My name is Kendall Morgan Hall and I’m a writer and health enthusiast living in Toronto, Canada.
In 1999, I was diagnosed, at age 16, with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which I have had symptoms of for as long as I can remember – possibly since birth. I try to manage them as best I can with diet and exercise. I see them as both a blessing and a curse because on the one hand they got me to take care of my health from a young age, but on the other hand they have meant that I am in daily pain, so exercise can be painful, and I have sometimes fallen into the trap of using food, especially mac ‘n cheese with extra ketchup like my grandmother used to make me, to self-medicate. I did not set out to write about my own health problems on this website but sometimes they creep into, or take over, my posts. The feedback I have gotten from these very personal posts is overwhelmingly positive. I hope my own experiences can help people dealing with chronic pain, or another auto-immune disease, know that they are not alone, and that they can stay healthy despite the cards they were dealt in the health department. Most of the posts, however, will be articles I have written about health and fitness. I encourage you to reach out, especially if you are struggling with your fitness regimen, diet, weight loss attempts, or you have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or another health issue. You can either contact me personally (I’ve included an explanation of how to do so below) or through the comments section so that other people can read what you are going through and offer their support or advice.
My preferred form of exercise is yoga (I took a teacher training course at the Yandara School in Mexico ten years ago), but I also walk everywhere, go on frequent beach walks, hikes, and kayaking adventures up at my cottage, go for long walks in High Park during the summer and much shorter walks on the dreaded treadmill in the winter. I sometimes take spin classes, even though I’m always in pain afterward, and will try any fitness class at least once.
I have two rescue cats: Emerson, who is orange and a little grumpy until he gets to know you, and Baby, who I tried to name Tenysson, but it never stuck because she will always be Baby. She has beautiful multicoloured markings, a ridiculously loving and attention-seeking personality, and a desire to shed unbelievable amounts of her fur on the clothing of everybody who comes to visit. I would love to get another dog, but knows I will never be able to replace Benny, my chubby, white bichon who died at age eighteen, but never stopped acting like a puppy. [Note: My cats and dog show up constantly on the Tone Up, Toronto Pinterest page on the About the Author board.]
I am a voracious reader, especially of historical fiction novels, mysteries, and health and fitness books. My favourite authors include Hemingway, Bill Bryson, and Douglas Adams. My favourite film will probably always be Shawshank Redemption, and my favourite poet is W.H. Auden. I support the Toronto Public Library System with every fibre of my being – no matter what Rob Ford says.
To contact me personally, please write a comment with the heading “do not publish” in the comments section at the bottom of this page and include an email address where you can be reached. I will respond as soon as possible.
Please read the disclaimer at the side of the main scroll screen. It explains that I am not a doctor or health professional and that none of the articles on this website are intended as medical advice. You should always talk to your doctor before trying any new supplements, changing your diet drastically, or implementing any new fitness regimes – especially if you have a history of heart disease, diabetes or bad health.
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Also by Kendall Morgan Hall
Power and Privilege – A historical fiction novel about one of America’s wealthiest political families and the generation that almost destroyed them.
Not By Overt Means – A historical fiction novel about Roald Dahl’s time as a spy in Washington during WWII
June in January – A detective novel featuring June Halliday, a young female detective who also happens to have high-functioning Asperger’s. June in January is the first book in The Calendar Mystery Series.
The Wealth of Health – A health and fitness book for people beginning, or returning to, exercise and good nutrition.
Freezing in February – When an eco-terrorist group blows up the headquarters of a real estate company that plans to build around High Park, June must uncover the group’s ring leader before he can strike again.Freezing in February is the second book in the Calendar Mystery Series.
Mayhem in March – When a body is found after a corporate dinner party held at Casa Loma, June and Peter are assigned to the case. Mayhem in March is the third book in the Calendar Mystery Series.
Letters From The Klondike – Letters home from five men who went to the Klondike to find their fortune.
Main Photo Credit
“Carrie” by Joel Nilsson Nelson, courtesy of creative commons.org