I have been a registered nurse for almost 9 years, working primarily in the intensive care unit, but also spending time on a medicine floor and working in an outpatient surgery center. I was Active Duty in the Navy for 4 years, and have been in the Navy Reserves for almost 5 years. I received my Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness in 2010. I am a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and hold certifications in Sports Nutrition, Group Exercise, TRX training and Running Biomechanics.
What Motivates Me:
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I have been on way too many diets, some of which I look back on and cringe (the cabbage soup diet? What was I thinking??). It was always about the weight for me, until I began working in the intensive care unit. It was then that I saw what an unhealthy lifestyle can do: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease…I began to see how the last years of peoples’ lives were marred by their poor health. I watched them struggle, and I watched their families suffer right along with them. I knew all of the suggestions to make to help improve or maintain their health, but because of my struggles, I also knew that things are much easier said than done. That was what pushed me to get into the field of health promotions and wellness. I personally want to feel as good as possible for as many years as possible, and I would love to help others do the same. Can I guarantee that I won’t end up ill or injured? Nope. Can I guarantee you won’t? Of course not. But I am all about stacking the deck 🙂
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things:
Nothing makes me happier than being with my family! I am blessed to have been born into the best family imaginable, and since I married my amazing husband, Tim, I have gained even more kind, caring and wonderful family. I love running (although I’ll be the first to admit it took years for me not to hate it), playing with our dogs, hiking, reading and playing/watching sports.