I grew up in a farming and ranching setting. Being physically ﬁt was not something we thought about, it was a way of life. Rodeo and 4-H were my hobbies. After high school, I spent a valuable year working as a therapeutic riding instructor. 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 success in the industry, owning my own business and training apprentices and colleagues.
During this time, while also raising my family, I had a life-changing freak accident. I spent weeks on crutches, sitting on the couch, medicated, and feeling sorry for myself. After several visits to specialists and hours of rehab therapy, I was told I would have to ﬁnd another profession. I was also told I shouldn’t stand for extended periods and would not be able to run or hike. During this time I gained a lot of weight and 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.
THANK YOU STUBBORN STREAK
I started walking. A lot. Then I decided if I could lose some weight I would be able to go to the gym. So I did. While at the gym I had been watching a personal trainer coaching her clients. She was awesome! It was the first time I realized someone older could be so fit. Even though I was intimidated I eventually took a huge, life-changing step and hired her. She inspired me to participate in any activity I “darn well” wanted to. I didn’t have to be the best at the activity, I just needed to participate.
That inspiration has guided me to summit several mountains, learn to slalom ski, and snowshoe, join a roller derby team and compete in Spartan races.
Have I had more injuries? Yes. Will I continue to be active? Absolutely!!
I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU
I love seeing people’s faces once they realize they too can “darn well do it”. My education is ongoing and my commitment to staying active helps me to help others.