- NASM Trainer
- CrossFit Level 1
- Precision Nutrition Certified
- BS Nutrition - University of Northern Colorado
I grew up in CO in an athletic and competitive family. I spent most of my days jumping on our trampoline and tried almost every sport imaginable, mostly sticking to individual sports like swimming, dance, and tennis. In college, I was on track to study nursing and started working in a hospital. I quickly realized how many people relied on a quick fix for their chronic diseases that were almost entirely preventable. I already had some experience with eating healthy from growing up in a large family where we couldn’t eat out much and two sisters who had food intolerances. I decided I wanted to make a career out of helping people prevent chronic illness instead of simply managing them. I also happen to really like food which is a plus when you talk about it all day! After I graduated, I moved to Honduras where I spent five years teaching, building a school nutrition program, and helping design programs for a children’s home and daycare centers. After gaining about 25 pounds eating traditional Honduran food and living an extremely sedentary lifestyle, I realized I needed to change my habits. My clothes barely fit me anymore, I didn’t have energy, and my self-esteem was at an all-time low. I was told I was at risk for developing PCOS if I didn’t change my lifestyle. I started taking my own nutrition seriously and began losing weight. I had to endure a lot of criticism because the way I was eating was so foreign to my host-family and friends in Honduras. Most Hondurans believed that potato salad should count as a vegetable. I started going to a gym near my work and eventually found a CrossFit gym where I immediately found my first CrossFit home. CrossFit has helped me be consistent with my workouts for the first time since high school. It has helped me see that my body is capable of so much more than I could have ever imagined. I was never the “strong one” but now am stronger than I ever thought possible. It has helped me build a growth mindset and understand that hard work pays off if you stick with something. CrossFit has also helped me find a place where I can help others become their best selves physically and emotionally. When I’m not in the gym or working with my nutrition clients, I can be found on the golf course in the summer or on a pair of skis in the winter. I also am a professional aunt to my 16 (soon to be 18) nieces and nephews and love traveling and snuggling on the couch with my incredible husband, Thomas. Fun fact about me? I am one of nine children!