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Meet July’s cover model: Jamie E. Ribby

0716A medical emergency six years ago spurred Jamie E. Ribby, 40, of Eaton Rapids, to put more emphasis on her health than even she thought was possible. “I’ve always enjoyed and tried to stay physically fit, as well as trying to make healthy food choices, but a blood clot to my leg and lungs that hospitalized me for nine days in 2003 put my workout routine and dedication into high gear,” she said.  The mother of three said she rotates workouts between swimming, running, weight training, bike riding, cardio workout dvds, workouts designed by her husband who teaches personal conditioning, in addition to running around with her children. “When I became a mom, I was adamant about getting a daily workout and choosing healthy foods, but my sleep and eating habits began to suffer,” she said. “Deprivation of sleep, and in other areas of my life, eventually left me physically, emotionally and spiritually drained.” She credits her faith as a guiding, and calming, influence on her health.  “God gave me the courage and opportunities to make these changes.” Ribby works as a part time clinic nurse at Lansing Pediatric Associates. She said her goal is to eat natural and pure foods, as well as preparing them for her family, but she knows she has to have some flexibility. “I do have a real sweet tooth, and usually do better if I just avoid the sugars,” she said. “I have found that, for me, it’s often better to occasionally allow a small portion of whatever it is I’m craving than to deprive myself completely.” Her advice for others? “Our lives, your life, is a gift,” she said. “Be thankful. Have joy. Find a balance in your life. What will you do with this gift you’ve been given? I challenge you not to just become physically fit, but seek health and healing in all areas of your life.”

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