I started this business with essentially zero intention of starting a business. For years I tried several different “diets” and nothing seemed to stick. I would lose weight and as soon as the diet ended all of the weight would pile back on. Then suddenly the day came when I became desperate to lose weight. I had a weightlifting meet I was preparing for and I knew I needed to drop a weight class in order to potentially qualify for the American Open. I felt like I was out of options and out of time. I knew this time around I didn’t want to just cut the weight, I wanted to keep it off for good. As a last resort, I decided to try flexible dieting. I was extremely hesitant at first. Learning I was able to essentially eat whatever I wanted as long as it “fit my macros” seemed ridiculous. I instantly thought this was a scam. It turned out however that flexible dieting, aka counting macros, was the only method that actually worked for me and was a long term solution. Since there are no restrictions to this method of eating, I found that I could still maintain a social life. I no longer had to be the weirdo at the party that couldn’t have a slice of cake! Knowing I could eat a donut or have a handful of goldfish yet still get lean, felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Suddenly, I was free from the guilt of indulgence!! Once I started to have success with flexible dieting people began to notice. They started asking me if I could help them lose weight the same way I did. It started with one person and then ultimately ended up growing to many. I ultimately decided to start No Bull Nutrition as a means to help others that are struggling the same way I did for years. This is no bull. You can finally have your cake and eat it too. Literally.
Meet Your Coach, Stephanie Broughton
During my younger years I was always playing sports. Growing up my main sport of choice was soccer. In high school, I was on my way to playing in college when a freak incident left me with numerous torn ligaments in my knee. I was required to have reconstructive surgery and hours of rehab. Just when I thought I was on my way to playing soccer again, six months later I ended up tearing them all over again for a second time. During this long period of inactivity, I found myself starting to gain weight. Gaining weight and no longer able to play soccer, I began to become trapped in this deep pit of depression. I continued to struggle for 5 more years. I was inactive, depressed, and unhealthy. It wasn’t until I went to college that I decided enough was enough. A friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit and I was instantly hooked. CrossFit had such an impact on my life that I ended up switching majors from Nursing to Exercise Science. I began personal training and ultimately engulfed myself into the world of fitness. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Exercise Science and began to pursue a career as a CrossFit coach. I acquired several certifications including: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Coach, CrossFit Gymnastics Coach, CrossFit Mobility Instructor, and USAW Sports Performance Coach. Currently I work full time as a CrossFit Coach to help others find their passion for health and fitness the same way I have. In addition to my career as a coach, I am also pursuing a Master’s degree in nutrition. My ultimate goal is to become a registered dietitian within the next 3 years.