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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.

DianeMarin 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

IDEA Health & Fitness Association
IDEA Health & Fitness Association

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.

Client Base

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

  • Founder, Blue Sky Gym – A personal training business providing in-   home and outdoor programming, educational resources, and live                                                 workshops (2006-present)
  • Independent personal trainer in-home/outdoors/in approved facilities (2001-present)
  • ACE-Certified Personal Trainer (2001-present)
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science – The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism – The Ohio State University
    • Moms in Motion®, Team Leader and Coach (2005-present) Gliding Pro Certified Instructor, Resist-A-Ball Certified Instructor, Outdoor Fitness Certified Instructor – Level 1, First Aid/CPR
    • Weekly Fitness Expert on WIMA Lima, OH (2009-2011)
    • Freelance Fitness Writer with regional and national credits, including Columbus Parent Magazine, Dublin Life Magazine, Natural News, and TWINS Magazine
    • IDEA Elite Personal Trainer status

Professional Memberships

  • IDEA Health & Fitness Association
  • Moms In Motion
  • Girls on the Run International
  • Girls on the Run – Chicago
  • SCW Fitness
  • Action for Healthy Kids
  • Girls in the Game
  • Play for Life International

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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  1. Tali Hylen says:

    Hello Diane:
    I represent Organic School Project, pioneered by Chef Greg Christian. I just read your piece on Naturalnews.com and wanted to drop by and thank you for the mention! We really appreciate your coverage. If ever you would like to pursue a bigger piece on Greg and his sustainable initiatives in the schools and through his catering business, please let me know.
    Again, many thanks to you!
    Tali Hylen

  2. Sandi Mac says:

    Dear Diane,
    First I want to say that you have created a unique, inspiring, and informative business with Blue Sky Gym which is inspiring to me as an alternative to the traditional gym setting. I am in the process of changing my career of 15 years to become a certified personal trainer so that I too can inspire others to better themselves though personalized motivation and nutrition. One of the online schools I am looking to enroll in is ACE and would appreciate any feedback you have on your experience with their CPT program and getting started once you are certified-outside of picking the right gym to get your “feet wet”.

    Sandi Mac

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