08 Apr FLEXcity Brides: Katherine
In less than three months I will be walking down the aisle to marry my fiancé at my parents home in Northern Michigan. Three months seems like an eternity in some ways and so soon in others. It will be here before we know it and with that being said, I’ve been reflecting a lot the past few weeks on how my health and fitness journey has impacted my journey as a “bride-to-be.”
I have been active my entire life – from sports in high school, to running as a college student, to managing a FLEXcity Fitness location as a young adult.
In college, however, I struggled in the same way that a lot of young twenty-somethings do – I didn’t always look the way I wanted to. The word “diet” was more about losing five pounds before my sorority formal than a true lifestyle choice.
I began taking FLEXcity classes in February of 2012 but was frustrated a few months later when I still wasn’t seeing the results I expected. Looking back, I can see that even though I was working hard, I hadn’t made a lifestyle change that would set me up for real success.
Fast-forward three years and I am managing the Grand Rapids FLEX location, an avid runner, and abiding by the 80/20 rule when it comes to what I eat. Never in a million years did I think I would teach fitness classes as my career, but FLEX has completely changed my life in more ways than one.
For starters, I have shaved 20-plus minutes off of my best half marathon time and my new “jogging pace” on the treadmill is a 7.3 compared to where I started three years ago at a 6.0. Secondly, my outlook on food has been transformed. I no longer think of food as a “reward”, but instead as something that fuels my body and makes life enjoyable. (Because who doesn’t love a great meal and a glass of wine?) Getting out of my own head and listening to my body’s hunger cues has helped me intuitively learn how to eat. The FLEXcity method has been the driving force behind the positive health and fitness changes I have experienced in my own life.
Since getting engaged I’ve been asked numerous times how I was going to prepare for the wedding day physically. The short answer is: I’m not really doing anything different.
As we begin the final countdown to the Big Day I am paying more attention to what I’m putting in my body, specifically unnecessary snacking or mindless sweets here and there. Do I have days where I feel like I could do a better job with my diet? Sure! But that’s life and I’ve learned to not let that false-guilt control me.
As far as fitness goes, FLEX is the name of my game. I aim to take three to four classes a week, depending on my teaching schedule, and I have been training for the Fifth Third Riverbank 25k in May.
I am looking forward to celebrating on June 27th with my family and closest friends, and thanks to FLEXcity the most exciting day of my life will be one where I feel healthy and confident.