My story is a simple one.. or maybe not so simple.
When I decided to go to college, I decided that TV and Film were the direction I wanted to take. Graduating with a degree in Communications was perfect, until I got into the business and I was disappointed. Now what?
During my time in college, I was gifted a membership to a local gym (Gold’s gym to be exact) and started to work out every so often as it was right around the corner from my sorority. I started to lift weights (not that I knew what I was doing…ha). Before I knew it, my daily life included going there and I fell in love with it because I was starting to see results. It brought me back to a time when I loved being involved in gymnastics in my youth, so it was easy to just keep that consistency with working out.
So I graduated college, took that job I ended up not liking, and thought.. Hmmmm… maybe I can do something in the fitness industry…..I started brainstorming! The decision was I’d quit my job (yeeks) and become a trainer (much to my parents dismay). This was the life.. I really enjoyed working with other women to help them shape their bodies. They were getting results and it made me feel really proud.
Then my little girl came in to the picture and when she was 2, I started teaching her gymnastics at home.. I realized how much I missed it and came up with an idea to start teaching gymnastics at her school. Before I knew it I had several schools under my belt and was teaching every morning and afternoon at preschools and elementary’s. This then led to a PE coach position at 2 private schools for K-2nd graders. Then more schools started reaching out for after school classes. As time went on I started hiring instructors to teach all types of fitness and art programs for kids, and “Randis Fitness for Kids” was then formed. This eventually led to my own summer camp for kids and a gymnastics camp director position at another local camp of which I worked for 15 years.
During this time, I began to ponder nutrition for kids. Mostly because I was looking at what was packed in their lunches every day LOL.. I started talking to them about healthier type foods they could eat in place of what they were eating and this led to me writing fun monthly new letters to take home to their parents about healthy lunches and snacks along with exercise. The endorphins for the nutrition piece really started to kick in and well….
As the story goes, this girl went back to school in 2007 (at the age of 43) to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Then decided that wasn’t enough and went on to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition in 2012 and “Randi’s Fitness Nutrition” was founded.
Can’t figure out whether that was simple or not.. but it sure took me on a curvy path to where I am now.. I found my home and love what I do and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my life.
Randi Drasin, MS, RDN