I do not have a natural athletic bone in my body. I danced for a few years as a young girl, but as a teen I lost all interest in sports. I was overweight most of my life and spent many years secretly dieting and trying different exercise programs, but nothing stuck. I spent many years feeling defeated and miserable about my health. Joe tried to get me into a CrossFit box for years, but I was intimidated. It wasn't until 2014 that a group of friends dragged me (silently kicking and screaming) to CrossFit Ansbach in Germany, and I haven't looked back. Although, I walked in at my heaviest of 250 pounds and in the worst shape of my life, my coaches took time to find out what I needed to be successful in my health journey. It is because of them that I became a coach. I wanted to share my experience with others. I knew I wasn't the best athlete, but my coaches made sure that I knew I deserved to be there.
For the past few years I have put my health and wellness as a top priority, incorporating other wellness modalities into my everyday life such as yoga, mobility and nutrition. In 2015, I began yoga teacher training while living in Germany. Soon after moving to San Antonio, in late 2015, I began teaching Yoga and coaching clients on the importance of complete wellness of the mind and body. In April of 2016, I completed the CrossFit Level 1 course so I could share with others my personal success and inspire them to reach their own goals. After switching my major a few times, I finally graduated in April 2017 with a Bachelors in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (or as I like to call it, "preventative care"). I also just completed 500 hour of certified yoga teacher training. I just want people to take care of themselves and be the best versions of themselves. We get so caught up in taking care of others, that we don't care for ourselves.
I have lost a total of 97 pounds (so far), but more importantly I have gained self-worth. I understand the struggles and obstacles that many of us face when losing weight, and I want to help others overcome them. It takes guidance, community support and education to take control of your health and get your life back.
I love the CrossFit family. They make going to the gym the best hour of the day. We laugh and motivate each other. Our members inspire me to keep pursuing my fitness goals. It's a really cool thing.
Also, I really really love lifting heavy things.