It should be evident that obesity rates and health related issues running rampant in our country. (Nearly 70% of adults are overweight or obese and 47% of children (ages 2-19) are overwieght or obese.) But there are many people who are bucking this trend. I hear the many reasons/excuses why people can’t get to the gym (family obligations, work, time, etc), so I decided to highlight people that are focusing on their health in spite of all of that. SO INTRODUCING….
Kecia M. Kelly MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
When did you fall in love with health and fitness? I fell in love with fitness in 1993 when “What’s Love Got to Do With It” came out. I was so amazed by Angela Basset’s transformation. I said that I wanted to do what I needed to do to get that look. See I was tall and skinny with no muscle tone. My fiance’ at the time (note at the time), said that I did not have it in me to do something like that. Well, needless to say, I joined a Bally’s that following Monday and the rest is history–and so is he.
How has health and fitness changed your life? Health and fitness has changed my life in so many ways. At 41 years young, I look better than I did in my 20’s. I have more energy, I am more focused, more rolls off my back, I am stronger. And most importantly, I am a great role model for my children.
How are you able to balance your personal responsibilities (kids, spouse, other family obligations, work, hobbies, etc)? It is about priorities. I love and cherish my husband and children. I am fortunate that my husband is into fitness as well. As a busy nurse executive, my days can be long and unpredictable at times. My children are involved in after school activites which can be barriers to working out. So….I get up at 330 to eat. I am in the gym by 430 and out by 6am to help get the kids up and ready for school so that I can be at work by 8.
How do you fit in workouts when your time is limited? I rarely struggle with this one because there is not much going on at 430 am. But currently, my trainer has me doing some brief sessions in the evening two times a week. I always look at my weekly calendar to try to anticipate any barriers to my training. I may solicit the help of my husband or my mother to get the kids to thier obligations. It is all about priorities. We all make time for what is important to us.
What was the biggest life adjustment on this journey? When I was in my 20’s, single, I had youth on my side, I thougth I could eat what I wanted and still remain thin. Well, that changed after the birth of my first child at 29 years old. I ballooned up 60 pounds. I was able to lose it, but then I gained it again after my second child and it was more difficult to lose. I resolved to the fact that I would always be a big woman. A size 14-16 was going to be my size. I still worked out and tried to eat well, but had bouts of binging and had to accept that I had an addiction to food. I had to also accept that I was going to have to learn to eat clean and lean…not just “healthy”.
What is your favorite workout move? Walking lunges is one of my favorite exercises. It has done wonders for my leg development. I have been doing deep squats lately which have really helped to lift my glutes.
What is your favorite clean meal? Clean treat? Sweet potatoes brushed with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and cinnamon baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes on each side is my fave!! I am still experimenting with other clean treats.
Can you offer any advice to other busy women on how to get started down a healthier path? I would strongly suggest that the mindset has to be in line with the action. You have to want to change your life. It is not enough of an excuse to say because you are married, or not, have a job and children that you don’thave time to exercise. There are many many many women who will dispell this myth/excuse. With all of the at home programs out there, the gym excuse does not fly anymore. A lot of planning and prioritizing is involved. That time you spend at happy hour is time you can be working out or getting rest for a morning session. Cook your meals on the weekend so you are not wondering what to eat later in the week. It is all about priorities. I could go on and on, but I must say this….It has to be for you, not to be thinner for him or them–you will not be able to sustain your success if that is your motive. Just commit to the process of living healthier.
What are your future goals? My goals are to begin working on my Doctorate in Nursing practice in June. I will continue to work full time, raise kids, be a wife, while taking care of this wonderful temple I call my body. I intend to be a Chief Nursing Officer of hospital one day…and the grandmother to many many grandchildren..God willing.