Hi there. My name is Laura Jackson.
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.
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 and severe acid reflux.
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 simply 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 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 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 limiting 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 each time.
When I finally let go of my vices (sugar and chocolate to be specific), I was able to peel back the layers and get to know myself on a whole new 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 a pair of 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. The images captured the confidence I developed through the transformation process. In fact, I look at my photos daily as a way to inspire myself to set and achieve new goals.
Through the entire 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. There will be days when you miss a workout, cheat on your diet or come in last in either a fitness competition or race. But I can assure you that this is all part of the growth and the experience. It creates hunger and drive to become better each time. In fact, you will likely discover that you never truly arrive at your destination. You will always want to become better in some aspect of your life, whether its career, fitness, health, relationships, spirituality or mindset.
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.