I was born and raised in Brazil, have been living in Canada for over 11 years now. Surviving one winter at a time 😉
I used to be very active playing volleyball competitively, when I stopped playing, things begin to rapidly change. At the time, I was gaining around 4 pounds every month!!! I was compulsively eating, hungry every 3 hours, waking up in the middle of night to eat and my cravings were out of control. I knew things where not going well but I was somehow "comfortable" and stuck in my own ways. During our 2002 family Christmas dinner I overheard my uncle asking my mom if I was pregnant, I wasn't! That's when it hit me...it was my "enough is enough" moment and I decide to do something about it. A friend and personal trainer introduced me to a nutrition plan that seemed "simple enough" so I decided to give it a try as I understood it was just good nutrition and not some kind of "quick fix" gimmick.
As soon as I've started, the 1st thing I noticed was that I wasn't feeling hungry all the time anymore, my cravings got under control, even tho on average a person following a plan will lose half to a pound per week and on my first 3 months I've lost 22 lbs and in total I've lost 44 pounds. I've experienced a lot of changes on myself and how I was feeling due to the great nutrition.
It's been 14 years, it's been a journey. I didn't start how I am today. Not physically, not mentally...I went changing and getting back to my true self with the process. I was able to lose my weight and maintain it for many years without being committed to exercise. I just seriously committed to fitness a couple of years ago. I had another "enough is enough moment" when I decided it was time to commit to my fitness. I went from "I am not a gym person" to to loving the exercise, running, working out and back into playing volleyball. I found my way back to the athlete I once was. I have completed 2 half marathons and I am always finding new ways to keep challenging myself.
I always say that what was scaring 14 years ago, was not where I was with my weight but to where I was going.... I'm very thankful that I found the tools and coaching to change my health, confidence and my self-esteem. I'm also very thankful that I was courageous enough to get started.
Today I am the healthiest I've ever been and tomorrow, I will be healthier than I am today!
That's why I do what I do today. Because I believe that if I could make all these changes in my life and in how I feel about myself, so can you! My passion is to help YOU to transform and reconnect with your best self!
If I can do it, you most certainly can do it to.
Now, lets get started on your journey? Coach Deb