MY FITNESS JOURNEY DIDN'T START OUT PRETTY
You might not believe me when I tell you this, but over a decade ago I could barely run 5km without feeling like death was imminent, I used to smoke cigarettes (my dirty little secret), and my idea of a healthy breakfast was a cream cheese bagel and a double-double from Tim Horton's (that's a medium coffee with 2 creams + 2 sugars, for my non-Canadian friends ;) ).
Not only I had a gained the dreaded "Freshman 15" (ok more like 2O) when I started university, but my confidence was shot and I just didn't feel good in my skin anymore. I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw, hated what I had done to my body. I was so ashamed of my body and bad habits (especially since I've always been an athlete), and the thoughts that were constantly going through my head were very negative. I was stressed and super unhappy and I knew that something had to change.
Changing everything at once was scary and overwhelming. Especially since I didn't have a clue about healthy eating, or working out, or changing habits. So I made the conscious decision to start with ONE THING.
I DECIDED TO MAKE A CHANGE TO IMPROVE MY LIFE
I started running at the gym 2x/week for 2O minutes. It was manageable and I stayed consistent, and as it got easier I knew I was ready to tackle the next bad habit: smoking. I'd relapsed many times before, but because I was starting to feel fitter & better about myself I knew it was finally time to kick it for good. And. I. DID!
As the weeks went on and I was starting to feel better and see changes in my body, I discovered resistence training. Now, my initial thoughts were probably like yours: I'm a woman, and I don't want to get bulky! But little did I know how amazing resistence training could be to really sculpt a woman's body. I learned the basics from the pros in the gym (my then-boyfrend-now-hubby), and I fell in love, in more ways than one.
I BEGAN TO SEE RESULTS WHICH BECAME ADDICTIVE
My body began transforming before my eyes. I knew I still had a lot of work to do, particularly with my mindset and inner dialogue, but I knew I was on the right path, and I knew that I wanted to share that journey with more women like YOU. In the years that followed, I completed a degree in Kinesiology, a graduate degree in Naturopathic medicine, and coached hundreds of women who've successfully lost weight, sculpted their physiques, gotten fitter & pushed the limits of their own boundaries in ways that they never imagined. For me it's always been, and always will be, about a lot more than just the number on the scale. It's about how you feel. It's about glowing with confidence when you walk into a room. It's about being strong & fit and being proud of all that your body is capable of. It's about nourishing the body with food that helps to keep you lean, healthy, and connected with those you love, without the guilt. For me, it's never been, and never will be, about counting calories, chasing macros, or dieting. It's about the role model I get to be for my son Aiden, showing him what a balanced, joyful, and healthy lifestyle truly is. It's about creating a loving relationship with myself, with the foods I eat, and with the movement in my life.
It's about believing that the human body is capable of countless transformations, no matter where or when you begin your journey. You just need to take that first step.