A Bit About Me
So, that was me about 16 years ago. Despite the smiles, I was very unhappy and completely uncomfortable in my skin. It was shortly after that picture that I started to get serious about feeling better and through diet and cardio, I lost about 50 lbs. in a not so sustainable way. When I say diet, it wasn’t healthier choices it was straight up calorie restriction, which lead me to the weekly food binge and about 3 hours of cardio a day. I now know why I had those binge episodes and that cardio for weight loss over the long term usually slows down your metabolism. No wonder I was up to 3 hours a day just to stay where I was at!
Fast forward a couple years and I was a Software Development Project Manager going through a very difficult and long divorce. My sanity was maintained by a trainer I met when I needed to get out of my house, away from the kitchen and work through my stress. I knew if I didn't I would regain the 50 lbs I had lost (I was already back almost 30). I learned how to structure things to actually see change and not be a cardio queen to just burn calories. That lead me into MMA, Muai Thai, Krav Maga and Boxing. While I always was naturally pretty strong, I could now bench 135 regularly and squat 225 with no problem.
Being strong changed everything about how I viewed my life and my confidence level. I found myself at work, reading about training methodologies and how the body works online, writing training programs for myself and others and realized I was getting all my energy from being able to workout and help others get strong and sitting in front of a screen 8-10 hours a day was killing me. So became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition and took the leap. I truly love being able to help others achieve things they never thought possible!
There are lots of trainers out there, but my commitment to you is to be there and support you throughout your entire journey. Your success is important to me! I believe in finding the pleasurable side of fitness; and while there may be a sore muscle or two along the way, the benefits of fitness is worth the discomfort. Getting in shape shouldn’t be thought of as a punishment. It’s an amazing and empowering lifestyle decision that anyone can make.
- Suzanne, NASM-CPT, Pn-1