Weight: 128 lbs – 58 kg
How did you get started?
I have been an avid gym-goer for just over a year now. My husband has always been into fitness. He is a sports guy; loves football, running, lifting weights, pretty much does it all. After having our kids, I felt like I really needed to try harder to connect with him. Being parents of two young kids who are fairly close together in age, it was getting hard to differentiate us as parents and us as a couple. Since he always loved the gym, I thought I would give it a go. That was it, I was hooked. The gym was an instant comfort. I have grown so much physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Where does your motivation come from?
Although I constantly say “I go to the gym for me”, that is a bit of a lie. I go to set a strong example for my kids. They are our future. Kids are naturally so active and so full of energy. We as parents have to keep up, not hold them down. So in all honestly, I do it for my kids. I believe very strongly in leading by example and therefore am doing my best to make sure that example and bar are high. I wantt them to have strong bodies, strong hearts, and so much of that inner and outer strength go hand-in-hand.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Okay, confession time; I am not flexible. Yes I stand very tall and lean, but flexibility just does not come easy to me. I need to work on this and I will with time. Right now, I am just having too much fun pushing my limits in the weight room.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I am not a creature of habit. I do not like to stick to the same routine(s). I am constantly looking up and looking at routines and workouts to keep mine ever-changing. Keep your muscles guessing. Life’s too short to be boring!
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Although I don’t think I have three exercises that are my favourite, I do love pushups. The control you need over your muscles to perfect such the movement; I love that.
What is your diet like?
I don’t diet. I am aware of what I eat and I drink but I don’t believe that diets are sustainable lifestyles. I portion control and eat right. I make good decisions for the most part and if I don’t, I don’t care all that much. Like I stated before, life is just too short. Take a bite of the cake, take a slice, eat the whole thing! Just maybe not every night…
Food is fuel. It keeps your body performing how you want it to perform. Be smart, be informed.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Pizza! All day, every day. If I want pizza, I am doing to eat pizza. Am going to eat the whole pizza? Probably not. What works best for me is giving into my craving and having control over the portion.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I do not like peanut butter. I know, I am not human.
Believe in the good.