I’m a personal trainer, wellness coach, gym owner and writer — and author of the forthcoming book, The Complete Idiots Guide to Losing 20 Pounds in 2 Months Fast Track Diet, due out in February 2013. Check out my website at wendyfitness.com.

I consider it my mission to help people get into exceptional shape (because with our country’s overweight/obesity epidemic, normal isn’t “normal” anymore) so that they can live fuller, happier, healthier lives. You don’t have to be thin to be fit — the important thing is to get up and move! Life’s more fun when you’re an active participant in it.

I’m not your average fitness nut. When I was a kid, I skipped gym class every chance I got. It wasn’t till I was older that I discovered that moving — working out, sweating, feeling stronger — made me feel happier and healthier. I want to help people find that feeling on their own!