My name is Suzanne Thomas, and I love animals and fitness! My story starts almost 5 years ago when I decided that being stationary was no longer benefiting me. I wanted to be happy – this emotion was seriously lacking in many aspects of my life, and I decided that needed to change. I spent a few months trying to figure out what to do, but the change finally happened when I no longer had a choice. After a terrifying doctor’s appointment, where I found out that if I didn’t change something I could die, I had a heart to heart with my best friend – Charlie, my (at the time – 1 year old) pug. We sat together and he snorted at me while I cried and promised him that I’d do everything I could to be there for him. Little did I know that my promise would mean more than I thought!
I embarked on a journey to lose weight, simultaneously began a four year program to become a veterinary technician. In three and a half years I took and passed my VTNE (veterinary technician national exam) and was offered an amazing opportunity to work with amazing doctors at a large specialty hospital in the oncology department. I also lost just about 100lbs and fell in love with fitness and health in general. During this time I began working on fitness certifications and I am currently a certified Les Mills Body Pump instructor and an AFAA certified group fitness instructor.
Many who know me know that I am constantly looking for a challenge – whether it be physical or otherwise. With this blog, I hope to bring quality information to help you, the reader, learn how to get started – and how to stick to your healthier habits by documenting my own journey. I hope to not only help you, but help your pets. I truly believe that it is with our own struggles that we can learn and teach others to be stronger, work harder, and push farther!
Please feel free to contact me if there is anything you’d like to learn about, and if you live in the lower Hudson Valley, NY area and are interested in a more hands-on program (for you and/or your pets) please contact me for pricing and availability!
Background and Education:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Focus: Business Management (Pace University)
Bachelor of Science, Focus: Veterinary Technology (Mercy College)
Licensed Veterinary Technician, New York State
Advanced Certified Les Mills Body Pump Instructor (AIM 1 complete)
AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
Things I’ve done:
North Face Challenge 5k – May 2012
North Face Challenge 10k – May 2013
The Bronx 10 mile road race – September 2013
Les Mills Body Pump instructor training – February 2014
North Face Challenge half marathon – May 2014
AFAA Group Fitness Certification – September 2014
Les Mills Super Quarterly NY – October 2014
Les Mills AIM 1: Body Pump – December 2014
Spartan Sprint – Tuxedo, NY – June 2015
Spartan Super – Palmerton, PA – July 2015
Les Mills AIM 2: Body Pump – August 2015
Spartan Beast – Killington, VY – September 2015
Spartan Stadium Sprint – Citifield – May 2016
Spartan Sprint – Tuxedo, NY – June 2016
Festivus Games – October 2016