A greater model of me: meet Shalane Jenkins!

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A better version of me: meet Shalane Jenkins!

My name is Shalane Jenkins. I am 57 years old. I was born and raised in a small town called Fountain Hill, Arkansas. Even though we were a small community, the people there were loving and very supportive. The elderly had a strong belief in God and always instilled in us "always to have faith, always to pray and always to believe in God". Their words were ingrained in me and as I grew up I relied on those words more than once.

I am happily married to Samuel Jenkins Jr. from Hamburg, Arkansas, where we currently live. Together we have a son, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. I am employed at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Arkansas, where I work as the Assistant Radiology Coordinator in Radiology.

Since I was 20 years old, I have always had a strong desire to become a fitness trainer. I've always been a huge fan of Denise Austin and Leslie Sansone, but life can throw up some unexpected situations that can cause your plans to be put on hold. I lost my mother in October 2014, which led to depression. I got addicted to food and ate like there was no tomorrow. This was my way of dealing with my mother's death. A 30-day devotional book by Bishop Walter and Annette Hawkins states: "Addiction is a deadly dance with a mind that controls us like a puppet." Well, I became that puppet and addiction spawned overwhelming bondage.

This picture below shows me (left) at my highest weight I have ever had because I let my addiction hold me in bondage.

Shalane Jenkins

In July 2015, I faced a frightening encounter that was diagnosed with sleep apnea. My results were critical. My doctor recommended that I use a C-Pap, lose weight and stop driving long distances alone. My life has been turned upside down. In addition to dealing with my mother's death, depression, and obesity, I also had to come to terms with sleep apnea.

I realized that before I could make healthy changes in my life, I had to believe in my heart that those changes were possible. I also realized that having confidence and staying fit is important because unhealthy choices can make you physically unhealthy and mentally incapable. Through my insights it occurred to me that I need to change my mindset because we are becoming what we think. I was introduced to Shazzy Fitness by my cousin to become a fitness trainer. I became a Shazzy Fitness Instructor in June 2018 and have been teaching ever since. I enjoy leading others to healthy and holistic lifestyles through this belief-based fitness course. Shazzy Fitness is music driven, dance, fit and inspiring and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Shazzy Fitness has been a great inspiration to me. It has allowed me to use my talents and skills to become a better version of myself. As I become a better version of myself, I also help others create better versions of themselves by offering Shazzy fitness classes. We are currently running courses one day a week in the hope of turning the course into a virtual platform. One of my students in the class explained: “Participating in Shazzy Fitness was particularly beneficial during the pandemic. Even when we can't meet in person, it has helped me keep up with my fitness routine. " It is my desire to become a Shazzy Fitness Master Trainer to continue my journey in faith and fitness that will enable others to believe in themselves, eat healthier, exercise harder, and embrace faith on their journey.

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