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My transformation in pictures

2011 Before it all

2011 Before it all

In 2011 I was disappointed and sad because I’d let myself go, and I’d become that stereotypical mom in her 40s who had just given up. I realized that this year had marked the second round of clothes purchased in larger sizes to accommodate my recent growth. Two rounds of acceptance of a myth that turns out wasn’t really true AT ALL – you get older and you get out of shape. It’s just a fact of life. That was B.S., and I finally called it on that day.

2012 Just the beginning

2012 Just the beginning

After almost a year of clean eating and lifting heavy, I reached what I thought was my end goal: to fit into my old clothes and look decent in a swimsuit. Little did I know that what I thought was the end of the transformation story became the beginning of an entirely new chapter of my life. A few months after these photos were taken, I decided to start a blog about how I got lean. On that evening in September I built the backbone of what is now a thriving business centered around my love for connecting with people.

2013 Pushing the envelope

2013 Pushing the envelope

Little did I know that once you start seeing results from a lifestyle transition, your psyche tends to up the ante. That is exactly what happened to me, and I decided to put my level of discipline to the test. I took on carb cycling, ditched sugar and turned up the HIIT volume to achieve my leanest physique to date. These are the shots I'll whip out when I'm 98 and things get dull at the nursing home.

2014 Living the dream

2014 Living the dream

After my peak in 2013, I still felt like there was more to do. But this time it was a deeper calling that reached way beyond my transformation story. I had toyed with the idea of making a career out of my passion for fitness because so many people had reached out to me for advice, but I'd heard that making jobs out of hobbies was challenging at best. And challenging it was. I earned two certifications, registered my business in Colorado and contracted with 2 gyms in Fort Collins. I learned quickly that building a business from the ground up left little time for my own training in the gym. Thank goodness for mature muscle and clean eating. These 2 elements alone kept me in shape while I focused on building my client roster.

2015 Walking the talk

    2015 Walking the talk

    This year I've been able to spend more time appreciating how I got here, and finding time in the gym for myself. Blessed with an amazing set of dedicated clients, I've managed to find some balance between my work and personal life. I will continue to post photos here to keep myself accountable and provide proof that I don't give lip service. I won't ask for anything I don't deliver myself, and walking the talk every day is what I'd want from a trainer. Wouldn't you?