Lombard Fitness Fair, Saturday, February 28th

I’m so excited to announce that I will be presenting the CustomFit KidFit program this Saturday, February 28th at the Lombard Fitness Fair at Yorktown Mall!

Over the past few months I have met some great kiddos who are having fun staying active. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 – 5:15 and do everything from partner exercises, to relay races, to agility challenges to PiYo! Each class is different and the children have the opportunity to share ideas on activities they would like to do in future classes.

In addition to the physical activities, I take the time to talk about healthy choices, educate about the various muscle groups, and promote ideas for staying active outside of class.

Here’s what one KidFit mom had to say about her son’s experience:

Our son, Michael, started KidFit with Jenn in December of 2014. We noticed that with the onset of cold weather he needed some additional exercise and discovered KidFit. From Day 1 he LOVED going to this class. Jenn has the kids play games he loves and also the opportunity to use some of the “grown up” equipment that he thinks is very cool (like the bosu, heavy ropes, etc) while working up a serious sweat. The punch card is a huge plus for our busy family since we also have other commitments throughout the week (that vary from season to season). Since basketball season has begun we’ve noticed that Michael is more coordinated, has more endurance, and is in better shape than he has been in the past. I mentioned it to our pediatrician as well, and he was thrilled that Michael was attending a class like this. Jenn is great to work with as well. She’s patient and firm with the kids while also being open and accessible to the entire family.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch my students grow over the past few months. They have not only made physical gains, but personal growth as well which is evident in their self-confidence in taking on challenges.

Please join me on Saturday, February 28th at 11:20 at Yorktown Mall to see what KidFit is all about. I’m going to be looking for kiddos ages 8 – 13 to come up on stage and have some fun!

To learn more about KidFit drop me a line or give me a call at 574-387-1344.

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5:30 pm Fitness Classes in Lombard

Looking for a way to destress from the day? Skip happy hour and join me at CustomFit for our 5:30pm classes.

Each class is formatted to offer you a full-body workout making you stronger, leaner, healthier and happier!

Happy Hour schedule

Make your happy hour healthy at CustomFit

Monday PiYo

Muscle-sculpting and core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga. But don’t for a second think you won’t sweat in this class because it’s all done at an intensity that helps you burn fat with low-impact moves. You’ll burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and core strength all while getting a great stretch.

Tuesday Body Sculpt

Did you know that resistance training is an excellent way to change your body? Lifting weights increases lean muscle mass while building bone density. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more toned your body will look and the more efficient your metabolism will become. This class combines lower and upper body exercises so you will evenly tone and increase lean muscle mass.

Wednesday Cardio Plus

There’s more to cardio than just running on a treadmill. Our Cardio Plus class is a fun way to improve heart health while burning some serious calories. During class, you will complete a series of interval cardio moves, ranging from low to high impact and low to high intensity so you’ll have fun while sweating it out.

Thursday Kickboxing & Core

Looking for a high intensity cardio workout without high impact? The kickboxing portion of this class will give you a full body, cardio charged workout through punch and kick combos, while the core part of the class will bring your heart rate down and tone your abs.

If 5:30pm doesn’t work for you check out our BootCamp classes offered both during the day and in the evening.

If you are new to CustomFit you are welcome to take your first class for FREE. Classes fill up quickly so email me or give me a call at 574-387-1344 to reserve your spot.

Exercise as Therapy

For me, exercise is my primary stress reliever. Without it, I’m a bundle of nerves, easily aggravated and just short-tempered in general. Over the past few weeks I’ve been dealing with a pretty significant sprain in my foot. The injury has had a dramatic effect on my activity level and frankly my attitude as well. I had to learn to accept that while I might not be able to exercise to the same intensity or frequency, there were things that I could do despite the limitations from the injury.

This brought to mind a very dear friend of mine. She faithfully exercises a number of mornings a week without fail. In fact, when I first met Nancy, I was a recent college grad and had very sporadic workouts. Between my age and my metabolism I was able to maintain a reasonable weight. I remember admiring her dedication to getting up and exercising in the morning before work. I’m not much of a morning person so I couldn’t imagine (at that time) exercise being a great reason to get up early! Several years later and more miles than I would like to count that separates us, we are still great friends, and she’s still faithful to her morning workouts!

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My motivation is to get the endorphin rush and the calming feeling after a workout.

