Occupation: Physician Assistant, Radiology
Weight training since: September 2011
Favorite inspirational quote: It’s hard to narrow it down to one, but I carry this one in my purse.
“Be so good they can’t forget you.” -Steve Martin
Favorite lift: I really wanted to say “Squat. Because it challenges me” and mean it, but let’s be real. My true love is Sumo Deadlift.
Favorite workout song: DMX, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg…yeah, I like rap. But Jim has a very odd compilation of 90s hits, heavy metal and other songs I can’t even name that I’ve kind of grown to love.
Favorite post-workout snack: Baked sweet potato with butter, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice followed by some good dark chocolate.
I’ve always considered myself athletic. I played fifteen years of soccer, including two years in college. When I decided to end my soccer career, due to injuries and being mentally burned out, I was a little lost. I had always trained with a team and trained specifically for soccer. I tried workout classes, hitting the gym on my own, short and long distance running, cycling, yoga, you name it. I also own almost every fitness DVD ever made. But I lacked motivation and just couldn’t find something that I loved. During this time, I felt it was difficult to stay in shape and feel good about myself, especially while eating junk, partying with friends and adjusting to the stresses and responsibilities of the “real world” as a working adult. My new more sedentary lifestyle and limiting schedule made things even more difficult. I became frustrated due to lack of results and constantly switched my diet and workout plan hoping that I would find something that was right for me.
Then, about three years ago, I found Jim Laird and his gym through recommendations of a friend, (who is in her upper 40s and looks AMAZING) I decided to give lifting weights a try. She was a former marathoner who “converted” a little over a decade ago and has weight trained ever since. I was hesitant at first, honestly because I’ve always been intimidated by heavy weights and of course, I had the irrational fear of becoming “big and bulky”. But I couldn’t argue with her testimonies and obvious results.
Why I love to lift: It just works for me and works with my lifestyle. I’m motivated to go to the gym. I look forward to my workouts and I feel challenged…and I’ve stuck with it.
I used to associate lifting heavy and being muscular with masculinity. Now, I associate it with being strong and capable, mentally and physically, which makes me feel confident in and out of the gym.
I can’t lie, I’ve also been happy with what it’s done for my body composition. Before lifting I was thin…but it was a “skinny fat” and my muscle mass had dwindled in my post-soccer life. That’s definitely changed after altering my diet, adjusting my lifestyle in certain ways and due in large part to incorporating heavy lifting.
Being surrounded by my fellow Miss Fits has just sweetened the deal. It’s a group of women that are positive, supportive and share my enthusiasm for eating healthfully, lifting heavy and doing all that we can for our bodies every day so that we can enjoy life to the fullest through good health.