For over 30 of those years I was a Y,o-Yo Dieter.
I tried almost all the diets around. I have been fit, semi-fit, semi fat, fat and morbidly obese multiple times over the years and it is amazing to me that my metabolism is working at all. I admit that I have abused my body over the years and I am very grateful that she has taken such good care of me and has been able to heal as well as she has. I know my body used to scream at me Woman! What ARE are you doing to me now? Why? Please just STOP!It took me almost 2 years to lose 170lbs of fat, guilt, self-loathing and fear but I did it! These days I am doing fabulous and have been able to maintain a healthy size for me (8-10) for several years. I was down to a size 6 for a while but that was difficult for me to maintain without feeling deprived so I tweaked my nutrition and training to where I can comfortably maintain this size without feeling any sort of deprivation at all. I was born and raised in West Tennessee and moved to The Shoals area of North Alabama July of 2015 when my husband’s job transferred him to their corporate headquarters. When I left Tennessee, I had been working in the business world for over 25 years. When we left West TN, I left a job as Assistant Executive Director for the YMCA in my home town where I also taught several fitness classes.
After moving Florence, I spent the first 8 weeks here getting to know the area and getting our house in order before deciding to look for a job. I knew I would not enjoy the business world if I went back to it. While it is something I am good at, I was no longer interested in going back to it. My passion had turned to Health and Wellness.I am currently certified as Group Exercise Instructor, Lifeguard, Sports Nutrition Coach, and have completed 2 different 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher trainings and am currently working on becoming a Yoga Therapist. I have several specialty certifications in Senior Fitness (Active Aging) and I currently teach anywhere from 9-12 classes a week around the Shoals area that includes multiple types of fitness and Yoga. I also offer small group and individual in-person coaching and distance coaching via the online space. As a lifetime student of whatever interests me at the moment, I love learning new things and incorporating any lessons learned in my daily life. If I had to describe myself I would say I am a Weight Lifting Happy Hippy who is loving life, coffee, ice cream, purple, sunshine, and anything fitness or nature-related.