Fit Bottomed Eats Bios
Kristen Seymour: Although Kristen loves spending time in the kitchen now, it wasn’t always her happy place. She nearly failed Home Ec in middle school and stubbornly refused to learn to cook until she was out of college (and out of money). At that point she realized that, if she wanted to keep eating tasty meals, she was going to have to create them. She’s a pescatarian married to a man who truly enjoys a rare steak, so she’s well-versed in creating meals that will work with or without meat added in. Kristen is a Level 1 triathlon coach and an avid runner (with more enthusiasm than speed). Traveling — and finding the best local eats (or breweries, or wineries …) in town — is something she feels passionately about, and she’s willing to travel for the perfect meal (especially if it means getting out of Florida in the summer). You can catch more of Kristen over at Fit Bottomed Girls and Fit Bottomed Zen.
Jennipher Walters: As CEO/co-owner of Fit Bottomed World, co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet and Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Girls, Fit Bottomed Mamas and Fit Bottomed Zen, Jenn has several fitness credentials under her belt: She is an ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach, and was named as one of the top 100 influencers in health and fitness by Greatist in 2016 and 2017. Jenn has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota. She has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, The Huffington Post and SparkPeople. In her free time, Jenn can be found creating the largest salads known to man, standing on her soapbox to advocate body positivity, doing doing HIIT workouts with her husband, sipping on a good glass of sauv blanc, and running with her pup and daughter. (But not all at the same time, of course.)
Erin Whitehead: Erin, co-founder of Fit Bottomed Girls and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet, is the former Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Mamas and an ACE-certified personal trainer. Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and is a bit of a word nerd. Erin left Fit Bottomed Girls in 2017 to pursue more professional and workout adventures — and to get more quality time with her husband and three kiddos in New Jersey.
Karen Timper: An early love of cooking made the culinary arts an obvious career choice for Karen. With cooking comes a lot of tasting, so in 1982 she joined her first gym to ward off the negative affects of the trade and her second passion was born. She effectively learned to balance the two devotions and has maintained a healthy lifestyle for the past three decades. Karen earned a Hospitality Management Degree, specializing in baking, from the American Culinary Federation Chefs Apprenticeship Program while working full time in the industry. Currently, she likes to travel and sample regional cuisines—and most recently had the opportunity to work with chefs in both Tuscany and Curacao. She can usually be found in her kitchen testing new recipes for her husband Bill and their pet Chester, a 21-pound cat with a shoe fetish.
Margo Donohue: Margo is the creator of the blog, Brooklyn Fit Chick, which has been noted for its lively tone and unique take on fitness and a healthy lifestyle by top media including Shape and Fitness magazine, and MSN’s FitBie.com. Margo is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor who teaches several classes per week and has private clientele as a NASM-certified personal trainer in her favorite place in the world—Brooklyn, New York. She earned her degree in speech-communications in 1994 from San Jose State University.
Alison Heilig: Due to food sensitivity issues, Alison gave up all dairy products in 2003 – long before there were any descent substitutes on the market. Faced with the prospect of no cheese, butter or ice cream (some of her favorite things), she had to develop her previously-nonexistent
Gail Gedan Spencer: Gail writes about healthy living at her blog GoGoGail.com and around the web. She chases lizards down the sidewalk in her South Florida neighborhood and is often buried in an avalanche of diet books and workout DVDs. Gail, who is an NASM-certified Weight Loss Specialist, is a former newspaper copy editor and content editor and has worked at papers coast to coast, including the Orange County Register,USA Today and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She’s a wife, mom to a hungry teenager and really and truly loves green smoothies.
Cara Wright: Heal animals, do triathlons, eat and drink all of the things: This pretty much sums up Cara, a veterinarian who has been lucky enough to live in Italy (and blog about it!) for the last two years due to her husband’s job. As a swimmer turned runner turned triathlete, she spends her free time riding bikes and coaching local age group and high school swim teams. The best thing about living in Europe is getting to experience all of the food and drink the continent has to offer, while running or biking to explore new cities.
Jennifer Schlozman: Jenny is a former Weight Watchers Leader Ambassador, who lost 40 pounds pre-baby and 82 pounds post baby. A runner, triathlete and half-marathoner, she finds comfort in group workouts and loves finding new fit friends. Born and raised in the North suburbs of Chicago but now living in the Kansas City area, Jenny loves long walks in the sun, homemade meals, manicures, the sound of her husband’s voice and slow dancing with her little mister.
Megan Hinman: Megan has a love-hate relationship with long-distance running and is consistently involved in many other fitness activities. She’s a frequent 5k competitor and will run her first half marathon this Spring. Her weekly indoor soccer games help keep her motivated, though her frequent minor injuries and busy schedule do not. When not caught in her eternal debate, “to run or not to run?,” Megan is working toward her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, writing silly stories and musings for her personal blog, or hanging out at home with her dogs and boyfriend, fixing up the place and all the while wondering how soon she can go to sleep again.
Dave Smith: Dave may have a funny Canadian accent, but when it comes to helping women get in shape and lose weight, he’s our go-to expert. Dave has been a personal trainer and health coach since 2001 and was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013 for his dedication to helping women get AMAZING results that last. Each week he hosts a super-helpful health podcast called Make Your Body Work, and he released a revealing and inspiring book called, Can’t Lose: 14 Winning Weight-Loss Secrets For Women Who Think They Can’t Lose Weight (snag your free copy here). Best of all, Dave teamed up with Jenn and Kristen to offer up the 10 in 4 Challenge, a “love yourself” fitness program that’s helped hundreds of FBGs lose weight and feel awesome inside and out!
Currently, Fit Bottomed Eats is not looking to expand its team. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!