Growing up I always had an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. I came from a home that was as far from stable as one could get. From an early age, I was desperate for some control in my life, and quickly developed a terrible body image. This made me a prime target for an eating disorder. While I didn’t ever fully engage in full on eating disorder behaviors until later on, my relationship with food and exercise was a constant equation that I found myself living in. It was tiring. It was unhealthy. It grew into a pretty big problem later on in life.
As God began to pull back the layers of these unhealthy bingeing and purging patterns in my life, I realized that there was a lot more to all of this than outward behavior. There were webs of dysfunctional thoughts woven throughout my mind. There were lies I was believing about myself, about food, about exercise and about the God who created me. I had an ideal that was so elusive, yet I continued to chase it, never coming close to measuring up. Food was a numbing agent and exercise was a punishment, or a means to be able to eat more of what I wanted.
After a couple of years, some awesome accountability and two really helpful counselors, I am in a far better place than I’ve ever been before. I am learning what it looks like to fuel my body with what I eat. Exercise is no longer a punishment, but something that allows me to strengthen my body while giving me more energy to go out and live life.
In fact, over the past few years, I’ve realized that I absolutely love exercise. I love the high you get after completing a tough workout. I love sweat, cute workout clothes, and accomplishing things you didn’t think you could (hello chin-ups).
I also love people. I love working with people. I love talking to people. I love hearing people’s goals and helping them come up with ways to meet them. I love coaching and encouraging and being a bit of pain in the butt when I need to hold someone accountable. I love seeing others accomplish things they never thought they could.
Becoming a personal trainer seemed like a total no brainer to me.
So, I studied, and went to workshops. I wrote out sample programs and asked lots of questions. I took my test, and walked away with a certification.
As I look ahead at how I want to use this, I know a few things:
- I want to help others, specifically busy women like me!
- I want to teach people how to reach their goals without letting them consume you.
- I want people to start experiencing the intangibles that come from exercising and fueling your body well (more energy, better moods, and greater confidence).
- I want to help women become healthier, stronger and meet their weight loss goals in sustainable ways, without contributing to the slew of fad diets we are pommeled with on a daily basis.
- I want to build a business that honors God and the way that He has created us. One that supports women in healthy ways, and one that is of great value to the community at large.
While this might seem like an out of the blue change for me, I assure you, it isn’t. I have been quietly working on it for a while now. Exercise has been a part of my life for years, and I can’t wait to help make it an enjoyable part of others lives in the years to come. I haven’t started selling Beachbody, Advocare or Isagenix. Instead, I am slowly accepting some one-on-one, in-person clients, and am excited to open up my first online boot camp to a small group of busy women (Check out the details here if you are interested in joining).
So there you have it. It isn’t the whole journey, but I think I hit all of the high points! I’d love to answer any questions you might have about getting certified, joining my online program or about one-on-one training. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get stronger, tone up or just have more energy, I would love to help you think through and work on those goals!
And of course, stick around the blog for more encouragement to help you get it together with grace…in all different aspects of your life!
Are you a busy woman juggling faith, work, home and family?
I am too.
Sometimes women like us can get so focused on helping others that we forget to take some time for ourselves. We don’t set aside time to spend with God, and workouts fall to the wayside. I get it. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have another minute in my day to spare. But, if we don’t take our spiritual and physical health seriously, we won’t be able to work, serve and love well. We will end up a hot mess of frustration and anxiety.
I hear ya’ sister…that struggle is real, and I feel it every day!
That’s why I am committed to helping women like you refocus their faith and get in shape. Because when we are planted in God’s Word, and feeling healthy and confident, we can go out and do all of those things God calls us to do, and we can do them excellently!
Sign up below and get my 3 Day Faith and Fitness Quick Start Guide for Busy Women. In it you will find 3 days of Bible study (looking at a different Psalm each day), and 3 quick, effective and simple workouts for you to do at home! This guide is totally FREE and will take you less than 30 minutes to go through each day!