Discovering fitness positively changed the quality of my life. Several years ago, as a new mom, I was taking care of everyone except myself. I was frequently sick, always tired, and was rarely able to get though a day at work and still have the patience and energy to play with my kids. I am sure this sounds very familiar to many parents! I made the decision to take back my health and body through a commitment to exercise, and better nutrition. I joined a gym and educated myself on proper nutrition. I dug deep for the discipline to stick with it, even when I was exhausted from a long day. Making those two changes:working out regularly, and eating “clean” had an enormous impact on my life almost immediately. It didn’t take long for me to see significant improvement in my energy levels, immune response, body composition, quality of sleep, stress levels, strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, and mood. I realized that free weights are a woman’s best friend. I would no longer waste hours of my life on elliptical machines, doing endless boring cardio sessions. Lifting weights made me strong! I expected the physical adaptations from working with weights, but I was surprised by how my mental strength grew. I had a new confidence to take on challenging tasks, and that newly found grit extended outside of the gym and into everyday life. I am proud that now I can set an example for my kids that they have a strong and capable mommy who can run, jump, throw, lift, and play as hard as they can!
Several years into the start of this journey, I am now anexperienced endurance athlete, having completed numerous races including 5K’s, 10K’s, Half Marathons, and the 2016 New York City Marathon. My other fitness passions include CrossFit, Olympic Lifting and weight lifting in general, and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I decided to take my passion for health and fitness one step further by obtaining a Personal Training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
I believe that the benefit of positive life change, as hard as change can be, well outweighs living one’s life without taking risks, and settling for mediocrity. My goal now is to help others discover a way out of their health “rut,” to step onto the path to positive change, and improve their fitness and overall well-being.