What a busy year!!
I wasn’t lying last year when I said that 2013 was going to be even busier than 2012. 2013 proved to be jammed-packed with many large events, trips, and a ton of new memories!
What does Optimal Health look like to you?
2013 was definitely the year of both Rob and I changing our lifestyle to get healthy. It all started back in July of 2012 when a high-school friend called me to have a basic conversation. She wanted to catch up and see what I had been up to since high school and to reconnect. One question she asked me was, “What does Optimal Health look like to you?” She had recently lost close to 85 pounds on a program that she was very excited to share. I told her that “Optimal Health to me was to be able to walk up several flights of stairs without getting winded, to not shop in the plus sized stores, to have a better outlook on life, and to not be emotionally addicted to food.” She invited me to listen to her explain the program that she was on and that she was now paying it forward to help others like myself achieve their own Optimal Health goals. October of 2012, I started my own weight loss journey with guidance of my friend who is now my health coach who gives me the support that I need to continue to stay focused on my weight loss program. She is teaching me how to keep the weight off while losing it. Since October, I am down 60 pounds and have went from a size 20 pant down to a 12/14 (depending on the cut). I honestly never thought that I would be this small again. In June of this year, Rob jumped on the same program and he is currently down 50 pounds. He never thought such program would work for him as he thought he would be constantly hungry. The program proved him wrong, and at times I have to remind him to eat!
If you would like to know more about the program that Rob and I have been successful on, I would love to have a basic phone conversation with you! If you are already at your healthy weight but know of someone else in your various social circles (family, friends, work, social groups) please forward them my information.
Amy Schumaker (phone: 203-516-8913/email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Work & School:
In January I started my last semester as an undergraduate student at Cleveland State. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at Adoption Network Cleveland (ANC) and saw how a macro non-profit organization is run and how it helps citizens in the community. In April, ANC co-hosted the American Adoption International Conference in Cleveland. I was invited to be a panelist for one of the workshops and spoke about my personal views in an open adoption. From what I heard after the workshop, people were saying that it was one of the best workshops of the entire week. I felt honored to have been able to participate with some amazing people in the adoption world. In May, I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with many honors including: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Alpha (National Social Work Honors Society), Golden Key International Honors Society, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership & Success. I wore so many honor medallions, I felt like Olympian Michael Phelps walking across the stage to receive my college degree. My parents were able to come out and spend a few days in Cleveland for the special event. While they were in town, we did a little bit of Cleveland site-seeing which included the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Mother’s Day drive out to one of the lighthouses about an hour west of Cleveland.
Rob completed his first full year at Central Connecticut State University. He is still enjoying his teaching and he says being around the students keeps him young, though at times he feels old when he sees the year that the incoming freshman were born. Work has taken him to several SAP training conferences throughout this past year. One in January down in Texas, two weeks in Southern Georgia just after my graduation, and then one in Montreal, Quebec in June. He has been invited to be the keynote speaker at a conference this coming February in Southern Switzerland.
As for work, I have two different jobs. In January, I became a Certified Health Coach. I assist individuals across the country to achieve their health goals while teaching them how to maintain their weight loss once they get to their desired goal weight. I love assisting others and look forward to helping even more individuals. My clients typically lose 2-5 pounds in the first week and 1-2 pounds each week after. In October, I started working a full time job at Lincoln Technical Institute as one of the New Student Advisors. Lincoln Technical Institute is a vocational school that teaches individuals job skills for a number of different trades. The campus that I am at specializes in Automotive, Diesel engines, Collision Repair, Motorcycles, Welding, HVAC, and Electrical (business & residential). As a New Student Advisor, I help newly enrolled students (typically newly graduated High School Students) and their families through the admission process by being yet another form of contact on campus. I fit right in with the rest of the staff in the admissions office. I was given compliments from our National Manager at Lincoln Tech just two weeks after starting working there, when she felt that I could handle another responsibility of scheduling Financial Aid Estimate appointments when the outside field reps are in a family’s home enrolling a student. The reps can call me up to 11pm seven days a week. I do think this is going to be a very good fit for me.
‘On the Road Again’:
I have really been blessed to have married someone who loves to travel so much. I would have never thought that in the 6 years that Rob and I have been married that I would have seen so much of the United States and other countries! This year, Rob and I both were able to color in several states and a few foreign tropical countries on our world map. We started that in March where we took a 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami for my Spring Break Trip. This was our first cruise and definitely not our last. We only were sick one night but then found our sea legs for the rest of the trip and enjoyed visiting Cozumel, Belize, Roatan Honduras and lastly Grand Cayman. Rob caught the cruising bug, and shortly after getting home he had our second cruise of the year booked, which was a 7-day Alaskan Cruise in August. The Alaskan Cruise was one of the coolest trips I have ever been on and we both said that we would definitely go back!! Once we were back in Seattle, Rob and I were able to color in Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory, which means that we have been to 49/50 states! We are only missing Hawaii! While keeping warm at a coffee shop in Juneau, Alaska, Rob looked just for fun to see how much cruises would be for Christmas. Later that day, we were standing at the Future Cruise desk booking our third cruise of the year. We will be celebrating Christmas 2013 down in the Bahamas.
In June we packed up our Cleveland house moved back to Connecticut. Just one day after unloading the truck, we were driving north to spend a week in Montreal, Quebec. In July, I drove to Nashville and spent a week with 3,000 other health coaches at the Gaylord Opry Mills Hotel, mastering our craft in order to better serve those who are in need. I then spent a couple days with my sister and her family. My niece and nephew were very excited to have me down for a few days and were sad to see their “Auntie May-me” leave when it was time to go home.
August was spent out on the road. Rob and I broke in our new Subaru Forrester by driving from Hartford, CT to Portland, Oregon. The drive out took about four days and I was able to make a quick pit stop in Nebraska to have dinner with my Grandma Donna Morse. We then spent a week in Oregon visiting various friends & family while attending a health coach training session. After our Alaskan Cruise, we then took our time driving home and stopped at some of our nation’s famous spots such as, Yellowstone National Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug, and the Jolly Green Giant Statue located in Blue Earth, Minnesota. Due to all of our traveling, we did not attend any Major League Baseball games this year. We are hoping to attend a Boston Red Sox game in the early part of the 2014 season as well as many New Britain Rock Cat games (AA Team for the Minnesota Twins) throughout the 2014 season. Lastly, I was able to spend a couple days throughout the summer and early fall in Cleveland visiting some of my friends who I left behind.
Rob and I are looking forward to what 2014 brings us. I am sure there will be at least one trip out west to visit family in Oregon, a few quick road trips to Ohio and for our anniversary in May we will be sailing the Southern Caribbean Seas, on the Carnival Freedom.
We do hope that you all have a wonderful holiday and best wishes to the upcoming year!
Best & Healthy Wishes,
Amy & Rob Schumaker