Confessions of a Fitness Coach – My Passion ISN’T Fitness

I’m a health and fitness coach, and my passion isn’t fitness?!… 

I’m not the mom who used to play sports in high school or college and is now trying to get my body back or rediscover that passion now that my kids are no longer babies. I’m a 41-year-old mom of two who never had that body to begin with and is just now getting it! If you already know my story, you know that gym class, for me, was a source of high anxiety, zero fun, and deep embarrassment – from elementary school to high school. I struggled with low self-esteem and poor body image for decades of my life. I had a serious case of the ‘I can’ts’ throughout those years. Physical activity was not even on my radar as something I would even consider fun, and I wasn’t willing to even try to make it part of my day.   It's never too late to be what you might have been

 Now that you know this, it may seem odd to you to hear me excited about workout programs and progressing my fitness level. It might even seem a little fake or exaggerated. I get that. Sometimes I have to double-check myself, wondering how this happened that I actually do get excited over these things. I always thought that was something that just ‘wasn’t me.’ Truth be told, when I show enthusiasm over exercise, it is genuine. But do you want to know another truth? I’m not always excited to work out. I don’t wake up bright eyed and perky ready to exercise every morning. There are a lot of mornings it’s the last thing I want to do. I have to convince myself. There are days I go through the motions of the workout, but it’s not really fun or what I want to be doing. I’d rather be sitting on the couch reading, or in the kitchen cooking, or still in bed sleeping.  

Why do I do it then? And how can a fitness coach who isn’t passionate about fitness possibly help others with their fitness?! Because what I do as an exerciser and a coach plugs right in to what I am most passionate about: I am a coach so I can help other moms

~sharing tools with moms who want to set healthy examples for their children

~showing moms how to carve out time to nurture, pamper, and care for themselves

~inspiring moms who love to be home spending their days with their kids but have a passion to do more than that and a drive to feel empowered, successful, and whole doing something that is their own

[Tweet “my passion is inspiring moms who love to be home with their kids but have a passion to DO more…”]

~helping moms to discover/recover their confidence and feeling good about themselves

~bringing family nutrition, self-care, stress relief techniques, and fitness together to help busy moms thrive


When I push through and do the workout anyway, even when I’m not ‘in the mood,’ my energy is improved, my mood is boosted, I feel nurtured, I am more motivated to make healthy eating choices, I’m more productive throughout the day, I am able to be more and do more for myself and my family, and my body feels healthier – stronger – sexier. I am motivated to project these feelings out into the world, seeking out other moms who long to feel this way too. 

 I exercise because









When I manage to inspire other moms to be more, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. That is why I coach. That is why anyone with a drive to be healthy themselves and a passion to be more can also coach. “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

 [Tweet “anyone with a drive to be healthy themselves and a passion to BE MORE can also coach. BE the change you want to see in the world.”]

Whether your passion is fitness or not, if this post spoke to you, I’d love to connect with you and hear your story! Please e-mail me at or comment below!

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2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Fitness Coach – My Passion ISN’T Fitness”

  1. This definitely spoke to me! In high school I never thought I was skinny enough. I was a sickly girl who wanted to be fit and healthy, but was just the opposite – always sick with colds and allergies, aches and pains. As a very young adult I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which didn’t help me feel all that great about myself. I’ve always been a health and wellness enthusiast, but let the Allopathic medical community dictate my Fibro treatment. Five years ago I gave that up, went all-natural and organic in EVERY aspect of my life, took up yoga and meditation (again), and haven’t looked back since. I still have days where I can’t and don’t want to move around too much, but I try hard never to give up. There will always be good days and bad days, but the important thing is to keep trying. 😉

    1. leahborski

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Michelle! Definitely never give up! I think that having a physical issue that so constantly reminds you to take very good care of your body could feel like both a blessing and a curse. I really applaud you for accepting that there will be both good and bad days, and just continuing to do the work necessary to hopefully tip the scales in favor of the good ones. 🙂

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