How did this whole thing start? Good question… one could say it started when I was born in March (almost 2 months early) in 1975! Another way to say it started is because I was searching for a way to make an impact and leave this world a little better than how I found it. You might say this started because as I got older, I experienced some injuries that I did not have when I was younger and they were more difficult to recover from. Truth is, it’s all of the above!
If I had to put a date on it, my fitness journey to a better and healthier lifestyle started around 2014. I’ve always been an active person and was always into sports when I was younger. While trying to find ways to work fitness and exercise into my life, I started bike commuting to work and simply trying to ride more. This was relatively low impact based on the injuries I was trying to recover from (leg injuries). As time went on, I continued to try and find ways to increase my activity and stave off the dreaded medication to “fix” my impending health issues. What started as a goal of functional mobility morphed and evolved into running more in 2015 and 2016, doing my first sprint triathlon in 2017, doing my first obstacle course race (OCR) – a Spartan trail Sprint – in 2018, and completing 10 registered race events, including my first half-marathon (13.1), in 2019!
Also during this evolution I began to look at the necessary changes for my diet. I was never considered obese in society (only by true medical standards and definitions) but losing about 30lbs in 2016 made a big difference in my life. So now, continuing to evolve my diet and transition to more plant based eating, working with a personal trainer more frequently, and increasing my fitness family circles, what was the next step? I felt that I had enough life experience to be able to give back and help people learn from the lessons I had already learned and to try and live the example. I did a random google search into “how to become a life coach” and that’s when the next door opened…training at Health Coach Institute and their BHC program brought me to the next level on this journey and into the world of health and life coaching!
Leading by example and being a positive influence in people’s lives has always been important and felt very natural to me. Whether it’s been inspiring people with my own personal journey (including my flaws and shortcomings), being an encourager for every win no matter how small, or helping people to understand their choices and see the clarity in those choices, coaching has existed in my life more than I ever knew! Having trained with and now become certified with HCI, my purpose has become so much clearer! Along with the empowerment I have gained in my personal life to truly be more present, I can also offer this service professionally to help others reclaim their personal power and truly step into the life they want!
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it… for now LOL! Thanks for letting me share and stay tuned to see what’s next on this amazing journey we call life!