About Me

Hello - I am so happy you're here!

My Blog is a very candid share about fitness, personal opinions, and motivation. Thank you for reading the content and if inspired to leave a comment, I look forward to responding.

I am a fitness professional and positive aging advocate. I believe getting fit is possible at every age. And it's never too late to become the best version of yourself. 

I maintain a healthy lifestyle over 55 as a wife, mother, grandmother, trainer, and writer. And have been on a daily journey to become a healthier, happier person.

My Love For Fitness

My love for fitness started when I was in junior high school. My mentors were my physical education teachers. Through high school, I admired them and thrived from their encouragement. To this day, I believe I am a better person because of them. I wanted to do for others what they had done for me and my dream to teach fitness has been a strong one all my life.

I'm also very passionate about cooking and baking which I give thanks to my Mother for sharing this gift with me as a child. We were always cooking something up together in the kitchen. I find it very therapeutic for me and a fabulous escape into creating something wonderful. Some of my recipes are shared with you here on the blog and have been featured in Natural Muscle Magazine.

Personal Stuff

Because everything about my life has molded me into the woman I am today, I will share a bit more. It's always hard to know just how deep to go in an about me page. So I will give a reader's digest version. 

I was married at 18 and for 22-years struggled in an unhealthy relationship. I learned many positive things during such a difficult time and have 2 beautiful children. Life has a way of giving quite the education about boundaries, self-worth, love, and health.  Also, an understanding of what is healthy and what is not, and what is good for me and what is not. 

I look back on the journey and say thank you. I would not be where I am today without growing through such hurt and pain. Difficult times brought positive growth returning to college and graduating in my late 30s. I also received licensing as a certified massage practitioner specializing in sports and deep tissue. 

I have been an internationally certified personal fitness trainer for over 30 years. Continuing education is an ongoing process in my expert field of personal training and bodywork. 

Happiness and Marriage

Being healthy in all aspects of life feels fabulous. God had a plan for me when I met the man intended to be in my life at age 45. For the first time, I finally knew what love was in feeling, word, and action. I ponder on how it has taken half my life to get to this point. I can truly say great things come to those who wait, have hope, and believe. Success and happiness define my marriage to Don. When it's right and true, everything comes together naturally without effort. It just flows. We married in 2010 and living happily ever after.

My Injuries

Imagine being an extreme athlete and because of a severe injury having all that come to an end. I was unable to do my job and existed on ice packs for months.

My string of injuries began with an auto accident in my early 30s. I suffered a cervical herniated disc and rupture requiring extensive surgery. Because I was fit and healthy, I was able to recover fairly well from my first injury. Within 6-months I was back to somewhat active, but not fully resuming anything extreme. 

Moving forward to the 90s, I had to have colon surgery. This was very scary and again meant more time off to recover physically. It would take another book to write this story. Being healthy has allowed me to recover from surgeries quicker and resume somewhat normal activities. 

Another auto accident happened in 2003 where I sustained further cervical injury.  I was so frustrated at this point. Early-onset cervical dystonia/torticollis was also diagnosed due to the trauma. My surgeon charted a permanent disability requiring full reconstructive surgery and put me off work. I refused to accept that. I was filled with feelings of fear, failure, loss, desperation, and humbled by this horrible thing I had no control over.

I thought to myself: who was I, what can I do, what would I do? I was no longer the athlete I used to be all my life. This was hard to accept and many days I lost hope. I remember praying to God each night to please let me wake up and be better. It seemed to never happen. This became my time of soul-searching. I needed a whole new attitude about my physical condition. I was determined to get better, avoid surgery, utilize my knowledge to help myself, and I did. I began a course of self physical therapy starting with ice and rest. I needed that and more importantly, finally accepted that. 

Each week shed small improvements in my condition. I was getting better. I was healing and the pain became tolerable as I continued to persevere. My journey of injury and the process of healing created a new modified me.

Exercise Limitations

I can no longer perform many of the exercises pre-accident and do feel a loss. However, part of this journey is accepting who I am today. I'm humbled and truly appreciative of what I can do now. I have worked hard and celebrate each day as a gift.

The most important thing is staying positive and bringing my best effort to those exercises I can still perform. My philosophy is doing the best you can taking genetics and any limitations into consideration. We are promised all things are possible and I'm a walking example of that.

Do I still have the injury and cervical dystonia? Yes, but I applaud the woman I am today in spite of the injury. I feel stronger physically and emotionally having gone through the experience. I have also gained even more compassion for helping people with injuries and special circumstances. I can truly say, I understand. 

Personal Training and Freelance Writing

Lots of great things have happened since my injuries and recovery. I returned to running my personal training business full-time, my true passion in life.  And I began blogging and writing about health and fitness on a regular basis. 

Personal training and writing felt like a brand new adventure even after working in the fitness industry for over 25 years. The excitement and positive energy of how far I'd come fueled even more drive to succeed. My blog content was discovered and opened the door to start contracted freelance writing in 2015 for various online health networks.

Sharing My Life and Fitness

My ability to help people continues to grow personally and online. And I feel good about my life as a trainer and published writer. I love to teach people how to adopt healthy lifestyles in the right way. And I live by this example of health and happiness because life is too short for it not to be quality.

Good health and fitness are accomplished through consistent exercise, healthy nutrition, and overall balance of life. I don't believe in quick fixes or gimmicks to achieve pseudo results. I teach realistic sustainable healthy methods to achieve lifetime fitness goals. 

It has been such a blessing to help people of all ages and differing circumstances. And being part of renewed health and happiness for each client is beyond amazing. Becoming the best version of yourself is something to celebrate.

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This Blog is for information only and not to replace obtaining a physician clearance prior to beginning any and all fitness/nutrition programs.