Hi, I’m Trish and one of my greatest passions is helping people lose weight and find themselves in the process! I love working with women looking to regain their health and fitness throughout all stages of motherhood. As a mother of five I understand what it’s like to have a family that moves in several different directions at once, and while your first thought might be that I “have it all figured out”, the truth is, my life hasn’t always been that way!
My interest in health and fitness has been life-long. I began my college career as a pre-med major, but became a Registered Nurse over 25 years ago, when life took its own path. I’ve always been considered “naturally thin”, but like most women, let myself go under the strains of parenting. Depressed and overwhelmed with caring for five young children, I gained over 70 lbs with my last two pregnancies and fell into a routine of self-neglect that often comes with motherhood. Honestly, I just stopped caring. I relied heavily on caffeine and junk to counteract the late nights and long days in those early years, especially when my husband traveled and I was alone. Back then I cared more about what the number on the scale said, then what my body looked and felt like. “Eating healthy” was what happened at meal times, but in between was a big free-for-all… and I convinced myself that those sugary binges didn’t “count”.
Despite the chaos, I would occasionally to go to the gym, spending hours on the elliptical or treadmill and skipping the weights because I just didn’t have the energy or the know-how. I was spinning my wheels, telling myself that I was “eating healthy” and “exercising”, that my dependence on “junk” was a harmless, guilty, pleasure. The irony in all of this is that I spent my career caring for and teaching others about the importance of “self care”, but I didn’t practice what I preached.
2011 changed all that.
In January, I was fed up with how I looked and felt. My husband was traveling more than ever and we’d recently moved. The added stress put a strain on our relationship and I was miserable. I’d heard about a local trainer who had amazing success transforming clients through a 12 week boot camp. I was skeptical at first–until I saw the before/afters–then I was SOLD! I’m not sure why I didn’t ask more questions, but I was willing to do almost ANYTHING if it could give me back my body. The truth is, though, it was more than that. I was looking for ME. Our meal plan was rigid and we exercised 6 days a week, sometimes 2x/day to get the scale to move. Each day we ate the same (9) ingredients. Most days I felt like I was coming out of my skin. By March I weighed 116 lbs., but to my shock, my body fat remained at 30%. Although I’d lost 14 lbs., 7 lbs. of that was muscle! I was not only chronically fatigued, but unbeknownst to me my health was in jeopardy.
In June of that same year, my oldest was hospitalized with Pancreatitis. Misdiagnosed with alcoholism, it would be another year before she was accurately diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-limiting disease.
Overnight, our world was shattered, but the stress took its toll on me. My weight, which had rebounded after boot camp, dropped to 106 lbs. and my clothes hung on me. I developed ulcers which made eating difficult. In November I suffered the first of two mini-strokes due to a condition called “Pernicious Anemia” (a precursor to stroke) and a condition the doctor told me was a direct result of poor nutrition, stress and ulcers. Depressed, I spent my days in bed imagining my children’s lives without me in it.
I was taking more than a half-dozen medications just to function. Only when I realized how much my children were suffering, did I begin to wean myself off my medications and begin the painstaking process of regaining my own health. In June of 2013, I found another trainer who emphasized sound nutritional principles and not just quick weight loss. I started weight training slowly, until my stamina improved. I also began to research Clean Eating and decided to pursue my certification as a Nutritionist in order to help others.
At the age of 45, just 15 months after my second mini-stroke, I stepped onstage for the first time. I weighed 119 lbs. with 17 % body fat. I’m proud to say that I took First Place in my age class, but the title that makes me even more proud was coming in Third overall in the 18-and-over Division! Competing onstage was an amazing experience, but using my background, my first-hand experience, my expertise and my passion to help others achieve their own health and fitness goals, are what truly motivates me! I received additional certifications as a Certified Fitness Nutritionist and began practicing as an online Health & Wellness Coach specializing in Women’s Health and Weight loss.
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