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Meet Me

pamela-scanlonI’m Pam. However you ended up here, I’m excited to connect with you. I build my life around creating meaningful connections: with God, with my family, and with the amazing people in my life.

As I do all the blessings in my life, I view my physical self as a gift from God that houses my Spirit. This is a crazy important job if I want to live life with energy and vitality. If I want my body to serve me, then I need to treat it in a loving, nurturing, and respectful way. My personal philosophy is that the more aligned I keep my body and Spirit, the happier I feel and the more light I can shine into the world.

Bio

-Bachelor’s of Psychology

-Master’s Degree in Health & Wellness Promotion

-International Sports Sciences Association Personal Training Certification

-American Council on Exercise Health Coach Certification

-Kids Yogaverse Certification

I have more than 10 years of experience working in the health and wellness field. My career began as a home-based counselor for troubled adolescents, after which I became a Personal Trainer for adults. My passion for working with children and families led to a position at  Children’s Hospital, where I implemented a family-based lifestyle intervention for adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since becoming a mother, my heart has been pulled toward incorporating spiritual and emotional development into my work. I believe that the key to making long-lasting lifestyle changes is to understand the emotions that trigger our unhealthy behaviors and to learn constructive, heart-healing alternatives.

What Jazzes Me Up

What jazzes me up is anything related to the wonderful and ever-evolving world of wellness. I steal moments throughout my day (while running, cooking, driving, running, folding laundry, etc.) to indulge (my husband would call it something of an obsession) in audiobooks, podcasts and YouTube videos related to my two favorite topics: spirituality development and connected parenting.

Two more things that jazz me up are working out and food! I am a group exercise junkie but have also developed affection for my solo early morning workouts in my home gym. I love to run outside when the weather is beautiful and always look forward to my weekly yoga class. I am also a total foodie!! Yes, I value health and fitness AND love great food (and great wine!). I give myself the freedom to enjoy food while being mindful about selecting food that will taste and feel good not only on my tongue but once in my tummy. I consider my way of relating to food my art. I look forward to teaching you tips and techniques for developing this art for yourself.

Read on to find out how my passion for healthy living was born. I hope that by reading my story you will find inspiration for your own journey to greater well-being.

How I Got Here

One afternoon, while watching Oprah, I experienced one of her famous Aha! moments. Oprah advised me (and millions of others) to figure out what I love and turn that passion into a career. From the depths of my subconscious, the words “Personal Trainer” flashed across my mental screen, making me actually laugh out loud. My whole life, I considered myself the least athletic person I knew. How did I find my way to a place where I would even consider pursuing a Personal Trainer certification?

I wasn’t born with any athletic inclination. In fact, I still get nauseous thinking about gym class! There was just one physical activity where I felt comfortable in my body: dance. When I learned to walk, I started to dance. But my love for dance soared when I got the Physical album by Olivia Newton-John for Christmas and the Flashdance soundtrack for my birthday a few years later. Despite my passion, I was too self-conscious and too wrapped up in my negative body image to consider putting on a leotard and taking dance classes. 

My body image would haunt me for years to come. In high school, like many teens, I experimented with various disordered eating behaviors. Fortunately, I found balance and solace in my love for learning. I taught myself about nutrition, paid more attention to the quality of food I ate, and decided to try out some solo exercise in the comfort of my own living room. Gilad Janklovitz and his sister Ada, and of course, the timeless Denise Austin paved the way for me to begin to understand how to create the physique I longed for in a safe, beneficial way.

My living room aerobic instructors and the results they provided broke me from my shell. In college, I started taking a group aerobics class (remember those!?), and got over my fear of the gym. Stepping successfully into group classes not only boosted my self-esteem but apparently my endorphins. One day after class, I even mustered up the courage to try out for the University’s Concert Dance Company – something my childhood self never could have imagined. Apparently my solo Flashdance performances paid off because I made the team!

In my later 20s, my love of learning struck again: I decided to teach myself to run. Other than a forced and halfhearted jog for the Presidential Fitness testing in my dreaded gym class, I had never run a mile in my life. It took a little while, but now I have a beautiful handful of 5K and half-marathon medals.

I found the balance of exercise and nutrition one baby step at a time, and experimented until I found the plan that worked for me. It’s a work in progress – I’m always adding strategies to my repertoire.  No matter what your age or experience, you can do the same. All you need is an open mind and a willing heart.

Who’s On My Journey

Motherhood is its own special balancing act, and I am the mother of three beautiful, bright-eyed boys. They’re radically and wonderfully different but share some traits: they’re loving, cuddly, affectionate, intelligent and boys’ boys. That means they’re totally silly, sometimes deafeningly loud, rough with each other (and my long-suffering house) most of the day and as “are you serious?”-ly messy as possible! I love being a mother and I know that expressing myself, my passions, my insights and authentic spirit only make me a better role model for my sons. 

I am married to the love of my life. He is a loving, dedicated father but is rarely home because he coaches all of my boys’ teams and plays on his own. My family keeps me busy, but I try every day to prioritize my wellness and use my kids as a reason, not as an excuse. My husband and I are their most important role models. If we don’t make healthy choices and take care of ourselves, why should they? And how will they learn to do so?

Now it’s your turn! I want to hear from you. Shoot me an email and I will respond personally to your thoughts, questions and comments.