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ABOUT

During the time of studying for my Nutrition Science degree, I took a major liking to strength training and to this day it is the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I loved it so much that I ended up hiring a competition prep coach and competing in my first batch of Figure Shows in the fall of 2013, which was one of the hardest things I have ever done but also one of the most rewarding. The feeling that I got as soon as I stepped out on my first competition stage was unexplainable and I knew I had to do it again, and I did... two more times for a total of three shows. 

After my competitions came and went, I trained with the intent of getting back on stage in the future. However, I slowly but surely realized that although it was an amazing experience, it was no longer conducive to my lifestyle. I do not regret competing in the slightest. Competing taught me a lot about myself. I learned how tough I actually am and my strength of will.

Welcome! This page is where I am going to tell you a little bit about myself and how I came to be the person I am today as well as what brought me to have a career in health, wellness, & fitness.

I've always been an athlete my entire life. Since a very young age, I danced both competiviely and as a hobby. As a young girl, it was something to keep me active, plus I grew to really love being on stage. I spent most nights out of the week at dance classes that typically lasted 3 hours a night and during the summer I participated in what we called "summer camp". That was much of my childhood and pre-teen years. As soon as I entered high school, I stopped dancing and transitioned to playing volleyball. I thought dance had been "my sport" but the love I had for volleyball latched onto me and kept growing. Spending endless days practicing, perfecting my technique, and going through drills was my fuel. I absolutely loved it. I played all four years of high school and then ended up walking onto my college team, trying out, and making the team as a freshman.

However, during my first week of preseason as a Freshman in college, I ended up tearing a muscle in my abdomen and bruising my liver, which ultimately ended my volleyball career. As upset as I was about my injury, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. Now, you're probably thinking... "why on earth would getting injured be a good thing?" Let me explain...

It took about 3 to 4 months for my torn muscle to heal, my liver to return back to normal size, and obtain clearance from a doctor to resume any sort of physical activity. I think I went to the gym the same day I received clearance; I was so excited to just get my body moving again. This is ultimately how I started going to the gym regularly. Everyday I would go and do a little bit more; I'd run, bike, experiment with weights, etc. After doing this for a few weeks, something seemed to click and I started researching exercise and nutrition. My hunger to learn more and experiment with different approaches kept me motivated. I particularly took a liking to nutrition and the role it plays in our physical and internal health.

 The human body fascinates me. And that fascination is what motivated me even further to transfer colleges and change my major from Sociology to Nutrition Science. I completely turned my life around and I honestly don't know if I would have come to that decision without having been injured. 

NPC East Coast Championships, November 2013 - 1st Place

However, during my time of training with the intent of getting back on stage, my body-image and confidence suffered immensely. As active and as happy as I was as a young girl. I grew up being very insecure due to being bulled, which resulted in horrible body-image and disordered eating that lasted for years. Competing in Figure Shows provided a mask that covered up the issues I've had embedded in me since being a child, but when the excitement came to an end and the curtain closed, I was still left with those insecurities and they packed a major punch. 

After struggling for about three more years with bad body-image and disordered eating, I ultimately decided to step away from the stage and retire competing. Can I even say I "retired" competing? I mean I only participated in three shows.... But yes, I retired from competing. Making that decision was huge for me, it took a lot out of me but in the end, it was something I needed to do. 

Since making that decision, I have turned my focus from being aesthetic, to health and wellness based. After graduating with my Nutrition Science Degree, my desire for knowledge continues to grow. How amazing is it that we can help ourselves feel better just by eating differently? We have the tools we've always needed right at the tip of our fingers. I have grown a deep desire to help others realize this capability as well, so much so that I have gone back to school to obtain the status of a Registered Dietician as well as my Masters in Nutrition Science. The desire to learn more is burning more than it has ever been, with the intention to use my knowledge to help others not only reach their goals, but to maintain balance and feel good along the way.

Throughout my years in the health and fitness industry, I have noticed some major imbalances. The idea stands that in order to lose weight, build muscle, burn fat, etc. there has to be some sort of extremism implemented. The notion that nutrition has to be restricted and certain foods or entire food groups are demonized is alive and well and it only fuels negative relationships with food. I could go on and on, but I think you have probably grasped the point I am trying to make. 

My goal with my business is to create a widespread message that we can all reach our goals without sacrificing our health and quality of life.

  • We live in a world where we diet so hard that we binge, creating a viscous cycle...

  • We torture ourselves over the piece of cake we ate last week...

  • We overexercise so much that our bodies begin to rebel against us...

  • We dislike the mirror image of ourselves because of society's impossible standards...

and so on...

My coaching style is based around living the best and healthiest life possible, while still reaching your goals. I teach my clients how to implement healthy lifestyle practices, how to choose which foods to eat, how to lead active lifestyles, all while maintaining balance. 

Balance can be a confusing word, so what do I actually mean by balance?

  • Balance = being able to eat without guilt

  • Balance = exercising to feel good

  • Balance = intelligently choosing foods to eat that are genuinely good for you vs. choosing food on impulse

  • Balance = staying on track to reach your goals but still enjoying time with family, friends, and being social

  • Balance = loving the body you are in now

  • Balance = absolutely no extremism

  • Balance = being able to maintain results without rebounding

We keep spinning the wheel so much so that we become lost and hopeless in our goals and just end up accepting our circumstances. We place ourselves into this self-imprisoning box, when we don't have to. I want to break this wheel that has been spinning for far too long.

Thank you so much for stopping by my page! If you are interested in working with me, please visit my "Programs" page for more information on the packages I offer or send me a message via my "Contact" page. I'm so excited to continue to share my journey with you!

Karissa Lee

xo

Credentials and Education:

Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science

Institute of Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach

Certified Personal Trainer

Functional Movement Screen FMS Certified

Currently Enrolled: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & Masters of Nutrition Science