Thursday, January 1, 2009

About the Author

Hello everyone! My name is Erica and I’m so glad you decided to visit my blog. I’m in my early 30’s and currently live in Pennsylvania. I currently work for a University with student housing, which means I live on a college campus but I’m not a student. Yeah kind of weird, but honestly it’s a lot of fun most of the time.I got my Personal Trainer Certification in March 2010. I currently am working towards my Lifestyle & Weight Management Consulting Certification.

I started to struggle with my weight towards the end of high school and by the time I had finished college I had added almost 80lbs to my frame. Over the next 6 years after college graduation, I kept adding weight and started to have some pretty debilitating health issues. Back in January 2007, I finally made the choice to break free from the body I had trapped myself in. At 5’4”, I weighed in at 248.5lbs which put me in the morbid obese category under BMI standards. I had a slew of health issues, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, severe heartburn, sleep apnea, etc. I had to push the shopping cart anytime I went to the store otherwise I wouldn’t be able to make it through the shopping trip. I couldn’t walk very far without extreme pain in my legs or becoming very out of breath. I had socially isolated myself and hated leaving my apartment, even for work. Emotionally motivated eating had become a way of life for me.

Fast forward to now, I’m currently 148lbs, which if you are good with math that is 100lbs lost. All the health problems I struggled with are gone. Long gone are the days of feeling trapped by my own physical body and the health issues I had before. I have found passion for cycling, strength training, and nutrition. I finally feel like I’m living the life I was missing out for so long on.   

So how did I do it? Short answer is I taught myself how to eat healthy, how to overcome my emotional road blocks, and finally got off my butt and started incorporating exercise into my life.  Simple right? Ha Ha no! As with all journeys there have been many twists and turns. If it was simple everyone would be healthy and no one would struggle with keeping their health in good standing. As you continue to read my blog, I will go into detail of what changes I made, what I have learned and continue to learn, and what things about my past I feel contributed to my weight gain. I will share this though; it did not include surgery, restrictive “diets”, diet pills, or “quick” fixes. 

Thanks for visiting! Feel free to comment or contact me if you have questions.

BEFORE: August 2006

AFTER: July 2009


  1. All I can say is "WOW!" You really made my day!

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

    What an amazing story! Congratulations on the personal trainer certification - I'm sure so many of your future clients will be inspired by your own journey!

    P.S. Sometimes I wish I still lived on campus! I loved it as a student.

  3. You are just awesome... You are inspiring me to pursue a possible career in health and fitness. I absolutely am finding a passion in health!

    Thanks for posting!

  4. I had no idea you had lost so much weight! GOOD FOR YOU!! This is amazing. I know you are proud of yourself, so I don't even need to tell you that you should be SO PROUD!! :) Your experience will help you be a fantastic PT. It really will.

  5. I just found your blog and am glad I did. Can't wait to hear more.

  6. I found your blog just today and was happy I did. I have finally started blogging as I never have done this before. I am on a mission to be fit by the time I turn 40, I have 10 months till that big 4-0 ... I have been overweight all my life, I've dieted (diets dont work), went to gyms, (gave up was to hard). Now I have a whole new outlook on life and I am determined to be in much better shape for my future than i am now. I am not looking at the scale anymore, I will be checking in with my family doctor every month to weigh in and such. I do not want to be caught up with numbers anymore. What advise could you give me, someone who has been there and done that and is now back at it again and is hoping this determination never fades away.