Like many of you, I have embarked on countless diets, exercise plans, and challenges in an effort to find that one thing that would magically transform me into that illusion of a fit person that I had idolized in my head for so many years.
I am a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree and spent my days educating patients on how to take care of themselves, all while toting around 290 pounds. That’s right; I said it, 290 POUNDS! Boy did I feel like a hypocrite.
What was I missing? Accountability! I was accountable to my family, my work and my friends, but could never follow through with being accountable to myself. When I am accountable to someone else, that comes with a level of expectation and I would get stuff done. However, when it came to being accountable to myself, it was much easier to push that snooze button just one more time. It was easy to say “I’ll do better tomorrow.” I was stuck.
What changed? I finally realized that there are no quick fixes to getting and staying healthy. It is a lifelong process that starts with lifestyle changes that must be realistic and sustainable. I couldn’t compare my goals to someone else’s and I definitely had to change my relationship with food.
With my background in nursing and my passion for CrossFit, I realized I was missing a key component and that was how to fuel my body to stay healthy. Not just in the gym but in my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, I had eating down to a fine art. I didn’t get to 290 pounds by happenstance. I started researching how best to do that and since then have earned my coaching certification through Eat to Perform, and then became certified as an ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and Precision Nutrition Level 1. I have gained the knowledge and experience to work with anyone that is ready to make a change. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, become a better athlete, or become the healthiest version of you, I can help.
I have two beautiful daughters and just recently earned the privileged title of grandma. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and its unpredictability forced me to reevaluate my direction in life. I will always be a nurse at heart but now have a sense of urgency to help people identify their health goals and reach them. I am blessed to have my husband to share this journey with.
If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. Take action and make a change one day at a time. The road to being healthy is a lifelong process. To do this we must start with positive lifestyle changes.
I enjoy meeting people where they are and helping them get where they want to go. So dream big, train hard, eat smart, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
I was born and raised in Willard, Missouri until I met and married my best friend, Marie, and we planted our roots in Republic where she was raised. We have raised two beautiful daughters, Holly and Lauren. I spend as much time outdoors as I can get away with, doing anything from kayaking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, riding motorcycles (Marie says I have too many hobbies). I played pretty much any sport I could find as a kid but eventually found Martial Arts where I spent several years travelling the country competing.
After having our first daughter, I stepped away from that and was introduced to bodybuilding where I found a love of lifting that has never gone away. In 2006 I became a certified personal trainer for Law Enforcement Officers through the Cooper Fitness Institute in Dallas, TX where unbeknownst to me I did my first CrossFit workout. No one ever said the word “CrossFit” then, and it wasn’t until a couple of years later I learned the workout was called Randy (named for a fallen police officer). In the winter of 2008 a friend told Marie and I about “a new place” in Springfield called CrossFit. The very next week we did our first official WOD (Cindy) and as they say, the rest is history. We have been hooked ever since.
There are too many aspects of our community at CFR I love to be able to list here, but watching people have those breakthrough moments, accomplishing things they didn’t realize they could do, and getting to be a small part of that journey….PRICELESS! I completed my Crossfit level 1 cert in 2013, Crossfit Mobility cert in 2014, and most recently my ETP nutrition coaching cert level 1 and 2.