As a competitive powerlifter with a strong passion, education and experience in performance nutrition, I created TEM to reinvent how powerlifters approach food and nutrition.
You need a professional perspective. Someone who will help you figure out how to move past “starting all over” and bring you closer to the person you want to become in 6 months. But here’s the thing – you can stay accountable to a program, troubleshoot the small stuff along the way, and you don’t need to be checked in on.
Create a strategy, build life-long habits and stay accountable. Maximize the process and outcome with continuous education, support and accountability. Step away from the red lights and overwhelm. And move forward with white lights, clarity and direction. Explore different levels of coaching with the flexible tiers.
I didn’t know nutrition was a career choice until my sister suggested looking into it.
And I fell in love.
But I didn’t have the most typical university experience, considering I was an immigrant with limited financial assistance. I didn’t spend Friday nights bar hopping or attending many social events on campus (I wish!). Instead, I spent every non-sleeping hour working multiple part-time jobs to pay for the tuition and studying for classes.
It doesn’t sound enjoyable because it wasn’t – but I endured with passion.
I started training for a powerlifting mock meet in early 2016. But I didn’t start with a coach or a real idea of a proper meet prep program. You can say I winged it. And boy, it was not a thrilling process. Then I met my coach (the love of my life) and practically saved my lifts.
Unfortunately, I had fallen into the trap of weight cuts and focused on the wrong number on the platform. As a nutrition major, I enjoyed learning about performance nutrition but hit a snag when applying it. It was one of those things that were “easier said than done”. And before I knew it, I began participating in what I knew were unhealthy eating behaviours that limited my performance and growth in the sport.
It clicked for my first meet as a true and filled out 57.0 kg. lifter. And I thought it was going to be different from then on.
And it was different.
Two months later, I was deported and living in a foreign country with limited access to a squat rack and nutritious foods. The entire transition was a disgusting wake-up call that forced me out of my comfort zone in all parts of my life. In the first 8 months, I constantly reflected until I realized I always knew who I wanted to become. The problem was that I was too afraid to fail on the way there. I mean, let’s face it, that didn’t really go well with the beginning of my powerlifting journey.
Then I finally took the risk when I signed up for Mallory Rowan’s Sell on Social course. Afterwards, I discussed the possibilities with my partner, who helped me pursue this journey. Six weeks later, I had already signed up many powerlifters. My story resonated.
In October 2020, I became a Nutrition Coach.
And I bought myself my own squat rack!