• Health and Wellbeing , Yoga

meI’m the girl that was picked last for every team sport.

 

I’m the girl that came in dead last when we ran the trails in PE.

 

When I was younger I thought of myself as a weak, girly girl.

 

I hated running then and I still hate it now. I was not competitive then and I am not competitive now.

 

I grew up in a trailer where everyone in my family chain smoked.

I probably second hand smoked 4 packs a day before I moved out at 18.

In their defense, this was still back when no one talked about how bad smoking is for you.

 

I thought I was destined to be unfit and unathletic and slightly pudgy my entire life. I live in Port Angeles Washington, very, very Northwest corner of the USA, a small town of 20,000 about 2 hours away from Seattle.

 

Then in my early 20’s I made a new friend that was a fitness instructor. She coerced me into joining the YMCA with her. I discovered aerobics… and I was GOOD at it. I have rhythm. I can move. I can dance! And it’s fun!

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It changed my life. It altered how I saw myself. It even changed the course of my life.

When I started, I was out of shape and had never really been an “exerciser”. I loved aerobics right away but it took me awhile to feel competent. I went to class for a couple years and then started teaching at the urging of my good friend Michelle that I started going to the why with. She was an instructor and trained me and she is also a big reason I am where I am today.

I am still at the same YMCA 24 years later and I have been a fitness instructor for 21 years.

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I teach just about everything offered- cycling, weights, dance, step, etc. And I am good at what I do. I’m good at it because I love it. I try to make it fun for my class participants. For the last year and a half I have also been the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, in charge of our fitness department. I work at the Olympic Peninsula YMCA – http://clallamcountyymca.org/ 

If anyone had been able to see into the future and tell me this would be the job I would have and enjoy 40 hours a week I would never have believed it.

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Some of my past PE teachers have even came to my classes … oh, and I kicked their butts…. with a smile of course.

Trying something new- aerobics- changed my life. Listening to the positive advice of a good friend telling me to start working out changed my life.

YMCA I’m 48 and I feel better than I did at 18.

Every day brings new opportunities to be better in some way, stronger in some way, to try something new and different.
To break out of your self- imposed box.
Never miss a chance at a better life.
And hopefully, along the way, you make the lives of others better also.
And you have fun…

the photo above are breast cancer awareness cycling class- everyone wore pink, I taught and we made a couple hundred bucks for a local charity.

the photo above are breast cancer awareness cycling class- everyone wore pink, I taught and we made a couple hundred bucks for a local charity.

 

I teach 5 weeks of yoga to the college boys basketball team every fall, the Pirates

I teach 5 weeks of yoga to the college boys basketball team every fall, the Pirates

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