I can't remember how long it has been since I've been on the Forum, so I am re-introducing myself.
I am a 53 year old wife and mother of three (20, 18, 15) living in rural Montana. In my 20's, I was very active practicing and teaching Aikido to children in So. California. However, after a move and the birth of my oldest child at age 32, I was plunged into the demands of home and family and wasn't able to practice anymore. Multiple moves (my husband is a software contractor) and two more children complicated things. Eventually in 1998 we settled where we are today.
Over the course of the last twenty years, my health and fitness, as well as my sense of self-confidence, dwindled significantly. I put everyone first as I immersed myself in service to my family, my church, my clients (I'm a massage therapist and internet business owner) and my community. At one point I was 30# overweight and facing some serious health problems. This summer I received a health "wake up call" and made the decision to clean up my diet and exercise regularly again. I am now within 18# of my goal weight and feel so much better.
Years ago I was doing Warrior Wellness daily. I am starting again to do that. The movements feel so, well, nourishing to my body. I know that sounds like an odd thing to say, but that's how it feels.
I want to continue to release the excess weight I've held onto for so many years and I'd like to redevelop my fitness from the ground up, following the CST methods. I believe that flow and movement is critical to effective fitness. Right now, I need guidance as to how to proceed most effectively.
If I could realize my dream, it would be to become an example and instructor, like Coach Sonnon and the other CST coaches are, for the people I work with here who are struggling with their health and life issues.
Donna von Nieda