I got this from one of the general managers in Jamaica:

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus,” she jeered. “Even dummies know that!”


My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her “world-famous” cinnamon buns.. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.


Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. “No Santa Claus?” she snorted…. “Ridiculous! Don’t believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let’s go.”

“Go? Go where, Grandma?” I asked. I hadn’t even finished my Second World-famous cinnamon bun. “Where” turned out to be Kerby’s General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything.  

As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. “Take this money,” she said, “and buy something for someone who needs it. I’ll wait for you in the car.” Then she turned and walked out of Kerby’s.

I was only eight years old. I’d often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock’s grade-two class.


Bobby Decker didn’t have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn’t have a cough; he didn’t have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.


“Is this a Christmas present for someone?” the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. “Yes, ma’am,” I replied shyly. “It’s for Bobby.” The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn’t get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.


That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, “To Bobby, From Santa Claus” on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker’s house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa’s helpers.


Grandma parked down the street from Bobby’s house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. “All right, Santa Claus,” she whispered, “get going.” I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.  

Fifty years haven’t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker’s bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were, ridiculous.  Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.


May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care. And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!


Just got back from FitBeach in Negril Jamaica.  I am trying to find the voice I lost from teaching, talking and laughing.   We had several attendees from North America but the majority of our trainees were resident pros at the resorts where we work.  We want to be sure these people are properly trained so they can fill in when we have a late cancellation and can’t cover a week.  We offer certifications and workshops with continuing education for anyone interested and a great workout for fitness enthusiasts.



All the presenters attend each other’s classes too and at the end of the day we relax and enjoy down time together.

The event was a success again and we will be announcing next years dates soon.  We hope to have more than one and will probably be holding training in Mexico as well.

For Fit Beach 08 the weather was certainly a factor.  A late tropical storm which finally turned into hurricane Paloma was in the area so we had constant rain.  This is very unusual for the first week of November.  Saturday I woke up to a crashing sound outside my window.  It was the sea.  If you have ever been to Jamaica before you know that the Caribbean is very calm there. 


This particular morning reminded me of a scene from an alien movie.  When I got out of bed I realized right away that the beach run I planned would be cancelled.  I walked out my door to get a cup of coffee at the pool bar at Grand Lido Negril and saw people standing with their cups in hand just staring at this strange tumultuous episode brought to us by Mother Nature.

No one was talking because the sound of the waves drowned out any words.  It was just a wave hello and an acknowledging nod of WOW this is actually pretty cool.  Then when the surge brought the water all the way into my room I knew the hotel staff probably didn’t find it as cool as I did.

The following day the beach was littered with piles of seaweed and other things that managed to be thrown up on the shore.  It made for an adventure run complete with trying to get away from the waves to keep the feet dry (didn’t succeed there by the way) jumping over and around the seaweed and getting chased by a security guard when I tried to run through a resort instead of on the beachfront.   He didn’t catch me.


So back to my desk in cold Kentucky working on the new resorts we have acquired and we will soon be making an announcement regarding more options in Mexico and Jamaica. 

Tom and I are also getting ready to announce the newly refurbished Fitness pro travel website and Fit Bodies Inc will also get a revamp soon.  Here is a picture of Tom, me and my husband Larry hard at work during FitBeach.



And finally – we still have very low discounts for non-pro travel.  This is for resorts in Jamaica for your friends or family who might want to join you on a trip but also can be used by anyone any time.  We still have some very cheap rates at the Breezes Puerto Plata resort so contact me for more information.


As always, stay healthy and happy.











Since I last wrote, I have been back to Jamaica and off to Cancun, getting ready to head to Jamaica once again.  It’s business!!!  When someone comes up to me while I am straining to see my blackberry in the bright sunshine – “what are you doing on that thing while you are on vacation?”  I simply smile and mention that they are standing in my office and that I work here.  What better place to work.  Here is a view from my window by the way.


So I have some great news but I wont tell you everything just yet.  You will be seeing several announcements over the course of the next few weeks regarding some new resorts – YEA!!  Some new locations – YEA!   and lots more opportunities for you and your friends and families to enjoy.


Our week in Jamaica was action packed.  We started off at Braco Grand Lido where the BEST OF JAMAICA event was being held.  They had Jamaica, Chinese and Indian cooking classes and steel drum lessons.  You could find out about Jamaican healing herbs and condiments as well as learn the latest reggae dances and how to speak patois.  It is an annual event every October so put it on your list of dates to pick at this resort.

