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SkyeFitness Squad Highlight: Kimberly Cooper

I've been in Maine for seven years now with my husband, Shawn, and our pup, Luna. It was quite a journey to get here! Before moving to Bangor we lived in the Netherlands for a short time, and before that we lived in Hawaii for seven years! We've had lots of adventures and still love to travel, but we are happy to call this our home. I've been a clinical psychologist for many years now but only recently ventured into the exciting world of private practice - just celebrating my first year anniversary this month. I'm so happy that I decided to take the leap.

1) Why did you choose personal training as opposed to the millions of free programs online?

I had not had any regular exercise practice in YEARS. It was embarrassing how out of shape I was. I knew something had to give. I don't necessarily believe in fate, but it was eerie how it felt like things unfolded for me. It was the day before my 50th birthday when I saw a BDN article about Skye and her business/studio. "It's where?" I walk by that building literally twice a day - on my way to the office and on my way home. "No excuses," I thought - I have to at least check it out. When I met Skye, I found her so warm and encouraging, and suddenly I felt ready and unashamed.

2) What has been our greatest achievement since you've been working out?

It has to be balance and core strength. Historically, I have a special talent for falling. I trip, I bump into things, and I've lost count of how many times I've fallen down the stairs. It's quite satisfying to see progress on the wobble cushion and the BOSU. Ice season is coming - but I feel much more stable and confident these days!

3) What advice would you give someone who is ready to start working out?

Just start somewhere! Small goals are fine - and something is (always) better than nothing. Small goals and accomplishments add up. Lastly - when I'm struggling in a training session (perhaps involving battle ropes or "flying squirrels"), I remind myself (out loud and with humor) "This is why I'm here!"

4) What is a fun fact about you we may not know?

I was born on a leap year. So am I fifty or am I twelve and a half?

Thank you for sharing your story, Kimberly!

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