After the shocking news in 2008 that my Mom was terminally ill, I started to examine my lifestyle in terms of nutrition and physical activity. I decided to register for a boot camp. I was excited for the challenge but also afraid of that very same challenge. Little did I know that these boot camps would become a regular activity for me and while they challenged me in a physically rewarding way, I was no longer afraid of that challenge! Not only did I see physical changes in my body, I felt healthy and strong and ready to take on the world.

In 2009 I decided to take my fitness journey to a different level and hired the expertise of a personal trainer. While I loved the boot camps, I wanted a program that was designed for me. The year was filled with training sessions, group classes at a local gym and me feeling fantastic! For the next couple of years I maintained my gym membership, attended boot camps and remained fairly active.