I come from a big Puerto Rican family. Our lives are all about food. We use food to make ourselves happy. We use food to comfort us when we are depressed, sad or stressed. Food is the guest of honor at every family gathering, and it’s mostly fatty, fried and consumed in large quantity. A lot of this has to do with customs. But given my family’s history of life-threatening diseases ranging from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. It time for all of us to change how we view food.
I believe in the power of food. Specifically, I believe that the body is often able to heal itself when given the proper nutrition. Again, such healing is not a quick fix; it takes time and commitment along with exercise. That’s why I pursued a career in nutrition and fitness. I’m an alumni of Bauman College, Nutrition Program. I promote a well-balanced approach for all competitive and non-competitive athletes, preaching both strength and conditioning and nutrition best practices. Eating from the outside in will set the scene for cleansing the body of impurities and toxins. The goal is to provide a healthy variety from which we can make individual choices for our best possible health.
I started CrossFit at 45 not knowing what I was getting myself into, but felt I needed a challenge. I was hooked from the very first class. I started my fitness journey when I turned 40 and needed to lose those extra pounds after I had my second child. It all began when I first tried “Couch to 5K”, the running app, which lunched a 9-year journey of me doing triathlons, Tough Mudders, Spartan and getting certified as a Holistic Health Coach. I’ve done countless half marathons and 3 full marathons, the latest being the New York City Marathon as part of the NYPD team.
My focus is creating a healthy lifestyle and my belief that nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand – one cannot be without the other. Both together have made me feel stronger, and have given me more confidence in trying new things. I’m always willing to give it a try and see what my body can do. The best part of CrossFit is its community. It truly feels like you have an extended family.
I’m 49 years old now and have never felt better. I’m looking forward to helping others realize their true potential and what they can truly accomplish because it’s never too late to make a healthy lifestyle change!
CROSSFIT CERTIFICATES & TRAINING
- CrossFit L1
- CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
- Holistic Health Coach
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- Favorite Benchmark WOD: Annie
- Favorite Hero WOD: Fight Gone Bad
- Favorite Lift/Movement:
- Favorite Saying: “Today, I Can Do Anything”