My Life As A Fitness Competitor!

At work on my desk is a picture of me with medals draping around my neck. I was nine years old with French-braided hair, warm-ups and a huge smile. I had found a passion: gymnastics.
At work on my desk is a picture of me with medals draping around my neck. I was nine years old with French-braided hair, "warm-ups" and a huge smile. I had found a passion: gymnastics. Much of my success, discipline, and esteem blossomed here. I was instantly sparked with the enthusiasm for exercise and activity. This love for activity, a competitive spirit, and a thrill of performing got me into fitness competitions.

As "Ms. Ripple" by day, I feel inundated with grading papers, research, reading, student problems, and other teacher responsibilities. However, there is always constant gratification knowing I am educating tomorrow's future.

My relief, however, is activity. Whether it is training with my boyfriend and his troops, swimming laps, hiking, coaching tennis and gymnastics, teaching dance, running with my dog, playing Ultimate Frisbee, or walking to school (whew!), I stay active. I would say this is one of my secrets to a healthy lifestyle.

My diet is sometimes difficult to abide by (like most people), because it seems nearly every social gathering, whether a work meeting, a holiday, a party, or a bridal or baby shower involves FOOD! It pervades our surroundings. The problem is, the right kind of food isn't always prevalent. Chocolate, ice cream, and other enticing products yell like the Gingerbread man in Shrek, "EAT ME!" I just have to maintain discipline on days that I am at work. I take food with me, prepare meals earlier, and watch the amount of nutrition I am consuming. Our school lunch prepares salads and mine often is with cheese instead of dressing. There are certain remedies for many cravings. Granted, however, every individual is different; therefore, various foods can have altering effects on different people.

In conclusion, I would like to encourage others to strive for their goals in fitness and in life. My goal is to prove myself and the general public the art of balance. We can have fit minds and fit bodies as well as successful careers. Many people today have the uncanny ability of balancing their influential positions in society with powerful, healthy bodies. I admire these people and want to portray a similar message.