I’m 26 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles.
I grew up riding and competing in horse shows and played club soccer for many years. I also traveled the country playing professional laser tag (I’m a nerd). I graduated from Southern Oregon University with my B.S. in Psychology. My passion for fitness drove me to attain my ISSA personal training certification so I could help others transform their own lives for the better. Helping people find their love for exercise and healthy living is so important to me!
Studying Psychology in college (and having furthered that education on my own afterward) gave me a newfound appreciation and understanding of the importance of therapy and mental health counseling. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, self-harming or if in general, you feel as though there are things in your life you can no longer handle on your own, I hope you will take a moment to look through the links I have in my help section. There is absolutely no shame in seeking help. It takes courage to reach out!
I get asked practically everyday what I did to get in shape, and how long it took….
During my high school years, I was a straight edge kid. I never drank or got into any serious trouble. I had a pretty healthy view of myself and was actively involved in sports and productive things. Once college hit however, I went a little wild. An unfortunate side effect of too much partying, junk food and an overall unhealthy lifestyle, I became extremely insecure about my body and myself as a person.
I woke up one morning with an incredibly bad hangover. My skin was tingling from dehydration, my head throbbed, the light from my window seared my eyes and the rolls of my beer gut squished together. I realized then and there that I couldn’t continue living my life this way. I immediately got up, threw all the junk food and alcohol away, joined a local gym and started doing research on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplementation and everything to do with fitness.
I stopped complaining about the things I didn’t like and started taking ACTION to fix them.
It took me months of healthy eating and weight training to achieve the transformation I achieved. Before that I had tried everything from yoga to kickboxing to pilates… but nothing changed my body as quickly and drastically as weights. Most women are petrified of weight training because of the myth about getting “bulky” or “manly”. (Women do not have the levels of testosterone necessary to bulk up the way men do.. and I am living proof of that).
Through this website, I hope to motivate and inspire as many people as I can transform their lives for the better. With an obesity epidemic across the nation, it is crucial that we all go back to the drawing board and educate ourselves on basic healthy eating and exercise principles! Get healthy & get active! =)