In The Spotlight: Meet Crystal G.

THE FIT LIFT’s In The Spotlight category will interview active, inspiring women from all walks of life who demonstrate strength in many ways. Whether you've made small steps to lead a more healthy lifestyle or train like a beast, we want to celebrate YOU. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can help others to both start, and continue on the path of living a healthy lifestyle by leading by example.  If you would like to be featured on our blog, please email us.  

Meet Crystal, an active mom of 3.  Crystal and I met in the Kindergarten line-up when our oldest children began school.  I will never forget the first day she approached me to chat and asked if I'd be interested in carpooling.  Crystal's smile and energy is contagious, and she is definitely one of the most self-less and compassionate women I have ever met.  She is real and sincere, and her friendship is one that I hold dear.  She leads with her heart in all that she does, and has a beautiful, nurturing spirit.  It is no surprise that her charity, The Happy Birthday Project is such a huge success within the community.  Three energetic kids keep her on the run, but she still manages to pour time into her physical health by teaching Taekwondo or hopping on her treadmill in the evenings.  And, like many, keeping activity as a priority has helped Crystal cope with anxiety and stay focused on worrying less and living more.

I encourage you to read Crystal's interview and celebrate her STRENGTH and BEAUTY.

And, please visit The Happy Birthday Project to learn more and see how you can help.  They've served over 470 birthday party packs to date!

1. Provide us a brief introduction about who you are.

My Name is Crystal Gelsinger. I am a wife, a mom to 3 very energetic, awesome kids, and a lover of everything chocolate.

2. What does STRENGTH mean to you? 

To me, strength means perseverance; to push through even when you think you have nothing left to give.

3. What does BEAUTY mean to you? 

Beauty is truly all about how we treat others, and ourselves. We, as women, need to celebrate other women, their successes, and their accomplishments. We need to help support other women and be there for them when they need a helping hand. You never know when you will need to draw strength from someone else.

4. What inspires you? What is your driving force? 

My mother inspires me. She is the strongest, most selfless person I know.  Beautiful inside and out.

My husband inspires me. He is an extremely hard worker, and an accomplished athlete. He was on the path to the Olympic team trials for Taekwondo, when he broke his heel in Soccer. He was devastated when he found out it would not heal the way he needed it to, in order to compete the way he wanted to. He had worked his whole life for this goal and did not know what to do after it was all taken away. He is such a positive person. He now enjoys teaching taekwondo, and soccer. He is an avid runner, as he finds that is one thing he can do without pain. When he is working out, he gets into this zone, and nothing will stop him until he surpasses his goal. You can literally ring out his shirts when he steps off the treadmill.

My girlfriends inspire me! I have two friends that I "check in" with after each work out. When I see a text from one of them, and they have finished their run, it motivates me to get my running shoes on as well.

The community inspires me! I run a charity called The Happy Birthday Project. We donate birthday party packages to families who can not afford to throw their child a birthday. When I call out to our followers on our Facebook page, that we are in need of a certain item, people jump at the chance to help. It is beautiful to watch the community come together to bring happiness to the families we serve. It is because of everyone's willingness to get involved, and help, that we have been able to donate 470 birthday packs so far.

5. What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My proudest accomplishment besides the mom role, would be opening and running a successful taekwondo studio. I started the studio when my third child was only 5 months old. We were fortunate enough to be able to fill our classes fairly quickly. I draw energy from the kids in my class. I can be sleep deprived and wiped, but when I walk into the studio and see 12 little energy filled children, I get the drive I need to give them my very best for the duration of their class. If only we could bottle that endless energy, and sell it! ;-) I am also very proud of co-founding The Happy Birthday Project. It truly warms my heart.

6. What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge would be finding the energy to work out at then end of some long days. I never regret doing the work out, and always feel so much better afterwards, but it does take some serious motivation. I used to work out just to burn calories as I have never been able pass on dessert! But, now I run for many other reasons. I suffer from anxiety, and I find that a good sweat curbs the symptoms. I find that I am much more patient after a good cardio session. I run now, because I realize that I need to take care of myself, before I can take care of others in the way that I want to.

7. What is your mantra? What are your favorite words to live by? 

My favorite words to live by would be...

Dance like no one is watching. 
You have to take risks and do what makes you happy!


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