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Welcome to my site, where being healthy is a lifestyle that includes being fit, eating right and most importantly being happy. If you're looking for fun and inspiration as we all walk this journey together, you've come to the right place! 

Over 5 years ago, I had a vision. I knew what I wanted, I put together a plan and went for it. Today we're in the middle of our journey, have sold our home in the suburbs, are living in a small apartment with 2 cats, a golden retriever and 2 adult children while we build our dream home in the country and get ready for a self sustainable life! I share this journey and our lives with you, in hopes that you can find some inspiration, a little humor and maybe a plan to change your life for the better. 

Do you take care of everyone else before yourself?  Have some challenges to overcome?  Not sure you have the time, the tools or the support to make changes?  There is another approach to take than you have in the past. I believe in working within our limits to develop an effective plan. Let's get to the healthiest we want to be, inside and out.

I hope this site and my blog will show you how you can live a balanced life by making health a priority. 

More about me:

When I was born, my parents were told that they would be taking care of me for the rest of their lives since I probably would never walk, Osteogenisis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) effects 1 in 20,000 people and can be hereditary or caused from a spontaneous gene mutation. In my case, there is no family history of this disease. When I was 3, my parents found a surgeon who was willing and able to put rods through my femur bones to minimize my fractures and minimize the impact of my bone disease. We moved upstate to be near this doctor and have the surgery done. You see, we had to wait for my femur to break before he would do the surgery. My femur bones were so bowed due to my soft bones that the only way to put the rod through the bone was to break my femur in several other places (think shish kabob). I spent many months in a body cast from my arm pits, straight down one leg and to the knee of the other.  Once this leg healed, we needed to wait for the other leg to break before he did the second surgery...and so when it did, the process was repeated. 

Advancements in medicine have lead to a telescopic rod that is being used today with OI patients. Back in the early 70's, this technology did not exist, therefore each time I had a growth spurt, a fracture would occur leading to another surgery to allow my doctor to replace the rod with a longer one. Once I hit my teen years, when bones typically begin to thicken and strengthen, I became more aware of my limits and the fractures waned. There is no cure for my disease so I knew at a young age that a healthy lifestyle including regular weight bearing exercises would be necessary to limit any future injury.

Today, I take Fosamax once a week (the same drug prescribed for osteoporosis) and get yearly bone density tests. My bone density is definitely on the low end and I am at risk for fractures. But my disease does not define me. I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Coach and Nutrition Coach who has been working I am a health and fitness enthusiast who has run several 5K's, along with the well known Boilermaker, a 15K held in Utica, NY. I am blessed with 2 beautiful children and a loving, supportive husband of over 25 years.