About

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 career 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 towards health.”

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lora @ Crazy Running Girl February 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Love your blog! Just stumbled upon it… Can’t wait to read more about your running adventures!

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2 Samantha February 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi Lora! Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to stay as long as you’d like. ;)

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3 Tracy February 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

I just came across your blog today, and I’m so glad I did! I love it! I’m also about to begin a running adventure and love all of your inspiration! Off to read more… Take Care

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4 Samantha February 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hi Tracy! Yay! I’m glad you found me, too! And btw….you’ve totally captured my heart with your quilting skills! Some of my favorite things in life are my old quilts. :)

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5 Patty July 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Hi there, I am following your blog because we are the same age, had the same lifestyle and while I did not have a wakeup call, I knew at 41 I needed something to change. Your expefience has shown me that it’s all in our head – we can achieve something if we really want it. After all this, I’m happy to report that I take care of what I eat, run 3 times a week,while I dance awaythe rest of the week! Keep up the good work!

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6 Samantha July 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Patty! Thank you so much for sharing this. You have blessed me and encouraged me! And good for you for taking care of you! Keep me posted on how you’re doing!

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7 Crista July 22, 2012 at 4:24 am

Love this about page. Thank you for sharing your personal journey. I am a bit younger but I feel your story really resonates with me – just had my 30th birthday and after years of an eating disorder and a cervical cancer scare at 25, eating and working out in a healthy way to fuel and nourish my body is a day at a time endeavor it seems. But a totally worthy one! Can’t wait to read more!

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8 Samantha July 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

Thank you Christa! Happy Birthday to you as well and blessings to you!

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9 Dawn December 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I just came across your blog this afternoon. Very inspiring! Just what I needed.

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10 Samantha December 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hey Dawn! I’m so glad you found me! Thank you for your sweet encouragement and I’m glad my blog was able to help you! :)

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