It’s a million dollar question right? I have a ton of content coming your way, but it’s been a while and I have some new followers so I wanted to start with sharing more about myself, how I got here, and what was the driving force behind starting Grace Fitness and Nutriiton.
I guess I’ll start with the basics. I am 32 years old, married to the most wonderful man and partner in life, and have one son that I stay home with. I was a long time competitive cheerleader in my younger days and struggled with both exercise and nutrition after I stopped cheering at 23. I was able to eat whatever I wanted when I was moving regularly and was quite surprised with weight gain when I stopped. I joined a Plant Fitness and went purely because I thought I had to, I didn’t enjoy it at all and my body composition never changed. My diet was really nothing to write home about. I often would order two large pizzas (I lived alone) so I would have food for a couple of days and Oreos always in the cabinet.
Enter CrossFit. I fell in love with my very first workout! I knew quickly I wanted to Coach and became the first female Coach at Ocean State Crossfit in 2012 (I think? haha the years go by!), and for a few of those years, I was coaching full time. I had turned around my diet and was the strongest I have ever been.
During that stretch of full-time coaching, I had many ups and downs in life that included working through the opening of a second CF location, that location being shut down due to political nonsense, resulting in losing half of my hours, frantically finding another legal job to fill the financial gap (in my past life I was a paralegal), leaving my CF home and finding another (I still miss OSCF <3) but in 2016 my life turned into a wonderful whirlwind of getting married and finding out I was pregnant (in the same week!).
I thought I knew what I was doing. I mean I’m a coach after all! But, by my second trimester, I just started to feel so lost. My Dr. said I could keep doing everything I had been doing before and to listen to my body, but I learned that I had no idea what my body was trying to tell me. I was so tired all the time, like I could literally fall asleep at any point in time.
I cut my coaching schedule in half relatively quickly because I just did not have the energy to keep up with the full-time schedule. Those of you that are coaches know that even coaching one class takes up so much of yourself and giving your energy to that class. I stopped coaching altogether in my second trimester. I just could not be the coach I wanted to (and knew I could) be with the way I felt. (more on my pregnancy and how that affected me next week).
Fast forward to after having Jameson and I just missed coaching. I missed helping people succeed with their goals. It’s a part of me and who I am. I also knew that I loved being able to stay home with Jameson and so the idea of an online business took flight…
Next week you will learn more about my pregnancy and how I felt throughout while doing CF, the pressure that came with, my postpartum journey with diastasis recti and umbilical hernia and how I found Brianna Battles and became a Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach (PPA).
If you are interested in learning more about what I do at Grace Fitness & Nutrition you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, contact me directly at kerri@gracefitnessandnutrition or visit Grace Fitness and Nutrition.
Stay strong, stay beautiful!