my story

“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

Welcome to the life of Sharelle. I’m a 23 year old college graduate from the University of Iowa. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. I work at a local health club full-time as half personal trainer, half Service Desk Supervisor. I am also Group fitness certified through AFAA and would like to get certified in Yoga as well. Things can get hectic in my life with all the things I’m involved in, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I have always been interested in living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise, but it wasn’t until most recently that I’ve really thought about helping people and making a career out of it.

Throughout my life, I have always been insecure. I might seem confident on the outside, but I’ve definitely struggled with feeling great about myself. I grew up in a unique way with young parents who have always shown love to me no matter what they’ve gone through themselves. I have always been responsible, independent, goal-driven and strive to make my family proud of me (even though I don’t really have to try), but sometimes I think I have impossible expectations for myself which has led to paths of anxiety, binge eating, compensating for the binge eating, and spirals of depression.

I have suffered through some very serious disordered eating in the past: complete with restricting anything that touched my mouth, indulging in massive amounts of unhealthy foods, purging, and over-exercising. I am not proud of these things by any means, but I feel like that it has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am still recovering from the damage and am learning to be more intuitive to what my mind and body needs versus what I think I should be doing to myself.

Recently I am learning to let go of those unrealistic expectations and just embrace what I have done for myself and love myself for the person I have become. Leading a healthy lifestyle is just one of the many ways that I have learned to love myself. Eating real, whole foods makes me happy as does exercising my way into becoming a physically and mentally stronger person.

Even though I sometimes do have my moments of guilt or insecurities, I have never felt like a stronger person than I do right now. It’s only uphill for me and I just have to keep reminding myself to look forward and keep my head up because that’s the only thing that matters.


If I were to describe my eating habits, I would say I strive to eat clean, whole foods 90% of the time. I’ve tried just about every “diet” and have found that absolutely none of them work. Go figure. What worked best for me when I was at my leanest was when I gave up sugar & processed junk.

My fitness habits are all over the place. I get bored easily so I like to change it up. I went from hating running to running 11 races in one year with 3 of them being half marathons. I’ve done crossfit, olympic weightlifting, bootcamp style workouts, bodybuilding, kettlebell, yoga.. you name it, I’ve probably done it. As a trainer, I like to dabble in just about everything so I can continue to learn and then take my experiences and use them to train my clients.

Currently I am following a figure competitor’s workout program along with olympic/powerlifting 2x  a week.

This blog is for me to share my goals, work outs, recipes, tips, and anything I feel like posting that will help me continue to be the person that I am becoming.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

Disclaimer: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise routine. Also, I am not a registered dietician so any nutrition tips/recipes is purely for my own lifestyle. Every individual is different when it comes to nutrition and exercise!

  1. June 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love your story! You are so beautiful and it’s great that you are getting stronger, rather than focusing on food pressures.

    This is great – “The only reason I choose to run is because my mom is a runner and I like to run with her.” My mom and sister both run also, and I just started running more seriously these past couple weeks.

    I can’t wait to read more, your blog seems awesome!

    – Nicole

  2. July 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Since you sent me the link to your website for the blog post, I’ve been going through everyone’s blogs/about pages to get to know them a little better. Your story is so honest and I’m so happy to have you in this group with us 🙂

  3. February 16, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Sharing your story about eating disorder is so healing for you…and hopful will help others. so many people struggle w/ varing degrees of eating disorders and don’t fess up to it. You are so young…I hope you are on the road to health and thinking that you are “AWSOME”. Gonna follow you awhile …

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