We drove into Montego Bay the following day for a meeting at the Ritz-Carlton.  People lined the streets dressed in Jamaica flag colors waving flags and banners.  TV stations were there filming the anticipated excitement.  Well we aren’t that famous there – YET, so we had no idea what was up.  All of a sudden a huge entourage appears heading toward Trelawny where we just left.  There was a big float which held all the Olympic gold medalists.  The country was honoring their athletes.  It was quite a spectacle.  We had just pulled into the Ritz parking lot when they came through so we got a good view.  It is amazing to me how the country has come together because of their athletes.  I have been running down there for many years.  Everyone knows me on the beach because I wear “dirty girl gaiters” to keep the sand out of my shoes.  Now they all talk to me about Bolt when I run past. They used to be impressed that I was enduring the heat and humidity but now they just make fun of how slow I am going compared to him.  I see a big change in attitude regarding running and fitness in general due to the success of the Jamaican Olympians already in that country.  That is soooo cool.

While at the Ritz I met Dan the guy who decided to spend 4 months teaching yoga for me there.  He mentioned that he was doing a triathlon and representing Fit Bodies Inc and the Ritz.  After further inquiry it turns out that Rose Hall Development Group put on a weekend of wellness and fitness coupled with Jamaican heritage.  I was in Cancun during the event but Dan did a great job representing Fit Bodies Inc doing yoga and fitness on the stage area.  Because of the late notice I was only able to bring in some pens (taken down by another pro traveling that next week) but next year we will be involved full force.  There is a link to the event on the home page of Fitness Pro Travel. 

We left for Negril the following day and were there for the Couples Swept Away anniversary celebration.  Couples resorts know how to put on a party!  There were at least a thousand people there for the first night festivities which included more food than a plate could possibly hold, drink concoctions and even a coffee bar that had more combinations than Starbucks.  The entertainment was amazing as we sat at tables on the beach and enjoyed music by several musicians who sang and played with Bob Marley at one time. 

We left the following day and geared ourselves up for the Mexico trip.   

We hit the tarmac in Cancun and off we went to our first destination.  Crown Paradise Resort is a huge, gorgeous property for singles, couples, and families.  We are sending group fitness and tennis pros there starting right away.  Check it out! 

We stayed at El Dorado Seaside Suites where Denise and I taught the yoga classes. This is a beautiful resort and the food was awesome.  They have a Mexican, Italian, and International, Asian and Continental restaurant as well as a sandwich area and 24 hour room service.  The room was amazing with a big Jacuzzi tub, balcony and hammock.  The beach has big beds on stilts and on the ground for a shady place to chill while enjoying the seaside view. There were many pools that had chairs in the water and some of the pool areas are right out your door.   Yoga instructors don’t miss out on this place. 

Each day after yoga we hit the road visiting more resorts each one bigger and more beautiful than the next.  Stay tuned for more updates on the newest resorts in our program. 

Next stop…FitBeach in Negril Jamaica.  The Fit Beach team hits the island to start the conference on Tuesday morning.  Our team consists of our industries top fitness professionals and our attendees come from the states, Jamaica because we train all the resort staff members, and we have 9 people traveling from Nigeria to attend this year.   If you missed out this year, look for the announcement of next year’s dates and locations.

I am heading out the door for a run and putting long pants on for the first time since last winter.  Good news for me is that the shorts and dirty girl gaiters will be my attire starting this Sunday for a week so the cold weather is only temporary.

Talk to you soon!





Well I am back home finally from a 10 day trip to Palm Springs.  As it so happens, I had three events back to back at this beautiful desert oasis.

Part one was the first official training session for the BEAMfit master team.  This was held downtown Palm Springs.  David Mesirow, the founder, is a long time friend of mine and his new program is amazing.  Equally amazing is the team he has brought together to introduce it to the rest of the world.  It was a virtual Who’s Who of the fitness arena all there together in a room full of BEAMS.  We spent 8 hours each for 2 days exploring the new product, following the extensive manual and doing the BEAMfit fundamentals.  We studied the Beamfit philosophies and all learned about the benefits of going barefoot,  balance challenges and more. The Beam is 5 feet long and 6 inches wide and only a few inches off the ground, but no one wants to fall off!  Just when we thought we were getting the hang of it, David had us close our eyes.  The program is relaxing and intense at the same time.  Before you know it you are feeling sweat trickle down your back.  Check it out at www.beamfit.com and tell David I sent you! 

