Hello, and welcome to Square One.
My name is Kendra. I used to be obese. Then I lost over 90 pounds, found a new career in health and wellness, and ran a marathon. Then I got married, and then I had a baby. Then my husband got a new job, and now we’re moving, and now I’m living at my parents’ house while we make this transition. On top of many, many other transitions: recent, past, and ongoing.
You see, I am back at Square One, with weight to lose (again), sleeping in my old room (again), wearing the same size I did in college (for me, not a good thing!), searching for “what’s next” in a way one really does not expect to be doing (again) when one’s 40th year is in sight.
Aren’t we all at Square One? Every day dawns with you at the starting line. You’re at Square One. Every day is a new chance to do something great, or to build on something great; to start over, or to change direction. If you’re cynical, then every day is a new chance to screw up. But if you’re a wee bit more positively inclined, then every day is a chance to learn something new, to do something right, to improve on yesterday and to move forward.
Square One can be a drag, like Sisyphus leaning on that gigantic boulder and gazing up the mountain to the tiny peak miles away, thinking, “oh man, not again!” Or Square One can be exciting, an opportunity to take charge and make real, positive change that you can build on tomorrow, and the next tomorrow, and eleventy-hundred Tomorrows after that.
It’s up to you!
What can you expect from Square One? News and information from the world of wellness, tips and tricks, and general ramblings and nonsense about health, wellness, fitness, food, and the universe.
You can also expect complete honesty. I never lie. Every day is filled with struggles and choices – every day we choose between the Twinkie and the apple, the stairs and the elevator, the gym and the fast-food joint. I’m right there with you, doing my best to do the right thing, and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I, well … let’s not say “fail.” Let’s say, “fall short of the expectations that I’ve set for myself.” Ah, who are we kidding. Sometimes the chips and salsa just find their way into my gullet, and I’m not going to pretend I’m perfect.
These thoughts, ideas, choices, stories, reflections, and experiences, are mine. I accept responsibility for them because they are mine. I will not, however, accept responsibility for your thoughts, ideas, choices, etc. – ones that you’ve made in the past, or ones that my thoughts, ideas, choices (you get the picture) may motivate you to do. I’m not your mama, and I’m not your personal trainer (although my services can be retained. For the latter). I’m just a person who’s been there and who’s still there.
Yes, I’d be happy to come speak to your group, and yes, I’d love to work with your company on building and fostering a culture of wellness!
Further, many of the thoughts, ideas, etc. were born, obviously, when I was on my weight loss odyssey (the first one, I guess I should say), which began when I lived in Oxford, MS, from 2002 – 2005. The thoughts and ideas began to coalesce when I became a personal trainer and joined the staff at WellWorX Sporting Clubs in Memphis, TN. And things REALLY started to cook when I became the Fitness Director and eventually Corporate Wellness Director there, overseeing our wellness programs at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. At WellWorX, and with St. Jude and Methodist, I had the chance to hone, refine, and share what I’ve learned about living a life of wellness. I would be remiss if I didn’t credit these folks and thank them for the opportunity to say out loud what I’d long been thinking, and to help other people.