Bonus Spotlight for the End of the Year
Hello, ladies and gentlemen of Get Fit NH. It’s finally time for me to throw my hat into the ring and shine the spotlight on a deserving student. I decided to write my first spotlight on Kristin Wolfe. Before I talk about why she has earned this honor, I’ll let you read about Kristin’s experience with us in her own words:
“I chose GFNH because I wanted and needed to exercise differently; something other than going to a big box gym. That was just not motivating enough and I wasn’t getting the results I wanted by relying on myself to get me there and challenge myself each and every time. When I first started at GFNH, those first few months were difficult. I was overweight and sluggish, I was sore all of the time, I wondered if I would ever be able to go up and down stairs normally again or put on my jacket without wincing. I worried about not being able to execute the exercises correctly and effectively, I felt very uncoordinated and uncomfortable being there. But as I became a little stronger and with the unwavering support and guidance from Dean, within 6 months I could notice a big difference in how I carried myself both in and outside of GFNH. The constant soreness subsided and I looked forward to going to training rather than dreading it. I have lost and kept off 20 lbs.
I have definitely become physically stronger over the years (yes, I am approaching my 6-year mark!) but I have also gained a considerable amount of self-confidence. Now I feel as though I could take on almost any challenge (BRING IT!), whether it be physical or mental. I try not to let the exercise beat me, don’t let it win, complete the challenge and be ready to face the next one. I dig deep for the “bring it on!” attitude and try to push through anything you guys throw at me. It’s a 180-degree attitude from when I first started. I came to training without the confidence to look the challenge in the eye, even shied away from it; now I come ready to face the challenge head on and hopefully kick its butt! I entered my first 5k road race a year and half after starting at GFNH and was so proud of myself to be able to run the entire thing in less than 30 minutes. That was quite a feat for me! I enter at least 1 per year now. I could barely do 1 push-up from my knees when I started and now I can crank out 34 in 3 minutes!
We have horses and I don’t have to worry about being able to hoist 50lb grain bags or hay bales or awkward bales of shavings. I know I am strong enough to do it without a problem. I have a 10 year old daughter who enjoys being active and I am able to keep up and even surpass her activity level now. Over the next few years my family and I plan on hiking all of the 4,000 footers in NH and I am confident I can do it. I am still chasing that pre-pregnancy weight number on the scale, despite how unreasonable it may seem and in the back of my mind I know it is just a number and truly means nothing. I’d just like to see it one more time! Sometimes it’s not easy to take care of myself. Juggling the responsibilities of working full-time and being a mom can make it hard to manage time for myself (ie: getting to training) and ultimately I will sacrifice myself (ie: not getting to training) to be there for them.
I still struggle with my willpower at times, carbs are the devil and I am so much better off without them. The nutritional guidance we get at GFNH is priceless. I have learned an immeasurable amount from Dean and Nancy through their seminars and constant preaching. I have learned how to eat better (no, I am not perfect by any means) and cleaner and how to actually read an ingredient label! The way I cook and even grocery shop is forever changed. While I have made considerable progress since my enrollment at GFNH, I never stop pushing myself. I want to do better, I want to do more. I want to lift more weight, get in more reps and advance to the next resistance band. I beat myself up when I don’t or can’t accomplish what I set out to do but that just makes me stronger and makes me attack it even harder next time. My time at GFNH has had such positive impacts on many aspects of my life, how do I thank someone enough for that? I can’t.”
I am at somewhat of a disadvantage here because I have only been here for the last year. I wasn’t able to see the beginning of Kristin’s journey. What I can tell you is that since day one I have been impressed with her effort day in and day out. I have always said I would take heart over talent in any situation. In my opinion, it’s the person who works the hardest day in and day out that deserves the praise and the accolades. Ironically, it is often those who work the hardest and have the most heart that achieve what they set out to. When it comes to heart, I don’t look much further than her, because she has it in spades. Keep up the hard work, Kristin!!