Part two of my little road trip was Inner Idea.  I traded my beam for my yoga mat and Fit Bodies Inc, VP, Denise Cox and I headed out to the gorgeous La Quinta resort.     

Not since the early days of World IDEA have we been fed at a conference.  Each day they had breakfast on the lawn for us.  There was a silent section which I thought was weird.  Ok, who wants to sit at a table full of people you have something in common with and not talk to them?  Well obviously not me.  Then they had lunch every day with one being a hosted banquet with a speaker.  This conference is intended to be a very small group so it was an  intimate affair.  It was really easy to meet new friends and speak casually with the presenters and directors of the event.  The owners of IDEA, Peter and Kathie Davis were always at breakfast and lunch and walking around to the sessions as if they were just another attendee.

Even though I have been trained to teach yoga, I prefer to be in the class instead and have been practicing Ashtanga for over 10 years.  I tried gyrotonics, worked out on the reformer and walking on stones but mainly I stuck with the yoga classes. I did check out some metabolism seminars taught by my good friend Len Kravitz.   Nothing new really, but I love to hear him get excited about mitochondria.

Sunday, all the yogis left and the tennis pros started showing up.  Phase three of my trip was the USPTA Tennis conference held at the same place the very day after Inner Idea.  Denise and I spent 4 days talking with the tennis pros and USPTA executives and had a booth at the trade show on Thursday that week.  We were very well positioned by the bar and the food. 

It was great to say hello to some of our pros who have traveled already and introduce our program to those who didn’t know about it.  I had a long conversation with one of the executives about the benefits of yoga for the tennis pro.  These coaches all have visible imbalances because of the constant ball feeding and serving action all done with the same arm while the other one just hangs there.  I will be submitting an article about it in the USPTA magazine at the request of the director. 

I have to add something here about my morning runs.  Wow – I left the resort and headed up towards the Santa Rosa mountain range.    It was a paved trail but had a gravel shoulder so I alternated between the two surfaces.  The first day I found the trailhead for the actual mountain trails and drooled.  Denise is recovering from knee surgery so I promised we would walk.  What she didn’t bargain for was the steep rocky trail we started up.  After reaching the top we realized going up was much easier than it would be heading down.  We made it but stuck to the wider rollers instead of the steep rocks for the rest of the hike.  I was also on the lookout for rattlesnakes.  I know I could beat the Kenyans if I saw one of those on the trail.  Gladly there were no sightings.  I met lots of new friends – most had 4 legs and a wagging tail.  The owners of all the dogs were nice too.  I bid a sad farewell to a few of them as I ran the last day I was there but I was looking forward to seeing my own dogs, Maynard and Marley when I finally made it home on Friday.  Oh and the rest of my family too.

Next trip is coming up soon.  Larry and I are heading to Jamaica to attend the Best of Jamaica at Braco Grand Lido and the anniversary party at Couples Swept Away.  We will also be putting the finishing touches on FitBeach being held Nov 4-8 in Negril.  If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time.  Get your cecs, certifications or just come workout with us.  Check it all out at www.fit-beach.com .

Bye for now    I will send you highlights of the next trip when I write again.






My favorite times are the ones that we spend with our sons.  Since they were little, we have established annual trips and seem to add to those traditions periodically.  We started going to Chicago to Christmas shop and they were allowed to each bring a friend along.  Then we started going to Vail to ski as well, and they were allowed to each bring a friend along.  What started happening was the friends that came one year didn’t want to miss out so the group tended to enlarge for each consecutive trip.  This year, we had 12 people on the mountain in Vail skiing with us and it was amazing.  

My youngest son, Jimmy, is an accomplished musician and his music roots are Reggae and Ska.  He has traveled to Jamaica since he was small with a friend or two.  Chad, our oldest, who is also an amazing musician, started going later and then they both were bringing the girlfriends.  We all went to Jamaica last year and the tradition was established. Instead of adding more people, we add more days.  They don’t want to leave, and who can blame them. 

We just got back from our now annual trip to Jamaica with the boys and the girlfriends and we stayed at Grand Lido Negril.   If you have spoken on the phone, or gotten an email from Lisa, she is Chad’s girlfriend and my assistant in the office.  It is great for her to meet the managers, see the properties and get a better understanding of what Jamaica time is all about.

