A Legacy of Fitness
My sister and I were lucky to grow up with parents who led an active lifestyle and included us in their adventures such as hiking the North shore mountains, cycling trips around the Gulf Islands, entering fun runs, playing tennis and golf, kayaking, skiing, playing hockey in the street or on frozen fields in the winter and much more.
I grew up believing I was an “athlete” and always continued living this lifestyle. But back then, our family, and most of the others we knew, definitely didn’t give much thought to nutrition! It’s crazy to think that we grew up on such an unhealthy diet filled with processed foods such as… Kraft dinner, Twinkies, Froot Loops and Corn Pops and a variety of other sugary cereals, pop tarts, processed cheese and sandwich meats, pudding cups, hot dogs, McDonalds, Kool Aid. My health and energy definitely weren’t as good as they could have been growing up.
When I look back at my life so far, it feels like I’ve lived ten lifetimes in one! Besides all the exciting and amazing experiences and adventures, I’ve also had to overcome a lot of obstacles and challenges. As an elite international level athlete in my 20s, I developed eating disorders which not only ended my cycling career and Olympic dream but also led to debilitating health issues including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, digestive issues and more. I also experienced depression, an abusive relationship, balancing life as a single mom, and having to recover from injuries from a car accident. I’ve been overweight, underweight, extremely fit, and then having to start from scratch several times to regain my fitness after a major setback. So yes, I can relate to what it feels like to be out of shape and starting over!
Although it’s never fun to go through those kinds of things, I see that each of the challenges that I faced helped me to become even stronger in body, mind, and spirit. My life experiences inspired me to learn as much as I could in the areas of fitness training, health and healing, optimal nutrition, injury rehab, mental conditioning, and spiritual growth. These invaluable experiences and what I learned through them, help me every day in the work that I do with others. And through all of life’s changes and challenges, a fitness lifestyle has ultimately carried me through.
I guess it’s not surprising that I chose fitness as a career. As a personal trainer, I'm able to make the best use of my specific gifts, life experience and knowledge. For 30 years, I’ve been passionate about helping people of all ages and fitness levels to achieve their best bodies and uncover their sometimes hidden "athlete within." Usually people come to me with the goal of losing weight and are amazed to embark on a journey that is so much more rewarding than they could have imagined with weight loss being only one of many benefits. It’s incredibly rewarding to support others in this way and to watch the results benefit not only my clients but their family and friends as well. Some of my clients have even gone on to become personal trainers themselves!
Now my passion is to help YOU to achieve your best body this year, along with the healthy glow and abundant joy and energy that can only come from optimal nutrition and a healthy fitness lifestyle. No matter what your age or current physical state, it’s never too late. Together we can make it happen!
If you have some fitness & health goals and think we would make a good team or would like to set up a FREE trial session, please tell me a little about yourself and your goals using the contact form below!