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What’s Your Why?

Everything in life has a “why” associated with it …. Why you go to a certain grocery store, why you like a particular brand of coffee, why you work where you work …..

Our health also has a why. What’s your why? It changes throughout our lifetime, I believe. My why has evolved and continues to change as years pass.

When I was 8, I had open heart surgery. My “why” growing up was to remain healthy. I recall the doctor talking to me and stressing the importance of growing up healthy and active. As I became older, I understood that concept more clearly. I began to value my health and felt lucky to have no limitations. Not that I always made the healthy choices and I would veer off course from time to time, but I would always come back to my “why” and that would get me back on track.

Then, I became a mom … and my “why” changed and evolved. At that time, I wanted to set a good example; especially having a girl. I wanted to eat healthy, exercise and be a strong, positive role model. I wanted it to be a way of living …. Not a diet, not a binge, not a yo-yo lifestyle and I didn’t want her to learn bad habits – so many of our girls learn bad habits early and spend a lifetime being miserable. So, I made a lot of conscious decisions — I never had a scale in the home when she was young and I never talked about weight or being on a diet. I always made exercise and being active a daily part of our life and I always shared the idea of appreciating our good health, and bodies and treating them with respect; if we don’t, who will??? Now, time passes .. we continue to live as a healthy family. My daughter is 15 and my son is 12, so the challenges are different. Her, I’m trying to teach her to eat enough good calories and food to fuel her body and give her energy. Him, he’ll eat anything and everything, so I’m trying to make sure he adds some healthy options into his meat and potatoes wish-list! But, what I continue to stress is that it’s a lifestyle … living healthy and taking care of your body every day, for the rest of your life.

Now, I move into the future and my “why” continues to evolve. 2.5-years ago my mom was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, at the young age of 60. While this disease is horrific, has no cure, and scientists don’t know what causes this or how to avoid it, study after study shows that exercise could be a benefit – Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Alzheimer’s Research Center at Mayo Clinic, said on ABC: Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.” So, guess what …. I’m working hard to fight this disease. Right now, my “why” is really being terrified of getting this disease. And, if I can last another day, week, month, year — knowing who my kids are, knowing my husband, having my memories of our lifetime together … I’m doing everything I can do, now, to create my future – and that is my NEW “why”.

What’s your why? Use your why to improve your life. It can be so powerful! Many of my clients have shared their why with me: “because my dad had heart disease at an early age and now my daughter is getting older and I don’t want to be like him”, “I want to look good for my high-school reunion”, “I want to feel better and like looking in the mirror again”, “I’m tired of being fat”, “I want to be around as long as I can to enjoy my kids and grandkids”, “I want a good quality of life” …….

Use your why! Only you control you, only you can make the change. Decide to live better. Decide to use your why to motivate you.

My final “why” … to support people, to motivate people, to help YOU appreciate your health, your body and your future. I feel lucky to be a coach and love what I do!

Share your why below, email me and let me know if I can help!

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How I got here …

My mom made this shirt for me in college. It was my first year and she knew I was meant to help other people. She had a vision for my life, but I didn’t think she was right.Workout with Missy T-shirt

I grew up in the gym. I was THAT gym rat … I was that high school and college kid that LOVED going to the gym. Although, I didn’t go to pick up guys or just hang out; I loved the atmosphere. The 2 things I remember most about the gym was

(1) my group ex instructor had a daughter in college and I remember thinking “she is that old and teaching group ex .. wow, that’s pretty cool 🙂

(2) there were always cardiac rehab patients walking around in their red shirts and I thought it was so awesome and they looked so happy and they were “so old” but healthy and active, HA (remember I was in HS/college).

I didn’t know what I wanted to study in college and my mom always tried to push me into fitness because she saw my potential and knew it made me happy.

She got me my first instructor job … a friend of hers allowed me to teach a step class at their club and from that point, I was addicted. I loved it! I went back to college and started teaching classes and worked in the gym on campus. From there, I majored in Exercise Science and completed my internship at MJH Cardiac Rehab. I was in heaven.

Then … I got a job and realized there wasn’t alot of money in the fitness industry, unless you were in management, and still, there wasn’t much money yet alot of hours. So, I worked in management, sales and marketing for years and I enjoyed it but missed my clients, missed teaching classes but I just didn’t have time to do it all with my kids and family responsibilities.

THEN …. my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and as her disease worsened, something just changed within me. I realized that our time is limited. I realized that I wanted to be happy. I realized that I wanted to enjoy each day and make a positive impact.

So .. I went back to my roots … to what my mom wanted me to do 20 years ago because she knew it’s what made me the happiest. Then, I decided to create the business that she envisioned years ago … Workout with Missy. She had the vision and she knew me more than I knew myself.

As I continue to grow and live my dream, I want to thank all my clients, customers, coaches, friends and family that have supported my business and my commitment to helping others live healthy and happy lives. I wish my mom could see me now because I know she would be happy and proud of me.

If you are stuck and don’t know what to do next, think about what makes you happy, what your family thinks makes you happy (because they know you!), and DO what makes you happy. Life is too short and when you love life then you are living to your full potential.

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5 Ways to Break through Dreaded Weight Loss Plateaus

Even though it’s completely normal to hit a snag in your fitness journey, a perceived setback like this can send even the most dedicated dieter off course, away from healthy eating and toward cookies, cake, and pizza. But you can be strong and start getting back on the weight-loss track again. Try at least one of the following techniques, and there’s a good chance you’ll burst through your plateau in no time.

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Commit & Succeed in Weight Loss & Healthy Living

I’ve seen it over and over … some people WANT to live healthy, lose weight, gain energy, improve their life, tone their body and they do commit and succeed.

I’ve ALSO seen it over and over …. some people WANT to live healthy, lose weight, gain energy, improve their life, tone their body … but don’t commit and do not succeed.

Yes, everyone has different circumstances, everyone has different reasons, everyone has different factors … but everyone that I have seen succeed, succeeded because they were committed!


Kaye, 16 pounds lost with Insanity and Shakeology | Terri, 20 pounds with p90 and Shakeology | Shannon, 30 pounds by working out in the local clubhouse gym and eating healthier | Seki, 12 pounds by adding in strength training and reducing “bad” carbs | Kathy, 12 pounds with Shakeology | and on, and on, and on.


I help … I provide accountability, motivation, direction, education, etc, but I can’t do it for you. The training clients and beachbody customers that I have coached are all successful because THEY committed to making changes and living a better life. They have taken different paths but all ended up in the same direction — healthy, happy and successful!!!

It’s possible. People just make excuses. When you’re ready to commit and improve your life, contact me and I’ll help you find solutions, not excuses.

About Missy: Living healthy comes naturally to me. I live it & love it so I enjoy educating, motivating and helping others to do the same. I was born with a heart condition and had open heart surgery at the age of 8. I grew up being active and playing sports and am thankful to have my health. I’ve been in the fitness industry industry over 18 years and I am ready to help you with your fitness and wellness goals. Call, email me, contact me to get started.

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