“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”
– Francesca Reigler
Who am I?
My name is Cheryl Madliger — I’m a personal trainer, freelance writer, life coach and self-help junkie. I love kale, mountains, spandex, Christmas and all things inspirational. I’m trained in Co-Active coaching, I think coffee is the most important food group, and I am happiest when I’m on my bike!
I’m 26, live in London, Ontario, and want to change the world. My mission? I’m here to serve as a real life example of living healthy and to help others take responsibility for creating their own healthy, happy lives.
What’s my story?
I might be happy today, but it wasn’t always this way. I grew up overweight, pretty sedentary, and not overly confident. When I hit my teenage years, there began my history of yoyo dieting. Through high school and even into university, my memories are filled with restriction, overexercising, bingeing, purging, etc. Unhealthy, depressed, and miserable, I took charge and started the process of recovery, blogging about it along the way and learning the power of community.
With the help of professionals, family, and friends, I got to the point where I was ready to move forward from just okay to somewhere awesome. That is what I’m all about: moving from “good enough” or “getting by” to “healthy” and “happy.” Whether I’m training a client, coaching someone, or just doing my thing, I stand for figuring out what you want for yourself and making it happen.
What you’ll find here
That first recovery blog of mine is long gone, but it’s here on Happy is the New Healthy where you’ll see me sharing what I hope sparks others to define their own healthy and happy lives and to encourage them to make them into a reality. From recaps of my training/teaching (personal training, CrossFit, yoga, cycling, triathlon, jungle gym workouts, etc. come up) to insights on my eats to coaching-inspired questions and insights, I post what’s going on in my world in full confidence that it will resonate with what’s going on in yours. Completing my Masters in Kinesiology taught me about the way that the media contributes to our definitions and understandings of health, and I believe that blogs are one way that we can be the authors of our own lives and take back a little power.
This blog is my baby and my way of being who I am in a big way. I showcase the things that light me up and get to explain what it is that I do with coaching. My job on the blog is to send my message about what I think a healthy, happy life encompasses–and my job as a coach is to help you define what your best version of that looks like for you. happy is the new healthy is all things Cheryl.