Athletics and outdoor activities have been apart of my life since the day I was born. I started playing sports at a young age which included soccer, cheerleading, track, and softball. In high school, I narrowed in on running! I played varsity cross country, soccer, and track. Those outlets became my way of life, and the only fitness outlet I knew of.
In college, my metabolism began to change and I gained a lot of weight from booze and eating just about everything in sight (If you know me, you know I can put food away with the best of them). I felt really insecure, and my self-esteem began to drop. The only weight-loss solution I knew of was running. I would run between 6 and 10 miles everyday.... and after all of the endless hours of running I didn't lose much weight. I battled with this and other ineffective means throughout college and into my early life as a special education teacher.
Fast forward to a little over 3 years - after giving birth to my two beautiful boys, I found myself really lost with my body and incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin. I then set out on this journey of self-discovery, to find my own happiness, as well as what works for myself and my body. What I've learned along the way is that most of what we're told about weight loss, diet, and exercise is ineffective and untrue. I've discovered how to build a body that I love while training in a way that I enjoy and eating in a way that never feels restrictive or like "dieting.'
I've learned to Build My Sexy - I feel comfortable and confident in my own skin, I eat to support my goals and feel emotionally balanced. I've shed the guilt that most mothers feel about placing themselves first so that they have the capacity to care for themselves and their families. I have the energy and vitality to keep up with my young boys and to show up big for my family. I feel free, open, feminine, and sexy with my husband and have never felt more alive or more fulfilled.
In May, I quit my full-time teaching job and began coaching. I want other woman like you to know that it is always possible to feel sexy and confident in your body and you don't have to kill yourself running or deprive yourself of food in order to do so. I want you to love yourself, love your body, and be able to experience the freedom that comes with embracing yourself completely.