In my job I call my “vocation”, I get to meet not only individuals interested in achieving a new level of health, wellness and fitness, I get to know them, their lives, their passions and what drives them. Many cross the divide from wanting to “lose 10 pounds” (the most common reason they seek my help) to beginning to live a life filled with little habits that contribute to their long term health – and yes, they lose the 10 pounds and sometimes even more.
Jennifer Poersch and I met partially because our children’s school, partially because we belong to the same church and because we have a load of mutual friends. What started as a new way to get fit and strong has turned into a friendship I am psyched is just the beginning.
Jennifer has a network of very good friends; she gives her time generously to the Carpenter’s Shelter and may be one of the most caring and thoughtful people in my life. She shares her love and commitment for her two lovely daughters with her also-amazing husband J.B.
When you meet Jennifer, you can tell she has a way to engage in a conversation that is intentional which I’m sure is why she has a large network of good friends. She cares. She asks questions and waits for the answer (unlike so many of our conversations).
Jennifer is fully committed to the The Carpenter’s Shelter and serves on the Board of Directors and is the Development Chair for the Board as well. She also serves on the development committee for the New Heights campaign, the designated fund to raise for the new shelter that is currently being built. She believes the organization is giving us a huge opportunity for Alexandria to eradicate homelessness in our community.
Jennifer’s fitness program is defined by her ability to see that the journey is so much more rewarding than the actual result. When we can accept that what we will learn along the way may even change the ultimate goal, we have reached a new fitness, wellness and acceptance that real change takes time.
I look forward to sharing more updates on Jennifer in the new year to showcase her journey and how a renewed perspective on total health, wellness and fitness has made her stronger than ever!
How do you spend your time? I love making family dinner and sitting around the table talking about what everyone in the family is up to. It is a great time to reflect and catch up.
Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
How long have you lived in Alexandria: I moved to the DC area in 1999 but landed in Alexandria in 2001
What is your hometown? Springfield, MO
What brought you to Alexandria? Politics brought me to DC and my husband brought me to Alexandria
What would surprise people about you? I was the mascot (Wildcat) for my college football team
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Multitasking!
Favorite cocktail: Petron Silver with club soda and lots of lime!
Last book read or movie seen: Southernmost by Silas House
Guilty Pleasure: Meeting girlfriends for a glass of wine
Phrase you overuse: Seriously?
Facebook or Instagram? Facebook, my daughter deleted my Instagram account a couple of years ago and I haven’t gotten around to re-downloading it
Latest binge-watch: Queen
Bucket list travel destination: Africa
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee, preferably from Swings
Define your style in three words or less: Tailored with a flair
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Tall black Steve Madden boots
Favorite trend ever: Ripped white jeans
Favorite current trend: Stylish workout attire
Beauty product you can’t live without: Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer
Favorite fragrance: Bliss lemon sage body butter
Heels or flats? Flats
Favorite room in your home: Breakfast nook
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Last item bought for your home: Fun custom-made pillows in a variety of patterns
Next planned purchase: New basement furniture
Favorite way to entertain: Having friends over for dinner
Clutter-free or well-lived in? I’d like to be clutter free, but it is a constant struggle!
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: I like wallpaper in small rooms like the office and powder room
Your go-to work-out: I like variety but I’m really into Barre3 right now. Meredith and her team are awesome and make you work muscles you don’t even know you have.
Most fun way to exercise: One-on-one or small group training with Adrien Cotton—she is an inspiration!
Group exercise or solo: Group, I work harder when someone else is pushing me
Fitness goal: Be as strong and healthy as I can be
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: The dreaded pullup—it really intimidates me
Proudest fitness achievement: Running a marathon
Favorite spot in Alexandria: My back patio
Last purchase in Alexandria: Probably coffee at Swings, I just love that place
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Grape + Bean for happy hour and Brabo Tasting Room for a last-minute date night
Favorite charity: There are a lot of great local charities, but I recently joined the board of the Carpenter’s Shelter and love the work we are doing here in Alexandria
Favorite annual Alexandria event: Carpenter’s Cook-off
Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314