Revolution

I want to talk for a while about what you can expect when you work with WellwomanQC. Sit back and enjoy.

First, let’s talk philosophy. I don’t mean Nietzsche. I mean my personal and business philosophy. When you work with me, it’s going to be different than any program you have ever done for weight loss. While the type of personal training I do may be like others in my community, what you will get is honesty and nurturing, with a little bit of push. I’m not a Kosama girl. I don’t do Crossfit. If you call me looking for something like that, I’ll be happy to refer you to some great studios in town who specialize in this. But I specialize in one-on-one resistance training for women. Sure I will train men, but one of my specializations I did along with my certification is for Women’s Fitness. Most of my PT clients are women in their 30’s and up, who mainly want to lean out and lose a few pounds. It’s what I excel at and, frankly, what I love most.

My clients will tell you I’ll always challenge a little bit, but my main focus is to help bodies get lean with proper form and technique. Corrective exercise and form is extremely important, especially if I’m working with someone who has had some kind of surgery, joint issue, or chronic pain. The last thing I want to do is exacerbate or re-injure. With this, I always inform my clients to be sure to keep me abreast of any move that feels weird, hurts, or if weights are too heavy. I can watch for correct form, but the unfortunate piece is I can’t have an out of body experience: I’ll never know what it feels like to be in my clients’ bodies.

Another piece of my coaching business is proper nutrition. THIS is where it’s going to be unlike anything my clients have experienced before, and let me tell you why.

About 20 months ago, I started an eating protocol with a little company called Eat To Perform. Personally, I was at my goal weight, but I wanted to gain some beautiful lean muscle definition and I was unsure of how to do it. I can’t even remember how I stumbled on these guys, but I thank my lucky stars every day I did. I won’t go into too much detail and give away a bunch of secrets, but let’s just say doing this program absolutely 100% healed my relationship with food. When I came to them, I was eating about 1600 calories a day, trying to lift and run, but couldn’t see any results. What I learned was I was under-eating for all the badass things I wanted to do with my body. Once my food intake increased, so did my results. Let’s see some photos, shall we?

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So this was me after about 3 months of doing Eat To Perform. I was eating A LOT of food. I trusted my coach when she said “once we do a fat loss cycle, we’re gonna see all those muscles you’ve been working on.” She was right.

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This is August 1 of 2018, about 8 months later. I had done a fat loss cycle, then another of what we call a Performance Recomposition cycle: this means eating ALL THE FOOD. I was training for the Bix 7, and needed all of those macros to run 7 miles of hills a bunch of times a week.

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Last but not least, this is me, just about 9 days ago, at the end of my last Recomp cycle. I’m sure what you can see is MUSCLE. I am jacked with the kind of muscle I was hoping to have all those months ago, and all I did was change my nutrition.

The way I coach my nutrition clients is the Eat To Perform way. Last spring, I took and passed their Certification course, and am now a Certified Nutrition Adviser. I coach my clients through whatever their own personal goals look like. Some of my clients are doing fat loss, as they have quite a bit of weight to lose. I also have a few clients who I take a Recomp approach, as they may be training for half marathons and kickbox 6 days a week. It just depends on each person. Everyone is different, and I always tailor that into my approach with each client.

The other thing I try to help my clients understand is that this is hard. Weight loss, getting lean. It’s all a lot of hard work. And I’m going to tell you something right now, and that’s that I 100% get it. I gained 60 pounds with my pregnancy. Three years before that, I took off 25 pounds. Taking off body fat is HARD. Eating healthy is HARD. Weight maintenance is HARD. No one knows that better than I do.

But there also comes a time when you know, deep down in your soul, that it’s time to do something about it. I’m going to tell you it’s not easy. It takes a kind of diligence that you may have never used before. Tracking every bite that goes into your mouth is tedious and boring and time-consuming, but I’ll also tell you I’ve worked in the weight loss, fitness, and nutrition industry for nearly 10 years. Every person who has EVER had success in taking and KEEPING off the weight tracks their intake EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hate to tell you, but it’s true.

I won’t sugar coat anything for you. But I will tell you this. I’m going to be here to keep you accountable every single day. I’m going to be a bit invasive and ask to see your My Fitness Pal diary: not to ever judge you. Christ on a crutch, I LOVE French fries. Like, really really love them. It borders on obsession. And dark beer. Especially milk stouts. So I’m not one to ever judge you on your choices. But the beauty of the way we will do things is through a properly nutrient-dense diet and lifestyle, we will be able to account for those things. Not every day, but every once in a while so you feel like a human being and most importantly never feel guilty about what you eat. It’s food, dammit. One of life’s greatest pleasures. And we should all have a healthy relationship with eating.

