HI, I'm LARISSA -
I'm a Toronto-based transformation and wellness coach.
Growing up, I was raised in an Italian household where pasta, cheese, bread and olive oil were frequent staples in my diet, and there was no such thing as portion control.
I struggled with body image issues all throughout my childhood, but it wasn't until middle school that I first realized I was overweight. I was bullied almost every day and, over time, I began to absolutely hate my body.
In high school, I fell into every “crash diet” and weight loss trap there was out there. I let others dictate my self-worth, and felt like I wasn’t in control of my own life.
When I started my first year of university, I weighed close to 200 pounds.
I realized that I had missed out on so many opportunities and felt like my weight was the reason why I was holding myself back from living my best life. So, I made it my mission to lose weight, and fast.
I began my fitness journey knowing absolutely nothing about weight loss - but somehow, after six months of doing home workout videos and restricting my calories every single day, I had dropped about 30 pounds. It felt amazing! But then, I hit a plateau. My progress slowed down to a halt and I began feeling terrible about my body once again. Frustrated, I tried to compensate by doing even more and eating even less. I was stuck in a sick cycle. (Sound familiar?)
Truthfully, I still didn’t understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. I thought that restrictive eating and lots of cardio would help me lose weight. Boy, was I wrong!
What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was unknowingly fostering an even more unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. I eventually realized that weight loss is twofold - and although I was transforming my body, I still needed to transform my mind.
I decided to do as much research into fitness and nutrition as possible - I tested new eating patterns, learned about various diet types, followed bikini competitors' programs, and even trained (and ate) like a bodybuilder. Each day, I made time to educate myself about WHY the body works in the way it does and slowly became more knowledgeable about fitness and health.
It wasn't an easy journey. But, before I knew it, I was in the best shape of my life - and everything kind of "clicked".
Today, I am a Certified Personal Trainer and a soon-to-be Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who uses my own transformation story (and everything I've learned along the way!), along with my Instagram, Pinterest and blog as a way to teach other women struggling with their weight how to become a stronger, healthier & happier version of themselves and that absolutely anything is possible with the right mindset.
To learn more about my personalized training guides, meal plans & more, click HERE.
If you'd like to work with me, you can contact me here!
I can’t wait to help you transform your life!
With love and wellness,