I was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Alongside my fabulous husband, I’ve raised three children, and we now have five grandchildren.
Growing up in the 60’s, I was surrounded by a family of fantastic cooks and bakers. Food was paramount in those formative years; it was how we socialized, how we related, how we loved and being overweight was just an acceptable part of the package. When I turned 19, I decided it was time to break away from the mindset that being heavy was okay. This was when I chose to be healthy. I joined a local health club and started dieting. Ironically, this was the beginning of years of extreme workouts and fad diets. As a result, I developed a strong desire to study exercise physiology and nutrition. This desire has carried me throughout the intervening years.
At 36 I met a woman my age, who, like me, was in pretty good shape. We worked out regularly, ate healthy, and both were in need of a walking partner. After a month of walking, we decided it might be fun to run. Our initial run only lasted 30 seconds! With room for improvement, she and I continued to gain time and miles. A month went by, and we had improved so much that we set a new goal. Our new goal was to run a marathon and within six months, at age 36, we accomplished that goal.
Marathon training has been a life changer for me. I learned so much about fitness and diet from that experience. Most importantly, I learned I could do anything I set my mind to. Since that first marathon, I have become a Certified Rolfer, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and a Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach. Now, in my 50’s, my new ambition is to match my fitness goals with my life goals.
Strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance are my mantra. My passion is to help motivate and educate others on these qualities, to understand and accept aging circumstances with love and compassion.