Hi, I’m Lean Green Island Girl Gabi!
I live in the DC Metro Area with my husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I am originally from the beautiful island of Curaçao, which is located in the Southern Caribbean and is part of the ABC islands (Aruba, Curaçao & Bonaire).
I have a bachelors in Biology and Journalism & Mass Communications from the UNC (Go Heels!) and masters a degree in Human Health & Behavior from Columbia’s Teachers College and in Mental Health Counseling. I’m a Training & Development Specialist at Acorn Health and I’m also a Behavior Coach at Finding Balance LLC. I wear quite a few hats in my professional life and am also on the board of ABAI Health, Sport & Fitness Special Interest Group, and I’m the DEI Coordinator for DC ABA.
My work focuses on helping individuals, families & organizations change current behaviors, reduce undesired behaviors and master healthy habits using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and OBM, so that they can live healthier, happier and more balanced lives.
My own journey towards a healthier, happier and more sustainable life started in 2009 when I started considering the effects my actions had on the world. I began making efforts to reduce my environmental footprint and through those efforts discovered the joys of gardening, farming, DIY activities and giving back to my community.
As I started embracing sustainability, I also developed a love for cooking. I discovered that food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and that simpler is often better. I also focused on my health and wellness. After being active for most of my life, I found myself in a slump. I wasn’t just disappointed by the way I looked, I was unhappy with my lack of fitness and my decreased general health. I was concerned that if I continued down that path, I would shorten my life. I had been a notorious yo-yo dieter for most of my life, but this time it was going to be different!
I was not going on a diet, I was creating a lifestyle change!
Having discovered my love for half marathons in 2005, when I joined Team in Training and completed my first half marathon, I decided to return to running and I also discovered the amazing sport of triathlon.
Change has been slow. But I’m a firm believer that small changes are the key to long term success.
Over time it has become less about weight and more about wellbeing. I am a healthier, stronger and definitely more balanced person, both mentally and physically!
I am also happy to share that despite suffering many injuries in the past, my new approach has kept me completely injury-free these past couple of years! Bye bye knee problems!
In 2014, Pablo (check out his blog) and I set some big goals! We tackled Raleigh 70.3 (half ironman) in June and Ironman Louisville in August and earned the Ironman title! I also rejoined Team in Training as a Mentor for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon in October and in 2015 I was an Assistant Coach for Team in Training’s Ironman Team. 2015 and 2016 were slower racing years for me as we shifted our focus to trying to conceive, which I’m happy to report did happen and now we’ve got 2 amazing daughters.
I hope my journey towards a healthier, happier and more sustainable life inspires you as you embark on your own journey! And if you’re looking for some support, you’ve come to the right place. Contact me and we can work together to help you meet your goals!