My name is Dawn Miles,
* I’m the founder of Everyday Faith and Fitness,
* a certified personal trainer/group fitness instructor,
* independent Team Beachbody coach,
* wife of a hilarious, kind-hearted sports medicine physician,
* a farmer’s daughter,
* and a homeschooling mom of 2 boys (ages 2 and 5).
I help busy, frustrated moms implement simple fitness and nutrition programs with an added, Biblical perspective on health so that they can be physically prepared to do all they are called to do as well as mentally find peace with their God-given bodies.
I know there are tons of fitness professionals out there – and you can find health and wellness information everywhere.
If you’re looking for a perfectly, shredded body and six-pack abs, I may not be the best coach for you. I just want to provide a low-maintenance, “everyday” approach to being healthy.
Let’s take care of these temples – not try to achieve some sort of unrealistic social ideal.
If you’re interested in a few more details, here’s the long version about me:
I grew up on a farm in central Illinois – riding bikes, climbing trees, and playing sports (including volleyball, basketball, softball, track, and even cheerleading). My identity was certainly as an athlete.
I’m not sure if it had to do with growing up in a different time or a different place, or if I was just blessed to have parents who supported my desire to be active and never once gave me cause to critique or even consider the look or shape of my body.
It was even during this time that I first learned the influence of the written word, as I wrote a persuasive paper to convince my parents that I could participate in multiple sports seasons at one time. I’m an introvert by nature, but, man, do I love the written word! There’s some level of safety here behind this computer screen.
I went off to Knox College, started dating my future husband just a few weeks into my First-Year, and graduated with a double major in Educational Studies and Psychology. During college, I overcame my trepidation of the weight room, witnessed my first road races, and worked at a summer camp for kids and adults with special needs that ultimately changed my life.
After teaching fifth grade for six years, I began a new chapter in my life as a stay-at-home mom, which I L-O-V-E! (but totally admit is H-A-R-D!) During this time, I realized I could combine my passion for fitness and my desire to help others into roles at the gym, but still be home with my baby for most of the day.
We were beyond fortunate to have grandparents 15 minutes away who were more than happy to babysit a couple hours while I taught two days a week. In addition to teaching BodyFlow (the Les Mills tai chi, yoga, Pilates-based class), CXWorx (the Les Mills 30-minute core class), and Body & Soul, a total body workout set to Christian music, I also became an ACE-certified personal trainer. Nothing is more gratifying than helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.
Life was practically perfect! But then, my husband got the call offering him his dream job – in North Carolina! After many, many months of prayer, we felt we were supposed to reach outside of our comfort zone and just trust God. So we moved.
We found a beautiful home out in the country, got plugged in at a nearby Christian church, and made connections at the YMCA. And, within the first year here, had our second baby as well. With this new life (and no built-in babysitters), I simply felt like I didn’t have time to physically train or teach any more classes.
And it was in this season of life that God opened the doors for me to become an online fitness coach with Team Beachbody.
Please hear me when I say, I am most certainly NOT out to sell anyone anything! But I DO love this company! Granted, I realize the name itself often comes with a negative connotation, but I promise, the people in this company are genuine.
They truly just want people to live healthy, fulfilling lives and achieve their goals. (Believe me, there is never ANY mention of whether a body is beach-ready or not!)
And, for real, I became a coach because this makes sense – and this is what I do everyday!
- a 30-minute workout in my basement (ideally before the boys wake up)
- an amazing superfood shake for either breakfast or an afternoon snack
- simple, clean(ish)-eating meal plans
- and awesome FB group accountability and encouragement
Those “before/after” pics? They’re real y’all! And it’s so much fun!
So seriously, let’s connect! Send me a message. Friend me on Facebook. I always love to hear people’s stories!
I truly hope you will find something refreshing here. If you ever have any questions, feel like you’re stuck in a rut, or just need a change of perspective, hopefully EFF can help!