Occupation: Senior Associate Editor for an equestrian magazine
Lifting since: February 2013
Favorite motivational quote: I don’t really have a favorite that I live by, but one that I’ve always liked is, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” I also came up with a little something of my own that I like to try to remember when my perfectionism attempts to take over: “Don’t get discouraged; get determined.”
Favorite lift: Deadlift!
Favorite workout songs: “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real, and anything else that just makes you want to move!
Favorite post-workout snack: Banana, almond butter and Green & Black’s 85% dark chocolate bar, or sweet potato.
How I got into lifting: It’s actually a long story that starts with my wonderful hubby getting me into following a primal diet. (Me at first: “Bacon is OK? You crazy!”) But our trainer, Jim Laird, encouraged me to try lifting a few months after I started working out at J&M Strength and Conditioning in July of 2012, which again was my husband’s idea (love him!). After a few weeks, I was too self-conscious and stopped. I felt out of place and was kind of intimidated by the other women. They looked so much stronger than me! But a few more months went by, and I decided to give it another try. Now I love lifting, and the women I workout with have made me feel welcome and give me confidence boosters when I need them.
Positive changes lifting has made: For now, I just enjoy feeling stronger! The emotional aspect is still a work in progress for me. I struggle with low self-esteem, depression and wanting everything to be perfect all the time, as unrealistic as I know that is. In fact, it’s been a lifelong battle. But I hope, and I believe, that lifting and the camaraderie I’ve developed with Jim and my fellow Miss Fits will help me grow in this respect. Maybe this is a little TMI, but I want to be honest because I know a lot of you women out there struggle with the same issues, and hopefully my honesty about my journey can motivate and inspire you.