My Story

I can most definitely say I have been through a lot when it comes to fitness and health. I am proof that

rapid short-term weight loss equates to metabolic damage

Why do you think dieters always “yo-yo” back and forth? Did you know you can actually gain more weight by eating the same meals for months, even at a caloric deficit? This happened to me. Luckily, I was able to recover – but it was a long road. Don’t let this happen to you by cookie-cutter meal plans and excessive cardio.

My health story began in 2005, when I gained what I like to call the “Freshman 40” during my first year in college. I quickly realized the damage processed foods can do to your physical and mental health.

In college, I was running a 2x times a week and didn’t know what a dumbbell was. I learned a big lesson – you can’t out-run a bad diet.

Fast forward to 2008-2011, when I led the life of a young professional. I was working two jobs and had perpetual “happy hours” in between. At this time, I had lost the college weight by consuming most of my calories from alcohol and small salads. I was underfed, undernourished, and tired. Still on the cardio train.

In 2012, I remember reading the book, “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson. This book had completely transformed my life. I began viewing food as fuel and limiting my processed food intake. I started focusing on weight lifting and high intensity interval training. I decreased my alcohol intake and started drinking more water.

Things were becoming less foggy and my skin was glowing. That is when I submerged myself into reading and writing about proper nutrition and fitness. I wanted to absorb as much knowledge as I could.

A passion was born

In 2013, I wanted to take my health to the next level. I began training for my first fitness competition. I hired a coach and competed 2x in 2014 in the Bikini category. Those back to back competitions severely damaged my metabolic rate. My body began gaining weight at a rapid pace when I tried to increase calories and eat normal. Yet, I was still doing cardio 5x a week and busting my butt in the gym. This is what we call “metabolic damage.” By reverse dieting (slowly increasing calories each week) for a year, I was able to recover. I was back to my normal self with zero restrictions, 2x more food, and minimal cardio.

Today, I live a very balanced lifestyle and focus on health in all aspects. I do not over-train as I have in the past. I lift heavy and focus primarily on compound movements such as squats and deadlifts. I follow a flexible dieting approach, the same approach my clients use. It is my personal preference to avoid most processed foods.

I created Body as a Whole in 2014 to show others you can achieve a healthy lifestyle without depriving yourself. Body as a Whole was designed to

cut through the crap on fad diets

They do not work. Eating tilapia all day and burning out on cardio is only doing your body more harm than good. It is possible to have a coach who has been through all phases. A lifestyle change should be enjoyable, not a chore. Let me help you get there.