My passions are food, weight lifting, and fitness but that hasn’t always been the case. My life changed when my trainer, Coach Rob, introduced me to WEIGHTS!
I am a quintessential example of unhealthy extremes and self medicating. I have been so thin that I wore children’s clothing and I have also been an over 300 pound alcoholic. It was clear that I needed to learn moderation, find a plan that worked for me, and overhaul my attitude about life and my health.
When I was in high school, I was a swimmer, a dancer, and a cheerleader; with the metabolism of a teen and these activities, I wasn’t an overweight child. Long past high school and after years of struggling with my weight, I was 324 pounds. Everything ached, my hips and back hurt, and I was drinking regularly. I knew I needed to do something to change my life. Too embarrassed to go to a gym, but certain I had to change my life, I called Synergy Fitness and was introduced to Coach Rob.
When I met Rob, I needed someone who understood where I was both physically and emotionally. Physically: I couldn’t plank for even 2 seconds and I couldn’t do a push up, nope, not even 1. Emotionally: I was drinking too much, had a negative attitude, and was embarrassed by my inability to perform simple workout tasks. After my first session with Coach Rob, my homework was to practice doing a push up. I was below ground zero.
Rob and I worked on my fitness, my diet, and most importantly my attitude. I decided if I was going to spend money on a personal trainer, I was going to follow what he said to the letter. I committed to the process and implemented everything Rob said and within 8 – 9 months, I lost 70 pounds and gained a lot of MUSCLE!
I don’t think any other trainer could pull out of me what Rob pulls out of me during every workout. My goal was to get rid of my hip and back pain and in the process, I changed my life and discovered my passion, myself, and my NEXT GOAL!
You can follow my continuing journey on Instagram @FresnoFitChef and on Facebook @FresnoFitChef!