Hi everyone. My name is Kate. My journey to become the healthiest and strongest version of me began shortly after giving birth to my beautiful daughter, though the struggle started many years before that. I have always been tall and growing up I was very self-conscious about it. I didn’t like being bigger than the other kids. I couldn’t help my height but I could control my size so starting in my teens I developed an eating disorder. I kept it hidden from everyone but it ruled my life for a long time. When I found out I was pregnant I knew I couldn’t continue my unhealthy habits and risk hurting myself or my daughter but without a healthy foundation to build on I started to gain a lot of weight and I felt completely out of control and miserable. Being so uncomfortable in my own body started to affect all aspects of my life.
I knew I needed to make some major lifestyle changes and quick! I started doing lots of research on different diets like the Mediterranean diet and the Paleo diet and revamped my eating habits based on some of their ideals. In 2011 I came across an ad for a Warrior Dash and though it looked like a lot of fun. I convinced my coworker and good friend Siobhan to do it with me. It was tough because I was very out of shape but it was the most fun I’d had in a long time! After that I knew I wanted to be faster and stronger and heathier so I could do more. Siobhan and I started to train every day on our lunch hour. We did CrossFit style workouts, Pilates, and a lot of running. Between my new workout routines and healthy eating habits, I could see and feel my body changing and it was so motivating. We did our first Tough Mudder in 2012. I felt the best I’d ever felt in my life and was completely hooked.
Siobhan and I both eventually moved on from that job and we no longer had the ability to work out together so Jonna and I decided to team up. We had been friends for a few years and had always enjoyed talking about our workouts, sharing recipes, and cooking healthy meals together for our families. We start working out together, first in her garage and then my basement. We developed a schedule and routine and motivated each other to stick to it! Even when one of us is away we hold each other accountable by texting workouts, challenges, and pictures. We have since completed 5 Tough Mudders together, many road races from 5k’s to a half marathon, along with various other fitness challenges and lots of playground monkey bars. It just seemed like the natural decision based on our many morning workout conversations that we should take the next step together to help other people in their journeys as well. I’m very excited for what the future will bring for us and can’t wait to help other people along their path to finding their healthiest and happiest selves!
It’s okay, you’ll have a growth spurt soon.” My mother told me in elementary school. I never did “spurt up" and let 5’ 3” stature define who I was in sports. I was short and so how could I be strong or fast? Having Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is a hormonal imbalance, meant that I had trouble getting pregnant and losing weight. In my 20’s I loved the thought of being strong but never really pushed myself to change. I have always been a runner who called herself slow but ran the miles and running has always been an outlet for me. I dieted off and on although didn’t know much how PCOS was really affecting me. I was happy with my status quo level of fitness and yearned for upper body strength but though it just “wasn’t in the cards for me.”
After giving birth to my two children, I was motivated to change my body and lifestyle. My goal was to become stronger and a good role model for my children. I started a program which combined cardio and weights and fell in love with it immediately. Really light weights came first and quickly progressed to more challenging weights. Even though I was motivated, I found working out by myself boring and felt my interest slipping. Kate and I had been friends for a short while but discovered that we both really enjoyed working out and combined efforts to start working out together. The comraderie and having a good program made all the difference in the world. I found that by incorporating weights into my weekly routing it made me a stronger runner as well! Instead of thinking “I’m short,” I now know I am strong, am capable of being fast and of changing my body to preform the way I want it to and not to let it define me.
My passions are being active with my family and friends. I love activities such as running, working out with weights and high intensity interval training, Tough Mudder races, monkey bars and sprint distance triathlons.
Life is all about balance and I work every day to find a balance that works for me in nutrition, being active and playing. I love reading about ways to change and challenge the body. Even though I have just received my personal trainer certification, I have been researching balance, positive body images, fitness and nutrition for a long time and am ready to share my knowledge and enthusiasm. I’d love to work with you to find the happiest and best you. Are you ready?