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Brittany Grimsley

Brittany Grimsley is a health coach and nurse at Southern Clinic PC. She and her husband, Allen, have been married for 14 years. They have two children, Kellan (10) and Aston (7).

WP: You have been on a bit of a health and weight loss journey. What inspired you to make the change?

 

BG: I was in a terrible place with my mental and physical health. I was exhausted, fed up, hated what I saw in the mirror, and suffered from anxiety. After being told by my physician that I was pre-hypertensive at the age of 32, I knew I had to make some serious changes. So after talking with a friend that was on a similar health journey, I decided to jump all in with my health. I have lost 50 lbs. and have kept it off for over a year. Deciding to take back my health has not only changed me physically, but it has also changed me mentally. I am a better mother, wife, friend, and overall better person.

WP: Your journey inspired you to become a health coach. How has that impacted your life?

 

BG: Health coaching has been life changing for me. It has given me a renewed sense of purpose. To be able to help so many people take back their health is an indescribable feeling. It has also given me the accountability I need to stay focused on my personal health. Along with amazing clients, I have a group of fellow health coaches that have become like my family. I would not have known this amazing group of coaches if I had not decided to become a coach myself.

 

WP: What would you say to a mom (or dad) who’s looking to make a lifestyle change?

 

BG: Just do it!! There is never a “perfect time” to make a change. You have to get yourself in a mindset of change and jump head first into it. As a mother, I cannot pour from an empty cup. I have to take care of myself in order to take care of my family. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary.

 

WP: Looking back on 2021, what would you say was your biggest accomplishment and why?

 

BG: I found me in 2021. I found a self-confidence that was buried behind life’s stressors. I figured out how to be a strong leader and mentor. Most importantly, I watched people transform themselves from the inside out.

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WP: Looking ahead to 2022, what goals or resolutions have you set for yourself?

I want to love as many people back to healthy as I can. I want to be able to give people hope and confidence in themselves that has been lost for many years. My personal resolution is to continue to work on me. Being a more patient mother and wife. Being a better friend and daughter. Finding joy and positivity in all situations.

WP: Is there anything you’re looking forward to this year?

 

BG: I am looking forward to traveling more in the upcoming year. We have several trips planned so I am looking forward to seeing new places with my family.

WP: This month, the magazine’s focus is on education. When you think back to your school days, what memory stands out the most?

 

BG: What stands out the most to me is the easiness of life back in school. Everything that I thought was so tough or life changing truly was just a blip on the radar compared to adulthood.

 

WP: As a mom of school-aged boys, what would you say is the most challenging aspect of school?

 

BG: Our biggest challenge is getting our youngest son, Aston, to go to school. He loves momma and being at home. This school year is better but some days are still a struggle. Otherwise, it is just finding a balance between school, sport, and family time. 

 

WP: With homework and extracurricular activities, the school year can be really hectic! Do you have any organizational or time-saving hacks?

 

BG: Between school and both of our boys being involved in sports, we are constantly on the go. I have to be organized and have a plan going into the week. Otherwise I feel very scattered. So most of the time, dinners are planned and prepped. We make sure all the laundry is done on the weekends. We stay on top of homework as soon as it’s given. Weeks rarely go as planned, but we try to roll with it the best we can.  Plus, I have a huge planner/calendar that goes everywhere with me.

 

WP: Speaking of being busy, self-care is so important for moms. How do you make sure you stay at your best? What does self-care look like for you?

 

BG: I am a huge advocate for self-care. Like I said earlier, I cannot pour from an empty cup. I have to make sure I am taking care of me so that I can take care of my family. Self-care for me is letting my husband cook breakfast while I enjoy a quiet few minutes on my back patio drinking coffee. Having an afternoon to myself while Allen takes our boys hunting or fishing. Reading, going to the gym, grabbing a friend and going for a run. Spending an afternoon at the spa and getting pampered.

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WP: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

 

BG: Don’t be dumb! Sounds crazy, but it is true. We do a lot of silly things when we are teenagers that we can’t take back. 

 

WP: If your boys could learn one thing from you, what would it be?

 

BG: To not be a quitter. To fight for the things that you truly want. I gave up on myself too many times to count before I started my personal health journey. I never want to see the fight leave my boys. 

 

WP: Any words of wisdom for new moms?

 

BG: I am one that feels every new mom has to learn and do what is best for her and her new baby. There is no perfect mold. No right or wrong way. I feel like if you feel good about how you are raising your baby, then you are doing a wonderful job.  As moms, we have to figure out what works. What works for some doesn’t work for others.

Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Mom to Mom: Brittany Grimsley

by Ashton Wright time to read: 6 min