Hi, I'm Erica! Here's my story.
I struggled with depression ever since I could remember. I didn’t always know that the feeling I was experiencing had a name - I just knew that I didn’t feel right. From a very young age, depression controlled my life. When I was diagnosed with hypertension in my 20s, I realized that I needed to make a change and start fighting for myself.
My medical diagnosis forced me to learn about health. At first, I did what so many people do when they’re faced with a sudden need for change - I went on a diet. In fact, I tried pretty much everything - after dozens of fad diets and pills, I ended up right back where I started. Nothing worked long term.
In seeking answers to try to get myself healthier, I started to train my body and educate myself on nutrition. The more I learned, the more I realized how important wellness really is. Taking care of my body gave me something to focus on that wasn’t depression. Nutrition provided me with the fuel I needed to train, and fitness gave me the purpose and outlet that I needed all along. Over time, I started to emerge from the fog I had been living in for my entire life.
As my body got stronger, my mind did too. I was able to look at things with a new perspective - to start to understand my triggers, my struggles, and the depression that had dictated my every thought for so long. Ultimately, my passion for fitness grew. I became a personal trainer and started to compete in professional bodybuilding competitions.
Not long after, I had an epiphany. I had finally felt well - not just because of eating well or moving my body or bravely facing my mental health struggles - but because of all three. I realized how vitally important it is for people to take care of their bodies and their mind.
Driven by my passion to provide support for others who are also pursuing their healthiest self, I decided to become a life coach. Now, I utilize all three of these extremely important tools - fitness, nutrition, and coaching - to help my incredible clients transform their lives and find their joy like I did.