My name is Deb Phillips. I am married and between us we have seven children. We currently reside in Smithfield.
My family is extremely active. All seven of our children were involved in most sports. We had 6 kids in high school at the same time, so we quickly learned that we would have a stronger influence in how their lives were going if we participated along with them.
My husband and I have been coaches for basketball, baseball, and track and field. We have held strength and conditioning camps for youth along with training with all of our own children. We have also supported the local high school swim team by being timers at the home meets. Our efforts in working with our children resulted in 3 of our children receiving full ride scholarships for track and field.
On a personal note, I go to the Smithfield Rec 4-6 times a week. I generally go 4-5 miles jogging/walking and then lift weights. I started doing this almost exactly a year ago. I awoke one day completely miserable and I decided that something needed to change. I had for years taken care of everyone, but myself. Some would say that there flat out wasn’t time to worry about my health. I went to bed most nights at midnight and was up at 6am. When was I supposed to work out?? Well, I had the usual acid reflux, insomnia, knees that ache all of the time, and my waistline was expanding. I was miserable!! After not sleeping one night I finally got angry. I was livid!!!! I went home after work wiped out my cabinets of all processed foods, junk food and replaced it with good foods. I bought coconut oil to cook with, I white rice with brown and my fridge became full of fruits/ veggies. Fast forward one year, I am 50 lbs. lighter, no acid reflux, my knees don’t ache and I have more energy than I have had in years. I work out faithfully and can’t imagine what it would be like not to go to the gym. I have found my time. I get up at 4:20am and I am at the gym by 5:00am. I work out until 6:30am, get cleaned up and then head to work. My mornings are not interrupted. No one seems to want me at 4:20am, so I am able to do what I need to do for me. I have come to realize that without taking care of myself I am incapable of taking care of others especially my incredible family.
True wellness occurs when all of our needs are being met. That means physical, spiritual, emotional health and that our interpersonal relationships are being taken care of as well. My husband and I decided from day one that if our “Blended family” was going to work we would have to take time out for ourselves. We started date night every Friday from the very first week after we were married. It has played a huge role in our relationship remaining strong through thick and thin. We enjoy long walks, going on hikes, going to plays and we love summer concerts. We both make sure that all of our needs are being met.I am more than willing to help improve the wellness of our department by encouraging all of our faculty and staff to do all that they can do to improve their own health through making healthy choices.