After a trip to Spain where I not only found myself out of breath during the walking tours but had even managed to break a chair, I’d had enough and made the decision to have weight loss surgery. I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in August of 2015. By 2018, I’d managed to lose and keep off 70-80 pounds but my weight loss had hit a plateau and I noticed that I was slowly becoming able to eat more. Though I was two and a half years out from surgery, I hadn’t been consistent with my physical activity at all. I decided that the only way I would ever commit to being more active was if I worked with a trainer to help get me started. The best thing that ever could have happened to me was Erica coming out to help me when I walked in the doors of Muscleheadz. I would have probably immediately said yes to training with anybody that came out to help me but it was definitely fate that it happened to be her. She instantly made me feel comfortable, asked me about my goals and my schedule. While I’ve read about other trainers that needed you to show commitment, write letters and sign up for a waiting list, Erica was able to accommodate me immediately. Although I was initially uncomfortable working out with weights in front of so many experienced people, Erica was always and continues to be so motivating. Even when I feel like I’m struggling with an exercise, she may modify it but never lets me give up. While other trainers walk away from their clients or stay on their phones, Erica is laser focused on my form to ensure that I’m getting the most out of every exercise. Erica emphasizes that although exercising is important, eating right is 75% of the work. The meal plans that she makes are filling, full of options, easy to follow, easy to meal prep and the ingredients are affordable and can be found at any grocery store. As I progress, she makes sure to change my meal plan to help meet my goals. When I fall off and start eating what I want, I can definitely feel the difference. Working with her is truly a partnership. From the start, she let me know that my goals were her goals and she showed me that 100%. Even when Erica left on maternity leave, I was able to see incredible results using her online program. Her accountability is awesome! She’s constantly checking in, making sure you’re staying on your food and taking progress pics. She never talks down to you or makes you feel bad for slipping up. She just reminds you of your goals and works with you to make adjustments. She’s extremely knowledgeable and always let’s you know why she’s doing what she’s doing and how it will help you in the long run. Most importantly, she trains you so that you can eventually do everything on your own. She doesn’t want you so dependent on her that you can’t continue a healthy lifestyle without her. I came into this extremely skeptical of trainers but Erica has shown me she’s no ordinary trainer. She doesn’t just want your results to post on her social media. She truly cares about the whole client. Erica is truly doing what she was called to do and it shows. She’s passionate about her work, always pleasant with great energy and just as excited about your results as you are, if not more! My results with Erica are beyond what I ever imagined was possible. I use to have anxiety before working out but now it has become the best part of my week! My confidence has soared and this journey has helped immensely with my mild depression. I feel like the best version of myself and have absolutely no regrets. Becoming a Fit Goddess is hands down one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! If you're thinking about doing it, just do it!