Motto: “You have to do something!”
Unknown fact(s): For my 70th birthday, I want to do a fitness competition. I also want to do more presentations and talk to more women in the community about the importance of loving and taking care of yourself.
Fitness Start: I always kind of worked out when I was in my 20s,30s and 40s. I always went to different classes and tried to maintain taking care of myself. When I was hitting my 50th birthday, a lightbulb came on and I said I wanted to look fine at 50. I was going to Raytown YMCA and I started going to a 6 a.m. class, even though I was more of an evening class person. I fell in love with their instructor, Carla Mock, told her what my goal was and I accomplished it.
I was so dedicated and committed to the process of seeing my body change and develop. Mock kept pushing me to teach classes and I was like, that’s not for me, I just want to go to classes. Long story short, I became an instructor for the YMCA, got trained and eventually became a personal trainer.
Fitness Advice: When people are ready, they’re ready. When we think about things too long, we don’t do them. But when we say we’ll do it right now, we have a tendency to do it and follow through.
Top three fitness tips:
- Find your time. Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to excercise.
- You need to be still and center yourself.
- Just do it!
Nutrition: I am plant based and I just want to eat healthy. For about five to six years, I have had no meat in my diet.
What Motivates You? I can’t be a phony. I can’t tell my clients to do something and I‘m not doing it. That would be taboo, and who would do something like that?
“Working out is spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. When one thing is off balance, you’re off balance. You got to put in some action-everything is a process”
“When I first started my journey, I hired a personal trainer and I cut back on a lot of things. I was mainly eating fish, chicken and a lot of vegetables and I was running – something I never did before. Now, I’m a personal trainer and I still have a personal trainer of my own. I eat a lot of oatmeal and cream of wheat. I’m learning how to make so many different meals with chickpeas, cauliflower and avocado. I got a cookbook. I’ve done things I’ve never cooked before like sweet potatoes and grains.”