About Me

“I never want to be perfect- I just want to be fit”

My name is Judy, and I am the mother of two amazing young-adult women (Kristen and Kellie), and wife to my soul mate (Mike).  I believe we can achieve balance in everything we do in life.  I have not always thought this way but as I plugged through life I learned a lot of lessons that shaped who I am and what I believe in today.

In our early married life Mike and I both struggled with health issues, weight problems and both worked 60+ hours/week at our demanding jobs. It felt like we were on this big rocket ship and someone else was pushing the controls. We ate out a lot, and exercising just did not seem to find its place in our crazy, hectic schedules.

As you might expect, our unhealthy habits finally took a very serious toll on my body. After months and I mean MONTHS of many doctor visits with no answers and a lot of frustration, it was finally confirmed I had developed an autoimmune condition. This was many years ago and there was not a lot of information out there on what an autoimmune condition was.

All I remember was being really scared. Now what?

As you might expect, our unhealthy habits finally took a very serious toll on my body. After months and I mean MONTHS of many doctor visits with no answers and a lot of frustration, it was finally confirmed I had developed an autoimmune condition. This was many years ago and there was not a lot of information out there on what an autoimmune condition was.

All I remember was being really scared. Now what?

Here is where the really sad story starts.

There were only TWO options according to the doctorI can still remember the day clearly.

Option 1- Start self-injecting a seriously intense medication (methotrexate) every week.

Option 2- Do nothing and be in a wheelchair by the age 40!!! (I was 34 at the time) This decision was not easy but it did not take us long. I was too young and too scared to even think about being in a wheelchair the rest of my life. We picked option 1 (sadly nutrition was not a word that was even discussed). I did this for about 3 months and indeed my joints felt better, not great but better… but at what cost????? I hated self-injecting myself— 

I hated the way it made me feel and I hated the control it took over my life. I could not keep doing this. I knew something had to change. I can remember this day like it was yesterday. I was injecting the yellow sappy looking medicine into my hip and I just had an AHA moment and said out loud “NO MORE”!  That was the day I decided to put myself in the driver seat and NEVER give anyone or anything control over my health again. I went into full research mode— it was game-on time.

This is when our healthy-living journey began. There were ups and downs and lots of in-betweens but the good news was there were way more ups than anything and that was enough to make me a believer.  I did not know all of the answers then, and I do not know all the answers now, but what I do know is that you have to start somewhere. You have to decide it’s time to take charge.

One of the first things I teach my clients is to tune into their own bodies. Our bodies are always talking to us but we just forget to listen. We get caught up in all the internet noise that claim to have the answers or what worked for our neighbors and friends. Our bodies are all different and once we take the time to slow down and listen to the clues, we often find our answers. I do not care if you are trying to drop some pounds, clean up your diet, or reduce the stress in your life.

What I want everyone to know is that you can get there.

There is no magic sauce. It takes patience, baby steps, and tons of support… but you can get there.

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