A quick story about why and how I got into fitness and why I am now sharing my 20+ years of experience-
I started in fitness after gaining 60+ lbs in my first pregnancy, losing it prior to going back to work, and then gaining 40 lbs of it back again after I stopped working outside our townhouse in NOVA and moving to RDU (Wake Forest, NC).
I had a wonderful 2 yr old (Jake) and decided that I needed to find out the truth for him regarding God and what I believed. I was raised by believing parents but had not figured out my beliefs as an adult.
I was a “seeker” and took Jake to every church I could find, looking for the answer. I truly wanted to be the best mom ever and know that when I told him what I believed it would be honest and true!
Being a diligent new mom, I wanted the best of everything for him. So I offered to teach Sunday School at the church we were attending. When I got turned down because I wasn’t a “member” of the church, I did what I needed to do to become a “member”. I walked down the aisle at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church and asked to become a member. The pastors Chris Gilliam and Dr. Jim Codgill were at the altar and prayed with me to accept Christ as my savior. I will always attribute my finding Christ to my son Jake, because, if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I would have gone looking I believe Christ has a plan for all of us, and I believe people in your life can affect the speed and paths of that plan.
When I finally found the answer … Jesus… I was introduced to a program called First Place which is based off my life-scripture, Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. First Place was a Christ-centered weight loss program built on scripture memorization, bible study, food journaling with food exchanges, weekly meetings for accountability, encouragement and education and EXERCISE. Truly a well rounded program.
First Place also used basically the same physiological weight-loss program I had just finished and gained weight with through Kaiser Permanente. The only difference between the two programs was the Bible study/Scripture memorization. So I guess what I needed more than anything was a relationship with Christ.
Through First Place I was drawn to exercise and during a regular aerobics class I started weeping…for no reason … I spoke with the instructor about the emotion I was feeling and told her I was feeling led to become an instructor. This was not something I had ever felt before. She, being the wife of a Seminary student, assured me that I could do it and that she would help in any way that she could. Within 3 months I had ace’d the test and was certified to teach “Aerobics”. All of this occurred still while I was at least 30 lbs overweight and very conscious of it and still very insecure about getting up in front of people and feeling confident about being a fitness ‘leader’. I felt sort of like Moses, who was known for his stutter, being asked by God to speak to and lead his people😉
But with God’s help I passed the certifications and slowly but surely over the past 20+ years have become not only a Group Fitness Leader, but a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor and Coach. And every day I feel blessed to be in an industry that strives to help other’s help themselves.
So here we are 20+ years later and I have a ton of fitness and spiritual experience that I’d like to share with the public, because being in the fitness industry has truly been a gift to me and I believe God would want me to share it with as many people as possible.
So, through this blog I hope to encourage, inform, inspire and get real with any of you that already have a relationship with Christ and with any of you that don’t (yet). I hope that the information I share will help others take better care of their health while keeping Christ first.
in His peace and joy😉