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Life Matters…

Let’s not mince words here, folks. I’m in it for the long haul.

As famously stated by Henry David Thoreau,
“I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

That’s the plan.

Three things define me – authenticity, integrity and passion.

First and foremost, I’m a mom. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a wonderful, loving soul, yet somewhere in the cosmos, I was blessed. Not a day goes by that I don’t poignantly grasp this. Beautifully unfettered by ego and fear, my daughter has taught me so much about life, about myself and about unconditional love.

Hand in hand with parenting, I value healthy living. I want to live a long, happy, healthy life – not only for me, but also for my daughter. I often say, “If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your children.” Keeping healthy, through proper diet and exercise, is a lifestyle, an investment in your personal wellbeing – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Nothing can replace that.

I also consider myself an athlete. There was a time in my life when I lost touch with this part of myself. After being diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) in 2002, and facing the possibility of infertility, I knew I needed to fully commit to a complete lifestyle change – not a random series of starts and stops in the journey towards optimum health. Going back to my roots – sports and training – restored my self-confidence and my sense of purpose. As well as making me a much happier person, it gave me a profound appreciation for my health and life, in general.

Exercise can be a godsend and a powerful outlet for anyone. For me, the rewards are two-fold: physically, I am vastly stronger and in better shape than I was in high school as a four-year accomplished varsity athlete; and physiologically, exercise is both mentally challenging and personally rewarding. I never understood the “runner’s high” until I took up distance running in 2012. I so get it now…

Life is very demanding, time-wise, for anyone. More so for parents – working and staying at home. I know; I’ve experienced both situations. We want what’s best for our children, to raise them not only with confidence and love, but also a strong sense of values and purpose. Yet, our time is limited…

This can be achieved without sacrificing your own life. We can raise happy, healthy children amidst the chaos of modern times. It requires dedication and focus – prioritizing what matters most in life – our happiness, our health and our family.

It can be done, I promise.

Welcome to my new blog. Glad you could make it!


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  • Reply makupsy August 27, 2015 at 6:37 am

    This was a great read, thank you for sharing. I have been on a health and fitness journey for the past year and the one thing that has kept me going is my daughter. I want to live long enough to watch her grow into a strong and happy young woman. 🙂

    • Reply drj2211 August 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you! Good luck with your personal health and fitness journey. Your daughter will have such a wonderful example to emulate. 🙂

  • Reply Matt Adams August 5, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Very well said. It’s surprising how living your life can make an impact on others in a positive way.

    • Reply drj2211 August 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you, Matt. I appreciate the positive feedback.

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