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A ‘bit about me: I have a BS degree in Recreation/Hospitality Management from California State University, Chico. Yes, that is a real degree. I currently live near San Francisco, California, soaking up the sun and enjoying the mass amounts of exotic foods. I love food a lot and exercise almost as much.
Story of health: As long as I can remember, I had been overweight. My heaviest was 174 lbs. This was when I was about 14 years old and 5′4. When I entered high school, after an awkward freshman year, I decided to “reinvent” myself. Already being a part of the high school tennis team, I increased my practices and decided to start running. At this time I started eating less and less until I was literally eating two bowls of Grape-nut cereal a day. Needless to say, I had an eating disorder. I dropped weight fast and at about 4 months later, I had lost 50 lbs and was dipping into the zone of being way too thin.
Today, I am the healthiest I have ever been. I exercise regularly and enjoy clean, healthy foods. I prefer to go without gluten and (most of the time) dairy. I do eat meat and seafood, but only on occasion. In general, I eat what my body craves. And if it craves sweets, then I’ll have myself some raw, clean, wholesome sweets!
My passion is helping and motivating others. I know what it is like to be on both sides of the fork- overweight and underweight. I know what it is like to dislike yourself, have a distorted body image, and to obsess about every calorie. I also know what it is like to NOT worry about any of those things and to thrive. And I want every woman (or man) out there to feel powerful, beautiful, and thrive in life.
For exercise, you will find me at the gym lifting weights, taking my beloved Crossfit, Mixed Martial Arts Boot Camp, or Kickboxing classes, spinning, or outside running. In October 2010, I completed my first marathon and raised over $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training. Exercise fuels my life in so many ways and I am blessed with receiving enjoyment from it.