© Jerry Roxas
My fitness journey started at the age of 12. I was always very self-conscious of myself especially having two very beautiful slim sisters. I grew up being teased for being overweight. When my brother got married my sister- in- law helped me start my weight loss journey. I started doing one hour of aerobics and I remove half the portion of food from the plate my mother would serve me. I immediately began losing weight and it motivated me to keep going. I remember beginning the 8th grade feeling extremely confident about myself.
When I started High School, I became obsessed with losing weight and working out. I began starving myself to lose weight; my goal was to be a size 0. The constant flow of compliments motivated me to continue pushing myself, plus it was also rewarding to feel and look skinny. This constant push towards becoming skinny directly led to me developing an eating disorder. When I became pregnant at the age of 18, I was diagnosed with anorexia.
My doctor set me up with a nutritionist to help me through my pregnancy. I was afraid to eat and gain weight without even knowing it. To this day, I say my son saved me! After my son was born, I was able to lose the baby weight by exercising and eating healthy, but soon after I looked for quick fixes. I tried everything in the market, diet pills, teas, shakes, and low carb.
In 2014, social media changed my life. I followed many Instagram accounts that were related to fitness. A girl I was following was always talking about following If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM). I became curious because she was getting amazing results. I reached out to her and asked her what IIFYM was. She gave me some details and I started researching. Before I starting counting macros, I never ate bread, pasta, or sweets. I restricted myself from so many foods.
Discovering how to count macros and seeing the results I was getting, changed my relationship with food. I stopped being afraid of eating. I can say I am healthier than I have ever been, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Food no longer controls me!
My passion for fitness grew; which led me to want to help other woman find balance and build a healthy relationship with food. I decided to educate myself by taking a health-coaching course through ACE fitness. I want to teach others what I know now, and help avoid making the same mistakes I did. I want to inspire others to become the best version of themselves!