I really appreciate the pivot Carrie made to bring us all our fitness needs via Wellness Living and Zoom. I love getting to be live with my workout buddies. Working out is still the first thing I get to do every morning and frankly it has saved my sanity. The workout offerings are varied and engaging with very little needed equipment. I am actually in better shape than I was before the pandemic!
I believe that all things are possible in life! It is never too late, we are never too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too weak, too inflexible, too sick or too busy to make positive changes in our lives and in our health!
I once wore five sizes bigger than I am now! I was weak, had no energy, had a high body fat, was borderline high cholesterol, diagnosed with the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, dealing with a bulging disc, was stressed out and just miserable!
Then in late 2001, I was in pain and sick. Worked through the holidays only to find that I needed to have my gallbladder removed. No doubt diseased from my horrible eating habits, lack of exercise and high stress occupation.
2002 was the year I woke up! The year included me having surgery, leaving my job and losing over forty lbs!
But I was still weak and my legs covered in cellulite! I decided to start doing the noon classes at the YMCA on my lunch break. I was hit and miss and would give about 40% effort. I did start eating better and better with each year. And exercised, trying different things along the way, but one thing I loved and would never miss was Body Pump! I loved it!
In 2010, my passion for fitness and nutrition led me to a career in fitness. I started with teaching yoga and spinning classes at the YMCA. I Certified in group exercise, rebook cycling, Yogafit and personal training all in that year!
In the fall of the same year, I went to work for Fit In The City in Omaha and became the program coordinator for the Way to Lose program. I taught classes at several corporate locations and began to hone my skills as a trainer. This was my life's calling and I loved it! I finally found where I belonged!
While working with FITC, I continued diving into my education, certifying as Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrtition Specialist,, Kettlebell, Bootcamps, Pilates, four more certifications in yoga, Wellness Coaching & the list goes on!
The June 2013 I became part of the professional staff for the YMCA, moving up the ladder from Wellness Coordinator, to Health and Wellness Director, to Membership Director in 18 months. I learned a lot and loved my YMCA family! But I knew that I needed to get back on track and continue my journey towards my ultimate goal of having a Health and Wellness Studio. In December 2015, I began to revise my plans, map out what I was going to do, then got busy making my dream come to fruition!
So, I'm hear to tell you that I'm living proof that everything IS POSSIBLE! And its never too late, you are never too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too weak, too inflexible, too sick or too busy to make positive changes in you life and in your health!
I love teaching, showing, helping and coaching others to be the best version of themselves they are ready to be!
Thank you for reading my story and I look forward to seeing your smiling face at the First Row Fitenss Studio!