My life as a child was normal until about the age of 9, when my parents divorced and we were forced to move into my great grandparents house. I started to gain weight around the age of 9 and by my senior year I was a size 18 and in the 180’s.
By the time I graduated college, my weight had reached roughly 220 pounds. I tried many diets including Weight Watchers, Medifast, Atkins, and Low Carb diets. I can recall “trying to diet” and then my motivation dwindle when the results I wanted were not happening fast enough.
At the age of 30, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and lived on and off prednisone for 2 years and by my mid-30’s I topped the scale at 299 pounds.
I would love to say there was a single event in my life that was the cause of my weight gain, like my thyroid, but that is not the case. It was a series of choices I made from eating too much fast food, eating out too much, drinking too much soda and lattes, late night gas station stops for ice cream and pop and let’s face it inactivity.
By the age of 37, I was working in corporate America traveling all the time. An Alaska Airline agent questioned me if I could fit in 1 seat on a flight. She actually sent an airline agent to double check to ensure I could or I would have to pay for 2 seats! That was the turning point in my life, I knew if I wanted to keep my job I had to do something about my weight. So, I researched bariatric surgery in Tijuana and 3 weeks later my mother and I were on a flight. On September 26th, 2013, I reclaimed my health and had the Gastric Sleeve at the Obesity Control Center (OCC) with Dr. Ariel Ortiz.
In the spring of 2015, I founded Bari-Fit as an avenue to start providing education on nutrition and fitness to bariatric clients. In 2016, after obtaining my second certification in Sport Nutrition, I left my position as a Vice President of Client Development at Citibank where I had worked for the past 10 years to advocate for proper nutrition and fitness in the bariatric community…this was one of the happiest days of my life shipping back all my stuff to corporate!
On September 3rd, 2016 I married the love of my life and became a step-mother. I can remember looking in the mirror on my wedding day and thinking “you look amazing today!”
So if you see me, please do not hesitate to come up and say hello and share your journey with me. I am inspired by all the stories and pictures I see on a daily basis and blessed to be looked upon as a leading nutrition and fitness coach in the bariatric community!
My Values & Beliefs
You can get healthy and fit while still being yourself.
I believe fitness and good nutrition are for everyone. It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re coming from, or how far you think you have to go.
I reject the myth that high levels of personal discipline and sacrifice are the only way to improve your body and your life.
That’s why I don’t try to mold you into a ‘new and improved’ person. I don’t ‘change your lifestyle’. I don’t try to increase your ‘discipline’. Or turn you into a ‘fitness person’.
I make nutrition and fitness work for you. Not the other way around. So they become an easy and enjoyable part of your life, for the rest of your life.
I believe in eating REAL food with minimal product supplementation. I do not believe in selling you products you do not need. I believe in creating a coaching environment you can afford and succeed in.
I have been around long enough to see wave after wave of new diets. Zone. Atkins. Weight Watchers. Low fat. Paleo. Vegetarianism. Low carb. And on and on and on.
Now of course, not all of those diets are bad. In fact, many are quite good, especially the ones that help control appetite, improve food quality, and raise nutrition awareness.
However…and here’s the kicker…they’re all still diets.
They’re all essentially saying the same thing: “My way is better than your way.”
And that’s what gets me. The finality of it. The arrogance of it. It’s my way or the highway.
You’re either gonna eat low carbs and high protein (or all raw veggies and no meat, or whatever)…or you’re never gonna get in shape.
But here’s the thing everyone seems to be missing: There is absolutely no “best diet” that every person should follow.
Let me say that again:
“If you want to take control of your nutrition and lead a healthy lifestyle, then there is absolutely no “best diet” that you should follow. It is about developing healthy habits and behaviors that are sustainable with your lifestyle!” ~ Tosha
🎓 My Certifications 🎓
Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve looked forward to beach season, or felt energized throughout your entire day, or felt capable and confident enough to do what you truly want.
If you’re ready to have the body you deserve and say goodbye to dieting forever, I am ready to help. You’ve tried doing it alone. Now try with someone who’s ready to bring a commitment that’s as serious as your own.
I approach coaching by listening to your needs and what you want to accomplish, learning how you live, discovering what’s really important to you, and working together to create the right nutrition and exercise approach based on your goals and lifestyle.
Then I coach you through the process, helping with the inevitable roadblocks along the way to success.
If you’re interested in potentially working with me, take one small step today and sign up for a consult — at no cost or obligation.
I hope to have the opportunity to help you transform your body and life forever.
The next step is up to you.
The Eating Structure
Download my eating structure which will guide you on how to eat for maximum weight-loss.
Daily Action PlanJournaling is one of the most effective ways to stay on course to meeting your goals.
Calculate your bariatric macronutrient goals for weight-loss and maintenance.