Andrea used to weigh over 300 pounds, battling her weight since childhood. At her highest weight she had Type 2 Diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and could barely walk some days due to debilitating joint pain. She had tried everything it seemed: points counting, meetings, fad diets, a personal trainer, hypnosis...the list goes on and on.
In 2015, reality hit hard. She was invited to appear on television and when she caught sight of herself on the monitor as the segment went live and was floored. She didn't recognize herself. Something needed to shift. As a counsellorshe knewchange was possible (even though she felt shehad tried so many things before without longterm success) and so with some research, her professional knowledge, and some tenacity, she started to make small, sustainable changes. It worked. After a health improvement journey centred around modifying habits and behaviours that had her shed more than 150 pounds, all of the health conditions, she shifted her work to health coaching and fitness training. For the past three years, she has been partnering with a physicians practice to work with patients to improve their health through a 6 month lifestyle based weight management program she created where countless people have achieved significant health improvements through healthy, sustainable changes. Since 2007 she has lead group fitness classes and inspired houndred of people to get moving.
Andrea holds a Masters degree in Social Work which gives her a unique perspective. Together with clients they explore ALL of the factors that contribute to health. It is not only food or only exercise. It is sleep, work, family responsibilities, recreational time and much, much more.
In addition, she is one of less than one hundred SCOPE Certified (Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education) health care professionals in Canada through the World Obesity Federation, a Fitness Instructor Specialist through CanFitPro, and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She was recently featured as a Forks Over Knives Success Story in theSpring 2020 publication, named an Athlete with Impact in Impact magazine and has been interviewed by Global TV and James Fell for the Chicago Tribune. She also has multiple published articles.
Really, when it comes down to it though, she is a mom of four who is passionate about helping others see what they are really capable of and supporting them to create the healthiest versions of themselves.