“Health” was something I knew was important from a young age.
I grew up in rural Maine, and skiing, bike riding, swimming, and running around outside are activities I grew up doing.
My mom was very conscious of her figure, and she used to go jogging and do exercise videos in our basement regularly.
I remember that she was often on a diet, and since I adored my mom and wanted to be like her, I started my first diet around age 12.
I loved the compliments and attention I got when I lost weight, but I took it too far: I developed an eating disorder that affected the way I viewed my body and food for years to come.
I yo-yoed up and down throughout high school and college. My poor self esteem kept me feeling isolated in college and unable to really open up and have many meaningful experiences.
I was convinced that thinness was the key to happiness, but I could never stick to a diet long enough to achieve adequate thinness.
I felt like I was constantly falling short and things only got worse once I graduated and entered “the real world.”
Living in NYC as a young twenty-something should have been great, but I felt aimless. Despite having a great job and friends, I was miserable in my skin.
I was exercising often, but also binge eating. I was frustrated by my lack of results and the scale just kept creeping up.
Even being diagnosed with hypertension and having to go on medication didn’t wake me up.
In 2011, a colleague convinced me to do a half marathon in Philly and raise money for Alzheimer’s, a disease that took both my grandmothers.
Having a specific goal in mind, a plan to follow, and a running partner for accountability made something click: when my sole focus was no longer the pursuit of thinness for thinness’s sake, I got results.
When the race was over, something was still missing: Despite being thin, I was not happy. So I started reading…
I discovered a wealth of knowledge out there on the internet, and realized that there were many other women, like me, who had struggled with weight and body image.
The solution: strength training.
I started dabbling with machines, but couldn’t quit my cardio completely. As I became more confident, though, the more I dared to venture into the weight room to work with dumbbells and barbells.
In March 2014, I became a certified personal trainer, and started training clients. I started teaching group fitness classes and working in a couple local gyms.
I started blogging about fitness and health in late 2014, but didn’t take it very seriously.
Then in late 2015, I took a plunge and decided to enter the world of online business. I hired a coach, and spent the next year learning how I could best leverage my experience, skills, and insights to reach women all over the world who are struggling on diets that don’t work and have all but given up hope that anything ever will…
My biggest “a-ha” moment was when I realized that we can’t berate our bodies into leanness, and that a physical change without a mindset shift is only a temporary Band-Aid.
This newfound perspective helped me develop the three core principles of living a Health-usiastic life, which are:
- Eat in a way that is 1) enjoyable; and 2) supports our goals;
- Exercise efficiently and effectively (i.e. in a way that gets results with the minimum expenditure of time and *mental* energy)
- Enjoy life to the fullest by being unabashedly ourselves!
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