Jimmy and Ali

Jimmy and Ali

Chad and Lisa

Chad and Lisa

I knew that I would be seeing some old friends and dedicated travelers with my program and was really looking forward to it.  Shelly was at Hedonism II and the Bikram yoga instructor for a month teaching there for two weeks and at Grand Lido Negril for two weeks.  She is amazing.  I don’t know her age but she is timeless and her husband, Ed, who is turning 80 in October, says she gets younger every day.  I agree.  Lisa and I took her class the first day and she kicked our butts!  Luckily I had my favorite massage therapist waiting for me when I finished.  If you travel to Hedonism II, be sure to get a massage from the magic hands of Roselyn. 

I ran into the pros at Grand Lido Negril the first night going to dinner.  It is funny how we all stick together.  I know Elissa who travels with me regularly, and met Judy, the personal trainer for the first time.  She has traveled before and her son also travels with me.  She is coming to FitBeach this year to get certified to teach group fitness classes and be qualified to travel to many more locations as group fitness pro.  One smart cookie!  Check it out for yourself and join us.  www.fit-beach.com  

If you read my first entry, you know that my day starts with a run on the beach, a dip in the pool, yoga and breakfast.   This time it was extra special because I have been injured.  Yep – I ignored the signs of a hamstring issue that eventually caused me to sprain my mcl and itband.  I think it was directly related to the fact that I decided not to take any time off after completing my first 100 mile endurance trail race.  I ran a half marathon 3 weeks later and kept going until my knee swelled up like a balloon and I couldn’t walk, let alone run.  I continued to remain in denial and as soon as the swelling would go down, I would try it out and end up grouchy again with an ice pack.  So finally I decided – “I must be hurt” – and hit my elliptical.  It is really mean.  It tells you to pedal harder when you slow down to wipe the sweat out of your eyes and only gives you 20 seconds to pause for the water bottle.  Thank goodness for “Entourage” reruns.  I am caught up on all four seasons now.

So back to Jamaica – I am running again – yippee.  The ritual remains in tact for now. 

We had dinner every night with the boys.  Jimmy and his girlfriend Alison are great performers so we all did karaoke a couple nights.  He and his dad were amazing with their rendition of Pretty Woman.  Jimmy was immediately snagged for talent night.  He brought down the house when he sang and played guitar to the Jimmy Cliff song – “Harder they fall”.  An entertainment manager was there from another resort and he hired him to perform later that week.


The trip truly was made special by the camaraderie of the fitness pros.  Jaclyn and her husband showed up for the second week we were there and we met the tennis pro, Mohan, who easily became part of the entourage.  With this entire group, at least three generations of fitness professionals were represented and there was no barrier whatsoever between us. Most days we found ourselves the only ones left in the piano bar at night and still talking while they tried to clean up the tables after lunch and dinner. 

On the last night we celebrated Chad’s birthday and all we could talk about was when we were coming back.  Not to take away from the other destinations that we offer, but when you arrive in Jamaica, they say “welcome home” because they know if you have been there before you were happy to be back and if it is the first time, it wont be the last. 


Until next time…..  


Keep moving



Dear fitness folks,

I have finally landed home for a few weeks.  I spent 10 days in Jamaica right after the IDEA conference in Las Vegas and plan to sit at my desk, go for a run with my friends, and roll around the floor with my dogs for the next few weeks. 

I have been going to fitness conferences for 20 years.  Way before Fit Bodies Inc. Traveling Incentives even existed.  I LOVE FITNESS CONFERENCES!  Back in the early years, we got fed by Nike and Reebok.  We were entertained by Ellen Degeneres.  We bounced around for hours – never taking a seminar where we could actually sit down.  I would come home to my studio and my members would cringe.  They were always afraid of the new and sometimes crazy things I would bring back.  My favorite was the short shorts.  In Kentucky we were wearing the long bike shorts (with a thong brief over it of course)  I came back from San Diego one time sporting pants that were about 6 inches shorter than anything they had seen before.  Of course it only took a few weeks and everyone in the studio had a pair of Moda shorts.


My good friend Missy Hawthorne and I have hit almost every IDEA and a few others in those years and we are still traveling together today.  We start off the day with either a gym workout or a spin class at the conference and workout a few more times during the day.  We do manage a few seminars now and try to squeeze in some pool time as well.  We spend lots of time talking to old friends and laughing until we hurt.  Life is good.


