Friday: Fitness

November 14, 2014 in Fitness

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?

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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!

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  • Cara (@StylishGeek) November 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Wonderful new series you have started! I enjoyed reading Trista’s story! I agree with her…the mind motivation is quite an arduous task too, and not just the physical aspect of working out. I face the same challenge every day.

  • αиgιє (@SimplySinova) November 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I LOVE this new series! I agree with Trista, fitness is a LOT mentally and emotionally <3

  • Taneja's Bride November 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, they are both so gorgeous! I love reading these! <3

  • Taneja's Bride November 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, they are both so gorgeous! I love reading these! <3

  • Nancy (@spiffykerms) November 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Trista and her little son are too cute! Is she a blogger too?

  • Nancy (@spiffykerms) November 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Trista and her little son are too cute! Is she a blogger too?

  • Chrissy (@ShineBrightMama) November 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I love the advice of just doing what you can. There are so many times when I find excuses to not exercise and even just doing a little bit can help. I’m going to keep this in mind!

  • Chrissy (@ShineBrightMama) November 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I love the advice of just doing what you can. There are so many times when I find excuses to not exercise and even just doing a little bit can help. I’m going to keep this in mind!

  • caitlincheevers November 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Trista sounds amazing! I’m so impressed! I barely have enough motivation to work out as it is, and I’m not a mom! Props to her. 🙂

  • caitlincheevers November 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Trista sounds amazing! I’m so impressed! I barely have enough motivation to work out as it is, and I’m not a mom! Props to her. 🙂

  • The Kitchen Revival November 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I enjoy reading anything about health and fitness. I will have to remember to stop by on Friday’s!

  • The Kitchen Revival November 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I enjoy reading anything about health and fitness. I will have to remember to stop by on Friday’s!

  • cosmosmariners November 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    What an amazing story! Kudos to both Trista and her mom for focusing on their health and wellness. I’m looking forward to reading what she has to share!

  • cosmosmariners November 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    What an amazing story! Kudos to both Trista and her mom for focusing on their health and wellness. I’m looking forward to reading what she has to share!

  • Andi November 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Great idea for a series. A good way to keep other moms motivated to stay in shape. Trista is adorable!

  • Andi November 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Great idea for a series. A good way to keep other moms motivated to stay in shape. Trista is adorable!

  • juliesrunawayfreckles November 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    What a great story. I was also inspired to get fit while watching my mom struggle through some serious health problems. I want to be strong for my babies

  • juliesrunawayfreckles November 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    What a great story. I was also inspired to get fit while watching my mom struggle through some serious health problems. I want to be strong for my babies

  • Claire November 15, 2014 at 1:36 am

    So adorable! Seriously great advice!

  • Claire November 15, 2014 at 1:36 am

    So adorable! Seriously great advice!

  • Heather November 15, 2014 at 2:22 am

    They are too cute! I LOVE her advice to mamas! Nice series! 🙂

  • Heather November 15, 2014 at 2:22 am

    They are too cute! I LOVE her advice to mamas! Nice series! 🙂

  • Laurie November 15, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Doing what you can and letting it be enough is perfect advice!

  • Laurie November 15, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Doing what you can and letting it be enough is perfect advice!

  • Karissa Ancell (@KarissaAncell) November 15, 2014 at 3:27 am

    What a great new series, Her baby is so cute.

  • Karissa Ancell (@KarissaAncell) November 15, 2014 at 3:27 am

    What a great new series, Her baby is so cute.

  • Stefany Thode (@ToBeThode) November 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I love the idea of doing what you can and that being enough. So many people (including me) feel there is judgment in not doing what others can get done!

  • Stefany Thode (@ToBeThode) November 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I love the idea of doing what you can and that being enough. So many people (including me) feel there is judgment in not doing what others can get done!

  • Pauline C November 15, 2014 at 4:32 am

    You’re a cute pair. Right on the fitness advice, not only to moms but single individuals.

  • Pauline C November 15, 2014 at 4:32 am

    You’re a cute pair. Right on the fitness advice, not only to moms but single individuals.

  • michmagee November 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    What an inspiring girl! Good for you!

  • michmagee November 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    What an inspiring girl! Good for you!

  • Songbirds & Buttons (@KendallRayburn) November 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Love how honest and real she is about fitting in working out! Great story!

  • Songbirds & Buttons (@KendallRayburn) November 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Love how honest and real she is about fitting in working out! Great story!

  • Jenn @ hellorigby! November 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What a great series, and love Trista’s story!

  • Jenn @ hellorigby! November 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What a great series, and love Trista’s story!

  • redheadloves November 17, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Great post! Trista and her baby boy have such a great fashion sense too! 😉

  • redheadloves November 17, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Great post! Trista and her baby boy have such a great fashion sense too! 😉

  • Erin @ Sugar Crumbs November 17, 2014 at 2:15 am

    What an awesome post! I can tell I’m going to love this series!

  • Erin @ Sugar Crumbs November 17, 2014 at 2:15 am

    What an awesome post! I can tell I’m going to love this series!

  • Lindsay November 17, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Love this new series of yours 🙂 So great to get to know Trista 🙂

  • mishka824m November 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I like the message of not beating yourself up over not doing more. 🙂

  • mishka824m November 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I like the message of not beating yourself up over not doing more. 🙂

  • Erica November 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Very inspiring! I am always working towards better fitness goals, it’s so great to see mom’s who can do it!

  • Erica November 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Very inspiring! I am always working towards better fitness goals, it’s so great to see mom’s who can do it!

  • kireilauriel November 19, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Trista and her son are so beautiful and photogenic! I love her philosophies of staying fit and healthy, and I will definitely be utilizing the playing/planking move. I’m sure the kids love it. 😉

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

  • kireilauriel November 19, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Trista and her son are so beautiful and photogenic! I love her philosophies of staying fit and healthy, and I will definitely be utilizing the playing/planking move. I’m sure the kids love it. 😉

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

  • Candace Marie (@MsCMarie) November 20, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I love these interviews. Im planning a new segment for my blog with interviews and it makes me really excited.

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