HI - I'M LARISSA NICOLE
I soon became so obsessed with achieving my goals that I invested all of my time, money and energy into the health and fitness spheres.
I got certified as a personal trainer, hired professional coaches to train me and learned everything I could about metabolism and how it all worked. I tracked my calories, meal prepped and exercised religiously and even started training a roster of clients while also being a fitness instructor at a small group training studio.
Eventually, I ended up losing over 60 pounds and totally changing my body composition. But, even at my smallest weight, I wasn’t happy. I was still struggling with my food relationship and body image and practically felt like the same person on the inside.
That’s when it hit me: it was never about my weight.
Over the two years that followed, I ended up embracing weight gain for the first time in my life and exploring what my "dream body" truly meant to me on a deeper level.
I stopped doing all of the things that didn’t work for me and began crafting a routine and a lifestyle that I truly loved.
And, it felt so freeing!
To this day, I've been able to help countless clients not only build their “dream bodies” but also totally change their relationship with food and their body, build unshakable confidence and self-worth that isn't tied to a shape or size and create balanced, sustainable and consistent routines that they can rinse and repeat for the rest of their lives.
I’m a certified personal trainer (CPT), registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and food blogger who teaches female foodies how they can sustainably build their dream body without having to eliminate the foods they love.
I’m also a third-generation Italian based in Toronto who was raised with a deep love of food - pasta, pizza, cheese, bread and olive oil - you name it. To this day, I’ve never met a bowl of pasta I didn’t get along with and love pairing a hearty Italian dish with a nice glass of red wine.
Growing up, I struggled with my weight, my body image and my relationship with food a lot.
I tried everything I could to lose weight. I restricted my food intake, did a ton of cardio and basically tried to “hate myself healthy” - because that’s what I thought I needed to do to finally look and feel confident in my skin.
Did I mention I was also a closet binge eater?
I’d spend so much time and energy trying to stick to the latest “diet” each day that I’d end up giving in to my cravings late at night. It was mentally and physically exhausting - and it put everything else in my life on hold.
So, one day, I decided that I was done.
I was done with dieting. I was done with feeling horrible about myself. And I was ready to do the work to finally feel strong and confident in my skin.
This journey is what developed many of the philosophies I live by today, like...
Food can either be good for the body , good for the soul , or both
Your dream body is the one you can feel like your happiest, healthiest self in (both physically and mentally) and isn't tied to a number on the scale.
Health is not "one size fits all" . What works for one person may not work for the next person - so, it's important to find what works best for you.
Confidence doesn't come from a shape or size. It comes from the way you talk to yourself and in habits you maintain consistently every day.
Needless to say, we do things differently here at...
LARISSA NICOLE FITNESS
We're not here to help you reach your "body goals" at any cost. We'd much rather teach you how you can build a balanced, sustainable routine that's filled with your favourite foods, movements you enjoy and a rock-solid mindset that gets you feelin' confident as hell in your skin.
Here are a few different ways you can work with us: