Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
I’m super excited about the interview today. I went to high school with Casey, she was this gorgeous, honest, + bad-ass senior when I was just a freshman. Over recent years (via Facebook mostly), I’ve watched her grow into a wife, mom (very soon to add baby #3), + personal trainer at Revolution Fitness. I wanted to interview her because it is clear that she takes really great care of herself + I knew she would have great tips for all of us.
Today we’ll learn some of her secrets on how she balances it all + still stays in awesome shape!
Ames: Introduce yourself.
Casey: My name is Casey. I am a 32 year old, married mother of 2 girls with a boy on the way. I am a part-time personal trainer, part-time hair stylist, and full-time mom and wife. I try and live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Ames: You are a hairstylist turned personal trainer! Tell us about why you made that change + what you love about your new gig?
Casey: Well, I never really gave up my passion for hair and beauty; I just wanted to expand further into the other side of what makes us feel good about ourselves, which is health and fitness. It all started about 7 years ago when I lived in Florida. Always having a love for running, Florida’s weather made it very easy to get up and get out with no excuses. Over time, running turned into spinning, which turned into weight training. I fell in love with working out. I really wanted to take what I was learning and teach it to others; so I became a certified personal trainer. A: I love this + I think it proves a great point. If you aren’t working out currently, start with something + that can build momentum! Casey’s love for running eventually turned into a career.
I started off doing my own thing, training friends, eventually expanding to friends of friends. We recently moved back home to Wisconsin and I found a great set up at Revolution Fitness. I have a great boss who allows for a flexible schedule; usually early mornings or evenings. I’ve built some amazing relationships with co-workers and clients. I couldn’t be happier doing what I love and helping people reach their goals.
Ames: What tips do you have for people that are just beginning their fitness journey?
Casey: My best advice for those people, is to just keep going and don’t give up! With my experience in training, I’ve worked with a lot of men and women of all fitness levels and the biggest obstacle is making working out a part of your everyday routine. Like I tell all my clients, weight didn’t appear overnight so it will not come off overnight. If you’ve never worked out a day in your life, you wont be able to keep up with someone who works out everyday. But don’t let that discourage you. If you keep going and don’t give up; you will see and feel the difference. Your endurance will improve, you will become stronger, and you will notice changes! Here is one of my favorite quotes to tell yourself everyday to keep you motivated.
Ames: How do you balance your schedule as a personal trainer + your home life? Who watches the kiddos while you are gone?
Casey: My work schedule and home schedule can tend to be crazy but we make it work. The older my girls get, the more activities they are in. From school to dance, gymnastics to swimming, summer camps to summer sports. Personal training hours tend to start early so I can get a lot of my clients and groups finished before my kids start their day. My husband gets the girls ready in the morning while I am at work. Luckily, I blessed to have an amazing family that I can rely on to watch my kids when needed. Without them, our lives would be much more difficult.
Ames: I have to say you have one of the most gorgeous families of all time + you are about to add to it! Tell us how is pregnancy #3 going for you? Also, is it any different this time around than with the first two?
Casey: Thank you Amy! I appreciate that.
Baby #3 has been rough on me. I’ve spent the majority of this pregnancy very sick. Unfortunately, I had a very different experience this time around then I had with both girls. While I got sick during each pregnancy, this time I have been sick the entire pregnancy. With them I was able to continue my daily life, work and working out. I can’t say the same about this one. Working out and even trying to eat healthy was very difficult, I just had to do what I could to get me through my day. Having two kids to look after as well made it more of a challenge for me. A: Oh no! It is crazy how different the pregnancy experience can be for each kiddo and person to person. I’m really, really going to soak in this easy pregnancy after reading this, next time it could be more of a challenge.
Ames: You are on the very home stretch now, how much longer? Do you have any advice on how to stay positive or things that you’ve found helpful at the end of pregnancy?
Casey: Yes! Home stretch, I am due in less then 2 weeks. A: 🙂
Honestly, I’ve tried a lot of different things over the last 9 months to help me stay positive and get through it. Medications, diet, herbs, acupuncture, pressure bands, white soda, saltine crackers, you name it…I tried it. Unfortunately, I was never able to find something that truly helped. The only thing that really helped was rest and sleep. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I recommend getting outside and going for walks. The fresh air is life changing after being cooped up inside for so long. Also, my husband was amazing! Giving me time to myself, being Mr. mom after working all day himself, and of course daily foot rubs. 🙂 A: Way to go Jake! Glad you have a great man to support you 🙂
Ames: You + your hubby Jake have been together for what seems like ever! Any suggestions for readers on how you guys have kept your long lasting relationship + marriage going? Any marriage advice you can lay on us?
