Growing up in an environment in which your family is unjustifiably critical of all of your performances, appearances and lifestyle choices made it nearly impossible to enjoy all aspects of my childhood, and especially my adolescence. I was told I couldn’t be too fat, too skinny, or too muscular and to always win in everything I did. You can imagine how difficult this was to hear and understand for a teenage girl as I was constantly striving to find my best look - not for my own happiness, but my families.
This led me into a dark time of extreme workouts to insure I would be the best in all sports. I was also eating less than 500 calories a day. With all of the training and starving myself day-in and day-out, I felt I was making my family proud with every medal, award and trophy I would receive, but I knew something was missing. I was building up this fake confidence.
As I began high school I began to no longer care what my family thought about how I looked, which led me to slowly become overweight. I was about 170 pounds at 5’4”, and I would try to pretend I was happy with how I looked, but that wasn’t the case. I didn’t realize how upset I was about my weight until my dad passed away in 2015. He was one of the only people who would tell me I was beautiful at every stage in my life.
Then in July of 2016 I discovered Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, and I surely had no idea the impact it would have on my life. The first day walking in the doors I felt so at home because of the community that Cindi and Kerrie created, and because of my athletic and competitive nature. I fell in love with the kickboxing and strength training workouts. The weight began to fall off. Every pound I lost was building up my confidence again. At the end of our 10-week session I was the $1,000 winner but that didn’t stop me.
I was still driven by the environment I was surrounded in at Farrell’s. Because of my love for Farrell’s I couldn’t leave the gym, so I became an instructor and coach, with the goal to ensure every member, new and old, has the best time in a supportive community. As I have continued my weight loss journey throughout the year I have now become a North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation
(NANBF) bikini competitor and have placed in all competitions I have participated in thus far (including first place in some)!
Never in a million years would I have believed that I would be doing that until Farrell’s showed me that anything is possible when you are surrounded with a community who will support you no matter what. Farrell’s has absolutely changed my life. It has made me truly find myself for the first time in my life, and I no longer care what anyone thinks about how I look because I feel absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Farrell’s, for helping me not only lose weight and discover so many new friends, but for truly changing my life for the better. No words can describe how grateful I am for this program. All I know is joining Farrell’s was the best decision I have made in my life.