How my Weight Loss Career Started
My fitness career sort of just happened, but I didn’t plan it that way. I just wanted to find a way I could eat like a fat girl and do the absolute least amount exercise possible, but look like Britney Spears… specifically the I’m-a-Slave-for-You Britney.
But, when you lose 30+ pounds people take notice… The same ladies I’d see in the gym saw my transformation… and they started asking me how I did it. So I’d tell them. Do this, don’t do that… do you ever feel like this? Oh, you get bulky, too? Okay, stop eating this and do this exercise instead…
It didn’t seem to matter who they were or what they wanted… (women, men, young, young-at-heart, tall, short, thick, thin…) People everywhere were able to use my program to look and feel better than they had in years! Slowly but surely, their friend’s asked them how they did it, they’d send them to me.
“I have a sister in Ohio that needs you!” Eventually, I had so many people calling me that I stopped training in the gym, and started doing coaching calls full time. They all said my style was different. That I was different… that I made it ‘do-able’ and got them real-deal results. Every single time my tribe suggested something, I’d do it. They needed recipes… I’d write them. They wanted at-home workouts… I’d write them… They wanted me to make YouTube videos… I’d make them. “You should write this stuff down.”
I’d had the book-writing fantasy before but never really persued it… until I ran into an old my bff in high school at the grocery store. I had lost touch with her, but we used to be really really close. She used to be my ultimate partner-in-crime. I was literally jumping up and down, that-excited to see her!! I had been about 7 years since I had last seen her. She did a double take and couldn’t believe it was me. (That’s an epic feeling by the way) We chit-chatted for a few and got together later that week to formally catch up at her house.
I guess she told her daughter I was into health and fitness because before I barely got a knock on the door before her daughter, Maria answered the door. And before I could open my mouth she said – and I quote, “You’re a trainer now? Help me! I’m so fat.” I just stood there looking at this sweet 11 year old girl… Who was a 00 in Hollister jeans by the way… It was like seeing my 11 year-old-self in the mirror.
That’s when I realized every single person I had been working had their own 11 year old inside of them. I realized, that if I could help the parents, they could teach their kids and – maybe, just maybe – together, we could stop the cycle from starting and spare them from years of feeling frustration, disappointment and shame in their own skin and on the scale. That night, I started writing my program. The next day, I turned in my 2 week resignation and dedicated my life to helping people make peace in their skin and on the scale. That night, I started writing my program and dedicated it her, and all of the other little girls of the world, who think they’re not good enough because they don’t like the number they see on the scale. The girls, who try and try, but just can’t seem to stick with it. Let me be clear. It’s NOT your fault. There is NOTHING wrong with you.
You never had anyone teach you the right way to lose weight. I will.
Since becoming a nutritionist and trainer full time, I’ve taught thousands of people, just like you, how to make peace with food, exercise and the scale so they can be the happiest, healthiest, most fit version of themselves. Every single time I get a call, text or email from someone telling me they lost weight… How they feel when stepped on the scale and (finally!) see their number… when they’ tell me they did a happy dance when the dress fit… every single time they cry happy tears… I get to happy dance and cry happy tears again, too. Happy dancing is addictive! It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride like no other job in the world. I love it. I live for it. I’m flat out obsessed with it.
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