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MyFaith Broadcaster

Music Artist

www.myfaith.com/Tonya Larson
Gender: Female
Country: USA
Member since: 8 Years, 7 Months ago
Status: Offline
Last seen: 8 Years, 6 Months ago

About me

Tonya is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise and Step Instructor. She is also certified in Prenatal Postnatal Fitness and Bosu. She earned a BA in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from Victory Bible Institute’s School of Worship & Biblical Studies in Tulsa, OK.

FAMILY
I have a wonderful husband, Josh, who is currently serving as an FA-18 Pilot in the U.S. Navy and we have two beautiful boys; Aero and Jace. Presently, we live in South Carolina, but as military life requires, we often move and when people ask me where I’m from, I honestly don’t know what to say anymore. :) However, it has been an adventure getting to move every couple of years and I have made some amazing friends along the way. I am also very proud of my husband’s service to our country.

FITNESS
My first job, at sixteen years of age, was working as a trainer at a fitness center where I developed a passion for encouraging and motivating others to enjoy and maintain a lifestyle of fitness. I have always loved working out and getting fit and I try to share that enthusiasm with those that I am teaching.

PRODUCTION BACKGROUND
Making an exercise DVD has been a dream of mine for many years as I have worked in a variety of capacities in production and hoped to combine my fitness and production training. I worked as a Producer/Writer/Director for a Christian production company based in Tulsa, OK and have also had the privilege of acting in various small films and commercials. The most notable film was “Christmas Child,” with Steven Curtis Chapman which currently runs on the Lifetime network during the Christmas Season and can be found in many stores. (I am credited under my maiden name, Bordeaux.) For many years, I also traveled as an Independent Music Artist to various festivals, churches and coffee houses. It has been a great joy to invest all of these areas of my life into the making of my fitness DVD's.

My Faith

Like so many in the world today, I had a difficult childhood. My mother was 16 when she married my 21-year old father who was in and out of jail for the entirety of their short 2-year marriage. During this time period, the 70’s drug and party culture had a very negative effect on my mother’s choices so we moved from place to place and man to man until I was 14 years old. Although my mother’s life began to settle down at this point, I started to rebel and experimented with the drugs and partying that I had seen presented to me all my life. These choices were profoundly detrimental to my emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. As is often the case, the fruit of this lifestyle was becoming evident in my body as I began to gain weight, developed an acne problem, and had very low self-esteem. Fortunately, my grandmother and aunts are very godly women and were continually praying for me and encouraging me to give my life to the Lord. At the age of 21, after ending an unhealthy relationship with a well-known professional athlete, I had come to the conclusion that money, fame and success were not the answer to filling the void in my soul. On the flight home from that break-up, I walked into the airport chapel, fell on my knees and through many tears, laid my sorrow, sin and brokenness at the feet of Jesus. There was an immediate and permanent change in my life and I was filled with hope and peace that I had never known. However, the road to spiritual and physical health took many years. I still made some bad choices based on flawed and ungodly concepts believing that I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as God intended because I just wasn’t good enough. I had to “renew my mind with the washing of the water of the Word.” I spent many years in Christian counseling and prayer, studying and memorizing the Word and developing “right” thinking. It has been through this 15-year journey of redemption and restoration, that I have learned how to live body mind and spirit fit by God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am passionate about encouraging others that they too can live a lifestyle of spiritual, physical and mental health.

My Verse

“No discipline is pleasant while it’s happening - it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who have been trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11

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