Charlotte, NC 28203
I was an athlete all of my life. I grew up playing a sport, or multiple sports, every season. I was the first born in my family, so my dad was excited to turn me into a tomboy! :) I was one of those lucky kids that was tall and lanky and could eat whatever I wanted...although that could have been because, well, I was young and constantly on the go. After high school I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD to play basketball. I ended up getting very sick while I was there and had to leave school.
A few months later I enrolled in business school at Bryant University in Rhode Island and decided not to play sports anymore - I wanted to be a normal kid with a normal schedule and do normal kid things, like everyone else. Well, with my newfound inactivity and "normalness", for lack of a better term, I also found 15 extra pounds! I was extremely unhealthy, eating Easy Mac daily and drinking adult beverages excessively (college). I was on and off again at the gym during that time and my weight fluctuated. By the time I graduated college I was 25lbs overweight and pretty miserable.
I started working a marketing job for a small financial company in CT out of college. Seemingly, life wasn't so bad, but I felt horrible. I was unhappy, negative, had low self esteem and zero confidence.
Time passed and then something happened. I'm not sure what it was - I can't explain it, but something just clicked. I decided I wanted to take control back. I wanted to be a happier, healthier, prettier, more confident person. I joined a gym and lost all the weight I had gained. It didn't happen overnight - it took me about a year. I learned how to sustain a healthy lifestyle, but not deprive myself of the things I enjoy (ice cream, chocolate, adult beverages). I realized that my passion was fitness and it had been since I was a child. I pursued that passion and haven't looked back since. Now every day I wake up and I am happier than ever! I love what I do, I am constantly learning new things, and I love working with all of my clients - they are the best!
I opened my personal training business, Fit.Strong.Life in 2014. I recently rebranded to Lemonade Fit in July 2019 and opened up a small studio in South End.
I am a NASM certified personal trainer with specialization certifications in women's fitness & weight loss.