Hi, my name is Stephanie and this is a new venture for me; however I couldn't be more excited to share my story and experience with you in hopes of helping you along your weight loss journey or simply living a healthier lifestyle. I have two beautiful, healthy children who inspired me to start living a fit lifestyle. I have since become a certified personal trainer in 2006, group fitness instructor and have run many successful boot camps.
I don't know if you would say I found fitness or it found me? It was one of those jobs I thought would be so awesome but never thought I could do it.. I had always fluctuated my whole life even as a kid I was anywhere from 105 to 150 lb.’s My early 20's is where my struggle with weight really got out of control, what can I say, I love food an the comforting feeling of being full. It wasn't until I figured out nutrition an portion control is key to your success that I was able to loose 92 lb.’s and keep it off.
When I became pregnant with my son I took it as a license too eat anything an everything, I gained an astounding 86 pounds. After his birth I weighed in at my heaviest 212 lb.’s, disgusted with myself I remember thinking come on I should have lost 20 lbs. at least nope only 10... I'm sure many other woman out there can relate, I wanted a second baby an figured well I'm already fat. And thus my second was on the way.
I remember the day clearly when I decided to take my health back! It was a hot July afternoon and I was sitting on the couch with my toddler and newborn as I did much of the time, when I got the call that my mom had passed away at the age of 51. Like so many others heart disease and diabetes also run in my family. What was I thinking I thought to myself? I had the best things that had ever happened to me my children, I couldn’t do this to them and want to be around for them as long as I can. It was that day that changed my life forever and have never looked back.
For so many people weight gain is an emotional journey sparked by life’s difficulties, for others you may be addicted to food or the feeling that accompany with it. Not only did my weight affect me it affected things I did, such as skipping out on being a brides maid at my best friend's wedding because I didn't want to be the fat girl in a lavender dress. I sincerely hope that by sharing my story and everything I learned along the way will help you start to live your best life. It's never to late to start only to late to not try!