my shooting story

Photo copyright Team USA
Photo copyright Team USA

I began shooting at the age of 9 in Woburn, Massachusetts at the Mass. Rifle Association gun club. I remember taking my first shot in prone with the club’s .22 Anschutz rifle and thinking to myself, “this is so cool!” From that point on I was hooked. During my teenage years, I tried other sports, soccer was a favorite, but shooting kept on calling my name. The shooting sport has provided me a unique challenge in athletics. The rifle shooting is a special combination of athleticism and mental skill that I hadn’t found in any other sports. It provided me a challenge and over the years has taught me life skills that have so much application – discipline, focus and drive just to name a few. This challenge is what makes shooting such a special sport, unlike any other. I attended Texas Christian University where competed for the T.C.U. NCAA Division I Rifle team and gained my B.S. of Nutritional Sciences degree and completed the C.P. in Dietetics allowing me to become a Registered Dietitian after I passed my certification exam. After graduation, I continued to pursue my athletic career by choosing to train at the Olympic Training Center and also pursue my professional career as an R.D. in wellness. My passion for nutrition and the shooting sports combined with the skills rifle shooting has taught me brings me to the point where I am at today. For the past year I have been injured and undergone two back surgeries due to my numerous back issues. I plan to train through this next year with the hope of making my second Olympic team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Though this year has been trying and this next one wont be easy, the challenges have supported my belief that life is bigger than just us and what we want to accomplish for our own benefit. I truly believe that life itself is a gift and anything else is a blessing that’s been given to us so we can bless others. With this attitude, I know I have blessed a lot and I want to be able to bless others in the ways I have been blessed. This is why I have started Elijah Wellness. I have big plans for the blessings I want to bring to others but for now this is where I will begin. Please follow me in my journey as I pursue my passion for rifle shooting and my passion for blessing others with wellness in the many years to come.

wellness and lifestyle change

Some people believe wellness is only for the affluent and only concern those who can afford it but I disagree. Wellness is something everyone should be able to strive for and I believe everyone can achieve.

One part of wellness is being in control of your lifestyle and health habits instead of being defined by them. The world around us is filled with labels that the world puts on us and we put on ourselves. Labels are our worst enemies when we want to make a change in our lives for the better because labels keep us stuck in a rut. Labels keep us from making changes, yet labels are just a mental state of letting your bad habits, unhealthy lifestyles, and other’s opinions control us. So how do you combat this? By finding your motivation to take back the control in your life. This is where I begin my wellness coachings. Positive change will never happen unless you know why you want to make that change.

One of my passions in life is showing people how to rid themselves of the labels in their lives. Labels will only hamper your life and suffocate your dreams. It’s time we took back the control of our lifestyles and habits and then freely achieve wellness together.