My Story

An Honest Approach to Fitness and Why I Can Help You

Sometimes the truth hurts. When you see that picture of yourself and realize you’ve gained too much weight, you just want to crawl in your bed and pull the covers over your head.  Do you know that feeling? I’ve experienced every level of fitness. From super fit, to super fat, I’ve done it all. I’ve strutted proudly on the fitness stage in a bikini and also pulled those covers over my head after gaining 30 pounds.   I’m a professional fitness competitor and sometimes a professional eater! I’ve been supermodel sized  and a super SIZED  model.  I’ve had confidence that allowed me to achieve great success, and yet have pushed through depression and self-doubt. I’ve tried every diet, trained endlessly and obsessed over my body. I’ve been a binge eater, a non-eater, a cardio bulimic and extreme critic of my body. So how can I help YOU?

Through my experiences I finally realized that nutrition and fitness is a JOURNEY. Sometimes the journey is smooth, other times it has valleys and pitfalls.   Being healthy doesn’t have a set outcome. Our  lives and our bodies are ever changing and evolving.  From athletes to young women, mothers and grandmothers the cycle of life proposes many obstacles, relationships, new jobs, marriages, etc.   As our lives change, so do our bodies and our fitness routines change with us.

I encourage you to look at my competition and fitness modeling photos. Then look at my other more current pictures.  I can’t always be in “competition shape” and I can’t always be a fat couch potato. Over time I realized that somewhere in the middle, a balance is where I found my happiness. Helping women find honesty , self- acceptance and a realistic healthy weight is important to me and my own personal journey.  Through balanced nutrition, training and fun, all together in my group and personal training sessions I hope to help women see the “big picture” of health.  I want to help you  balance  work, meal planning, socializing and training HARD!  Fitness is a lifestyle.  I want women to feel CONFIDENT about their bodies, not PERFECT. So many trainers search for perfection, which ultimately backfires and creates a yo yo relationship with food and working out.  I’m searching for The BEST you can be at any given point in time. I feel confident I can help you get there!


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I am not a real fan of working out, and I’ve realized the only way I consistently work out is when I have a personal trainer: someone to hold me accountable to work out on a regular basis, to hold me accountable during the workout, and to challenge me more than I would if I were working out on my own. Specifically, my lower back had really started bothering me quite a bit over the previous 6-12 months. I had been to the doctor and had been to physical therapy, but nothing seemed to be helping. My daughter just seemed amused that mom was getting older and starting to have back problems. For me, it wasn’t as amusing. I felt too young to be having these types of issues already. A few years ago, Betsy held a summer boot camp, which I attended one day a week for about 45 minutes. She asked those of us in the group what we wanted to work on or what we needed to work on. As expected, we all said something different; my comment was to work on reducing stress and pain I fel t in my lower back when I would bend over. Betsy said I had a weak core and incorporated core exercises into our total workout. It was a tough workout, but I felt really good at the end of each session. After the 2 or 3 month boot camp ended, my core was MUCH stronger. Each workout was a mixture of cardio and strength training for the whole body, so my overall fitness was much better as well. I play softball, so the overall strength and improved cardio only helped me in softball as well. To this day, several years later, my lower back no longer bothers me, and I have Betsy to thank for that. I continue to try to make sure I’m keeping my core strong so I won’t have back issues again. I have had good workouts from other trainers, but no one has been as great of a trainer as Betsy. I wish I still lived somewhere near her. If I did, she would definitely be my personal trainer for life! Miss you, Betsy!

Janet Nelson – Mason, OH