I’ve been overweight or obese for most of my childhood and young adult life. Food has always been a source of comfort and often my way of coping with stress. I was a stay-at-home mom of two young children when I found myself exhausted, frustrated and lacking the motivation to take steps towards a improving my health. I needed to lose a substantial amount of weight and didn’t know where to begin. A friend introduced me to Jennifer and I started as a client at THINK when my youngest child was three months old.
After working with Jennifer, I was able to identify some of the daily hurdles that can make fitness goals seem insurmountable. As a wife and mother of two young children, my week is filled with juggling multiple schedules, running errands, preparing meals, and driving to various activities. I’m also introverted so I restore myself through quiet time, which I have very little of between work and family. Because of the busyness of life, I found it difficult get proper rest, exercise regularly, and to stick to a healthy, balanced diet. Stress eating is still a big struggle for me, but now I am more mindful of how I’m eating and why I’m eating. Am I hungry or stressed? Am I nourishing my body or mistreating my body?
My biggest tip for staying healthy is to be intentional about creating time for yourself to think and process. Setting aside time to plan your meals for the week or schedule your gym sessions will help you not scramble at the last minute. I make sure to have available quick nutritious protein-filled breakfasts like overnight oats, yogurt parfaits or egg bites. I also like having vegetables prepped and ready to go for a quick snack or side dish. Preparation is key and should be a regular part of your routine!
I look forward to encouraging clients to be a better version of themselves. I enjoy helping clients navigate their own personal fitness journey, including the areas where they struggle and what motivates them to keep on going when obstacles come their way.