About

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Hello I'm Ivanna Marie, Welcome! I am so glad you are here.
I am the creator behind this blog as well as a wife, mama, certified personal trainer and overall wellness enthusiast! I have a Master's Degree in Management and my real job 😉 is working with the Federal Government. I currently live in Colorful Colorado.

I have been into fitness most of my life. When I was in high school I was on the powerlifting team and won nationals for my weight class.

I have always loved feeling strong, lifting weights made me feel just that. I decided to become a personal trainer and received my first personal training certification in 2005.

Fast forward a bit, fitness and wellness became much more so of a necessity for me rather than something I did for pure enjoyment and feeling strong. In 2012 I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. My anxiety was triggered by a short notice tour in Afghanistan of over 6 months and all of the stress that came along with that deployment.

This was a very hard time in my life and it took time, prayer, fasting and behavioral therapy to help me to get the anxiety under control. I used holistic lifestyle changes, diet changes, exercise and meditation to help me cope with anxiety.  Anxiety is something that never completely goes away. Because of this I have to make sure that I am taking care of my body, eating well and moving often to keep the anxious feeling away.

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I started this blog Ivanna Marie (formally Petite Heartbeat) in 2014 as a way to share my love for living a healthy lifestyle with my family and friends. I also want to show people how much healthy eating and exercise can have a positive impact on your health, physically and mentally.

I have expanded my blog over the years and now in addition to fitness and wellness, I include lifestyle topics such as finances, simple living and additional topics to help my readers lead a happy and free life.  

Thanks for visiting, I hope you find something of value here today.