Hi! I’m Athena Perez. I’m here to share my journey with weight loss, delicious Zone Diet recipes, functional fitness training tips for the plus-sized CrossFitter, and I believe that with God’s help, every single one of us has the power to manifest exactly what we desire.

My site is dedicated to providing real advice and effective methods for going from exhausted, uninspired, immobile and self-conscious to becoming someone who renews from the inside out—by making lifestyle tweaks, letting go and letting God, learning how to set goals, developing manageable daily routines and embracing the journey.

HOST OF “BEAN THERE” BLOG & scaled nation podcast, 
creative, Jesus-follower, Life coach and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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I’m Athena Perez. It’s really great to meet ya!
My story began in the beautiful State of Washington; the home of great big evergreen trees, Puget Sound, and the scenic beauty of Mount Rainier. My tumultuous relationship with food began when I was just 5. I am a proud child-abuse survivor, but unfortunately, undesirable habits and patterns were formed in those early and formidable years, and they hopped in my suitcase and traveled with me well into adulthood. 

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At over 300 pounds I spent most of my twenties trying every diet imaginable, from eating a single can of tuna and green beans per day to starving myself outright. I had no clue how to eat correctly. I was so desperate to lose weight that I probably would have tried cutting it off. 

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I was a depressed, morbidly obese adult still harboring unresolved pain from my childhood facing new adult challenges; some of which would add exponential amounts of trauma to an already fragile heart. I was raped at 19; at 24, I suffered a miscarriage and experienced a myriad of other unimaginable events. I hadn’t a clue how to take care of myself, and that manifested in every relationship I had—in love, business, and friendships. 

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By the time I turned 30, I believed I was doomed to be heavy and unhappy for all eternity, my life nothing more than a constant series of never-ending turmoil. I trusted no one and thought God had forgotten about me. How could he stand idly by and watch terrible things happening to one of his children? 

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This belief system was cemented until my 38th birthday. I weighed over 450 lb. and was nearly immobile. I knew I was approaching wheelchair confinement because my legs could no longer support my body. I was popping pain pills like candy and suffered from thyroid problems, sleep apnea and acid reflux so bad it would wake me up in the middle of the night. Hemorrhoids, heartburn and blackouts were just a few other symptoms. 

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Over Christmas 2016, after feeling like I was going to die, I got on my knees and prayed to God to help me. I had nowhere else to go and could easily have downed the bottle of hydrocodone in my kitchen at any moment. But over a period of seven days of prayer and grief, a miracle happened. I believe God answered my prayer and I got to see a glimpse of the life I so desperately wanted. I didn’t know what everything meant, but I followed the only way I knew how. 

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Fast forward to today. I have lost over 200 lb, I am able to walk without the use of canes, I grew in my relationship with God and self, and am now a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and certified life coach. I followed every nudge and listened to every prompt, and two years later, I couldn’t imagine being more happy with my life. With God, therapy and a newfound love for CrossFit I learned more about myself than you can imagine. I have recommitted my life to help others take that first step. It’s the hardest step of all, but it's possible.  

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I’m Athena Perez. It’s really great to meet ya!
My story began in the beautiful State of Washington; the home of great big evergreen trees, Puget Sound, and the scenic beauty of Mount Rainier. My tumultuous relationship with food began when I was just 5. I am a proud child-abuse survivor, but unfortunately, undesirable habits and patterns were formed in those early and formidable years, and they hopped in my suitcase and traveled with me well into adulthood. 

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At over 300 pounds I spent most of my twenties trying every diet imaginable, from eating a single can of tuna and green beans per day to starving myself outright. I had no clue how to eat correctly. I was so desperate to lose weight that I probably would have tried cutting it off. 

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I was a depressed, morbidly obese adult still harboring unresolved pain from my childhood facing new adult challenges; some of which would add exponential amounts of trauma to an already fragile heart. I was raped at 19; at 24, I suffered a miscarriage and experienced a myriad of other unimaginable events. I hadn’t a clue how to take care of myself, and that manifested in every relationship I had—in love, business, and friendships. 

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By the time I turned 30, I believed I was doomed to be heavy and unhappy for all eternity, my life nothing more than a constant series of never-ending turmoil. I trusted no one and thought God had forgotten about me. How could he stand idly by and watch terrible things happening to one of his children? 

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This belief system was cemented until my 38th birthday. I weighed over 450 lb. and was nearly immobile. I knew I was approaching wheelchair confinement because my legs could no longer support my body. I was popping pain pills like candy and suffered from thyroid problems, sleep apnea and acid reflux so bad it would wake me up in the middle of the night. Hemorrhoids, heartburn and blackouts were just a few other symptoms. 

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Over Christmas 2016, after feeling like I was going to die, I got on my knees and prayed to God to help me. I had nowhere else to go and could easily have downed the bottle of hydrocodone in my kitchen at any moment. But over a period of seven days of prayer and grief, a miracle happened. I believe God answered my prayer and I got to see a glimpse of the life I so desperately wanted. I didn’t know what everything meant, but I followed the only way I knew how. 

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Fast forward to today. I have lost over 200 lb, I am able to walk without the use of canes, I grew in my relationship with God and self, and am now a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and certified life coach. I followed every nudge and listened to every prompt, and two years later, I couldn’t imagine being more happy with my life. With God, therapy and a newfound love for CrossFit I learned more about myself than you can imagine. I have recommitted my life to help others take that first step. It’s the hardest step of all, but it's possible.  

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My favorite drink is a venti iced coffee with a splash of cream, no sugar. 

i love coffee

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The loves of my life; Poppy and Kodiak. You might hear about them often. 

i'm a proud dog mom

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Justice Policy and Homeland Security.
 I know … crazy stuff.

i have a masters degree

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I earned this little gem when I was just a tot.
Yes, I will absolutely answer to it!

my nickname is "bean"

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My last big project was a christening gown for a sweet little angel.

i enjoy sewing

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It's my favorite place in the world.  No, I don’t have a vacation home there. #lifegoals

Oh I love Nantucket

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I saw JAWS at the age of five. I was impressionable. 

i dislike sharks

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The invention of almond milk eggnog was quite possibly the best thing to ever happen to me {{laughing}}. 

I'm an eggnog connoisseur

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No, no, no!  I think it's the texture....

I won't eat oysters

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I’m Athena Perez, a Christ-loving dog mom and CrossFitter who has lost over 200 pounds on a long journey of self-discovery. I’m obsessed with sharing everything I’ve learned to help you too!  

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