Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, right in the middle of the US. I’m a Realtor for the Des Moines Metro and the Office Director of RE/MAX Results. I play on several different co-ed soccer teams and I absolutely LOVE it. I lift every day and I’m obsessed with pizza and ice cream! I’m one of the goofiest people ever and I’m always smiling and laughing. I’m engaged to the love of my life and we have a husky named Ava who likes to hide in our shower!
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
What I love most about fitness is that genuine results cannot be bought-only earned. You completely get out of it what you put into it. The harder you push yourself, the better results you’ll reap. I also appreciate that YOU have to keep yourself in check. You can hire a trainer or a coach…but, at the end of the day, you have to be the one to keep yourself on track with eating and training your ass off.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have always been active because of soccer, but I really got into lifting in the spring of 2016.
How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness because I have always had poor self-esteem and battle with depression and anxiety. I wanted to help myself mentally and I wanted to finally feel confident. I can’t even express how much the gym has helped me mentally. I no longer battle with constant anxiety attacks and I’m always excited to get my butt into the gym and lift some heavy shit. Lifting hasn’t completely diminished my depression and anxiety, but for anyone that struggles with it, even the slightest relief feels like a weight has been lifted off your chest.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
In the fall of 2016, I was almost hospitalized from drinking too much and too often. I was still trying to play soccer and my insides felt terrible whenever I was running on the field. I ended up with a pretty bad kidney infection. After that, I stopped drinking and threw myself into healthier habits and let the gym consume me instead of partying.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Making fitness a lifestyle completely changed my life for the better. My self-esteem is better, work life is better, my stress levels have gone down, and I just feel so much better mentally. I may be sore every morning when I get up, but I’m excited for life now!
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
Enjoy the process! Everything takes time. Enjoy the small victories and don’t beat yourself up if you have a set back! As long as you know you’re moving in the right direction, just stay positive and keep pushing yourself to be the best version of YOU. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make a lifestyle change, just don’t get discouraged. Love yourself during the process not just your “end result.”
Realtor/Office Director of RE/MAX