Kristen Sanderson

I am a 43 year old wife and mom to a teenager who has found a new passion in bodybuilding and being the healthiest I can be.

Placed 16th

in her group

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Kristen Sanderson and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Don't rush yourself to get there. Find healthy habits you can stick to and think of it as a life change, not a short term fix. Be patient with yourself and set realistic expectations. Also, don't write off getting help finding your way to a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes that's the game changer.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

It makes me feel amazing inside and out. I love the thrill of reaching and exceeding my goals in weightlifting and watching my body and health change for the better. Additionally, having people tell me I've really influenced them to get healthy and fit is the most rewarding feeling I could ever imagine. I'm thrilled to be in the best shape of my life after becoming a mother and in my mid 40's.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would treat my family to a vacation away, as this past year had been busy and stressful. I would also put money aside for our sons future education and share the wealth with other family members to make sure they're taken care of.