Hi there! I’m Margie
If you're looking to lose weight, get stronger, and become your most-confident you - you’ve come to the right place.
I want you to know that it's never too late to get in the best shape of your life.
How do I know?
Because at age 53, I am in the best shape of my life – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Here’s my story…
It started in my 40’s…
Prior to turning 40 I never worried about my weight. Sure, I’d gain some weight every once in a while, but I was always able to take it right off through diet and exercise. In other words:
I was a yo-yo dieter.
However, once that 4 appeared at the beginning of my age I noticed it was a little harder to get the weight to come off. And the scale kept slowly creeping up. I wrote it off to magical shrinking clothes, with the thought, “Oh I must have put those jeans in the dryer.”
I was in denial of my gradually expanding waistline. Then, I started experiencing strange symptoms – severe mood swings, lethargy, and loss of motivation. Some days I would just sit on the sofa staring into space. Other days I would forget things like my own phone number. I would wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat and my heart racing in a crazy panic.
I thought I was surely going crazy and in the early stages of dementia. I was confused and lost. And then, as if to add insult to injury, I started getting severe pain before and during my periods, which were starting to come closer and closer together and even run together. And these weren’t just your normal periods. My bleeding was so severe I was afraid to go to work, or anywhere for that matter to avoid the embarrassment of the excessive bleeding.
After a visit to a gynecologist, I learned that the symptoms I was experiencing were because I was in perimenopause. The severe bleeding was attributed to large tumors on my left ovary and my uterus. My doctor and I agreed a hysterectomy would be the best course of action to provide relief.
After many tests and ultrasounds, we finally got approval from my insurance company for my surgery. All was set to go, when I received a call from my gynecologist the Friday before my Tuesday surgery. She explained she didn’t feel comfortable performing the surgery and was referring me to an oncologist.
She didn’t even have to say the C-word. I knew what she meant. She explained that my latest round of bloodwork came back abnormal and she didn’t feel she was the best qualified to perform the surgery – in case something was wrong.
Me being Patty Procrastinator, I waited until the following Monday to call the oncologist. They said it would be 2 months before he could see me, but called back within the hour that they could get me in that Thursday. So, I went. He explained he didn’t think it was cancer, however my CA 125 was high, indicating the possibility.
As we again awaited approval from the insurance company for my surgery, at the doctor’s suggestion I had the Counsyl (now Myriad) hereditary cancer test performed. The results indicated a pre-disposition to ovarian and uterine cancer. So my doctor recommended having a total hysterectomy.
Someone was looking over me at the time as a surgery time opened 2 weeks from getting the results. I was blessed that I could get in so soon, and was even more blessed to learn after surgery that everything was benign.
The tumors, though benign, were larger than the ultrasound predicted, and so my recovery was a little longer and more difficult than anticipated. I wasn’t allowed to do much of anything for 3 months.
I also wasn’t prepared for a side effect of surgery that isn’t talked about very often – depression.
During my 3 months of recovery, I fell into a deep depression – the kind where I would lie in bed for days with the blinds drawn. I would scroll through social media looking at everyone else’s great lives and, I admit I was jealous. I was in a self-destructive spiral of self-loathing, eating and drinking more than I knew I should, and frankly just being an unpleasant person to be around.
After a conversation with Randy (my husband), I realized things had to change. I got up and took a small step and walked my dog Jax to see the our neighbors’ goats up the road.
That next day we continued up the small hill past the goats. Day by day, we went just a little bit farther. It wasn’t long before I was mapping out longer and different routes we could take to keep the walks interesting.
Each day, I noticed Jax becoming better behaved. But more importantly, I was building a momentum of confidence. It was this growing confidence that nudged me to start lifting weights. So many of the women I had admired on social media had these amazing, lean, and strong bodies. I understood that came from lifting.
I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I started anyway.
One of the amazing things about beginning a lifting program is that the early gains can be exponential. My clothes were fitting much better. I even dropped to the same size I wore in my 20’s.
What’s even better was the way I felt about myself.
I was proud of all the things I was accomplishing. I was so excited every time I did something I’d never been able to do before. And as the weights got heavier and heavier, my body got leaner and stronger.
But here’s the best part of all: the confidence I gained in the gym carried over to other areas of my life.
I felt more comfortable in my body than I ever had before in my life. It became easier for me to do hard things outside of the gym because I was doing hard things in the gym every day.
And with this growing confidence I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my corporate engineering job, and pursue my personal training certification. And as nutrition is a non-negotiable when it comes to any transformation, I became a Master Precision Nutrition Coach as well.
Now I won’t say “my way” of training is the best way for everyone. There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to fitness and nutrition. But I will say “my way” is extremely effective for the woman who wants to:
- go to the beach without worrying how she looks in a swimsuit while walking along the beach or playing in the surf.
- look forward to having her picture taken without asking herself “who’s that person, and when did I start looking like that?”
- feel like food is her friend, not her enemy, and never diet again.
- feel physically and mentally strong, capable of taking on whatever life throws at her.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to start living the life you know you’ve been hiding from?
Let’s work together to create a program that works for YOU and YOUR lifestyle.
I’m proof that you’re never too old, and it’s never too late!
Fill out the form below and let’s schedule a consult!
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
- ISSA Certified Sports Nutritionist
- Precision Nutrition Coach
- Precision Nutrition Master Coach
- Precision Nutrition Macros Coach