Coach-Profile_VickiVicki Phillips

 

I was born and raised in Colorado.  I love being outdoors — biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, riding horses.  I have been married to Clark for 34 years and our son, Ryan, is studying to become a Commercial Pilot at the University of North Dakota.  We have lived in Redwood Falls for 31 years and truly love this town.

I have a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas as well as a Master’s degree in Corporate and Community Fitness from the University of Minnesota – Mankato.  I love to help & see people build their health and accomplish things they never thought they could do – whether it’s show up in the gym on a consistent basis, run a 5k, change their body composition, or develop positive habits.

The best part of my job is seeing change for the good unfold on a daily basis.  I love working with dedicated and fun co-workers and continuing to learn new techniques and research-based actions to help build their health.

 

Fun Facts:

I was a member of the United States National Cup Soccer Team from 1980-1983.

I have run two half marathons.  This is fun/amazing because until 2010, running anything longer than 400 meters at a time seemed so impossible.  I was a sprinter in high school and college.  Then, with patience, perseverance, and a new mindset, I developed the ability to run longer distances — and like it!  I am not all that speedy or even competitive, but I love how distance running helps me feel.

Motivational Quote:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  I used to think this was a terrible quote, as saying this can be disrespectful/uncaring to a person who is going through a hard time.  However, after having lived with “lemons” for awhile, I found the truth/helpfulness of this statement.  Now, I say this quote to myself often.

Due to a car accident and other events, I have health issues that cause me excessive pain.  There is nothing anyone can do to “fix it.”  These issues have caused me to be labeled “disabled.”  While technically true, I can choose to make the best of it.  With help from God and a few close friends, I found internal resources that I never knew existed – which help me overcome bad days.  I have caring folks around me that encourage me to stay strong.  now, within my new limits, I can work a little, read, study, think and share insights that may help others through their bad days.  It is not easy nor always fun, but I am into making as much lemonade as possible these days.

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