Everyone starts somewhere, and it all begins with learning how and what to eat. For me, it got to the point where I was tired of being self-conscious and having little confidence in myself. It was time to make a change for my health and well-being. At the beginning of 2014, I was overweight and unhappy with where I was with my life. I was stuck in the same routine that most people find themselves in: go to work, come home, do a couple of things, and flop down on the couch for the rest of the night. I didn't "have time" for a healthy lifestyle. My diet consisted of whatever I felt like and whatever sounded good at the moment. I was very self-conscious because of how I looked, which in turn gave me very little self-confidence in my ability to change or make a commitment to a healthier life.
It finally reached a point where enough was enough. I was tired of not having confidence. I was tired of how I felt about myself. And, it was at that point where I made a commitment to be better. I found my "why." In April of that year, I began a program of cardiovascular and plyometric-based exercise along with some Pilates and core work. I also learned how to eat on a schedule. I learned the importance of prep-cooking and consistency. By June, I was down about 20 pounds, eating on track, and exercising six days a week. That's when I discovered weight training and bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding gave me a goal to pursue. Weight training represented a means by which to create the exact body that I wanted. Eating on a schedule had already become a part of my daily life so the transition into the sport was very organic. As I continued to learn, the more engulfed by the process I became. Nutrition and feeding the body is fascinating. The way the human body utilizes different nutrients in different ways for different purposes is truly incredible. Utilizing the knowledge I've acquired along the way to help others reach their fitness goals has been an incredibly rewarding experience thus far, and, as a personal trainer and contest prep coach, I look forward to helping you reach yours as well.