In my 20's, I was depressed and overweight. I was in a hole that I didn't know how to get out of.
I was embarrassed. I didn't like to have my photo taken and I hated trying on clothes. I ate too much and drank too often. I wasn't happy.
I joined a gym and hired a trainer. I knew I had a long way to go, but getting in the door was the first step in a journey I knew I needed to take. That journey took me to 80 lbs lost and a more fulfilling life. But the journey never stops.
Once I reached a healthier place, I knew that if I could drag myself from the hole I had been in, so could others. I knew that I wanted to help them too because I knew what it felt like to be at the bottom. When you're in that hole, looking up at the sky, the sun seems so far away. But all it takes is a little faith, strength, and self-care. I believe in you .. you just gotta believe in yourself.
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When people find out you’re a personal trainer, a fitness instructor, a running coach, or really anything in the health industry, there is a lot of assumption about the kind of person you are. I know this because I had some pre-conceived notions about trainers when I joined a gym in my 20’s at the lowest point in my life. My trainer was blonde, tan, fit, and bubbly. She was all the things that one would imagine a personal trainer to be, and she was amazing at what she did. Despite the fact that she seemed like the girl in high school who would never talk to me, I did what she asked of me, grew to trust her, and she made incredible things happen for me.
When I started my fitness journey, I was overweight, depressed, and my confidence was at an all time low. I am grateful every day for being brave enough to step into that gym all those years ago because everything in me was terrified. I remember all the eyes on me in my cheap, cotton sweatpants and I was worried about the judgement that others would place on me. But I was ready for a change, and I decided that day that I was going to hire someone to help me take control over my life and I was going to do every single thing she told me to, because I didn’t want to waste my time or my money. And magically, it worked and I lost 80 lbs in a year by eating better and working out.
I also started running, and at first I couldn’t do a lap around the parking lot without getting horrible side cramps because I didn’t know how to breathe correctly. But I started with 3 minutes of walking on the treadmill and 1 minute of running, over and over. Then I gradually increased the running time and found myself able to run 3 miles. From there, I got up to 6 miles, then 10. I did my first half marathon in 2005 and my first full marathon in 2006. I ran 3 more marathons before getting pregnant.
Then I had kids. Though every pound I gained was worth the joy they brought me, I felt like my body had betrayed me. The things that had gotten easy were suddenly hard again. Doing 1 push-up was a challenge and I felt completely defeated. I was sleep deprived, emotional, and weak. I didn’t have the time or the energy to care for myself and I felt as though I was at the bottom of a hole with no shovel. When I finally looked up and saw the sunshine at the top of that hole, I decided to start digging in the dirt with my hands, so to speak. And with the support of some awesome other mommas, I clawed my way out. I found myself able to run short distances with the stroller and take less and less walking breaks. I saw my arms getting stronger and my clothes fitting better. Eventually, I was able to run marathons again, and I found myself faster than I’d been before kids. Things began to happen. All it took was time and putting one foot in front of the other every single day. I challenged my body over and over again. It was hard, but it was possible. I found myself in the best shape of my life. Ever.
After years of pushing myself to these limits, I came to the realization that I had some knowledge worth sharing with others. There are so many people out there who just need someone to believe in them and to guide them down the right path. Despite the fact that I was NEVER that person who stood up in front of a group, I got my AFAA certification a few years ago and started training pregnant and post partum moms as a group fitness instructor. And then I got certified by the RRCA to be a running coach too because I figured it was time to help others scale all those hills I’ve been running for so many years. I’ve had a lot of devotion to running and fitness because, quite frankly, it saved me.
You want experience? I’ve got it. I have taken years of classes: boot camp style, spinning/cycling, kickboxing, yoga, barre, and just about everything in between. In addition to this, I’ve run dozens of half marathons, 6 full marathons, more relays than I can count and every other distance under the sun. I’m now starting to run ultras. I write for a running blog called “Run Oregon” and I get to test running gear and run more races than ever. I’ve been on both sides of the fitness game, active participant and encouraging leader. I’ve even taught classes and then taken my classes taught by other instructors. I have been in this business in one way or another for over a decade.
I’ll meet with you for a half hour consultation to see if we’re a good fit for each other and to find out what your goals are. I offer the following services:
It's not about being skinny. My business is called "Healthy Girl Fitness," not "Skinny Girl Fitness" and there's a good reason why. The scale does not define us. In fact, the scale is a horrible judge of who we are or how strong we are. My goal is to help people get healthy. Healthy looks different on everyone, and it has nothing to do with the size tag in your jeans. I'm here to help you with realistic goals that will make you feel good.
I am here to meet you where you are at. You need accountibility You need a friend. You need tough love. I'm here for all of it.
Strength and cardiovascular training are what I offer as a personal training instructor. As a running coach, I can train you both on a track and off. I’m here to help you reach whatever goals you have, and your happiness is my ultimate objective.
My style is fairly laid back. My philosophy is that I’ll make you work as hard as you want to. If you want to put in the work, I’ll bring it. If you want to dial it back, I’ll help make that happen too. Ultimately, it’s YOUR workout, so you put in what you want to get.
Hit me up and let me know what you are looking for!!