Hi! I’m Diane, and this is my Blue Sky Living Blog. I am Jane of many trades: personal trainer, health educator, freelance writer, marathoner, wife of “Bob”, mom of four, and friend to many. I also have a chronic case of volunteeritis. I launched Blue Sky Living in 2008 as a companion to my personal training business and discovered that blogging is a great way to communicate happenings in the world of fitness that are missed or overlooked in the fitness rags, while also offering a snapshot of how I live. My hope is that somewhere here, within the copy of my many posts, you will find something useful, helpful, inspiring, or fresh.
Here I am with my daughter, Marin (age 4 at the time), at Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor, MI. This is one of our favorite places to go as a family – lots of outdoor activity, gorgeous scenary, and oodles of family time!
This is my brood at Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan, in 2009. They’ve grown a little since then. Because I know how hard it is for busy moms and families to make time for fitness, I offer as many ideas, tips, and resources as I can pass along. From toting twins in double baby joggers, to making the neighhorhood playground a temporary outdoor “gym,” I have, at times, gone to great lengths to fit exercise into my life. The dunes in this picture provided hours of exercise for the whole family, thus proving that even on vacation, it is possible to stay active!
And here they are after all that climbing. Mission accomplished!
Visit often, and don’t be a stranger. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!
To your health!
ACE-Certified personal trainer
Diane E. Raymond
Health Promotion Specialist
ACE-Certifed Personal Trainer
(accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
Founder – Blue Sky Gym
I believe that although we are not all born with the same genetics or skill set, we are all born choosers. When you make that commitment to focus your mind on your goals, challenge yourself and strive to be the best that you can be, anything is possible. Given the proper guidance, support and motivation, anyone can achieve higher levels of fitness. I believe it is my job as a trainer to deliver sound advice, design effective programs, keep clients safe and injury free, and teach each one to take the wheel and captain their ship.
My strengths include training individuals with specific physiologic goals, such as: weight loss, reduction of body fat, increased muscle strength, sport-specific conditioning and improved cardiovascular endurance; youth fitness and weight management; and individuals seeking improved muscle strength and endurance, and improved functional fitness.
Experience and Credentials
Personal Trainer, self-employed independent contractor, 2001-2007, Owner, Blue Sky Gym – 2008-present
Provide in-home, gym-based, and outdoor personal training services for a wide-range of clients, including: post-natal, arthritic, overweight/obese, and hypertensive. Design weekly training sessions that include cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, general nutrition information, flexibility and balance training, overcoming barriers to fitness, establishing social support, self-monitoring, and time management skills. Help clients improve self-efficacy. Educate clients on the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle. Conduct health risk and fitness assessments to tailor programming to each client’s needs and goals.
Moms In Motion® (www.momsinmotion.com)
Independent Contractor/Team Leader/Running Coach, Dublin, OH, 2005-2009
Initiated Ohio’s first Moms in Motion training team in 2005. Ongoing responsibilities included: marketing, pre-season orientations, securing speakers for weekly practices, and obtaining local sponsorship, as well as designing weekly practice agendas and individual training schedules.
Neighborhoods on the Move, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Physical Activity and Educational Services, Columbus, OH
Fundamental responsibilities included: data collection, interpretation and reporting. Performed health needs assessments. Conducted thorough program evaluations. Designed, produced, and distributed a neighborhood walking map. Wrote articles for the monthly newsletter.
Marketing Production Manager, BATH & BODY WORKS. Div. of Limited Brands, Reynoldsburg, OH
1995-1998; Consultant, 2005-2006; 614-856-6050
Used strategic-thinking ability to engineer and produce in-store marketing for more than 1000 stores nationwide. Established timelines for graphic designers, production and print vendors, ensuring that every deadline was met.Fast-paced, high-energy environment required multi-tasking and superior organizational skills in order to meet deadlines. Managed a $2.5 million yearly production budget and brought all projects in on (or under) budget. Directed staff development in relation to learning opportunities and exposure to industry trends.
Creative Project Manager, GSW WORLDWIDE, ADVERTISING Westerville, OH, 1993-1995; 614-848-4848
Trained and supervised production assistants and traffic managers. Produced high quality, client-specific marketing, training, and educational materials for major pharmaceutical companies, including Abbott Laboratories, Astra Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, and Johnson & Johnson. Facilitated communication between team members and clients necessary to maintain strong relationships. Maintained tight control of project schedules to ensure all deadlines were met.
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