I'm easily inspired, but not easily impressed or self-motivated. I'm a master at sincerity, humility, and visual learning. I'm proficient at cleans and back squats, pullups and pushups, writing/composition, and cooking from scratch. I absolutely can’t stand ego-centricity and narcissm, anything that becomes too mainstream, and Oprah (sorry - not sorry). I can’t believe people actually eat at McDonalds. I have a generally short attention span, get bored easily, and can be systematically disorganized at times. I'm good at giving people too many chances, sleeping, and speeding. I'm bad at math, sizing people up quickly, shaving my legs and following my own advice. I believe in weighing myself every day and God; that you are what you eat, and that vitamins and minerals from supplements aren’t as good as those from food.
I professionally trust in the principles of muscle overload (progressive, intermittent, whatever!), periodization (planned or randomized), functional exercise, and Crossfit. I'm afraid of the ocean, extreme heights, roller coasters and the bathroom scale. Currently contemporary, but always a country girl. I love gray sweats and big T-shirts. I like to fish and I have a very long bucket list. My husband says I suck at taking criticism, (so not true!). I am deathly afraid of roaches and am really great at motivating people.
I may have bloomed late in life with many things, but with age and an ongoing personal fight with “the perfect body image”, finally embracing sound nutrition, efficient and effective exercise programming and good health has taught me the values of flexibility…that people who want to change their lifestyle habits and move their lives in a more healthy direction, can’t be forced to fit into a specific mold; that every person is an individual; their personalities are individual, their metabolisms and tolerance for intensity; their habits and lifestyles are as individual as they are. Someone wishing to make positive lifestyle changes can’t be forced to fit into any one specific diet plan, exercise regimen or health philosophy. Women, especially, need options, flexibility and someone to understand their preferences, and help them build a healthy lifestyle around those preferences. You can’t force someone into an Atkins, Keto, Paleo, IIFYM or Weight Watchers mentality, or into a marathoner’s or bodybuilder’s fitness program– but you can take their preferences and mesh them with sound nutrition and physical activity strategies and build their life around and into a healthy form of what they’re already used to. All with a little Tough Love, when necessary. That is why I’ve dedicated virtually all of my free time to learning more and studying metabolism and diet, age and hormonal changes, training responses at different ages…sponging up as much as I can.
I believe in whole foods and basic physical fitness. One would be hard-pressed to challenge the logic (or science) behind these basic philosophies. No flash, no fancy-schmancy schemes – just the basics, resurrected.