From the very beginning of my life I have always thought “Outside” the box. I learned from a young age to focus on what I thought about myself more than what others thought about me. I grew up playing every sport you can imagine and that taught me to be competitive and relentless. The main thing I want to bring up was that: I was never afraid to fail! I have the privilege of saying I am a National Tennis Champion because I thought “outside” the box and I didn’t like listen to what others had to say. I worked my butt off to earn that championship. I had people laugh in my face while I was training, doubt me because I was 24 years old trying to compete with 18 year olds. I NEVER GAVE UP.
Now 34 years old, a Wife and a Mother to two amazing children and I find myself inspired more than ever. It is empowering to take ownership of your body after having two babies. It’s challenging to find the time to be healthy and exercise while working and having a family full time. But, it is a privilege! I work out because I GET to! It isn’t about me anymore, the bigger picture is that I need to be strong for my family. It isn’t about a waist size, or a 6 pack. It is to set a healthy example for my loved ones.
I was a stay at home mom for a few years and to stay busy I found myself going to different parks each day, doing different activities with the kids to stay busy and active, one thing I noticed was the other moms sitting on the benches playing on their phones while their children played. This honestly lit a fire under me because I realized I did not want to be like those other moms. I purposely would leave my phone in the car because these are moments with my children that I did not wanted to miss. I want to be the mom that is on the playground with them, chasing them and playing with them. I wanted to be the BEST VERSION of ME that I could be for THEM. This is when I realized the concept that you can TRULY BECOME BETTER WITH AGE.
I started to take up running because to me MENTALLY this was the absolute hardest thing that I could do at this point in my life. It is easy to do things that you WANT to do, but finding something that is hard, really sparked my interest. I ran my first 5k, and that was a very emotional experience for me. I then ran a half-marathon and I was able to run it in 2 hours and 18 minutes. I then ran 100 miles in 7 days just simply for the fact that I could say that I did it. I then mustered up the courage to run a Marathon and I did, it took me 7 hours to complete it but I did it. I learned how truly strong I was mentally while I was out there alone for 7 hours. I now focus on training my children and showing them how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy is a natural confidence booster and I want to raise strong/healthy/confident children. I find that with a busy lifestyle it is so important to prioritize and be organized. Decide what is at the top of the list, and go from there. It is important to be realistic and set realistic goals. I love to do a variety of different workouts because it keeps it exciting. It is important to find what works best for YOU. I myself am not a morning person, so my workout time is on my lunch break. That is what is best for me, and I make no excuses for it. I started a fitness Instagram page: @KATYROSETRAINS I love the fitness community. I get inspired seeing other people’s photos/videos/and hearing their stories. I am able to post my journey and have others hold me accountable. I love the FitFluential community because it is a community where we all come together and have the same interests. There are no judgments, only encouragement and motivation. I love to inspire others and share my story, to tell others to BE BOLD, AND COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. Make no excuses for it!! Set a healthy example for your family. Get involved with your children and be active with them! Sign up for challenges that scare you a little. It is good to remind yourself that you are still alive!! We only have once chance to live our lives, let’s be the BEST version of ourselves that we can be.