Who Am I & What Do I Know About Fitness. . .

copyright Karen Ulvestad

In the late 1980s I studied to become a Fitness Instructor, and passed the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certification tests. This was the culmination of years of competitive swimming, life guarding, swim instruction, coaching, water aerobics instruction, and personal fitness routines. After my certifications, I worked as an aerobics instructor, fitness instructor, personal trainer, and wrote fitness newsletters.

So, why did I leave?

I had an opportunity to pursue another, more powerful dream. . .photography. I left fitness to be in a position to become a Flight Deck photographer for Boeing. It was a dream job. The job never happened, because of extenuating circumstances. Then, I left Boeing.

I continued my personal fitness routine, until I was side-lined by major, emergency surgery. It took me a long time to recover, and the journey has been interesting. I learned a lot along the way. I learned that wellness and fitness are a balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit. This also applies to maintaining a healthy body weight.

My journey included events like falling down a flight of stairs, and injuring my body. I learned what it was like to be completely stressed-out and over-whelmed by circumstances. I think I even lost my spiritual path for a while. It was a journey to finding myself.

The mind piece of the equation is one’s ability to process events mentally. What is the perspective or point-of-view that we see the world? I have always worked on being a positive force. I have learned enough to know that nothing happens without a heart-felt view of Gratitude.

The body portion of the equation relates to our body weight, lean body mass, injuries, and over-all feeling of well-being. Pain is not a normal way to live, and is an indication that something isn’t right. Muscle pain from working out is different from joint pain that hinders our mobility.

The spirit (soul) slice is our belief-system. It can be defined by a Religion, or simply a way to live one’s life.

Welcome & let the Holistic Lifestyle begin!

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I am a published professional artist/photographer and writer. I received my Bachlors of Art degree from the University of Washington in English Composition. My background in Art and Photography stems from my youth, and various intensive workshops through the years.

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