I was born in Cape Coral, Florida from very health conscious parents. They made sure I always had a homemade lunch to bring to school, never ate fast food except for once a year on road trips and that was known as a rare “treat”. Whenever we went grocery shopping my mother always made us read labels to make sure the sugars and fat were low-otherwise we couldn’t get it. I was always active and joining the gym with my father at the age of 11. I would regularly lift weights and was always “skinny”. Then high school came along where I got into the typical party scene and the gym faded into the back of my mind. I would rage on the weekends and eat fast food constantly – I don’t think I could go more than a week without Taco Bell (quesadillas-yum). Worse yet, I found myself smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!
After I graduated high school, and a couple years’ worth of partying and rarely working out I gained about 15 extra pounds. In 2010 when I got invited to go on a beach vacation, I knew I had to drop the 15 pounds fast and I only had 2 months. Like many people, I thought the key to losing weight was to simply eat very little and exercise more. So began my crash diet. I would have a small breakfast, one big meal around lunch and then wouldn’t eat again until the next day probably totaling 1,000 calories per day (ridiculous!). I would jump from machine to machine not having a real workout plan, and then do steady state cardio for about 45 minutes a day. I ended up losing 20 pounds, and a lot of curves, but I thought I looked great.
Once the vacation was over, the season was changing into fall and I thought “fuck it, I don’t have to show my body anymore and can cover up in hoodies now that it’s getting cold.” I went back to eating my normal way again and stopped working out. A short few months later I found myself at 182lbs! Even bigger than when I started my diet and I couldn’t wrap my head around how I still ate the same volume of foods but ended up bigger than when I started. I struggled with my weight and self-confidence for the next 3 years. I always pictured my true self to be that happy fit girl wearing cute spandex outfits when I was younger and always wanted to get back to that. That was me. I was always about a healthy lifestyle. That’s how I was raised. Being overweight, a smoker and boozer wasn’t who I was. I would hide under loose fit clothing and would keep telling myself I wasn’t overweight. Until I kept seeing myself in pictures and saying, “OMG, I look huge! That can’t be how big I am!” I shrugged it off and told myself it was bad angles.
In late November 2012 a picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed after a friend commenting on it. It was of a girl who I went to high school with that I remembered always being the chubby girl. I was shocked to see her with abs and incredible arms she was flexing! That exact moment was when everything in my mind changed. I thought, “If she can do it – a regular girl – then no doubt I can do it too!” I begged my Dad to get me a personal trainer for my Christmas present, but he said no. He knew I could do it myself. I’m forever grateful for this because it made me educate myself to the point where I am today. I started reading tons and tons of articles on what supplements were the best, how bodybuilders ate and worked out.
I officially started my life style change on January 1st 2013 and the rest is history. I went from 182lbs down to 128lbs in 7 months primarily from weightlifting with a little high intensity cardio thrown in on the side. I knew smoking wasn’t going to help me run faster and the money I was spending on them could go to buying my protein so with that reason I was able to quit cold turkey after 4 years. I found my true passion in fitness along the way and became a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), one of the most technical and prestigious certifications in the industry. I am committed to continue developing my knowledge and abilities so I could inspire and coach others. That’s why I created Vobo Co Fitness, because I want to help women love themselves again and get the body and confidence they’ve always wanted! I want to help the women who were just like I was. I don’t care about helping random guys getting jacked or athletes become stronger or faster. I want to reach out to the women who don’t know where to start. If you’re in the group, you’ve come to the right place!
In 2016, I wanted to help my clients recover better so I enrolled to become a Massage Therapist. After 600 hours, and passing my MBLEX test I became a Licensed Massage Therapist. I am also fully insured. I love helping men and women take away their pain, relax their mind, and teaching them how to prevent the pain from coming back. Most recently, in 2018 I just completed an intensive 3 day workshop which allowed me to become a Certified Cupping Practitioner. I fully believe in what I do, and wouldn’t take the time to learn it if I didn’t believe it truly helps people heal.