Ellen is a mother of two adult sons, Brad and Eric, and wife to Richard. They have a Cavachon dog named Kuma. She is a long time Green Bay resident and currently retired, but caregiving demands a great deal of her time. She had several careers ranging from developing systems, helping kids with autism, to Director of HR and Assistant Controller.
Ellen’s fitness goals have to do with all aspects of health. She has worked hard at developing and reinforcing a healthy mindset. She focuses on food which nourishes her body, stepping up movement for better coordination and flexibility, and increasing her strength. She has multiple goals in mind but focuses on each journey one day at a time and doesn’t rush to meet those goals. She wants her healthy habits to last a lifetime.
Ellen has always been conscious of exercise and diet. In the past she was not consistent and exercise often ended in injury while each new diet was only short term. Eighteen months ago, her body once again told her it’s time. She mustered up the courage to take on the challenge once again. This time she was smarter. She qualified for SilverSneakers and with the encouragement of her neighbor she joined the Bellin Fitness Center. She knew she needed more movement in her life to be healthy, but what she didn’t know was that she NEEDED strength training. She was referred to a personal trainer, Eydie, by a friend and is very grateful for that referral.
From day one Eydie gave her hope. Ellen has a fear of getting injured so Eydie is careful to teach her good form, the purpose of the particular training, and emphasizes body awareness. When her body says enough, they both listen! No shame, no guilt. During the 18 months she has worked with her, Ellen had surgery and developed some age-related joint pain. She thought they would have to stop training, but Eydie works around the limitations and helps her to continually pursue health.
Ellen had doubts about her ability to succeed in the gym, but after each workout with Eydie, she felt she had really accomplished something. Eydie is skilled and creative making each workout fresh and different. She doesn’t get bored and has learned so much. Eydie continues to encourage Ellen, gives her helpful ideas, and celebrates accomplishments with her! She stands taller, moves more, and believes she has a more positive outlook on her life.