My next competition!

I am so honored to have been nominated by the National Fitness Campaign to compete with  five top amazing San Francisco female personal trainers for Battle of the Bay's Best Personal Trainer. Check out NFC's website and get the information for the competition on October 25th if you want to come by and give me some love! Being a part of this competition is a win for me already! www.nationalfitnesscampaign.com

Best Shape by Listening to Me

Being in the Fitness Industry I was always told how to eat in order to be in my best shape for competitions I participated in. I lost all the weight and looked great, but it didn’t last very long. After competing I gained 15 to 20 pounds from my normal weight. I never had a problem with my weight until I started listening to everyone else except myself. I felt very off balance, moody, tired, I was hungry for foods I never even cared for. I was told I had to always count my calories and only eat certain foods. I had to follow these rules when I was getting ready to compete, and also in off-season too. I thought at the time all this was the healthy thing to do, because I was the leanest I’ve ever been. I thought all these coaches and trainers knew what they were talking about. I even informed my primary doctor at the time of my diet, and he didn’t really have much to say about it. I started educating myself on nutrition by attending nutrition classes and doing some of my own research. I learned to trust myself and reclaim my inner nutritionist. It took me 2 to 3 years to get my body back to normal. Eating right can be very confusing, because you’re always being told how to eat. It’s very hard to empower your inner nutritionist when you have so many people, the food industry, media, etc. telling you how to eat. The more we remind ourselves of listening to our bodies, the better we can block all the pressure, and information coming from the outside. I am now better at listening to my body’s nutritional needs. I feel I’m in better shape mentally, and physically than when I was competing. We have to trust the body wisdom we were born with. Listen to your body when it’s hungry, full, and what type of food it wants. No body knows your body better than yourself. Norma