My name is Erin Hopkins. I’m a mama to three sweet little girls and a health and wellness coach.
I have struggled with weight and body image issues my whole life. My weight slowly started to creep up throughout college, and I’m pretty sure that I might have worked out a total of 4 times over the course of 4 years. I was a serious party girl and cigarette smoker. My focus was more on partying than academics, but I graduated on time and got a great job. I had a really hard time adjusting from college to the real world, was in a long distance relationship (with my now husband), and spending my spare time binge eating and drinking. That was the year that I really let my weight spiral out of control.That was my rock bottom.
I moved to Charleston to be with Miles, and we decided it was time to focus on our health. He had also gained quite a few pounds in college. I will never forget the day that we joined a gym and signed up for the Bridge Run (back then, a 10K seemed completely unattainable). I lost about 30 pounds just in time for our wedding in 2008.
I fell madly in love with yoga as a way to work through my anxiety. Miles and I both started running and taking spin classes, and we were both hooked. We ran a sprint triathlon, then a half marathon and then a full marathon. I still can’t believe some of the things that we’ve done. I did my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching yoga before and after work.
I connected with an amazing trainer, and she completely changed my life. What she taught me about nutrition, strength training and cardio had the weight falling off me. I finally got to my 50 pound weight loss goal. I was inspired and wanted to spend my days helping people change their lives the way she changed mine. I quit my full time job as a Marketing Manager and started working at a gym as a personal trainer, yoga teacher and spin instructor.
After a few years working as a fitness professional, it was time to start a family. We were surprised to find out that we were having twins! (The word surprised will never do it justice). We had identical twin girls, Riley and Quinn. I stopped working to stay home with my little loves, and then two and a half years later we had another precious little girl, Tess. I’m living in a pretty crazy, chaotic world these days, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
As much as I love staying home with my little girls, I was missing coaching and helping people. I stumbled across an amazing opportunity as an online health and wellness coach, which couldn’t be more perfect for me at this stage in my life.