Hi, I’m Trish and one of my greatest passions is helping women over 40 navigate their own “wake up” calls and discover a way to regain their health and fitness. 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 26 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 how to heal my body through sound nutritional practices and decided to further my educational training and become a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach in order to help others.
I stepped onstage for the first time. At the age of 45, just 15 months after the second of two mini-strokes, I stepped on stage 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 Nutrition Coach and Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and began my online practice.
Learn how I can help you reach your goals. If you’re like most of my clients, you’ve dedicated your life to your career or your family and you used to be able to skip a meal here and there, or work out a little extra at the gym and your body would bounce back and you’d feel back on track.
But then somewhere around your mid-40’s, that stopped working.
So you probably started thinking “Well, maybe if I just go Paleo, or cut out sugar, go gluten-free or just eat low carb?”
The thing is, when it comes to your body, and especially in your mid to late 40s, when career, family and LIFE moves into overdrive, the “quick fixes” no longer work.
To create a different result that is unique to you as an individual, you have to come to me with a different mindset.
In order to do that, however, you have to be willing to ask yourself, “How did I get here?”