Team Hawes and in Charge

Hello Lowcountry! I am Keisha (36) aka wife to Michael (48), Mommy to Mason (11), Madison (10) and Morrison (3). I have an amazing extended family, far too many to name, but all aid me in making my life’s work look easy. I am eternally grateful for them. We live in Moncks Corner but at any given time we can be found Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island or Orangeburg. Those locations house the pieces of our lives that make it a masterpiece. Michael and I are both parents, employees and children of aging parents that have medical challenges. Mason and Madison are both students and athletes. Mason currently plays basketball and lacrosse and is looking forward to starting football this fall. Madison plays basketball, dances ballet, sings on the school choir and is looking forward to starting volley ball. Morrison is 3, need I say more?! I’m tempted at times to allow him to wear my fitness tracker to get in those last steps!

Even with all on our plate, we did not hesitate to apply to be a Spotlight Family in this challenge. We are so honored to have been selected and are eager to get started on this journey! While we do consider this a journey, ours is one with no final destination. We are committed to be ever striving towards our best self. Our main goal for this challenge is to adopt and put into practice healthy habits.

Our biggest obstacle is time, there just never seems to be enough of it for the adults. Our schedule outside of work is monopolized by the schedules of the children (and nothing else gives us more joy). After helping with practice, projects, homework and ensuring they enjoy their lives – WE ARE TIRED!!! We’d like to find creative and enjoyable ways to integrate healthy habits into our routines and schedules.

Come join us on this journey! We can press on towards the mark together.

Team Hawes and in Charge

Week 8: A Fitness Farewell

The Fit Family Challenge has made a tremendous difference in our lives.  Arm muscles!  I actually have visible muscles in my arms when I flex!  Seeing visible results from my hard work at the gym has made me even more energized to go to the gym as much as possible.  Scott and I meet at the gym now after work at least three times a week.  On the off days, I do my Zumba DVDs, and he continues to do his cardio workout at lunch and hits the gym after the kids are in bed.  We have definitely learned to exercise whenever we can and to make time for it in our schedules.  Scott has seen some great results due to his commitment to getting active and eating healthier.  He has lost 15 pounds and has found a better balance between going to the gym and time with the family.  He is also more conscious about what we all eat and plans healthier meals for us to eat which include more fruits and vegetables.  I have learned to crave my sweet tooth with a small amount of dark chocolate.

Of course, we are definitely not perfect and we do have our setbacks especially when we have to work late.  Sometimes we just do not have time to cook and we eat out but I think we are more equipped now to make healthier choices.  Some days are also really tiring and stressful, and a workout just doesn’t happen.  However, skipping a day or two is okay as long as we get back on track as soon as we can and keep going as a family.

Week 7: Staying Healthy on Hot Days

Today our family went downtown and listened to the church bells ring in honor of the 9 people who lost their lives so tragically this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and members of Mother Emanuel AME Church.

It is so hot outside!  The weather has really stopped us from being able to be active outside so we have moved our activities indoors.  The kids have been playing in the gym or swimming while at camp, and Scott and I have been meeting at the gym (when we can) after work.  On the nights that one of us has to work late and we cannot go to the gym, I have been doing Zumba.  My five year old, Presley, loves to Zumba with me and she is definitely better than me.  I even actually woke up one morning at 4:45 and went to the gym.  My level of dedication was truly tested that morning because the gym’s air conditioning was broken and I still worked out on the elliptical for 35 minutes.  We went to the pool for a little while on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Our eating habits this week have not been that great especially mine due to work meetings.  We ate out more than we have in a while.  We did try to eat as healthy as possible but Scott deserved a break from cooking over the Father’s Day weekend.  We will definitely strive to eat healthier this week!

Week 6: Down Time while Keeping Up

This week was our vacation week. Most of the family spent time enjoying fun in the sun at Myrtle Beach Sc where we met up with my youngest sisters family, my brothers family and my mom. Conner went on a 10 day vacation with his best friend travelling up to Ohio and back, hitting up theme parks and the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC.


The family members that were at Myrtle Beach did a lot of walking. We walked almost every where for the week, the weather was perfect for exploring the boardwalk. Throughout the week we went swimming , bowling, dancing and just had a great time.   One of our favorite times was the water park where those steps to go down the slide really add up.  When you’re having fun you don’t realize that things like stairs, walking and swimming are good for your body (or how much you actually do.)

We drink lots of water , used sunscreen frequently and we watched our portion sizes on all of our meals. even with vacation I was able to squeeze in small workouts at the house over the weekend.


Conner packed in walking, stair climbing, running, jumping, playing and swimming! 4 days at theme parks two days at a waterpark ,the Smithsonian zoo and museums and a day at Dave and Busters.


We start back up at the gym tomorrow. I’m really excited to get back in the routine of going to the gym. even though I’m only down a few pounds I’ve been able to keep it off over the past few weeks and I just feel better then I did when starting this challenge. This is something that we have enjoyed as a family and we look forward to continuing healthy recipes and healthy habits together.


Week 5: Taking a Break

Monday was a good start to our week. Matthew and I trained with Katie as a couple . Which I really enjoy because we’ve never been able to work out together and not because of time its just we don’t have the same workout routine. she showed us some things we can do at home together  and we also work side by side on the rowing machines . It was a tough workout we even had to stop a few minutes early and walk it off we were completely exerted.

We were unable to train at MUSC the rest of the week because of the last week of school and we were busy with Conner.  We have awards day, end of the year parties and early release.  We were able to squeeze in at home workout and small things to do.  Conner and I did Zumba on Friday morning  (at the house) and we had a great time. We danced and the babies watched like we were crazy.

We had a great weekend. Friday evening Conner left us to go to his vacation with his best friend for 10 days. He is very excited about his trip. Saturday Matthew and I loaded up the twins and did some walking outside at the outlet mall. we walked and shopped around for hours. Sunday we hit the road for myrtle    Beach.  We are having a great time on vacation.  The babies are playing and bouncing around.The weather is great for walking, it’s so nice we even enjoyed a nice walk to dinner  .