Fit Impressions has been in business for eight years as of August 2020. What started as a fulfilling “part-time” gig has blosomed into a business I never saw coming. Recently, in May of 2019, I moved into a much bigger space to allow for a more comfortable environment to provide nutritional consults as well as a room for small group training and very small classes of 3-4 people. I’m proud to say I have worked with women from ages 16 to 68. In my seven years of personal training, I have found that every single woman I have worked with has different needs and goals. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Thus why I do not take a “cookie cutter” approach to my clients. I take each invidual’s needs, personality, lifestyle and goals into consideration when writing a workout plan. I believe my dedication and attention to detail that I give all my clients is what makes me different from other trainers.
I believe in a healthy lifestyle and a healthy balance. I’m not a trainer that believes every lady should be a Size 2. I believe we should love our bodies no matter what size it is as long as we can move that body with strength and grace. I believe we should take a healthy approach to our every day diet incorporating fruits and vegetables and we should allow for an occasional treat or sweets (aka chocolate). I do not believe we need to do nonstop cardio or lift unreasonably heavy weights to achieve our goals. I believe that every women MUST take time out for herself in order to be a better mother, wife, daughter and/or friend.
Is it easy to change our habits? No, it is not. Are we perfect all the time? No, we are not. But I can help show you the path to balance and help you feel strong and healthy in your beautiful body.
My Fitness Journey
My weight loss journey is a bit different than most. It all started with a photograph on Facebook of a former high school classmate. She had posted a photo of herself in her theme-wear from a fitness competition. I was shocked that someone who had just turned forty could look so amazing. I have always worked out pretty regularly since I was twenty-five. However, working out for me consisted of only cardio activities a few times a week. I had never touched a weight as I found the weight room to be intimidating. I also thought I was eating relatively well but unbeknownst to me, salads loaded with dressing, cheese and other hidden calories, was not eating clean! I had put on a few pounds year after year and topped out at 145 at the age of 41. I had come to accept that the small pooch of a belly came with age. However, after my initial amazement and admiration of my friend’s photo, I thought to myself “Why can’t I look better? I may never get the washboard abs she has but I work out all the time and I enjoy it. Why can’t I look more fit?”
After some investigating on Facebook, I discovered a whole new world of fitness competitors and eating clean. I bought Tosca Reno’s book “The Eat Clean Diet “, and read it cover to cover and realized that I, too, could make better choices both in eating and working out. I later stumbled on an on-line weight loss program that was geared towards fitness competitors but had a program designed for women who were not interested in being a fitness competitor but would like to train and look like one. On this program, I got a monthly on-line training program as well as nutritional advice and weekly check-in’s with fitness coaches. Three months after seeing my friend’s photo, I signed up. It was a little tough eating five times a day and eliminating my every day chocolate treat but after time it became easier because of the new found energy I had. However, dragging myself out of bed and into my cold garage to lift weights was at times challenging. But I immediately saw changes in my abdomen and for the first time ever, muscle definition in my arms. All these changes were truly exciting! When I would hit a low point, I would scour the Internet looking at the “before and after” photos of various women both on-line and in fitness magazines. These women’s photos and stories motivated me and kept me on target. I thank them for having the courage to submit those photos and share their stories!
Six months later, I was down 18 pounds and three pant sizes. I had not been a size six since high school! At this point, I sought out a local personal trainer to push me the rest of the way. I had plateaued on my own, needed someone to motivate me to go a bit further and I was beginning to entertain the idea of one day competing. My trainer was a former fitness competitor and bikini winner. She pushed me hard and I then dropped those last seven pounds, another pant size and weighed in at 120 pounds. A little more than a year after beginning this journey, I became a Certified Personal Trainer. Almost two years later and 3 days shy of my 43rd birthday, I walked the stage in a fitness competition. I may not have been perfect or as fit as some of those other girls, but I am proud of myself for having the courage to step on the stage in a bikini as I have not felt comfortable enough to expose my belly in a bikini at the beach since I was a teenager.
It has truly been an amazing journey. It is really not all about looking good. It is about feeling good. When you push yourself mentally and physically, you realize that there is nothing that you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it. Being healthy goes much farther than being fit on the outside, it is about being mentally fit on the inside as well!
I hope to help and motivate other women take their own weight loss journey and push themselves to achieve goals they never thought possible!