IDEA was a great experience.  First of all, it was a FitBeach presenter reunion.  Many of the wonderful staff who travel to Jamaica each fall to help me put on this unique event, were there.  Tom Bomar, the guy everyone is just now meeting through emails and his blog, and his wife Amy, one of the fitness pros, helped me out at the booth.  Check out Tom’s blog to see a short video filmed there. 

Marianne Wells, our yoga teacher and her husband Ron shared the booth with me to help promote FitBeach and her company Barefoot Bodies.  Tom ran into Doug Briggs at the NSCA conference and he joined us for dinner one night.  Doug does personal training and nutrition programs at FitBeach.  Missy also leads workshops at Fitbeach and we ran into a few other people who have staffed past FitBeach conferences, Abbie Appel, David Mesirow, Linda Freeman and Stacy Lei Krauss.  

Missy,Tom and Marianne at FitBeach

Missy,Tom and Marianne at FitBeach


Hey, if you want to complete your cec’s, get another certification or just workout in Jamaica with a great bunch of people, come join us this year.  November 4-8 in Negril at Hedonism II and Grand Lido Negril.  Check it out at www.fit-beach.com


At the expo, I met many of the pros that have traveled with my company and many people who never heard of our program.  It is always a treat to see the faces on those who feel it is too good to be true, when they finally realize it IS TRUE.  You CAN teach classes, inspire others and enjoy a fabulous holiday on beautiful sandy beaches in paradise. 

I took some great classes while I was there too.  Karaoke Cycle was a hoot.  Wow we were sure sweating while we were singing!  Then I had the opportunity to try out my good friend David Mesirow’s new product – the BEAM. 
It is an amazing creation and as I said to David – you cant cheat!  If you don’t use your core and neutralize your spine, you fall off!   

Missy and I plan to introduce BEAMFIT at FitBeach this year.


I have to tell you that one of my favorite things about Las Vegas this year had nothing to do with the strip, the conference or indoor fitness classes.  I went hiking up Mt. Charleston with my good friend Mia Quinn.  This place is also a ski resort. YES you can ski in Las Vegas in the winter.  Mia’s husband is Jason Quinn, sommelier at the Prime restaurant at the Bellagio.  He was on our outstanding team at the Epicurean Escape I spoke about in my last blog that was held at Grand Lido Negril in Jamaica.   Mia picked me up at the hotel and the car was reading outside temps at 112 degrees.  When we got to our starting point in about 30 minutes, we were at 8,500 feet above sea level and the car said it was 74 degrees.  We had her two border collie puppies, Trapper and Hawkeye with us.  They are 8 months old and veteran hikers already. 

Just for a quick background, I run trail ultra races but have been nursing a sprained knee so I was so excited to be on the trails again.  This trail was very rocky, narrow, winding and I was in heaven.  It is high desert so there are cactus and pine trees.  There is one pine tree called Bristol Cone which is the name of the trail we were on.  These trees are hundreds of years old.  They grow one inch a year.  They look like old grape vines.  We climbed to 11,000 feet and then headed back down to a field where we threw out our yoga mats and did some ashtanga yoga to complete a wonderful morning. 


So that was some of the highlights of my Vegas trip.

Thanks for taking time to read this.   Look for reports from my last trip to Jamaica in my next blog and watch for an email soon with some exciting news.




Suzelle at FitBeach

Suzelle at FitBeach



Sorry – long over due!      


I spent 9 days in paradise at Grand Lido Negril for the Epicurean Escape and had 3 days between that trip and the Las Vegas trip to regroup and repack.   That is my excuse!

Grand Lido Negril 7/08

Grand Lido Negril 7/08


The Epicurean event was a huge success.  The hotel was full, the chefs and sommeliers did a fabulous job and the energy was electric.  If you have traveled to Grand Lido Negril before, you know that is quite unusual.  The disco was hopping until after 3am every night and the pros had as many as 13 in their classes.   I met two of my regular traveling pros, Cyndy and her husband Peter (they team teach).   Peter takes care of the powerwalk and some gym time since he is a personal trainer and Cyndy handles the classes.  Also there that week was Erin who mainly teaches yoga.  That is her in the picture with me and my husband Larry at the final dinner of the event.    

I love the gym at Hedonism II, well I DID design it – but that is usually where I can be found in the mornings and I was able to spend some time with Joyce and Geri, two other regular traveling pros who were teaching there.   It is so much fun finally meeting the pros.  One of the girls recognized my voice from all the time we spent on the phone over the years and knew it was me.

