I belong to a community of influential motivators to help spread the word of health & fitness!
I believe in being TRUE TO YOU & doing what's best for YOUR OWN BODY. I've grown into this motto & live by it daily.
You can find a more personal & deeper look into my story here.
I've always been into nutrition & athletics. My mom is a personal trainer - I guess you could say that is where my background of health comes from. My mom did everything she could when I was younger to help me make healthier choices while also enjoying balance.
Looking back, I've learned so much from my Mom & I'm still learning! When I was younger I wouldn't admit it, but now I'm so thankful for the knowledge that I've gained from my Mom about finding a happy balance while enjoying life.
Over the last few years we've really combined our passions of helping others to work with each other both as a mother/daughter team and personal trainers.
In college is when I really found my love for working out. A few years back I made a decision to compete in a Fitness Competition.
I started over two & a half years ago- building muscle, becoming stronger, & weight training while losing my fear of becoming "bulky" - MYTH! After months of training and "dieting", I competed in our school's show in the Spring.
I quickly caught myself falling into an unhealthy way of living. I took the "dieting" thing too literal & was un-educated on what I was doing to my body at the time. You can read this more personal post about "Checking Myself Before Wrecking Myself." I was forgetting why I loved fitness in the first place & knew I had to find my passion again for doing things a healthier way.
Looking back, I was not fueling my fitness properly. I did restrict myself to get ahead and I am fully aware of that. I do not regret competing, because it led me to finding a happier balance now with fitness & nutrition. I've learned a lot since then and I really concentrate now on listening to my own body and giving it the nutrients it wants & needs.
You see, I listened to so many people telling me to cut things out of my diet like carrots & blueberries...
When in reality, I was just making myself more un-healthy & wasn't listening to my own body. I was so tired of looking healthy on the outside; but feeling horrible on the inside.
I promised myself I wouldn't go back to that unhealthy mind-set of eating less and working out more. I knew there was a better way to feel good, workout well, & eat to fuel while also enjoying different not so "healthy" foods as well!
I'm so glad I decided to listen to my body & give it the nutrients it needed.
I've learned to not restrict my calories & get ahead. I've also learned to not do endless hours of cardio with hopes of seeing results. I eat food that help fuel my fitness like veggies, protein, healthy fats, (which I used to have a fear of!) fruits, & carbs. I don't fear foods like I used to.
With exception of the first show (where I was being unhealthy) I haven't weighed myself once (unless I'm at the doctor). I broke up with the scale & never felt better. I just use the mirror to check on my progress. I believe that you are SO MUCH MORE than a number on a scale!
Looking back on my unhealthy approach as first, I have completely changed my way of thinking when it comes to working out & refueling my body! Will I compete again? I don't have any plans to do one again. I am now focusing on becoming a stronger athlete & "training" instead of working out to achieve something on the outside. It truly is a combination of nutrition, workouts, and enjoyment to see results & feel good on the INSIDE!
*All of these pictures on my site are my own. If you are going to use them or the recipes; please link them back to my page! I'm very passionate about coming up with my cooking/baking clean recipes & would appreciate receiving credit if you make these recipes!
*Also, I am NOT a doctor. These tips & recipes are based off of my OWN lifestyle & I started blogging to SHARE them with you! By no means am I telling you to live my lifestyle; just sharing my stories with you for ideas!!
THANK YOU & BE TRUE TO YOU.