The thing holding you back is you.

Take the first step to RESTORING your new TEMPLE of GOD. If you feel like you have been trying to get in shape for years with no results than this is the place. Despite my disability I will teach you as I reteach myself with a back full of titanium that with God anything is possible.



Scoliosis is a disease of the spine that causes curvature. In my case I had a backward shaped S curve scoliosis/degenerative disc disease and nerve damage that causes my sciatic nerve to run down my left leg. When I was 13 years of age I was diagnosed. The Dr. at the time told my parents that I would need to have a very serious surgery to straighten my back out and place what they called a “Harrington Rod”. After much pleading with my parents I avoided the debilitating surgery. From then on I threw myself into every sport, weight training and physical activity I could find to stay strong for my back. As I went thru the 2nd, 3rd and 4th decade of my life I continued staying active. In my twenties I taught classes like full impact aerobics (before we knew better) and a mom and tot class at the YMCA while my kids were still little. I opened a fitness center at the age of 30 and became a personal trainer. Mid 30’s I moved back to my home town and became a Detention Officer , promoted to Sergeant and then began teaching and running academies that also had me teaching self-defense tactics, weight training, long distance formation running and basic boot camp program I developed. That leads me to the 5th decade. I am now 56. Right around age 48 I began to have serious back problems and slowly over 6 months’ time became inactive. I gave up my exercise, sold my wave runner, my motorcycle and anything else that made me hurt. After seeing two scoliosis specialist’s, a physical therapist, massage therapist, and a chiropractor…the consensus was that I needed to have a complete spinal fusion from the base of my neck down the length of my back and a separate surgery in the front pelvic area to secure the hardware from the back. Wow! Here I go again and another major decision had to be made. I decided to fight once again, which brings me to the present. As of today, 5/27/19, I have completed a 4 day, 10 day, two 21 day fix/extreme, 1 hybrid 8 week Piyo/21 Day Extreme, 80 Day Obsession times two, LIIFT4 and so many others. My decision was clear…I’m already in pain so why not try again and go for the gusto, what could it hurt. Yes there were so many modifications those days when I worked out, but had I not, the outcome of my surgery would have been 100 times more brutal than it already is.I am working out every day and feel so much better in the other parts of my body and mind. I love the challenges, the accountability and most of all the ability to share with others in hopes of helping with their journeys. I am back to coaching, I am back to walking, and I am still in Physical Therapy. After surgery I could not even walk or touch opposite fingers together. I was not able to start PT until my 4 month post op. I couldn't even use a zero resistance band. Why am I telling you my story, because if you have the will of a warrior, and I do, than you and I can do anything. On December 3rd, 2019 I had my first part of the scoliosis fusion surgery at age 56. The first surgery ended up being a total of 7 hours. I was cut open form my pubic bone to two inches above my belly button. On the 4th I rested (I don’t remember a thing) and on the 5th I went in for the second part of my surgery that ended up being 17 hours and over 100 staples from T2-Sacrum. I did not wake up. I ended up being in a coma for the next six day. Two months post op from my fusion surgery, my gallbladder disintegrated and I ended back in the hospital for another 5 days and one more surgery. After the coma all I could remember was God cupping me in his hand. I knew the Lord was with me the entire “coma” and afterwards he began deep work within me to begin You Ministries! That’s a whole other story for another day, hence the reason I have added it to my coaching business. Not only does God want me to continue to coach people with there health and fitness, but he wants me to coach people in their spiritual walk with Him.
Thank you for stopping by and please let me know if I can answer any questions or enlighten you will all the fun stuff we have going on in my sides groups; You Ministries, Temple Toners, Girl, Read Your Bible!, and For the Love of God, Bibles, Books and Brains!
And I will close with a quote out of the book The Compound Effect by Darrin Hardy; “I’ll win because of the positive habits I’ve developed, and because of the consistency I use in applying those habits.” How about you? Are you ready?

Proper Footware

When it comes to walking shoes, no single pair is going to be a good fit for everybody. The most important thing to keep in mind is comfort. Make sure that walking right in your shoes feels comfortable and that the shoes fit properly. Try to leave about 1/2 inch between the tip of your toes and the end of the shoe. Here a few more things to keep in mind as you select your hiking footwear:

  • Try to find a shoe that is both lightweight and breathable. Thicker, heavier shoes will be less comfortable both to walk in and to wear for extended periods of time.
  • Having a supportive heel is much better than a thick one. A shoe with a thicker heel causes your foot to slap down all at once rather than roll naturally.
  • Make sure that you find a shoe with a sole that bends easily at the ball of the foot. Your foot needs to be able to lead with your heel, then roll to the ball of your foot. A thick sole will always get in the way of this.
  • Go shopping for your new shoes in the evening. Why?  After walking around all day, your feet may be a little swollen. You want to be sure your shoes fit comfortably after being on your feet all day, and this is the best way to do it. Also, make sure you aren’t in a rush when deciding on walking shoes. You really need to take the time to walk around the store, to get an initial feel for the fit.
  • After you pick out your new shoes, wear them around the house for a few days to break them in. The last thing you want to do is limp home the first time you “officially” go walking in them. This way, if anything about the shoes doesn’t agree with you, you'll be able to take them back before they get all scuffed up outside.
  • If you can, keep track of the number of miles that you walk while wearing your shoes. As a general guideline, it may be best to replace them every 250 to 500 miles. Of course, if they become damaged or worn out before then, be sure to replace them rather than wear them while damaged.


Proper Diet

Food and Drink

Whenever you go out for a walk, be sure to bring plenty of water with you. If you don't stay hydrated, you can end up suffering from the effects of fatigue or even heat exhaustion. While any water bottle will do, there is a variety of bottles designed with hiking in mind that are durable and lightweight. If you're planning a trip that’s going to last more than a day, it’s probably a good idea to pack a water filter or water purification tablets too.


As far as food goes, you want to pack non-perishables that won’t weigh you down. This is especially true with longer walking excursions. Experienced hikers recommend eating lots of carbohydrates and proteins, which provide fast energy and keeps muscles healthy. Dehydrated foods are ideal, because they are easier to carry. Many walkers dehydrate and package their own trail snacks at home. It’s a much cheaper alternative to store-bought brands. It also greatly reduces packaging waste.

Remember, what you bring along with you can vary greatly from one walk to the next. If you’re taking a walk through your neighborhood, you won’t need much more than a good pair of shoes and a bottle of water. But, it doesn’t hurt to think about the addition of walking-related accessories. Choose from a variety of different fitness tools to help you get the most out of your walking workout. For example, weights and resistance bands are popular choices. Both are user-friendly and won’t break the bank.

Proper Equipment


When it comes to walking outdoors, the best clothes to wear varies greatly depending on the location and climate. It’s generally best to avoid darker colors, because they absorb the heat of sunlight. If you’ll be walking near a road or street, consider wearing a reflective vest or patches to ensure that drivers of passing cars will see you when it gets dark.


While cotton is a very common material, it may not be the best choice for hiking clothes. When cotton gets wet, it becomes a poor insulator and is not good at trapping body heat. This means you’ll feel much colder and face a higher risk of hypothermia. Instead, try to find clothing made of wool or synthetic materials.

Don’t forget to look for the right socks when you put your hiking outfit together. Socks that are made for hiking tend to provide more cushioning than typical cotton tube socks. They also tend to breathe better, which cuts down on sweat and leaves you more comfortable during long walks.



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