In The Spotlight: Meet Jenny F.

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.  

I met Jenny through our daughters' preschool.  Born two days apart, our girls have become little buddies.  And coincidentally, my husband attended high school with Jenny.  Jenny has striking beauty.  She has the most beautiful natural curled red hair, gorgeous eyes, and always wears a the warmest smile.   Beneath, I instantly identified her confidence and strength.  As a mom of three active girls, and being their number one fan, she is teaching them a level of commitment, dedication, and practice, and how those characteristics are essential in success. I'm excited to learn more about Jenny throughout the years as our daughters grow.  I encourage you to read through Jenny's interview.  I especially love her mantra and have adapted to my daily life as well...

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

My name is Jenny. I am a stay at home mom to three beautiful, amazing daughters who are 8, 7 and 4. They inspire me every day - and are my energy, motivation and breathe. I also have a supportive and strong husband who is my best friend and confidant. He gives me unconditional love and support every minute of every day. As well, I was fortunate to grow up with a very strong mother who taught me I was limitless.

 I believe in the strength of choices, the power of independence and the beauty of happiness. 

I believe in hard work, being your best and standing up for what you believe in. I believe in competition, in a first place and I believe that if you want something bad enough you can get it. I believe it is my job to teach my children to be respectful, polite and always be kind.

I believe that anything is possible. 

I enjoy all things outdoors; hiking, gardening, skating, golfing, biking, walking, playing, RVing and lazy days in the grass. I feel that healing ourselves, body and mind, comes from a soulful connection to the earth and sun. With proper nutrition, sleep, exercise and knowledge of our body I feel we can make ourselves better in every way.

2. What does STRENGTH mean to you? 

To me strength is shown through our ability to make choices, to choose our own path and to make decisions that involve forethought and effort. Strength is making choices you believe in, live by and want to pass to others.

3. What does BEAUTY mean to you? 

Beauty to me is happiness with your life and who you are. Showing happiness through contentment with your life is so amazing, as is supporting your choices and believing in yourself. Being positive and confident is so appealing, it’s beautiful.

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

My daughters are my everything. They inspire me to be better and do better every day. I know they are always watching me, always aware of how I'm handling a situation or how I behave. They read me and my actions, just as I read theirs. Making healthy choices for me , inspires them to do the same. I am their number one role model and always having that in mind keeps me on track. When they do or behave extraordinary it makes me feel successful and accomplished. It's a rush. I want that always; both for them and me.

5. What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My family will always be my greatest accomplishment; they make me proud every day. 

My individual accomplishment would be overcoming a debilitating skin disease. When I was twenty five I developed a rare skin disorder on my hands and feet, it was terrible. I was extremely self-conscious of it and it caused me great physical pain. There was no reprieve from medication or therapies. After 10 years of being treated by experts, I called it quits and took matters into my own hands. I refused to believe there was not a cure. I knew that something had to be wrong in my body to be causing this. After altering my diet and educating myself on all things skin related, I came up with a theory and put it into action. I am happy to say I have been without the disease for more than three years now. I made my choice, took a chance and believed in my decision.

6. What is your biggest challenge?

My greatest challenge is not being too hard on myself. I have very high expectations for what I should be able to do and fear that my girls will develop the same trait. I need to check myself sometimes and alter my view; I work on that every day. I am learning each day to measure life in small successes. I count giggles with my girls or a few extra vegetables as major accomplishments, instead of counting what I didn’t do. I’m a work in progress.

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

On my bathroom mirror a few years ago I put I sticky note that says:

 "What will they remember?" 

Every day this mantra reminds me to create memories the way I want them. It also reminds me not to forget the influence I have on my girls and their lives, so I need to be positive and stay strong. Most important, to always be showing them my strength and beauty.


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