My Motivation for a Regular Workout Routine

by Nancy Neiman Flaharty

I like to do workout videos (some are still VHS!) in the privacy of my own home. Most of the videos are cardio mixed in with light weights or strengthen moves. My favorites are by Kathy Smith and Chalene Johnson. (It’s important to find an instructor you like. Some of them, who shall remain nameless, get on my last nerve.) I’ve never joined a gym and prefer it that way.

I work out pretty regularly. Mostly, I work out 4 to 5 times a week. My friends who have a hard time maintaining a regular workout routine often ask me how I am so disciplined. I don’t think of myself as that disciplined but I can see where they are coming from.

This is what I tell them: I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease when I was 23. Before that the only exercise I got was dancing all night in the clubs of Hollywood with a cocktail and cigarette in hand. But after treatment for Graves’ Disease I became hyper­anxious and suffered panic attacks. I had to take two separate doses of radioactive iodine which sent my hormones into a tizzy. One night, the anxiety was so bad I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. At the suggestion of a friend, I put in the VCR (yes! The VCR!) one of the Kathy Smith video workouts that I’d tried earlier in life and promptly stored, untouched in a cabinet for years.

I put everything I had into this 40 minute low impact workout trying to get rid of the tortuous panic and low and behold, at the end of that workout, I finally felt relaxed. It must have been the combination of the endorphins and the complete depletion of energy. Since then I have been hooked.

Unfortunately, I smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and my diet is known to contain McDonald’s, mac and cheese, and burritos on occasion, but I have been able to maintain my fitness level and weight doing these aerobic videos for the better part of 25 years.

My motivation is always to get that endorphin rush and that feeling after a workout that calms me. Plus, I always do my workouts in the morning. I have my 20 ounces of coffee and a couple cigarettes, then hit it. I know, not the best formula, but it is what I do. When I am done, I already feel like I accomplished a personal goal that day and it’s only 8 AM!


So while Nancy’s diet and smoking aren’t a prescription for clean living, she keeps her commitment to exercise. Through her regularly scheduled workout routine she is able to keep anxiety in check and her body strong.

I can’t stress the importance of finding a workout routine that works for YOU and establishing a regular workout schedule.

As Nancy said, not every workout instructor is going to mesh with your personality – and that’s okay! Find one that teaches with a style that inspires you to stay committed and work hard. Just like you wouldn’t give a friend a lame excuse to skip a coffee date, don’t let lame excuses get in the way of exercising. Put it on your calendar in ink and don’t cheat yourself by skipping it. The more exercise becomes a regular part of your daily routine the easier it will be to stick with it.

Want to get started in finding an exercise routine that works for you? Give me a call (574-387-1344) or drop me an email. Let’s talk about your likes and your dislikes and identify some possibilities.

Top 5 Things to Look For in a Gym

Time and money are people’s biggest excuses for not exercising. I can’t multiply your time. Believe me, wish I could multiply my own time. But what I can do is advise you on how to best spend your hard earned dollars towards a quality gym membership.

5 Things to Look for in a Gym

Not all gyms are the same

1. Be known as a person not a membership number

There are plenty of big box gyms that have cheap memberships. Heck, I even have a $10/month membership to one of those gyms. But they don’t know me, they don’t care about my goals. They just flash me a smile as I walk in and make sure I swipe my tag. I say look for a place that has a staff PLUS. Find a place where you are more than just a check-in number. The staff should know your name, they should care about your goals, they should inspire you to do more and celebrate your accomplishments with you.

2. Be comfortable enough to make friends

Everything is easier when you have someone to do it with. You might not be able to find a friend that can go to the gym at the same time as you, so join a gym where you feel comfortable making friends. We all have limitations in our schedules so workouts generally happen at the same time and days throughout the week. Find a place where you can make friends – it will make all the difference in keeping you going. Don’t believe me? Jason and Laura both have experienced growth through their gym memberships.

3. Be ready to explore your options

Not everyone wants cardio, not everyone wants Zumba, not everyone wants to know what Warrior 3 is. Find a gym that offers you variety and things that you enjoy doing and don’t be afraid to try something new. Working out doesn’t have to be boring and dreadful. If you find something you truly enjoy you will look forward to doing it! And you never truly know what you will like until you give it a try.

