About Charlaine

Everywhere I go, God takes me on adventures. Some are wonderful, while others I don’t care to repeat. All of them are challenges that have stretched me growing my faith.

I am a newly, oldly-wed with my Boaz, my Second Blessing! My first husband, my high school sweetheart, passed away from a long battle with cancer. We were married for 29 years. It was a heart-wrenching adventure to lose such a sweet man of God. The Lord heard my pain as I prayed and He brought another wonderful man of God into my life. I call him my Boaz. I’ve been enormously blessed twice!

My passion is helping people improve their lives through healthy living while deepening in their faith in Jesus Christ. I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for around 25 years and have encountered a religious landscape under the guise of holistic health and wellness. You can see more about my ministry, Be Totally Fit for Life!.

My life with chronic pain and fatigue conditions present unique challenges for me, but God has enabled me to do far more than I could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). Recently, I’ve had a twist in my adventure. Follow my progress in my blog posts about this challenge with Mixed Collagen Vascular Disease.

I manage my health as naturally as possible, although I do have some medical interventions. My workouts are usually a blend of functional training exercises, traditional weights, PraiseMoves, and cardio on the elliptical, bicycle, or swimming. I eat a healthy diet of lean meats, primarily poultry and fish, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, whole gluten-free grains, non-dairy alternatives, with plenty of water. Ups and downs come with chronic health conditions. When I get knocked down, I get back up again for yet more adventures. I encourage others who face challenges to do the best they can with what they find each day.

I am a personal trainer and freelance writer, so you will see blog posts, magazine articles, and be able to watch books take form. I greatly enjoy interacting with those who visit me, so take the time to comment on posts, ask questions, or let me know how I can pray for you. You may also email me at charlaine_martin@yahoo.com.

I live in the Thumb of Michigan, so if you want to figure that out, there are mittens with the Michigan map in stores here! My husband and I enjoy cycling together on local bike trails as well as flying his single-engine plane when the sky beckons us. He jokingly refers to me as his “biker babe.” We enjoy traveling together to exciting destinations, pictured below. We also enjoy spending time with our adult children and grandchildren.

Caperanaum at Sea of Galilee 2017