I Did The Most Selfish Thing...

I Did The Most Selfish Thing…

I did the most selfish thing…..

I believe as a mom, no matter what hardships you have encountered or are going through now, you have the power to become the CEO of your own life. I also believe, as the CEO of your own life, you can create happiness and fulfillment in your health, family, & career.

I certainly wasn’t in that frame of mind 9 years ago, today. December 10, 2011, I was having major chest pains. I was having difficulty breathing and short of breath. My heart was racing and I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

My arms were numb and I was hyperventilating. I am pretty sure I hadn’t slept more than a couple hours in 3 days.

I was crying uncontrollably, which started daily 5 weeks prior.

I was so nauseous I couldn’t eat anything. I was just 5 weeks postpartum, but I was already LESS than my pre-pregnancy weight.

9 years ago today is when I did the most selfish thing ever…..I was checked into a psychiatric unit for 7 days. 

I left my husband and 5 week old newborn on their own, for 7 days.
For 3 days prior, I was in a state of extreme shambles. Finally I had to be taken to the ER.

I started crying when I went into labor with Lennox, 9 years ago, and I never stopped.

Sleep deprivation, along with hormones, and severe postpartum depression. I was an absolute mess and I thought I might die.

My daughter Lennox, who I worried about 24/7, tried to nurse but my body never produced milk.

I remember chanting to myself “If I can get through this I can get through anything.” I also kept questioning….. why didn’t anyone tell me I could feel this way? Why didn’t anyone tell me that I might not be able to nurse my child?

I vowed that if I made it through I had to be a voice for women who suffer in silence.

I felt like such a failure, had so much guilt, and I longed for my mother, who passed away in 2006, to see my newborn.

I realized I was going to embark on a journey using the inner belief and mindset that had helped me win a national fitness championship and start a business, in ways those tools had never been used or tested before.

My family always viewed me as being so strong. I was always the rock that kept everyone in order and together, especially after my Mom died in 2006.

But, I was also brought up not to talk about things like this….

Today, 9 years ago, instead of heading to a wedding, my husband took me to the ER where I spent 1 week in a psychiatric unit. (Today, that psychiatric unit, along with many others in our area… no longer exist —- that’s a whole other mental health topic.)

Does that make me crazy or lesser of a person?  Would I ever amount to anything after spending time in a mental hospital?

Today, I am thankful and I realize I was put in that situation for a reason.
In fact, I went on to achieve even more successes in my health, career, and family life.

My postpartum journey made me realize I had a deeper calling to help women in a great capacity, moms who might be struggling, or feeling alone, or who want to regain control of their life.♥️

Now I can tell you I’ve hit rock bottom and let you know that it is okay to be extremely selfish.

It is okay to go to the doctor and ask for help.
It is okay to take prescription medication if you need it.
It’s okay to see a counselor.
It’s okay to hire a coach.

And it will be okay and you will achieve even more AFTER suffering such defeat. ♥️

I am thankful for that struggle because it’s helped me dedicate to being my best, and helping others be their best.
I believe you must learn to embrace your pain and adversity to become your personal power.

It has been a long 9 years full of ups & downs. It didn’t magically get better after that hospital stay. I can truly see how many people fall into mental health issues and never come out. I have an entirely new perspective on the subject.

Yes, I even experienced severe anxiety and depression 6 years ago, after my second child. But I was better equipped of what to do.

Even though it didn’t feel like it at the time, and it hurt worse at first, I kept working at feeling better.

You have to decide to strengthen your mind, to do the work and stay the course.

9 years ago today, while it was one of the most difficult days in my life, and trust me I have had many close to this magnitude, I am thankful for this ongoing battle.

This battle has strengthened my purpose and passion to help others. And I am proud to say that I am quite successful in doing so. It is my mission to help more women move forward in life with more clarity, purpose, and fulfillment, to achieve greater health & happiness, in any season of life.

No matter what you are experiencing, it can get better, if you want it to.

You do have to enlist help – the right help – and know that light is on the other side even on your darkest days.

