Who Am I?
I’m from Portland, Oregon, now living in Bend, Or., and grew up in an incredibly health-conscious household that valued Organic, home-cooked meals and daily movement. Nutrition and exercise have been tightly connected my entire life - I was vegetarian and vegan until I was 26 but, as I began focusing on strength training, animal protein became a welcome and necessary addition to my diet. My movement of choice from ages 4-13 was dance - ballet, modern, tap, and hip-hop. I never played sports and didn’t start working out in a gym until I was 17. Over the years, I’ve dove head first into all kinds of workouts - hours of cardio on a machine, HIIT/bootcamps, CrossFit, powerlifting, spin, yoga, running, and other forms of strength training. It wasn’t until I hired my first in-person trainer in 2018 that I found the true value in training instead of exercising and what can happen when you have a program and specific goals. In 2020, I hired my first nutrition coach and having both a training and nutrition plan is where I saw the real, concrete results that I’d been seeking aimlessly for years.
With every step of my personal journey, I found a greater passion for learning more and helping others with their own training and nutrition. This is my world and my desire to help others improve their lives, make lasting positive changes, and take control over their health is what fuels me.
Before I understood nutrition?
To be honest, I feel like I spent the majority of my teens and 20s “trying” to lose weight. That led me through eating “clean”, going vegan, restrict-overeating cycles, exercising 2-3 hours/day, juice cleanses, low carb/Keto, gluten-free, etc. Thankfully, I did learn a lot through those experiences and developed greater awareness around what felt good for my body. I hired my first nutrition coach in February of 2020 and learned about periodizing my nutrition to reach the goals I’d been seeking for years. I quickly saw the importance of having a plan and was able to truly see changes with my body. I’ve never felt this good in my entire life!
Why did you decide to become a coach?
Experiencing such profound results through training and nutrition led me to become a personal trainer and nutrition coach. I’m a people person and thrive off of connecting with others and getting to know them on an individual level. Helping people accomplish big things by better understanding their own needs is the best feeling! I’ve hired multiple coaches over the years and see firsthand how valuable that accountability and support are. Knowing that I can positively impact someone’s life is why I love what I get to do every day.
What do you love most about helping other people reach their goals?
Aside from the physical/aesthetic changes I’ve been able to accomplish personally, I’ve shown myself that I’m capable of so much more, that I can do hard things, that I can hold myself to a higher standard, and that I’m responsible for the outcome. As a coach, I strive to help my clients reach that place as well and find that belief within themselves that they can also succeed in whatever goals they have.
Most memorable client success story?
It’s honestly hard to pinpoint one client that stands out to me the most. The special thing about how we coach at Tailored Coaching Method is that it’s incredibly individual. I personally get to know my clients as best as I can which means I can recognize their wins, big and small, and what they need to continue to grow so I can challenge them in a helpful way. I’ve worked with women seeking weight loss, muscle gain, better periodization and education around nutrition, improving their relationship to food and healing their relationship to their body. The coaching journey is about building self-awareness, self-accountability and self-efficacy so that my clients feel in control of their lives, regardless of the goal that led them to me.
Something fun about you?
I’m a twin! My sister and I are incredibly close and even owned a vegan dessert business for a few years in our mid-20s. It’s been a journey for us as we’ve developed our own careers and relationships while sharing a passion for health and fitness, trail running together on the weekends, and maintaining our strong sister bond.
My husband competes in triathlons which has allowed us to travel to amazing, new places and I’ve been able to have an inside view of training and nutrition for endurance athletes.