HealthandWellness - 2020

Health and wellness goes beyond weight loss

I am launching a pilot, 6-week program, meeting weekly, to give those who enroll tools to examine their lives and help them to discover ways to achieve results in both physical and mental wellness. This is not a “diet.” It’s a program to help others achieve their lifestyle goals in a healthy and lasting way, which does include helping them to discover ways to get an ideal weight along with overall wellness.

The first class will be given materials, providing information, structure and focus on a daily basis, to help each person identify the barriers in their lives. When we meet, we will go through those materials and discuss how the week went, what obstacles were identified and how to overcome them. Additionally, we will have a designated topic for each week to help further our health and wellness journey. 

After the pilot program?

After the initial pilot, I will be getting some feedback and tweaking the materials and hope to then be able to make this a recurring offer. In addition to the live meet-ups for those who live close enough, my goal is to create the ability to have a virtual offering as well, where we have a weekly Facebook live session with everyone and you can interact with me from your computer or smart phone.

If you want to learn more, Contact me today so we can start you off on the path to a better you!


What I do as a personal trainer

  • Consult with clients on overall health and fitness goals and provide support and inspiration to stick to a workout plan
  • Assess you on your current BMI (body-mass index), cardio fitness level, mobility, maximum heart rate and balance deficiencies
  • Work 1-on-1 with you on techniques for strengthening your core and gaining cardio fitness
  • Provide proper techniques in using free weights or gym equipment
  • Create custom workout plans designed to maximize results while keeping busy personal schedules foremost in mind
  • Provide dietary suggestions and alternative ingredients to aid in your overall health and fitness

Why I became a Personal Trainer

Booth 2Living in Cartersville in NW Georgia, hardly a week goes by where I don’t hear about the fitness level of so many Americans. It’s never good news. We hear ad nauseam reports about sitting for too long, not moving enough, eating the wrong foods and the need to exercise more. But, how does the average American, sitting in commuter traffic for sometimes two to three hours a day, along with 8-9 hours at a desk, find the time to “move more”? Add to that mix life with a spouse (or significant other), children, pets, etc… and by the time you have a moment to yourself, the last thing you feel like doing is moving!

I was in that exact same predicament just a few years ago. I was adding weight, losing muscle tone, eating poorly and feeling my energy levels slipping with each passing month. I tried to find a personal trainer, but everywhere I turned, I had to pick from either a chiseled, muscle-bound male or a petite, female swimsuit competitor. Admittedly, I was jealous of their bodies and how they had sculpted themselves into paragons of fitness, but I knew that wasn’t going to be my path. I needed a realistic plan for results that would put me back to a healthy weight, give me additional muscle tone and promote a healthy heart with attainable cardio workouts. I needed to find someone, well, like me, only IN SHAPE! It was time to take a leap of faith.

Taking the next leap, are you ready?

IMG_1398While getting my personal trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I added the diet and nutrition modules to provide me with a well-rounded approach to health and fitness. I had to become my own personal trainer to get the results I wanted.

I decided a career change was in order. After all, I could not be the only one juggling family, career and extracurricular activities. With that, SJD Health and Fitness became a reality here in NW Georgia. It is my goal to take all I have learned and help others achieve their own goals for personal health and fitness. What’s more, my backstory is the same as so many others and I hope it can be the inspiration you need to find that path to a better you.

SJD Health and Fitness operates in Cartersville, Georgia, conveniently located to support all of the surrounding communities, including the municipalities of Adairsville, Kingston, Emerson, Euharlee and White within Bartow County. Because of my location, I am also able to serve clients in Cherokee, Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties, which includes the cities of Acworth and Dallas.


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