This blog post is part of a series of blog posts through WanderFit Training: Real People, Real Health. Kristina is a 31 year old police officer, fitness enthusiast, consumer of real food, and fur-child mom. She incorporates fitness into her lifestyle by making it fun. From kayaking to hiking, taking her workouts outside keeps her motivated, challenged and engaged.
First of all, I have never been significantly overweight.
Ever. I have been out shape, “less muscular” (call it what you will) but I have always been an average shape. I played sports in high school, and afterwards, I spent the next 13 years trying to maintain my high school physique. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I gained 25 pounds, lost muscle mass and had gotten sluggish.
One day I was looking through a popular health magazine for women, and I noticed how strong one of the models looked. She wasn’t bone skinny and she had curves. My only thought was, “That’s what I want!” I wanted to be strong. I knew I could, because I used to be. I also knew that for my job I needed to be. As a police officer I couldn’t afford to be sluggish, weak or even a little over weight.
I knew Amy from WanderFit Training from my high school years, and I knew she was a personal trainer, so I sent her a Facebook message and we met up for the first time as trainer/client. So far, it has been a two year journey of ups such as losing 18 pounds (and many inches off of my waist!). And some downs. When I injured myself, couldn’t work out much, and I gained 10 pounds back.
I’m still working on losing that 10 pounds (almost there!), but what I have discovered is how strong I am. My journey with fitness has caused me to discover how strong I am physically, mentally, and emotionally. I love lifting weights, running, and biking. I ran my first half marathon last year and plan to run another one soon! Maybe I’ll even run a full marathon one day. I’ve also rekindled my love with the great outdoors. I camp, backpack, hike, canoe, kayak, fish, swim, you name it, Mother Nature is my gym.
I’ve also rediscovered my love of whole foods.
To me there is absolutely nothing better than eating a cup full of mixed berries at their peak. Or making a mixed green salad out of organic spring greens with homemade vinaigrette. Or roasting a whole pan of root vegetables in the fall to make soup. I could go on and on.
I think more importantly, becoming more active has given me a new confidence in myself regarding my job. I’ve always been good at it, but now I feel like I carry myself taller (and since I’m short, any extra feeling of height is a bonus!) and I have more pride in myself as an officer. My coworkers have turned to me for fitness and nutrition advice and I take joy in helping them achieve their fitness goals along with me. I’ve even recommended WanderFit Training to them.
All in all, it has been a journey of lessons learned, triumph, and some tribulations. Over all though, I feel so much better. I’m not stick thin. I’m strong. I’m healthy and most of all, I’m happy.