Finding Fitness: Sarah from Creating a Better Tomorrow

Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to introduce you to Sarah from Creating a Better Tomorrow! A personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Sarah has had an amazing and inspirational journey to where she is today. We can all learn so much from her! Enjoy!
There are so many paths to fitness and we can learn so much from hearing about others fitness journeys! In this interview with Sarah, there is so much to learn from and be inspired by! Head over to check it out and get inspired for your own fitness journey!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m first and foremost a mom and wife.  I’m a thirty something mom to twin two year olds and a wife living out in the middle of the country with our 5 chickens and 2 dogs!
I blog over at Creating a Better Tomorrow. I love helping show women that you don’t have to do it all to HAVE IT ALL.  Life is about living your best today and your better tomorrow.
I teach group fitness and do online personal training focused on strengthening mind, body, soul.  I love getting my hands dirty in the garden.  I need to rest more but goodness I just always want to be getting the most out of this blessed life!

How did your fitness journey start? What motivated the change? Along with that, what has kept you interested?

Throughout high school I was active but not really INTO fitness like I am now. I did it for fun and wasn’t very good.  Off to college I went, I like many gained 15-20 lbs and came home the next summer wanting to get it off.  Unfortunately like many, I also went to running tons and eating nothing to do so.  I lost the weight but also lost the love of my body and food.  I slipped into an eating disorder.
Thankfully I had an awesome support system that got me help and it has made me ALL the stronger!  I then couldn’t workout while recovering but it led me to learn how I love the STRENGTH of my mind and body.  Now I love working out but don’t track any calories burned…just weight lifted and the strength it provides my mind and spirit.
I now teach group fitness strength training and HIIT Cardio.  Now I truly workout for so many reasons OTHER than calories or weight…I don’t weigh myself, won’t weigh myself, and will never track calories eaten or burned.
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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

HMMM…well I LOVE working out and eating healthy because of where I’ve been I recognize the strength of balance in both fitness and nutrition.  But for me the struggle is knowing when to just let it all go, when to REST, when to EAT junk, when to just let it GO!!!  Kids have taught me a lot in this area, I need to just be free, eat what sounds good with moderation and know that in the end if I eat whole food and move every day my body will end up right where it needs to be every single time!

Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

No real setbacks but pregnancy was a douzy!  I had to relearn how to move my body and how to love it.  My body wouldn’t and couldn’t do some of the things it did before carrying twins for 40 weeks.  And accepting that was HARD!  Giving it time was HARD!   But that taught me the amazing strength of my body when I give it the time it needs to heal and to gain.

What achievement are you the most proud of?

MOM and WIFE…may not seem like a big one but for me….it so is, oh it so is!

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

Mental, mental, mental.  I used to work out only for calories burned, heart rate reached, weight lost…but the changes the ones that really matter can’t be measured and will never be able to be measured!

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What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

No real goals.  My goal is to ALWAYS workout to be healthy.  As a mom and wife I totally don’t care about anything other than working out and eating right to live my healthiest life and longest life for them!

What does a typical training week look like?

Monday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Tuesday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home (from my online training programs)
Wednesday – Sprints 30 minutes, Teach PUMPED
Thursday – 30 minute HIIT Cardio at home 
Friday – Teach 30 minute Cardio Bootcamp, Teach 30 minute piloga
Saturday – REST
Sunday – REST

What does an average day of eating look like for you?

SO MUCH FOOD
Breakfast – Overnight oats with banana and tons of nut butter
Snack – Protein Shake 🙂  egg white protein, fruit, spinach
Snack – apple and nut butter
Lunch – Roasted Veggies, sweet potato, big burger!
Snack – pear and nut butter
Dinner – Paleo Beef Stew!
DARK CHOCOLATE and tea always before bed!

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Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

Probiotic keeping my gut healthy
Magnesium to help keep me calm and sleep soundly
Fish Oil for my joints 🙂
Maca powder – for support for adrenals during stressful life periods

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

Teaching Pumped for sure!!!  I am not not not a yoga person!

