name='p:domain_verify'/> Always A New Day : The Healthy Mama Series - Meet Kristin


3.14.2016

The Healthy Mama Series - Meet Kristin

I am SO excited to start my first blog series - moms sharing their transformations and stories of health, hope, and happiness. Moms are crazy busy, but we deserve the time to take care of ourselves. These awesome moms will share how fitness works in their lives, and I hope they inspire you just as they do me!

Up first - Kristin! Kristin is a teacher, coach, wife, and mom of twin toddlers. I love her transformation story and thank her for sharing her world with us!
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I first want to start off with a thank you to Kim for asking me to share my story. I have never done anything like this before and do not really know where to start. So, I will start off stating my struggle with weight and being healthy has gone on since high school. I was very active playing volleyball full time, but even then, I wasn’t happy with how I looked. Then off to college I went where I yo-yoed through the four years.
Fast forward, I was now married and wanting children. After four years of different fertility treatments, we were blessed with boy/girl twins. Through the process came a lot of weight gain, due to hormone treatments, depression, pregnancy and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy during my pregnancy and embraced every moment as I knew it was a blessing.


The twins turned one and as I looked at pictures, I didn’t recognize the person in them. I first went into denial and continued my horrible eating habits. I knew I had to do something so that summer I decided I would start “running” again. My mile times were in the 15 minute range, but I was doing it. One morning I ran by what looked like a boot camp, I went home to google Camp Gladiator and read what they were all about. They were at the time running a special so I contacted the trainer and set up a chance to go try it out. Oh I forgot to mention, this was 5:30 in the morning! Little background, I have always been the person who said they would NEVER wake up early to work out, sleep is too precious. What I didn’t realize is your time is limited when you become a mom. I fell l in love with the program and the trainer. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it work when I went back to school, but I was determined to figure it out. The class time changed to 5:15 to help us teachers out, but with me needing to be at school at 7:10, I was still pushing it.
I started going twice a week; those first two weeks I couldn’t walk and came home to almost throw up each time. That is how out of shape I was. I then moved it to three days which in turn changed to five days a week. I started work, and it was tough, but I made it work. I got to class at 5, got some light jogging in before class started and left at 6, a full hour. My best friend ended up joining which made class even better. We then moved the time up to meet at 4:50 some mornings to get 2 full miles in before class. Here I was a person who said they would never wake up early to work out, getting up at 4:15 to workout, then go to school to coach to then return home to be a mom and a wife.
I was feeling really good, so one Saturday, I set my alarm to get up and run. I made it six miles with no problem. I also realized my mile time went from 15 minutes to around 11 at that time. At this time I had run four marathons and was a runner in the past. It felt good to get outside and be running again. I decided to keep going each weekend and soon my 6 miles turned to 10. I registered for the Cypress half marathon where I beat my record time by 5 minutes. Here, I was a mom of twins with a full time job and I just hit my PR for the half. Needless to say, this was a very emotional day and one I will remember forever. Please know I am not judging any other moms here as we all know our plates are filled with different obstacles and challenges.
My love for running came back full swing, and I quickly got into the Houston half and Katy Half. I ran three half marathons in 3 months and now my total count was 7! I still do Camp Gladiator 4-5 times a week and run on the weekends. What I hope you get from this is find what you love and get back into it. We all have to start somewhere, mine was a 15 minute mile now down to about a 9:45-10 minute pace. Never say never and ALWAYS make healthy time for you!
Also during all of this, I tried a new product line Plexus. Plexus brought me back to healthy in a way I never imagined. It balanced my hormones and blood sugars to in turn helped the weight loss. I sleep a lot better and the Plexus slim gives me energy for the whole day…4:30AM comes quick! I would love to share with you the many products Plexus offers and that I currently take, if you are interested at all in learning more about this product, you can contact me at kristin.forrest@cfisd.net or message me on Facebook. You can check out the products HERE.
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I am SO excited for Kristin! With a full time job and little twins at home, her story is more than inspiring. My message - just like hers - is for moms to explore their health and fitness options. We all can find time for our health - boot camps, at home workouts, running, etc. You have so many options to find your fit - just as Kristin did!


I can't wait for other moms to share how they make fitness work into their worlds. I hope you find something to inspire you!

12 comments :

  1. WOW!!! I loved this and your new series. Thanks for posting, I'm glad I found you here. Look forward to reading more! Have a great week! xo

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  2. Motivation! Thanks for sharing this story.

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    1. She is very motivating! Thanks for reading!

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  3. This is great...I have been struggling on the health and fitness front as my toddler is a terrible sleeper and I have been in a sleepy fog for months. But reading stories like always bring new motivation!

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    1. Oh I hear you! My toddler has always been a poor sleeper so I feel ya! I just have to pick my days/times to do something! Hugs and sleepy wishes for you both!

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  4. Awe, I love reading inspirational healthy mama stories! Health and fitness are passions of mine, and it is so worthwhile taking time to take care of yourself in the flurry of motherhood.

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    1. I completely agree - I didn't realize how worthwhile until baby #2. They need us healthy so we can love on them :) Thanks for reading!

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  5. This is inspiring! I am pregnant with my first and trying hard to maintain healthy eating habits and working out regularly. It can be tough when you aren't feeling well! Thanks for sharing Kristin's story over at the Wednesday Showcase Party this week.

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    1. Congratulations! It really is tough to find the balance, and it takes time to do just that. I had to be patient until I found a schedule for me - you will too!

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  6. Great idea for a series! I'm dealing with morning sickness right now but I know my body needs some routine exercise to stay strong; this is encouraging to make time for that!
    -Corina
    www.nowthaticando.com

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    1. Congratulations! I hope the sickness passes. It's such a critical time to rest too. Walks and even prenatal yoga are so good too! Thanks for reading!

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