Families on the Move: Staying Fit & Having
Families on the Move is an Athens Parent Magazine Initiative
with the support of WoW!
Boot Camp, Friends
of Southeast Clarke Park and MYM Marketing & Public Relations.
So ... there it was. My moment of TRUTH! I had been
in a six year funk. I existed in a pretty consistent state
of grumpiness, insecurity, irritability, sluggishness, and blame. If
only he (he being the husband) would change ... then I would be
I was completely convinced my husband should take
full responsibility for my unhappiness/funk by changing HIS ways! So
much so, I dragged him into our preacher's office one rainy afternoon
for a consult. (Let me take a moment to point out that my
sweet husband had a job he was pleased with, was a caring and responsible
father, and trained and competed seasonally as a triathlete and
marathon runner. As a result, he was in the best shape of
his life!) I, on the other hand, had packed on 40 pounds,
wasn't training for a darn thing, was currently unemployed and
didn't have a single hobby. So, the preacher listened to
my list of complaints and my suggestions on how Michael should
change. I demanded that Michael help more around the house,
be more concerned about me, spend less time exercising (to be available
to help more around the house, of course).
nodded. He smiled. Then he turned to me. To ME! He
said, "April, what are YOU doing to feel better about yourself?" If
that weren't enough, he then proceeded to bring up the taboo subject
of all subjects. My weight! He asked, "If you're unhappy
with your weight, what are YOU doing about it?" "What
are YOUR hobbies?" I gulped... I gasped... I stammered. I'd
been hit with a humbling 2x4 of truth, by my preacher no less. I
had a lump of emotion the size of a tri bike in my throat. I
had nowhere to run. I cried. I paused. I decided
to look the TRUTH straight in the eye. There's a reason they
say, "The TRUTH will set you free," and boy, has it ever! My
amazing family hasn't been the same since. (Thank you Dr.
I didn't know where to begin but discovered that
when you're willing to do whatever it takes and will let go of
that last (most likely ridiculous) excuse you're holding on to,
the beginning will find you! All the support you need is
out there! Plus, amazingly
enough, the answers already live within us.
began taking responsibility for setting the standard of fitness
and health for the entire family. We became a
family on the move. I led by example. I joined Weight
Watchers (and lost the 40 pounds), joined a tennis team at Bishop
Park and hired my current personal trainer, Orlando Green. I
began running again and taking the Tuesday/Thursday EARLY morning
spin classes with Stacey at the YMCA. We haven't had cable
in six years, so none of us are parked in front of the TV. As
a family, we began biking from our house in Homewood Hills to 5
Points for dinner. We shot basketballs, canoed, threw footballs
and baseballs, played hop scotch, 4 square, and hula‑hooped. We
also enjoy the comrade and fun we have with other families on
the move, like the Alex's. Together, our families played
soccer on Thanksgiving, ran at the track Christmas Eve and started
the 2007 New Year with a 5K road race at Sandy Creek Park. Who
says holidays have to be centered around food and alcohol?!
I discovered healthy eating was as integral a part
of good health and fitness as exercise. So my children, Sam
and Janie, helped me count out 10 chips (salsa only - no cheese
dip for me, please!) at our favorite Mexican restaurant we now
visit only one time a month as opposed to one time a day. We
began talking about being over weight and the quality of life that
one lives in that state. We discuss fat grams, protein, fruits
and veggies. We
eat brown rice, whole grain products, turkey (about a 100 different
ways) fish, fruits, veggies and even have a "healthy snack bowl"
on the kitchen table.
As the transformation took place, people began to
take notice. I
found I was continually being asked, "How?" Always
passionate about my response, I discovered I had a burning desire
to provide others with a pathway to a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Out
of this desire was born WoW! Boot Camp (www.wowbootcamp.net). A
fitness business the entire family is proud of!
It's been an amazing journey since that day in the
preacher's office. Today,
my family's life is filled with fitness and fun! With baseball,
gymnastics, triathlons and road races we are a family on the move
... staying fit and having fun!
April Williams is the founder and president of WoW! Fitness
a certified group fitness instructor, certified running instructor,
co‑active life coach, lifetime member of Weight Watchers,
an accomplished marathon runner and a budding triathlete. She's
been married to Michael for over 14 years and is the proud mother
of Sam, 10 and Janie 7.