These are my favorite posts to do. 🙂 WellMom’s newest client spotlight is Kara M. We started working together at the end of June. In less than 5 months, she dropped 25 pounds and drastically increased her energy levels, and she did it in one of the best ways possible: incremental improvements that over time built to sustained lifestyle change. Her story is nothing less than inspiring.
~Mom of Simon (4) and Alden (1)
What motivated you to work with WellMom? What goals did you have?
I saw a photo of myself at a work event in May while waiting to board a plane home and couldn’t believe how heavy and unhealthy I looked. I was also feeling really tired and sluggish, but the photo is what really prompted action. I sent Chris an email from the airport to see if she was accepting new clients.
My original goals were to simply gain strength and energy and to be a better example for my sons. I wasn’t necessarily looking for huge weight loss or diet changes. I honestly didn’t realize how much nutrition and healthy eating choices played into Chris’s one-on-one services. But I am so glad that they do!
What are your accomplishments since working with WellMom?
I have dropped about 25 pounds and gained strength, cardiovascular fitness, and energy.
To what do you attribute those accomplishments?
I largely attribute my accomplishments to having someone to hold me accountable. I also think that making some realistic, small dietary changes at the beginning and then gradually adding other changes was very helpful.
What goals do you have moving forward?
I would like to carve out time in my schedule to work out at least twice a week (once with Chris and once on my own). On the nutrition front, I want to have a plan for healthy weeknight dinners ahead of time every night to avoid scrambling for something quick (and likely less healthy) when crunched for time.
What health and wellness advice do you have for other moms based on your personal journey?
Take it one step at a time and don’t beat yourself up if you slip every so often. Old habits diet hard, and it can take time to make lasting changes. Be mindful about whatever you eat and notice your mental state when you eat it. Stop and listen to what your body is telling you. Are you actually hungry or just snacking because food is there? It’s hard to be mindful when we are constantly juggling the competing demands of work and family life, but it really helps.