Local woman takes her health into her own handsBy Veronica Burniston
In a world of ever-increasing stress, anxiety, and pressure, many people find it rather difficult to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Living life always on the go, an individual often seeks convenience over quality and comfort over exertion. For many people, making the decision to change his or her eating and exercise habits seems as daunting as the idea of wrestling a lion. The first step is hard, the second even harder. And soon the journey ahead hardly seems attainable. It’s at times like this where one looks for hope that the goal is not a dream and the journey not a waste. It’s at times like these that a well-worn traveler of this journey is welcome, a traveler who embodies hope and calls out to those he or she meets on the path, “If I can do it, so can you.”
As a wife and mother, professional photographer, and certified fitness leader and personal trainer, Kristy Wolfe is indeed a well-worn traveler on this journey. Like many, Wolfe says she has struggled with her weight for most of her life. She’s experienced the highs and lows of the constant battle and knows from her own loss of someone very dear to her that healthy living does matter. In early 2009 she lost her mother to congestive heart failure, a condition caused by her diabetes; it was a loss that eventually spurred her to reconsider her lifestyle and the daily choices she made that affected not only her but her family as well. “I don’t want to be fifty years old and die because that only gives me 20 years with him,” Wolfe says, watching her son dig through a small basket of toys on the carpet. “I don’t want him to wake up one day and say it’s not fair that my mom’s gone because of a health issue that could have been prevented.” Several years after her mother passed away, Wolfe received her certification to teach Train Dirty Fitness classes. She turned her focus toward a new goal, a way she could help others, especially women, in their journeys toward a healthier lifestyle
As a result of this new goal, Wolfe later started her own fitness group with the name Fit Wit Ladies, which eventually turned into True Body Fitness, a name Wolfe derived from the concept “be true to who you are.” The group meets Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Neva Fire Hall, where they do everything from Wolfe’s personalized workouts to Train Dirty Fitness routines to kick-boxing. Wolfe claims the ladies of the close-knit True Body Fitness group are each getting “a makeover from the inside out,” a new and stronger confidence in who they are and what they can do. Although the class started small, Wolfe comments that it is steadily growing as more women begin their pursuit of True Body Fitness.
Based on her own experiences, Wolfe offers three tips to both men and women who are undertaking the journey toward better health.
Tip #1: “Get your mental state right.” Wolfe encourages people to believe they can overcome the challenges posed by unhealthy living. “Confidence is often one of the biggest obstacles in pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Instead of asking, ‘Can I really do this?’ the real question you should be asking is, ‘Why not me?’ You’re a valuable person so treat yourself that way by taking care of your body.
Tip #2: “Look at your eating habits. What bad can you take out and what good can you put in?” Wolfe strongly insists that you should focus on replacing cravings with something healthy. When she was struggling with her own cravings for cake, she chose to replace it with a healthier choice: blueberries. Every time she had a craving, she’d eat a handful of blueberries, and, eventually, her desire for cake subsided and a new love for blueberries took its place. “So before you give into that craving, consider a healthy alternative. In the long run, your body will thank you.”
Tip #3: In regards to exercise, “Find what you like to do and do it.” It could be hiking, jogging, a fitness group, rowing, etc. Find an activity you truly enjoy and pursue it because that will become one of the first major steps toward your goal. Creating and sticking to an exercise routine will become much easier when it is an activity you look forward to doing.
“Take care of that body,” Wolfe says, speaking from experience, “because that’s the only body you’re going to have here.”
If you are interested in learning more about the True Body Fitness program, visit the program’s website at www.truebodyfitness.weebly.com or contact Kristy Wolfe at 768-3959.