I am a Personal Health and Fitness Coach and owner of Revive Health and Fitness. I love, love, love to help women become their best self and live their best life. I have a passion to help women feel better about themselves, because I know from experience what it's like to not feel good about myself. It spills over into the rest of life. And our bodies, like it or not, have a big influence on how we feel, physically and mentally. Health is also very important to me and always has been. So physical and mental health are the key drivers for why I do what I do.
I have been interested in health and fitness all of my life. Growing up in a home of overweight and dieting adults, I started counting calories and 'weighing in' as a young child. Okay, that wasn’t healthy. But I was learning. And I vowed never to become overweight.
I studied nutrition early on and became involved with community health programs on Stress Reduction, the Natural Way to Weight Loss, and Healthy Eating - Vegetarian style. As my interest in fitness grew, I became a Fitness Instructor and worked in a fitness facility helping members with their weight training programs. I also became a swim instructor and after the birth of my first child in 1990, took a lifeguarding course to lose weight and get back in shape, and then began working as a lifeguard. I felt in full control of my body and weight. Oh, the days! I loved what exercise did for my body and the feeling of accomplishment and progress – you may know the same feeling? So, in the midst of having children (almost literally, but that’s a longer story), I returned to university for a master’s degree in exercise sciences. At the time I wanted to teach. And I did for a short time. Then we moved across the country with our three young boys, for my husband’s new career. Life really changed for all of us. Life changing events can be like being thrown a curve ball and all we can do is swing and hope for the best, right?
Over the course of years and busy with children and life, I found my weight creeping up and less time and energy to deal with it - having the knowledge is only a part of what we need to maintain a healthy body weight. We need motivation, and having a support system and accountability really help. For a while, I lived in denial, trying to convince myself that this was my new normal, just a part of the natural aging process. But after a few years and becoming very unhappy with myself and life in general, I decided I’d had enough and I couldn’t live out the rest of my life feeling out of control and so unhappy with my body. My goal was to lose 15 pounds and keep it off. Even that wasn't quick and easy for me, but with consistency and determination, I lost 20 lbs in 8 months. It was a healthy and sustainable weight loss. And now I understand more about the effects of menopause and aging on our bodies and why women tend to gain weight, especially belly fat, during that time.
I am now a personal trainer and health coach so that I can help other women feel better about themselves and enjoy the same benefits of exercise and good health that I do. I believe women can re-claim their bodies at any age and live happier, healthier lives. To me, that’s success.