Well, what to say about Helen M. Ryan? She is a freelance writer, fitness pro, speaker, nonprofit founder and an avid chocolate lover.
Helen overcame her own challenge with weight and lost 82 pounds after struggling for most of her life. She became a certified fitness pro to help others change their lives...one small step at a time.
She believes in trying new things and living life - not "waiting for tomorrow." Helen speaks to groups (including schools) to inspire them to find their own passions and follow their dreams. It's her own version of YOLO, per se, except it's YOLO with consideration for others (for those of you without teenage children, YOLO means You Only Live Once.)
A single mom who at one point had to recycle bottles to buy gas to take her kids to school, Helen wants to help other women avoid the same challenge. She founded a nonprofit, Reignite Inc., that helps women gain and improve skills to assist them with re-entering the workforce or to build their own businesses.
In her 'free' time, Helen teaches Spinning classes, which is her love - and one of the things that truly helped save her life (and lets her eat chocolate). Helen lives in California, and has two awesome children. She is working on a new book, but finds that it's not easy to find the time to finish it. You know how that goes.
Visit Helen's weight loss blog at http://www.realworldweightloss.com for some great tips, or her web site at http://www.helenmryan.com.