Casey: Lol! It has been forever! I’m not sure I can point to a single thing that makes us work, it just does. It may be our different personalities that allow us to work so well. Jake is more laid back, likes to listen, is very calm, and rarely gets upset or mad. I am more of the extrovert, more outgoing. He keeps things calm and I keep things exciting. Having different strengths and weaknesses gives us balance and makes us a great team together. Also, I think in every relationship there has to be give and take.
Ames: You come from a large family of women + you all seem really close. What was it like to have all those sisters + any tips for how to keep the peace + closeness?
Casey: Growing up in a family of 5 girls was no walk in the park that is for sure. Although there was a lot of fighting, arguing, name-calling and stealing clothes, I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up any other way. I will forever have best friends who always have my back. This may sound weird, but I think being in each other’s business has helped us stay close. I mean don’t get me wrong, we still have our moments and disagreements but keeping in touch and making an effort really helps our relationships stay strong.
Ames: Tell us, what have you learned from all of these ladies about confidence + body image over the years? What are you hoping to pass onto your two little ladies?
Casey: My mother and sisters have made me who I am today. Being that we are all so different and have different views and lifestyles, I’ve taken bits and pieces from them and tried to better myself. They have taught me that you don’t have to have the best body or hair or clothes to be confident. Confidence is having self respect, respect for others, believing in yourself and your abilities and surrounding yourself with people who build you up. All of us have very different body types and have spent many of years comparing each other’s looks and over time we’ve come to realize that you may not be able to be the skinniest or the strongest or in the best shape or even the best athlete, but that being happy with who you are and being the best person you can be makes you beautiful. I want my girls to know that they are perfect they way they are, I want them to follow their dreams and be the best they can be.
Ames: Adding a boy into the mix! Were you guys hoping for a boy?
Casey: We honestly didn’t care whether it was a boy or a girl, but we are head over heels excited to throw a boy into the mix. After having 2 girls already and growing up with 4 sisters, I was very much okay with only having girls. I figured it wasn’t in the cards for me to have boys. Although my husband loves his girls and wouldn’t trade them for anything, I knew deep down he wanted a boy. He loves sports and fishing and hunting. He always joked that the only way we’d try for a 3rd was if I could guarantee a boy.
Ames: What does your weekly exercise routine look like? How did this change for you during pregnancy?
Casey: A weekly workout routine for me would be a combination of core and cardio mixed with some plyometric training (jump training) and strength training. I usually alternate days between upper and lower body with weights and plyos. I try do 3 days a week of either High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) such as boxing, spinning, or jump ropes and Low Intensity Interval training (LISS) cardio such as running or rowing. This pregnancy made it very hard to keep up with my normal workout routines. Unfortunately, I never really felt well enough to get workouts in. I’m looking forward to having this baby and getting back into my routine. After 9 months of very little working out, I’ve got my work cut out for me but I’m ready for the challenge.
A: Uhhhhh, something tells me you are going to knock this out of the park (baseball season reference). On the left that is after 2 kiddos, before she became pregnant with baby boy. On the right, Casey is 39 weeks + ready to meet this little boy 🙂
Ames: What does a day in your diet look like? Does everyone in your household eat the same meals?
Casey: Breakfast is usually either a veggie omelet, with a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter and banana and smoothie or plain greek yogurt with berries and granola.
Lunch can be as easy as a salad with chicken or rice with mixed veggies. I also love naked burritos.
Dinner can be a combo of Quinoa or brown rice with veggies and a protein. We eat a lot of fresh fish and rarely eat red meat in our house.
Due to busy schedules; we don’t always get to eat together but in general the whole family has similar eating habits. Having little kids, we try to teach them as many good habits as we can. The girls love most veggies and fruits and love smoothies. A: That’s awesome!
Ames: Favorite on-the-go healthy snack?
Casey: I love almonds! Easy to grab and go. If you have some time to prep a little, apples with peanut butter is always good and fills you up. Also, Larabars are my favorite. They contain no weird ingredients and they are good for you. A: Link if you are interested: LÄRABAR Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.
I cannot thank Casey enough for coming on the blog! She is not feeling well + really freaking pregnant…and she still wanted to spread her tips + healthy lifestyle!
See you guys on Thursday! Hope you are having a great start to the week. -Ames