Name: Kelsey Byers
Location: Houston, TX
Weight: 145 Lbs
Occupation: Fit Mommy, Author and Fifty Pound Weight Loss Success Story, Oxygen Magazine Cover Model, Nationally Qualified NPC Bikini Competitor, Online Coach
When did you get started with fitness?
I gained fifty pounds in college by adopting an unhealthy lifestyle. After graduating from high school, my activity level decreased, I skipped the gym often and I started consuming junk food and drinking alcohol. I put on about fifty pounds in two years. I was very unhappy with the person I saw in the mirror, in fact, that’s an understatement. I hated my body.
I finally decided to change my lifestyle. By cooking more meals at home, working out and limiting alcohol consumption, the weight came off, slowly but surely. I met Kent Byers, now my husband, and he encouraged me to start lifting weights. Weight training and eating healthy gave me the best results and allowed me to tone my body. Once Kent and I got married, we decided to take our fitness to the next level.
In 2010, we hired a nutritionist in Houston. Within three to four months, we reshaped our bodies by following a healthy meal plan. It wasn’t a “diet.” It was a lifestyle change. I gave myself a cheat/treat meal every week or two. Not only did we love the lifestyle, we’ve been able to maintain it successfully for five years now.
My meals consist of eating every three hours, five to seven meals a day. Each meal consists of a lean protein, complex carb and veggie, with healthy fats in moderation. If I do not have time to sit down for a meal, I drink a meal replacement shake. As long as I focus on staying hydrated and keeping my body fueled with healthy nutrition, I feel like working out.
When I first started eating healthy, it seemed like a lot of food. After a few weeks of consistency, my body adjusted and I started actually feeling hungry every three hours. I tell you this because people who try it, sometimes give up because it’s hard in the beginning. After a few consistent weeks and your metabolism increases, you start seeing and feeling results, so the motivation becomes easier.
In October 2010, I entered my first NPC bikini competition, winning a 3rd place trophy and newfound confidence. I started to help others who reached out to me through social media, which has been the most fulfilling part of my journey.
I think the biggest misconception is that you have to spend hours in the gym to get fit. That is far from the truth! My husband and I each workout about 45 minutes, four to five days a week.
Kent and I decided to start a family and our first child was born in February 2014. During my pregnancy, I focused on staying active and eating healthy. I was even in the gym training at 40 weeks pregnant. I was determined! I am proof that it can be done. I believe that maintaining a level of fitness during pregnancy allowed me to lose the baby weight faster.
Once our baby girl, Brinkley, was born and I was cleared to workout again by my doctor, I found that even twenty minute workouts efficiently burned fat and could be completed around my baby’s nap time.
Our little girl is now eleven months old and she’s napping less, but she watches me workout in the living room while she plays. I even incorporate her into some of my workouts. There is always a way to fit “fitness” in your schedule. As parents, we have the choice to set a healthy example for our children. I want her to look back and always remember her mom and dad making our health a priority. I want to be around for her as long as I can be.
I have also been blessed to be able to work with some of the most inspiring people in the fitness industry, such as Jamie Eason and Lee Labrada. One of the most exciting moments in my career was when I was invited to shoot with Oxygen Magazine and appeared on the cover of their 2012 fat loss issue. What an honor!
Since then I have had the opportunity of coaching thousands of women to meet their fitness and weight loss goals through my own 12 week challenge, sponsored by Lean Body for Her. There is no fulfillment like knowing you’ve had some small part in helping someone transform their body and mind.
There is no outfit that will make you look as good as confidence will. Trust me, I’ve been there. Focus on being healthy from the inside, out. Your body will thank you and your self-confidence will shine!
Last year I published my first book. It talks about my struggles, my weight loss and how I found motivation to keep going. I am overwhelmed with the response and feedback that I have received from people all over the world. It reminds me that I am in the right profession of helping people find confidence through health and fitness. I am right where I’m meant to be.
Kelsey’s book is on Amazon >> http://amzn.to/1ryptOr
How do you stay so motivated? What drives you?
Now that I work in the fitness industry, I stay pretty motivated for the most part. However, I remind people that until this year, I worked in full time in an entirely different industry, so I had to keep myself motivated and pushing forward.
All you have to do is log on social media and see your favorite fitness model or athlete pushing themselves in the gym. At least that inspires me daily. Everyone is different so find what motivates you. Sometimes just having a friend to hold you accountable is perfect.
What does your current training schedule/program look like?
I typically workout 4-5 days a week. With an eleven month old baby, your schedule is never the same. I prefer to wake up for morning cardio on my treadmill before my baby wakes up. I usually walk uphill or do sprint intervals for about 30 minutes. It really makes me feel successful first thing. I also like to workout in my living room by lifting weights and doing intervals of jumping rope in between sets. I set a timer and workout for 20 minutes. Sometimes 30 minutes if my little girl allows me to.
I just launched my postpartum training program called “Fit Body After Baby” and it’s free on www.goodmorningfitness.com
Give us a breakdown of your daily diet.
I offer my grocery list/ food list on my website: www.kelseybyers.com
I choose a protein, complex carb and veggie at each meal, adding in healthy fats in moderation. It really is simple and I’ve eaten this way for five years.
Do you take any supplements to reach your fitness goals
I did not take any supplements while pregnant or breast feeding, other than a prenatal vitamin and fish oil. Now that I have stopped breast feeding I now use a meal replacement shake, which makes my life easier and makes it almost impossible to miss a meal.
What is your single biggest “Fitness” related accomplishment?
Can I pick two? I would definitely say coaching my 12-week weight loss challenge with Jamie Eason and appearing on the cover of Oxygen Magazine.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry you look up to?
I really look up to moms in fitness who continue to push themselves and show me there are no limits to what I can do in my fitness career. I have so many great role models who show me how to find a balance of faith, family, career, fitness and life.
Name a fitness “Myth” that just isn’t true no matter how many times you hear it.
One of the biggest myths I run into constantly is women thinking that doing “doing cardio only” will help you lose weight and tone your body. First and foremost, focus on nutrition. That determines 80% of your results. Then, choose a program with weight training and cardio. A combination of both is necessary to tone your body and lose body fat. Only doing cardio just makes you a smaller version of yourself. Strength training creates shape and tones you.
Start to think of yourself as the person you want to be.
Kelsey’s book: http://amzn.to/1ryptOr