Thank you, Vicki, for allowing me to share my fitness journey. I'm 46 years old, married with 2 daughters, Jessica is 25 and Jillian is 21, and a grandson, Aiden, who is 2. I've been married to my best friend and love of my life, Mike, for 24 years. We live in Florida, which is perfect for us, because we love the beach and sunny weather here.
I started my fitness journey in 2000 when my father passed away. I decided I need to quit smoking and get healthy not only for me, but for my family. I wasn't really overweight growing up but I wasn't thin either. I never really played sports but, when I did, I was the girl they picked last (lol). At first, I started walking the neighborhood every day but my goal was to be able to run. I could only run for about 10 minutes (thanks to the years of smoking) but I kept at it until I was able to run a 5k, 10k and then eventually a 15k. At that time, I wasn’t paying attention to my nutrition - I was running yet eating poorly and I wasn't seeing any changes. Basically, I was running to eat. My weight kept climbing so, in 2005, I joined a gym. I started out doing nothing but cardio and then I hired a trainer to help me with my workouts and that’s when I started to lift weights. I never thought that I’d love to work out as much as I do. I continue to focus on my journey learning new things every day. I love reading about fitness and working out is my passion - it’s not a chore to me. I enjoy helping other people and love posting about fitness. I’ve probably lost a few Facebook friends from it but I don’t care. I get messages daily from people that I’ve inspired to work out and they ask me to keep posting. I know from experience that when you first begin your journey to better health you have no clue what to do and what to eat. So, if I can help one person a day that makes me happy. For me, there is no end to my fitness journey. Each time I attain a goal I set new goals and keep challenging myself to become a better me.