My Story

Hello!

I am Stephanie, and I currently live in Texas.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you how my journey became my passion.

Let’s Rewind

So, my journey really began after hitting puberty. I struggled with weight loss and I tried to not eat after a certain time at night, I stayed away from carbs, and I ate Special K for breakfast religiously every morning thinking it was the secret to weight loss.  

 Fast forward into my college days at the University of Central Florida, I was in a mental rut. I dealt with unresolved issues from my past and present life. I lived a sedentary lifestyle with bad habits, always mentally exhausted. Along the way, something clicked in my brain. I knew I did not want to live like this forever. I wanted to be happy, in control, loving myself whole.

 I decided to visit a local park every morning. This was the decision that pretty much changed my whole life. I started off by walking, then jogging. Soon I was running. I did lots of cardio.

I wanted to challenge myself by taking it to the next level. 

That same year, I participated in three 5Ks, one 10K, a half-marathon, and the Savage Race. After the Savage Race I was inspired to take things to the next level by building muscle. This was a game-changer!

My Health Journey

University – Year 3: Started my fitness and health journey by visiting a local park every morning. This was the decision that pretty much changed my whole life. I started off by walking, then jogging. Soon I was running. I did lots of cardio. That same year, I participated in three 5Ks, one 10K, a half-marathon, and the Savage Race. After the Savage Race I was inspired to take things to the next level by building muscle.

Univerity – Year 4: Joined a gym and with no proper knowledge I was weight training. This is where I met my now husband, then boyfriend, who was a former a personal trainer. Suddenly, I was learning proper strength training techniques. And I was immediately OBESSED!

I was also extremely hungry right after I ate, but I ignored it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I did not adjust my food intake based on my training, work, and student life. I also thought carbs were the enemy.

I had a layer of fat I could not get rid of… if I just ate more, then my body would have released the fat instead of holding on to it because I was eating close to nothing. 

But I will tell you one thing, I thought this was the best I have EVER looked. How delusional! And no one could tell me otherwise. 

Full-time Job – Year 1: I felt like I was starving. When I binge ate, it was out of control. During this time, I also graduated college and was job-searching. This is when we moved to Colorado. I went through the stress of adjusting to the move and the job. I ate everything. The pounds were piling on. At the end of the year, I had gained 40 lbs of fat. 

I experienced body image insecurities struggling mentally.

Full-time Job  – Year 2: I also slowly reintroduce training and wholefoods into my life. I wanted to learn proper nutrition so, I signed up for the Sports Nutrition certification course through ISSA. I wanted to do it the right way this time. I also finally accepted that carbs are NOT the enemy.

Today

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What I’ve learned thus far?

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Conclusion

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I joined a gym and with no proper knowledge I was weight training. This is where I met my now husband, then boyfriend, who was a former a personal trainer. Suddenly, I was learning proper strength training techniques. And I was immediately OBESSED!

All my teenage years into adulthood life I thought carbs were bad. So, my “muscle gains” started off rocky. What I did not know then is I was going about it all wrong. I was not eating enough and my body was in constant catabolism. I would be extremely hungry right after I ate, but I ignored it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I did not adjust my food intake based on my training, work, and student life. 

I had a layer of fat I could not get rid of… if I just ate more, then my body would have released the fat instead of holding on to it because I was eating close to nothing. 

But I will tell you one thing, I thought this was the best I have EVER looked. How delusional! And no one could tell me otherwise. 

A New Chapter

After a year of maintaining this, I felt so hungry. No, no… I felt like I was starving. When I binge ate, it was out of control. During this time, I also graduated college and was job-searching. This is when we moved to Colorado. I went through the stress of adjusting to the move and the job. I ate everything. The pounds were piling on. At the end of the year, I had gained 40 lbs of fat. 

I experienced body image insecurities struggling mentally. I knew I was being tested for longevity. 

 

Back to Basics

During this time, my husband and I decided to make other changes. We wanted to remove toxic chemicals from our home. We switched from plastic to glass or steel, and changed our products to chemical free and wholesome ingredients. This included our bath soap, hair products, lotions, etc.

I started educating myself finding ways to strive for self-preservation. 

I also slowly reintroduce training and wholefoods into my life. I wanted to learn proper nutrition so, I signed up for the Sports Nutrition certification course through ISSA. I wanted to do it the right way this time. I also finally accepted that carbs are NOT the enemy.

I now consider myself a fitness enthusiast who is certified in Sports Nutrition. 

Lessons Learned
We all have insecurities, doubts, and sometimes want to give up on challenges. Some things we just can’t control. No matter where we are on our journey, self-confidence is a huge struggle for many, including me.

 There is no such thing as perfection or an easy journey. There is always work to be done as we evolve. Learning to have patience is a journey in itself. 

All along I thought having a “perfect” body would fix all my problems and would live happily ever after…Nope. Here is where I learned it’s so much more. It’s about understanding this is an ongoing process inside and out and around me to maintain a balance, if you will.

 Choosing to be healthy is so much more than nutrition and fitness. How’s your sanity? Are you making good decisions that influence your mental health? Do you have healthy relationships and a good support system? What about your beauty products, are you doing your research to find out if they are safe for you? What about other products you use in your home such as plastics and candles, are those safe? There are harmful chemicals that we expose ourselves daily that have detrimental effects to our health. 

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