We are so excited to introduce a new series to the blog of Fitness, Food, and Fashion on Fridays!
Meet Trista! She is a 26 year-old wife, mother to a 13 month old boy, and fitness fanatic residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were able to ask her a few questions about herself to get to know her more. Aren’t her and her babe to die for?
Have you always been active and passionate about fitness?
Growing up I would say we were an active family, but as the years have gone on, I have really found different niches in the active realm that I REALLY enjoy! Over the past 5 years I have done a few half marathons, 2 marathons, 1 triathlon and 1 bikini fitness contest. I love exploring new avenues to strengthen my body and mind.
So what changed 5 years ago that flipped a switch in your mind?
Well, honestly it was a number of things, but one of the biggest was watching my mom. She is the mother of 5 awesome kids, and ALWAYS put us as her top priority as many moms do. Almost 4 years ago, she decided to make the drastic and heroic change to get her life back and loose the weight that had been holding her back. It took her less than a year to loose 67 pounds, 30.5 inches and 20% body fat! I will post more about her story next time because seriously it’s incredible! But she really motivated me to find my inner fitness geek. So I did!
What is the one thing you have learned the most about physical fitness and overall wellbeing?
I would have to say the one thing I’ve learned the most about physical fitness and overall wellbeing, is that it is so far from just a physical action. It really takes a LOT mentally and emotionally. Especially if you have to leave your little ones at home or in day care to get to the gym. It is tough! But, you go in there anyways and commit to yourself that you are worth it. You are worth enough to sacrifice a few hours a week, because ultimately it will add years to your life! And not only will it do that, but you are then setting a strong example for your kids to follow, and will inspire them to take care of themselves and find their passions in life too, just as my mom did for me.
How has physical fitness changed for you as a mom?
As a new mom, I find that there are so many avenues to get discouraged or compare myself to other moms that look to me like they have it all together. I wonder what is wrong with me? Why can’t I look that good right after having a baby (dang thighs and butt!)? Or why can’t I seem to stay motivated enough to workout? Or eat cleaner? Or look cuter? Or have a clean house?…etc etc. Whatever the comparison may be (those are mine generally….oops…), enough! We are so much stronger than we think we are. We have these adorable humans, which although at times test us in ways we never thought possible, are the best thing to happen to us. We have that in our lives and we are so much better off for it! So who cares if you don’t have a tight butt, or skinny legs like that girl running 20 mph on the treadmill. She doesn’t have your angels!!
What advice would you give to other mamas?
I’m a firm believer in doing what you can, and letting it be enough. Say all you did today was watch your home go from messy to messier as kids threw food in the kitchen, peed on the floor, refused to wear clothes, and cried all day long. Did you fail? No! Are you wanting to workout now? HA! Probably not… but do what you can. Do a few lunges as your picking up toys. Squeeze your butt as you squat down to clean the pee of the floor. Do a plank while your kids climb on top of you. No need to stress. Let it just be, and enjoy the moments!
We are so excited to have Trista aboard and the posts she will be contributing to our blog!