three slipped, discs in my lower back, I wasn’t doing much walking. I gained almost 50 pounds before my surgery and over the course of my recovery. The worst part was the doctors told me that I would most likely never run again and there was a good chance I would be in pain for the rest of my life.

Around the time the photo on the left was taken, I decided to make a change. I started cooking healthy, clean meals, but the overwhelming amount of information about my newfound lifestyle was hard to process. Assuming that others were feeling the same way I did, I 1237103_10102889029014591_119306431_ndecided to make this blog so I could share in this journey with others.

I will be the first to tell you, the weight didn’t come off right away. Workouts were hard. Most times, I couldn’t finish them because my back hurt so bad. This was what fueled me to be better. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t handle people saying I can’t do something. So despite doctors’ orders, I ran. I ran a lot. My life was consumed with lifting weights in the gym, meal planning, and running. Looking back now, it wasn’t the most fun, or best use of my time. I reached my goal, but it was a long hard road.


In 2014, I beat all the odds and completed my first Ragnar. A 202-mile, 34-hour relay race with 12 of my friends.

The moral of this story is: don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you that you can’t do something. Since then, I have become a Beachbody  coach and have helped people reach their goals by finding programs and personalized meal plans that work for them.

If you are thinking about taking that first step towards a healthier lifestyle, let me know. I would love to help you and go on this journey with you. If I can do it with all the odds against me, so can you!