I fell in love with fitness during my first year in college. I remember the EXACT moment. I was scarfing down a Carl’s Junior Western Bacon Cheeseburger, large curly fries and large Dr. Pepper. I started eating my friends left overs after I finished all of my food. I remember her saying “Wow. You’re still hungry?” And from that moment on I knew I needed to change my lifestyle.
Growing up I was always an athlete. My athletic background started with my love for gymnastics, I was a gymnast for ten years before I transitioned that into a love for dancing. I danced through-out high school and once I graduated, all physical activity stopped. Fast forward to my Western Bacon Cheeseburger and I was living the “Freshman Fifteen.”
I felt awful. Not only was I self-conscious of my body, but I was the most tired, sluggish, and lazy 19-year-old anyone would’ve ever met. The day after my Carl’s junior realization, I began researching diets and weight-loss “secrets.” This hobby turned into an obsession which became my career. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of information available on nutrition and didn’t know what to believe. So I educated myself. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis in 2014.
During my college years I was a Sacramento Kings dancer, in that time I was also captain for 2 years, while working towards finishing my degree. I was fortunate enough to be the female ambassador for the Kings and travel around the world representing and promoting the organization.
While I was learning all about the body and the effects diet and exercise has on the body, I was experimenting on my own. I competed in my first NPC Bikini Competition when I was 20 years old. Unfortunately, the crash dieting, post-show weight gain, and constant body image stigma working in the NBA led me to have a binge eating disorder. I would pretend that my diet was good but I suffered from a never ending cycle of self-hate, guilt, and binging. I would have periods of time where I would be motivated to stay on my diet, or at least that’s what I thought motivation was, but it was just restriction and punishment. But then I found IIFYM and macros saved my life.
IIFYM (if it fits in your macros) is a LIFESTYLE, not a diet. It teaches you what a TRUE portion is and nutritional value of foods all while there is no restriction and you can achieve any goal you want. It is personalized to your body, there is no ONE diet or even a generic macronutrient prescription that will satisfy everyone’s needs.
My goal is to spread this message. I care about the process of an individual’s success. I care about how you feel about yourself. I care if you feel confident, strong, and sexy in your own skin. Once you do, you will be unstoppable.