My journey is different than yours. Everyone’s journey is different. I’m here to tell you part of my journey that makes me, me. The reason I strive to want to help you realize you can be better than where you are right now.
It all started a little over 15 years ago, when I was 14 going on 15. I was in an awful place. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. I had no idea I wanted more out of my life because frankly, I didn't want to be in my life anymore. My depression and low self-worth were my identity. Or what was left of it. Thanks to my accountability partner at the time (hey sis!), I had discovered the gym and eating better. I had lost 25lbs. This lifestyle became a big part of my life (for a little while at least). I felt better. I felt genuinely better in my own skin. I felt happy and revitalized. Not only did I notice, but others did too. They wanted to know exactly what I did and how I did it. And that’s when I knew, my passion for being healthy became a motivation to want to help others do the same for their own lives.
Shortly after, I got my first high school job at the Nutrition Company as a Barista. I'll never forget my first interview, I was so freaking excited that my face was twitching. Yes, my face twitches when I get super excited..we will get back to that another time! I had never wanted a job SO badly. Why? Because it got me closer to the people, the environment in which others were striving to be better. To live better.
And how could I forget those delicious wheat-grass shots?!
Anyway, after graduating high school and moving on to college, it took many years for me to realize that me helping people wasn’t about finishing Nursing School or Radiology or Fashion Merchandise (yes, I even tried that). It was about Nutrition. It was something I so thoroughly believed in for myself because I had my own struggles that I could share with others. I knew in my heart, if I was going to be a professional advocate for health, Nutrition was my ideal profession.
I had walked the walk.
The only problem was that I was still eating somewhat healthy and working out on and off for the majority of time, but I was also struggling. Struggling with yo-yo dieting and using diet pills. Feeling great only lasted so long before I was back to doing the same things I had always done. What I was used to. What I was comfortable (not to be confused with happy) doing.
Someone I admired greatly once said, “Alexa, if you’re going to be showing others to live healthy, you have to truly do the same”. She was so right! That’s when I realized I’ve got to do something.
Fast forward to the last 3 years of my life and I’m so thankful for the road I’ve traveled. I can safely say, there were many, many ups and downs when it came to my own health all these years. I had struggled with food and body image. With energy, low confidence, low self-esteem, low self-worth, debilitating anxiety, rejection, abandonment, numbing deep rooted issues with food, drugs, alcohol, shopping and relationships. I managed to never gain all of my weight back, but I still felt so empty.
It took looking within rather than dealing with just the surface. It took commitment and dedication to myself. It took moving with the flow rather than trying to avoid it.
I now have a genuine positive outlook on life. On me.
I’m constantly growing.
So, my journey may sound similar to someone out there. It may not be the same road, but it’s similar in a way that we are all going through something or have felt the same in some way. I couldn’t do it alone. I am thankful I didn't have to do it alone. Counseling, support groups, life coaches, and spiritual coaches. Accountability.
I can actually say with confidence, I am blessed. Free.
After graduating with my nutrition degree...only 10 years after being in and out of school, I realized I wanted more. I needed to learn to be a better coach. I immediately enrolled for a certificate program for holistic health coaching. Best decision of my life. Not only am I learning to become a better coach, but I am learning to live even better at the same time.
Being a health coach isn’t just about nutrition. It’s a life coach. fitness coach. friend. goal keeper. I’m here to take all the tools I’ve taken with me along the years and share them with you. Because you deserve it. You deserve to live a life full of purpose. To live a wholesome life.
Whether it’s because you don’t know your purpose, struggling to get there, wanting to be a better role model for your kids, or you know and need someone to hold you accountable.
I am here for you.
Who do you want to be? How do you see yourself in the next year? In the next 10 years? How can you better your situation? How can you lose that weight? How can you have that energy you so badly want, but can't seem to find? The energy to keep up with your kids? How can you confidently wear that dress or that suit? How can you love yourself? How can you confidently just be you?