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If you are recently engaged or about to get married than CONGRATULATIONS! This is one of the most exciting times in your life and the reason most people come to us for help because everyone wants to look good on their wedding day! 😉 However, it isn’t just about “looking good”. Right now is a pivotal time in your (and your fiance’s) life to make a positive changes for the long haul. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start, a clean slate, a new chapter. We are here to help you accomplish just that. As we like to say.. Healthy Wife, Healthy Life! XOXO
Who are we and what is our story?
Fit to be Hitched (FTBH) is a team of health, fitness and wedding lovers of course!! Let’s have the Co-founders tell you themselves…
Caitlyn Haitaian (Co-founder)
Let me tell you about myself and how FTBH came to be.
I am a professional dancer, aerialist and owner of an aerial performance company in Chicago (Methos Aerial). I grew up dancing/training 30-40+ hours a week. When I wasn’t in school, I was at dance. I studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, modern.. you name it, we had to learn it. My studio was competitive and intense. The focus was to prepare you for a career as a professional dancer, which they did very well. The one thing I was never taught was proper nutrition, and long term physical and mental health.
I am not a petite women, I am curvy and muscular by nature. I was told, “you have to watch your weight. If you want to be a dancer you need to be skinnier… you have to lose 10 pounds … no one wants to partner and lift a fat dancer.” There was never a conversation about the proper way to do this. I thought, “alright…I need to eat less… I am too fat”. Once in college the constant battle of “I am too fat” and “I need food because I don’t have energy to perform properly” continued to take over my life. My weight constantly fluctuated and so did my mental health.
It wasn’t until my second job after college as a professional dancer that I FINALLY started to take my nutrition and mental health seriously. I finally started to make the shift from focusing on “how to be skinny” to “how to be healthy”. And because of that, I was able to get into the best shape of my life. This is something I CONTINUE to work on every single day.
My goal is to share with others what has worked for me and to help them find what will work for them.
I have a lot of friends (mostly women, but some guys too!) come to me asking “what do I do!? How do I eat!? How do I train!?”And I was all “whoa, who made me the keeper of this knowledge? I am still always working on it myself”. My friends said, “well you’re in great shape, married, happy, and seem to have it figured out, plus you’re a professional dancer… just tell me what you do”.
I told my friends “I know what works for me, but what works for me might not necessarily work for you! Maybe you should look online” … then I thought about that and said “well actually don’t look online”, there is way too much crap out there, “let me talk to my friend Cameron and ill get back to you.”
I have known Cameron almost my entire life. Our parents are best friends, his sister is one of my best friends, him and my brother were each others best mans, his spouse and my spouse are now all best friends… you get the point… we are family 🙂
Cam is my “go-to” when I need to talk through and brainstorm about health, nutrition and fitness. Why? One, he is super into his own health and fitness… two, he has an engineering background so is ALWAYS reading, analyzing, experimenting and sifting through all the bullshit, and believe me there is A LOT of bullshit. Here, meet Cameron…
Cameron LiButti (Co-founder)
Engineer, turned marketer, is now writing about fitness… Huh? Fitness/health in my many hobbies and passions was always my first interest and love. At 18 as a freshman in college, no longer with the guidance of football coaches and the goal of performing on the field, I was lost. My last season of football I weighed in at 255 lbs (at only 6 feet tall). My excuse all along being, ‘I’m a football player’ I’ve got to be big. But I hated it. I picked up my first fitness book that my dad had laying around. And off I went, never looked back.
Over the years it was mostly women that would ask my opinion about fitness, diets, the gym… Amazing, powerful women who I respect and love, I was honored to help in anyway I could. Cait was one, and she pushed me to start this with her. I was hesitant, this community is filled with arguing from all sides, shady hucksters, and garbage information everywhere.
My goal is to be honest and helpful to you in anyway I can. If something I say/write is later shown to be wrong, I will admit my mistakes and grow as a person. It’s about finding the best ideas and information to help you and I live our lives, the way we want. At the end of the day it’s about what works for you.
So there you have it…
Friends wanted help. And there was so much bad clickbait-y stuff out there, (You know the stuff) that doesn’t help anyone get in better shape, live a better life, be happier with themselves.
We’re not here to knock things, we’re here to help you find what works for YOU! And what works for you might not work for someone else and that’s ok. It’s about finding YOUR ideal strategy that lets you live the life you want and be happy with who you are.
Most of our readers are women past their college years, getting married, starting a family, overwhelmed with the information that’s out there.
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Cheers to a healthier, happier you!