Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your fitness journey began…
I have always exercised. I used to run, mainly to keep the weight off…
as most people do when they start. Then about 7 or even 8 years ago, I was in a car crash that left me in a pretty bad state (and I still struggle with one of my hips to this day), so I started a weight training program at my local gym to regain strength for recovery. Although I didn’t know much about supporting training with a good diet or how to deviate from my very basic program, I became hooked!
After that, I moved and I started boxing and tried different fitness classes as well, I actually got quite good at boxing and I was about to do a amateur fight. The weekend before the fight, I was in a horse riding accident that tore my shoulder…from there, it was back to weight training to rehabilitate that injury…
Other than some body-weight CrossFit workouts I did when I was too poor to afford a gym membership when I started my first UNI degree, I have pretty much kept at weights, only in recent years have I really began focusing on lifting heavy!
What is your training philosophy like and how does your workout program look like?
I always listen to my body, I don’t have a set program or day per muscle group or anything like that…
I always try to mix it up and keep my body guessing. My split usually runs for 10 days instead of 6 or 7. That way I can hit a muscle group twice without trying to work it when I’m still sore.
Lately I’ve been doing Upper and Lower body days (more focused on max weight for minimal reps) and then more hypertrophy days after (just to keep my body guessing).
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet looks like?
I’m a lot more relaxed about my nutrition then I was, I used to be a 6 meals/day, every 3 hours kind of girl. Now I honor my hunger, and I tend to eat 3 to 4 meals per day plus a pre-workout meal.
I also don’t follow a eating trend like “paleo” or “clean eating” or “IIFYM”, I just eat, I eat for performance and body function in mind.
So a 90/10% ratio approach is healthy for me.
I don’t believe in cheating, as something you program, plan ahead or look forward to.
If you honor your hunger and eat for performance, you’ll find yourself craving whole and nutritious foods (except for those damn hormonal cravings). When a special occasion arises, having not deprived yourself, you will make healthier choices on food you truly want, and enjoy them and know to stop when you are full. But by all mean enjoy yourself, eating and social occasions are good for mind!
How do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your fit and healthy lifestyle?
No one is 24/7… sometimes you are exhausted and sometimes your life simply sucks. I just know that when I train, I feel better mentally and my body is more optimal and by being “consistent” with a wholesome diet and regular training… discipline isn’t something you need, it just becomes part of your daily habits!
By consistent I don’t mean eat healthy and train every single day, I mean be consistent for a year…train as much as you can and be as good to yourself with nourishing foods for a long period of time. To me that’s consistency. We all have off days and even weeks at times, but if you reflect on the whole year and say: “you made the most of almost every day”, you could then say that you have been consistent!
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to fitness so far?
This year, I decided to compete in my first bodybuilding show! I’m a UNI student as I mentioned, so I couldn’t really afford a coach, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t get one, because what I taught myself was way more beneficial. In Novice Figure Division, I placed 3rd in my first comp and 4th in the second, and even though it probably wasn’t the greatest idea to compete while studying, I’m still amazed I managed to finish my degree and compete at the same time!
What are your current and future fitness related goals and projects?
Well I’ve caught the competing bug, so my plans for the future is to work on my metabolism and body composition to make my next competitions a little easier on my body.
I also would like to take my love for cooking a little more seriously. But I don’t know what or how just yet…
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their fitness goals?
Fitness has no one meaning. You can only be a little better then your past self over a period of time.
So don’t compare yourself to others and work on being a better YOU! Yes, you have to put some work into it, thats compulsory, but you have to enjoy it as well. So if what your doing is something you are not enjoying, then try something else. There is no one or right path to fitness.
Another approach that helped me is having a long term goal (like what I stated earlier) while remembering to stop and appreciate the small triumphs you make to get there. Because honestly, you will never reach your final goal because you will always find new ones or bigger and better ones…So if you don’t stop and give yourself a pat on the back occasionally, you may feel like you never get anywhere.
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
Im the burpee queen! And love me some deadlifts!
- Im a hard core lord of the rings fan (I have a elvish tattoo)
- I could eat pancakes every meal of the day
- I’m afraid of the smurfs
Stay tuned for next week’s Diet & Nutrition post by Nikita Coleman!
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