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How do you fit fitness into your everyday life?
I take a variety of Ignite classes whenever possible, aiming for five/week, though I usually end up with three to four. I also work on the 30-day fitness challenges and go for walks regularly. has also been a helpful tool for keeping a food and exercise diary.

What goals has Ignite helped you achieve?
I've lost over 50 pounds and overall over 48 inches. After the shoulder injuries last year, I couldn't zip up a dress in the back, now I can do "regular" push-ups. I was initially scared I would hurt myself, but by exercising I've become stronger, healthier, and more confident.


What words do you live by?
I had a professor at Northland who used to talk about the 6 P’s, “proper prior planning prevents poor performance”. For some reason this little phrase has stayed with me. It helps me remember that if a situation is overwhelming I just need to make a plan and I can be successful.

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your reasons for joining the Ignite family?

Ignite is such an incredible asset to our community. All of the instructors are fantastic: so strong, kind, and inspiring. I love that there is a place where we can come together and support one another making positive changes in our lives. Since joining Ignite, I have noticed a change in my spirit as well as my body. I am truly thankful for all the hard work that is put in to make it possible for every student to find success.



What goals has Ignite helped you achieve?
When I first started going to Ignite, I don't think I really had set goals. It was a way to get out of the house, maybe get a little stronger and spend time with friends. I've created an entirely new lifestyle for myself since. I have never been a runner and never thought I would be, but I enjoy challenging myself to do things I think are out of my reach. I have lost a total of 27 lbs and many inches all over my body! The strength I have gained has helped immensely with being able to care for my daughter Emma as she is growing. Most of all, the confidence I have gained from both my successes and all the support from classmates and friends had changed my entire outlook on life. 

What motivates you?
Life. Emma. My health. Everything. I am so grateful to be able bodied and healthy enough to push my body the way I do. I love working to become the best me I can be. And Emma...there is nothing more motivating to be a healthy role model than having a child with countless medical problems. She is learning that I have to work really hard to get stronger just like she does. I let her see the good, the bad and the ugly. The injuries. The sore muscles. And the beauty of accomplishing what I've worked for. She has actually referred to my fitness journey while she's working hard at physical therapy. She's watching.


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