Hi my name is Toni Jones and I'm a National Academy of Sport Medicine CPT/CPR-AED Certified trainer and healthy eating foodie. I'm married to the love of my life and have two wonderful daughters. This may sound cliché but becoming a mother has really changed my life in the most positive ways. The most significant change was how I viewed myself, and the expectations I had! I never realized how much it held me back, and I just wanted to be free from it. When I had my first daughter she was a whopping ten pounds and stretched me to the max. I couldn't believe my body could stretch that big but it did and with that came some very permanent marks and loose skin. I even had a random stranger ask if I was having twins (after I had her). I think that comment alone sent me into a serious depression. I cried every time I looked into the mirror and felt complete disgust. It wasn't until I had my second daughter that I started to turn the way I looked at myself. When she was born she wasn't as big as my first but she was very ill. I remember leaving the hospital without my baby in my arms felt so unnatural. I remember being home and on my knees praying hard for her recovery. At that moment the way I viewed everything, changed. I was no longer going to hate the way I looked because life is short and why would I waste my time with that negative energy? I finally had both my girls home safe and sound and I promised myself and them that I would be strong and lead by example. I set my truth and I'm passionate about living it. I've realized that in today's society it's hard to raise girls. They're faced with so many obstacles and expected to be all things-attractive, thin, successful, happy, kind, motherly and perfect. As their mother, I tell them of their worth. I tell them their beauty is given and every being is born beautiful but knowing their worth will have a profound effect on their lives.
My girls love sports, Star Wars, dance, mud, bugs, singing, cooking and much more. Teaching them about how their bodies grow, the importance of proper nutrition and how food is fuel has really sparked their interest in nutrition. We love to cook and create recipes together and we're always talking about how certain foods make us feel and how we can recreate certain foods to make them healthier. Living a healthy balanced lifestyle is important to me however creating a safe space for my daughters to grow comfortably in their growing bodies and minds is priority. I want them to love themselves and to be confident in the things they love.
Hello! My name is Sarah Pringle. I am 35 years old and have been married to my husband, Kyle, for almost 9 years. He is from Miami, but thankfully was willing to move back to my hometown in Texas after we were married. As a former air framer in the Navy, working with his hands is his happy place. I have a background in civil engineering – tending to love all things nerdy - and we both work for my family’s company. We have two boys who constantly keep us on our toes, Ryder (7) and Hayes (4), and we are expecting baby #3 in April 2017.
We live for adventure. Some of our favorite things to do as a family include road trips, wake surfing on the lake, camping in North Carolina, snow skiing/boarding in Colorado, hanging out with South Florida family, relaxing with my family, playing baseball and mountain/BMX biking.
After my boys were born, I started to realize how important is was to set a good example of living healthy. I started focusing on me first – sounds selfish but to be the best me for them I had changes to make. In the past 2 years, I have seen a huge growth physically, mentally and spiritually. Slowly but surely my family has made permanent healthy changes.
In November 2015, I competed in my first completion. I learned so much about self-love and self-acceptance. However, as much as I learned to love me for me – even the saggy skin stretch marked belly – I still struggle with body image. I have not mastered the mental battles – but I am here fighting for me every day.
I love showing up for others – cheering them on in their corner, pushing them to be the very best version of themselves. Being a mom, finding time for your kids while still finding time for you AND eating right, getting enough sleep, running a household, etc is hard. But we are strong and able and best of all – we are not alone.
Hello! My name is Shannon Black, I am 26 years old and I just want to say how thrilled I am to work on this team! I am a BIG kid at heart and will probably always prefer the “kids table.” I am a first time mom to an incredibly sweet 18 month old boy named Brady. His genuine and loving way of living inspires me every day to keep positive and remember to just enjoy life.
I have also always had an interest in fitness/health because of my super mom. As I grew up she always worked in at least 2 gyms as a kick box/spin instructor or personal trainer. At the time I wasn’t happy that we didn’t get to have sodas at home or the cereal with the marshmallows like my friends but I am so very thankful because as I grew older I without thinking would tend to choose heathier items. My siblings and I would spend a good amount of time in the gym with her and so working out was always fun and we were able to create a healthy but still competitive environment in order to push each other toward our goals. Then adulthood kicked in! The more freedoms I’ve gained in choosing my own foods and the more responsibility I took on in needing a job, having a baby and buying a house, the easier it seems to fall off course. I have been on a bit of a roller coaster trying to navigate my way through cheap and easy versus healthy and nutritious but every time I look at my son I am brought back to my why. He is my why and I will keep pushing to better myself for our family.
I want to provide my son with the same great tools, knowledge, and outlook on heath/fitness that my mom gave to me and if in the process I can directly or indirectly help another child as well that would be such a dream. Life is life and sometimes it gets hard, our children are our future and I hope together we are able to learn and grow so that we can give all we can to make tomorrow a brighter day for our kids. One step, one post, one comment, one child at a time we will get there!
Hey everyone! I am Yvonne Fairbanks and I cannot wait to get started! I am 42 years old and I am married to an amazing man who is in the military and has been for over twenty years. Troy is an Army Reservist now and works fulltime managing a store here in town. We have been married for 16 years and we have two beautiful teen daughters, Michaela 13 and Alexis 12.
Our daughters are active with gymnastics and cheerleading they keep a momma going for sure. However, for the past 13 years I have been helping families raise their children as well. I am a licensed daycare provider and work from home. I have two degrees in the field of Early Childhood Education (a Bachelors and a Masters). I have been learning more and more about kids and how we need to help encourage good healthy choices for a better lifestyle. As my program has grown and changed over the years I do lessons on eating healthy and what is a healthy food and have begun incorporating exercising as well in our wiggle time. It has been a great time!
I struggle with sticking to a healthy lifestyle all the time because with all those kids (infants through teens) one can forget to take care of themselves. Today children are more likely to watch TV or play a video game than be active and therefore we struggle keeping our family healthy as well. I am hoping to share with you some of the things I have learned and also help you know you are not alone in the struggles of being a parent, whether this is your first child or your 50th. So let’s learn, talk, share, and connect to make ourselves but also our kids healthy individuals!