Hey there!

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I’m Maria. And that golden fur ball of love is Swayze. We currently live in Charleston, SC with a handsome fiancé named Patrick. All 3 of us love the beach, exercising outside, and cooking new recipes.

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Sunday meal prep with my sous chef!

I decided to start Girl Powered to empower women to achieve their wellness goals through education and action. 

I AM: a healthy, happy, and motivated young woman. I invest a ton of time into researching and testing the most effective ways to improve my level of fitness. I love challenging myself with new goals that are outside my comfort zone.

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Like entering my first powerlifting meet. Terrified…I even wore a singlet!

I’m NOT: a fitness guru, claim to have the perfect beach bod, or have 10 years of experience training Olympic athletes…

So how did I get here?

Growing up there was rarely a meal without seconds. My sisters and I are blessed with a mom who is an excellent cook! We ate healthy with the exception of occasional buttered garlic bread accompanying dinner and of course an XL slice of cake for birthdays.

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The original gang all grown up + Kids + Spouses.  I love these guys the most!

My weight and exercising was never a focus or topic of conversation until I entered college. Being surrounded by a ton of beautiful young women in my sorority made me constantly compare myself to others. A combination of midnight mozzarella sticks and sugary liquor drinks made me gain weight (Thanks RJ Bentleys) which led to a negative body image.

Instead of educating myself on ways to live a healthier lifestyle, I focused solely on weight loss and cutting calories.  Because I knew everything already I came up with a full proof plan-  Lotsa Cardio – Food = a skinnier, better Maria. Ask any of my former Math Professors and they’ll tell you I have no business creating formulas. This approach would work for maybe 2 weeks, and then I’d give up and love ice cream. This was a constant unhealthy cycle for years.

What broke this eat less, exercise more mentality that a lot of us women fall into was a shift in mindset around goals, food, and attitude. I became open to other ideas and made a commitment to myself be proactive in my health and take action. I hope to fuel you with new ideas and motivation to prioritize your health!

xo,

Maria & Swayze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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