Demons are real.
I’m not talking about the ‘hide under your bed, scary movie, chase you in your dreams demons', I’m talking about demons that have real names like Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Dementia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Parkinson’s and others. For many, receiving a diagnosis of this magnitude changes their life forever, and rightly so. A diagnosis brings to light many things. For some, it brings a strange sense of relief as a myriad of questions finally has an answer. It may heighten awareness of life and loss, love, and pain, joy, and grief. It also brings an increased awareness of how the body responds to treatment and to exercise.
When I was a little girl I had a pet hamster named Peanut. His fluffy fur was a mix of caramel and white and my favorite thing to do with him was to put him into the clear hamster ball and send him running around the kitchen. I loved Peanut and my heart was broken the day I came home from school to find his life was over. Peanut Jr was the next hamster in a long line of furry rodent pets, but one thing remained constant; the hamster ball.
$4.20 per person per day. That’s the SNAP Challenge. I don't know about you, but many of us find ourselves 'hungry for change' (just a quick nod to the documentary of the same name). The SNAP Challenge invites each person to “shop for your meals with the daily average per person benefit provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) to get a sense of some of the challenges faced by those struggling to put food on the table.” I decided to take the challenge.
I have some friends who love to run. And when I say love, I mean “get up long before the sun in all types of weather and hit the road or trail for 5, 10, 15, 35 or more miles each time they lace up their running shoes. These are my friends who run a 5k for speed, a 10k for training, and a multiple marathons a year. Some of my friends are even good enough to run the Boston Marathon…multiple times! So, when these friends invite me to run or sign up for a race, how can I say no? After all, I’m a trainer and a coach and what trainer doesn’t love to run? The answer?
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Simply put, I love life. I love the body, all things healthy, all types of movement and a good belly laugh. My hope is to share some of my experience and knowledge with you so that you can love YOUR life and be an influencer of others.
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