I’m here to guide you through the most amazing journey you will ever encounter in your own life.
This will be a journey devoted and sculpted to you, by developing the very best version of yourself through nutrition, fitness and lifestyle.
What will make your personal journey so significant, is its longevity. You are not only worthy but deserving of a lifestyle capable of giving you a lifetime of gratification and fulfillment.
Let’s walk together and discover all that you are!
I was 37 (yes, that old!) when I began competing in fitness competitions. Today, I have a few trophies from my time as a competitor, and they stand tall as physical proof that you are never too old to begin working towards something you thought you’ve already missed your chance to accomplish.
Competition life was strenuous and demanded constant discipline. Those experiences drove me to study nutrition and health coaching in order to realize a more sustainable and attainable lifestyle, rather than the extreme expectations better suited to the will of a competitor. With that, I decided that by honing in on personal training studies, it would give me an edge in learning exercise physiology that would make me into a stronger athlete.
It was around the age of 44 that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was scared, but never felt lost. I worked out even harder, I ate even healthier, but my physical body was suffering through debilitating changes due to the chemotherapy and radiation therapy that just weren’t circumventable. Mentally and physically, I was weakening, and the illness was breaking down my body slowly but incessantly. But I too was just as unceasing.
I kept jumping, I kept lifting, I kept squatting, and I kept lunging because nothing made me feel as alive as working out did. There was no time to give up, pushing harder kept me floating above steadily rising waters.
One morning, I awoke to numbness dispersed throughout my hands and fingers. When I attempted to brush my hair, the simple movement sent an excruciating shock of pain through my shoulder.
After ignoring my body for a year because I refused to let my body chisel away at its own strength, I went to a spine specialist. My cervical spine had collapsed, they concluded, and my vertebras were seated on my shoulder nerve, explaining the inexplicable pain. After undergoing surgery for my compromised spine, my right arm had completely stopped functioning. My dominant arm was essentially paralyzed in this state, a useless limb, as its nerves were damaged and needed to repair themselves through diligent physical therapy.
This changed the course of my future, and instead of going to nursing school, I decided that my calling was to help anyone that thought that they were incapable of overcoming adversity. So, I began training to become a Pilates instructor. With assistance from the equipment I was learning to utilize, Pilates allowed me to use and strengthen my limp arm.
After more than 4 years of self-physical therapy, I have regained almost all the movement and strength in my right arm that I had lost.
I am sharing my story with you with the hope that it can convince you of your ability to actualize and overcome. Regardless of your personal circumstances, even if they are inhibiting at a molecular level like cancer is, even if they are painful, even if you feel paralyzed and immobile because of them, nothing is impossible when you confront it with heart, discipline and commitment. It would be my pleasure to show you the ropes of self-care. Trust me that you are not as far from it as you might believe -I’ll be by your side.