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Meet Your Coach

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Hello!

My name is Stephanie Ozinga and I'm the owner and coach at Breaking Boundaries Fitness and Nutrition. I'm a mother of two, a wife, and I've been in the fitness industry for almost half of my life now - crazy! I hold my BS in Kinesiology, I've been a certified personal trainer since age 19 and have gone on to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning coach, gotten 3 different nutrition certifications (through NCI and Precision Nutrition), and am now back in school to become an Integrative Health Practitioner. 

Take a read below to hear my story and why I coach... because my time in the fitness and nutrition space hasn't always been sunshine and rainbows.

My Story

I spent several years of my young adult life being ‘all on’ or ‘all off’

the proverbial  health and fitness wagon… I gained about 40

pounds my freshman year of college and spent the next 7 years of

my life losing that initial 40 pounds, then re-gaining and losing the

same 20 pounds.

 

Over exercising, under eating, starting diets, stopping diets... it led

me to probably one of the lowest points of my life. I was relying on

a pot of coffee and two energy drinks a day to keep me awake.

I’d been diagnosed with the hormone profile of a menopausal

woman, was told I would need medical intervention to conceive,

PCOS, pre-diabetes, and hypothyroidism... all at the age of 25.

Talk about a wake up call.

It flipped my entire fitness and nutrition philosophy. I quit the hustle

mentality of no days off, stopped pre planning every bite of food

that went into my mouth, reduced stress and most importantly… I

stopped dieting.

 

It took me about 1 year to start feeling like myself again and ween off of medications.

 

Until I found out I was pregnant.

While this felt like a medical miracle, since not even a year prior I was being told by my doctor that pregnancy may not happen for me…

I was also terrified of losing EVERYTHING I had worked so hard to get back….my good sleep… my energy… my body that I had finally healed and felt so confident in.

There was always that dark cloud of ‘once you become a mom everything changes’ hanging over my head. And initially, I let that consume me.

 

The deeper I got into mom life and making sure I was fulfilling my duties at work… the less and less time I felt like I had to care for myself. That first year of motherhood rocked my world. But the universe works in mysterious ways.

I had a reality check. I was pretending like I didn’t have control… when in reality, I did. 

Fitness and movement didn’t have to be confined to a gym to produce results. Eating healthy didn’t mean planning out and packaging up every single meal of the week on a Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy didn’t have to be HARD. I just had to make it work for ME.

 

And once this clicked, things in my life radically started to shift. My energy started to come back. My baby weight started to come off, my relationship with my husband improved, and I found ways to make time for myself and my health, even with a new baby and a full-time job.

 

I started to explore different forms of exercise that I could do at home or outside, instead of relying on the gym. I learned how to cook healthy meals quickly and efficiently, prepping in a way that worked for a FAMILY and  started to make self-care a priority.

It even gave us the confidence to do it all over again by adding another little soul to our family.

 

Now my favorite part about motherhood is watching what putting myself first is doing for my two girls…They see me do hard things in the mornings when they wake up early enough to catch me training. They hear me talk about how whole foods give us strong and healthy bodies. They help me cook and create in the kitchen. They watch me and their father do a few things on Sunday to set ourselves up for success during the week.

 

So—while motherhood does change everything—I hope my story helps you see that the changes can be for the better, if you choose them to be. 

 

Habits are caught, not taught and strong women create strong families, in every aspect. This is why I’m so passionate about what I do at Breaking Boundaries.

 

Because I’m able to help countless other women going through similar struggles make changes that empower them to reclaim their fitness, reconnect with their family, and restore their sense of freedom—just like I’ve been able to do for myself. Life is better when you ditch a perfectionist mindset and make fitness and health work for YOU. 

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