Trinity Health

Kristi  Whitaker - Certified Health/Fitness Coach


Welcome to Trinity Health!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little more about my journey!  I haven't always been the healthy, vibrant, confident woman I am today, and because I finally found my way, I long to walk alongside others...

Y'all.  We are walking, talking MIRACLES!!
Ever since I can remember, I've been fascinated by the human body.   Have you ever sat and thought about the things your body does every single day?  Have you ever held a baby in your lap and found yourself in awe of the miracle?  Our hearts beat, our lungs breathe, our digestive systems turn food into bones and organs and blood and muscles, and our brains direct all of it.  Our bodies are SO resilient that they do all of these things even though we don't always treat them well.  It's truly amazing! 

I didn't want to take up space.
I haven't always taken care of my walking, talking miracle.  For most of my life, I wanted to be smaller.  I wanted to be skinnier.  I fought and fought to attain a certain number on the scale and a particular clothing size, and I often did that by restrictive eating and over-exercising.  Then, I'd "fall off the wagon," because what I was doing wasn't sustainable.  I thought I was falling off because I didn't have enough willpower, so I would beat myself up...I was on a continuous pendulum swing.

You'd think I'd know better...
I completed a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Clemson University.  After college, I worked as a Health Educator in a hospital system, then left that job to become a certified Personal Trainer.  I took a break from the working world when I had my first child, but then worked part time for one of the top weight-loss companies in the U.S. for several years.  I resigned when I became pregnant with my 3rd boy, and was a full-time stay-at-home-mom after that.  Several years ago, when I got an urge to go back to work, I got certified as a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, intending to start my own Health Coaching business.

During my classes, I read tons of books about all kinds of diets, and I learned TOO much.  I became brain-washed to the point that I felt like I couldn't eat much of anything without it being detrimental to my health!  I became extreme.  I cut out gluten, all grains, dairy, GMOs, and was terrified of pesticides, oxygenation...  I was a hot mess, to be honest!  I WAS skinny for a while (what I thought I always wanted), but I was NOT healthy ("skinny" wasn't worth it).  

My health declined as a result of my disordered eating.  I had dealt with depression previously, and felt like I was headed back towards needing medication and/or therapy again.  I had migraines that I'd tried most everything from acupuncture to homeopathy to chiropractics to massage to OTC migraine medications to treat.  I was moody and ornery and had no patience.  I couldn't sleep through the night.  My hair was falling out.  The breaking point for me was when, #1 I couldn't find anything to eat that I felt comfortable consuming, even in the healthiest grocery stores (and I had the sense to realize how ridiculous that was), and #2 when my health actually got WORSE as a result of cutting out too much!  I developed gallbladder problems that sent me through a series of medical tests, and my headaches got worse and more frequent.  On Mother's Day of 2014, I was at my thinnest, eating as "clean" as possible, yet had the worst migraine I'd ever had.  I lay in bed while my family celebrated Mother's Day with my mother-in-law, and I wondered WHY what I thought was the "holy grail" of eating was leading to such misery.  I knew I had to do something different.  So, I said, "Screw it!" and started eating anything and everything I wanted to.   It was freeing in a lot of ways!!

BUT...since I'd also had bilateral knee surgery during that time (and had a long, hard recovery), I packed on a lot of weight.  My mind was probably healthier because I'd climbed out of the restrictive dieting rabbit hole and showed myself that occasional ice cream, fast food, and bread (yeah...the gluten kind) wouldn't kill me on the spot. But, I'd found myself at the other end of the spectrum...eating way too much and not exercising consistently.  Still on the pendulum swing.  For 2 decades, my weight fluctuated by 40 pounds...up and down and up and down...

What changed?
During the summer of 2015, I found myself almost to my highest weight again...out of shape, very down and unmotivated.  I had lost myself in taking care of my family, and since my kids were older and didn't need me to be hands-on much, I started to feel un-fulfilled.  I wanted to go back to work in some capacity, but struggled with what to do!  I didn't want to go to an office or work for someone else because my husband travels, and the logistics of managing 3 kids, pets, and a household as a "functionally single" mom working outside of the home didn't make sense.  I didn't feel like I could work in the fitness and health industry, because I wasn't FIT or HEALTHY, and how would I motivate others if I couldn't motivate MYSELF?  I didn't know what to do, but something had to change.

So, what do you do when you feel miserable?  You whine, bitch, moan, and complain about it, of course!!  Because, that makes you feel better, right?  Wrong.  We all know that doesn't work!  My poor sister had to endure my misery on an 8-hour car ride that ultimately would change my life!  She listened like any good sister would, then told me she wanted me to meet her friend who was a health coach, because she thought I'd be great at doing what her friend did.  I had no interest in the job...  But, I DID want to meet her friend and see if SHE could help ME.   I was desperate.
​​My life changed...​​
A week later, I met the woman who would become my Beachbody Coach, and I joined her Challenge Group.  I'd never heard of a Challenge Group, even though I owned 6 Beachbody fitness programs!  I was skeptical.  I didn't think there was any way that 30 minute workouts could effectively help me lose weight and get fit.  I didn't have any interest in drinking Shakeology, and I already had over $300 of another company's shakes/supplements in my pantry.  And, I was terrified to try a "portion-controlled clean eating plan."  I was afraid that I'd end up back down in that rabbit hole of dietary restrictions.  I shared my concerns with my coach, and she assured me that this program was different.  I could tell that she genuinely cared about me, and I trusted her, even though I'd never met her!

The timing was terrible!
The Monday after Thanksgiving, I started on my new health journey with my coach!  I mean...who DOES that?  Who starts a "diet" during the holidays?  I figured there really wouldn't ever be a 30-day period when life wouldn't get in the way, so I jumped in.  Five days into it, I felt like a whole new woman!  I was full of energy, I felt happy and alive, I was sleeping through the night and I was more patient with my children.  I called my coach and told her I wanted to coach, too, because I wanted everyone to feel as great as I was feeling!  

The program simplified healthy living for me.  It connected all the dots and took the guesswork out of it.  I didn't feel restricted.  Shakeology not only helped with my sweet cravings, but kept me "regular" and supported my immune system.  In fact, nowadays I rarely, if ever, get sick!  The workouts, even though they were only 30 minutes long, changed my body in ways I didn't know was possible at 40+ years old after giving birth 4 times.

A New Woman...
After just a few months, I met my weight loss goal and my life had been changed.  Not only did I become consistent in exercising and eating right, but my mindset, attitude, and confidence changed for the better.  I no longer cared about being "skinny."  I didn't even care what the number on the scale was.  I just knew that I never wanted to go back and I wanted to help as many people as possible find true health and happiness and confidence like I did!

A Partnership was Formed...
​I had found myself again.  My passion for health and fitness re-ignited!  I decided to partner with Team Beachbody, combining my education and experience with their products and programs.  It was Beachbody's workout programs, nutritional solutions, and the heart behind the company that changed my life for the better, and I am honored to be able to pay it forward and help other women become healthier, better versions of themselves!
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"Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don't give up." 
~Zig Ziglar