(more to come with that in 2013)
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 always been athletic and into nutrition. 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.
With that said though, I wasn't the most healthy child. I had my fair share of the occasional temper tantrum in the
cereal isle whenever I wanted Lucky Charms but my mom would suggest getting Cheerios.
But, that's what Grandma's are for, right?! My Grandma Mimi had all of the goodies at her house!
I'm talkin white bread with loads of butter, white rice, sugar cereal, milk shakes...
...you get the point?
So no, I was not deprived as a child at all; Just ask my chubby childhood cheeks.
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 (And the amazing childhood memories I have with my Grandma)
and I'm so happy to have such wonderful women and role-models in my life!
Which essentially was their way of sneaking healthy ingredients into our pancakes.
my mom always wanted to make sure that I had some form of healthy power
to give me energy to play in my soccer game!
But in reality, I was over-doing it and I developed an Intolerance to Gluten.
I've always been a competitive person - I've played soccer and I ran track (triple jump and hurdles) since 7th grade.
I've also play numerous intramural sports in college & currently do CrossFit.
My friend from college competed in the show the year before and I was amazed at her results.
I was sold & I decided to train with her.
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 got 2nd in my height class - it was such a great experience!
I ended up competing in 2 more shows after that last year.
This whole "dieting" concept sparked my interest into the different ways that I could do this the healthy way.
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.
Hence why I don't like the word "dieting"
because clean eating has truly become LIFESTYLE.
I was so tired of looking healthy on the outside; but feeling horrible on the inside.
I'm so glad I decided to listen to my body & give it the nutrients it needed.
I even went on to compete in Miss Bikini New York!
I eat CLEAN ; veggies, protein, healthy fats,
(which I used to have a fear of!) fruits, & clean carbs broken up into 3-5 meals a day!
Honestly; I may not have a shredded 6 pack, but I am happy with how my body looks.
That's why I chose to do these shows; It gives me a goal to work towards!
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!
These shows 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 better athlete & "training" instead of working out to achieve something on the outside.
My current goal is to become a stronger athlete.
It truly is a combination of nutrition & workouts to see results & feel good on the INSIDE!
but I really stay true to being healthy with FUELING my body and I'm proud of myself for it!
Eating whole, clean, natural foods have changed my life!
& since eating clean, my eczema has gotten so much better!
especially since I've realized I have an intolerance to gluten and other food allergies!
I've come up with so many healthy gluten free recipes and I really love sharing them.
I hope you'll enjoy reading about them!
**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!