4. Be YOU

It’s so important that you find a gym where you are comfortable in your own skin. You shouldn’t feel like you have to fit a certain mold to be a member of a gym. The reason you are joining is to improve YOU, so don’t try and be anything that isn’t true to who you are.

5. Be committed

Plan your workouts and put them on your schedule. The membership can only work for you if you are willing to put in the time and effort to meet your commitments.


In writing this blog and reflecting on my home gym, CustomFit I’m so thankful to say that it is all of these things.

We take the time to learn about our members and it’s more than just knowing when to offer a modification for an exercise. It’s about asking about their families or work, or celebrating with them when something great happens or offering the extra encouragement when life is hard. When I say ‘CustomFit Family’ I truly mean it.

And it’s not just Julianne and I that care about the members. I’ve seen some great friendships blossom at the gym. Whether they were friends before becoming members or have met through their memberships, no workout is complete without a good amount of smiles and laughter. Everyone is encouraged to come as they are and be true to themselves. There is no need to pretend you’re someone you’re not at CustomFit.

Our schedule is set up to meet a variety of needs. Whether it’s BootCamp or PiYo, you’re certain to find a class that you enjoy and will look forward to attending each week.

If you’re looking for a gym, give CustomFit a try. The first class is always FREE so you have a chance to check it out with no obligation. Email me or give me a call for more information (574-387-1344).

5 Steps to Achieving Change

Not that long ago I decided it was time to go old-school again when dealing with my schedule. As a group fitness instructor and personal trainer I have pockets of ‘free-time’ throughout my day. It’s not necessarily ‘free-time’ because there’s always laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned or vacuumed, articles and fitness related materials to sift through, etc. But I was finding that those pockets of time would pass and I would be left wondering what happened to my day.

In addition to what happens in the gym, I need to devote time to writing blog posts, learning new choreography to workouts, marketing my classes and services, studying for my nutrition certification, writing class sets…I’m sure you get the idea.

So off I went to the office store and bought myself one of those hideous planners. Mine breaks down each day of the week from 7am to 8pm and has monthly calendars to see the big picture. At the beginning of each week I sit down and write in my class schedules, along with any appointments and what I’m left with is my ‘free-time.’

Now certainly, I will have no problem filling those time slots. I’ve got more than enough ‘to-do’ items to keep me busy beyond the hours in the day. But I was recently challenged during a message at church about how to fill those time slots.

Let me take just a moment to share that message with you, and then I will give you the 5 steps that will help you to get serious about what is on your calendar and how you can make changes.

It’s not mystery that we are all too busy. In fact, ‘I don’t have time,’ is one of the biggest reasons I hear from people who don’t exercise.

But the challenge set forth in this message was, ‘Who do you want to be?’ Do you want to be a better mom? Do you want to have a closer relationship with God? Do you want to kick an addiction? Do you want to get fit?

Whatever that is, whatever person you want to be is going to take commitment, it’s going to take time, and it’s going to require changes. You can’t expect to keep doing life the same way you have been and instantly be a better mom, who has a closer relationship with God and has kicked an addiction all while getting fit.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not suggesting that you tackle that many things at once. But I do want to take you a bit through how to get real about your calendar and your commitments so that you can start to become that person you most want to be. I will be using fitness as an example, but you can use these same 5 things to assess where you are and how to get to where you want to be.

5 Ways to Change

Don’t blow off important changes because you don’t have time.

1. Who do YOU want to be?

This is a question only you can answer. What is it about your weight or your fitness level that you want to change? Throw out all the images from television and magazines, take some time and look in the mirror and decide what will make you happy.

2. What’s the first step?

Don’t get caught up in the details, every journey starts somewhere. Maybe the first step for you is finding a time everyday to take a 30 minute walk. Maybe your first step is raiding your pantry to dump the junk. Maybe your first step is to take a fitness class or hire a trainer. Identify what the first step is and give yourself a deadline this week to get it done. You might not be able to actually accomplish that first step this week, but you can certainly assign a deadline.

3. What sacrifices are you willing to make?

Change is going to require sacrifice. You can’t expect to get fit by working out 2 times a week for 30 minutes. You can’t expect to drop weight eating junk food late at night. Be realistic, but recognize that you are going to need to make changes. Whether it’s modifying behaviors to drop old habits, or carving out time in your schedule to develop new ones, something is going to have to be different from today on.

