Jami Shields, owner of Ab-solute Fitness & Nutrition, in Carlisle, wasn’t always a fitness guru. In fact, less than a decade ago, she was an overweight mom raising two children while her husband was serving duty in Iraq. “During this time, my dear friend’s mother passed of cancer,” recalls Shields. “She got inspired to run a long-distance race in her mother’s honor and asked me to join her.” At first, Shields didn’t know how she was going to do it, but to her delight, discovered she loved training. “I really enjoyed my runs. Plus, the three months of training completely transformed my body. I felt amazing and was getting compliments left and right.” Read the rest of this article that originally appeared in the September 2014 edition of Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania edition.