Motivated Mom, Marketer Extraordinaire, #GirlWhoLifts
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
My family has always been extremely active. When I was growing up, my mom would always walk around the neighborhood in the mornings and evenings. My dad would play racquetball and golf with his friends. I remember taking long bike rides with my dad on the weekends. Additionally, my parents had me in tap, ballet and gymnastics until I was 10 years old, and then in my teenage years, I ran track. Even though I have been extremely active throughout my life, I suffer from allergies and asthma, like many people in this area.
WHAT ARE THREE TRAITS THAT DEFINE YOU?
Motivated, positive, consistent.
Which healthy tri-county/find your fit focus area(s) do you most identify with? why?
I identify with all areas because I understand how they are all connected.
HOW DO YOU ALREADY MAKE CONSCIOUS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE YOUR OWN HEALTH OR THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS?
Currently, I am weight lifting which is something that I have enjoyed since I was a teenager (we had to lift weights as a part of our track conditioning). Usually I lift 4 to 6 days a week for about 1 hour a day. In addition to lifting, I do about 10-15 minutes of cardio on either the step mill, elliptical or treadmill.
What motivates you to improve your own health and well-being?
A couple of things continue to motivate me:
1. My desire to continue to reshape my body in a way that pleases me and no one else.
2. The release/exhale after a workout - I love all of the benefits a workout does for your mental health.
3. My daughter thinks I'm 25!
HOW HAS BEING A MOM CHANGED THE WAY THAT YOU LOOK AT HEALTH, AND EVEN THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH YOU ARE RAISING YOUR CHILDREN?
I want to be a positive, healthy example for my kids. We don't eat clean every night, we practice moderation and having a healthy relationship with food. The only "food" I don't tolerate well is candy. I don't keep candy in my house.
as a working mother, do you find it difficult to set aside time for maintaining your well-being both physically and mentally? when you do have the time, what do you notice you spend the most time taking care of? are there ways in which you could do more for yourself?
Absolutely. This is a constant struggle and juggling act. I realize that working out not only helps me physically but mentally too, and finding time to get a good workout in can be hard. Finding a gym with reliable, safe childcare is crucial. If I know my kids are taken care of then I can have a great workout. I do wish yoga studios offered childcare - yoga is such a wonderful break for me mentally and physically; however, I rarely have time to get to the studio.
considering your career in marketing and the exposure it's given you to all forms of media, marketing and messaging on a range of topics/brands, are you satisfied with the way that health and well-being topics are communicated to people - on any scale from national to state to local? if not, what changes would you make to make marketing towards better health outcomes more successful?
There is so much information regarding fitness and losing weight that it all leaves many people confused; couple that with many social media fitness influencers having highly unachievable bodies, it's no wonder people on a healthy mission often get discouraged. I'd love to partner with local, regional and state organizations to help demistify losing weight through nutrition and exercise, and be a positive social media influencer. My body isn't perfect, but my body is realistic and something can be said for that.
being so engaged in both charleston and dorchester counties, do you believe that we have any clear opportunities for improving health in our area?
Yes! The state of South Carolina has one of the highest obesity rates in the country. I would love to use my passion for weight lifting and knowledge about nutrition to help others (and businesses) start living healthy lifestyles by encouraging exercise and better eating habits.