I was also there to firm up plans for Fit Beach 2008 held in Negril November 3-8.  This conference is similar to any other conference you might attend with a few exceptions:  

1. all-inclusive accommodations discounted and we will find you a roommate if you want to share.

2. even if you do all the class times during the day, we created a gap of almost 3 hours after lunch for sun time, activity time or nap time! 

3.  classes wont fill up.

So go to www.fit-beach.com and join us this year.

AND,  I was working on another project in Negril.  We are holding a YOGA WEEK at Couples Swept Away October 12-18 2008.   We will have 3 yoga instructors there offering a variety of classes, meditations, couples yoga and other related workshops.  The participants will receive amenities such as yoga mats with a carrying case, beach towels and t-shirts.  This is not a teacher-training course but some of your class participants may want to travel during this event.  Or you may want to come, bring your spouse and have a vacation while someone else works!!

 Contact me and I can send you a flyer.


I am heading for Jamaica on Tuesday – this time we are taking our sons and their girlfriends.  You may have been in contact with Lisa in my office.  She is my oldest son’s girlfriend and will be accompanying me on a few business related excursions.  Other than that, we will be making this a vacation.

Bye for now.  I will write next about my great week at the IDEA conference.



Send me a comment if you like.   I would love to hear from you.






Hello and welcome to my blog.  My name is Suzelle and I am the owner and founder of Fit Bodies Inc.  The title of my first blog entry is “I hate to pack” because that is what I am doing right now.  Or what I should be doing and I am putting it off to type this post.  Pros often ask me if I have ever visited a certain resort.  I answer them with the fact that I would never send someone to a place that I  have not seen first-hand.  I have stayed in many but visited all and have established a friendly, personal relationship with every manager.  Believe me, it is the only way that I can do business and feel confident my program is secure. 

So off I go….

and why am I packing?  I am heading to Grand Lido Negril in beautiful Negril Jamaica on Sunday.  One of my favorite spots.  My husband, Larry and I are on the committee for the Epicurean Escape that is held once a year at this resort the end of June.  We have helped supply chefs and sommeliers in past years and were asked by the general manager after last year’s event, to assist with the 2008 program.  This year boasts a sell out for the first time in the event history.   I will follow up with a report and pictures when I return next week.

While there I will also be attending to some Fit Bodies Inc. matters, such as firming up all the details for Fit Beach 2008 held at Grand Lido Negril and Hedonism II which is right next door.  Check it out at www.fit-beach.com   More on that in another entry.   I will also be meeting with the managers to find out how things are going and how we can make them better.  I will be checking up on you!!!  It is a great time to find out who the staff feel were special and also those they would rather see NOT return.   Not many in that category I must say.    I sometimes teach a class or two but try to leave that to the pro who is there doing a great job.

My mornings consist of a early run on the beach, followed by a cooldown in one of the plunge pools at Hedonism II.  I get under the waterfall and let it hit the back of my head before toweling off to finish  in the gym with some yoga.  I pass by the breakfast buffet to see if they have mangoes, callaloo or lychees.  I get a cup of blue mountain coffee and grab a packet of peanut butter that gets smeared onto my favorite cookie/cracker (I dont know what they are called but they are like a large flat vanilla wafer) and head back over to Grand Lido Negril.  I walk through my front door, walk out my back door and get another cup of coffee at the pool.  They usually have some fruit there too.  I bring it back to my office chair (lounge chair on the beach) and pull out my blackberry.   I get grief from others around me but I tell them that I work here – and what better place to work??  I will head back for the mangoes and callaloo later!

Guys,  I better get that packing done.  When I return from this trip I will be heading to IDEA WORLD in Las Vegas.  If you are going, please stop by the Fit Bodies Inc. booth and say hello.  We have some great camis, tees and other Fit Bodies Inc. clothing for sale too.   I love meeting the pros who I have talked to over the years via phone and email and never actually met in person.  Such a treat. 

So post a comment if you please. I look forward to hearing from you.




Hi Fit Pros,

This is Suzelle’s blog, which she has promised me she will use to stay in touch, answer questions, and generally maintain a discussion with all the fitness professionals utilizing the Fitness Pro Travel system.

This will be an awesome opportunity for you to meet, talk with, and get to know the founder of Fit Bodies, Inc. and the originator of the working vacation program.

Leave a comment, say hello, tell her what you think of the programs.