My journey into the fitness industry has been far from the ideal story of success. I grew up in a farming ranching setting. Being physically fit was not something we thought about, it was a way of life. 4-H and rodeo were my activities. After high school, I spent a valuable year working as a therapeutic riding instructor. Little did I know that coaching would be my calling.
However, I needed to have a “career”, so like any other young woman with the gift of gab, I entered the cosmetology world. I went on to have great success in the industry. Once again I found myself in a teaching role, owning a business, training apprentices, and training colleagues within the industry.
In amongst my career and raising my family, I had a freak accident that would change my life. I spent several weeks on crutches, sitting on the couch, medicated, and feeling sorry for myself. After visits to specialists and hours and hours of rehab therapy was told that I would have to find another profession. I should not stand for extended periods, and would not be able to run or hike. At this point not only had a gained a lot of weight, I was at the lowest point in my life. I had gone from being a very active hard working person to an obese, depressed woman with a very bleak future. Or so I thought.
Something happened one day, I think it’s the stubborn streak that apparently I possess. I started walking, a lot. Then decided if I could lose some weight, I would be able to go to the gym. So I did. I lost and I felt great. I took the plunge and started going to the gym. I sweat and sweat and floundered away. In the meantime, I had been watching the personal trainer at the gym. She was awesome. She was older than me, with kids and she looked great. It was the first time I considered the fact that someone older could be so fit. But I was so intimidated to even talk to her. One day watching another member at the gym working with her, I realized that anybody can always be better or do better. Why couldn’t I?
I took the next biggest step of my life, I hired her and it changed my life. She inspired me to participate in any activity I “darn well wanted to”. Because I don’t have to be the best at the activity, I just need to participate. That level of inspiration has taken me to the summit of several mountains, I have learned to slalom ski, snowshoe, and I even joined a roller derby team. And now my passion is to help inspire others. Have I had more injuries? Absolutely! Will I continue to be active? Absolutely!
I love seeing people’s faces once they realize they too can “darn well do it”. My education is ongoing and my commitment to myself to stay active helps me to help others.