About Cherie…

Cherie Hart Steffen is a Pittsburgh, PA, area PR + Social Media Specialist. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer who earned her certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She’s also certified by NASM as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, and a Youth Exercise Specialist.smile

In January 2010, an embarrassing comment from a teacher and a remembered promise to her recently-deceased mother set Cherie out on a weight loss journey to get healthy, shed pounds, become fit and regain a passion for life. She ended up accomplishing all of that in addition to discovering a passion for fitness, good nutrition, health and wellness. After losing 85 pounds at home through hard work, sheer dedication and clean-eating, this led Cherie to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Cherie is a firm believer that there is no secret, no potion, no trick. You simply must work out, eat clean, repeat, repeat, repeat and you’ll get there.

Cherie is also the owner and writer of Cherie Runs This, a health and wellness weight loss/get fit blog she maintains as a way to inspire and motivate others to begin their own journeys to the fit life. Always honest and putting it out there for all to read, she takes a common sense and sometimes tough love approach to the ups and downs, ins and outs and trials and tribulations that happen along a weight loss journey. Whether making you laugh, cry, nod your head in agreement, or shake your head in disbelief, Cherie strives to show you that you don’t have to be a celebrity endorsed by a weight loss company or a contestant on a weight loss show—you can be you and you can lose the weight and get fit with your own gumption and dedication.

Cherie seeks to inspire, motivate and help others on their journey to fitness and health while using progressive strategies in consideration of all types and levels of fitness. Her specializations are cardiovascular conditioning for weight loss, weight training for building lean muscle, stretching, flexibility and balance training and fitness for daily living.

Cherie’s endearing story and fitness tips have been featured in several national publications, including SELF Magazine, Fitness Magazine and several times in Women’s Running Magazine. Cherie has also been featured online through The Huffington Post, AOL, Shape, Fitness Magazine, and CNN.  In December 2012, Women’s Running Magazine listed Cherie as one of “12 Favorite Bloggers on the Run.” Cherie has also published two fitness articles online with Orca Health. In addition, Cherie has worked with many companies and brands through her blog, including Nike, Under Armour, Athleta, Mizuno, Chobani, Sparkly Soul, PowerSox, Designer Whey, GNC, and more. In December 2013, Cherie was filmed in a NASM promotional video to share her weight loss journey and inspire others to get fit and eat healthy.

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  • Hey Cherie,
    I’m glad you’ve gotten started; the world needs to hear what you have to say. You’re amazing! Dianne

  • and i will be your press agent and chairman of your fan club. go get ’em!!!

  • Cherie,

    Your blog is awesome. Everything you write makes me laugh. You should have your own show. Keep it coming.

  • Cherie,
    Great blog. All the best, and I have no doubt you will keep your promise.

  • Great job Cherie, it is too funny and I’m so happy to see you honoring your moms wishes. Keep it up!!! Be blessed


  • Cherie, I am thoroughly impressed with your literary skills. I was recommended to check this blog out by your beautiful sister, Pam. You are a creative talent and I encourage you to pursue your dreams. Bravo

  • You Go girl!!!

  • Cherie- I just stumbled upon your blog 2day (C earlier comment) and I believe God led me here. I’m fighting the self-pity that comes so often with chronic pain and not only has reading your blog brightened my day, but when I read the ‘about Cherie’ – it blew my mind how much we had in common!! I love the STEELERS, my hubby, PRINCE, Autumn, movies and people watching (not neccessarily in that order) too! Maybe there are more of us out there than I realize with those personal loves, but it seemed like an answer to prayer to me and I wanted to tell you hi. And though I’m a stranger, my heart hurts for you in the loss of your Mother… God Bless.

  • Hi Cherie! Wow I just read your blog from beginning to end and you are really funny! Keep writing it … I see a book in your future!

    • Thanks, Penny! How sweet of you. I couldn’t help writing without the humor even if I wanted to–it just comes out! And a book–that would be wonderful!! Ahhh, one day!! 🙂

  • Hi Cherie,

    When you were trying to get a job at Whole Foods, you mentioned being “persistent,” and “dedicated,” but never “annoying.”
    How do I go about doing this- following up
    (at Trader Joe’s) without bugging the employer?

    Thanks in advance!

