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Have you ever wondered if people who appear fit have ever battled a weight problem? Perhaps you assume they’ve always looked like that? Well, I am here to tell you, that is absolutely NOT the case. In fact, before I embarked upon an education and career in fitness, I was carrying around more than 60lbs of excess bodyfat.


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My struggle with my health started when I was a child. You see, I was obese for most of my childhood. At age 11, I had the worst eating habits, consisting of fast food and sodas on a regular basis. At age 12, my doctor diagnosed me as “Clinically Obese”.

What does “Clinically Obese” mean? 

According to the CDC:

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat. Furthermore,

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of using BMI as a blanket method to diagnose obesity. It definitely has its caveats. However, the diagnosis was undeniable. I was obese at age 12.

Unfortunately, the poor dietary habits continued through most of my adolescent years. I tried participating in sports and weight training in high school but, my diet was so awful that I saw little improvement. (You just simply can’t outwork your mouth.)

Unfortunately, the horrible diet of processed food continued into my college years (Are we seeing a pattern here, people?) I was depressed, tired ALL of the time, and lacked any kind of self-confidence.

During my sophomore year, I finally realized that if I continued down this road, I was only going to get worse. Having a history of heart disease on both sides of my family, I knew that my lifestyle could eventually become the literal death of me.

I decided to change.

I started slow, doing my research on nutrition and making adjustments that helped me to lose about 60 pounds.

After working hard and seeing real results, I discovered that I had a passion for health and fitness and decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas. Now, I am a nationally certified Personal Trainer and a member of the 360 Fitness team in Tyler, TX. It is my goal to help as many individuals as possible to improve their quality of life and instill in them the confidence to tackle any goal they have.

Have you struggled with poor health? I’d love to help you! Please feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment below or emailing me here:

Your friend in health,





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