What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

Honestly if I am lacking motivation I usually NEED TO LISTEN and to rest, I used to push through but then I’ve come to realize that I actually love working out and if my body is saying no I probably need to listen and you know that is NOT the popular message today but it is the message I know I’ve learned the hard way!

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?

Working out ALWAYS happens for me in the morning. My boys know when I go to work at the gym it is for exercising and helping others.  When i work out at home it has to happen before they get up.  For me it is on the schedule every day!

What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

1.  Be patient
2.  Forget calories and pounds
3.  Throw away any and all scales (including food scales)
Sarah, thank you so much for joining us today and talking with me about your fitness journey!
finding fitness Sarah Creating a Better TomorrowSarah is a full time stay at home mom who blogs at Creating Better Tomorrow.  Her twin, 2 year old boys keep her active and fit no matter the day but she also enjoys teaching group fitness and training clients one on one.  She has a love for the garden and dirt…and eating all the things from the garden.  Her and her husband live on 7 acres out in the country where she can get her hands dirty and the boys can chase their chickens.
Sarah suffered from anorexia in college and through that experience has grown stronger in her relationship with her Lord, her body, and her family.  She know shares through her blog and fitness work a balanced approach to loving your body and moving in ways that make your body and mind stronger than ever.

Where to find Sarah:

On her blog at CreatingBetterTomorrow.com

Twitter: @CreatingBetter

Instagram: @CreatingBetter

Facebook: Creating Better Tomorrow

Pinterest: Sarah @creatingbetter

Finding Fitness: Sabrina from Run, Love, Yoga

Hey everyone! I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you! With this new year and some changes in my life has come a renewed focus here on the blog. More than ever before I want to help you along on your own fitness journey! My love of fitness has grown so much over the years and I want to inspire you to find that love of your own, in whatever form it may take!

But I only have my own story to share and that is why I am starting this new series! Each month I will be bringing you someone else’s story! I am interviewing different people about their journeys….where they started, how their lives changed, their daily routines and so much more!

To start this series off, I’m happy to introduce you to Sabrina from Run, Love, Yoga!

Today I'm talking with Sabrina about her fitness journey and her advice for others just starting out! Come join us as we talk about running, staying fit through pregnancy and so much more!

Background: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? How did your fitness journey start?

I’m a 38 year old wife, mom and runner. After the birth of my daughter 4 years ago I found myself completely in love with my baby and my husband, but I hated the way I felt and looked after gaining 81 pounds during pregnancy. It took me experiencing horrific stomach pains on a weekly basis to realize that it was time to stop putting myself last and it was time to do something. Little by little, I cut out soda, coffee and cut back on my beloved red wine. I cut back on carbs and gluten. Then I started practicing intermittent fasting. 4 months into this I felt better but still not great. Something was missing. It was time to exercise again. June of 2015 was when I became a runner. Since then I’ve run 17 races including 2 half marathons.  I am currently pregnant with my second child and I’m determined to have a healthier pregnancy this time around.

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What has been your biggest challenge in your fitness journey and how have you dealt with it?

Plantar Fasciitis!  It is the worst.  I’ve been dealing with it on and off for 8 months now.  It didn’t get really bad until I started slowing down my training after my first half marathon.  When I started to kick it into high gear for my second one, I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk.  I’ve tried just about everything except surgery which my podiatrist highly recommends.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to tone down my training a lot.  My feet still hurt but I’ve learn to manage the pain.

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Have you had any setbacks since starting your fitness journey? If so, how did you deal with them?

Besides the PF, I’ve had to deal with losing my running mojo.  I suffer from anxiety so sometimes the pressure of the training can get to me and turn me off from running completely. It becomes more of a chore and burden at this point. When this happens, I cut back from running which allows me to find the joy in it once again.

What achievement are you the most proud of?

This is a tough one!  I feel like I really should say completing one of my half marathons as they both presented some pretty unique challenges.  The run I am most proud of though was my first 10 Miler.  I just ran the race I knew I could and enjoyed every moment of it.  I feel like I was at my peak level of fitness then and really showed myself what I could accomplish.

