I am so excited to announce WellMom’s new Client Spotlight! Brittany Y became a WellMom client in December 2015, soon after the birth of her third child. Over the past year and a half, Brittany has made AMAZING strides on both physical and emotional levels. Physically she improved the shape of her body and gained strength and energy. Emotionally she experienced boosts to her self confidence and improved her body image. Brittany’s story offers great insight for others, so read on! And make sure you read all the way to the end – it has the best part!
~ Mom of Isabelle (5), Sophie (4), and Ernest (19 months)
What motivated you to start working with WellMom? What goals did you have?
I met Chris at Clarendon Day. I remember she had Lily (her youngest daughter) with her and she was engaging people as they walked by her booth. I was not looking for a personal trainer at the time, but after talking with her I felt she had some interesting ideas of how to help me meet my fitness goals. Her website was comprehensive and it was clear she was knowledgeable and passionate about health and wellness, plus her flexibly to do in-home training convinced me to try WellMom. Originally my goals were to strengthen my back, help improve running endurance, close my stomach muscle split after my third baby, lose 10 pounds, and increase muscle tone.
What are your accomplishments since working with WellMom?
I am so much stronger! It has been empowering seeing myself meeting and exceeding specific weight training and strength training targets. My back is so much stronger; I don’t ache as much as I did picking up my kids. My endurance and energy levels are higher. The muscle split in my stomach is gone. While losing 10 pounds was originally part of the goal, and while I did lose some weight, as I saw my body shape change for the better and my clothes fit more comfortably for the first time ever I didn’t really care about the scale numbers. I think if you have ever struggled with body image being able to embrace strength and health regardless of your ideal weight can sometimes be a difficult and uphill mental battle. I felt like Chris helped me so much with this piece of my overall health and wellness.
To what do you attribute those accomplishments?
Regular training, defining specific goals, having someone who knows how to coach you to meet those goals.
What goals do you have moving forward?
Maintaining my current strength level and finding other areas of my life that could be made healthier, nothing radical just improvements like reducing (not eliminating) my daily sugar intake. Perhaps aiming for a 4-minute plank, just kidding, well kind of :).
What insights have you gained on this journey that might help other moms?
If you find time to take care of yourself physically and emotionally you will value yourself and your time more and that will make you a stronger, happier individual and Mom. Sometimes this requires asking a spouse, friend, or family member for help or may mean hiring a babysitter or a trainer like Chris. If your kids see you taking a little time each week to take care of your health they will value their own health more and it helps to give you individuality in their eyes beyond being Mom.