1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Annette Johnson, The FLY Coach. FLY is an acronym for Forgive and Love Yourself. I am 53 and I provide life coaching to women who are experiencing significant life transitions. I work with the organizations that serve women to develop and deliver tailored coaching and professional development training programs.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
It was my grandparents, Charles and Irene Reed. They helped to raise me.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
They provided for me and showed me the true meaning of home. My grandfather taught me how to save money and took me to open my first savings account with rolled pennies. My grandmother was a very loving woman. I suffered from asthma as a child and they both made sure that I received extra care. My day started with a hot breakfast. Before I ate breakfast, I was given a teaspoon of cod liver oil to build my immune system against colds.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
It taught me the importance of self-care. When I became a mother I did the same thing for my daughters. As an adult, I still practice the things they taught me as child. Having a hot breakfast is still how I start my day. I raised my daughters that way and they continue to do the same thing as adults.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Their message was love. They showed me unconditional and continuous love in everything they did for me. That is the message I continued to share with my daughters. They were a big influence on how I mothered my daughters. Love was not just a verbal message. The message of love was shown in how I communicated with them, treated them, and cared for them. I added a double dose of love in everything from the meal I prepared to the kiss goodnight.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
My message is to eat healthy and start your day with breakfast. Take a multiple vitamin and vitamin C everyday. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Get at least eight hours sleep each night. Take care of your mind, body and soul every day. Get your annual physical and dental visit. My daughters never had a cavity and still don’t and they are in their 20s.
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