I was born and raised in New York City, very different from Florida but I struggled with much of the same as any kid. Growing up I had low self worth, I wasn’t confident in who I was, and I struggled to find a place where I fit in. New York is a very hip hop influenced city and back when I was a kid the style that was in was wearing baggy clothes that were twice your size. Looking back at it, it was quite ridiculous but I like so many fell victim to the peer pressure.
Like most kids I wanted to fit in, I was a skinny kid with a bit of a gut going and baggy clothes was a great way to hide it. When I was a freshmen in high school my older cousin came to visit and he brought along his girlfriend to introduce to my family. What she did when greeting me changed my life forever. Do you remember the Pillsbury Doughboy? Well she poked my belly and asked “where’s the cream filling hehe?” for a 14 year old boy that poke was a punch to the self esteem.
After that day I started to dedicate myself to working out and eating healthier. It took a lot of work but it paid off. I started to notice a change in my body and I started wearing fitted clothing. My body wasn’t the only thing that was changing so was my brain chemistry. I started to feel more confident, I felt I had more energy, more focus, I felt like I could take on the world.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps right out of high school which was one of the biggest challenges I had to face. I traveled the world and learned a lot about myself and people and how far I could push myself when motivated. It was believed that the body and mind were two separate entities but they are one and the same. One cannot not exist without the other.
You must nourish both, being active and consuming the right things for your mind and body is the key to living a happy and healthy life. Starting is the first step to self acceptance. Health and fitness has been a monumental part of my life. It is my passion to bring to others the same valuable information, fitness routines and eating for optimal health.
When I was in the Marine Corps I helped get some friends into shape and when I got out of the military I went to college and during that time I met some people who were unhappy with the way they looked and I assured them that if they gave me their time and dedication I could transform them. I succeeded in getting them into shape and seeing the joy and confidence it brought them. I realized that I had a knack for assisting people in attaining their fitness and nutrition goals. I decided to become a personal trainer to dedicate my life to helping mold people into a happier, healthier self.
My goal at High Expectations Counseling is to work closely with the team of therapists in identifying those clients that could benefit from integrating a holistic mind, body, and spiritual aspect to their lives. It’s not enough to just attend therapy today. Science has shown us the tremendous benefit of physical fitness combined with healthy eating. I am excited to start this journey with you.