How long have you been going to South Landing?
I have been with South Landing since they opened their doors! Almost 2 years!
What achievement are you most proud of since you started?
Consistency! For the past year or so I have made major changes in prioritizing health and exercise, and I make it to the gym 4 times a week. Sometimes just getting to the gym is the hardest part! But I have found that the excuses to skip the gym never outweigh the benefits gained from showing up. I always feel better after going to a class at South Landing, and consistency has been huge in helping me realize how important this time is for my overall well being.
You recently hit a huge weight loss goal for yourself... what allowed you to accomplish that goal?
Honestly, I think figuring out how to manage and control the stress in my life has been huge in helping me reach my fitness goals. Over the past year I have put a lot of thought and energy into stress management and the rest just fell into place. Prioritizing consistent gym time at South Landing has been critical in my stress management.
For someone hesitant to try CrossFit or a nutrition program, what would your encouragement be?
Go for it! The community at South Landing is supportive, encouraging and fun. I look forward to my time at the gym each day and have made some amazing friends in this community.
The nutrition programs offered at South Landing have helped remind me that food is fuel to get me through my busy days and work outs. I have participated in two nutrition challenges with the South Landing community and both have helped inspire me to make choices that will serve and nourish my body, rather than make me feel tired and sluggish. Also, I drink so much more water now after these challenges!
So, you own a business, are a mom, and have a really busy schedule. What's your advice for juggling it all and making health a priority?
Treat the time you put into yourself as an appointment that you have to keep, just like you would other important obligations. Put it in your calendar and make it happen! Making my health a non-negotiable priority has been a game changer. When things start to get hectic, my gym time used to be the first to get cut from the day. Now I see it as a crucial element in keeping me balanced, which makes all other areas of my life run much more smoothly. You have to invest in yourself in order to have energy to give to those around you!
So, you've hit a big weight loss goal you had for yourself, but tell us what all you've gained through this process of changing nutrition and becoming the healthiest version of yourself?
My confidence and energy levels have increased significantly, which gives me more to offer my children, my business and myself. I am sleeping better at night and have so much more energy during the day.
During the recent nutrition challenge at South Landing, I started doing more Sunday meal prep for the week (thank you Shane and Crissy!) and have found that the weekday scramble of getting dinner on the table each night is much more relaxed, and I am prepared with healthy lunch and dinner options each day.
Setting myself up for success is crucial for staying on track. But something else I have realized... if you have an off day or an off week, you can always jump back in and get back on track!
I am extremely thankful for the community that South Landing has created. The positivity in this gym is contagious and even though we work really hard, we have a blast! It is a highlight of my day and truly, this place is changing lives.