My Love Affair With Health and Fitness
It all started in August of 1999, at the age of 37 I made a decision that would ultimately change the course of my entire life. That decision was to hire a Personal Trainer. At the time, I was a mother of four children ages 14,12, 8, and 3 years old and quite unhappy with my “after-babies” body. After 16 exhausting years of an unhappy marriage I decided I really wanted to get control of my life and decided to start with something I could take control of, my own body. I wasn’t necessarily overweight, but I was frustrated that I couldn’t tuck my shirt into my pants anymore. I thought I needed to lose about 10 lbs. and that would do the trick. I consulted with my friend, who was a P.A.(Physician’s Assistant) and he recommended a nutrition book that he was using and had just lost 25 lbs. He said “it has to do with your Insulin”. I responded, “what is Insulin”? He said, “go get the book”. I did just that. That very day I went out and bought the book and started reading it. Over the next 3 months I started implementing the nutritional information that was presented, chapter by chapter. When i got to the last chapter, it recommended doing resistance training. That meant going to the gym and lifting weights. Ugg… I was totally intimidated by the thought of using the weights as I didn’t know the first thing about them, and I was also terrified at the thought of doing it in front of others, men and women alike. But I was bound and determined to follow the book’s advice, so I hired a personal trainer at my local Gold’s gym.
Little did I know It was at the beginning of a journey that would literally change the course and direction of my life as a person and as a professional. With his help, I transformed not only my body, but my entire LIFE!
I explained to Jimmy, my 22 year old, college football player/personal trainer, that I was following my own nutrition plan from my doctor, so I didn’t want any nutritional advise from him. I said just train me on how to use all this equipment because that’s what my book says is the next step. He did an outstanding job teaching me good form, proper use of each piece of equipment and the power of sets and reps. I watched in amazement, week after week as my body transformed and the resistance training and good nutrition reshaped and sculpted my body to a level that exceeded even my best high school weight and size. In HIgh School I was very active as a member of the Track Team and the Gymnastic’s Team. At that time, I was a slender 5’8″, weighted 120 lbs. and wore a size 8. At the end of my 12 weeks working with my trainer and following my nutrition plan, I had lost 30 lbs and was now 135 lbs and wearing a size 2 skirt, and size 4 pant. Truth be told, muscle really does weight more than fat. I now weighted more than I did in High School, but now it was all muscle and I was a much smaller size. With my trainers help, and my sound nutritional plan I completely transformed my life and my body! I went from: a size 13 jeans to a size 2 skirt in 12 weeks Lost 30 lbs., 17 ¼ inches Lowered my body fat% from 21% down to 17% Lowered my Cholesterol 49 points. From 232 to 183 Lowered my HDL/Chol risk from 4.1 down to 3.0 Dropped Triglyceride levels 38 points. From 75 to 37 in the excellent range At the end of my 12 weeks I not only looked and felt fantastic, but I had fallen in love with weight training and that’s how my LOVE AFFAIR WITH FITNESS began.
Shortly thereafter, in mid 2000, I received my Certification as a Certified Personal Trainer and stepped into that very rewarding world of helping others transform their lives too!! Within a year, I also started competing in novice Natural Body Building Competitions. There is always room for improvement, no matter what your goal is.
Over the years I have veraciously studied and read about Nutrition with an intense desire to learn all about how our bodies work in regards to optimal health and fitness. In 2013 I earned my C.N.C. Certified Nutritional Consultant Certification through AANC The American Association of Nutritional Consultants. In 2015 I earned an additional NT Nutritional Therapist Certification Accredited through The Health Sciences Academy. I am the owner and creator of The Kaleidoscope Effect Life Coaching Program and am currently earning my Naturopathic Dr. Degree. I am proud and honored as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, to share my love for Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Personal Training with you. I specialize in Weight Loss and Health Recovery through Hormone Balance and optimal Nutrition. If you are serious about transforming your life and your body but just need a little help getting there, then we should talk. I would love to help you get started on your journey to a new healthy lifestyle, to loving yourself and embracing your new body. When you train with me, I am committed to your success. Come make your transformation with me and regain your best body, and find a renewed joy and zest for life!
Yours in Health and Fitness
Be Healthy – Be Happy!