adventures of a mere mortal in fitness and life

About Me

I’m Susan.

This is a big re-write of this section because almost NOTHING is the same as when I started this blog. Not where I live, what I do for a living, even my goals.

I started this blog at the encouragement of a friend who was on a weight loss journey of her own.  She inspired me to “dream big”, and writing something has always been a part of my big dreams.  I truly believe laughter is essential to happiness, so hopefully I can make somebody chuckle every once in a while, even if it’s at my own expense.  Don’t worry.  If it isn’t funny, my little sister will tell me. My blog started as something silly and has likely evolved to not more than a report of races with an occasional life situation blog here and there. I took the life lessons I was learning and applied them to a new career as a personal trainer, helping people not so different from myself become the amazing versions of themselves that they see in their head.

I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, and now a personal trainer.  At the start of this blog, I was not a personal trainer, but I have developed that skill over time. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life, and most people in my adult life have only known me at a weight of more than 200 pounds. Now, I moved across the country in 2013 and ALL the people here do not know me as an overweight person. I don’t know which is scarier.

In total, I have lost about 60-65 pounds, depending on whether I ate pizza last week or not. I started racing triathlons more seriously and found athletic success as a 36 year old mom of 2 that I never experienced as a high school or collegiate athlete. I continue to push myself, completing my first half-ironman this year, and learning to run  more than 4 miles at a time. Most importantly, I keep trying different nutritional and physical activities to gain knowledge about myself and hopefully to bring to my clients.

My list of goals evolves on the page “Journeys in Awesomeness“. I can’t believe where this journey has taken me, and I look forward to chronicling it continuation.


Comments on: "About Me" (8)

  1. So funny! Luv it Susan!

  2. Emily Epstein said:

    You are hilarious Susan. Just wish we were working out together like back in the day. . .

  3. I love it………Billy is “good stuff”. I know because he is married to my daughter. I promise, there will come a time when you will look back and not be able to remember all crap you did not like. You too will be that beauty who looks good, feels good and can run and play with the best of them. The food just allows us to hide behind what is the “truly amazing” part of us that is “love”. You will see………and I congratulate you right now for what is happening before your eyes.
    Enjoy the journey. You get to be a role model and that is really cool!

    Love, Keith

  4. Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and online website. I bumped into your blog today and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    A brief explanation of who we are, our online website SlimKicker basically turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up RPG game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to approve this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

  5. Eyup Can Celik said:

    Hey Susan,

    Hope you are having an amazing day. I couldn’t find a way to send you this email so I’m commenting here. I have just come across your blog – I always wish to have something like yours, anyway It’s not too late I might have it in the future. I also do triathlon too, last year I completed London Triathlon, Olympic distance within 2:43. I think I’m not really fast, but this year I will try to finish it less than 2:30. I wanted to ask you something, I run events directory website which is called I was wondering if you could mention my website somewhere in your blog. when I say mention I meant linking to my site. I’m sure some of your audiences like to know what type of events happening around the world. I’m happy to mention you in my site or social media too. Please let me know if you have something else in your mind.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Eyup Celik

    my email

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