In the beginning...
I was 175lbs when I got married in June 1995. In about a year, I had gained 75lbs without realizing it, I had blossomed into 250lbs.
Depression & Medication...
5 years, my life was affected by serious depression that was only controlled with high doses of medication. While the meds worked for awhile... I wanted to see if there was another way. So, with the help and support of my physician, my husband and my family - I made the decision to slowly take myself off the medication. It was then that I started to introduce physical exercise as a replacement.
Suddenly, I couldn't breathe...
I was laying in bed one night when, suddenly, I couldn't breathe. I was sure I was having a heart attack!
Though I had made the decision to implement exercise into my life, it was then that I truly realized my health was at risk. I knew that the excess weight I was carrying was causing me to feel this way... I needed to make a lifestyle change.
The day I started my weight-loss journey!
Finding the right combo...
After many years of different trying the "Quick Fixes" and "Fad Diets", I realized that exercise AND diet need to be in my program - I hired a nutritionist.
I found a passion...
Combining a good nutritional diet and steady exercise I had already lost 15lbs - but I wanted more. At 235lbs, I decided to add running to my exercise program - I was hooked!
My First Marathon!
Three years after I thought I was having a heart attack at 250lbs - I ran my first marathon! I was 40lbs lighter at 210lbs and was keeping it off!
Ups and downs...
I'm no different than anybody else - my weight has fluctuated between 210 lbs to 170 lbs for the past 6 years depending on my activity level and my will-power.
I have always hated clothing shopping and would buy clothes & bring them home to try on. One shopping trip, I bought my usual size 16 pant, brought them home only to find they were "falling off" me. I exchanged them for a size 14... to my surprise, my husband said they still "hung" on me.
Off I went to buy my first pair of size 12 pants in 30 years.
What a feeling!!!
From this date onward...
The journey continues, but this time inspiring others!!!
I love my job! I love my life! I love helping other reach their lifetime goals!
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MAT™ - MAT Minneapolis III Internship
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TRX - TRX Group Suspension Training Course
TRX - TRX Suspension Training Course
AFLCA - Group Exercise Leadership Certification
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NCCP - National Coaching Certification Program - NCCP I, II, III - Theory