I’m so glad our paths finally crossed. With that said, I don’t think there are any coincidences in life. I believe you’re here for a reason that’s much bigger than you and me.
My name is Laura Jackson. I’m a personal trainer, nutrition coach, health/fitness writer and a fitness competitor.
After experiencing my own transformation over 10 years ago, I now find fulfillment in empowering other women to become the best version of themselves through health and fitness. I truly believe one of the quickest ways to feeling good is through self-love and self-care practices.
My method is super simple: when you combine a healthy mindset with proper nutrition and purposeful exercise, you will achieve incredible results. You will lose body fat with ease, build lean muscle mass and increase your metabolism, while improving your energy, mood, strength and stamina. The best part of all: these lifestyle habits will spill over into all aspects of your life.
To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago when I was feeling lost and uncomfortable in my own skin. My physical body didn’t align with how I imagined it should look or feel. This made me unhappy on so many levels. Although I was always active, I eventually allowed other life commitments get in the way of my own health and fitness goals.
Now that I coach other women through their own transformations, I realize I wasn’t alone in this at all.
With that said, I’ve also learned an important lesson: when we look and feel our best, we are capable of accomplishing so much more. As women, we simply don’t take the time for ourselves because we’re so busy taking care of everyone else. But I think we have it all backwards. If we took good care of ourselves, we could take even better care of others — right?
I want to tell you that you’re not alone in your struggles. And although you may not realize it yet, you’re absolutely capable of accomplishing amazing things in your life. I truly believe if you can dream it, you can do it!
Now, if it’s ok with you, I’d love to share my personal transformation story.
Although I’ve been active most of my life and a certified personal trainer since the age of 22, I wasn’t always fit or healthy. In fact, prior to my 30th birthday, I started to gain weight. I also developed a mysterious tailbone pain, shoulder pain and acid reflux disease.
Looking back, this was the wakeup call I needed to change the way I was living my life. Around the same time, I remember feeling inspired by the cover of a fitness magazine. I thought to myself: “What would happen if I really went for it?”
Honestly, the thought of staying the same was way more painful than any diet or exercise program I was about to embark on. Although I knew “why” I was ready to change, I didn’t know “how” I was going to get there. But looking back, it didn’t really matter. All I needed was an ounce of belief in myself and a burning desire to achieve my goal.
Perhaps you’re also feeling a little stuck, unfulfilled or like you haven’t reached your full potential?
If this describes you, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. How do I know? Because I’ve been in your shoes before.
At the time of my own transformation, I was on a mission to lose a few pounds, and perhaps, discover my abs. But what I didn’t realize was that my new healthy habits would have a ripple effect into other areas of my life. Once I started to show up for myself, I was able to show up for my life and others in a whole new way.
I now realize it wasn’t about the physical transformation at all. It was about who I became as a person on the way to achieving a healthier version of myself.
By transforming my health through nutrition and exercise, I tapped into confidence and self-esteem that I didn’t know was there.
In fact, I no longer recognized the woman in the mirror. She was strong, fit, happy, positive, outgoing and full of energy.
But little did I know, the woman I wanted to become was there all along hiding under layers of fear, feelings of not being good enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not smart enough and not worthy enough. Isn’t it crazy — at some point in our lives we stop dreaming about our future and start believing these false stories about ourselves.
However, when I did the tough workouts, fuelled my body with healthy food and trusted the process, I learned the value of consistency and habits. And every time I stepped out of my comfort zone, I experienced tremendous personal growth, while setting the bar a little higher for myself.
When I finally let go of my vices (sugar and chocolate), I got to know myself on a different level. In fact, the magic happened once I realized I could be happy without the foods that were sabotaging my goals.
Once I decided to take the leap, let go and trust in the process, both my body and my life transformed.
But in order to fully change, I knew I had to do the scary stuff. I had to conquer the big goals head on. For me, it was walking across a stage in stilettos and a two-piece bikini, while standing in front of a panel of judges. Although I’ve walked across the stage over 15 times, this still freaks me out! But at the same time, it’s one of the most empowering experiences I’ve ever had.
The second most empowering experience was my first fitness photoshoot. I believe every woman needs to do this at some point in her life. You will see yourself in a whole new light. It’s both amazing and empowering. The images capture the confidence and positive feelings you acquired while on your way to achieving your goal — a feeling only you can experience. Now, whenever I need a boost or a reminder of what I’m capable of achieving, I simply look back at my photos.
Throughout the transformation process, I learned another valuable lesson: it’s OK to fail. In fact, it’s part of the journey when we’re on our way to becoming our best self. I can assure you that this is all part of the growth and the experience.
Either we can live with the pain of regret, or we can live with the temporary pain we endure on our way to achieving our goals. I choose the latter…. it’s way more fulfilling and fun!
No matter what stage you’re at in life, I assure you it’s never too late for a transformation. I can honestly say at 40 years old, I have way more energy, passion, strength and stamina than I did in my 20s and 30s.
When you feel good about yourself, you’re better able to serve others. Now I’m here to serve you as you embark on your own health and fitness journey.