How it all began

I was single, living in the heart of the Napa Valley, working at a prestigious winery, eating culinary delights, drinking world famous wine, exploring the west coast in my free time and overall a happy person. So, what was the problem you ask? Well, let me rephrase. In reality, I was a single 30-something year old, working a desk job, greedily stuffing my face with crispy pastries from Bouchon Bakery and washing it down with sparkling wine for breakfast each day which might explain why I was so damn happy. I might be slightly exaggerating, but I was indeed living a life of luxury and as fabulous as that was, there were a few things that were dimming my light. I was feeling really out of shape. Ok, to be clear, I was the heaviest I had ever been.

Since then, thankfully, I’ve been able to turn things around physically.

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So what happened? As many of my family and close friends know, working-out has never been a problem for me. I love to move–run, dance, bike, swim, stretch, hike, lift and hit the cardio machines at the gym–but I was still overweight by my own standards. And if weight was determined by calories in and calories out, it was clear that I needed more structured workouts and a better handle on my diet, but diets suck!!! 

I didn’t quite have the inspiration I needed until I met this cute guy at a local wine bar who later became my coach, main source of motivation for making the lifestyle change AND boyfriend. How convenient, right? Anyway, after my initial awkward icebreaker comment, we quickly started geeking-out on all things fitness over food and a bottle of wine no less. I happened to notice he had a very nice physique and asked him what his secret was in which he replied, “All I do is follow a program online,” from his TV at home or on his iPad. "Are you kidding me? That is all you do?," I scoffed. He said it was that simple, "Athletes eat and train, they don't diet and exercise." For some reason that comment stuck with me. He explained that he ate portion controlled meals and worked-out 30-40 minutes a day. I wouldn't have believed him except my beautiful cousin recently followed the same program and lost 30 pounds before her wedding day. So, I decided to give it a chance and the guy, but that’s a story for a different day.

Short story long, I signed-up with this said 'Beachbody program' and customized it for my goals. In the mail came a set of colored portion control boxes, online access to 30-40 minute workouts, and (my favorite part) a delicious nutritionally dense shake. I have to tell you that it took me a week to get comfortable with my new routine and for meal planning to become second nature. I drank my shake every morning with pleasure and my workouts were tolerable, I got results and I didn't feel deprived. But let me tell you about the drawbacks... I stopped going out to eat and when I did it was for sushi or a salad. I didn’t go out drinking with my friends. I had to avoid the break room at work at all costs, but the kickback was that I got fitter, faster and stronger in a short period of time. I'm still a work in progress, but it was (as the cute guy at the bar said) relatively simple.

I'm eager to share it with others and re-enter the fitness world as a trainer at a local gym and online coach. Be sure to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more! Regardless if you want to sign-up for products or need some guidance, I’d love to be an advocate for your health.

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