Claudine-Innis Allen, PhD

Feb 4, 2022 | Stories

Inspirational Stories – 

“Susan helped me see that my case was not hopeless. When I wanted to give up she had powerful but honest words of encouragement. One of the best things about her program was that each member was trained to become an inspiration to others.”

I have known Ms. Susan A. Muir for over 18 years. I have known her as a colleague in the School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Technology, Jamaica and I have also known her as a health coach in the years after I left the School of Computing.

Interacting with Susan over 18 years has left me truly inspired because I saw her transform herself both physically and mentally. In 2018 while struggling with my own health and weight I discovered that Susan had an online group coaching challenge “Shape Up for Good”. It did not take long for me to decide – I joined the group. “Shape up for Good” supported a group of women across the Americas (Canada, Caribbean and USA) via Facebook and WhatsApp with health coaching services.

Susan provided inspiration, information and insight that helped us to transform our bodies and minds. Her personal story of maintaining forty (40) pounds weight loss since 2015 (after age 40) is inspiring. She provided exceptional education to her clients, based on evidence-based guidelines from scholarly literature and texts. Best of all, she was able to share insights individually and collectively, gleaned from her experience as a fitness enthusiast and lessons from her weight loss and health transformation journey.

For me Susan helped me see that my case was not hopeless. When I wanted to give up she had powerful but honest words of encouragement. One of the best things about her program was that each member of the program was trained to become an inspiration to others. I observed her carefully crafting a tribe of people who were not only inspired to change themselves but to change others. I am grateful and proud to have been a part of that tribe. We worked hard together and helped and supported each other.

Not only did I lose 16 pounds on her program but remained so inspired by my interactions in the program that I went on to lose a total of 38 pounds and with the encouragement of Susan to prepare for and pass an internationally recognised examination certifying me as a personal trainer and since then have been providing support to others. I had to work hard to change my life the way I have in the last two years – but Susan’s work as my health coach was not only a catalyst but a source of constant support and guidance along the way.

In a nutshell, I wholeheartedly recommend Susan as an effective and authentic health and fitness coach as well as a scholar.

 

— Claudine-Innis Allen, PhD