In September of 2003, I found myself, literally, at the bottom of a hill. My son wanted to look out of a lighthouse at the top of a hill in a park, but I realized I was so out of shape that I would have to wait at the bottom of the hill. As my husband and son raced to the lighthouse, I stood by waiting with tears streaming down my face.
That day, I embarked on a journey to lose 100 pounds. I had missed out on a moment with my beloved son because I had allowed my weight to overtake me. I had gained 100 pounds during my pregnancy and developed a binge-eating problem. My tearful experience at the park led me to never to miss another moment in my son’s life and thus started my fitness journey to lose 100 pounds, a goal I reached in 5 years, 3 months, and 3 days.
My motivation was my son; he was more powerful than the extra pounds, and more powerful than the food addiction. I worked hard for those 5 years, and continue to work hard every day. I was determined not to be the “girl with the pretty face” or be defined by the number on the jeans or the scale. I had the power to define myself and change my life.
Along my fitness journey, I discovered I had a gift; I could inspire others to embark on their own journeys and write their own stories. In 2010, I became certified to teach group fitness classes. In 2012, I earned my personal training and sports nutrition certifications.
I am a tenacious and fierce woman whose passion is to help others reach their potential. The girl, who 15 years ago stood at the bottom of a hill, waiting, today undertakes several hours of group fitness classes and personal workouts each day.
That same girl is now affectionately known as the “squat queen.” Through my experience, knowledge, and encouragement, thousands of people who were waiting, as I was, have embarked on their own journey, knowing that I am there to teach and cheer them on along the way.
My personal certification list:
Creator of: TDF HIIT, TDF BOOTCAMP, TDF DANCE, TDF KICK, VYBE, IRON BOMBSHELL, GRACE & MERCY MET CON
• JNL Fusion Master Trainer
• AFAA Biggest Loser Certified Pro Personal Trainer
• ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
• ASAF Certified Personal Trainer
• ASAF Certified Yoga Instructor
• ACE Group Training
• ACE Kickboxing
• AFAA RIP
• IFA Certified Personal Trainer
• IFA Certified Sports Nutritionist
IFA Certifed Group Fitness Instructor
• IFA Certified Kickboxing Instuctor
• IFA Certified Step Instructor
• IFA Certified Weight Training Specialist
• IFA Certified Yoga Instructor
• Hip Hop Hustle
• Urban Striptease
• Flirty Girl Fitness
• UGI Fitness