4. What stands in your way?

Truly identify what your biggest excuse is…money, time, other people? If it’s money, look at your budget. You might be able to cut costs. If you can’t, check out YouTube – there are a ton of free workouts available that you can do out of your own home. If you have cable, flip through OnDemand, again plenty of choices. I can’t guarantee the quality of them, but my point is you don’t have to have an expensive gym membership to get fit. In fact, check out how many body weight exercises you can do without ANY equipment! Maybe it’s time. Listen, the fact is you are going to have to make time for yourself if you want to become that person you defined when looking in the mirror. There is no way to get around it – you have to put in the time to see the results. And if it’s a person or group of friends that are holding you back, evaluate those relationships. Are they healthy for you? I’m not saying dump them all together, just make sure you surround yourself with people who build you up not tear you down.

5. Write it down and make it happen!

Whether it’s an old-school planner like mine or on your phone, start making appointments for how you are going to get there. Write your goals down and map out your success. And don’t just pencil them in…use permanent marker! If it’s time to help you become a better you, there is nothing in the world more important than setting that appointment and following through with it.


 

I want to emphasize to you that while I used fitness as an example in this blog if there is something in your life pulling at your heart, figure out how to change it and start to schedule it! One person I know just set a date night with his wife for every week, another person I know started a morning coffee one time a week with her girlfriends, and someone else decided the most important thing was to spend individual time with his children.

I write this blog because I want to encourage my readers. Not every day is going to be perfect, and for me today was a great example of that. This blog was supposed to be written about 8 hours ago according to my ‘schedule.’ It didn’t happen at the exact time it was supposed to, but I committed to myself that I would write it today. Writing this to share with you is part of what is helping me to be who I want to be, and I’m cheating myself, and maybe others, if I just blow it off because I didn’t have time.

Who do you want to be?

Fitness and Finding the Right Fit

While I’m not a huge fan of moving, I am thankful of all of the great people that I have met in the various places we’ve lived. Cori Johnson is definitely one of those people. While we haven’t lived in Indianapolis for many years now, Cori and I have kept in touch over the years and have most recently been challenging each other with building our businesses. Each week we try and set goals and make each other accountable for accomplishing them.

You might wonder why I would want to promote someone else’s business on my blog and the answer is easy, we both want better health for those around us. Ultimately, I think that can be accomplished better by promoting the good things out there because as I have said, I don’t believe that fitness is a one size fits all deal. The more resources that people have available, the more likely they are to find what works for them.

There are so many things that I respect about her and her business: her counseling background enables her to coach women through the tough times to empower them in her journey, she knows the challenge of feeding a family with a healthy diet (sign up for her weekly menus), she has overcome injury setbacks to find programs that work for her, and overall, she is just one of the most positive people I know.

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I’m not letting “getting older” be my excuse for slowing down.

Stronger Than you Think

Cori Johnson

To be honest, I didn’t realize I had a “fitness story.” I have loved being active and moving ever since I was a kid. My parents weren’t exactly elite athletes, but I grew up in a household that valued good health in the most organic, natural way: we essentially were taught to eat right and enjoy the outdoors. We camped a lot. We hiked, went skiing, canoeing, white water rafting. I’m eternally grateful for what they taught me about the magic of just being outdoors and all that it has to offer.
My parents also supported our endeavors into sports. I began playing soccer at age five, and played through freshman year of high school. My high school didn’t have a girls’ team at that time, so I played freshman year with the boys. When I was told, “You’ll never play varsity because you might get hurt,” I suppose I could have put up a fight, for the betterment of all future female athletes. I wish I could say I did, but I didn’t. I quit and put more energy into running.

I first ran track in middle school and fell in love with running. I have always loved that running is available to everyone. I once saw a great quote that read something along the lines of, “There are country clubs you can’t get into, there are gyms you can’t afford, but the road is always open.” I love that. All you need to be a runner is a pair of shoes (and really, shoes are technically optional, we’ve since learned).

So, you may be thinking, “She’s been active since she was a kid. Fitness comes easily to her and she’s certainly never struggled with her weight.” You’d be wrong.

I am here to tell you, the phrase, “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet” is something I’ve had to learn the hard way. College shenanigans taught me that. I put on the dreaded freshman 25 (I’m an overachiever, I went for 25 instead of 15), and from age 18 until just a few years ago, maintaining a weight that I felt good about was a huge struggle.

