I am a 35-year old woman, living in metro Phoenix, addicted to vegetables and exercise, constantly looking for the best way to do whatever it is that I’m working on. I used to be sedentary, fat, and love fast food. If you had shown me a snapshot of today 10 years ago, I would have told you that you must have the wrong woman…

Currently, I am a part-time band and strings teacher in inner-city Phoenix.Β  I am also a certified personal trainer and owner of my own private fitness studio, Second Chance FitCenter. Β I am a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and believe that prevention is better than early detection.

I love talking to people about health and fitness- and about our endless opportunities for change and growth –Β and encourage you to leave comments.

If you want to learn more about me, you can check out the About page on my website.

If you’d like to contact me privately, you can e-mail me at heather at secondchancefit dot com.


8 responses to this post.

  1. I love that you said you are “addicted to vegetables.” Can you help me, and thus my two young kids, get addicted? Ha ha. I didn’t grow up in a house where veggies were big (other than canned corn and frozen peas.) I’d like to eat them more…but I get all excited, go buy a supply, and then a few days later have to toss them because they are all slimy in the veggie drawer in my fridge. I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and I would love to start better habits for them, too. We do great with fruit…really great…but the veggies not-so-much. Thanks!


  2. My advice would be to find recipes that use lots of veggies that you really like. I will be posting recipes every Saturday, and some might appeal. Or even if you have something simple like a stir fry, make the protein-veggie ratio lean more in favor of veggies and less protein.

    If your kids are peanut butter fans, eat it with celery or carrots instead of bread or crackers.

    Eat fresh veggies. They’re SO MUCH BETTER than canned! I can’t stand canned vegetables. Frozen are fine, in the right contexts, but fresh are the best.

    If you want to snack on them, or otherwise eat them raw, clean and cut them as soon as you get home from food shopping (if possible). This does two things: 1- when you want them, they’re already ready; 2- you’ve already put work into them and then not only is the money wasted if you don’t eat them, but the time and effort of preparing them is also wasted.


  3. Posted by Raya on 11 November 2010 at 10:29

    Hi! My name is Raya and I blog at RayaRuns.com. I currently live in Orlando but I’m planning on making a big move to Phoenix at the end of December so I’m checking out other bloggers in that area!! I’ll be reading yours from now on! πŸ™‚


  4. Heather –
    I read through your blog and really like a lot of what you have to say. Since you love to talk about health and fitness, I would like to add you to our mailing list. Please let me know if it is ok and I will do so. If not, that’s ok too! Just let me know.
    Joe (The Rhino)


  5. i am currently on the bus…the hodgkins bus as u so fondly call it… πŸ™‚ but i learned a lot from ur writing. thank u . because just by knowing about u and what uv gone through, i am at peace that i could b a survivor too. πŸ™‚ iv recently started a blog, to cope . πŸ™‚
    thanks again.
    meg –


  6. Hi! I found your blog through the Healthy Living Blogs website – I wanted to let you know about a new website launching for Arizona bloggers. http://azbloggersnetwork.com/ Check it out when you have a chance!


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