Faces of Fitness

Each member of the Get Kristen Fit family is special and unique in their own way. Everyone has different goals and a different personal approach to meeting them. Take some time to get to meet and learn from each of them, because they are all amazing 🙂

#1. Carrie A.

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Name: Carrie

Age: 35

Occupation: Teacher

Location: Boston, MA

Gym: Boston Sports Clubs

Weight: 34 lbs lost, 41 to go!

Favorite exercise class:

UFX (Ultimate Fitness Experiance small group training, spinning and kickboxing)

Favorite non-gym fitness activity:

My favorite non-gym fitness activity would be swimming. I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Fitness exercise/activity you HATE but do anyways because you know its good for you:

I hate running, but nothing makes my body look as toned and fit as running.

“theres no body like a runner’s body”- Kristen

Best fitness/health advice you were ever given :

You won’t get results until you change both your eating and working out. When I tried getting fit in the past, I would have one without the other. I would see some results, but nothing drastic. Now, I have made changes to both and I am more successful.

Favorite fitness/ life quote:

“It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes 8 weeks for friends and family, and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Keep Going.” (This quote helped me get started.)

“Whether it is a 14 minute mile or a 7 minute mile IT IS STILL A MILE.”

“The voice in your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.”

Favorite music to workout to:

I like fun songs. It doesn’t really matter what the song is, but it can’t be slow. I hate working out to slow songs.

Favorite person/people to work out with:

My fellow UFX-ers because I like when we compete with each other, or my friend Meridith because we try to hold each other accountable.

Best thing to get you going on a day when you do not have time energy or motivation to work out:

Working out with a friend or knowing that once I work out, I’ll feel better.

Your favorite healthy snack:

Apples

You’re crunched for time, your favorite 30 minute workout:

Intervals on the treadmill because I feel like I get a good workout in a little bit of time or stairs.

On vacation do you workout? What do you do?

I did this time. I recently went on a cruise and I brought work out gear. My friend and I walked 3 miles each day.

Your favorite brands for workout attire:

I don’t have any yet, but I like Lululemon. I will soon be shopping there!

Fitness Background :

Growing up, I was always active. In junior high and high school, I played 3 sports and then summer softball. In college, I would occasionally go to the gym and I played intermural basketball a few times. Once graduating college, I have had an on again, off again relationship with the gym. Once I got bored at the gym, I would stop going or even when things were going well, I would find an excuse not to go.

Current Fitness Regimen:

My current fitness regimen is a UFX class twice a week, three days I use the treadmill or elliptical, and then a spinning class one or two days. Each time I’m at the gym I spend 45 minutes-1 hour. I usually give myself a day off each week.

Attitude towards/feelings about fitness in the past vs. the present:

I used to dread going to the gym. I knew working out made me feel better and help me reduce my stress, but it was the thing I would give up first when my life got busy. Last March, I was finally done with coaching basketball and decided I would continue waking up early to go to the gym. Our basketball practice was at 6AM, so I was used to getting up early. I started going to the gym more regularly. I decided to try the Couch Potato to 5K program. I was going 3 days a week and working out for about 30 minutes. I lost a few pounds but nothing significant. I felt better, but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted which made it hard to stay motivated.

Now I look forward to the gym, especially the UFX classes. When I first started going to UFX, I dreaded that too. I remember trying to think of excuses for me not to go. I don’t know when it changed, but now I look forward to it. Mondays are not my favorite, and I feel like the class gives me something to look forward to during my day. My attitude towards the gym has changed. I make sure I make time to go to the gym. It is not something that I will let go of easily. When figuring out my schedule each week, I try to make it one of the first items I add to my schedule. I don’t like missing my classes and definitely feel it when I do.

 

Have you had a fitness or weight loss goal that you met? What was it ? How long to achieve it? How did you achieve it?

I do have a weight loss goal. I am hoping to lose 75 pounds total. I have currently lost 34 lbs. I’m hoping to achieve my goal by November. That will be a year since I really started trying to lose weight and get back in shape.

My success so far has come from going to gym more regularly and participating in the Lose it to Win it! Weight Loss Challenge at BSC with Kristen.

Current Health/Fitness goals:

I have a few health and fitness goals. My first goal is both health and fitness related. My goal is I want to be comfortable with myself. I want to like my body and not feel self-conscious about how I look. I don’t want to dread going shopping or to the beach (my favorite place in the world) because I have to wear a bathing suit. I want to be confident in myself and my appearance. I am never going to be a size 2, but I don’t want to be. I want to be toned and have definition. I want people to look at me and know that I work out!

My second goal is that I don’t want to be overweight. Obesity runs in my family, and I see how my relatives struggle with it. I have struggled with it. I don’t want it to hurt to walk up stairs or to have to rest after walking for a bit. Many of my relatives have heart problems or high blood pressure. I don’t want to deal with that. I don’t want to take 15 different medications to stay alive.

