1. WHAT DID LIFE LOOK LIKE BEFORE YOU FOCUSED ON CONSISTENCY ON NUTRITION AND FITNESS?
I was busy -and with 4 kids, with 3 pregnancies/breastfeeding pretty much back to back, it was a struggle to find time or motivation to work out consistently. Or even find a workout that I didn’t dread/find boring. Being diagnosed with PCOS as a teen, nutrition has always been a focus, and I was lucky enough to grow up with parents who really demonstrated the importance of whole, nutritionally dense foods versus convenience/diet foods. Both of them grew up on farms (my grandpa was even an organic farmer back in the 50s before it was trendy/widespread) And we always talked about how food is fuel verses good or bad.
2. What made you decide to make a change?
As the kids got a little older, and I really started to notice the toll age and childbirth had taken on my body, I really wanted to get some muscle and movement back, and just be able to keep up and get in shape for a life of being able to move and be active. I started with yoga, which really helped some hip and shoulder issues I had, but found I wanted more. I worked up the courage to step into an oula class one day, and I was an immediate convert.
3. What has changed (attitude, energy, weight, habits, priorities, race times, blood work, confidence, etc.?)
Oula had changed a lot for me-mentally as well as physically. I can walk into class stressed and tired and upset and cranky and just leave it all on the mat. We get to be sexy and sassy and playful and sad and angry-screaming at the top of your lungs and crying are encouraged and welcomed. The support I have found with fellow oula peeps – and now with the amazing warehouse crew-has been priceless. I look forward to every single class now instead of dreading a workout, and I tell all my friends and family to join-you’ll be hooked. My energy and stamina have definitely improved, which is a top priority for me.