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Rising Stars: Meet Kristal Holmes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristal Holmes.

Hi Kristal, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a mother, health coach, attorney, and podcaster, thriving after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I am passionate about helping women heal from chronic stress and burnout and lose weight, anxiety, and fatigue so that they may lead healthier and fuller lives.

In 2008, the high stress from my legal career caused me to experience debilitating stress and anxiety which led me to turn to food as comfort. At my breaking point, I found myself overweight, exhausted, and unhappy. I knew that I needed help, so I enlisted the help of a personal trainer. Only three months later, after seeing immaculate results, I began preparing to participate in my first bikini competition. While my physique had changed, the bigger change for me was that the excessive stress and anxiety had decreased tremendously.

I became hooked on everything health and fitness-related, which led me to continue to compete in bodybuilding competitions and become a certified health coach. Today, I continue to spread motivation and encouragement to my health and wellness clients and I host the Go Hard Chick Podcast, which is handcrafted for hardworking women seeking guidance on any topic from weight management, mental health to diet and motherhood.

Many people think that being a health coach somehow conflicts with my career as an attorney. In actuality, prioritizing my health has made me a better attorney. I have learned valuable life lessons from bodybuilding. Bodybuilding takes consistency. It is a daily grind that over time leads to amazing results. That same principle applies to anything in life, including practicing law.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a journey and not a destination. Along that journey, there will be pitfalls. But the key is to get back up and keep going. In 2016, after my fitness and health transformation, I accepted a new position at a demanding law firm. As a result of my career and being a busy mom, I was no longer consistent with my exercise regimen and diet. In 2019, I found myself stressed out not feeling my best and I knew that I needed to make a change. In early 2020, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I knew then that it was time to take back my health and get back on track. While the pandemic and the restrictions caused my gym to close temporarily, I kept up with home workouts and I was able to really get my diet back on track because I was home and could prepare all of my meals. I fell in love with fitness and health again and I was able to reverse my autoimmune disease.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an attorney and I work for Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson, and Tompkins and handle premises liability, medical malpractice, insurance defense, personal injury, and contractual relations matters.

Additionally, I am a certified health coach and podcaster known as the Go Hard Chick. I love to inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle by engaging in self case and prioritizing wellness. When I am not well, I cannot be the best mom, partner, or attorney I can be. Wellness affects everything we do. I am most proud of being able to show others how one can balance it all – motherhood, work, and family – and still be healthy and whole.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I have a thirst for learning and sharing. I am determined to find answers to difficult problems which has been really important to my success both as an attorney and as a health coach.

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