Another fitness goal would be to be able to run, without stopping, 5 miles. Shortly after graduating college, I was in the best shape I had ever been since high school. I was running 5 miles every other day. At the time, I was a nanny, so I would wake up in the morning, head to the gym, watch Regis and Kelly for an hour and run. That would include a warm up and cool down as well. I felt fantastic and I was healthy.

Finally, my last goal would be to continue to eat healthy. I am a very picky eater. If I didn’t have to eat real food, I wouldn’t. If I could, I would only eat dessert. Since starting the Challenge at the gym, I started eating cleaner. This has been difficult for me. It requires me to pre-plan my meals. I also went from eating a lot of processed food to hardly any. I have noticed that when I try to “treat” myself with a cookie or cupcake or other dessert now, my “treats” are not as tasty as I remember them being. I have also learned about my eating habits. One thing that I feel that I learned that is most helpful is I usually only crave sweets when I’m hungry. Once I eat something or have a snack, that craving goes away. It seems like that is common sense, but it wasn’t to me.

When did you start working with a trainer/ coach:

I’ve worked on and off with a trainer since 2006. When I lived in Connecticut, my trainer expected me to work out for 2 hours a day. She would get upset with me if I did not. That’s not realistic for me anymore. However, I liked the fact that she would hold me accountable and call me out when I wasn’t working my hardest. When I moved back to MA, I worked with a trainer for about 6 – 8 months. It was helpful, but I didn’t feel like he pushed me as hard as he could have. He would also let me give him excuses. I have been working out with Kristen in UFX for almost 6 months and have definitely seen results.

What about that trainer/coach influenced you to chose them:

I contacted Kristen about her Lose it to Win it Weight Loss Challenge. She suggested I try out the UFX class to go along with the Challenge. At first, I thought the class was too pricy. Then I tried it. I realized I had to continue doing it. If I could spend $80 in one night for going out, I could spend the money to get healthy. I stuck with the class because it was challenging and it always changes. I am never bored.

How long were you thinking about starting the program before you actually did?

I had seen the signs up at the West Newton BSC for the Lose it to Win it Challenge on and off for a little bit. That isn’t my regular gym, so I would see it and then forget about it. Finally, one day I decided to send an email to see what it was about. I didn’t think about signing up for the small group until Kristen mentioned it. I wasn’t really hesitant about the class; however, I was probably hesitant about signing up for the Challenge. I think you have to be ready to change your life – your eating, your exercise, what you’re willing to give up, etc. I don’t think I was ready until I actually sent the email. I wish I was ready sooner, but I don’t think I would have followed through if I had.

What about this coach/ trainer makes them different from ones you have worked with in the past?

I like the exercises Kristen has us do in class. She works us hard each class. In the 6 months I have been taking the class, not once have I left thinking, “That could have been better.” Kristen will also call me out when she knows I’m not putting in my best effort in class or with the Challenge. I need that. If I know a trainer will take my excuses, I find it very easy to give them. I need someone to push me as hard as I can be pushed, and Kristen does. She’s also gotten me to start eating better which is something I didn’t think anyone ever would.

How does small group training differ from working out on your own?
My small group training is much more difficult than the workouts I do on my own. I usually don’t push myself as hard as Kristen pushes us.

What benefits have you seen from working with a coach/ trainer?

There are many benefits I have seen from working out with Kristen. I have lost weight, I have definition in my arms and legs and I like going to the gym now. I look forward to the class, which I wouldn’t have thought was possible because it’s hard.

Would you consider these benefits life changing?

Yes, I believe these benefits are life changing.

How would you recommend others to go about choosing a trainer/ coach that was right for them?

I think you have to know what you need in terms of working out. For example, I know I need someone who will give me “tough love”. I need someone who will not to take my excuses and push me to do my best. I have worked out with both male and female trainers, and I feel that I do better with female trainers.

What is the single best thing that came out of improving your fitness level?

I am getting fit and I feel good about myself. I haven’t felt good about how I look in a while and it feels fantastic not to feel self-conscious about my body.

Have you inspired others to get fit as well?

Yes, many of my co-workers and friends have mentioned to me that I am inspiring them to become more active and healthy.

When and how did you meet Kristen? Has she changed your life in any way? If so,

how?

I met Kristen at the end of October/beginning of November in 2013. Kristen has helped me be more successful. I understand that I have done a lot of work, but she pushes me; she challenges me; she doesn’t take my excuses; she’s helped me get healthy; and most importantly, she’s helped me like myself again. I don’t think everyone understands what it is like to be overweight. I’ve heard people say, “If you want to lose weight go to the gym and eat better.” Losing weight is hard and incorporating working out into your daily life is hard. Kristen cheers me on and is there to support me. She makes it easier and I am definitely never bored!

Any thing else you would like to share?

I think the hardest part of the entire process is getting started. Once you make the decision to get started, don’t let anything or anyone stop you. You are worth the work and effort. You need to believe this to succeed. It took me a while to realize that I have to put myself first. I will always have emails to check or tasks to complete, but unless I’m happy, it’s not worth it.

 

Author: Kristen Leontie

Fitness trainer to the stars (of Newton Ma), athlete, pro runner and dog lover...

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