MSW, RSW, CPT, CNC
I am Andrea and I love finding fun and engaging ways to get people having fun and moving more. After a life long battle with obesity, I shifted my work to behavioural health coaching and fitness training. I believe that that small steps add up to big results, and that the key to long term health is discovering a lifestyle you love that includes eating lots of plants and moving your body in ways that are fun and feel good. I try to model this daily for my participants and family - emphasizing a focus on health, quality of life and, how we feel over chasing a particular number.
I have the honour of sharing my story and philosophy in digital and print magazines such as Forks Over Knives, Impact Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and have appeared multiple times on Global Television. I love the opportunity to share her experience, knowledge and passion through presentations and speaking engagements.
When not teaching classes and motivating others to live their healthiest lives, I can be found working as a rehabilitation specialist with veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces or playing at the beach with my husband, four kids, and my neurotic standard poodle.
Connect with me at email@example.com.
MY HEALTH JOURNEY
"After my youngest child was born, my weight had peaked at over 300 pounds, I had type two diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and my mobility had gotten so bad it was difficult to move some days. I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism years before and struggled with obesity since childhood. I had tried everything it seemed: points counting, meetings, fad diets, a personal trainer, hypnosis...the list goes on and on. At one point I had a doctor tell me that maybe this was just the way it was and to accept it. The trouble was my health (or lack thereof) was impacting my ability to live my fullest life.
In 2015, I was invited to appear on television and when I caught sight of myself on the monitor as we went live, the wind was knocked out of me. I didn't recognize myself. I knew what my clothing size was, I had just bought a new outfit for the appearance, but in my mind that is not how I pictured myself. I had four young children and progressive obesity related conditions. Something needed to shift. As a social worker I knew about the possibility of change (even though I had tried so many things before) and so, with some research, my professional knowledge, my experience as a certified fitness instructor, and some tenacity, I started to make small, sustainable changes. Two years later I had lost over half of my body weight and now maintain that loss. I now blend my personal experience and professional skills to support others along their health journeys."