Everyone has a story. To be perfectly honest I’ve always struggled with opening up and telling my story. Maybe because I’m an only child? Who knows. Honestly, I think it’s because I truly just don’t know where to start. Do I start with how and why I started my career in fitness? Or the fact that I have a hereditary kidney disease? Maybe I should talk about why we won’t be having children? Or maybe how I met my husband, and what made our wedding so special? Where do you start with the story of your life? Let’s start with when we started to live our second life!
I was born and raised in Derby, England. When I was 19 I met Bob and seven years later we were married. A year prior to us getting married we had our first California vacation. When we got on the airplane to go home I cried. We’d stayed with friends and I’d experienced a whole different lifestyle, and I wanted it. We immediately made plans to emigrate to America. Our plan became a reality in April 2001 when we moved to California.
We settled into American life, with our American House. Bob had a work visa, I had a spouse visa so I couldn’t work. I’d been working in fitness for a few years and now was suddenly free all day every day, so I played a lot of video games. We fully embraced our new lives in America, including the American diet and the American portion sizes. Which meant we both put on weight. Within 6 years I’d gained 25lbs. Not good for my 5’4″ small frame, and not good for saying I was an ambassador of health when I was working as a fitness professional in the UK. The law of thermogenics indicates that if you eat more calories than you burn, you put on weight. Turns out that it’s true! Damn.
We’d started our green card process as soon as we arrived in 2001, and 7 years later when the green card was coming to fruition I decided that 25lbs had to go. Especially if I was going to restart my career in fitness. I started working out everyday. A mix of cardio, strength, and yoga. Combined with cleaning up my vegetarian diet I lost 25lbs. I was back to the weight I was in my 20’s, and I felt GOOD! I reinstated my fitness certifications, got insurance, and once the greencards came through I started work again. It felt so good to be back doing something I loved.
Fast forward 2009-2016 and I’ve worked at a lot of local gyms and fitness studios, plus coached private clients. I’ve attended the local college to pursue further education, gained more fitness certifications and become a registered yoga teacher. I attended numerous fitness conventions and expo’s and I began to run races. In 2016 I even completed my first triathlon, and tried surfing. In 2013 we sealed the deal on our transatlantic move and became U.S. Citizens.
We’ve travelled 6000 miles to pursue our American Dream, and are now ready to live the next chapter.