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Joanna Mathia


I am a mother of two young children, an avid runner, a Bootcamp Instructor, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

I enjoy sharing with others the daily balance (or lack of, sometimes) that is required to juggle a life of fitness and raising small children.

Every day contains a different schedule that requires flexibility as well as determination to stay on track. My kids are very much involved with some of my daily activities (i.e. attempting push ups alongside me, wearing my calorie counter watch as they speed run through the living room proudly proclaiming they are "exercising" like Mommy, and also kissing my boo boos after an occasional fall while hitting the pavement . Unfortunately it happens to us all). They also frequently ask when they will be old enough to go running with me and like to know the exact names for many of the Bootcamp exercises I perform and teach.

It amazes me to see such curiosity at a young age and I believe that as long as they view fitness as fun, they too can grasp a daily appreciation and passion for staying in shape.

Jun 122014
Taking the "Junk" Out of Junk Food

I believe that setting a good example for my kids is one of my most important jobs as a parent. This includes all aspects of living healthy, including a good diet.  Food habits are started young, something I have no doubt noticed when sitting around the dinner table with our little ones.  Many tactics have Continue Reading «Taking the “Junk” Out of Junk Food»


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Jan 302014

Within the past few months I have participated in a couple events that most people would call “crazy.” At least that’s what I have been told by most of the people I know outside the realm of my running and fitness friends.  When I step back and look at what I’ve done from their eyes, Continue Reading «Crazy»

Sep 142013
Marathon Training: I Think I Can, I Think I Can

As I approach week 7 of marathon training, the phrase “I think I can, I think I can” has been replaying over and over in my mind.  This was especially true during the 14 mile run last weekend.  For some reason, this run was a toughie for me.  I’m not sure if it’s the lingering Continue Reading «Marathon Training: I Think I Can, I Think I Can»

May 292013
The Good, The Bad, and The Better

Maintaining a commitment to a lifestyle of health and fitness is an ongoing battle.  Some days are definitely easier than others.  Don’t you love it when you wake up and actually feel like working out?  It’s easy to click off the alarm instead of hitting snooze and head out the door for another fun-filled calorie Continue Reading «The Good, The Bad, and The Better»