My Story


My Health Journey Starting from 2002

After the birth of my beautiful daughter over 17 years ago (while I was just barely turning 19 years old myself), I became severely overweight.  A combination of poor eating habits, unhappiness as well as inactivity, combined with serious life changes was disastrous.  I became borderline diabetic, and extremely unhappy in my own skin.  I was winded walking up a flight of stairs, and couldn't stop reaching for Oreos's when I was sad.  I stepped on the scale Christmas 2002 and read that horrifying number of 242 pounds.  That was all it took for me...I vowed I would get healthy right then.    I was tired of living in denial of the demise of my health.  I was in my early 20's, I had my whole life ahead of me, so I made a decision and I worked hard day in and day out for YEARS!

Culinary School Graduation 2009

The Journey was long....

Gastric bypass was not a big thing when I was overweight.  So I did things the long, brutal and seemingly endless way....through constant vigilance to my eating and fitness routine, with a day in and day out consistency.  There were fad diets here and there, from South Beach to Nutrisystem, they all helped a little, but ultimately what helped was me learning about food, how to cook, healthy foods that would optimize my health.  It took me a total of 7 years to finally lose 100 pounds.  In fact one amazing fact is that the same week I graduated from Culinary School, I reached my goal weight loss of 100 pounds! 

I went to Culinary School as a result of my newfound desire to cook well.  I enjoyed the rigorous classroom structure of a Culinary Kitchen and the drill sergeant techniques of my Chef Instructors.  I like structure and I thrive best in that environment, so I LOVED culinary school.  I took one required course in Culinary Arts and that was Nutrition Science.  My professor glazed over the Kreb's Cycle and I HAD to know more.  A year later I began my study of Nutrition Science.  In 2013 I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science.  


The Journey of Health is Lifelong

When I began my health journey I had this thought that once I reached a certain number on the scale I would be "happy" with my body and that was it, end of story.  I have discovered that I can still in fact be happy with my body, while also still pursuing a greater level of health at each stage.  

Sometimes life is tough and we have to learn how to navigate some seriously challenging situations, for me that was a toxic 17 year marriage.  Once I moved out with my kids and found peace in my own mind and body I could finally focus on the next level of health.  I was surviving before, but now can say with all honesty that because my mental health has been repaired, due to months of therapy, I have been able to make space for the next level of my health.  I am now focused beyond a number on a scale, but instead on my performance fast can I run or cycle? how heavy can I lift?  More importantly how do I feel everyday?  Happy, rested, less stressed, more optimistic?  All of the above and I am excited for the future for the first time in a very long time!

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