Lori lived the greater majority of her life with a weight problem – sometimes it was more of a problem than other times. For her, yo-yo was a diet cycle rather than a toy for her kids. As a mom of two little ones, Lori lost some weight before getting pregnant each time, and each time used the pregnancy excuse for retaining some weight.
After her second child was born, she changed her middle name to “stress” from managing her little one’s heart complication. (He’s great now, thanks for asking!) Stress took a toll on her body, mind and spirit, and she found herself at her highest weight ever. After a long process of figuring out that she had some medical issues herself, she received a call that ultimately changed her life. A friend was in her final weeks in her battle with breast cancer. She made a four-hour drive to see her friend one last time, and seeing her children surrounding her both touched and broke Lori’s heart. For the four-hour ride home, Lori cried and vowed to change her life for the healthier in an effort to prevent her own kids from seeing her sick one day as a result of unhealthy choices.
Lori gradually learned more about exercise and healthy eating from friends in the industry. She found that exercise, in particular a group fitness class called Body Combat, was her outlet for stress management. She worked on stress management, healthy eating and pushing herself through exercise. Two years later, she is living a much healthier life and is 100 pounds lighter.
Lori has been certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise since April 2010, and enjoys helping friends find their healthy selves.
Lori ran her first half marathon in May at age 39, and is currently training for a full marathon in October. She also passed her initial training to become a Body Combat instructor. She’s confident that her choices today will ensure that she will be there for her kids and all of the wonderful milestones they have ahead.