My passion for fitness began when I booked my first TV role. Motivated by the new role, I wanted to be the best version of myself I could possibly be. I decided to join the gym and like many girls set my sights on ripped abs and building tone muscles. The only problem was I had absolutely no idea where to start. Anyone who has ever walked into a new gym knows how intimidating it can be. I was so nervous the first day I just got on the treadmill and watched other girls working out. Undeterred, I slowly began doing my research and studying the lifestyle. Eventually, I learned enough to create a routine and started training 4-5 days per week focused on my #1 goal of getting abs.
You’ve probably heard the expression “abs are made in the kitchen” and it’s so true. A balanced diet with proper nutrition is just as important as a regular exercise routine. Eating out sounds nice but the truth is you usually don’t know what goes into restaurant food so I learned how to cook. I focused on eating REAL food, tracking my macros, and understanding what it took to fuel my body with the nutrients it needed. After several months of eating clean and exercising regularly, I reached my first ever fitness goal of ripped abs! Not long after accomplishing this hard-fought goal, my career really started to take off and not long after I suffered my first major set back. I got so busy shooting 10-12 hour days and traveling that I began to skip meals. I would skip breakfast and sometimes literally forget to eat until 3 or 4 pm. It didn’t take long for this unhealthy routine to destroy all the hard work I had put in. Before I knew it I was down to the lowest weight of my adult life, a mere 95lbs. I remember feeling physically and mentally sick at such a low weight. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize how thin I had become until one day I saw a photo of myself (picture on the left.) I knew I had to get myself back on track ASAP. Putting on healthy weight isn’t as easy as it sounds but I was more determined than ever. My first day back I had to literally force myself to eat breakfast after months of skipping the most important meal of the day. This time around my #1 goal was simply eating right and exercising regularly. I realized my career can’t be more important than my physical and mental well-being.
I’m happy to say I currently weigh 108lbs but even to this day, it’s a constant struggle to maintain. I’ve learned that in life we have two choices: one is to keep walking backward which will take you even further from your goal and the second is to take a step forward no matter how small it is. You’re either going forward or backward and the direction is far more important than the size of your steps. Over these past 11 years, I’ve been blessed to share my knowledge and experience to help and inspire others to reach their own personal goals. No matter what struggles we go through in life we can always overcome them. With my new website/ blog I will continue to share with you everything I’ve learned and please know I’m just an email away! 😉