Tonawanda News — Robbie Raugh says she still remembers standing in Manhattan's Times Square and "bawling my eyes out."
She had a six-figure job for a national health club chain and should have been on top of the world. But her husband and kids were at home without her.
"I kept asking God, 'What do you want me to do?' " she said. "I wanted to stay home. I wanted to be married. I wanted to raise my kids."
Raugh says that is just what she decided to do and that getting her priorities in order is what helped restore the quality of her life. That's part of the message she'll give Saturday as the guest speaker at the Mount St. Mary's Hospital 6th annual Conference on Health Care for Women.
The fitness instructor, who leads a variety of classes and counsels on nutrition at the Buffalo Athletic Center, has spent her adult life promoting exercise and healthy eating. But she believes wellness comes from a concentration on something more.
"I call them 'our primary foods' and for me those are God, family, relationships and spirituality. If those are off balance it doesn't matter how well you eat or how much you exercise," she said.
Raugh, who also has a Saturday radio show on WDCX and who, along with her husband and two daughters, is an active member at The Chapel in Amherst, says that with all the roles she's playing now, her most important is caring for her 91-year-old mother, Terry Palmisano, a former Niagara Falls resident who now lives with Raugh in East Amherst.
With priorities in place, she said she can concentrate on her life's mission of teaching wellness.
"Here's the bottom line," she said. "You are going to spend the time and the money either eating right and exercising and preventing disease, or you're going to spend the time and the money treating disease."