Focus on health changed her life

Health, wellness and fitness are my passion.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with a lung disease called sarcoidosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and respiratory system. My lung tissue was inflamed and it was difficult for me to breathe.

My diagnosis pushed me to change my lifestyle — it changed everything for me. I started to take better care of my health.

In 2012, the Lord told me to walk; I was never big on exercise, but I got up and started walking my way back to health. This was something totally new for me.

At first, I walked 10 to 15 minutes a day, but eventually I was able to walk 15 miles per day. My journey and motivation has inspired many others; I even had several people join me.

That was seven years ago.

I must admit, many benefits from this effort have come to me: I’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight and increased my energy. Most importantly, what I thought was going to be just a health journey for a little while has become a whole new lifestyle for me.

It changed so much for me and even gave me a second career.

I am now a certified fitness instructor, and I teach several classes a week ranging from strength and balance, cardio and strength workouts as well as line dancing.

I have taken control of my health and love helping others do the same, getting them to move and feel better about themselves. It is rewarding beyond measure. My next goal is to become a health coach within the next year. Stay tuned.

Thomas lives in James City County and teaches classes at Quarterpath Recreation, Jazzercise and JCC Recreation AFCC as well as at several private classes. You can reach her at ThmsSny7@aol.com.

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