My name is Angela.  I’m 41 years old and live in New Hampshire with my husband, Ron, our 9 year old boy/girl twins and our Yellow Lab, Max.  I’m a bit of a health and fitness junkie which lead me to a degree in Exercise Science and certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP).   I’ve done personal training in the past but have mostly focused on the clinical part of fitness in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for almost 20 years.

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Like most people, I have had issues with my weight throughout my life.  After college, I lost 30 pounds with diet modifications and exercise.  I stopped drinking like a fish and bagels, pizza, and cereal weren’t the main part of my food intake.  I’ve maintained my weight for over 15 years.  When I was pregnant with my twins, I stayed active up until the 7th month when I was put on modified bed rest.  I continued to eat a healthy diet without overindulging too much.  I was a weirdo and craved fruit my whole pregnancy!

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I gained 40 pounds during the whole pregnancy.  After the babies were born I lost the weight relatively quickly.  I started walking daily as soon as we got home from the hospital and got clearance to return to running 6 weeks post baby.

My favorite workout is running.  It’s a love that lead me to become an RRCA Certified Running Coach. Running has allowed me to find myself and all that I can do. It’s something that has become a part of my life and what makes me ME. I’ve run distances from 5k to 50k on road, trails and mountains.

I also love yoga and try to incorporate some form of a practice everyday whether it’s 20 or 90 minutes. My other hobbies are hiking, baking, snowboarding, and being silly with my kids.

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I hope you enjoy Happy Fit Mama! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me – happyfitmama {at} gmail.com



54 comments on “About

  1. Hi! I just found your blog through a comment on Oh She Glows – noticed you are from New England – I love finding other New England blogs, and you are a mom who loves to be fit – even better:-) Looking forward to reading more! On your last post – you mentioned the lululemon jacket – I’ve been eyeing that beauty too, and I have a gift card, might just have to use it!

  2. hi, i’d love to chat breifly in email if that is ok? i have some food and fitness questions? Thanks. You seem very fit and healthy.

  3. Love the blog! I’ve been following you on Instagram and I love the posts! I’m in college and run at university of southern maine and it’s so nice to see local runners with blogs of their own! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    -Catie K

  4. Hi Angela, I noticed that only one other guy commented and all the rest were women.However,in my opinion not one of the other commenters did you justice in regards to your twin belly pregnancy pic.I hope I don’t embarrass or offend you by saying this,but you have one of the most APPEALING and PLEASING TO LOOK AT pregnant bellies I’ve ever seen!!! It’s SO BIG,SO ROUND,SO OUT THERE and SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I love everything about this! I went from not being able to run 3 seconds to the end of my driveway (no joke, I’d be doubled over huffing and puffing) to comfortably running 3 miles pretty much every other day (I used the C25K program and it changed my life)! Running a half is on my list of goals over the next few years! So glad to have found your space and excited to follow along!
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  6. Hi Angela,

    First and foremost, I LOVE your blog! I just graduated with a M.S. in exercise physiology and have been studying to take the ACSM CES certification exam. I have ZERO contacts in this industry other than my college professors, who mostly deal with exercise-chemotherapy research so I am shooting in the dark here. If you are still active on this bog, I would like to ask you questions on how you prepared for the exam, how long you gave yourself to prepare before taking the exam, how you learned how to read EKGs (I have a year worth of graduate school work with EKG, but it was never my best subject and I have yet to see one in the field)..Did you learn on the job? Was there a huge learning curve for you when you first started working as a CES? Like I said, I am shooting in the dark here so any and all help would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

  7. The Things that our bodies can do during pregnancy is amazing. And the things we can do for our body after pregnancy is a gift, but it takes determination and focus. Great Job and kudos to you. 🙂

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  10. Hi Angela,

    Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you not only for your awesome blog but also for all your amazing achievements. You are an inspiration to us all.

    By way of introduction, my name is Matt, and I’m the (excited) owner of brand new subscription box RunLocker. As an avid runner, I understand the dedication and determination it takes to train and run. I want to help both experienced racers, and casual runners achieve what they thought was impossible….hence my slogan Unlock Greatness.

    The goal of RunLocker is to provide running tools and advice to help my members train better and recover faster. Each monthly box will include exciting products from both new and established brands, as well as priceless advice from a running specialist and each box will be bursting with motivation.

    I am currently trying to spread the word of RunLocker and would love to collaborate with you if you would be interested. First boxes are shipping in December, I’d be happy to send a sample for you to check out.

    Thank you so much for you time and let me know if you are interested. And of course, if you have a different direction you would like to take, I would be more than willing.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


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    I’m David, a dad, husband, environmentalist and DIY enthusiast from Canada. I enjoy blogging from time to time and it makes me feel amazing when I inspire someone.

    In this day and age, families spend less quality time together than ever before, and this trend is constantly on the rise. This is no news. Also, we are facing a situation where children never have an opportunity to be in touch with nature. They are growing up in a world of technology, alienated from all the wonders of the Wild.

    I believe in the saying: Be the change you want to see in the world, so I have made a deal with my family to spend our weekends in nature. It has turned out to be wonderful.

    The reason I’m writing to you is – I’d love to contribute to your blog with a story. My plan is to write a small guide which would inspire others to do the same as we did, followed with some busting of the most common excuses.

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  13. I just read your boston marathon post, but your comment section was closed. I flew over from the UK to run it a year after you, but injured myself in training and dropped after having completed as many miles as I could (11).

    Can relate to every little bit of your post, barring getting injured on the day itself, which must have been so much worse. 4 hours from the medical tent to the finish line, with people saying congrats so many times at the end I could have cried!

    Phone battery died, I didn’t know the prefixes to use on borrowed US phones to reach my wife’s UK number, so we basically didn’t talk for 9 hours and met back at our accommodation eventually.

    I found this article through searching for Boston’s policy on medals and DNFs, as I didn’t receive one, but having read this I know I would have reacted the same as you did with one round my neck.

    Thankfully we had a lovely holiday anyway. In the following year I got injured so repeatedly through high mileage I had to quit running entirely, the sport I love so much, and never attempted another marathon! I’m still in the process of finding a new activity that’s manageable. Hope you came out of your DNF better than me!

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