Meet the Healthy Habit Happy Mom Coaches: Jen, Lauren, and Annie.
They are bringing balance, moderation and sanity to women’s health and fitness. Their approach is unique, yet simple: women need to figure out what works for their unique life! This is what allows women to live happily and healthfully with balance and ease.
Because they are busy Moms themselves, Annie, Jen and Lauren know that strict fitness and nutrition plans are not sustainable for most women. These plans are also not appropriate for new Moms, as they don’t take into consideration the post-baby body’s unique needs.
That’s why the Healthy Habits Happy Moms program was created, to focus on supporting women in adopting healthy habits that suit their needs and lifestyle. Healthy Habits Happy Moms also offer a variety of workouts in their membership area that include 10 – 20 minute home workouts, postnatal recovery programs, and even a 12 month program that you can use when you’re ready to finally create lasting change with nutrition, exercise, and self-care.
Below you’ll be learning a little more about the HHHM Founders with an interview brought to you by the HHHM Team!
1. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Annie: I think I’m pretty darn funny (but my husband would disagree!).
Jen: I like that I can be vulnerable and honest. I think it makes others feel safe so that they can be vulnerable and honest too!
Lauren: My determination. If I really decide I’m going to do something, I will do it.
2. If you could go back to any point in time in history, when/where would you go? Why?
Jen: Ooooh boy, I don’t know how far back I’d want to go. (Says the feminist!) I would love to go back to watch some of the female trailblazers of history in action. Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Margaret Thatcher come to mind as strong women whose stories I feel inspired by.
Lauren: I think I would go back to the early 1920’s just to be able to experience a completely different lifestyle then the one I live now. But only if I can come back in a few months! 😉
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, with only one piece of workout equipment, what would it be?
Annie: Hands down a kettlebell. I don’t get to use them as much as I’d like but man are they versatile. They can be used for strength, conditioning and they’re just fun!
Jen: I think I’d be too busy fishing, climbing trees and chasing animals to be worried about workout equipment! But I wouldn’t mind having a foam roller with me, ha!
Lauren: Okay, well I need to know more. Do I have food, water, and shelter? Do I need weapons?! I would pick something I could make into a spear to find food and protect myself.
4. How did you meet each other?
Annie: I met Jennifer through a mutual friend on Facebook. I remember feeling a little intimidated considering her large online presence but we spent the next week chatting like little school girls and instantly connected. I met Lauren through an online forum of coaches that Jen and I were a part of, and then Jen pulled the three of us together to form what became Healthy Habits, Happy Moms.
Jen: It’s a very small world in the “promote balance and moderation to new moms” side of the fitness industry. I loved that Annie, Lauren and I each were passionate about different aspects of health and wellness that really complimented each other in a community sense. I waited a long time to find women to work with that aligned with my values, but also wanted to partner. Like every other woman, I need balance in my life to be happy too! I don’t think I could have that as a solo entrepreneur. Now I can “shut off” at the end of the day, or on vacation, because I know we have each other’s backs.
Lauren: We were all being coached professionally in an online forum by Steven Ledbetter of Habitry, Co! Now here we are! Amazing what opportunities the internet can bring!
5. If you had to choose a different career path, what would it be?
Annie: I would have loved to been a therapist of sorts. I enjoy helping others work through challenges they’re facing. Ironically, being personal trainer isn’t that far off. 🙂
Jen: I would be a midwife, no question. I love pregnancy and childbirth, and feel my calling is supporting women through that delicate time in their lives. Being a pre and postnatal trainer is definitely an awesome alternative to that! In fact, I probably get to spend MORE time with women than her health care providers… And hold their beautiful babies while they work out. 🙂
Lauren: I would be a professional dancer/choreographer. I grew up a dancer and sometimes wish I would have stuck with it.
6. Most embarrassing motherhood moment?
Annie: The delivery of my second baby moved too fast for comfort for me and I didn’t have time to get the epidural that I really wanted. I was totally not mentally prepared for the delivery to go down that way. I remember crawling backwards up the bed away from the nurses, dropping profanity like it was going out of style, and alerting the entire staff that I was (cough, cough!) defecating. (Hey, it happens!) In the end I gave birth to healthy baby boy and the nurses carried on like nothing happened. Nonetheless, I apologized profusely for my language and thanked them for helping me through the process.
Lauren: Oh gosh. We were in the checkout line at Kroger when my daughter started a full on scream-crying tantrum. I could feel all of the eyes watching me to see what I would do. Want some advice? Do not stare at mothers with screaming children!! All you can do is laugh… I’m sure there are plenty more of these to come!
