Hello & thanks for stopping by to learn more! It’s been quite the surprising journey to get here. Like you, I have a story too.
THE POWER OF THE POSITIVE
“Let’s run,” I would always say to the girl who used to ‘walk’ me to the bus stop. At 6 years old, I already knew that running made me happy and somehow connected that maybe if others did it too—they could be happier. I’ve been encouraging people to harness the power of the positive ever since I can remember, even as a 5th grader when I mailed a young self-doubting boy the book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peale. His concepts of always seeing possibility and that it’s always to early to quit resonated with me even then.
EARLY FITNESS LOVES
I worked out with Jane Fonda via cassette tapes because it was fun and couldn’t wait to see how Richard Simmons would encourage me on a Saturday morning before I would go to swim practice. I loved ballet and competed in track, basketball and volleyball. I read anything by Dr. George Sheehan, a cardiologist, runner and philosopher – soaking in his ideas of you are only as good as you are willing to work each day – not yesterday, but today – and better yet, right now.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
I never had any interest in following the crowd; always took the road less traveled and was more concerned with reinventing the crowd—a healthier, happier, more fulfilled crowd and in replaying the Rocky soundtrack for motivation as needed.
AN UNCONVENTIONAL RUNNING START
Surrounded by many close-knit cheering cousins, I would often race my dog for girl scout cookies, an idea that only a big brother, such as mine, could create. I rarely made it to those cookies first, but I’d like to think it gave me the desire to keep on trying, no matter what. I later capitalized on this unconventional training to crush the 800 meter and 1600 meter run in high school, earning a 4-year cross country scholarship at Georgia Southern University, where the football team used to call me Flo Jo.
COLLEGE & FIRST JOBS
At Georgia Southern University I soaked in everything athletics, fitness and exercise physiology and landed my first real job as a health and physical education teacher in Savannah. I then worked at the American Red Cross in Health and Human Services, earning employee of the year; then to the hospital working with cardiac rehab patients designing exercise programs for them where I finished my Masters of Public Health degree; got certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), then certified as a yoga instructor, then created, partnered and launched Goodhearted Kids, a kids physical activity and nutrition program with the community and Health System itself.
All this time, I heard a little voice saying, “More is out there; use your gifts to reach the world through fitness.” So in 2004 I traded in my chromed out Jeep Wrangler for a new Volkswagon beetle and drove from Savannah, Georgia to Los Angeles, the fitness capital of the world – to expand my wings and reach my dream of INSPIRING YOU.
PERSONAL TRAINING in BEVERLY HILLS
In LA, I started working at a high end gym picking up towels on a 4:45 a.m. shift –a humbling and necessary experience—and worked my way up to a full-time professional trainer working with the who’s who of Beverly Hills and eventually independently with Hollywood’s biggest stars—still not allowed to tell you who they are with all those confidentiality agreements I signed! I then branched out on my own where I started Angie Stewart Fitness, continued to train clients around the clock at a private residence gym, made a national yoga best-selling Yoga for Beginners DVD, was featured “On Demand on Exercise TV” and became an Ambassador for Lululemon where I traveled to races across the country bringing Runner’s Yoga 90210 straight to their pre and post race routine.
HOW I MET MY HUSBAND
Five years later I met my husband. He was working through a small, celebrity-laden private gym, training his clients at the same pre-dawn hours I was. My clients would say to me, “I think that guy likes you.” The truth is, I liked him too. We later married and just like that – I was also gifted a bonus wee little daughter of whom I loved dearly and referred to as my mini me.
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED
This was the life I led until I gave birth to our son, Stewart Colton. He was everything I ever wanted. And then as “they” say, my whole life changed. My son was healthy, happy and thriving in every way. Me? I had post labor complications that left me with a painful surgery and a total of 7 months recovery with limited movement to do anything, much less get back into feel good shape or continue my career as I once did.
In the middle of this, I was losing hope.
The walls were closing in more and more each day as I sat there with my precious boy on my lap.
I wasn’t thinking positively. I wasn’t taking care of me.
I wasn’t living in the moment.
I was worried about the future of my health.
I wondered if I would ever get better, stronger and EVER be the mother I needed to be for this tiny boy.
THE A-HA MOMENT
Then it hit me. Literally. Like a freight train with a gentle whisper spawned by the help of my husband…“If I don’t take care of myself, then how I am going to take care of my newborn son?” That's when I knew I had to do things differently. I needed to eat healthier – more greens, more nutrient dense foods, slowly get stronger, focus more on what I could do instead of focusing on what I couldn’t do and find a way to use my gifts once again to inspire people across the globe.
THE BIRTH OF ROAD TO AWESOME
That is when I created an online plan known as the Road to Awesome, the roadmap that I began to know - both personally and professionally, worked. It resurrected my purpose, my strengths, my focus, my confidence, my great health, my dreams, my champion's attitude and ultimately gave my children, husband, and YOU the very best of me.
Since sharing the Road to Awesome, I've since witnessed thousands of mighty transformations for those who have joined me, including women who were told they would never get pregnant - then worked with me - and DID.
WHAT GOAL SCARES YOU THE MOST? THEN DO IT!
I ask the question to you my client and friend, “What goal scares you the most?” Continued with, yet when accomplished will give you the most joy… Because of the Road to Awesome and this question, I decided to set a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL along with you.
I set a big scary goal too and found myself back on the track in over 20 something years in a collegiate meet with girls half my age. At age 41, I ran as a USATF athlete and ended up capturing the title of Southern California’s Masters Division Champion in the 1500 meter, and later that season, ran seconds away from my fastest mile ever from high school.
THE JOURNEY IS EVERYTHING
I wouldn’t take anything for my journey now. And I am not finished. Not even close.
Because if I haven’t worked with you yet, there is still more to do. And if I have worked with you already, then you know my philosophy; there is no finish line – just a big beautiful life filled with waves, peaks & valleys in which to be present, to strive for better than yesterday and to help others along the way.
My life calling is to now share this celebrated, meaningful path with you - no matter who you are, where you live or what your story has been. That little whisper you keep hearing signaling your little big dream, I'm here to show you that Yes You Can. And we can start right now…
Yours in the triumph and the struggle,