Outside of the physical, what have been some significant changes brought on by your fitness journey?

For one, I am happier.  I feel better about myself and I just plain feel better physically which lifts my mood tremendously.  Also, I think I am a better wife and mother when I am consistently running.  I am more patient. I don’t snap or yell because I have these wonderful endorphins running through me.  When I am running, I am just a better version of me.

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What are you working towards now? What are your goals and dreams, fitness-wise?

Right now, I am working on staying active and healthy during this pregnancy.  During my first one, I was a coach potato who gained 80 pounds.  I am determined not to let that happen again.  I realize that I have some medical conditions that might keep me from running for the entirety of my pregnancy, but I figure I’ll keep at it until my doctor tells me to stop.  At that point, I will be rowing my heart out in our basement on my “husband’s” rowing machine (that he never uses).  Long term, I am hoping that by staying fit during the next 7 months that I’ll have an easier recovery and that I’ll avoid the health problems that I developed after my last pregnancy.

What does a typical training week look like?

Typically, I run 3 days a week with a long run on the weekend.  If I am half marathon training, then my long runs are 8-10 miles long.  When I am not running then I am strength training and practicing yoga.  I follow the strength training moves taught by the Another Mother Runner Training Programs.

What does an average day of eating look like for you?

Now that I am pregnant I tend to eat every 3 hours starting as soon as I wake up.  Prior to being pregnant I practiced Intermittent Fasting which helped heal my leaky gut.  Typically, I am low carb to the point that I would eat less than 5 grams of net carbs every 5 hours.  Being pregnant, I have to up my carb intake and I am still trying to find that happy medium of not too many and not too little.  I’m heavy on the protein and the veggies that I do not have a sensitivity too – I have 15 food sensitivities that I try my hardest to avoid.

Do you take any supplements? If so, could you tell us a little about what ones and why? If not, why not?

Thanks to my food allergies and sensitivities, plus the adrenal fatigue, I take a ton of supplements most of which I had to stop taking due to being pregnant.

In the mornings, I take a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and a probiotic.  The fish oil is to help reduce inflammation which I suffer from and the probiotic is to help with the symptoms of Leaky Gut.
At night, I take melatonin, valerian root and magnesium all of which are to help me go to sleep and stay asleep.  I also take Zyrtec due to my environmental allergies.

What is your favorite exercise? Your least favorite?

Running and running!  Haha!  Nothing gets my heart rate up and makes me feel as good as running, but on the other hand when I’m just physically and mentally depleted nothing makes me feel worse than going for a run.

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What do you do if you find your motivation lacking?

I take a break and remind myself of why I started this fitness journey.  I also belong to a local running group with a heavy social media presence so just reading their posts about their personal running accomplishments is usually enough to get me lace up my sneakers.

How do you balance fitness with work/life/social/etc? How do you “find the time” to workout?

Well, I used to wake up really early, like 4:30AM early to get a run in, but I quickly developed Adrenal Fatigue so I had to stop that.  My only alternative was to work out in the afternoons/early evenings after work.  It did mean missing out on some family time, but I firmly believe exercise makes me a better mother.  In order to get all of my normal chores done, I did have to rely heavily on my crockpot for meals and my husband found himself helping out more.  I’m a mom so I don’t have much of a social life outside of my running group!

What are your top 3 tips for someone just starting their fitness journey?

My number 1 tip is to take baby steps.  Don’t go whole hog when it comes to revamping your diet and exercise routine.  You’ll burn out and quit before you ever get started.

Anything else you want to share?

Thank you for letting me talk about my fitness journey!

I love getting to hear about other people’s fitness journey and I hope you enjoyed it too! Thank you for sharing it with us Sabrina!

13394135_285492808462874_7750457502689943236_n Sabrina is a wife, mom and avid runner. Since starting running in June 2015, she has run 17 races! To learn more about her and check out all of the wonderful things she posts, check out her blog Run, Love, Yoga!

To follow Sabrina on her social media, here are her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!