I started this blog in 2013 as a creative outlet for my passion and to share my story.
I haven’t always appreciated my body, in fact it was a struggle as a teenager that continued throughout my twenties and took me some encouragement and confidence building to understand that my mindset was what was holding me back from becoming my fullest, happy self.
As I child, health and wellness were never introduced to me. My parents owned their own business and my siblings and I were encouraged to work and that was the emphasis of our childhood. While my mother made home cooked meals, we were a meat a potatoes family and that is what I was introduced to and all I knew for years. I decided at 13 I was becoming a vegetarian and that was not only looked down upon in my family, it was greatly discouraged. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing and did not have any clue how to be a vegetarian so I would eat whatever was available and try to skip the meat whenever possible. Throughout my twenties it became a little easier but still was very difficult in a society that had no idea how to deal with vegetarians. this was a new concept and wasn’t particular well received or accommodating in the Midwest.
I found myself in college eating carbs, sugar and little protein and going through a strain of yo-yo dieting. After some modeling attempts I decided to focus on school and gained the early college weight after I gave up modeling. My self esteem was low and food was a comfort. While I was still exercising, it wasn’t the right kind of exercising. You know the cardio till you drop kind that was popular in the 90’s and early 00’s?
This battle of yo-yo dieting continued throughout my 20’s and I was always looking for a quick fix. I didn’t want to change my lifestyle – and didn’t know how – and I would try every fad cleanse and diet I ran into from low fat, counting calories, the master cleanse, Atkins, South Beach Diet, and etc. The worst part was my lack of confidence and not understanding that I needed to change my mindset before I changed my body.
I met a trainer named, Omar when I was 29. He changed my life for the better. He held me accountable to my workouts, introduced me to strength training and healthy eating but most of all, he helped me gain back my confidence. I worked hard and was committed to changing myself for the better. By 30, not only was in the best shape I’d ever been in but I had appreciated what I had just been through and wanted to maintain for life. I had only lost about 10 lbs but went from a size 10 to size 6. I had changed the shape of my body and I had seen what I was capable of and I was not about to turn back.
At 36, I’m committed and passionate about health and fitness and try to inspire those around me in any way possible. I work in the beauty industry but I also have many creative outlets, one of which being this blog to share tips on food, fitness, travel, beauty and fashion. I became a certified 200 RYT yoga teacher SUP yoga certified in 2014 which further fueled my passion for helping others achieve a healthy life.
I created this blog because there are so many people out there, like myself, that just need to the encouragement and maybe need some guided steps along the way to start the journey to a healthy life. I want to share what I have learned and hopefully inspire others to do the same and develop the self confidence to pursue anything that the heart and mind desire.
I hope you enjoy my blog! I love to hear your feedback on what you would like to hear! Have a healthy day!