    Moises Cohen

    • Hi Moises,

      In being persistent and dedicated, I made sure to be very proactive about getting the job. I started out by checking their website everyday to see if new jobs had been posted. After a month or so of not seeing any new vacancies, I randomly mailed out my cover letter and a resume. I chose the two stores in my area and called the stores to get the correct title, name and spelling of the store managers. I tailored my resume to be heavily centered on the retail management positions that I had previously held and did the same with my cover letter. I was going to call the store managers in a few days to see if they had received my packets, but I didn’t have to. One of the managers called me right away to set up an appointment for an interview. There weren’t any positions open, but at least I had met with him. He also then set up an interview for me with the Customer Service Coordinator who oversaw all of the CS departments in the region. I stayed in constant contact with the both of them (this is also how I was persistent and dedicated) for a period of about seven months. I emailed them once a month just to touch base and see if there were any openings yet. It helped to stay on their radar, because seven months later, when a position did open, they called me first to see if I was interested.

      So that’s how I did it. I didn’t call every week or every day by any means, but I did what I could to actively pursue a job there and tried to stay on management’s radar. Hope it works for you, whatever you decide to do!


  • I know many hardcore Steelers fans! I root for the Eagles, but the Steelers are the AFC team I like the most. 🙂 Gotta show love for PA!

  • Cherie
    I had to laugh at the post on Fleet Feet. Thank you for being a super fan as well as the quality writing. Good luck as you get back to running!

  • It was fantastic meeting you in person today. Please continue inspiring others with your successes.

  • Cherie!

    Girl! I found your pins on pinterest and OMG! You inspire me like it’s no ones business! You’re incredible! I’m on this whole new journey in life, trying to get myself together and it can be rather complicated at times..but seeing your progress is a HUGE motivation! Keep it up, girl! You’re my new inspiration!!

    XO, Maci

  • I just happen to come across your site and read you story. I am very happy for you and your accomplishments. I am hoping to become a fitness trainer at Dick’s and a massage therapist. I would love to hear some personal insight as to how I could go about making everything happen. I have so many questions, but I know that this is what I should be doing. It’s kind of reassuring when I saw that you had similar challenges and wind up as successful as you are. Hopefully you get a chance to email me or chat as to get some advice from you. God Bless and continue to be a blessing for others.

  • Hi Cherie, just want to thank you for the inspiration I found in your pinterest page! In 2009 I completed my first marathon. I Stopped running not long after and have gained all my weight back. I’ve started to become more active but seeing your pinterest page reminded me how much fun and joy running brought to my life. Thank you for that!!

    • Thanks again Cherie! I joined a running group and I’m up to 5 miles on Saturday! I know you’re a huge Nike fan so I wanted to let you know about the Nike Women’s Marathon in October!! Check it out!! Facebook.com/NWM26.2

  • Hi,

    I came across your page recently and I’m trying to find an email address to contact you on to ask if you would please consider adding a link to my website. I’d really appreciate if you could email me back.

    Thanks and have a great day!

  • I’m just beginning my journey!!! Well I’ve been on a tough road….Ive been battling my weight since childhood. My first diet was when I was 7! I’ve always tried to be as healthy as possible…tried weight watchers,jenny Craig, everything. Ive had personal nutritionist and trainers when I was playing sports and trying to get on the USA softball team -Athens Olympics. I didn’t go because of my weight, but due to some injuries my Olympics dreams were over. I’ve never let my weight hold me back!
    That was sum years ago… I was a fit 14/16 size. Now…I’ve really let myself go…I’m a size 22. Last summer I was a 26! I just recently lost some weight I’m not sure because I did not weigh myself. I just bought myself a scale yesterday as a 25th Bday present. I’m ready to get this weight off!! My Goal 80lbs!! my currently weight 249lbs!!! This will deff be a huge transformation for me, I have never been under 200 lbs!! Shit…I have never been 200!! lol
    I plan On doing it all by myself….no more commercial diets and gyms!! All at home! I was searching the web for some inspirational before and after photos and I found your page! I love your story and you inspire me! thank you so much!!

  • Hi Cherie I just found your blog through Twitter and I’m so happy I did. I feel we are kindred spirits as I live in NC, love Halloween, crime/forensic shows,people watching, Prince, horror movies and all things fitness. I also lost about 50 lbs and have kept it off 8yrs and counting! I can’t wait to follow your journey and thank you for providing inspiration to people all over the world.

  • Hi Cherie, I am trying so very hard to find the Just Do It Nike workout spandex capris that was on one of your websites. They had a hot pink waistband with just do it on the leg. Help

  • Thanks sooooo much!

