When I walked through the door for my very first Bodies by Burgoon workout in January of 2014, I had no idea that my life was about to be changed forever – in every way. After gaining 70 pounds during my pregnancy, I weighed 245 the day my son (Tye) was born. I was tired, disgusted, and embarrassed. I didn’t feel like me anymore. My life was all about Tye… and that was ok because I was loving being a mom. But after hearing Dawn Bryant’s incredible 130-pound weight loss story, I thought that if these trainers and this gym could have such a profound impact on this woman’s health and life, then maybe they could help me, too.
So I started training at Bodies by Burgoon three times a week and started eating clean. Eleven weeks later, I was down 30 pounds - and six months after my first training session, I had lost 50 pounds. My jeans went from a size 16 to a size 0, and today I weigh 100 pounds less than I did the day Tye was born. The details of my journey can be found in my success story.
My weight loss journey has transformed into so much more than I ever could have imagined. I found a passion for health and fitness – and I found my purpose – helping others make positive changes in their lives. And while the physical changes might be the most obvious, what has occurred on the inside of me is far more profound. The mental strength and confidence I uncovered throughout this journey are now the driving forces of my life.
My mission is arming parents and educators with tools and approaches to help them teach our youngest generations about healthy relationships with food and exercise. If we can help adults lead by example, we can set children up for a lifetime of heathy habits and success, in and outside of the classroom. My goal is to build meaningful relationships and work together with families and educators to inspire health in our homes, schools and communities — ultimately raising money to help school districts fund healthier cafeteria and vending machine options, refurbish playground and gym equipment, and provide more opportunities for kids to move and exercise throughout the day.