Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is pronounced Stay-sha but I get so many different pronunciations pretty frequently 🙂 I am born and raised from Sacramento, California where I fully embrace the culture of Sacramento. Sacramento is the nation’s Farm to Fork Capitol which means we love to eat and drink! We have incredible amounts of wineries and breweries surrounding us which makes it so much fun to give tours to out of state visitors.
A little about my background is in some way shape or form I’ve always been very active. I haven’t always been in shape however – when I went to bible school in 2004 I gained 20 pounds and it was not easy to take off.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I’ve always been the one to enjoy a new challenge. Whether that’s someone telling me there’s something I can’t do with my life or a new fitness routine I haven’t tried – I know I can take it on and accomplish it.
How long have you been into fitness?
I’d like to say my entire life since my parents have always kept me and my siblings in some kind of sport. I’m super grateful for them managing to keep me involved in sports because it kept me pursuing it and made it an importance in my life.
How did you get into fitness?
Fitness has always been something I’ve pursued – thanks to my parents keeping me involved in sports most of my life.
The last several years I’ve really made it a point to help as many people as I can be held accountable in their own health and fitness journey.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I wouldn’t say I fell back when I attended bible school in 2004, I simply didn’t allow my nutrition to pair well with the amount of exercise I was getting. So I then slipped and gained 20 pounds.
The turning point I’d say is when I started doing my own research on nutrition and exercise together and knew it wasn’t exercise that was going to change me from the inside out. I began to understand that it was food that would change the way I felt about myself and then my body would thank me with the things I chose to eat and then I would lose the weight and see my body tone up.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life in so many ways. It’s brought my family and friends together in my younger days. Fitness has also given me a different view on health as an entirety and made me look deeper at how I’m feeling rather than how my body looks. If I feel great on the inside, I know my body will only match that.
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?
Keep going. Keep searching. Your search has a bigger purpose and there’s a deeper reason to why you’re wanting to lose the weight or tone up or get stronger. Don’t stop and don’t settle until you understand your deeper reason why. Once you find your why – you’ll always have a reason to work out or eat healthy or cure your disease. Also – pair up with someone. Whether that means a coach, mentor or a friend – don’t go and do this alone.