For those who follow me, this is redundant.  For those  who may have been searching for the latest  fitness tips that predicate the NEW YEAR NEW YOU SYNDROME, let me introduce myself.


I am a registered nurse, as well as an American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer.  There are many  who do the same, BUT I WRITE–a lot.  I’m not a face book fit mom, a mommy blog, nor am I an Instagram/selfie stereotype.  If that’s what you’re into, then this is probably not for you.

But if you are looking for content, and meaty content, read on.   Why do I do what I do?  Simple, well maybe not.

My field of expertise lies in the renal care field, or dialysis, prior to doing what I do today.  What is renal care? Dialysis?  Dialysis in short, is for those who have little to no substantive kidney function.  Your kidneys control your blood pressure, as well as filter toxins.  If they are unable to perform their duties, dialysis is needed.  Dialysis in not a cure; nor does it take the place of your kidneys.  It simply buys time.  Time for what?  Hopefully a kidney transplant.  However that can mean months to years for many.

So…back to why I do what I do.  I tired of working at the “opposite end of the spectrum.”  I no longer wanted to “patch up.”  I wanted to put a road block up to the number 1 and number 2 precursors of kidney failure–HYPERTENSION & DIABETES.   If you are of African American descent regardless of your other ethnicities, these precursors stand in correct order.  If you are Hispanic, Native American or Caucasian, then reverse them.  Either way, they are highly preventable.

That’s it in a semi-coated nutshell.  It is why I left my field to start this business venture.  There are those who believe I must be raking in business as a nurse & personal trainer hand over fist.  I also started taking on clients who are on a plethora of medications, as well as facing a host of health challenges–such as post cardiac rehab.  But this for me is not about money.  If it were, I would’ve stopped long ago.  I do wish business was better.  I do wish I had more clients.  It would be great to have over 20K followers.  But what I may lack in numbers or followers is what I more than make up for in content.

No you won’t see me posing in my sports bra & tight workout gear.  Or shaming those who are not into being a size 4.  What will you see in this coming year?

  1.  Added content–not just “eat this not that” crap.  Content which reflects real life challenges such as cancer and recovery
  2. Added podcasts–I delved into doing podcasts this past year.  Will being upping my game on that
  3. Cleaner layout
  4. More online presence

That’s just a few of the tidbits I have on tap for 2020.  After all, this is supposed to be the year of seeing clearly.  Well, guess it time for me to be seen.


All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

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Diabetes. High blood pressure or hypertension.  Kidney disease.  What are these?  Is there a common denominator?  There can be.

Recently, the White House signed an executive order aimed at defraying the cost of kidney treatment; i.e. dialysis.

However, if you were to ask the casual observer or listener “how exactly do you wind up on dialysis?” few would know.  Unless they themselves or close relative or friend utilized dialysis, they would be hard pressed to answer.

Do you know?

For most of my nursing career, this was my specialty.  All apologies to those of you who’ve heard this story before.

Over the next couple of posts, I will be touching on the topics of diabetes, hypertension, and how they can be major players in kidney disease.  After all, it is a direct lead in to why I do what I do today.

So, if this is something that is of interest to you, or you have been diagnosed with any or all of these, stay tuned.  This ride, I promise won’t be as bumpy.  After all, if you are living with any of these, your ride is bumpy enough.


All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.


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 We all have a story to tell.  Since the revamp of this blog, from Personal Training to Life Training w/Crystal, I am interested in expanding my focus.  Because of my nursing background, this puts me in a unique position–to discuss topics that most personal training only blogs/sites may not tackle.

Therefore, I would like to hear from you if you living with:

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

High Blood Pressure–whether controlled by lifestyle changes, medication, or both

On or soon will be on dialysis

Cardiac Rehab

You may wonder why I’ve chosen these issues specifically.  These represent most of what I have encountered in my career.  As both nurse and personal trainer, I am interested in how you are  managing.  Medication? Lifestyle, diet, exercise?  Combination thereof?  How is this working for you?  What challenges do you face?

I sincerely hope when I do hear from you, you are interested in sharing your stories with my readers.

I am not offering advice, nor am I trying to take the place of your physician or nurse practitioner.   I am simply interested in A Day in Your Life.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.


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healthy living waterfall  As we begin our journey into the topic of women & heart disease, I’d like to set the tone.  Those of you who read faithfully, bear with me.

As a new nurse, I was about to discharge one of my 1st patients from a busy med-surg floor.  Her MD (a rare one indeed) delivered her post hospital stay instructions himself.  This patient, obviously didn’t realize what a gem she had.  When I returned to her room, she casually asked me to call him back in.  “I think I was sleeping; or something, maybe I just wasn’t paying attention” was her excuse. At least she was honest.  Though young and new to the profession, I didn’t lack courage to speak my mind.  I told her I would try to reach him.  However, I reinforced she is ultimately responsible for her own health.  “Just who’s in charge of my care?” she continued.  I replied,”you are.”

That experience indeed set the tone for the way I choose to practice.  Then as now, I believe no one should know your body better than you.  Too often, we put ourselves in the hands of another–MD, nurse, personal trainer, before we are taught to attune to what our bodies are telling us.  Each of us have idiosyncrasies–unique ways in which we respond to medications, exercise, as well as circumstances.  Do you know what elevates your heart rate?  For me, a cup of green tea can do it–albeit mildly.  Running around a track in 90 + heat takes little toll on me, but jumping jack squats?  I’m fighting back nausea, struggling to keep my stomach contents from making an appearance.  These are my idiosyncrasies.  Do you know yours?


Most of us realize the correlation between blood pressure, stress, and of course, anger.  Just like the co-worker who’s irritable at 9am, but ok by 10, or our realization that the lot is full by 8, but we can still find a parking spot at 7:45, we learn to adapt.  We leave 15 minutes early; we avoid grumpy cat till at least 10:15.  But what exactly is the cost of that adaptation, if we are talking stress and hypertension?  Yes, blood pressure will rise, because your stress level is up.  Yet what if stays there?

Before you answer, do you know what your blood pressure is at rest?  Your heart rate?  Plenty of expensive and inexpensive gadgets around to help you find out.

What’s the point of these questions?  To help you become acquainted with what makes you, well, you.

Slowly but surely, healthcare practitioners are discovering there is no “one size fits all” medicine.  There never was this mythical standard; only signs & symptoms which are common to certain disease processes.   Before we delve into one such process–women & heart disease–inventory is necessary.


How many days a week do you exercise?  How long do you spend doing it?  What type of exercise do you do?  Do you become short of breath easily, even after a mild workout?

Do you take medication?  If so, for what?  How long have you been on it?  When’s the last time it has been re-evaluated?  If you have started an exercise program, has your medication required adjustment?  Is your healthcare practitioner aware of your program?

What is your resting heart rate?  Blood pressure?  Do you know?

Have you been told to lose weight? If so, by whom? (Facebook “what’s your excuse” fit mom and air brushed media images don’t count)  Why were you told to lose weight?

These are just a few questions for which you should have an answer, before beginning a fitness routine.  They are part of my questionnaire, prior to taking new clients.

They should also be part of your knowledge base.  Risk factors, healthy living, and wellness are only terms–terms which are meaningless unless you know who you are, before deciding what you want to become.

Next post–Risk Factors.  More importantly, what you can do about them.

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