It’s hard for me to write this portion of the website because this isn’t about me, it’s about you. It’s about how you can take whatever you’ve been struggling with – mentally, physically, and/or nutritionally, and elevate yourself out of that struggle. You’ll take your current self to the next level, working towards living a better version of yourself, the elevated version of yourself, the version you dreamed yourself to be.
How can I speak of such a statement? Because I have done it for myself and I am here to help guide you. Apart from education and certifications, my knowledge comes through my story. I will rewind here for a just a bit to share my experience.
Youth: I played numerous sports, had a healthy metabolism that wasn’t affected by high-calorie consumption or processed foods.
Age 19: I played water polo for Sac City College – best shape of my life. Also at 19, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. This meant a wild 19-year-old who enjoyed bar beverages, pasta, and pastries aka worst shape of my life. Towards the end of my stay in Florence, I got pretty sick which meant sleeping all day and consuming calories all night. I think I gained about twenty pounds in three months. Yikes. Best shape to worst shape.
Age 19 – 24: Slowly took the weight off but went through bouts of unhappiness with my body, my eating habits and mentally disheartened by being “overweight”. Because I was struggling it affected my energy and therefore I emotionally ate and I had no drive to workout. I was in a vicious cycle of a very, very mild depression. I was really good at starting a “diet” for two days to a week but it was never anything I could stick with. I would say, “no chocolate or sweets for two weeks” or “no carbs for one month.” In this diet restriction or silliness of no carbs, I easily failed, which in return made me feel worse. I was in my head, hard on myself, and upon reflection, I realized the quick fix didn’t really exist. I also realized I don’t do well with putting restrictions on myself.
Age 24-26: Still wasn’t completely comfortable with my body, but it was acceptable. I would occasionally workout and eat somewhat well. I had a major life change when I decided to move to Sydney, Australia to be with a boyfriend. This shook my life as I didn’t mentally prepare for the journey. Long story short, I spent a year there and became the most unhealthy version of myself – had anxiety every day, bad acne, gained more weight, and my hair was thinning. I would go to the gym and in minutes leave, my nutrition was so-so but overall my mind was not good. I probably should have been on some medicine but I decided to ride it out. I look at pictures of myself from that year and don’t even recognize me. My poor boyfriend at the time tried to bring me back to my “normal” self, but nothing was working. Ultimately, after a year, the answer was to go back home to Sacramento and figure myself out…whatever that meant.
Age 27 – 30: Slowly spent time coming back to my neutral or “baseline” – my comfort zone. This meant happy, content with my body, healthy and somewhat active. This wasn’t anything special per se, but my anxiety was down, I felt pretty good and I could finally say I had come off the daily roller coaster of anxiety I was living while in Sydney. During this time, I had my most pivotal turn to a slow and gradual elevated version of myself. What did this entail? Eating nutritiously, mindfully, and based on natural hunger cues (at least 80% of the time), keeping my body active at least 3-5 days a week, experiencing only sporadic and controlled anxiety (triggered by stress or lack of sleep), but overall and most importantly, feeling strong, feeling energetic, happy, in control of myself and my decision making, and simply put – elevated. I hadn’t felt this good since I was 19 and playing water polo, but this version of myself was even better because I’m older, I’m more womanly, I am so much more comfortable in my own skin, my ability to say no, the ability to not feel affected by the white noise that constantly surrounds us or by what others think. When you feel this way you can say you are elevated, glowing high above all the funkiness and feeling 100% YOU. What sparked this pivot? I don’t quite know but it has drastically changed my life.
Age 30 – present time: I spend my time and energy on my passion of helping other women feel the way I feel about myself. You have one life and you should live it feeling the best version of yourself. Yes, there are highs and lows, but ultimately we are in control and if we put the deserved attention into ourselves, it’s amazing how we can feel, thrive and elevate.
Ultimately I forever want to be the best version of myself, riding an elevated version of me, on the daily. Through this ride, her Elevated was created. And through this creation here I am.