I’m so excited to introduce Kori to you! She is awesome and was nominated by her friend, Christi for Fit Mom of the Month.
I had so much fun with this interview! After hearing her answers, I wished we lived closer and could be workout friends!
She shares awesome stories about her motivation, how a bold gym acquaintance turned into a life long friend and much more.
Molly: Tell us a little about yourself…
Kori: I live in Central Missouri with my husband, Erik and our two kiddos, Ellie (13) and Karter (10) and our spoiled rotten Yorkie, Archer.
Erik is an Engineer, (the math kind, not the train kind!) and I am a nurse, turned stay-at-home mom. I also volunteer at my son’s elementary school and serve on couple of PTO committees.
Molly: What do you enjoy doing for fun?
Kori: You mean besides working out??
I enjoy spending time with family and friends both near and far, traveling, shopping, family movie nights snuggled under blankets, and
I’ve also been known to drive ridiculously long distances for a great cup of coffee!
Molly: What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Kori: Watching my kids grow and develop new talents and interests, introducing them to new experiences, and cherishing every moment I have with them.
From the moment my daughter was born, I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t want to hear about my children’s firsts from someone else, I wanted to experience those watershed events right along with them!
Many days, I wonder how I managed to keep them alive and my sanity intact, but then there were those days when you are tucking them into bed and they hug your neck and tell you that you’re the best mommy in the world, and all the chaos of the day seems to fade away after that.
It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely the most rewarding!
Molly: When did you decide that you wanted to get fit?
Kori: Not until later in life, actually. I was 37, and we had just lost my father-in-law to a heart attack.
We lost my mother-in-law in 2003 to Leukemia, and I realized that I needed to be healthier not only for myself, but for my kids and for my husband.
I didn’t want another day to go by where I took my health for granted.
Molly: What was the hardest obstacle to overcome?
Kori: The hardest thing for me, was just getting out the door to step foot into the gym.
I was never an athletic kid growing up, so going to a gym scared me.
I was afraid people would laugh at me, or that I wouldn’t know how to use the equipment, I was afraid to fail.
Four years later, and some days getting out the door is STILL a struggle, but I just tell myself how much better I’ll feel after I’m finished at the gym!
Molly: How was it helpful to workout and get healthy with friends?
Kori: When I started my fitness journey in 2013, having two good friends to work out with me was wonderful.
Knowing that when I got to the gym, they would be there gave me the motivation to stick with it.
These days, I enjoy going to the gym with my husband, Erik. We motivate one another to get up with that 4:15am alarm (even though our bed is so warm and comfy) and go the the gym and put in our work.
It has become our “morning date” and even though it’s early, I cherish the time we spend together.
I also have a small group of friends who continue to motivate me and keep me accountable.
We have enjoyed trying new and fun ways to stay in shape, from getting a Couch to 5k running group together, to trying new group fitness classes at our gym.
I think the key to sticking with a healthy lifestyle, for me, is the friends I’ve met along my fitness journey.
Molly: How were you able to stay motivated after you moved to another town?
Kori: It was hard at first. Initially, my focus was on moving into our new home and getting settled, so unfortunately, my workouts and healthy eating took a backseat.
We moved in April, and by late July I was ready to find a gym and join.
It was tough walking in there with no friends, no trainer, and no plan.
It was as if I was paralyzed. So, I did what I knew how to do. I got on a treadmill or elliptical and became the proverbial “ hamster on a wheel”. I went in, did my 30-40 minutes of cardio and left, not feeling great, not feeling especially heathy, and not feeling inspired.
When I met Brenda, she hit me like a ton of bricks. I had seen her in the gym before, but we had always just exchanged casual “hello’s” in the mornings.
One day, she came up to me while I was on the elliptical, and said, “when am I gonna see you in the weight room?” I told her I didn’t really lift weights, and she said, “Well, you’re going to today! Come on!”
I followed her into what I fondly refer to as the “meat locker”, and started lifting that very day.
My love for not only Brenda is here to stay, but so is my love for weight training!
Molly: What does your typical workout look like?
Kori: It varies depending on my goals for a particular month.
Currently, I weight train three days a week and do High Intensity Interval Training or Tabata two to three times per week.
I use different apps on my phone for the HIIT’s and Tabata, and I utilize bodybuilding.com‘s website to look for weight training routines. I like to mix it up and keep my body guessing!
Molly: What is your favorite healthy meal?
Kori: It’s pretty boring, but I love a great piece of broiled or blackened fish with fresh steamed veggies. Very healthy and very filling!
Molly: What is your best piece of advice for a busy mom who wants to stay fit?
Kori: Get your workout out of the way before your day gets away from you.
I used to work out after I dropped my kids off at school, but I’d always find an excuse not to go to the gym when I waited so late.
Now, I work out at 5:00am and I’m home from the gym before anyone is awake!
Also, be sure to have a plan once you get there. If you don’t go in with a plan, you’re likely to cut your workout short or find an excuse not to do one at all.
Molly: What is your favorite motivational quote?
Kori: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
There have been countless days that I’ve wanted to give up on my goals because it was easier to eat junk, it was easier to stay at home on the couch and not exercise, easier to just buy a bigger size.
Do you know what wasn’t easy? Looking at myself in the mirror and not being proud of my reflection.
I realized that I had but one life to live, so I’d better start making it a great one and that wasn’t going to be accomplished on the couch!
Molly: How has living fit helped you feel great?
Kori: Everyone wants to be great at what they do.
When I was a nurse, I wanted to be the best on the floor. When I transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to be the very best mom and wife I could be for my kids and my husband.
Eating well, and exercising helps me sleep better, reduces my stress level, increases my patience, and overall, just makes me feel great.
Taking care of me first, has afforded me the ability to take care of everyone around me. It’s a win-win!
Molly: Any other advice or stories…
Kori: Give yourself some grace.
There are going to be some days where you absolutely kill it. You eat healthfully and thoughtfully, you crush your workouts, you’ve got your act together with meal prepping, and juggling the kids’ and your schedules-those days where you feel like you are successfully “adulting”.
Then there are other days where you drive the kids to school in your robe and pajamas, you eat that pint of ice cream that has been calling your name for weeks, or you phone in your workout (or don’t go at all), honestly, it’s all about balance.
Give yourself some grace on those hectic days. Your body is trying to tell you something. Slow down and listen.
Molly: How can we connect with you and follow your story?
Kori: My Instagram is @Caffein8ed_mom.
You’ll find everything from funny kid posts, to workout selfies, motivational quotes, to pictures of my food or coffee (I know, I know) So come see me!
Are you a fit mom or do you know a mom that inspires you? I would love to share your story! Nominate yourself or another mom by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