Fitness Feature

I am August's CLIENT OF THE MONTH at my gym. I joined in October of last year to focus on my health and fitness and gain accountability. It has been a huge and unexpected transformation!

What inspired you to reach out to Orange Shoe? When I reached out to Orange Shoe, I hoped that I would find a new level of fitness accountability because I knew I needed to prove to someone else that I was progressing. I have better willpower with exercise and nutrition when I'm working in tandem. My initial goals were to develop a regular, sustainable workout routine. I had no idea that my goals would morph and that there was so much potential for growth. I love how when I'm going to Orange Shoe every week, I feel like I'm visiting friends, and I'm thrilled that with Kelly and Tom's help I have become stronger than ever before! I'm 25 pounds lighter and have endurance and stamina I never dreamed possible. Tell us more about yourself! I am originally from here, and I moved back home about 5 years ago to care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease. Previously, I worked as a professional stage actress for ten years, and now I am an at-home caregiver for my mom and my 3 year old son. I also stay busy working online as the Business Director for Radiant Jane Retreatsa meditation/yoga retreat company. My husband and I value holistic health, so our whole family is vegan, and I also sell safer, toxin-free skincare products so they can be more accessible to everyone. I love to knit, bake, and read in our hammock. What are you looking forward to this summer/early fall despite the world looking a bit different now?  My husband, son, and I love to slow down in nature, and we get away when we can to camp in our itty bitty trailer. We also are working on plans to build a tiny house up north in the next year. I regularly volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association - the Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up on October 4th! I just wrote and published a brand new children's book for little kids who love someone with Alzheimer's or dementia called "You Make It Better." What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? I just finished watching the new Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix. I'm also laughing my way through Schitt$ Creek for the 1st time and binge watching Gilmore Girls for the 521st time! I always juggle a variety of books, so I'm reading the Book of Awakening (daily meditations by Mark Nepo), Bleeding Hearts (an Alzheimer's memoir), Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, a short story anthology by Zora Neale Hurston, and Codename Villanelle (the novel that Killing Eve is based on.) For podcasts, I love Rip Esselstyn's "Plant-Strong" and have recently been obsessed with GURU and Missing in Alaska. If you had all the money you could ever want...how would you like to spend your days?

I have always worked in the arts and for nonprofits, so it's essential for me to work in a mission driven career. My husband and I dream of being tiny-living minimalists who own rural land with a gorgeous view, preferably by a river or lake. I would love to visit all the national parks and revisit Europe where I used to live. If I were wealthy, I'd invest as much money as I could to help find a cure for Alzheimer's, donate to keep the arts thriving, and help as many fellow humans as possible to strive for equity for all. 


Before and Afters not featured in the newsletter:

August 2019 vs. July 2020 December 2019 August 2020 - 20 pounds

down from Christmas, 25 pounds lost since October 2019 when I joined OrangeShoe



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