What I can promise you is this: think of your weight loss or fitness journey as a house. I’m going to give you the tools in your toolbox. I’m going to give you all the materials and blueprints. While I’m the architect, you’re the contractor. I’ll be onsite every single day, laying out all the plans for your success. I want you to ask the hard questions, and no question is silly or stupid. Success in building your house may take a long time. Like, a REALLY long time (my “house” is ALWAYS going to be a work in progress).It’s up to YOU to build it. This journey is always your responsibility. But I’m gonna be next to you the entire way.

And here’s the thing: You’re worth it. All of it. The hard work, the diligence, and the blood, sweat and tears. I’m ready to help you revolutionize your health.

Let’s get started.

Move On

Some of you may know this about me, but I’m guessing many of you do not.

Before I fell in love with fitness, nutrition and wellness, my passion was performing on stage. No shit! I have a background of many years of performing in musicals, plays, and teaching people how to sing. It was my lifeblood for many, many years. I even had my own little theatre company for a while. I had a nice little career in Cincinnati of performing and teaching when we lived there from 2002-2006.

But as life changed, and I changed, so did my passion for theatre. Sure I still love to sing and be on stage. But in 2010, I had a big shift in how I saw my life and what I wanted to do with my time. I started my Masters program in Behavioral Health, and at the same time, I lost a ton of weight with Weight Watchers. I became a runner, and fell in love with learning about how to better my own life through nutrition and fitness. I knew when I finished my degree, I wanted to plug in what I learned in my program to the nutrition and fitness vein. I wasn’t quite sure how, but I wanted to figure it out.

As fate would have it, 4 weeks into my 40-hour a week unpaid internship my final year of my program, I found myself pregnant with my daughter. It definitely threw a wrench into my plans, but I obviously went with it. I finished my Masters program, with honors, and was 38 weeks pregnant on graduation day. It was a big moment for me.

Because I had waited a very long time to be a Mom, my first priority was to be able to stay home with my daughter for as long as I wanted and not have to worry about entering the workforce. I was lucky enough to be able to do this, and continue to work on taking off the 60 pounds of baby weight that I gained.

By the time my daughter was about 14 months old, I started to feel antsy about finally going after what I wanted. And that was to become a Certified Personal Trainer. My little one was independent enough, was in daycare a few days a week, and it was finally time for me to get out there again.

Well, as you all know, I got certified. I lost the baby weight. I got totally jacked. I even got certified as a nutrition adviser and specialized in Women’s Fitness and Fitness Nutrition. I’ve done a lot in less than 5 years.

I worked for a weight management program in our area for nearly 3 years. Around Christmas time, I realized I wasn’t happy in my job anymore. I missed the training piece of being in the gym with people, and I missed the nutritional coaching piece that I wasn’t doing in my position in this program. It was time for me to move on, and get back to brass tacks of what is really my life’s work, and that is getting people to a place of comfort in their relationship with food, and feeling like a badass in the gym.

Many of you know, this last week was a really weird one. I won’t go into specifics, but I’ll just say I was forced to move on in a way I couldn’t control.

I bring up my past involvement with musical theatre because there is a piece written by the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The musical is called Sunday in the Park with George. If you haven’t heard of it, Google it. YouTube it. Go find it and experience the beauty of this piece, and then tell me what you think. At the end of the musical, a character sings to George about moving on. She sings “Move On. Stop worrying where you’re going, move on.” It’s a beautiful sentiment at looking where you’ve been, and not concerning yourself with making the wrong choice. Just making the choice is the important part.

I took a huge leap. I’m taking a pay cut. It’s scary for my family right now, making such a big change. But my mental health and happiness is far too important than to have stayed stagnant where I was.

And the best part of ALL of this is, as a small business owner, within the last 5 days, my little dream of working with people to help them find their way back to healthy nutrition and fitness is BOOMING. I owe all of that to YOU. I couldn’t do any of this without the support of all who I’ve come to know in my journey of helping people. It is apparent I am very loved. More so than I ever thought. I have always had my clients’ best interest at heart. I don’t do what I do for a paycheck (although it’s a nice benefit). I do what I do because I LOVE IT and my passion for educating people on how to lose weight and gain lean muscle mass through good nutrition will always be my jam.

Thank you all from the deepest depths of my being. Thanks for helping me move on. It’s gonna be an awesome new adventure.