I can share that with you now, because I am a completely different person today. It all started with the most selfish thing I have ever done and I am a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, and coach because of it.

I am worth it. I have much to offer. I am successful. I am enough.

I am happy:)

A feeling I thought I could never feel.

Can you relate?


In case you are seeking permission, only you can give yourself that permission. ♥️
Give yourself permission to break free of your past and move forward into your greater purpose.

It’s not selfish, it’s self respect.

Wife, Mom of 2, Business Owner, Coach to Champions => In Life

PS – If you are struggling, please do reach out to a trusted friend or schedule an appointment with a doctor, counselor, or coach. I am happy to point you in the right direction and offer support where I can, I am here.

You can learn more about Summer’s North Canton Personal Training & Bootcamp location, Summer’s Fitness at, or Call/Text 330-497-2474.

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About Summer: Summer Montabone has a passion for helping people live happier and healthier lives. Her passion has evolved over the years (established) as a personal trainer (1997), health & PE teacher (1998), NSCA-CSCS (2003), NPC/IFBB Fitness Champion and Pro (2004), and gym owner (2007). Summer has faced numerous amounts of adversity from years of trauma, including, a battle with postpartum depression beginning in 2011.  Summer has received several accolades since 2011 and has made it her mission to help others embrace their personal adversity into their personal and professional power. 

Judy Has Dropped 65 Pounds

Judy Has Dropped 65 Pounds

Just shy of her two-year anniversary, Summer’s Fitness member, Judy, has completely transformed her life.  In less than 24 months, she has lost 65 pounds, over 33 inches, and 11% body fat!  Amazing!!

“I’m in better shape than I was twenty years ago!”

Judy, now embracing the benefits that come with living a healthy lifestyle, remembers a time when she didn’t feel as confident in herself.  “Before losing weight and getting into shape, I dreaded going places. I didn’t look good and I didn’t feel like myself,” she says. “I wanted to hide.  I wouldn’t let anyone take my photograph.”

It wasn’t until she ran into an acquaintance (that she almost didn’t recognize!) who had begun working out with Summer’s Fitness coach, Devin.  “He’d lost a lot of weight and he looked great.  He looked happier. I thought if he could do this, then so can I!  I signed up immediately.”

Since then, Judy has not only been making progress in the gym, but also has learned a great deal about overall health and wellness.  “I’ve completely changed my eating habits,” says Judy.  “I feel healthier and so much happier.”

“I’ve lost 65 pounds and all of the ‘skinny clothes’ in my closet fit me again.

At 58, Judy feels better than she did twenty years ago.  “Now I can’t wait to wear all of the clothes that have been hanging in my closet for years.”  The support and motivation she gets from trainer, Devin and the rest of the SF team have helped her lose weight in a lasting way.  “Devin has pushed me to accomplish so much more than I thought possible. I absolutely do recommend Summer’s Fitness whenever I’m asked.”

As a busy account executive, Judy’s time at the gym is precious, which is why Summer’s Fitness high intensity bootcamps  and personal training sessions are perfect for her.  30 minute classes, motivating coaches, and a holistic view of wellness has helped Judy achieve such amazing results.  Judy’s advice to those thinking their time has past to get healthy is this:

“It’s never too late to make positive changes and feel better about yourself.”

We are soooo super proud of Judy!  It’s hard to get started. It’s even harder to stick to it. We make the process easy with a supportive team behind you every step of the way!  

When you are ready to make a positive change in your life, Call or Text us at 330-497-2474, email us, send us a message, or request a complimentary consultation at We look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on your life too!

This Saturday, we are holding a FREE Fitness Orientation. CLICK HERE to reserve a spot and Claim 2 Weeks of FREE Fitness Bootcamp sessions. (Offer expires 8/31/17. For new participants or those who have not used our services in the past 6 months.)

Committed to your health & happiness,

Summer Montabone, CSCS and the entire Summer’s Fitness Team and Community

PS- We know it can be scary to get started, we get it!
Summer’s Fitness is the #1 fitness and fat loss program guaranteed to burn fat and get you in the best shape of your life!

