I NEVER thought I’d show that picture, but here it is:
what you call the so-called “before and after picture”.
It’s embarassing to show the world, but hopefully it serves
as a motivation to all new mothers that yes, it’s possible
to get back to your old and even BETTER version of
In the before picture, I was 25, holding my son
whom I gave birth to 13 months after I had my daughter.
In the second picture, I am 37, and it’s hard to believe
that 35 extra pounds can make someone look so markedly
After having a baby, the changes you see to your
body are quite shocking.
For me personally it was downright depressing; most
of my clothes in my closet did not fit. It’s a rude awakening,
and I quickly came to a realize that I did this to myself.
I didn’t exercise during either of my pregnancies and I
didn’t care to exercise before I had the kids either.
Depression hit pretty hard.
It affected who I was on the inside; I found myself more withdrawn
and unable to really be “myself”. Either stay depressed or
do something about it were my options.
I told myself “you need to commit to one year at the gym, promise yourself that.”
I started off with yoga classes to at least get my body moving,
and then started doing tougher classes such as “Body Pump”
which introduced me to weight training at 24 Hour Fitness.
During that time, I discovered cardio kickboxing at Boxing
Brothers, which is John’s Gym now. Cardio kickboxing gave
me a europhic feeling that quickly took the weight off of me.
I truly felt amazing.
I thought wow, this is possible, and Irealized it was possible
because I was doing something fun and it made me want to
keep coming back to the gym!
Losing weight inspired me to become a personal trainer.
I thought “if I can do it, so can others, and I can certainly
share what I learned with other people and help them as
I pursued this dream in 2008 and still continue to do
it today. I know even when I’m having a rough day, seeing
results in my clients, and seeing them happy and more
confident makes me happy. I truly love what I do.
Boxing Brothers shut down and the gym stayed vacant for
two years. Then John reopened the gym in 2010 and I resumed
cardio kickboxing again.
After much convincing John introduced me to Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu during the time I was getting divorced, a very sad
time in my life.
It definitely changed my life, gave me a purpose,
and opened doors for me. My quality of friends improved and
I’ve been blessed to compete in amazing places such
as Rome, Paris, Seattle, Boca Raton, and various places
John’s Gym changed my life SO MUCH, that
I offered to purchase half the gym in 2013. I knew I had to
be a part of a gym that completely turned my life around for
Even when I’m having a horrible day, I always
leave the gym with a smile because of all the MEMBERS
We are just a community of like minded people who come
together and help and support each other through fitness.
John and I are proud to say we signed another 5 years lease.
HERE’S TO FIVE MORE GLORIOUS YEARS!!