About Tonya

I am a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist who loves animals and the outdoors. I live a simple life that is full of adventure … traveling the world and making memories along the way.

I was born in New Mexico but raised in a small town in Southeastern Nebraska. Although I wasn’t big into sports, I kept active with cheerleading, track and volleyball throughout high school. It wasn’t until my Freshman year of college that my health started to go downhill. I stopped exercising, I was smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol on a regular basis. You know, the typical “I’m finally on my own, I’ll do whatever I want” kind of mindset.

After 9 months of college, with no clue what I wanted to do with my life, I quit school and found a full-time job that payed decent money and provided health benefits. Still, my life was a mess and all I did was party after my shift was over. My diet consisted of fast food, Casey’s pizza, or whatever I could find in the vending machine at work. I wasn’t big on cooking, especially just for myself, and whenever I would eat it was until I was STUFFED.

In 2008, I met my husband. We still partied hard on the weekends, but it slowly ended during the week as it was back to the grind and getting our lives back on track. Shortly after we married, I promoted to an Administrative position at my job and started to take life a bit more seriously. I didn’t like the way I looked and wanted to start working out and eating better.

The first program I ever did was P90x. My husband, Dustin, would be gone during the week, so it was the perfect way to spend my evening working on myself to reach the goals I wanted to achieve. Every night after work I would push play and work out for 45 minutes to an hour. I started making “healthier” choices with my food and was cooking at home. After a few weeks I started to notice a difference in my body. I felt better. Then, after a week-long trip to Kansas City it was all gone. I never started back up.

Over time the partying progressed, and we were running on Rockstars and 5-hr Energy drinks just to survive the weekend. Our lifestyle was very unhealthy, and we seemed to be eating pizza on a regular basis. Not even realizing it, the weight was adding on.

In 2012 I ended up having a partial hysterectomy as I had been battling Endometriosis for years. Although I never really wanted children, I endured the mental battle of never having the opportunity to do so. My hormones were a wreck and I was constantly being asked “When are you due?” or “How far along are you?” This would eat at me for days. I would get depressed and hate my body even more. This was my breaking point and it was time for a change.

I started logging my food in My Fitness Pal and working out. Eventually, I tried an online nutrition program that told me exactly what to eat, how much, and when. I started weighing my food and following the guidelines to a T. I stopped going out to eat and would pack my own food when it came to get-togethers just to stay on track. For the first time, I actually felt great in my body. I was losing weight and getting compliments.

I did the program for 12 weeks, but after that I stopped. I was tired of eating the same foods with not much variety. Sure, I was getting results, but the meal plan was not something I could sustain for a long period of time. Shortly after, I purchased the 21 Day Fix and used the color-coded containers to learn how to portion control my food. It was a great program, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t something I could stick with.

Over time, Dustin and I had purchased enough weight equipment to have our own gym in our basement. That’s when I realized my love for lifting weights, especially deadlifts (they’re my fav). Shortly after, I signed up to do another meal plan with a Certified Nutritionist while doing Power Lifting. This time it was different. I was given a meal plan but had options. This meal plan was tailored for me and my performance. I met with my Nutritionist weekly and went over my progress. Each time, things were adjusted as needed to help me achieve my goals. This program not only helped me achieve my goals but learn to look at food differently.

In the fall of 2017 I started doing CrossFit. It completely changed the way I look at things on a fitness level. I have never felt so challenged, defeated, and rewarded all at the same time. Since then, I tried to eat primal/paleo, whole food plant based, and keto. Let’s just say I failed epically at all of them. What I wanted was a way to eat that fit my lifestyle. I realized that I couldn’t just “cut” certain food groups out to reach the goals I want to achieve. I needed to fuel my body appropriately for performance. I needed a meal plan that was designed specifically for ME and MY needs.

In August 2018, I became a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. My journey with nutrition and fitness has been a learning curve, but a damn good one. I have overcome battles with myself and continue to do so. I know what it’s like to have hormonal imbalances, stubborn belly fat that won’t go away, depression, fatigue, aches and pains, but I refuse to live an unhealthy lifestyle because of it. I know what it’s like to see results and the joy that comes from it.

My mission is to help those who refuse to give up on themselves, who want to feel better, look better, and live a healthy lifestyle. I want to help put that joy on someone’s face when they start to see their results. I want to help people reach their health and fitness goals. A healthy life begins with good nutrition. Let’s make that change together.