My Fitness Story 

I was not athletic growing up at all. 

Except for one year in high school. For 10 months, I lifted weights & do cardio at the local gym after school. I was disciplined, I was pretty clueless, I was miserable. I had no idea what I was doing, I had way too many choices of things I should be doing to lose body fat, I was overwhelmed. I did unhealthy things like not fueling my body properly, exercising so hard to the point that I repeatedly injured myself, & I developed some disordered eating behaviors.

I was trapping myself in a cycle that started me eating sparingly during the day, exercising way hard to lose body fat and blow off steam, then overeat later that night. (I did this for YEARS, you guys.)

In month 11 of Lifting Weights In High School, my parents got divorced. It was a long time coming, but it was all I could do to get to my classes and not fail my junior year, much less the gym. I didn’t do one physical activity until three years later, but I kept the destructive eating behaviors.

I was easily the most out of shape I’d ever been by the time I was in undergraduate school full time. I had two jobs to put me through it. One of these jobs included wedding cake. Basically, I felt overwhelmed most of the time. I met a Cute Boy during this time, and he asked me if I wanted to go on a running date with him. Sure, I said (like I’ve been doing running things my whole life). This was the beginning of the best relationship that changed my life. (Btw, I played it cool while we dated! LUCKILY! This is very unlike me, you guys, I don’t think I’ve ever played anything cool in my whole life.) Anyway, watching how this Cute Boy ate and exercised introduced me to a stable life of fitness & exercise. He had a personalized fitness direction, one of my missing pieces in my health and fitness.

After researching fitness & its industry from all angles, I learned how to use what coincided with my values. Fitness is about feeling accomplished and free, feeling good for now and later. It’s not about looking the very best you can and not being able to see it. It’s not about hating your body. It was about making myself better, more powerful. This whole time I thought I wanted to be skinny, but now I felt what it was like to be strong.

Well, I “let” that boy marry me a year later. (Remember how I played it cool? Totally paid off!) I continued my research and of course a personal trainer and fitness class instructor. The gym world I found welcomed me with open arms. It was a community that praised others for their efforts and accomplishments, no matter their abilities, appearance, age, or gender. Of course I had to become a personal trainer. It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Fitness saved me, you guys. I could physically do so many things that I never dreamed would be possible, & I developed a friendship with my body. Exercise is a way to celebrate ourselves, not a punishment for what we eat. I didn’t realize it, but somewhere along the way I created a strong start for my first pregnancy.

Today I am a NASM personal trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist. I am a Registered Yoga Alliance 200-Hour instructor. I have been in the fitness industry for over seven years, teaching hundreds of group fitness classes, & training thousands of clients from all walks of life. My favorite clients were the women working hard to get healthy & strong before they got pregnant. Their passion & discipline were unparalleled by any other client I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

These women gave a hard look at their own health & fitness. They knew this was the most important decision of their lives. I admired them so much. We worked together to eat in a joyful, balanced manner. We focused on being strong & healthy on the inside, and not give in to draining & unrealistic standards on the outside. We reached & exceeded the minimum standards of health set by medical associations.

And I carried my own personal training & fitness coaching into my own preconception goals. The morning I tested positive on that pregnancy test, I felt such a calm wash over me: I had done everything in my power to set myself up for the best pregnancy I could. (I’m not crying, you’re crying!)

And I was right.

Let’s get your mind & body in the best shape of your life before you get pregnant. You deserve it, & your future baby deserves it. You’re going to be a mama, let’s build up some serious strength & power. The excess fat will fall off, without us even realizing it. Let’s create a happy friendship between you & your body. Your body, after all, will help give you the best gift of all—a baby!

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And now?

I train clients in-person and online from all over the world, and I want to train more! I have a fun meal prepping routine that sometimes involves drinking wine. I teach yoga and cycle classes in Salt Lake City. Every day, I eat chocolate and have tickle fights with my little girl. She makes my world go round.

I have a beautiful husband of TEN YEARS who makes me laugh every day. He is a powerful athlete and adores our little girl, probably more than me, but I’m okay with that!

We are trying for Baby #2, hopefully sooner than later!

And lastly, my first baby, my Chewey, my chocolate Shih Tzu who prefers short sprints over long walks. But always prefers sleeping over everything else.

This is an excerpt from an Instagram post I wrote about Postpartum Fitness from September 2018. The picture is from the same family photo shoot from above, but just of me & my baby girl. I can’t have it drown in my feed, it must be visible here too.

“One year ago, I made a goal, with the help of other #fitmoms at my gym, to not obsess over my body fat/ lean mass changes while I mothered my baby girl. Also, to not spend as much time at the gym as I was used to.⠀
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WHY WOULD I DO THIS??? ⠀
. . . ⠀
“She will only be a baby once. Fitness will always be here,” was my advice.⠀
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And THAT. WAS. RIGHT. I still worked out, I still ate well, but I shifted my focus from achieving at the gym to basking & bonding with my daughter. I didn't have a baby so I could have my life return to the same it was before.
. . .⠀
Long gone are the days when my girl would snuggle in the baby wrap. Long gone is breastfeeding. Long gone are days of being still. I lost 6 pounds of lean mass. But my baby girl is now a toddler girl. ⠀
. . .⠀
It only cost me 6 pounds. And I didn’t miss a bit of my baby. ❤️❤️❤️”