Hi, I’m Veronica McCombs, owner of Murrieta’s BAM! Fitness Training for Women. By the way, BAM stands for Badass Moms, but I train all women kinds of women, not just mothers.
That’s me in the pictures above. (=
Like many families, mine was hit with tragedy when I was young. At age six, I lost both my parents in one fell swoop.
Food became my escape. And I ballooned up.
My family nicknamed me Chonchis, which is slang for “chubby girl” in Spanish. They used it as a term of endearment—not in a mean-spirited way—but that didn’t change the fact that I was the little chubby girl. It became my identity.
I spent the following years wishing I was someone else. Wishing I lived in someone else’s body. That I looked different.
My heart broke a little bit more every time I looked in the mirror.
I remember wanting to play soccer when I was 13 because it looked like a lot of running and running is supposed to help you lose weight.
Soccer and depriving myself of food will have me looking like Christina Aguilera in no time, I thought.
This behavior carried on for most of my life: I took pills, ate my feelings away, and ran for hours wearing a trash bag.
I’d lose some and then always gain it right back, each time with a little extra.
Eating strict and working out, I lost it all when I was 23. But the strict dieting was too grueling, and I gained it all back (and then some) by 24.
I spent thousands on diets, at-home workouts, gym memberships, and discount bootcamps. You name it. I tried it.
But nothing led to lasting results.
Then came the children. Soon, I was over 200 pounds, which may look fantastic on some women. On me, it didn’t.
I had no energy and felt anxious and lousy.
I guess I always thought I’d have my act together by the time I had children, but my low self–esteem continued. I was so consumed with myself that it didn’t occur to me that my thoughts and actions regarding food could be affecting my babies.
As a mother of three, teaching my children healthy habits is so important.
What kind of example was I setting?
Could I learn to love myself the way I love my children?
How could I be a better role model for them?
How could I expect them to grow up eating healthy when I wasn’t?
How could I expect them to have healthy self-esteems when mine was so poor?
The bottom line was: I couldn’t.
It wasn’t fair to them for me to continue living as I had been.
It was time to put Chonchis to rest once and for all.
So, after a lot of determination, research and trial and error, I figured out the right way to eat and workout, and how to stick with it.
I built habits I could stick with. Discovered workouts that are fun. Ate foods that are both healthy AND yummy.
Followed nutrition habits that satiated me and helped me achieve my fitness goals.
I lost all my extra weight (63 lbs) and have now kept it off
And because of it, today, my life is now so much better in all areas. I feel great about how I look, have lots of energy, and am a better role model for my children.
It’s still a struggle sometimes, and I’m FAR from perfect. But when I think about how my actions and self-worth affect my children, making tough decisions about my health, fitness, and well-being become easier.
Some people get into personal training for the money. Nothing wrong with that. And, like everyone else, I DO need to make a living.
But the number one reason I became a trainer is so I can help other women.
Because, other than the love of my family, nothing makes me happier than helping other women transform their bodies and lives—ESPECIALLY mothers, so they can be a more positive example of a healthy lifestyle for their precious little ones.
If you could use any guidance in this area of your life, you’re welcome to call or text me at 951-317-2907.
I run small group personal training programs for women at a beautiful park in Murrieta. I keep my groups much smaller than your typical
I look forward to hearing from you.