As a Registered Nurse for 25 years, a cancer survivor, and a self-professed health nut, Samantha has a solid foundation of educational knowledge paired with 43 years of life experiences. A wife to her husband, Clark of 20+ years and a mother to two teens, she understands when women say, “I don’t have time,” or “I’m too old to do that.” Only beginning her own personal journey to health and fitness just a few years ago, Samantha is here to contend that misconception is far from the truth.
“I’m learning that our battle is not with exercising, finding the time or even that end-all ‘diet’ plan. The battle is with ourselves…and I’m determined to win.” ~Samantha
While in her 20′s she’ll be the first to admit that her diet consisted of cheeseburgers, large candy bars, and orange sodas. Then abruptly at the age of 29 was diagnosed with colon cancer, which forced her to evaluate her dietary habits and take her own health more seriously. But throughout her 30′s an “all or nothing” approach quickly led to disappointments and defeat, causing poor nutritional habits to start creeping in again. In her 40′s with the emergence of hormones and weight gain, she realized it was time for a change. A change that could only result from a life of balance and moderation rather than a set of unrealistic rules and expectations.
In these few years since her journey began, she now runs an average of 10 miles a week, strength trains two-three times a week, has run her first 5k and hopes to one day run a marathon. She has recently been certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer, started a new job pursuing her love of nutrition and wellness and continues to manage a family, two dogs, a cat, and a growing coop of chickens.
“Yes, I was busy,” Samantha insists, “but I knew I had a choice: either continue being ‘busy’ and stay on the path of junk food and weight gain or get off the proverbial couch and do something about it.”
“Living fit is a daily choice and sometimes a minute by minute choice and I want to help you with those choices. It’s not about a list of can’s or can’ts or do’s or don’ts. It’s not even about making the right choices, but simply making better choices.”
Samantha’s mission is clear: “just take the first step,” she encourages, “taking the first step is the hardest, but it’s also the biggest step in beginning your own journey.”