Well...I found a section called Future of Fitness.
They feature women who have competed or are really getting into fitness. I decided, what the heck? Sure...1,000's of women send in their profiles and photos each month, but they have to pick at least four per month, why not me? Won't know unless I step out of the comfort zone...AGAIN!!
So, here we go...
It's a bit long..(sorry) but anyway...wish me luck!
Were you athletic in your youth?
Sort of, but only did volleyball until freshman in high school.
What were some of your athletic accomplishments?
Junior High stuff in track and volleyball…not a big deal.
When did you start working out and what inspired you to do so?
I had an eating disorder (bulimia) that started when I was 13. I started working out in college to break the cycle.*
*more on this in another blog entry
Who is your role model? Why?
|Jen and Jesse Dale (aren't they a cute couple?)|
Career: my former boss, Judy Moon of Visiting Nurse Service. Her wisdom, humor and patience were endless.
Are you a more of a cardio woman or a weights gal? Why?
I am definitely a weights gal (I agree with my mentor, cardio is the devil! Lol). Weight training suits my body type and personality. I enjoy the challenge and stress relief of resistance training…cardio…I just do cardio to burn the calories.
What is your favorite cheat food? How often do you indulge?
|LOVE Beverly CHOCOLATE Ultimate Muscle Protein!! Great stuff!! Eat it about every day|
What is your favorite non-cheat food?
Baked sweet potatoes sliced up with a teaspoon of olive oil. Yummy, sweet and smart carbs!
What is your favorite training move? Why?
I am pretty old school and enjoy the traditional squats, regular or straight leg deadlifts. They are always a challenge but effective. New move I really like are Facepulls – simply AWESOME for upper back.
What is your workout plan like?
I average training five days a week with 3-4 days of cardio. *
*this was before the broken foot...sigh...
What time of day do you workout and why?
Morning work best for me. In the evenings things always seem to come up.
What celebrity are you told you most look like (if applicable)?
What do you love most about Oxygen?
|Tosca Reno and publisher Robert Kennedy (her husband) teamed up with National Book Network to produce The Eat Clean Diet series of books|
Where do you work out (home, gym, studio, community center, etc.)?
I work out at a gym because of the variety of equipment, good people and social atmosphere. There is a nice group every morning and we have a good time.
Do you prefer training alone or with a buddy and why?
I train alone just because I have to focus, but enjoy having my gym buddies around for spots. It is nice to support each other.
What's your favorite type of cardio?
*New favorite - Stair Mill - awesome for the gluts!!
What's your best fitness tip (this could be related to training, nutrition, personal attitude, fitness gear, etc.)? Stay focused, consistent and visualize your success
What gets you pumped up the most right before a workout?
Proper nutrition because that way I know I am ready
How do you balance career/school/family and fitness?
God and family come first, so I take my time in the morning so I can be available for my family in the evening. Generally, the house or yard is what ends up being neglected.
Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
New one I just learned by Theodore Roosevelt:
Have you ever competed and if so, how long have you been competing?
I competed in my first figure competition in May 2010 and did one bodybuilding show when I was 25.
What competitions did you compete in and how did you do?
I was in the OCB Bodybuilding competition here in Greenwood, Indiana. I won the Short Novice Class and placed 5th in Open Class
How do you relax when you’re not working out?
Hang out with my girls and watching mindless TV or read.
What do you always take with you to the gym (list 1–3 items)?
Weightbelt, cell phone and wrist wraps
What is your favorite book and why?
All-time favorite book was Withering Heights, but I am enjoying reading Joel Osteen’s It’s Your Time. Great book!
What is the last movie you saw?
In the theatre: Going the Distance. At home, watched Hope Floats with my boyfriend on Thanksgiving
What music/CD do you listen to when you work out? Why?
I listen to a mixture of Christian music and “thug” music as my daughter’s call it. The Christian music is very inspirational and keeps God at the center. My “thug” music I enjoy because it also has some good messages but with “colorful” lyrics.
What piece of advice would you give to a newbie in the gym?
Do your homework or get a trainer otherwise you will waste your time, burn out and quit.
My back is my favorite. It responds well and you can really see the development even in the off-season.
What is your least favorite physical feature and why?
Ab’s because I have a naturally thick waist and have to really work it with the diet.
Who has supported you the most throughout your fitness journey?
My daughters! They saw me when I was at my lowest and recognized that Mom needed this to heal to become the Mom they used to know.
What are your big plans for the future?
To compete in figure at a higher level and to make fitness merge more with my professional life.
On that last set that is so tough that you just want to quit, what is the image or voice that drives you to push yourself one step further?
That I will work harder than any of my competition. If they win – fine – but it won’t be because I didn’t give 100%.
Is there anything else you want to let us know about?
I have a blog (first entry) that better tells my story. But if I have to summarize, this competition was about healing and regaining confidence. It was inspired by God and, big surprise, he was right! (That’s in a blog entry too)
Winning was such a blessing but what really mattered was walking across the stage. I proved to myself that I can step out of my comfort zone. When I did that, I entered the world of possibility. And while I have had some setbacks since the contest, I know that when I put my mind and energy toward a goal I can do it.
The competition also set an example for my daughters. I allowed life and certain people to tear me down. I am not proud of that. But through this contest I led by example that when things happen, you can come out of it and be better for it. It might take some time and effort but it can be done.