A note from mom

I am Steven’s mom, and I never imagined my son would be gone before  me.  I wish someone can tell me why, every day of my life gets harder, I see people that remind me of us and I start crying. It’s very hard to go places, Steven was my every thing, the best kid…

Ashley’s Commitment Day

Commitment Day January  1, 2013 was a long anticipated day for me. This day meant much more to me than just another challenge to add to my list. The weekend before Steve passed away he was making phone calls to friends and family members to try to get everyone he knew to sign up for…

Living a Life of Vitality: Herald Journal

Living a life of vitality DEC. 17, 2012 In the wake of her husband’s death, Ashley (Danielson) Toms encourages others to commit to a healthy lifestyle By Kristen Miller News Editor COKATO, MN – Losing her husband just weeks before their first anniversary was the most heartbreaking experience for Ashley (Danielson) Toms. But instead of…

Andra Takalo

Although I only knew Steve for five years, I am now able to finally understand that the memories and lessons learned from Steve during this time are enough to last a lifetime. I first met Steve when he was new to Lifetime. I was referred to him through another personal trainer. Within the first minutes…

You Have Conquered

One month ago today, Steve Toms died.  Reality can hurt but love is a propeller. Normally when I blog, I am lucky if about 60 people put a hit on the site.  But a month ago, I posted an entry that had 1,200 views in the first two days.  It had nothing to do with me or…

From Afar the Bullet Holes Look Like Lace

[R.I.P. Steve Toms, friend, teacher, mentor, smart aleck] by CHARLOTTE on OCTOBER 30, 2012 · 162 COMMENTS This picture cracks me up. It’s from a Shape photoshoot and Steve and I both hated it – I thought my thighs looked fat, he thought he had a double chin – but of course this ended up being the one they used…

Standing Strong

Whipping wind and snow swirled all around me in a desperate chance to bring me down. It was blurry and hard to see, I stumbled and thought for a moment it would indeed succeed. Through all that wind and snow I saw something familiar, with it came warmth, with it came confidence, with it came…

Hillary Hopkins

Steve met Hillary in May of 2007, with John Cottrell, when he was with Life Time Fitness in South Valley, Utah. Impressed with Hopkins’s determination, they had ideas about a different approach to exercise that they believed could truly make a difference in her mobility. They began asking questions, and after listening to her story,…