Joni Crawford began fitness over 50

Joni Crawford is lost when her husband and son die in a car accident.  She holds on to reality by loving and caring for her dog Bandit.  When she meets Adam Carmichael, he encourages her to exercise with him as a way to spend time together.  She accepts the challenge and loves how her body transforms for her efforts. 

She is also a good southern cook.  Joni thrives on the opportunities to share a meal with someone, rather than eating alone night after night.  Follow the story of Joni and Adam.

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10 Ways to Make Fitness Easier

You don't need a gym to stay fit

If it's raining outside and you don't want to sit in traffic on your way to a fitness class? YouTube to the rescue… if you're not sure where to start, try Blogilates, Kayla Itsines, or Tone It Up , The

Find a fitness app that motivates

 Download an app that plays music from your library to match your pace, such as There are also 'speed' buttons on the app if you want to go faster or slower. 

Sign up and train for an event

  Add a competitive element to your fitness goal by signing up for a competition or charity run. This will help you stick to your goal, and you'll feel extra satisfied after you've smashed it. Diarise the date and sign up with a friend so you're less likely to back out should you get any pre-event jitters. 

Be Prepared

  Keep a gym bag in your car or at work at all times, even if you weren't planning to exercise. This will allow for spontaneous workouts such as when a lunchtime meeting is cancelled. Pack your bag with workout clothes, footwear, headphones, deodorant, face wipes and a bottle of water. 

Remove distractions

  Set your phone to aeroplane mode when you start your workout. This way, there's no excuse to leave early and you won't get side-tracked by social media notifications, nagging texts or work emails. You can still use Spotify by enabling wifi and the 'do not disturb' option in your settings. 

Reward yourself for exercising

 Every time you exercise, pay yourself $1 – or whatever amount you choose – and treat yourself to a coveted item at the end of six months. Perhaps you put a gold coin in a jar every time you hit the gym as a visual incentive and buy something fitness related, such as a Fitbit, once you've reached your goal. This is a great motivator for those just starting out.

Favorite Recipes from Joni's Kitchen

A healthy but nutrient dense meal that won't pack on the pounds.

A healthy but nutrient dense meal that won't pack on the pounds.

Rosemary Chicken

¾ lb(s) small red-skinned potatoes, halved, or quartered if large

Kosher salt

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus 1 Tbsp leaves

1 clove garlic, smashed

1 pinch red pepper flakes

Juice of 2 lemons (squeezed halves reserved)

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (6- to 8-oz each)

10 oz cremini mushrooms, halved




1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Cover the potatoes with cold water in a saucepan and salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, about 8 minutes; drain and set aside.

2. Pile the rosemary leaves, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and the red pepper flakes on a cutting board, then mince and mash into a paste using a large knife. Transfer the paste to a bowl. Stir in the juice of 1 lemon and the olive oil. Add the chicken and turn to coat.

3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down, cover and cook until the skin browns, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken; add the mushrooms and potatoes to the skillet and drizzle with the juice of the remaining lemon.

4. Add the rosemary sprigs and the squeezed lemon halves to the skillet; transfer to the oven and roast, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.