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Episode 58 | March 5, 2024

Katie Jackson, health and wellness coach, personal trainer and mom, talks about finding the joy in our lives to build unbreakable energy.

Listen in as we talk about balancing family, nutrition, fitness and our passions while preventing burnout.


Welcome to “That’s a Hard No”the podcast about learning to say no and set boundaries to live our best lives. 

Follow along with me as we learn from fellow strugglers and experts, so that you too can start saying no without feeling fear, guilt, or FOMO. 


Katie Jackson, owner of Fuel for Impact, personal trainer, health & wellness coach and mom joins us to discuss what it means to create unbreakable energy to be the healthiest, most mindful, and present mom and person you can be.

Key Takeaways

80% of New Years resolutions have failed by end of February. 

[00:02:24] Prioritizing self-care as a mom

  • Your family and self can act as one
  • Important to find a program that works with your family
    • Fitness/Nutrition
    • Family
    • Passions
  • Balancing week to week – ensuring that you are nourished in pieces and parts

[00:05:57] Importance of having a system

  • Allowing your family to fit into your schedule – prioritizing your time and support your children in following the plan
  • Change things one at a time
    • Understanding why we are doing certain actions
    • How it can transform you
    • Working your way backwards
  • Not skipping steps, picking what works best for you
  • Small steps and habit stacking

“And a lot of times in parenthood, we feel like we’re like treading water or we’re just trying to keep our head above water.”

[00:10:24] Nutrition plans

  • Where you shop – does it have healthy options?
  • Is it budget friendly/what is your budget?
  • How do we make these items more accessible at home?
  • Removing unhealthy options or limiting them in your home
  • Separating food for family members
  • Balancing out food
  • Change your environment

[00:16:18] Changing your eating habits

  • Learning to meal prep or cook
    • Getting educated on what to cook with – butter/oil/healthier options
  • Not ordering delivery
  • Using what you have at home
  • Easy meals – start small

[00:18:42] Self-care and balance

  • Finding ways to make time for the most important pieces
  • Create a schedule with just very small tasks that are attainable
  • Remember self care can look many different ways
    • A walk
    • A podcast
    • Finding a creative way to sync required time with self care

“I don’t have time for that because I’m running, you know, I got my full time job and then I have to run my kids to practice and I’m running all over the place.”

[00:21:46] Obtaining your goals

  • 60% of New Years resolutions have to do with health and wellness
  • Be clear about your transformation
    • What are your specific goals?
    • Try not to have redundant behaviors
    • Change will still happen around you
  • Have a check in plan
    • If this is not effective, adjust don’t quit
    • Spell it our for yourself
  • If you get stuck, identify why

“self-love is the path to unbreakable energy.”

[00:26:05] Unbreakable energy

  • Being able to pursue the passion you want to pursue, where you find more soul satisfying activities, and being able to nourish our bodies and minds in the moment in life we are in
    • Recognize the things you can’t control – illness, sleep, chaos
  • When you are able to support yourself with joy, the other uncontrollable things happening do not feel as exhausting or hard

“I call them soul satisfying activities where when you do the things you just light up, and you can tell a huge difference in either the person or people you’re with.”

[00:29:42] Change perspective

  • As a mom, we have to be examples for our children
  • Try to remember what they would or could want to do
  • Take time to delve into what you enjoy – forget limitations
  • Be intentional with your time

“maybe you’ll slay in two weeks. Like, you have to give yourself grace, right?”

Where to Find Katie
Credits and Thanks
  • Many thanks to our friends and families (our “villagers”) for listening, and for your continued support.
  • That’s a Hard No is a production of Clever Girl Marketing
  • Marketing and Production Coordinator, Maura Del Rosario
  • Production Support, Evergreen Podcasts, Noah Foutz, Producer
  • New Rock Anthem Music: Written by Noah, and performed by his band, The Big Leagues
  • Videographer, Kae Holmberg