  • Cherie, I’m so glad I came across your blog. You ARE my Inspiration to keep going. Do you have any children, I can’t remember if you mentioned any. I have four & my last one, I tipped the scale at my heaviest of 245. I’ve struggled with my weight ever since! I’ve lost weight, gained weight, been on EVERY diet & Every weight loss supplement!! If anyone needed a Guinea pig for experimental diagnose on weight loss supplement, I was trying!!! I am so sick & tired of going around the same old mountain, of this weight loss, getting fit/ healthy treadmill!!!!

    • Thanks for stumbling upon my blog Felicia! I appreciate the comments! No–no kids yet; none planned either!

      At my heaviest, and when I began this journey {I should call it a lifestyle change because that’s moreso what it is} I was at 230lbs. Like you, I had tried every diet, every fad, everything from every infomercial. None of that worked because it’s not for life. Those things are not setting you up to be able to eat well and exercise for life–they are setting you up to fail when you stop the diet, give up on the fad or get bored with the infomercial crap.

      Until I committed myself to eating healthy, REAL food, clean food and consistently working out–nothing was going to change. That’s what you have to do. You have to decide that you want to lose the weight {the right way} and be dedicated to getting fit and healthy MORE than you want to remain the same. It’s mostly mental. When you set your mind right, you’re on your way and won’t look back. It WILL NOT happen overnight, but if you stick with it, it will happen. 🙂

  • Hi Cherie, I just saw your article on CNN this morning… and I am so inspired. Keep up the excellent work – you are a great example of a person who refused to “just exist” in the BOX that people have tried to put you in. Pursue your purpose, there’s such a great passion in it! Pursue your purpose with passion and continue to be a light for others!

    • Hi Mrs. B! Thank you very much!! You said it!

      • Cherie,

        I just read your article on CNN. I am sooooooooooooooooooo inspired, howver, I do not have a treadmill. Do you have any suggestions.

        • Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much! If you don’t have a treadmill, you can walk, jog or run outside! If you’re not ready to venture outside, you can get some cardio done inside. Running up and down the stairs, jumping jacks, high knees..etc. You can also do strength moves at home: pushups, dips, planks, squats, wall sits, lunges! Or find a good exercise DVD you like and work out along to that. Don’t let not having a treadmill stop you! 😉

  • I keep failing at just getting started. Sometimes, when I eat, I feel gross and I say I’ m going home to do something about it and I just sit my ass down and do nothing. I hate that I just give up and I have no support and that hurts me. My mom passed away and sometimes, I’m just blown away by my sadness and I just do nothing. Thanks for your story

    • Hi Juanita,
      Thanks for stopping by! I definitely was stuck in that “sadness and do nothing” stage. That was pretty much the last half of 2009 for me. I realized my mother wouldn’t want me to be like that, I didn’t want to live like that any more either! And “thanks” to that teacher, I kicked my butt into gear and never looked back. Get your ass up and start today! Right now! Even if it’s something little. Small changes add up to big ones! 😉

  • Hi Cherie, I’m really glad I found you! I love your blog so much, I’ve been browsing all morning! After constantly trying and failing, I’m really hoping I can get back on board and lose the weight I’ve wanted to lose for so long, but more importantly, live a healthy life! You’re such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story! ♥

  • I just found your blog, and have been exploring. So excited to see you are in NC, also.

    Am going to bookmark and start from the beginning and work my way forward.

    I started running and lifting a couple of months ago, then kind of let running fall by the wayside with the cold/wet weather, and kept on with the weights. Nearly fell out at a 5K mud run a few weeks ago (NOT nearly as ready as I thought), so am adding running back into the mix. 🙂 (Another 5K in June…)

    Looking forward to reading!
    Julie the Workaholic recently posted..Hog Wild 5K Mud Run – Lessons LearnedMy Profile

  • I nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you want to participate, here is the link to what the Liebster Award is all about and my questions for you. :o)

  • […] who participates: West Coast: Carolyn, Rachael, Chris, AJ, and Melissa and East Coast: Deanna, Cherie, Kara, Renee and […]

  • Came across your blog and WOW you are such an inspiration for fitness! God Bless!

  • Hi Cherie! I’m so glad I came across your photos as I highlight amazing body transformations on Thursdays on my FB page, “GottaBFit” for inspiration! I know your story will definitely inspire my followers!! Congratulations on your fit life and now you’re paying it forward…That is fantastic!!! 😀 ~ Rebecca

  • Hi Cherie had looked at some of your information on line last year. You have made some great accomplishments in your weight loss. I lost 20lbs in a year. Trying to loose more but stuck at 180. Can you please advise me on how to loose at lest 40lbs more?

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