About Me

Growing up in New York City, physical activity was never a big part of my life. My high school didn’t even have a gym, much less offer any sports. And I don’t recall my parents doing any sort of exercise… ever. Even once I graduated college and married a soldier in the Army (who was the epitome of physical fitness), I didn’t have any interest in being active.

But by the time I was in my late 20s, I found that my health was deteriorating – both physically and mentally. I was unhappy, overweight, and eventually diagnosed with clinical depression, anxiety and sleep apnea. Not only was I prescribed several medications, I had to sleep with an oxygen mask at night (I know, sexy right!?). I knew my well-being depended on making a change in my lifestyle, but I just didn’t know where or how to begin when just getting out of bed in the morning felt like a challenge. Occasionally, I forced myself to go the gym, attend a yoga class, or go for a run – hating every second of it, not being consistent, and not seeing any results. And while I ultimately beat the depression several years later, I spent the better part of a decade struggling with my weight.

Then, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was put on bed rest at just 26 weeks and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. But that experience was a blessing in disguise because it gave me a glimpse into what my future might be like if I didn’t start taking better care of myself. After more than three months of strict bed rest, a no-carb diet and daily insulin injections, I was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby girl and my entire world (and outlook) changed in an instant.

I believe having a daughter is one of the most inspiring things that a woman can go through. It has forced me to see myself through her eyes, and to become the best possible example for her that I can be. I want to be healthy inside and out – to be a positive role model for her and to make sure I do everything I can to prevent my depression from returning. My daughter is the “WHY” behind my motivation.

So with my new-found inspiration, I committed to 30-days of fitness with Hip Hop Abs and Shakeology. When my challenge pack arrived and I realized the program involved six workouts a week, I was terrified. How would I find the time to do this with a new baby at home? But I had already taken two huge steps. I made the DECISION and I made the COMMITMENT. All that was left to do was to “push play.” So I did.

Each day when my little one went down for her nap, I’d put in the DVD and do my workout. I couldn’t believe it, but Hip Hop Abs was actually a FUN workout! At first I could only get through the routine doing modifications. Sometimes I couldn’t get through a whole workout because my daughter woke up crying half way through. Sometimes she didn’t nap and I had to wait until she was finally asleep for the night before I could get started. But by focusing on my "why" and making my health a priority, I was able to find the time every day. After each workout I felt more PROUD and EMPOWERED, and every day it got a little easier.

I also found that by drinking Shakeology in the morning, I stayed satisfied longer and had tons of energy – even after working out. By the end of the month I was able to do the routines without any modifications and could see a dramatic change in both my body and my demeanor. Working out everyday had became a habit and continued my progress with several other Beachbody programs including P90X3.

For the first time in my life, I can say that I feel completely and utterly happy – from the inside out. I signed up to be a Beachbody coach because I want to pay it forward and help YOU to find the motivation to commit to fitness and live the best life possible.

That’s my story. Are you ready to begin yours? I’d love to get to know you better, learn about YOUR "why," and help with your fitness transformation in any way that I can. And if you'd like to learn more about me and why I decided to become a Beachbody coach -- you can check out my video here.