My love for health and fitness started in middle school when I discovered basketball. I ate, drank and slept the sport all though high school. While I would consider myself more on the athletic side, I lacked a whole lot of confidence. Practice was fine, but when it came to the game I would freeze, which unfortunately, put a damper on my basketball career. Well, that and I am only 5′ 5 1/2″, and yes, I am tossing the 1/2 inch in there! I also ran track, threw the discus, dabbled in volley ball and tennis. I always enjoyed sports and surrounding myself with my teammates/best friends. Life took over after high school and I kind of lost my way for a few years, until a good friend of mine got me into Women’s Tri-Fitness. That’s when I discovered the gym and got back into working out.
I remember looking at my friends so envious of how beautiful I thought they were. One day I looked in the mirror and realized all of the hard work I had put in had paid off and I was ready for my first competition. This workout mentality continued all throughout my 20’s. Funny when I look at pictures of myself during that decade of my life, I looked pretty amazing, but again with that lack of confidence mentioned earlier, I really never felt good about myself. In my 30’s I started my own business and had two children which ate up most of my time. With little time and no one to watch the kiddo’s I gained some weight, and only managed to get in a run with them in a jogging stroller. Better than nothing but very frustrating. Once the kids got old enough and started school someone introduced me to Orange Theory Fitness. I totally fell in love with it! I felt like I got my life back again. Orange Theory is where I met Morgan. We started talking before class one day, went paddle boarding and have been super close since the day we met.
Dec 2014/Jan 2015 I dropped a good 20 lbs and got into great shape doing Orange Theory. From April(ish) 2015 though April(ish) 2016 I had managed to get busy with work again, not work out enough, drink too much wine, and put that 20 lbs back on. I can tell you the exact day that I realized I needed to make a change, because I went to an Orange Theory class with Coach Norine Troope (you will hear a lot more about her throughout the site). It was 8 weeks to the day from my 37th birthday (June 17th 2016). After class she said, “Anyone can say that they diet and work out. But to set a goal and actually achieve it, that means something.” For whatever reason that hit home for me. I went to my car looked at my calendar and said “I have 8 weeks before I turn 37. I can’t stop 37 from coming, but I can feel good about me at 37.”
I started this year wanting to get in great shape because my birthday was coming, and ended up having the best year of my life. I have met the most amazing people this year, I have gotten in the best shape of my life this year, I have started boxing at UFC, branched out to Camp Gladiator, most importantly I feel better about myself now than I ever have.
I am a real person with a real life and real everyday challenges. No one is exempt from that. My entire life has been up and down but consistent, because if you keep your eye on the prize we can all achieve any and everything we want to. That is why Morgan and I started this blog, The Bod Talk. That is what New Way Health and Fitness is about, and that is why I believe in the Bod Pod. Welcome to the journey.
I like to think of myself as a ‘regular’ woman. I juggle work, home, health and fitness on a daily basis. I work in sports media, am opening up a Bod Pod location, and now have this blog too. I live in Florida with my husband and two fur babies. I love my dogs as if they were my children, and since children are not in the cards for me, they get to reap the benefits of my innate nurturing needs.
I got my passion for health and fitness in college where I discovered the gym for the first time. Instead of gaining the freshman 15, I lost 30 lbs thanks to being active for the first time in 18 years. As a kid I was the ultimate couch potato. I never played sports, and when I got home from school I ate things like bagel bites and Hostess cupcakes.
Once I was on my own, I had a friend show me around the campus gym and they explained how to use all the machines. I was instantly hooked. Between going to the gym and walking to all my classes, I was able to lose 30lbs my freshman year and didn’t look back. That is until my mid 20’s when life hit me hard.
My husband and I started a new business and we basically became hermits, never leaving the house and putting 100% of our time and energy into growing the business. For about 5 years I pretty much never left my house. That much time in solitude took me to a pretty dark place. I gained 30 lbs, lost all my social skills, and actually developed social anxiety. It wasn’t until December 2015 when my husband signed me up for a free class at Orange Theory Fitness. He knew I was in a bad place, and he heard me talking about how much I missed going to the gym. I was genuinely scared to go to a class, I was afraid to interact with new people, my social anxiety was in full force. I stepped out of my comfort zone though, and went to a class, and the minute I walked out that door I knew I had to go back. The classes are not cheap, but at that point I couldn’t put a price on my sanity and happiness, so I bit the financial bullet and signed up. That was the best decision I have ever made. Joining Orange Theory introduced me to a whole new way of working out in a group setting and now I enjoy trying new workout programs and exercises any chance I get.
Orange Theory is where I met Amy, and where I finally learned how to be social again. Finally having friends, and getting my health and body back has completely transformed me as a person. It has brought me back to ‘me’. A lot of that journey back to finding myself is owed to Amy. From the first time we chatted before class, she was warm and welcoming and it wasn’t long before we became great friends.
I love to workout but I also love food….A LOT. I consider myself a foodie, and jump at the chance to try new cuisines. I also love to try new recipes and explore different ways to make healthy/health(ish) food taste great. I believe in a life of balance, so I always have a cheat meal or cheat day. I am a firm believer that a healthy life is not a diet, but a lifestyle, so I never deprive myself.
I am excited to share my food, fitness and life journey with you.