People Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

People Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend 

Posted: 2:30 pm Sunday, April 30th, 2017

By Ann Kelly


It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m enjoying my last day of vacation, watching the replay of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Journey has just been inducted, Steve Perry receiving a massive ovation and showing the love to all his bandmates. I’ve heard that from all the inductees – it’s not all about them. It’s about what brought them to this point. The support from family, friends, fans and the industry is and always will be the recipe for success. I’ve waited a while to write this latest entry on my personal wellness journey because quite honestly it’s taken many twists and turns of late. But that’s what a chronic illness like Lupus is. Never dull. Frustrating yes, but never dull.  So after more of what sometimes seems lab draws, imaging tests and consultations we might have a hand on just what things seemed to go haywire for some time. All in good time. But despite still not knowing exactly where l’m headed, I have my support system at BayCare. You’ve met Charlotte Mapes who’s keeping me on track with my diet choices and goals. But you haven’t met the trainer that can even get me to do that full workout on days when it’s the last thing I feel like doing.

Ann Kelly and Jim Healy

That’s Jim Healy, or as I first knew him as “JimAtTheGym” which he has told me is so much than just a legendary mnemonic device. He’s also quite humble. Jim is a native of St Pete, whose path to BayCare was one interesting road – stops in NYC, Vegas and home to take care of his 92 year old grandmother who died just two days short of 101. I’m sure Jim had plenty to do with her longevity! There’s a lot to my friend Jim who actually also spent time some in radio as well as Big Jim Kelly in Palatka and Colorado Springs. He’s taken on a new challenge as the BayCare Wellness Services Business Development Coordinator, along with his position as an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and TRX-Pert. But what I love about having Jim as my trainer is that he doesn’t shy away from a challenge, like working with someone with a chronic illness as I have or working with seniors. You know, we who have hope but at times feel hopeless.

Staring at the mirror makes me sweat more

He’s brought out a part of me I didn’t know was there. Jim can make me feel like I’m done my best every single time. That’s what motivates me and keeps me coming back.  He’s helped me accept what I used to view as a limitation and turn that into motivation. Just check out his quick tips on Facebook to get started – you won’t stop and you’ll want more as well and that’s the easiest part of all. I hope you can join me at a BayCare Fitness Center and get that same wonderful feeling, too. There’s nothing like it. Just click right here for more information. And remember these are my personal results and you should always check with your doctor before starting any new routine.

And please don’t forget that this Saturday I’ll be at the Walk To Cure Arthritis on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. I encourage you to join me at learn more about the more than 100 forms of arthritis, like Lupus. It’s a morning of fun, making new friends and a lot of hugs. Just click here and I’ll make sure you have all the information. Don’t worry, if you’re not up to walking just come to say hello. I’d love to meet you.