My Story

I’ve been there.

I’d been teaching classes for years, eating whatever I wanted, and not really caring about the way I looked. I wasn’t happy with my body, but I just didn’t let that bother me.

One day, walking into the gym to teach a class, two (two!) people asked me if I was pregnant. Really? Rude. But then, a reality check…damn, I’m fat. I felt fit on the inside, but my outside was a different story. I needed to lean out. I needed to change my diet, still teach what I’m teaching, but also get onto the fitness floor for a more intense resistance training workout. I knew what I had to do, hell, I was a part-time personal trainer at that point, I just needed to actually do it.

I did. I changed my foods dramatically. Lightened up the sugars, eased up on the carbs at night, ate more protein, and increased my water intake. During this change, I also made a life change, I stopped sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day, and decided to pursue my dream job. My husband, who is my ROCK, said if it’s what you want to do and it will make you happy, then we will make it work. And we did. I became a full-time personal trainer.

What a ride! Many years later, and 34-pounds lighter, I now feel good about myself, and I help others to do the same. Yes, I still need to watch what I eat, and yes, I do cheat. I have my ups and downs with food and weight, but I know how to control it. I don’t let it ruin my life, get me down, or keep me from having fun. I know how to improvise! I can have fun and stay healthy at the same time. It was not a fad diet or fly-by-night routine that got me healthy. It was a lifestyle change. First, I changed my attitude towards myself, then I changed my food, and then exercise became a must for me. Even though I taught five or six classes a week, I still needed to do my own cardio and resistance routine.

So, again, I’ve been there. I know the struggles of weight loss, getting to the gym, sticking to a routine, eating healthy, and trying to make it last. I understand. I can help. Email me at

Allyson, Greg, and I in St Thomas, USVI

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