My Fitness Career and Child #3

The first time it happened my youngest was just a baby. I had just finished teaching a class and a woman from LA who had been in the class came up to me. “What are you doing in Waco, Texas? You should be in LA or New York!” She was so complimentary and it made me feel great, but I just brushed it off. Fast-forward more than a decade and situations similar to that one are not entirely uncommon. Many have said I should do more than I am, that I could be “big” in the fitness world if I put myself out there. “If you created a YouTube channel, you could be traveling around and really be known!” “You should work to have a strong social media presence and then sell your workouts or create your own workout program and get out there and promote it.” The idea sounds cool and tempting. I begin to think, “I could do that! Why not?” But there is always something holding me back. It’s not fear or lack of confidence. It’s not self-doubt because I know that any talent or gifting I have in this area comes from God. If He called me to “go big,” I would follow. It’s something entirely different. It’s this cute thing called Child #3.


I have three kids. Two are in college. Wow. It’s weird just typing that. In the summer of 1999, I was home with two small children and I prayed for a skill. I had a degree in Communications, but I wanted a specific “skill” that I could form into a career. I prayed and God delivered in a big way. I started teaching fitness classes and it took off. My classes were exploding and I was a happy camper. I worked hard to keep my career manageable. I was able to teach my classes in the morning while still getting to be a part of my kiddos activities. And activities there were…. select soccer, select basketball, track, volleyball, cross-country, etc. During the early stages of my fitness career, Child #3 hit the scene. Poor, sweet baby, he was dragged to everything. Most moms say that because their last child is dragged everywhere, they are easy going, but I think it’s God’s mercy. He gives us happy, pliable last children because He knows we would lose it otherwise.

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Oh, that sweet Child #3. I know that without a doubt, if I decided to take this fitness thing to the next level, he would be fine. I don’t know if I would be though. It’s just how God has wired me. I don’t want to miss out on his stuff. I want to finish this motherhood thing strong. I don’t want to give Child #3 less than I gave Children #1 and 2. With two in college, I look back and realize what a quick ride this has been. It’s been a blur. A wonderful, difficult, fun, crazy, busy, exciting blur.

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So, who knows what will happen? I’ve slowly been adding more to my schedule as we’ve ushered two kids out the door and as Child #3 has gotten older. If God changes my heart and gives me the desire to ramp things up, awesome. If not, I’m cool with being a big fitness fish in a small pond instead of being world famous. In the meantime, I’ll just wait and enjoy what I have. In four short years, that sweet, fun Child #3 will be out the door. Maybe that will be “go time” for me. Of course, I may be leading “Chair Aerobics” by then! Come to think of it, I don’t know of a famous YouTube channel dedicated to that. I’ve got four years to plan. Get your chairs ready, world!

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  1. Kim Morrison on August 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Man, he’s cute!
    Well done, you chose wisely to invest in him. His soul is eternal, careers and fame are not. Thank you for your testimony to us as mothers to lay down our own interests for the interest of others (Phil. 2:4). But, keep me in mind for those chair aerobics videos!

    • Ulrica Fontenot on August 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Great blog. No regrets when you do it God’s way. The sacrifices are worth more than Gold.

    • Carmen Gaitan Sampson on August 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, you are a great instructor, true inspiration to all, and your posts & pictures show your devotion to your family at home. Thank you

  2. Rita on August 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Great story! As a fitness trainer and now a mother of 4 I hear your struggles. Fitness careers allow us to work around our families schedules but yes to take it to the next level would mean not as much family time. You made the right choice. I hear you on the chair aerobics! Lol

  3. kamyalejokamy on August 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    beautiful and inspiring thank you

  4. Angie on August 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Oh momma you know I can SO relate to this post (not the world class fitness instructor part , but the child # 3 part) I love following you on social media because you’re YOU! You are doing the work while being honest and encouraging and staying true to who you are as a mom and instructor. Love that. And…my kids are the EXACT same age span as yours which is wild. Most of the time I’m in no-momma-land with this weird age gap. Nice to know someone who’s been there and done that and still smiling . Poor Brady is dragged around everywhere too and you’re SO right that it is by HIS MERCY we are able to do this tough thing called parenthood.
    Well done SB!! Well done.

  5. Nicole Gallegos on August 6, 2015 at 3:22 am

    God has surrounded me by people like you! Inspirations, huge gifts, contentment, fulfillment in the now. I am so encouraged to be thankful and content in the gifts he’s given me as “just a mom”. I have a worship leader at church that produces cd’s and has finally made some songs to iTunes and people have said the same for him in his talents but he continues to be the big fish in a small pond too. Somehow I feel as though I just got blessed in my stage of life to see all of these great talents and gifts being used for the Lord and not have to share with the galaxy! Thanks for being who you are and blessing so many. I miss your classes right now but I will surely come to the “chair classes” haha!

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