7. What would you like to be known for?
Annie: Among my family members, I want to be known for being a caring mother and a loving wife. As far as the rest of the world, I want to be thought of as a strong, confident woman who helps other women to feel the same.
Jen: I don’t need to be known, but I would be pleased if a few women remembered me as the person who helped them change the way they treated themselves and their bodies. In turn, I hope we see that carry over into the next generation – our kids! I truly am selfish in some ways because everything I do is with the hope that this world is a kinder place for my boys.
Lauren: Professionally? I’d like to be part of the catalyst for change to the body image (which impacts diet choices/movement choices) of the next generation. I want to change the world, basically. Normal stuff.
8. What movie can you quote best?
Annie: A League of Their Own. Every word of every scene….I know it all.
Jen: Get ready to roll your eyes….. The Notebook! It’s still, hands-down, my favourite love story.
Lauren: Frozen – and I know every parent to toddlers is nodding along with me! 🙂
9. What do you love about your body?
Annie: My body has allowed me to do a lot of amazing things like give birth twice, participate in college athletics, carry babies when they’re sick/tired, help my handicapped mother get up and down stairs, squat and deadlift over 300 pounds…it’s a pretty awesome machine. I also have great hair to boot.
Jen: I love that my body is resilient. It has not failed me in 30 years! I hope to get at least 70 more out of it!
Lauren: I’m not going to list everything, because there’s a lot… But basically I love my body as a WHOLE. I love myself as a person and I think I’m great. And I think you’re great too, probably!
10. Who are the women who inspire you?
Annie: My mom. She battled COPD and terrible asthma for almost ten years and wore oxygen which eventually left her in a wheelchair most of the time. Last year she was diagnosed with lung cancer and because of her preexisting conditions, treatment options were limited. I was in the doctor’s office when he told her, “this cancer will take your life.” She told him that she was “too young and had so many things left to do in life.” She passed away less than a month later. Because of her illness, she didn’t get a chance to live life the way she had imagined but despite all of that I never once heard her complain, even to the closest of friends. She always had a smile on her face and was never too bashful to share a funny story at her expense. In her honor, I feel compelled to live a full and healthy life (and help others do the same) because without our health, life isn’t the same.
Jen: The women in our community inspire me most. Moms are so amazing. We do so much, and give ourselves such little credit. On Thursdays we have “Thankful Thursday” and encourage women to post what they are thankful for. I’m often in tears when I’m reading through those posts. It’s so beautiful to see women come together to celebrate and support each other!
Lauren: Is it cliche if I say Jen and Annie? Because they really do! They are both so smart and funny and kind. I feel so lucky to work with them. Also, Moms everywhere! I’m a new mom and nothing really prepares you for it. You hear about it, you read about it, but you just don’t know until you experience it. It’s really hard and I think every mom is a warrior and a rockstar. And I’m a big fan of Ellen! 🙂
11. Biggest fitness/nutrition regrets?
Annie: I’ve made plenty of mistakes and poor choices, trust me. But, in all honesty I don’t regret any of them because most of them turned out to be great learning experiences. I tend to be pretty stubborn and thick headed so often times experiencing situations first hand is the best way for me to learn. I think my experiences have given me a valuable perspective when working with women because chances are, I’ve been there.
Jen: The extremes I took in my 20s. Those extremes don’t just affect your body, they effect your mind and emotional wellbeing too. It took a long time (and some therapy) to shake all of that, but I’m so happy I won’t be passing those ideas down to my children.
Lauren: Obsessing over fitness and nutrition and missing out on all that life has to offer.
12. What would you tell your 20 year old self about health and fitness?
Annie: Don’t become distracted with costly, weight loss gimmicks. Lift some weights. Take some walks. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Mental health is just as important as physical health- take care of it.
Jen: I would tell myself “screw that guy at the gym who told you that women shouldn’t lift weights. Stop running yourself into the ground with hours of cardio and dieting. Stop trying to make yourself disappear. Be strong. Be loud. Be fierce. You deserve to take up space in this world!
Lauren: Relax. Find moderation a little sooner. Go live your life instead of worrying about your weight.
13. What’s your “power” song for working out?
Annie: Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey Pandora stations never get old though.
Jen: It’s more like stations… Alt Nation, 90s on 9… Old school, new school… Anything upbeat!
Lauren: “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, old school Justin Timberlake, and angry Eminem.