Occupation: Nurse, Pediatric Critical Care
Lifting Since: November 2011
Favorite Lift: I have a passion for squatting. Deadlift is a close second, but nothing gives me the same sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as coming out of a deep squat with a ton of weight on my back.
Favorite Workout Song: I don’t really have one. I’m the kind of person who drives in silence or listening to NPR. The music selection in my iTunes is sparse, confusing, and includes Milli Vanilli. There is always music playing while we lift and coming from Jim’s playlist you never know what you’re going to get, but I tend to tune it out.
Favorite Motivational Quote: I guess this isn’t particularly motivational, however, I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says: “I’m fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.” Yep, I think I could, as long as the tiara is nice.
Favorite Post Workout Snack: Anything that includes chocolate: brownies (bomb!), chocolate chip cookies (both of the gluten free variety…), dark chocolate covered blueberries and/or almonds, or just plain dark chocolate. Also, our local Co-Op has an amazing wheat-free carrot cake cupcake. Aside from the delicious sweet treats I indulge in post workout, I always try to eat my real nutritious food first. Baked sweet potatoes are usually a post workout staple.
How I Got Into Lifting: Growing up I was always extremely active and soccer was my sport of choice. I played through high school and always loved the team camaraderie, competitiveness, and the feeling of being “good” at something that I worked hard for. What I didn’t realize at the time, being a teenager and all, was that I was in kick ass shape and had a rock hard bod. Then I went to college. After my soccer career was over I didn’t know what to do to stay fit and healthy. I spent my time avoiding studying, partying, and indulging in the plethora of processed foods that were so easily available to me. Just swipe that meal card, it’s like free money!! I spent two years living in a sorority house and the thing that immediately comes to mind when I think of those days are late night, post bar binges. Our house was stocked with Pizza Rolls, cheese puffs, marshmallows, a frozen yogurt machine, and sugary cereals galore! I wasn’t worried about being healthy and nourishing my body and I assumed my fit body would last me forever. Once out of college and in the real world, I figured I should act like an adult and take care of myself. I didn’t know my way around a gym and I always felt a little self-conscience as I tried to figure out how to work the fancy machines. I tried group classes and spinning, but I was never consistent. I paid for a 3 year gym membership and actually utilized the gym only a handful of times. Yep, they made their money on me! For lack of knowing what else to do, I tried running. My sisters love running. One of my best friends loves running. Why shouldn’t I love running? Well, as hard as I tried to fall in love, I hated running, with a passion. I never got a runner’s high or felt invigorated after a few miles. I felt like I was suffocating the entire time and that my legs just might fall off. Somehow, despite my discomfort, I ran two half marathons and did a duathlon. Ten years out of high school and my once rock hard soccer bod had insidiously decompressed. I wasn’t overweight, but I sure was heavier and a heck of a lot softer than I once was. I didn’t know what to do to get fit again. I was uncomfortable in the gym and I despised running. Then my fellow Miss Fit, Emily, who just so happens to be my BFF since those glorious high school days, mentioned J&M Strength and Conditioning. I started out attending the group classes and fell immediately in love. This was what I had been looking for all along and never found in running! The workouts were short, effective, and most importantly fun. I quickly saw results in my body composition. I was becoming leaner by the day and my long forgotten muscles were coming back! Our trainer, Jim, is a sneaky guy. Weight lifting is very slowly incorporated into your workout when you’re a newbie. It starts with just body weight exercises, then you progress to kettle bells, and then he pulls out the big guns. I would have never imagined the day that I was excited to try back squats and sumo deadlifts. I was hooked. I looked forward to going to the gym and enjoyed my workouts. I was getting great results and felt better than I could ever remember. Once I started changing my diet and cutting out wheat and processed food and focusing on whole real foods my results multiplied. The best part of finding J&M and falling in love with powerlifting is the women that I have met and become friends with. We are a team and have the same camaraderie that I was missing from my old soccer days. We cheer each other on when attempting a heavy lift and share in the excitement when one of us sets a new personal record. I’m confident that The Miss Fits will keep me motivated, interested, and excited about lifting weights and staying healthy for a long time to come.