As cliche as it may sound I’ve been active for as long as I can remember. I spent a good chunk of my childhood on a basketball court and continued that through high school along with dance from high school through college. I didn’t start taking the nutrition aspect of fitness seriously until I was an adult. I’ve always been skinny, I’m an ectomorph by definition, so I never had to worry about becoming overweight because I couldn’t gain weight to save my life. I ate whatever I wanted and nothing ever changed. When I got older my grandfather started being more honest with me about his and my father’s health conditions and knowing that you can be genetically linked to some illnesses I decided to make a change, not only for myself but for my future children. Genetics told me I was predisposed to diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney issues, a few types of cancer and numerous other illnesses. Most of which can be prevented or eliminated from a proper diet alone! Being Louisiana born most of our diet consists of something fried, smothered in gravy and almost always come with a side sweet cornbread.
In 2011 I started lifting weights with my then boyfriend (now husband) who also grew up a basketball playing ectomorph. He was able to put on over 50 lbs of lean muscle and build the body he wanted and I figured if he could do it, so could I. I was tired of being so skinny, I wanted curves and the only way to get the ones I wanted (well, most of them) was to build them. I had NEVER lifted weights, my workouts always consisted of conditioning styled workouts In 2012 I started working at My Fit Foods and learned first hand about portion control, good carbs vs bad carbs, meal prepping and proper nutrition. I got my certification as a personal trainer and started teaching people what I knew through nutrition presentations as a Brand Ambassador, Instagram, and my online clients. I learned how to eat to live. I also worked at Fit Life foods in Florida in 2017. I still eat red beans & rice with sweet cornbread, but I know how to season with minimal salt and don’t eat 4 pieces of cornbread with my meal! 😉