Well hey there! I’m a content creator, coach, and total gym rat who loves lifting, being active, and being outside. I love any and all board sports and in my free time, you can find me ripping on a skateboard, wake surfing, snowboarding, or stand-up paddleboarding.
I began fitness + nutrition coaching shortly after high school, when I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. I decided to pursue a career in nutrition because at 17 years old, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was sleeping upwards of 14-15 hours a day, missing school and work because I was so unbelievably exhausted, and for the first time in my life – struggling with my weight and body appearance.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at 17 years old. I went on thyroid medication and while it helped a little, I still ultimately wasn’t feeling much better. My doctor didn’t really provide any further guidance or suggestions on how to improve my health, improve my symptoms, or advise on how to get my weight under control. I decided to pursue a formal education in Nutrition and Dietetics in hopes of not getting to the root of my health issues, but to help others in my position never be in my position.
My early and late 20’s were filled to the brim with disordered habits regarding nutrition and exercise. When I got into lifting weights in 2012, I was a total cardio bunny who had never touched a single weight in my life and weighed a whopping 92 lbs. Finding the barbell and heavy weights after college saved me … but my food and exercise habits in my early twenties were not healthy ones.
I was training for the Chicago Marathon at the time, so I would lift in the morning and then run for several hours at night. I was terrified of eating carbs (and food in general) and spent the majority of my days obsessing over food and my appearance.
Towards the end of my marathon training, I was actually only doing one long run a week because I enjoyed lifting weights so much. After I completed the Chicago Marathon, I stopped running all together and solely focused on getting better in the gym and lifting heavier weights. When I graduated college, I immediately moved to Dallas, Texas 2 weeks later and helped open and manage what would later become a world-famous gym.
I began leaning into competitive CrossFit and every spare ounce of my time was spent in the gym lifting and training. In 2016, our team qualified for the CrossFit Regionals in South Central. I was always obsessing over MyFitnessPal. I was constantly hungry and would wake up multiple times a night. I limited myself to 1800-2000 calories (despite training hours a day – oof). I took Tupperware to pool parties/restaurants because I was afraid of dining out. My hair was falling out by the handful. I chronically felt “tired but wired.” Survived off too much caffeine. My joints perpetually ached. My thyroid and sex hormones were basically non-existent, my digestion was horrible, and sex drive = 0. I was really, really miserable.
As I began my journey to healing, I transitioned off hormonal birth control (as I learned it might be affecting my thyroid health, contributing to my gut problems, and contributing to my depression/anxiety). I eventually realized that the way I was working out wasn’t sustainable nor conducive to health or my goals.
In a word: I was tirelessly smashing my body into the floor with exercise for hours on end and confused why my body didn’t reflect all the hard work I was putting in the gym, confused why my hormones were a wreck, and confused why I couldn’t get feeling better.
No one ever really told me that you should feel *better* when you leave the gym after a workout. That you don’t have to leave yourself rolling around on the floor exhausted and gasping for air to have a good workout. That it’s not good to be a total zombie and experience brain fog and excessive soreness after you workouts. And that if an athletic looking physique is the goal, that bodybuilding forever reigns king.
Present day, I don’t really stress over food or exercise stuff much anymore. Learning to take care of my body and do LESS changed my life. I bodybuild + lift 4-5x/week for 75-90 minutes via our Paragon Training Methods Physique program. I work closely with my doctor to manage my thyroid and hormone health. I still track my food most days, but mostly just to make sure I’m eating enough.
We’ve come a really, really long way from the girl with an eating disorder that went to college to pursue a degree in food, nutrition, and dietetics.
I’ve learned so many things the hard way, and I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through on anyone. But if I could do anything different, I’m not sure that I would. Sharing my own personal health/fitness journey has enabled me to reach thousands and thousands of people around the world, and get them to question and analyze the way they view their nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
I found my healing in 15+ years of coaching and educating others. I’m still finding it every day ♥️
PS: Paragon Training Methods is my whole world. Our evidence-based workouts and Paragon community is effectively helping thousands of people around the globe find freedom and better harmony with the way they eat, exercise, and life live.