I’m 23 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles.
I grew up riding and competing in horse shows and played club soccer for many years. I also traveled the country playing professional laser tag (I’m a nerd). I was a vegetarian my entire life, until this past year when I started eating fish and chicken. I just graduated with my B.S. in Psychology. I want to get my masters in counseling so I can help girls with eating disorders. (That’s the long-term goal anyway!) =)
Studying Psychology in college (and having furthered that education on my own afterward) gave me a newfound appreciation and understanding of the importance of therapy and mental health counseling. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, self-harming or if in general, you feel as though there are things in your life you can no longer handle on your own, I hope you will take a moment to look through the links I have in my help section. There is absolutely NO SHAME in seeking help. It takes courage to reach out!
I get asked practically everyday what I did to get in shape, and how long it took….
During my high school years, I was a straight edge kid. I never drank or got into any serious trouble. I had a pretty healthy view of myself and was actively involved in sports and productive things. Once college hit however, I went a little wild. An unfortunate side effect of too much partying, junk food and an overall unhealthy lifestyle, I became extremely insecure about my body and myself as a person.
I woke up one morning with an incredibly bad hangover. My skin was tingling from dehydration, my head throbbed, the light from my window seared my eyes and the rolls of my beer gut squished together. I realized then and there that I couldn’t continue living my life this way. I immediately got up, threw all the junk food and alcohol away, joined a local gym and started doing research on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplementation and everything to do with fitness.
I stopped complaining about the things I didn’t like and started taking ACTION to fix them.
It took me months of clean eating and heavy weight training to achieve the transformation I achieved. Before that I had tried everything from yoga to kickboxing to pilates… but nothing changed my body as quickly and drastically as weights. Most women are petrified of weight training because of a silly myth about getting “bulky” or “manly”. Women do not have the levels of testosterone necessary to bulk up the way men do.. and I am living proof of that. Those women bodybuilders you see have been eating tons of food, training extremely heavy and consistently and taking steroids for many years to achieve what they have achieved. A physique like that does not happen by accident and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight from picking up a heavy dumbbell!
Through this website, I hope to motivate and inspire as many people as I can transform their lives for the better. With an obesity epidemic across the nation, it is crucial that we all go back to the drawing board and educate ourselves on basic healthy eating and exercise principles! Get healthy & get active! =)
**DISCLAIMER** I am NOT a dietician, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.