I decided to “get fit” thirty five years ago at a church picnic. At that time I had five children under the age of eight. I had not been in a gym since my first baby was six months old. That program was very basic consisting of just three minutes on a stationary bike, ten sit-ups, ten repetitions on five machines, and a few cool down stretches. I was not seeing the results I had hoped for so I quit exercising. After having baby number five I joined the European Health Spa with a friend. We were both overweight, had no energy, and unhappy with our bodies. This program was identical to the first with the addition of fifteen minutes is the jacuzzi and swimming pool. After our strenuous workout we visited Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor for what we thought was a well deserved treat. I remember a comment made by a staff member as we left one night, “You don’t want to be just one of the “water buffaloes” in the back, do you?” She was one of those cute little blondes with a perfect model’s body. I thought to myself, “Unbelievable! Like she could relate to us!” Needless to say we did not return to that gym.
I remember like it was yesterday the look on my eight year old’s face at the picnic when I told him I was too tired to play with him. As his swung his bat to the ground he asked, “Are you gonna be one of those fat mom’s that just sits around all the time?” No words can explain the shocking realization that I had become a water buffalo! My adventure into the world of fitness began as I walked unto to the baseball field and attempted to run around the diamond. Much to my horror I was out of breath and my legs quit before I got to third base.
This experience sparked such a fire in me that has not died but grown stronger each year. It became the driving motivation that will not let me abandon my decision, not even while I am on vacation. I had always thought of myself as a good mother and being too tired to play with or properly care for my family was never in my plans. I discovered that I had to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy in order to live my life to the fullest and to care for my family. My parents have also been a true inspiration for me to continue a lifestyle of fitness. They are shining examples of healthy eating, taking supplements, avoiding “junk food” and incorporating physical activity on a daily basis. They have always encouraged me to continue my commitment to fitness even when others have given up.
A few weeks after my baseball experience I watched a group of ladies in a jazzercise demonstration and was amazed at how energetic they were, exercising to upbeat music. When I studied the benefits of aerobic exercise I realized that this was the program I needed. Many of my friends were overweight and lacked the energy they needed to get through a normal work week so I was excited to share this new information with them.
The next week I signed up for a lifetime membership at Lady Fitness Center. I was soon attending aerobics three times a week and when I could make it through the whole class I added two days of conditioning classes. Within three months I had lost a total of twenty inches and fifteen pounds! My energy level increased tremendously, my body began to change, and I began to create healthy meals for my family. I was so excited that I invited a group of ladies from church to join me. Most of these ladies did not want to be at a club or listen to “noisy music” so I designed a program for them at my house. I then realized the rising need for personalized programs. I became a certified aerobics instructor and started my fitness career.
That was the summer of 1981. Since then I have taught group exercise classes for two to one hundred people of all ages and fitness levels. I have also been a certified personal trainer and am currently designing my own B.E.S.T. Fitness seminar. I understand the frustrations of not knowing how to get fit or having a trainer that does not relate to my individual situation. I have a sincere desire to help people establish personal goals that they can reach and maintain for the rest of their lives. Many people in my classes have told me that they admire my commitment to keep them motivated.
Another benefit that I can bring to the fitness industry is that I have maintained a lifestyle of fitness for more than two decades now and I know that if I can do it the average person with a little desire and the right training can do it! Every time I finish a class or see a client reach a goal I am more inspired than when I started. It is so amazing to watch a person’s quality of life change as they reach their goals. My Forever BEST programs promote a lifestyle of Balance, Energy, Strength, and Tranquility!
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