We had the good fortune of connecting with Cathy Clements and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cathy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
While in my 40s I was preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan as a special agent with NCIS. I was having a very difficult time competing with agents 10 and 15 years younger. At first I just pushed harder, it was what worked when I was younger. Then I injured myself, training for a marathon. I pulled my calf muscle half way into a 14 mile run. So I turned around and hobbled back to where we had started running. The whole walk back, I was talking to myself, why couldn’t I do this, why was everyone else still going and I am injured. I began to question my abilities, my confidence was falling apart and I began looking outward and comparing myself to others. But because of this incident and my lack of energy and inability to loose weight, I looked for answers not comparisons. I don’t want any other women to go through this process. As we get to mid-life we experience a lot of changes. I first started this conversation with my sisters. My Mom had died from cancer at the age of 48. We didn’t know what this second half of life was going to look like for us. I knew that if I was going to finish life strong, I needed to be healthy. It wouldn’t matter how wealthy I was, because without health, wealth means little. For these reasons I love working with others who have already decided that they want a healthy second half of life, they have a great outlook to complete the things they have always wanted to and to feel great!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My focus is on the over 40, looking to be their best and to accomplish their goals. The first thing I tell my clients is that each of us has separate goals and fitness/health looks different to us all. I listen to their needs and goals to personalize the coaching I provide. Each client is different and helping them attain their desired goals individual. I have had challenges, but I surround myself with mentors who keep me focused and headed toward my goals.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well if you haven’t been to Prescott, in awhile there is a lot to do! Most of my friends are fairly healthy, so we would hike a few days. Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte would be two of the hikes we would do. We may run one day, so we would go to Peavine Trail – fairly flat but at this altitude may be challenging. I have my studio so we can workout here as well. Its hard to limit the locations for food but Limoncello’s I love because it reminds me of the years I lived in Italy. I also enjoy the Barley Hound and La Planchada Taqueria. I would take them to the square to see all the shops and the Palace and the Sharlot Hall Museum. From there it would depend on what time of year and what they wanted to see.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a lot of mentors I can credit with my successes. I want to send gratitude to my husband first for all of his support. And secondly to the National Academy of Sports Medicine for the the wonderful courses and support they provide.

Website: https://www.cathysclements.com

Instagram: @realcathyclements

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathy-clements-0901663/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CathyClementsBiz

Youtube: Cathy Clements – Lead Your Best Life, A Roadmap to Health and Wellness

Image Credits
Kimberly Marsh Photograph and Blushing Cactus Photography

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