Hi there! I am so glad we have found each other! Welcome to Living Everyday Strong, where my hope is to empower you to embrace a lifestyle of happiness, health, and wellness.

Let me preface by saying I am not here to sell you a ‘transformation’ or a ‘quick fix program,’ but rather to share insight from my own experiences on the practicality of adopting and [e n j o y i n g] a lifestyle of wellness.

I get it…the idea of a ‘healthy lifestyle’ can be overwhelming and maybe even frightening. I spent many years with the mindset that I was OK with the way I looked and felt, and if I wanted to slim down, I would just cut calories…lots of calories, because there was no way I was going to exercise. I much preferred lying on the couch watching Netflix or reading a good book over sweating…YUCK.

BUT, let me be the first to tell you . . . I was wrong. Not about the Netflix vs. sweating part . . . some days I would still rather be lying on the couch. I was under the impression that adopting a ‘healthy lifestyle’ meant a lot of sacrifice, and a lot more sweat and hard work. I would only stick with this rendition of a ‘healthy lifestyle’ long enough to be frustrated with the minimal, short-term results. I decided it was too hard and not worth it. I gave up. Sound familiar?

Until, slowly . . . and reluctantly . . . my mindset began to change. I was surrounded by people who were already living lifestyles of happiness, health, and wellness, and I so desperately wanted that. I was hesitant, skeptical, and reluctant, but I gave it a try — one small step at a time, of course.

After many Barre3 classes and reading multiple fitness blogs, I had the confidence and knowledge I needed to be able to [s t a r t] strength training effectively. I began lifting almost daily and added on cardio 2-3 times a week…hello, serious progress! I began to focus more on what I was eating and how it was f u e l i n g my body. I began to e n j o y my workouts, and I looked forward to the hour I got to spend working on myself every day.

I also noticed, after finding a workout regimen that I loved and working my tail off, that I didn’t want to overeat or indulge in foods I knew wouldn’t benefit the way I looked, or felt…this was a big kicker, because I could tell a difference in my overall mood and energy levels when I ate foods that were GOOD for my body. This new mindset, and the practicality of embracing a lifestyle of wellness, has led to a transformation in my happiness, health, and overall well-being!

Now that you’ve read my story, let me share how I can help YOU! Like most people, I started this journey with an obvious misconception of what a ‘healthy lifestyle’ actually is, thus taking me on a long, wild ride of trial and error. I don’t want this for you! I am here to provide you with practical tips and ideas that will motivate and inspire you to adopt/embrace/maintain a lifestyle of happiness, health, and wellness.

Remember, this is a process, not a product, and while weight training is my exercise of choice, I believe that this community can benefit and enhance any form of exercise. So, do what works for YOU! Welcome to the community!

XO, Kristen