Our high energy, safe, and supportive group environment works for all fitness levels from beginner to elite and delivers twice the results in half the time!

Click here to schedule a FREE Orientation or give us a Call or Text to 330-497-2474 to experience the difference, today!

Meet Jenn

Meet Jenn

“After more than 12 years of always putting the kids’ needs before my own, I realized that sometimes, I need to put my needs first in order to meet any of their needs.  That’s a hard concept for many of us moms.

Raise your hand if you can relate to that!

Like so many devoted moms, Jenn spent her waking hours making sure her kids were happy, healthy, and taken care of, even at the expense of her own well-being.  As the end of 2016 neared, she decided that sacrificing her own health wasn’t the example she wanted for her children, and decided it was time to lead by example.

Now, in just six months, thanks to the tools she has learned through her fitness journey at Summer’s Fitness, Jenn is down 55 pounds, 27.5 inches, and 8% body fat! “I have been able to change my approach to eating and activity,” says Jenn. “I have gone from an size 16/18 to a size 10.  Most importantly, I FEEL so much better.  I have more energy to tackle my week”

Energy is something Jenn could not seem to muster up before she joined Summer’s Fitness.  “Over the past several years I had put on quite a bit of weight due to lack of exercise, poor eating choices, and generally bad life decisions,” she says. “I found myself frequently moody, tired, and generally not feeling well.”  As a single working mom of 3 incredible kids, ages 9, 12 and 12, who are all very active with school, sports, and other activities, she was always skipping meals or eating fast food on the run in order to stay on schedule.

Jenn describes her old self as, “Overweight, unhappy with my appearance and how I was feeling, and starting to take medications on a regular basis for things like heartburn, headaches, and body aches.”

In addition, she was missing out participating in some activities with the kids.  What really hit hard though, Jenn says, “They were starting to take on some of my bad habits, and I didn’t want that for them.”

Like most people embarking on a new fitness journey, Jenn was apprehensive.  With a busy schedule and three kids, how was she going to also fit in exercise and meal planning? Luckily, Jenn didn’t need to fit in hour-long cardio and weight training sessions multiple days a week to get the results she wanted.

“Summer’s Fitness offers an incredible variety of days and times for boot camp classes.  These classes are short enough to fit in any schedule but very effective and fun!”

Jenn was also concerned about her own lack of accountability.  However, she was pleasantly surprised when she was welcomed into the SF family from the start. “At Summer’s, the coaches, staff and members are VERY friendly, supportive and inclusive.  They pulled me right out of my shell very quickly.  I now have this large network of other people with similar goals that I can access anytime, anywhere via the members’ Facebook group if I have a question, concern, need a pick me up or even looking for ideas for a new recipe.”

Thanks to weekly weigh-ins, monthly assessments, and daily contact in the Facebook group, Jenn has a reason to stay accountable and focused on her goals.  “In my past experiences, if I didn’t have accountability through check ins, I would quickly find other things that came before my exercise plans,” she says.

Today, Jenn has the energy and enthusiasm to keep up with work, her home, her kids’ activities, and workout on a regular basis.  “This summer the kids and I have been hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming in the ocean, and playing games nightly in the backyard.  These are things I did not have the stamina to do in the past!”

Jenn has had such a life-changing experience through Summer’s Fitness, and is proud to be a healthy example for her kids.

“I recommend Summer’s Fitness to all of my friends and coworkers in the area!  Summer’s is a great place to belong.  The quality of coaches and variety workouts offers a challenge for ALL fitness levels without excluding those of us who start out very unfit.  Everyone at Summer’s fits in because the members are there to achieve their own personal best – not compete with the other members or ‘be seen’.”

Congratulations Jenn! We are SO PROUD of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping into your greatness! It is our pleasure to guide you on your health, fitness, and happiness journey!

When you are ready to make a positive change in your life, Call us at 330-497-2474, email us, send us a message, or request a complimentary consultation at We look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on your life too!

Committed to your health & happiness,

Summer Montabone, CSCS and the entire Summer’s Fitness Team and Community