I hope you’re having a great week! TGIF.
Today, I want to introduce you to another one of my fitness inspirations, as we continue the Community of the Committed Series. If you missed part 1, you can see it here.
I’ve known Angie for about 4 years now and she is a real life superwoman. Even more than a fitness inspiration, she is an all around life inspiration for me. I still remember the first time we spoke on the phone and I can recall how contagious her energy was. I’m continually impressed by her dedication to her work and the amount of plates that she’s able to balance. Without question, her number one priority is always her son, Brennan. One day, I hope to grow up and be more like Angie. My guess is, after you read this post, so will you!
1) At what age did you start enjoying fitness and incorporating it into your life?
I used to watch the Jack LaLane show when I was young and he taught me that people should exercise because it makes them feel good. As a child I took dance and used to attend Jazzercise with my Aunt, and did cheerleading and gymnastics in high school. But once I finished high school and began college, I was looking for something to stay active. I discovered aerobics which incorporated dance and fitness, both of which I enjoyed. By my sophomore year of college, I began teaching group fitness classes.
2) What or who motivates you to workout?
Well to be honest one of the reasons why I workout is so that I can enjoy the foods that I like! But most of my motivation stems from my parents. Coronary artery disease runs in my family. Both of my parents had a heart attack and bypass surgery when I was in college, they were under the age of 50. So I don’t have great genetics and I want to prevent that from happening to me. I am a mom of a young boy and I want to be with him as long as possible.
3) What is your workout of choice? Did it take you a while to find your soul-mate workout?
Turbo Kick is my soul mate workout and I discovered it in 2005. I had some extra baby weight that I never thought I would lose, and as a fitness instructor that was frustrating because I tried everything. I completely fell in love with the music, energy of the class, and that the instructor was actually performing like I used to do in dance and gymnastics. It also changed the shape of my body.
4) What do you love most about working out?
I love the way I feel after, which I think is common for most people. But for me, I love the way I make others feel after once I’m done teaching. I really love the camaraderie and the fact that working out can be fun, not punishment.
I’ve always been a firm believer in shooting for a goal and just going for it. My first class in college was a step class. I took it once, and decided I was going to apply to be an instructor. When I fell in love with Turbo Kick I decide I wanted to be a Master Trainer for the company and flew out to Cali for a 4 day audition. Once you try a few things that are a bit scary and overcome them, its gets easier to try new things!
6) What’s your favorite part of your body or muscle to work and why?
I love working my core, its fun to see muscle tone and I truly believe it centers the rest of the body.
7) Do you have a membership to a gym or do you workout on your own at home? DVDS?
I do both. I have never paid for a gym membership since I teach at various fitness clubs. On the days I don’t teach, I workout at home in my basement lifting weight and doing Beachbody DVD workouts.
8) When were you in the best shape of your life?
I would have to say NOW. Since I started lifting I have gained more strength and definition, and I’m a bit more aware of what I am eating which helps. I’m trying to get out of the “eat whatever I want” habit.
9) How many days per week do you exercise?
10) What is your mantra when it comes to food/diets? Do you watch what you eat? Have a 80/20 rule? Always eat what you want? Taste everything, eat nothing?
This is my weak area. Ive always eaten whatever I want until recently, because I am getting older and I know that isn’t good for my overall health. I truly believe in moderation, and that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of a food. That just wouldn’t make me happy. I strive to eat a wide variety of foods and in moderation, but it the moderaton part that’s hard.
11) Do you meal prep for the week? What’s your usual routine?
I don’t meal prep and as a busy, single mom I have very little time to cook. I eat out for lunch 5 days per week and in the evening 4 days per week. That’s my challenge. I have Shakeology for breakfast every morning and try to have one salad per day. But my biggest struggle is in the evening after dinner. I love to snack!
12) What’s an easy go-to healthy recipe you love?
Salad stocked with veggies and feta with light dressing. I try to keep fresh cut veggies always on hand.
13) What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Pop tarts and cheezits. I also love pizza.
14) What words of encouragement do you have for someone that’s looking to make fitness and nutrition more important in their lives?
Set goals and start small. It’s about creating new habits which requires consistency. If you can do something for 21 days, eventually you will for the habit of exercise or making better food choices, and soon it will become non-negotiable.
15) What’s your goal moving forward with fitness?
I would like to lean out my body by gaining a little more muscle and lose a few pounds. I also want to sleep better, which I know is an important part of fitness.
Thank you so much Angie, for being a part of this series. I loved reading your answers and you are truly an inspiration to me!
Happy Friday, everyone!
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