Hi! My name is Joy and I live in Overland Park, Kansas with my husband, Michael, two daughters, Alexis and Treya, and my puppy, Skittles.
As the eldest of 8 kids, physical exercise has always played a big part of my life, whether it was chasing my siblings around the neighborhood, or beating them in every sport (true story). I loved our big family, but have no plans to create my own. Maybe if I had sister-wives…
My pursuit of fitness began before my pursuit of health. I had always been physically active, but after I gave birth to Alexis in 2004 I was dismayed by how I looked and began to regularly train and lift weights. I have done many at-home workout programs (P90X, Body for Life, Jillian Michaels, etc.), and know that if you are determined and disciplined, you can definitely achieve your goals. I felt better when I was working out, but still struggled with what I ate, and became somewhat image-obsessed (and that’s not a fun place to be).
I remember having constant cravings for sweets, treats, salty foods, bread…you name it. I would drive home with my daughters and debate the whole drive as to whether or not I would get a Starbucks. I would eat half a bag of Cheez-Its, only to be left unsatisfied, and wanting MORE (eat all the food!!!!). And then I would feel guilty for eating so much junk, and would punish myself with an extra difficult workout. Or I would have no energy and would lay around feeling miserable and lethargic (and guilty. always guilty).
It was about 3 years ago that I began delving into the world of nutrition, and quickly turned into a complete hippie nerd (that’s a real thing). In my quest to look good, I had played around with some pretty extreme diets, so it was exciting to learn that there was a better, more natural way to deal with weight issues. I did a program called the Whole30 which is 30 days of eating only real foods, nothing processed, no sugar, dairy, grains, or legumes. The first two weeks were somewhat awful (it’s like childbirth, the farther you get from the experience, the less you remember the pain), but on day 21 I had a massive breakthrough. I felt fantastic. I was sleeping better than I had in YEARS, and I wasn’t constantly craving junk food.
Since then I have done several more whole30s, and my eating habits have changed drastically from what they were back in 2011! But it was through a series of little steps and little changes–it wasn’t an overnight turnaround. Baby steps’ll get you there every time.
This year my goal is to find balance between eating whole30 and regular eating. I do well on a strict diet, but nobody can, nor wants to live on a diet for their entire life! That’s not a way to really live. So I’ll be blogging it out as I go, and as a trainer, there will definitely be a lot of fitness-related postings as well.
After having my eyes opened to the world of nutrition, I realized that I have a passion to help others find their health, so I decided to become a certified personal trainer! I got certified through the National Academy of Sports & Medicine, and worked/interned with the owner of a gym nearby to make sure my skillz (yes. with a ‘z’) were on point.
So now I’m on a mission to help as many people as I can to find their health and pursue their fitness goals. If you’re unhappy with how you’re feeling or looking, please get in touch with me so we can sit down and discuss a plan for you. I want to help!
I look forward to meeting you!