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Welcome to TJ Tells It, your straight talk guide to the fitness lifestyle for the woman looking to begin a fitness journey or looking for a dose of weekly inspiration with a real accounting of lessons learned (the good and the bad) by a non-traditional fitness junkie.

woman runner standing on field at track

I am TJ and I am telling my fitness journey so you can have a journey of your own! I am here to help you get started and always keep moving forward.

I help newbies and non-traditional runner, walker, weightlifter, fitness junkie to begin a journey that will continue for a lifetime. The idea is that the journey is one step at a time. Not every step will look the same. Actually, I strive to help you find the steps that work for you. Also, I show you that every choice, squat, morsel, and thought is a step in the journey keeping you always moving forward.

Have you ever said:
  • I could never run, lift weights, take a spin class, complete a 5K, 10K or even a marathon
  • I don’t have time to workout
  • I don’t look like a fit person
  • I need to lose weight before I start working out
  • I need to get faster before I do a race
  • I can’t lift weights because I don’t know where to start
Are you:
  • Afraid to go to the gym because you don’t know where to start
  • Dreading the first mile
  • Confused about how to fuel for your runs
  • Lacking inspiration after the last big event

If any of these thoughts apply to you, then you are in the right place! I know what it feels like to be the slowest person in a race. I know what it feels like to be in a new group fitness class. I know the frustration of losing inspiration along the way.

A little more about me:

I am a person who went from couch potato to dabbler to running and working out with a purpose. I want everyone to try a new workout. I am a person who loves to motivate others by trying something new — new groups, new nutrition or new distances with my story from the party in the back finisher forward.

A few random facts to help you get to know me:
  • Zoey is my dog who is a drama queen and sweetheart (with a penchant for sighing and mini-blind destruction)!

    It’s hard being Zoey sometimes!
  • I read a lot (Over 100 books or audiobooks in 2016). If someone recommends a book I will read it. I hoard library cards to support my book habit
  • I love food–shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, talking about it
  • I was born in Belgium courtesy of the US Army but grew up in Georgia
  • I love a good deal–I coupon, earn points and share my methods
  • I am a cancer survivor
  • I will tell you the truth if asked
  • I am a Southern Cal Trojan FIGHT ON!
  • I don’t like to wear shoes but I appreciate the pretty ones.

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