By Samantha Stallings
Meredith Walston has been married for 11 years and has a four year old son.
She works full time at First Kentucky Trust and is a member of Southeast Christian Church.
Waltson is a renewed fitness enthusiast and calls herself a “barre addict.” She works out at B.You Fitness.
Fitness is important to her as somebody who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 and dedicates her time to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
I do barre classes four to five times a week and that includes extreme cardio two to three days per week. The combination of strength and cardio has been key to my progress and maintaining results.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
I never, ever skip breakfast! I tend to exercise before lunchtime most days so it’s critical to not skip that fuel. I also drink a LOT of water! I always make sure to have my heart rate monitor with me for a workout as well. It’s great motivation in terms of effort exerted, keeping track of calories burned and average heart rate. It’s been a great way to gauge how my cardiovascular levels have improved over time.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
Protein bars (the right ones of course!) are great for a quick pick me up post workout. Fresh fruit is one of my favorite snacks to have on hand and of course I always have my morning cup of coffee!
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
I do not skip meals. A healthy breakfast is key to my whole day, I will eat oatmeal with fresh fruit or whole grain toast with peanut butter every morning. Over time I am learning how to make better meal choices while not depriving myself of the foods I really love on occasion. I love eating out so I’ve had to learn how to order differently at restaurants and adjust my portions. Two things I try to avoid at all costs are soft drinks and artificial sweeteners!
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
Fruit with peanut butter, granola and lots and lots of water. Staying hydrated helps keep my appetite under control – it is extremely rare that you will see me anywhere without a giant tumbler of water!
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
I want to continue working on my cardiovascular health and endurance. I want to be strong and I want to stay healthy. I hope to avoid the temptation to focus on clothing size or a number on a scale. I want to be able to run around with my son, go kayaking or hiking with my husband and never doubt my ability to do any of it.