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So I have made some BIG decisions recently as many of you know. One being, I am going to become a group fitness instructor to pursue my passion for health and fitness on the side. I love the idea of being able to share and help others on their health journey as well.

To complete this process I require up to 12 hours of practical, hands on experience before I can be evaluated.

Tonight, I would like to reveal one of the two fitness professionals that have agreed to mentor me throughout this final stage of my certification.




FIT MOM Ottawa

Susan MacDonald


I met Susan fairly early on in my pregnancy during her Pre-Natal Fitness classes in Old Ottawa South. After having my daughter, I tried her Fit Mom and Mom and Baby Classes. She is one of the reasons why I have decided to also complete a pre/post natal certification, her passion and love to help women throughout all stages of their fitness journey is inspiring and meaningful. On top of it all, she is a successful small business owner, who proves that it’s possible to pursue your passion and give back to her community in so many ways.


Click here for Fit Mom’s schedule of classes in Ottawa


Stay tuned (next week) for the reveal of my second mentor.  

In the spirit of discussing group fitness related subjects, I came across this awesome article on one of my blogging friends websites.

How to tell if your group exercise instructor is good! Boy, I will have a lot to learn from this one.


I am joining the girls at Wild Workout Wednesday to share my thoughts.  Be sure to check out AnnemarieAngelena MarieUpala and Amber for lots more posts on fitness and health!

Become strong – mentally and physically!

Alright, so how can I expect to make an impact on other people’s lives if I myself don’t commit to doing so as well?

Remember, my motto “Lead by Example” (see my post on My Driving Force)

Okay, Iets back track a bit. As a family, we have made some pretty important lifestyle changes, not only to our diets, but also to the level of activity we undertake on a daily/weekly basis. Both my husband and I participate in group fitness classes or online training (yes, this is a real and effective means to train) at least 4-5 times a week. To some it might not seem like a lot.

But for us, we feel stronger the days, weeks we push each other to stick to our fitness routines. These are also the weeks that we feel truly at our best.

So here I am … today, in an effort to become strong inside and out, I making a commitment to the “world” that by early summer 2015 (May exactly) I should be a certified group fitness instructor with a specialization in pre/post natal fitness.

The real journey towards this starts tomorrow!!

DAY 1 – Basic theory! 

You might be thinking, why do I care or where’s she going with this story? Doesn’t she already have a job?

The answers are simple, you don’t need to care but your continue support and feedback play an important factor in keeping me in track! accountability is key.

Yes, I have a job, one that I love. If you recall from my post My Driving Force you will recall that I am doing this as my “something more”. Showing my daughter that it is healthy and possible to pursue new passions in addition to what you already love doing.

This journey is intended to make me stronger, both physically and mentally.


I want my journey to motivate others. I know it seems to be the new mommy thing to do these days. I think it is safe to say it’s a trend. But for me, this feels different. This whole area excites me, and I hope to be able to share my excitement for living a healthy life with those around me.

Oh and don’t worry I’ll be sharing updates as I complete the group training certification program and the apprenticeship hours in my online diary.

I have big plans for you and me!

Stay tuned …


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