I am originally from the Chicago area where I lived for the majority of my life. I attended Illinois State University to pursue my B.S. in Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics and a minor degree in Spanish. I moved to Colorado to surround myself with people who were like-minded and shared the same passion as me. I wanted to pursue my career in the health/fitness industry and Colorado seemed like the place to do it. This is where I found my family at Pursuit, and I have never felt more at home.
My fitness journey began when I was just a sixteen year old teenager in high school. I got my first gym membership at the cheapest gym in town. I was your typical cardio queen, would workout my abs 7x/week, get Culver’s cheese curds on the way home from the gym, then wonder why I didn’t have six-pack abs yet. As the years passed I gained more and more knowledge on weight lifting and nutrition. I began to turn this ‘hobby’ into a passion. Instead of dreading going to the gym, I genuinely looked forward to it. It was the best part of my day, it became addicting. Being a young female, is not easy by any means. I went through periods of body shaming myself and created such an unhealthy relationship with food. I struggled with this for years and years.. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. I spent HOURS a day at the gym TWICE a day and was eating ‘healthy.’ I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. Even with the extensive knowledge I had, I still dabbled with all of these different fad diets, trying to find one that did what we all want –shred body fat and build muscle as fast as possible. I tried everything under the sun and got little to no results. Low carb, paleo, intermittent-fasting, keto… You name it, I’ve tried it. As humans, we tend to try anything that we hear works for people –But that’s the thing… What works for one person, doesn’t always work for the next. We are all different. It wasn’t until I really understood how important my metabolism was and how my metabolism actually worked that I started to see the sustainable results that I had always I wanted.
Throughout my time at Illinois State University, I gained a lot of professional experience in different fields of dietetics. I have background in clinical nutrition, food science, food service management and many others. Although I enjoyed doing each of these, I acquired such an appreciation for the sports/fitness side of nutrition. I began to work closely with the university’s sports nutritionist and strength coach. I customized meal plans, made pre/post workout shakes, held nutrition and cooking demos, and developed informational seminars to present to our athletes. I loved every minute of it I’ve always been an athlete myself, and I loved learning about how nutrition was directly related to my athletic performance. Having the experience with our university athletes and my own personal experience is what solidified my decision that this was the direction I wanted to take my career.
My ultimate goal is to share these experiences and knowledge with all of you, to avoid bouncing back and forth between these un-maintainable diets. I want you to understand your body and metabolism. I want you to feel confident. I want you to learn how to maintain your success. I want to be a role model to young men and women who struggle the same way I did. I want to be an inspiration throughout your fitness journey. And I want to help you live a happier, healthier life.
(B.S. Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics, NASM Certified Personal Trainer)