Growing up I was kind of a tomboy, always running around outdoors, climbing trees and playing in the dirt by the creek near my house in small town Germany.
From a young age I was on a swim team, competed in horseback riding and worked the stables. Being physically active was natural to me, I rode my bicycle and rollerblades everywhere and barely sat down during my spare time.
My family encouraged balanced nutrition, and we regularly had home-cooked meals prepared from healthy natural ingredients. I could eat what I want without gaining weight and I intuitively ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full.
A copy of “Shape“ Magazine first sparked my interest in fitness when I was about 13 years old. The toned, athletic look of the fitness models inspired me to start training at home using water bottles filled with sand.
So how did I get out of shape and find myself with disordered eating habits?
When I was 15, life took a shocking turn. After a traumatic event I felt lost. I gained some weight while living abroad, eating too much fast food and not doing any exercise. At college I dieted and rebounded, losing and gaining body fat without knowing how to find a healthy balance. After starving myself for a pageant I gained back more body fat than I had before. It was a lesson in how quickly anyone can get out of shape without the correct knowledge and guidance.
The turning point came when I looked at bikini pictures from a vacation in Turkey. I barely recognized myself.
Something had to change. I started eating healthier and exercising consistently again.
But my fitness journey wasn’t linear.
Although I lost some weight through „clean eating“, I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I thought I had to lose more weight and get leaner. (Eventually I realized that in order to achieve the body I wanted, I actually have to eat more and gain muscle first.)
A restrictive bikini competition prep diet got me pretty lean but also left me with disordered eating and a bad shape mentally. I knew there had to be a different way and I decided not to step on stage pretending to be healthy and happy when in reality I was not.
On my journey back to health I discovered the world of flexible dieting/ IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) and how counting macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) gives us incredible freedom and choice even as we lose body fat and re-sculpt our bodies.
Finding my passion for lifting weights and focusing on strength training has helped me achieve goals beyond aesthetics. It has changed my own body image issues and has helped me find a deeper motivation for training. I made it my mission to create a strong body and to continue to challenge and push myself. Although I’m not where I want to be yet, I have learned to enjoy the journey and embrace what I have achieved so far.
My motto is „Get strong. Live lean.“ because shifting my focus on training to get strong instead of skinny, my body is finally changing the way I desire. Now I maintain a fit bikini body on a sustainable amount of food which gives me plenty of energy to enjoy training and life. No more obsessing about food, craving restricted foods or labeling food „good“ and „bad“.
I would love you to discover this for yourself.
That’s why I set up Marie Mad Fitness to share my knowledge, training and expertise with you. My goal is to use my experience to help people achieve their fitness goals through training, nutrition and mindset.
Join me to learn about flexible dieting, nutrition and the best ways to train our bodies for strength and beauty.
Facts about me
- Just like everyone I struggle and I’m still figuring things out. But I chose to create my own life and happiness and so can you!
- My fitness journey really began in 2012 when I was living in Perth, Australia
- I went to High School in Florida, United States and have lived in 4 different countries (Germany, United States, Costa Rica, Australia)
- Although I was active and sports were a big part of my life, growing up I was skinny and I had low self esteem. At school I was always last when picking teams and I was teased about my big hair and no name clothes
- After years of eating little food, high activity and starvation diets I gained more bodyfat than I had before
- With flexible dieting and lifting weights I manage to maintain a lean body on a sustainable amount of food/calories and without endless hours of cardio
- I’m allergic to all types of paprika and chili, carrots, white fish & cauliflower
- I have a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production
- My chihuahua is my only child
- I placed 4th in the Diva Bikini Model Tall division at the WBFF Los Angeles in April 2016
- I won the “Miss Hooters Cologne“ pageant in 2010
- Personal Trainer EQF Level 3
- Fitness Instructor
- Nutrition Consultant
- Nutrition Coach
- Trainer for Athletic Performance