Unfortunately, my health was not getting better. I was on a roller coaster of dieting and gaining back all the weight, trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. I did all the detox diets and plans I knew of and, finally, Olga was born in 2005. We were thrilled to have a healthy baby, but I was desperately watching how my clothes wouldn’t fit me anymore, even a year after the delivery.
I decided to seek professional help. I followed the recommendations of certified nurses, dietists, a health doctor and a myriad of other professionals who just didn’t find their way into my deep health change I needed. I was hospitalized several times for kidney and gallbladder colics, on top of some other complications related to my digestive issues. I got better, but the change for good didn’t come yet.
My husband and I decided to take a leap of faith in 2008 taking advantage of a remarkable job opportunity for him. We crossed the ocean to settle in our new home, Montreal, . Unfortunately, I broke my left leg and had to be immobilized for weeks. I wasn’t allowed to walk for months. I limped for almost two years, because of the excruciating pain I had resulting from the surgery. As soon as I got better, Olivia came to our lives, our “Canadienne” daughter, as we like to call her —although, with time, the four of us became Canadian.
In 2011, I joined a local gym, where I had also access to nutrition advise. In the first year I lost 18 pounds by making small changes to my diet and exercise routines. The following year I joined a CrossFit gym, CFDO, and signed up for a diet challenge that absolutely changed my life. My relationship with food improved and I started to realize the utmost importance of self-care through nutrition and exercise. I fell in love with working out, weightlifting, the sport challenges, the environment and most of all, the friendships and connections that surrounded and encouraged my change. I felt I was a powerful athlete and a ninja of food prepping. I was astonished at witnessing the feasibility of such change in me, a person who struggled with low self-esteem and body-image for most of my life.
About three years ago I had a serious injury. It forced me to stop training and I was devastated. My whole wellness system had to change again, and I could not even fathom the idea of finding other ways for maintaining my endurance, strength, focus and social life.
But there is opportunity in the obstacles we encounter, and that situation led me to dig deep and find my purpose in life. I put together every little piece of the puzzle and I clearly saw that I am a helper, a coach, passionate about nutrition and overcoming roadblocks regarding body and mind.
I became a certified nutrition coach and a personal trainer by two of the most prestigious companies worldwide, to officially frame all my knowledge that I had been acquiring for years.
My journey as a coach and personal trainer has first started with friends and family members, to take off and thrive as a fair business in the coming years.