Okay, I admit it, I was the laziest person ever… I had been overweight most, if not all of my life, and in 2011 had reached my highest weight around 225 lbs. That all changed in May 2011 when I decided that enough was enough and something had to be done. Not knowing where to start, I thought I’d sign myself up with a personal trainer thinking I would just learn how to do workout and eat right and get moving toward my goals. Little did I know, I got the most amazing person as my trainer and everything I thought I knew about myself and how far I could push my body was about to change. I spent two and a half years with Andrea, seeing her 3-4 times a week and right from the start I could tell that this was more than just a job for her. Not only did she hold me accountable for my workouts and my meal plans but she was always there when I needed that extra push along the way. Times where I was discouraged from a plateau or thought I wasn’t pushing enough or accomplishing enough, she was always there to put things in perspective and make me realize this journey was a life change and I was in competition with no one but myself. Andrea is a super creative, genuinely kind and smart person who will never let you give up until you reach your goal. With Andrea, I was able to go from a very unhealthy 217 lbs to a strong (hello 100 lbs. bench press!!), but more importantly healthy, 150 lbs. I still have work to do and even now, while not being her client, I still think of everything she taught me, both mentally and physically. If I could bottle her up and keep her with me all the time, I really would… but then I’d be depriving everyone else from her and it’s just not something I’m willing to do! Andrea’s amazing, best decision I ever made and truly wouldn’t have been able to accomplish quite as much, with this much motivation and love for lifting and meal planning, without her.