I do pursue the rush of exercise. I love to move and be active. I love to try new forms of exercise- not because it’s trendy and I think it will be the answer to my weight issue, but because I love to see how my body will respond.

Nutritionally, I’ve been a train wreck. Although my parents planted a huge garden every summer, and we’d eat fresh fruits and vegetables from July through August, then canned and frozen the remainder of the year, I still am a child of the 80’s. What that means: processed garbage and horrible information about nutrition. Right when I was hitting puberty, we were suddenly given access to vast amounts of ‘fake food’ in our grocery stores, and being told that fat was bad. My passion for sports kept me ahead of the game through high school- I didn’t gain weight, but I also didn’t feel great. In college, I still worked out, but just ate much more of the fake food, plus my share of beer, plus the off-hours college kids keep, and the pounds came on.

Without going too far into my nutrition, which really is a story for another day, I’ll just simply share where I am now where fitness is concerned.

At 42, I can say with total honesty that I have never been fitter and healthier. I attribute that to Beachbody programs, Shakeology, and sharing this journey with like-minded people.

Here’s the deal… I ran for 25+ years. I ran more half marathons that I can count. I spent three summers training to run a marathon. Each summer I went out with an injury prior to getting to the start line of the marathon. I have spent more time in physical therapy and sports medicine offices than I care to remember… all from running injuries. Hamstring injuries, knee injuries, ankle injuries.

Three years ago, when I was playing soccer with my oldest and in my third attempt to train for a marathon, we connected ankle to ankle, and I suffered the most damage. For a full year afterwards, I couldn’t run without pain. But I knew I had to do something to stay active, and I was 100% certain nothing would fulfill the rush I got from running. I was totally wrong.
At that time, I decided to “retire” from running and try something new. I began with P90X. That was over three years ago, and since that time, I have never NOT been doing a Beachbody program of some sort. And here’s the really amazing thing: I am more flexible, leaner, and stronger than I have ever been before.

I won’t list all the programs… I’ll just say, if Beachbody produced it, I’ve probably done it.

I do the workouts, follow the training plan, in the comfort and privacy of my own home, on my own schedule. Then the magic happens online. I share my journey in what’s known as a challenge group, which is a private group on Facebook. There, I lead other moms just like me through these programs. They do the workouts in their homes, on their schedules, but we come together daily to share how we’re doing. Some days we vent, “That was SO hard.” Other days we celebrate, “Nailed it! And lost two pounds this week!” We share recipes, ideas, and accountability, and all support one another without judgment and with tons of love and humor.

But wait. There’s more.

Recently my 12-year-old, whose chosen sports as of now are running and soccer, has decided he would like to complete the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon this coming May. If you’re not from Indy, you may not be familiar with The Mini, as we call it. But those in Indy know it to be an important part of our city’s culture, and even an important part of the history and culture of Indiana. It was my first half marathon, and I’ve run it every single May from high school until three years ago, taking off only those years when I was pregnant or had just had a baby. So, when my son said he wanted to run it, my first instinct was: “I want to be there with him the first time he runs it.”

I recently began running again to train to run The Mini with my son. I retired over three years ago because I was tired of being injured. Since then it’s been almost exclusively Beachbody programs. What is amazing…. I am running strong, able to hang with my 12-year-old, who is one of the top runners in his middle school and recently went to Nationals for Junior Olympics Cross Country, and so far, my legs feel great with no sign of injury (knock on wood).

I am constantly amazed at our bodies. I am one who loves fitness, yes. But here’s the thing about fitness: you have absolutely no idea how strong you are. I don’t think most of us will ever push ourselves hard enough to realize that. But I do know that I am not backing down. I’m not letting “getting older” be my excuse for slowing down. If I can push, and it feels great, and it keeps my heart healthy and my lungs strong, and my clothes fitting, well, I’m going to.

My dream is that other moms will realize that they are far stronger than they have ever realized, and enjoy all the rewards of good health and fitness: confidence, empowerment, and yep, clothes fitting well. I love to use my counseling background to help moms figure out what’s got them stuck and unable to achieve their goals, and set them on a path to enjoying great health and feeling amazing. And I love to bring together moms from all over the country, in our little corner of Facebook-land, getting to know one another as we share our journey, trying to balance the demands of our busy lives as moms and wives while still pursuing great health.


