I was born and raised in Lunenburg County. Unfortunately, as a child I was not active. I didn’t participate in school sports, I didn’t like being outdoors and I didn’t even learn to ride a bike until I was 10. I had no idea it would lead to me weighing over 200lbs by the age of 15. I was constantly bullied about my weight, from school mates as well as family members. At that time, it didn’t motivate me to improve my health, it led me to eat my feelings. I remember starting to try these “diets” to help lose weight, but I never stuck to it. I would just end up sneaking food from the kitchen and eating it in my bedroom late at night.
The summer after I turned 15, I started working for a landscaping company in Chester, mowing lawns and gardening. This finally got me outdoors. I remember sweating buckets each and every day. I liked this feeling. I started walking my Father’s dog after work all around the Chester village. I actually started to like the outdoors. That summer I lost 20lbs and I started my Grade 10 year at 180lbs and I felt great about myself. I fluctuated between 190 – 170lbs throughout high school and when I moved to Vancouver, the first 2 years, I consistently maintained 170lbs while in Film School. But, I wasn’t eating healthy, I wasn’t exercising and I was pulling all nighters more than 3 times a week. For TWO years, I did this. I had low-energy and I slept awful and this is when I started drinking coffee. After I graduated, I decided to get on the health train. I signed up for a gym membership and started attending classes as well as started working out on my own. The gym was definitely something I was not familiar with, but I stuck with it, improved my diet (slightly) and ended up dropping 30lbs. I was at my smallest weight for the first time since I was a kid. I felt AMAZING!
This again, didn’t last. In one short year, I ended up going back to old habits. I ended up gaining back 20 of those pounds. I needed a change so, I moved back home and was determined to get back to where I was a year earlier. I got a membership at the local YMCA and started hitting the gym. Took a lot of classes and did a lot of my own workouts. I worked my butt off, day in and day out, but I wasn’t achieving ANY results. I starting working at Michelin on 12 hr shift work and that quickly took a toll on my eating habits. I spoke with a Nutrition & Fitness Coach at the YMCA and she had given me some insight on how to improve my nutrition. I quickly learned that I wasn’t eating enough! I was given a meal plan and continued to work my butt off in the gym. After just over a month, I was back to a healthy weight. Stronger, more energized and happy.
Having the support from those at the YMCA, helped me make healthy nutrition choices and make it a habit. A lifestyle. I quickly realized this was what I wanted to do! I can’t image living, eating, being any other way. I took the courses and studied while working at Michelin for 2 1/2 yrs. I am proud to say I am a Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutrition Specialist via the National Council on Strength and & Canadian Fitness Professional Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Specialist. I am currently running my own fitness studio located in Bridgewater, NS at 724 King Street. I’m taking on personal training/nutrition coaching clients as well as teaching fitness classes in the mornings/evenings throughout the week. Check out the most current schedule here.
Throughout my fitness journey, I lacked that support and it was a struggle. Having someone there to guide you, motivate you, educate and push you makes all the difference and I want to be a part of that for someone else. I’ve been through it first hand and I know the highs and lows of it all.
In 2012, I started running. I’ve completed multiple 5k, 5mi, 10k, 8mi races and in 2015 I completed my first Half Marathon (21.1k), finishing under my goal time with 2:24:14. In 2014 I started competing in obstacle races. I’ve completed MudHero six times (Three 6km & three 10km) and The Spartan Race twice. And I plan to do it again! This is what I truly love to do, it just took a while to get here.
St. John’s Emergency First AID & CPA + A.E.D 2016
Sports Nutrition Specialist, National Council on Strength & Fitness 2016
EMP Canada Medic First Aid, Standard First Aid – AED & CPR 2015
Healthy Eating & Weight-Loss Specialist, Canadian Fitness Professionals 2015
Certified Personal Trainer, National Council on Strength & Fitness 2014
YMCA Individual Conditioning Level 2, YMCA Canada 2014
YMCA Fitness Instructor – Group Strength, YMCA Canada 2014
Continuing Education Credits
Nutrition and Post-Exercise Recovery: It’s Not Just About Protein and Carbohydrates Anymore – Dec. 2016
Anatomy of a Fitness Business – Dec. 2016
The Palaeolithic Diet and Cleanses: Soon to be Extinct? – Feb.2015
Simple Protein Strategies in Sports Nutrition – Dec. 2015
How to Nourish Your Digestive Process to Optimize Your Health – Sept. 2016
Creating Your Purpose and Legacy : How to Live a Life Worth Telling a Story About! – Sept. 2016
All The Marketing Youll Ever Need to Attract All The Clients You’ll Ever Want – Sept. 2016
What to Eat and Why – The Research – Sept. 2016
Event Conditioning, Pre and Post Fitness Fueling – Sept. 2016