Q:So tell us a little bit about you. How did you get into training and bodybuilding? What motivates you to keep it up?
I have to say, I’ve always been into “fitness”, even as a teenager. I’d break out the Jane Fonda & Denise Austin aerobics VHS videos almost everyday! After I had my daughter, I developed hypothyroidism, and no matter how many aerobics videos I did each week, I could not lose weight to save my life. In fact, I was gaining weight like crazy thanks to my whacked out thyroid! By 2008, my husband had begun to sound like a broken record with his reasons as to why I should be weightlifting, a.k.a bodybuilding. But, still, I was hesitant. I was scared to death of “bulking up” or looking like a female “Ah-nold”. So, I continued to do my own thing… And, unfortunately, continued to have NO RESULTS! Finally by the end of 2009, my husband asked me for 6 weeks and the opportunity to see if his method of weightlifting could transform me.
And, THAT’S… how it all began… I stay motivated for a variety of reasons. For one, I love the way it makes me feel. Secondly, I want to be a great role model for my kids. Our kids really do emulate us–everything we do… the good, and the bad! Instead of watching me sitting on the couch eating bon-bons all day, I’d rather my kids see me working out and working hard to cook them healthy food.
My abs, my legs, and my shoulders… And, not necessarily in that order, haha…
The reason I like to train my abs is actually for my husband. I can’t tell you how many of my fitness magazines he’s picked up and said “Wow! Did you see this chick’s abs?!” Well, I want that same reaction when he sees MY abs! You want to know the secret to killer abs?! CRUTCHES… Haha, just kidding. Although, after 2 months on crutches, my abs popped out better then they had ever been in my life! Really, and truly, though, great abs come mostly from great diet!
I love training my legs, because I guess I find legs easy. And, after a leg workout, I just love that burn/muscle pain that comes with every step I take. It let’s me know I’m workin’ hard, and my workout is workin’! My favorite and most rewarding leg exercise is the Kettlebell Dragon Walk. Do 21 of those each leg day workout, and you’ll notice some definite changes in your thighs and glutes!
My shoulders actually used to be my least favorite “day”/workout. But, now, I look forward to them. I like the definition I’ve begun to see and just want to continue to improve. I personally love doing dumbbell shrugs to see that extra definition in my shoulders.
Q:What has been the most frustrating area for you to train? How have you approached it to bust through your plateau?
Two words: Muffin top. In order to break through this plateau, I’ve just had to buckle down and work a lot harder. That means being more strict with my eating habits and adding a lot more cardio… The most important thing is to not give up at all. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And, anything worth achieving takes HARD WORK!!!
Q:You have some pretty sexy pictures posted online How has your physique improvement changed how your social life is?
You know, that’s actually a multi-faceted answer. On the one hand, I have a lot more energy, so I can participate in a lot more of the things I love doing–especially with my family. Then… there’s the compliments–I get a lot more compliments these days then even 6 months ago. And, that’s kinda nice, I must admit. However, on the other hand, people can just be cruel and judgmental of your success. Sometimes, they criticize you for spending too much time in the gym–well “how can you be a good mom when you spend so much time in the gym”?! And other people just think you’re weird because you take so much care when grocery shopping. I would say that the criticism has made me a stronger person, emotionally, because you really do just have to learn to have “thick skin”, and just brush that kind of negativity off. Overall, I’m really happy with how my new physique has improved my social life, though.
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