Hello! I am so grateful that you are here. I wanted to take a few moments to share a bit about my journey and MJN Health, my health coaching practice.
Today, I am a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®,and a certified personal trainer through the National Academy for Sports Medicine (NASM). But, health wasn’t always my passion.
In 2006, I was an obese couch potato and deeply unhappy. Although I didn’t realize the latter at the time, I knew something needed to change. I joined Weight Watchers with one of my sisters, kickstarting a journey that altered the trajectory of my life. In time, I lost ninety pounds. More importantly, I found myself (as terribly cliche as that sounds).
I named my health coaching business MJN Health as I believe that Movement, Joy, and Nutrition are three pillars to success.
I am a former, and admittedly sometimes relapsed, couch potato. Somehow, I fell in love with many forms of fitness including running and yoga. Since my first 5k in October 2007, I have crossed nearly fifty finish lines including a marathon. I practice vinyasa yoga at a local hot yoga studio. I also enjoy going out on my road bike and exploring local trails. And, thanks to Orangetheory, I am even learning to love strength training.
I believe that our mind and bodies are deeply intertwined. I notice a palpable difference the days that I focus on gratitude and optimism. Of course, I am certainly human and not able to always keep the “glass half full” mindset. At the very least, I take a few moments at the end each day to focus on what I am grateful for since rolling out of bed that morning. I attempt to take time to fill my mind with positive things like reading a good book. When my mind feels healthy and whole, I feel it in my whole body.
Vegetarian since February 2010, I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle in January 2017. Although I primarily made these choices for ethical reasons, eating a plant-based diet centered around whole foods is what best fuels my body and provides optimal health. It is easy to eat a “junk food vegan” diet, but I strive to make my plate colorful and flavorful, filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
Health Coach and Personal Trainer
The more I learned about nutrition, fitness, and overall health and wellness, the more I wanted to use my knowledge and experiences to help others change their lives. Through MJN Wellness, my mission is to help my clients reach their health and wellness goals through sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes, ones that will last a lifetime. Based on the principles of bio-individuality, I recognize there is no “one size fits all” solution. I work with my clients to develop a plan that fits their unique needs.
Although my journey started as a number on the scale, it became about so much more. Whether you want to lose weight, start running, or learn how to eat better, I would be honored to help you on your journey to a healthier and happier life.