What brought you to Health and Wholeness?
I’ve known the Elliots for quite a few years and always enjoyed hanging out with them; especially playing volleyball. I knew how dedicated they were to healthy living and I’ve always loved their positive outlook. After my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I decided that I would make my health a much higher priority. When Nina included me on the email distribution list for her first Boot Camp session, I decided to try it. I’ve been hooked ever since. I have also taken advantage of the Nutrition Consultation with Nina, as well as having Jeremy “torture” me with Muscle Activation Techniques to get me ready for my first marathon last year. I would not have been able to do it without their help!
How many days a week do you train?
I do Boot Camp three days a week. When I’m training for a race or a marathon, I do short-ish runs two days a week and then a long run on Sundays. I also try to do yoga twice a week. When I’m not training for a run, I have time to return to the water for swimming workouts, which are still my favorite!
What is/are your biggest motivator(s)?
Nina’s guns! Have you seen her muscles? What could be more motivating than those?!? I am also motivated by the fact that my parents are working hard now to live a healthy lifestyle and my mom is in remission. We have essentially decided to be on this health journey together. We share information and motivate each other. They now have a trainer and they workout together. I am so proud of them and they motivate me to keep it up!
What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness?
I’m sore all the time — but it’s a good sore; the kind where I feel like I’ve earned it! Once I had my nutrition consultation with Nina, I have a seen a huge difference in the way I feel overall. I don’t wake up with a sour stomach anymore (previously an almost daily occurrence) and I don’t need coffee to wake up in the morning (who does when you’ve started your day at Boot Camp?). I feel great. I feel strong. I feel healthy – and that’s the most important thing to me.
What advice would you give someone starting on his or her own health journey?
There is nothing you can’t accomplish. Set good goals and maintain a positive attitude (which is impossible not to have if you’re working out with Health and Wholeness!). I had a good friend in college who was a serious cyclist. When people would ask him for advice on how to get as good as he was, he would always say, “Find a coach that you trust, and do everything he says.” You have to put in the work, trust your coaches to push you to the limit, and then reap the rewards. You will not regret a single minute spent on improving your health!