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Sometimes, the best intentions take us down an unexpected road.


After working as an RN in the Emergency Department for years, I stayed at home and worked off and on while having my babies (who are now 12 and 9). During my time at home, I found fitness to be a great outlet for me. I worked with a personal trainer and took small and large group classes, following every instruction I was given i​n​ search of my “goal body.”


At first I was getting amazing results, but after using many extreme diet and exercise methods over the course of years, I found myself frustrated and in poor health: I was losing hair, muscle, and most importantly, self esteem.  It was to a point that despite exercising up to 3 hours per day and keeping a low food intake, I was putting on body fat.


From this low point, I started educating myself on fitness and nutrition. I found that there are so many poor practices being pushed by fitness professionals, and these methods are only meant for fast results (not long-term).  I realized at this point that there was a need for a facility that focused on sustainable strength, health, and positive self image.


As you’ll read in future blog posts, ​my journey includes ​an addiction to exercise and an unhealthy focus on my physique (which led to extreme amounts of cardio and diet restriction), and finally victory through my relationship with Christ and education.


Looking back, it all started with an unhealthy goal and mindset.  My vision was not in line with my values system or priorities.  PHYX is dedicated to helping you discover a positive mindset that goes beyond a​ ​focus on weight loss and physique changes, but you have to have the vision to start.



From my own experience, having an unhealthy vision of what I wanted to accomplish in fitness caused health issues and anxiety. What ​goals ​do you have for your health, lifestyle, routine, and physique? Do they all line up? ​Is​ your ideal physique ​compatible ​with your lifestyle and values system? ​Will​ ​you be able to maintain​ that physique while living your ideal lifestyle?


Take time to get quiet with a pen and paper, and ask yourself: What does success look like, in terms of my health and fitness goals? Are my goals realistic? Are the methods required to get there sustainable?


I encourage you ​to ​focus on a vision of success that ​is united ​with ​your values and your life. ​I believe that when we find ​this alignment, we forge a path ​that leads toward accomplishing​ our health and fitness​ goals​—for the long term!