Blessed to be in the field of health and wellness
“As a sedentary and obese middle schooler, I found strength training in our local small-town gym. I made going to the gym after school with my friends a routine and used it to build strength and a confidence to do things I never thought I was capable of. This led to playing football in high school- one of the best experiences of my life.
Working out and playing sports gave me a healthier and more balanced life. Unfortunately, knee surgery that resulted from an injury playing football plagued me with hip and back problems, keeping me from exercising and being as active as I had been. After high school, my injury, along with an unhealthy lifestyle that consisted of overeating, binge drinking, and being sedentary, led to massive weight gain. For years I was in denial of my obesity until the day I found myself weighing 267 pounds at 5’9”. It was at that point I knew I had to change my life.
Learning as much as I could, I found the right combination of nutrition and exercise that helped me get in even better shape than I had been in high school. This newfound knowledge and experience inspired me to become a Personal Trainer and pursue an education in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. I focused on Interdisciplinary Health with a concentration in behavior change- a curriculum that goes beyond physical health and looks emotional, mental, spiritual health and wellness, and how it affects people’s actions and approach to their well-being.
Overcoming depression, food addiction, and improving mental focus are just some of the amazing changes I’ve experienced after becoming healthier, physically. I have seen first-hand how adopting a health-conscious outlook improved every aspect of my life, and I hope to share that experience with as many people as I can as a health professional. It was through years of education, experience, trial, and lots of errors of my own that I have been able to develop the knowledge base to help the people that I have, without selling them promises or products. Everyone has their own personal journey with unique barriers. My goal is to help as many people as I can along theirs.”