From Missouri to Colorado, Jamie and I go way back to a small town called Warsaw.

Both of us grew up in small town Missouri where Jamie was my Sunday school teacher many years ago. Little did we know our paths would once again cross in Colorado, where we both now reside. 

Since becoming a VIP client five months ago, Jamie has lost a total of 38 pounds and inspires me on a daily basis. She is truly the ideal client who wants a lifestyle change instead of another quick fix. Jamie is a shining example of commitment, dedication, and perseverance on a journey that is often difficult.  

She's gone from only doing brisk walking in her workouts to now sprinting and taking on outdoor hiking. 

One of the things I challenge all of my clients to do is get outdoors more. The past two months I've given Jamie a local hiking guide challenge to encourage her to continue getting outside and pushing herself past her usual limits when it comes to both distance and elevation gain on trails.  

Here's a bit of her story from the beautiful trails of Colorado:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, including what state you live in? I just turned 41 and am from Missouri.

I moved to Colorado 2 years ago. Ever since moving to CO I have wanted to get more active and enjoy this beautiful state. 

What first inspired you to take on the goal of starting to hike?

A lot of my colleagues hike and bring in these amazing pictures of the great views. I wanted to be able to enjoy the real thing and not just through pictures. 

What has prepared you physically to be able to take on challenges like this?

The workouts that Rachel gives me. Not only do I work on cardio, but also strength training. I am stronger and don't struggle to breath during exercise as I did when I first started working with her five months ago.  

What's the longest hike you hope to take on this year?

I haven't quite decided on what the longest hike I want to do is, but one goal I have is to go back to Rocky Mountain National Park and hike the trail that I did with my sister last year. We almost didn't make it, because I didn't think I could. I had to stop and sit down several times. So, I want to conquer that and even go farther than we did before. 

Tell us about your favorite trekk so far?

 My favorite is probably the one we just hiked a few weeks ago at Bluffs Regional Park in Lone Tree. My favorite part was I finished it. I was doubtful at times. I would think we were at the top and then we would come across another incline. I had to stop a couple of times and get a drink of water and catch my breath. But I did finish, I found the parking lot again, and I know I couldn't have done that 5 months ago. 

What lessons have you learned from your hikes that have been applicable to your everyday life?

Being outside is good for the soul. It lets me refocus. I find an inner peace. I love sunshine. It makes me happy. 

What piece of advice would you give to other women who are considering taking on more outdoor adventure?

Do it! Even if you think you can't. Start out slow. Everyone has to start somewhere. I started by going for walks in my neighborhood. Do has much as you can and try to build off of that.  

If you could go one place in the world for an outdoor adventure, where would you go and what would you do?

Oh my gosh! I'm sure there are a lot of things I'm not thinking of right now, but one thing I would love to do is go swimming with dolphins. I want to be able to go snorkeling and run on the beach. The last time I was at a beach I could barely keep up walking with family. I've always felt too big for a wet suit. So, that is ideal to me.  

Thank you Jamie for inspiring us all!