This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s featured athlete: Tiffany Wysocki! As a school teacher and new mom, Tiffany KNOWS what it’s like to be super busy with work, family, and fitness. In this interview, Tiffany shares about her love for running and how she wants to inspire young girls in the classroom (and her new baby girl!) to stay dedicated to fitness.
Tell us about yourself and your fitness journey:
I’m 29 years old and live in Upstate, New York. I’ve been teaching Middle School English Language Arts for 7 years now, and I love it! My students know that they are not just “my kids” for the year, but for life, and I love when they come back to visit and keep me updated on their lives. I am a new Mom! My daughter Peyton is 2 months old, and being her Momma is simply the best.
I cannot pinpoint an exact moment where my “fitness journey” started since I was active in all sorts of organized sports from a young age, but my love for running began when I was 13 and on my school’s Varsity Cross-Country team. Running has always been an outlet for me, and helps to keep me both physically and mentally healthy and strong.
What first inspired you to pursue this path?
Honestly, I was cut from my school’s soccer team in 8th grade; so running was not my first choice. Some of my friends were on the school cross-country team, so I joined just to stay in shape for indoor soccer, and outdoor track and field (I was a hurdler). I never expected that by joining this team, I would fall in love with distance running.
Throughout high school, college, and now in my adult-life, running is something that has always been there for me. If I am feeling overwhelmed, I run to find peace. If I am faced with a difficult decision, I run to find clarity. When I feel stressed or upset, I run to calm down.
As I’ve gotten older, I realize that a lot of the students I teach look up to me, whether I like it or not. Over the years, I have coached our Varsity Girl’s Track Team, as well as been a buddy for our school’s Girl’s On the Run program. I consciously did these things because I know how easily influenced girls are during adolescence. I wanted to model to them the importance of wanting to be healthy and strong, and how empowering it can be.
Now, being a mother to a daughter, this motivation to make healthy choices is even more important to me. I want my daughter to grow up seeing her mother love her body because of what it can do, and not because of what it looks like. My running journey started because I wanted to stay in shape for other sports, but now I run because it’s who I am. It makes me happy, keeps me healthy, and allows me to be strong for myself, and my daughter.
What do you believe to be your greatest strength & weakness?
My greatest strength is my determination. When I set a goal for myself, I won’t stop until it is achieved. I was determined to run or at least stay active throughout my entire pregnancy with my daughter. I knew how important it was to eat right and stay active for her – I could not justify sitting around and eating junk when I was pregnant. I wanted to do everything in my power to ensure that my daughter was developing appropriately and would be a healthy baby.
I ran all the way up until she was born, and being active definitely helped! She was born 1 day before her due date and was 8 lbs 14.5 oz and 20.5 in long. Today, she is in the top 97% for weight, and 94% for height. I am so incredibly proud of this because had I not been determined to be so healthy and active during my pregnancy, she might not have been such a healthy and strong baby.
My greatest weakness is that I’m too hard on myself. I definitely am my own worst critic, and get upset with myself when things are “perfect”. I’ve definitely gotten better at this since being a Mom though because let's face it, things are never “perfect’, especially when you’re taking care of a newborn. I’ve tried to give myself more grace. If I’m trying my best, that’s all that should matter!
What is the hardest part about what you do?
Finding a way to balance it all! I’m still on maternity leave right now, so it hasn’t been as challenging to balance everything, but I know once I go back to work it will be more challenging to fit everything in. Balancing work, family, chores, exercising, etc. won’t be easy, but I know it’ll all work out. Thankfully my husband is an amazing teammate and helps out a TON. I have no idea how I could balance it all without him!
What is the most rewarding?
Crossing a finish line is always the best! No matter how fast or slow I go, nothing beats the race day feels.
What is your nutrition like? Any tips?
90% healthy, 10% not, haha! I’m actually pretty boring. I usually spend my Sunday’s meal prepping for the week (I am a huge fan of the recipes in the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow cookbook). Weekdays are busy, so this helps keep me on the right track. I eat the same stuff all week long – healthy, fresh, blah blah, but I give myself a “cheat day” on the weekend. Pizza is usually my go-to cheat meal, and cookies are my weakness. I feel so much better about myself when I’m eating good – my body feels strong and healthy, and I sleep so much better, but I have to give in to my cravings occasionally too or I’ll go nuts. It’s all about balance!
Looking forward to the future, who do you want to be?
Honestly, I just want to continue to be happy. Having a fulfilling job, a wonderful family, a great group of friends, and being healthy is all I want to be, as simple as it may sound.
BIG thank you to Tiffany for being our Featured Athlete!
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