Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Member Spotlight

This week, a beautiful Fitocrat who transformed her body and is using her experience to help others— Fitness_Diva. If you have a member you’d like to nominate for a Weekly Member Spotlight, contact users lexyloowho or xJenx or simply email fitocracymemberspotlight@gmail.com.

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Fitness_Diva Level 30 (finally!)

How did you get started in fitness and training Do you have any pics to share?

I come from a very fitness oriented family on both my Mother’s side and my Fathers. My late Grandfather (Fathers father) who just passed away recently months ago was very skilled in track & field. He was a WWII veteran in the Air Force, and trained on his fitness daily. He was still fit and lean even into his Golden years.

It turns out I was gifted with his long legs and I myself enjoy walking and jogging, which I started doing at around the 8th or 9th Grade. In High School I enjoyed playing Volleyball however not competitively. I could have but rather just liked playing. I had one heck of a power serve!
Today I still love working out at Fitness as much as I ever have. I promote it constantly to those who ask for assistance as far as healthy eating and lifestyles. I am huge on cardio, as it is good for the cardio vascular system and something I try to get in at least 6 days per week. I’ve recently begun to do minor lifting to tone up on my muscles. I’m not looking to become body builder style, only to become stronger and more lean as time goes on. However, my favorite weight routine is definitely the Kettlebell. It merges my weights with my first true love, cardio. I do this routine about 2-3 times per week.

 

How did you find Fitocracy? How has it changed your workouts?
I was directed to this site through a mutual friend. It was a great find! It is so great with many things, but the most important being the awesome community of like-minded individuals. It’s nice to have a place to fall back to, to log the monster workouts I do and get such great feedback. It always keeps me coming back for more, and of course returning the kudos in-kind.

Not only that, but reading through each individual workout gives me many ideas on what I’d like to try in the future once my athleticism and training gets more conditioned or if I get bored with the same routines I typically do.
It’s great having a point and level system that will constantly drive you to become better and better and reach higher and higher!

Do you have any long term goals or direction you plan to take your training?
Absolutely and I’ve already taken the action necessary to do it. I’ve re-enrolled in my local college to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics. I’m also going to minor in Fitness. I’m going at it all around, and I know this will always keep me in line.

I’ve lost an incredible amount of weight, 160 plus pounds and though losing the weight isn’t easy, I’ll tell you that KEEPING IT OFF is twice as hard. I needed something in my life that would always be there to guide my footsteps. That one thing for me is to educate myself.

I am completely propelled by others who share the same interests as I do, and those who have struggled with weight problems, the same as I have. That is also why it is my full intention to guide and assist others who have been or are obese, to change their lives into lean and healthy fit bodies.

I am not intending to make this into a money making opportunity. My reasoning behind this is to genuinely and for no other reason than to KNOW what I’m talking about. If I can help someone else in the process, then that will just be a bonus. That said, I do intend to write a book someday. No, the book will not be free! It will however be rich and full of everything I’ve learned from being young and inexperienced in proper nutrition and fitness up to the point where I feel my knowledge is ready to be published.

What are things you’ve learned through trial and error? What areas do you hope to learn more about?
When I was a young girl I started out on the wrong foot. My parents would pretty much feed me anything and everything I wanted, and as much. I could eat a lot! I don’t necessarily blame them so much, because at some point we all need to take responsibility for our own lives. It was just not the best start.
Anyhow, I was a bit overweight as a child, which should come as no surprise to anyone. I wasn’t as awful – I think maybe 10 Lbs o/w. Of course for a small child that’s bad enough. When I got to about 11-12 it began to take note of this as of course I started to care what others thought about me. So I started to do crazy starvation diets and insane workouts to lose weight. I mean, yes, it worked… but I was far more unhealthy doing that than just being a few pounds overweight. That all ended one day about 5 years later when I passed out cold at a movie theatre. The ambulance needed to be called. They woke me up and asked my Mom to get me to the Dr. right away. She did, and the Dr. suggested to stuff food down my throat if she had to. She did, and that’s when all the weight began to pile on. It was scary enough to make me go from one extreme to another.

As time progressed I went from a tiny (for me, you have no idea as I weigh 169 Lbs now) 135 Lbs all the way past 330 Lbs in a matter of a few years. I’m telling you, whenever I do anything, I do it big!! I make jokes now, but in reality that is no laughing matter. I could have killed myself, but alas I’m here now to tell everyone about it.

In time, I WILL continue to educate myself on proper nutrition and most importantly a healthy BALANCE.

Currently, where would you say your weakness lies? Where do you excel?
My weakness will always be my insatiable desire for food. I love to eat, and I am what most would call a “foodie”. Food has been my best friend and worst enemy in the beginning of my life, though through educating myself I’m learning that food should be neither. So in this second part of my life, food will become a source of fuel, nourishment and taken in as needed.

I excel when it comes to my workouts. I would even say I have so much energy, a six year old could get tired out with me. I know it’s true because my little nephew would workout with me back then and he’d start asking me when it was time to stop… haha

What motivates you?
My greatest motivation is helping others achieve what I know they can. Obesity is on the rise constantly, and so are the results of it. Early death, many medical issues and depression. All that can change, and it makes me happy and proud to know there are so many out there I have touched. It’s those people who motivate ME, though they may not even realize it.

Are you using any supplements or special dietary changes to achieve your goals?
I do make myself a nice protein shake in the early morning about 30 minutes before my workout. It helps get my body metabolism started and gets my mind amped up to give it my all. As far as my dietary changes are concerned, right now it is only to eat a very healthy balanced plan. No refined sugar, no monosodium glutamate, no nitrates and working to keep my total sodium intake to a minimum.

If you could give advice to someone starting off, what would you tell them?
Never. Give. Up… Never. Give. In… For me and my journey, it has always been as simple as that. If I should fall, I should get back up again.

What’s your ‘secret weapon’, the thing that pushes you or you feel gives you an edge?
See above question! It is my ability to stay focused, positive and non-judgmental of myself. It is my ability to forgive myself of all the mistakes I’ve made in the past and move past them. To always work toward becoming a better person on the inside, which will always translate to the out.

What has the overall impact of Fitocracy been in your life?
Fitocracy has helped me amp up my workouts for sure. Not that I really, truly needed it per se – but it’s nice to have a place to come to, to share my fitness workouts with others and vice versa.

This was such a great idea! I really love coming here!

Let’s just say it keeps me coming back for more, and keeps me burning my workouts to my full potential.

One thing I want people to take away from my story is…
That NO MATTER who you are, what you’ve been through, or WHAT you are going through it’s the person on the inside that drives you. The human soul cannot be destroyed from the out; it can only be from within. Keep fighting, always!

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