I have to admit that...

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I’ve always been a little self-conscience. My first perception of nutrition was unhealthy. In high school I tried diet after diet and often lived on Diet Coke and apples. I thought that if I starved myself I would be “fit.” I was unhealthy and I suffered from frequent headaches because my body was craving real food.

After high school I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and a dear friend encouraged me to run a half-marathon with her. I began training and fell in love with running. Throughout this time I was discovering the true meaning of nutrition. As a runner I realized I needed to fuel my body with a healthy diet (that meant consuming larger amounts of calories…good calories) instead of starving my body. And now health, nutrition, and exercise are a way of life.

In my journey I’ve realized that health and nutrition isn’t just exercising or what I put into my mouth. It’s also what I put into my mind. Prior to beginning this journey, I went through long stretches of time when I neglected my spiritual, emotional, and mental health. We can be our own biggest advocate or our own worst enemy. To be strong, healthy women we must take care of our minds and our bodies.

I’m now in the best shape of my life, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been (spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically), and my energy levels are higher than ever. My husband and I live in Iowa with our two beautiful girls, London and Iylee. They are two very active little girls who keep me moving from the moment I wake up until the time I close my eyes each night.

Life in our family is busy, at times messy, sometimes stressful and exhausting, but overall it’s beautiful. And that’s why I wanted to take care of myself...

...so that I am able to live a life well lived!

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