Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to introduce you to Sarah from Creating a Better Tomorrow! A personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Sarah has had an amazing and inspirational journey to where she is today. We can all learn so much from her! Enjoy!
Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m first and foremost a mom and wife. I’m a thirty something mom to twin two year olds and a wife living out in the middle of the country with our 5 chickens and 2 dogs!
I blog over at Creating a Better Tomorrow. I love helping show women that you don’t have to do it all to HAVE IT ALL. Life is about living your best today and your better tomorrow.
I teach group fitness and do online personal training focused on strengthening mind, body, soul. I love getting my hands dirty in the garden. I need to rest more but goodness I just always want to be getting the most out of this blessed life!
How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?
Throughout high school I was active but not really INTO fitness like I am now. I did it for fun and wasn’t very good. Off to college I went, I like many gained 15-20 lbs and came home the next summer wanting to get it off. Unfortunately like many, I also went to running tons and eating nothing to do so. I lost the weight but also lost the love of my body and food. I slipped into an eating disorder.
Thankfully I had an awesome support system that got me help and it has made me ALL the stronger! I then couldn’t workout while recovering but it led me to learn how I love the STRENGTH of my mind and body. Now I love working out but don’t track any calories burned…just weight lifted and the strength it provides my mind and spirit.
I now teach group fitness strength training and HIIT Cardio. Now I truly workout for so many reasons OTHER than calories or weight…I don’t weigh myself, won’t weigh myself, and will never track calories eaten or burned.
What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?
HMMM…well I LOVE working out and eating healthy because of where I’ve been I recognize the strength of balance in both fitness and nutrition. But for me the struggle is knowing when to just let it all go, when to REST, when to EAT junk, when to just let it GO!!! Kids have taught me a lot in this area, I need to just be free, eat what sounds good with moderation and know that in the end if I eat whole food and move every day my body will end up right where it needs to be every single time!
Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?
No real setbacks but pregnancy was a douzy! I had to relearn how to move my body and how to love it. My body wouldn’t and couldn’t do some of the things it did before carrying twins for 40 weeks. And accepting that was HARD! Giving it time was HARD! But that taught me the amazing strength of my body when I give it the time it needs to heal and to gain.
What achievement are you the most proud of?
MOM and WIFE…may not seem like a big one but for me….it so is, oh it so is!
Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?
Mental, mental, mental. I used to work out only for calories burned, heart rate reached, weight lost…but the changes the ones that really matter can’t be measured and will never be able to be measured!
What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?
No real goals. My goal is to ALWAYS workout to be healthy. As a mom and wife I totally don’t care about anything other than working out and eating right to live my healthiest life and longest life for them!
What does a typical training week look like?
Monday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Tuesday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home (from my online training programs)
Wednesday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Thursday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home
Friday – Teach 30 minute Cardio Bootcamp, Teach 30 minute piloga
Saturday – REST
Sunday – REST
What does an average day of eating look like for you?
SO MUCH FOOD
Breakfast – Overnight oats with banana and tons of nut butter
Snack – Protein Shake 🙂 egg white protein, fruit, spinach
Snack – apple and nut butter
Lunch – Roasted Veggies, sweet potato, big burger!
Snack – pear and nut butter
Dinner – Paleo Beef Stew!
DARK CHOCOLATE and tea always before bed!
Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?
Probiotic keeping my gut healthy
Magnesium to help keep me calm and sleep soundly
Fish Oil for my joints 🙂
Maca powder – for support for adrenals during stressful life periods
What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?
Teaching Pumped for sure!!! I am not not not a yoga person!
What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?
Honestly if I am lacking motivation I usually NEED TO LISTEN and to rest, I used to push through but then I’ve come to realize that I actually love working out and if my body is saying no I probably need to listen and you know that is NOT the popular message today but it is the message I know I’ve learned the hard way!
How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?
Working out ALWAYS happens for me in the morning. My boys know when I go to work at the gym it is for exercising and helping others. When i work out at home it has to happen before they get up. For me it is on the schedule every day!
What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?
1. Be patient
2. Forget calories and pounds
3. Throw away any and all scales (including food scales)
Sarah, thank you so much for joining us today and talking with me about your fitness journey!
Sarah is a full time stay at home mom who blogs at Creating Better Tomorrow. Her twin, 2 year old boys keep her active and fit no matter the day but she also enjoys teaching group fitness and training clients one on one. She has a love for the garden and dirt…and eating all the things from the garden. Her and her husband live on 7 acres out in the country where she can get her hands dirty and the boys can chase their chickens.
Sarah suffered from anorexia in college and through that experience has grown stronger in her relationship with her Lord, her body, and her family. She know shares through her blog and fitness work a balanced approach to loving your body and moving in ways that make your body and mind stronger than ever.