“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.


If you’re still curious, check out my FAQ page, my services or contact me

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and online website. I came across your blog today and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in receiving 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    For your info, our online website SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a level-up RPG game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to display this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

  2. Hi! Just wanted to say props to you for being open about your eating disordered past, and for your recovery! Your blog is great! I write for a pro-recovery organization called You Part Two. Check us out on the web at http://youparttwo.com/about/ or on Facebook and spread the love! I;d love to talk more with you sometime. Best of luck! ~Lindsey

  3. Hey Cheryl!
    I’ve been skimming through your posts from time to time…see what/how you’re doing. I love all of this. Keep up the good work pretty lady!
    ~ blast from the past, Devon

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