I truly encourage you to check out Cori’s site and sign up for her newsletter. She’s of course also available on FaceBook and I know she would welcome new members to her private groups.

Fitness is truly about finding what works for you. If you haven’t found the ‘right fit’ yet, drop me a line. Let’s talk about your goals and what type of program would work best for you. Just because personal training might not be the right path for you doesn’t mean I don’t want to help lead you to better health.

Making a Run For It

Running…seems like you love it or you hate it. I have to admit, I hate the training but there is nothing that I love more than race day! Whether it’s an adventure race with obstacles and mud, or a distance run, there is something about the energy of race day that keeps me wanting to look for the next best race.

I’m so thankful that this year I get to complete a major bucket list race of mine – the Ragnar. We have a team of 12 strong women that are going to run a relay from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL. I can’t wait!

And it’s no surprise that my guest writer today is the team captain. She has set an amazing goal for herself and I am greatly inspired by her determination and hard work. She has me thinking that I might just have one more marathon in me before retiring from that distance all together.

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Racing the States

My Odyssey to the Fifty States

by Melissa Polivka

I used to hate running. When I was fourteen, I was on the cross-country team because all my friends were. But I was miserable. I used to think about tripping myself during practice so I could get injured and not have to participate. Then miraculously I did get injured, and I had to quit cross-country. Yay! I traded my running shoes for swim goggles and found my zen in the pool.

Later, in college, I thought I’d pick up running again. It was free, and it was a good way to burn off those beer calories. I’d put on my headphones, leave the dorm, and run for hours. Most of the time I didn’t have any idea where I was, unwittingly exploring the northshore suburbs of Chicago, but I enjoyed the sense of getting “lost” and finding my way back home.

After I was out of school and working, I ran occasionally. I can’t honestly recall what inspired me to start training for my first marathon. Maybe it was that Oprah did it. Or it could have been one of my old friends who had done a few. Regardless, I started to get serious, and began running a few days a week, with the goal of completing a marathon in my hometown of South Bend, Indiana.

I did the race and checked off the box reading “run a marathon.” It was a fun experience, and in some ways not nearly as difficult as it seemed it would be. I was the star of my family for the day. My loved ones came to cheer me on. I got a medal, and bragging rights. And I got to eat whatever I wanted to for a few days. The feeling was a little addictive, and I soon decided to run another marathon, this time in my current home of Chicago.

That race went even better than my first. Wow, maybe this could be my thing. In fact, now that I’ve run two races in two different states, maybe I could run one in every single state. So the next year I ran two more marathons, one in Wisconsin and one in New York. Four down, 46 to go.

In 2005, my husband and I decided to start growing our family, and I took the next five years off to be a mom. I liked the break from running, and I sure got out of the habit of exercise very quickly. But I knew I had unfinished business, and as soon as I felt I had the time, I started training again.

Training with kids was a whole new challenge. I am a stay at home mom, and with two kids, two years apart, finding the time to run was a puzzle. And I hate running strollers. I would wait until my husband would get home from work, watching the garage while wearing my running gear, so I could hand off the kids and head out instantly. Or I would pry my eyes open at 5:30am to go run, knowing the moment I returned the whole family would be awake and clamoring for my attention. And then on the weekends I would do my long runs that could last up to three hours. The entire time I would be thinking about the disaster mess at home I would return to, or all the problems my husband would be having managing the children.

We got through it somehow, and since 2011, I’ve been running two to three marathons per year. As of January 2015, I’m up to 20 total. My goal at this point is to complete a marathon in all fifty states by the time I turn fifty. That will mean another two to three for the next thirteen years.

This project has brought so much into my life. First, I get to see the whole of America. And I get to see it from ground level. I get to run places that a regular tourist might not venture to see. Second, I get to take great trips with my family and make memories. Third, I get to visit my friends and relatives in far flung places. And fourth, it gives me direction. This long term goal is a compass for the way I treat my body. I want to be healthy enough to finish this project, so I need to take care of myself.


 

I love this story because not only is Melissa striving for an amazing lifetime achievement – she makes the time, and takes the time for herself. Many of us can identify with being short on time and long in the list of things to do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time for yourself.

Find something you love to do and take the time to do it!