Fitness can be fun

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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