I wasn’t always fit and healthy. Despite always being physically active, I grew up chubby and generally maintained at an overweight or obese weight. My weight gain reached it’s peak in the winter of 2013. At this point I weighed 185 pounds, putting my BMI at 32, firmly inside the obese category. Around this time I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and fatty liver. I had problems with my insulin and other hormones, depressed and constantly hungry! I was on medications for my health problems, which were all caused by my obesity. I could have used these ailments as excuses, but deep down I knew that I had it in me to live a better life. I was 27 years old at the time, and I knew I had reached a point where I would either put my foot down and turn my life around, or continue on the current path to further illness, disappointment and early death.
It wasn’t easy to change my lifestyle around. But as I gained knowledge about nutrition and exercise, and stayed committed to my goals, I began to see results. Without my firm resolve, I could not have continued learning and tweaking my program as I hit various challenges and plateaus. Without resolve and commitment, I would have given up and stopped moving forward. This is when I learned that first and foremost, conditioning the mind is required before nutrition and exercise can be put into action.
Today, I weigh 135 pounds. That puts my at the upper range of a normal BMI, at 23 points. My body fat percentage is around 19%, which is considered to be in the “fitness” range. I am no longer on any medications. I no longer have PCOS or fatty liver. My depression symptoms are long gone. I have enough energy to chase my dog around and tire him out! Shopping for clothes is enjoyable! And best of all, I can look forward to living a longer, healthier life.
I have become so passionate about my new lifestyle, that I realized there could be no more fulfilling pursuit than to help others turn their lives around the way I did mine. My unique approach of conditioning the mind first comes from my educational background. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am a published scientific author in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. My background makes me uniquely able to both motivate on a personal level, and to apply scientific analysis when wading through the many weight loss myths constantly floating around. This means you get the right information the first time around, so you can maintain consistency, leading to results!