I started out as a skinny kid growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. I love sports and it's a passion of mine to be able to play all types of sports. Football is my favorite sport. Remember I'm from Texas. Football is like a religion in the Lone Star state. From a young age, I took pride in my athleticism. I was relatively good at most sports. It was when I got to the 11th grade where everyone got so big and I remained skinny. I just couldn't compete at a level I wanted to. I physically couldn't compare. I wanted to be bigger like everyone else. It took a toll on my emotions during this period of my life.
It wasn't until right after high school, I took my personal health seriously. I started seriously weight training from the age of 19. I wanted to be "big." So that gradually influenced me to learn more about fitness. From then on I pursued and graduated from TWU (Texas Woman's University) with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology. Yes. That's right. You read it correctly. For those who are curious, TWU had been accepting men into the university since 1972. My passion for personal health reached another level after obtaining more knowledge from TWU.
My goal at 19 was just to be "big". When I got to 155 lbs, which to many it may not seem like much, but to me I was huge! I went from 120 lbs to 155 lbs. I didn't look like Arnold but I sure felt like Arnold. I soon realized what I was trying to do is not healthy. I was not in the right state of mind. During this time, I was still at TWU. My time there was impactful more than just physiology and body kinetics. I also found a path to overall health and wellness. That's when weight training changed from being "big" and good at sports to a way to enjoy life to the fullest. To do so, I realized I needed balance in my life.
What also help shift my mindset during college was when I worked at HealthSouth Physical Therapy Hospital. Working there made me realize how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the longevity of life. I started realizing and learning how important it is to be nutritional, mentally and physically healthy to better prepare for old age. I want to be able to go on any adventure I put my mind to at any age. I saw how important health and wellness is in our daily lives. To have endless energy to play with your kids and be active in their lives, or to simply walk up a flight of stairs without grasping for air once you get to the top. The list goes on and on.
I'd say many would assume people from Texas are on the larger side. I just happen to fall on the other side of the spectrum. I am no stereotypical Texan, but I do have a lot of southern charm y'all! To a various degree, everyone in the world experiences criticism about their body whether you're "skinny" or "fat". That's the truth we live in. This reality shouldn’t stop us from living life the way we want to. Be active. Eat well. Participating in our community. Experience the world and say yes to you!
Hello all! My name is Layne. I am a native Californian with an intense curiosity for culture and a driving passion for people to know their true beauty, identity and worth. I have had many transitions through different struggles and joys in regards to fitness. I hope that my story can encourage you to wrestle with what health looks like for you and cause you to take action for your mental, physical and spiritual well being.
One of my earliest memories with fitness was when I turned 10 and got into soccer (mainly to get out of my single mom’s hair) and I fell in love! I am one of those people who weirdly, naturally loves running and is competitive, so I took to the mid-field position pretty quickly. The interesting thing about this new chapter for me was that for much of my early elementary school years I was a bit overweight and soccer was a vehicle for me to not only shed some weight, but to empower me to feel strong.
In high school I went through various bouts with different activities ranging from yoga to step aerobics. I was completely clueless about proper nutrition and weight training until I entered in to my first year of college. My brother and I started weight training at the YMCA 4-5 days a week and I was absorbing information like a sponge about proper weight training techniques and balanced nutritional intake.
At the same time that I discovered this newfound excitement for fitness/nutrition I also saw some of the dark sides of my need for control and the pressures that our society places on men and women in regards to what is an acceptable or beautiful body. My time of weight training and frequent visits to the gym came along with an obsessive streak to calorie count, place pictures on my walls and regularly take ephedra pills. One morning I had an episode taking 2 ephedra pills, which blurred my vision and caused me to vomit. After this event I started to think harder about how much I was driving my body to try and fit into a mold that it seemed like I could never obtain and how much my behavior was obsessively one sided.
I know that I’m not alone and I’m sure plenty of you out there have had your own version of this kind of story.
I have found that healthy mentorship, study of the mechanics of the body and surrounding myself with multiple examples of beauty has given me a vibrant and more well-balanced viewpoint. I desire to help you find out what holistic health and wellness looks like for you. I consider it an honor to partner with you and I look forward to seeing you thrive!