My name is Sarah Hannah Gómez. My friends and family call me Hannah, but if I just went by that online, I’d be confused for other people with my name. I’m a former school librarian, a social justice activist in the book world, and a writer. I have two Master’s degrees and am working on a PhD, and none of my degrees have anything to do with fitness or physiology. I’m really preoccupied with reminding people how educated I am, and I am also a cheese and potato chip connoisseur. I’m an INFJ but also a big talker. I spend a lot of time on Twitter and GoodReads.
I was not a very active kid. I was not an athlete in high school or college. I didn’t think being fit was for someone like me – someone with a breathing condition. Someone who didn’t care about team sports. Someone with tummy issues and mental health issues. Someone without the money for a personal trainer. Someone with jiggly thunder thighs. Someone not particularly coordinated or graceful, even though her name ironically means “full of grace.” Someone who didn’t feel pretty 90% of the time. Someone who preferred reading, writing, and social media to other activities. I would never be an active person, and certainly not an athlete.
I was wrong.
During a particularly dark time in my life, when my mental and physical health were at their lowest and I was professionally dissatisfied and contemplating suicide, I started buying groupons for fancy gyms and looked for cute exercise clothes for sale online. Somewhat by accident, I found that there were ways of moving and using my body that made me feel a little more in control of myself.
I hate motivational speaking and writing. I think “inspirational” stories are gross and saccharine. But I do find a lot of joy in being fit, and I adore reading things about science, food, and wellness. I was starting to bother friends on my Facebook feed, so I decided to come here and write about my ups and downs as I became a fitness instructor and generally healthy human while still indulging in my true self as a scholar, bibliophile, and cultural critic.
Ugh. That was gross. Mainly I love fitness and wellness, and I’m going to be cussing a lot, both when I really love shit or when I really hate it.
I’m on the tweets pretty much all day, every day: @shgmclicious.
What I am: a Schwinn- and Keiser-certified indoor cycling instructor. An AFAA-certified group fitness instructor. A water aerobics, body works and boot camp instructor certified by Fitness International/LA Fitness. A TRX-qualified instructor. An Xtend Barre-trained instructor. A Pilates teacher in training.
What I am not: a doctor, nurse, or any other sort of medical professional. Nor am I a certified exercise physiologist, physical therapist, or personal trainer. Anything I say here is what I think and what I’ve found useful or helpful or positive. I’m not responsible for you or your actions, and I disclaim all liability.