I vividly remember the first time I looked in the mirror and absolutely hated the image I saw looking back. I was brand new in the Navy and stationed in Pensacola, FL.
I quickly made it my life’s purpose to sculpt the perfect body and create an image that myself and everyone else would approve of.
I competed in a bodybuilding competition, trained my body for marathons, obsessed about cross fit, and lifted as heavy and hard as I could to prove my worth to others.
Because I couldn’t figure out exactly how to reach the perfection that I was striving for, I sought to fill the void with a family. I sought my husband to validate my worth, and I thought kids would prove my value to the world.
After walking through infidelity early in our marriage, and a diagnosis of unexplained infertility with no known cure, I was left childless and still seeking approval anywhere I could find it.
I sought to find my value with degrees and education, certifications and trainings, job titles, and more. I was left even more empty and couldn’t figure out why the blessing of 4 adoptions didn’t completely fulfill me either.
I loved Jesus and was even saved during a deployment to the Middle East. I wanted nothing more than a relationship with Him, where I could use my gifts to encourage others.
But being a good Bible study girl, coloring pretty in my Bible, and knowing the right things to say continued to leave me falling short of perfection. Why couldn’t I look like “her”, why couldn’t I be as successful as “her”, why won’t my body work like “hers” constantly ruled my thoughts.
I finally realized that I had my priorities out of line. My faith was coming last, while my body was coming first. I was focusing on looking like “her” when I should have been focusing on following HIM. As I worked hard on my heart I started to realign my priorities, change my beliefs, take my thoughts captive, and began healing. I stopped pursuing perfection, and I started pursuing God. Through this journey, I finally understood what it was like to walk in the freedom that Christ gave us.
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Kristen Ekiss is a speaker, educator, Veteran, and coach. She gracefully merges her Biblical counseling training and 15 years of health and fitness experience to inspire and educate women on how to make simple choices that create life-changing transformation. Her mission with this ministry is to encourage women to grow stronger together in Christ. She accomplishes this by creating content that teaches women how grow a stronger faith, raise a stronger family, and build a stronger body.
Kristen has a B.S. in Sport and Fitness Management and a M.Ed. in health education. Kristen has worked in the areas of fitness management, corporate wellness, higher education, law enforcement, and the military. Currently Kristen is a part-time adjunct professor and is serving as a Religious Program Specialist in the United States Navy Reserves.
She holds the following certifications: Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Revelation Wellness® Instructor, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn1), Functional Movement Screening certified (FMS), Tabata Boot Camp Instructor, TRX Certified, trained in Lean Six Sigma, and is proud to be a Trigger Point Performance Master Trainer.
Kristen is a sought after speaker and coach with the experience, education and passion to help you transform your life and reach your goals.
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