Update October 1, 2013: So much has changed since I wrote this About Me page however long ago. I am now a NASM certified personal trainer and I am currently working at a local gym here in Anchorage, AK. I have a handful of regular PT clients and I am loving watching their progress and their determination towards a healthy way of life.
I teach 5 group fitness classes a week and I have gotten tons of positive feedback from members about the workouts I set up for them.
Getting to this point took a lot of time and a lot of work but I feel absolutely in my niche when I am training and teaching and I look forward to finding out where a career in the health and fitness industry will take me.
Joe and I got married on August 3, 2013 and celebrated the occasion with all of our nearest and dearest. Thinking about that day still brings a smile to my face and a warm feeling in my heart. (Oh geez, it’s getting all gushy up in here!)
Signed, sealed, delivered — I’m yours!
So that is the latest and greatest around here. I now return you to your regularly scheduled ‘About Me’ page.
“Running was the superpower that made us human – which means it’s a superpower all humans possess.”
– Born To Run: A hidden tribe, superathletes,and
the greatest race the world has never seen
Besides the quote that you see above, this page has remained empty until now. I have hesitated and procrastinated because I am a pretty closed off person when it comes to sharing and putting it all out there.
But you write on your blog every day, you say?
Yup, it makes no sense to me either.
So here we go.
My name is Kristin and I am a gymnastics coach (and a handful of other things) in Anchorage, AK. My fiance Joe and I have been engaged for over a year and we are hoping that David Tutera will just magically show up on our door step and plan our wedding.
We have a dog named Sadie and she is quite the character.
She is not always very supportive when I workout at home and often makes it her mission to get in the way:
But, enough about the dog.
In addition to fitness, I am an avid crafter, performer and a bit of a Star Wars nerd. I love the beach and sunshine (yet I live in Alaska) and hope to live near/on a beach at some point in my life. I tend to quote movies and TV shows so I apologize now if you find that annoying.
I was recently let go from a great job that I held for 5 years. I hadn’t done anything wrong, rather “Your services are no longer needed.” Boy was that a wake-up call! As much as I wanted to say “hey, it’s just business, no hard feelings” I realize now how personally I took it. It really is silly but that job was how I defined myself — when did I get so dependent? I fell into a bit of a funk for a while, not knowing what I was going to do next and feeling like a bit of a failure. The rug had been pulled out from under me and I was flat on my back with the wind knocked out of me, struggling for air.
In the end though, I am starting to see that abrupt shift in my life as an opportunity, as an open door. I was comfortable at that job but it was just that, a job. It didn’t thrill me when I walked in the door and really I was just working to collect a pay check. Now my eyes are open to the fact that in order to feel challenged and excited about what I do, I need to do something that I love. Every day. And I need to share that with as many people that are willing to listen and or participate.
But all that is now. Let’s go back to where it all began. [insert ‘back in time’ music ala Wayne’s World]
Growing up I was constantly busy with dance classes, gymnastics, softball, riding lessons, soccer and rehearsals. When I wasn’t busy with these activities, I was outside exploring our horse pasture, hiking with my sister, or paddling around the lake behind our home.
As you can see, I was very active.
What I ate and how much I ate was never a concern of mine. I was young, going a mile a minute, and hadn’t the slightest clue as to what a calorie was. And I really didn’t need to know at that time.
Looking back, I can see where, even at a young age, I was prone to over-indulging and over-eating. I was a fast eater — still am — and I contribute that to many, many meals eaten on the go or in the back of my parents car running from one class/practice/rehearsal to another. All I knew was that there was a pile of food in front of me and I needed to eat it until it was all gone (something that I still struggle with).
Regularly I would eat until I was in pain and would have to lay down to relieve some of the pressure. I hated feeling this way and I still do. But it wasn’t enough of a deterrent to keep me from over eating the next time.
Right around the beginning of High School I up and stopped doing every extracurricular activity that I had been doing for years. I quit dance and gymnastics (I still regret quitting these), stopped trying out for softball, etc. I just didn’t want to do it anymore and I still am not sure why.
My activity level plummeted to just short of nothing and my bad eating habits continued. All of this equaled weight gain, but it was weight gain that I was blind to. Apparently I was still very much oblivious and not at all in tune with my body.
This went on for a couple years.
I never really had one of those a-ha moments where I realized that I needed to turn myself around and get healthy. No doctors telling me I was on a fast track to disease and death. No pictures of myself where I was shocked at how I had let myself go.
Just one day, out of the blue, I turned to my brother, who was a personal trainer at the time, and told him that I wanted to go to the gym.
That was it.
I just wanted to work hard. I just wanted to sweat.
And that is exactly what I did.
I remember that first day at the gym — I was struggling to walk on the treadmill at at pace of 3.8 for 20 minutes!! I hated that treadmill (how times have changed!) but I stuck with it.
For years after, I was not a regular gym goer — I would be very committed for several months and then sort of let life get in the way. Eventually I would get back into the swing of things, hit the gym with a new found passion, and eventually it would all fall to the way side.
I am sure you have heard something similar to that dozens of times before.
This is how it went for 10 years, working out but not regularly, not one change in my eating habits. Not even knowing what I should and should not be using to fuel my body.
No wonder change was minimal and not at all long lasting.
Fast forward to 2008.
A coworker, our boss, and I decided we should run a half marathon. None of us were really runners but we plugged away at it anyways. Crossing the finish line was exhilarating despite the feeling of nausea. I had trained for this moment and I had seen this goal all the way to the end.
From then on, I was hooked on running.
I was now a regular runner and gym-goer.
I was now passionate about health and fitness.
I was a fanatic!
I poured over magazines and scoured the internet for workouts, healthy eating tips, and just about anything that talked about health and fitness. That is how I stumbled upon an entire community of health and fitness bloggers and I instantly knew that that is exactly where I needed to be!
Today, I am a die-hard, daily workout-er. If I don’t have time to make it to the gym, I work out at home with as much determination as if I was in the gym.
I still run — outside in the summer when weather permits and inside on the treadmill in the winter. Circuit workouts are my all time favorite! I love the fast pace and the constant changing of exercises. It never gets old!
I am obsessed with CrossFit but have yet to step foot in a box. The cost is what is keeping me away but I hope that some day soon I will be able to make it a regular part of my life.
I still struggle on a daily basis with portion control but I am learning (always learning) what foods set me off and what I need to do to ensure that I can walk away from every meal satiated and without any feelings of guilt.
I am inspired by the blogs that I read and by the people that write them. They are a daily reminder of what it is that I am striving for and what I need to do to be successful.
Health, fitness and nutrition are the center of my world. They are a constant in my life that I cannot imagine living without. It is what I want to do when I “grow up” and I am in the process of taking steps towards that. I am so very excited for what the future holds — it is going to be a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of struggle, but I know that it is exactly where I am meant to be.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you continue to visit!