My Fitness Perspective
Meet Andrea, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, & FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Certified Coach
Hi FRIEND! My name is Andrea Stephens, and I’m so thrilled to “meet” you! I am a follower of Christ, and my most cherished earthly roles are wife to my husband, Justin and mommy to my 4 young children. I’m also a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Certified Coach. I’ve been all over the map in terms of fitness and have personally battled years of disordered eating. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from my own experience and from coaching hundreds of clients, but if I had to sum it up in one statement it would be this:
Restrictive “diets” do not work long term. What we all need is a sustainable lifestyle that we can truly LIVE and THRIVE with. We need a “happy medium”.
That’s what I’m most passionate about. Helping women find their “happy medium” and truly transforming their lives! I want to help them find true freedom and peace with food and exercise so that they can live long, healthy, HAPPY lives!
I empower women to care for themselves, mind, body, and soul, so they can best care for those around them. I want to help you become the best version of YOU!
I have been a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for over 10 years. I began coaching in October 2013 and it has been an amazing journey so far!
Fitness has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I grew up dancing and doing gymnastics, and eventually even taught dance and gymnastics classes for children. In college, I began exercising regularly and watching what I ate more because I had become very unhealthy. It started out great, but quickly became an obsession for me.
Over the years, I’ve tried literally every “diet” out there. I overtrained my body in the gym and under ate for many, many years. My metabolism was destroyed, my hormones were out of whack, and even though I felt like I was doing all of the right things, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted, especially after having my 4th child. It wasn’t until I began researching true FAT LOSS, over weight loss, that I realized I was doing everything wrong. I began counting macros, lifting heavy weights, doing less cardio, and cycling my carbohydrate intake, and the results were amazing. I feel better than I ever have, and more importantly, I have finally found peace with food. I have found that now that I truly understand nutrition and the processes that go on in my body when I eat food, it’s changed everything for me, and I’m fascinated by it! I love to teach others how to break the bad cycle they often find themselves in, and I truly practice what I preach!
I was born and raised in the small, rural community of Garrett County, Maryland. I am an only child who always wished she had siblings, so I knew when I grew up that I wanted to have lots of children. My life goal was to have 3 children by the time I was 30. Fast forward a bit, and I married my college sweetheart and long-time friend, Justin, in 2005, and we have 4 beautiful children together. I had my 3rd baby, Eli, a month after my 30th birthday. And our “bonus baby” Benjamin was born in 2016 and has completed us. I would call that achieving my goal!
I have been fortunate enough to stay home with my children since I became a mommy, and since fitness has always been my passion, I decided to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I began my online fitness coaching in 2013 to be able to reach more people than I can in the gym.
I am a follower of Christ. Yes…I am a “Jesus girl” through and through. While I grew up in church, it wasn’t until my husband and I truly began exploring our faith that I finally began to understand what the Christian life is all about. Since making the decision to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, my entire life has changed.
Our church and the friends we have made there for more than 10 years have become our family, and Jesus is the center of my life. I am so thankful that He ignited this passion in my heart to help others and for His many, many blessings. It’s so incredible to me to see how He has turned such a dark period of my life (my eating disorder and struggles with that), into the positive, life-changing experience that coaching has become for me. God is good. All the time.
I see now how He truly has gone ahead of me, and how He is in control, and how perfect His plans truly are. Now… I am learning to accept more and more, that my job is to follow and seek Him in all that I do. THAT is what I try to do everyday…surrender all that I am and all that I have to HIM who holds it all, and trying to fulfill the call He has given me.
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