MJ is a certified ISSA Nutrition Specialist and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. An athlete her whole life, she started to notice she was putting on weight soon after graduating college and working an office job that required her to sit for long periods of time. Focusing on her career, she allowed her time in the gym to go on the back burner. In her mid-twenties, she decided to take back control of her weight and lost nearly twenty pounds restricting “bad” foods, hitting the gym twice a day, and giving up most social activities since it was too tempting to want to drink alcohol and eat off plan.
At 27, at the suggestion of her workout partner, she decided to enter her first figure competition and for 3 years she would gain and lose the same twenty pounds to “get stage ready.” After some time, she suffered from diet fatigue and decided her competition days were over.
In her early thirties, MJ relocated from New Jersey to Boston for her corporate job. Again, this major life change immediately challenged her to maintain her healthy lifestyle and the weight starting creeping back on. Soon after moving to Boston, she met her husband Jeff. Luckily, he shared her interest in physical fitness and again, she lost those pesky pounds. After they were married in 2012, MJ and her husband wanted to start a family but they struggled to get pregnant. The stress caused her to start eating her feelings and she gained weight again. Ten, then twenty, then a whopping 30 pounds. In January 2015, MJ and her husband decided to join a local CrossFit gym and they both fell in love with the sport. Four months later, MJ found out she was pregnant and an additional 52 pounds later, she gave birth to a beautiful little girl.
After the birth of her daughter, MJ was determined to get back in shape and keep the weight off for good. She wanted to be a positive role model for her daughter and be able to be the healthy and fit mom she always imagined. She lost the baby weight, and then some, in about 9 months. However, once she stopped breast feeding, she noticed the scale was moving again in the wrong direction.
Finally, in her forties, she decided it was time to hire her own nutrition coach who helped her not only lose the weight, but taught her how to maintain this new fit body forever. Inspired by her new found “food freedom” and a strong desire to help others achieve their health and fitness goals, MJ sought out to become a nutrition coach herself. She's now helping others discover how to meet their weight loss goals and live a healthy sustainable lifestyle...like a BOSS!
I was tired of being the person who always had 20 pounds to lose. Through macro counting, I became the person who would never be 20 pounds overweight ever again. After discovering what worked, I began helping others reach their nutritional goals and I can help you too.
- MJ Lawless, Founder of Macro Boss Nutrition