The mother of all spotlights—well ok, just one tough mom and all around nice lady, KellieDavis. If you know of a Fitocrat deserving of a weekly member spotlight, simply contact users lexyloowho or xJenYx or simply email email@example.com.
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KellieDavis, Level 24
How did you get started in fitness and training? Do you have any pics to share?
I was always an avid athlete growing up, but once I became a parent, I let my needs fall to the wayside. After a rough pregnancy with my second child, I carried an extra 30-pounds of weight that I was reluctant to get rid of. I avoided the gym because I was too embarrassed to go and decided that was going to be my body forever. I grew tired of feeling unhappy with my body and not having energy. I knew that I didn’t have to live this way, so I kicked myself in the tail and did something about it.
I began reading everything I could about fitness and nutrition and joined a local gym. At first I just took classes, but headed out to the gym floor once I gained more confidence. After several months, we joined a local power lifting gym and I was introduced to the world of figure competitions. By then I was hooked and wanted to learn all of the big lifts.
First photo is from 12/30/05 and the last ones are from 2011. I started training in 2008.
How did you find Fitocracy? How has it changed your workouts?
I received an introduction email to Dick by both Roger Lawson and Alan Aragon. Dick reached out to my two buddies and asked them for fit female recommendations and my name came up. I jumped on board right away, but didn’t dive in head first until the site was revamped and I could access it from my iPhone. That made tracking much easier.
I always look forward to sitting in my car after training to log my workouts. I don’t necessarily think Fitocracy changed the way I train, but it has definitely made me more conscious of tracking my workouts. I also really enjoy connecting with others to explore different types of workouts. I know I’ve learned several new exercises on the site since I first created my account.
Do you have any long term goals or direction you plan to take your training?
Though I used to compete, I don’t have any intentions of doing so again. I love stepping into the gym with new challenges in mind. Right now I am really into kettlebells for the first time. I am also working on Olympic lifts once a week. When I see the weight room, I see opportunity to explore. I don’t think that desire is going to die any time soon, so I will just keep at it. I may eventually pick up a sport again, but right now I am focusing on writing.
What are things you’ve learned through trial and error? What areas do you hope to learn more about?
Oh, goodness. When I first started training again, I overtrained. Once I got down to my previous weight, I just kept dropping more and more weight. I ended up at 117 pounds for my first competition (I currently weigh 132), and couldn’t figure out why. I didn’t realize that my 12-15 exercises per workout had something to do with it. I also had lots of dieting snafus that I get a good chortle at now.
Now I understand that less is more when it comes to training. I love leaving the gym feeling on fire rather than completely drained. I also love that I can eat hearty foods like steaks, bacon, and eggs because I know how to balance my diet correctly.
As stated above, I hope to learn more about kettlebells and Olympic lifts. I am also highly intrigued by nutritional anthropology and have been learning a lot about global nutrition and nutrition throughout history. Heck, I’ve even toyed with the idea of owning chickens and hunting.
Currently, where would you say your weakness lies? Where do you excel?
I really do not enjoy cardio and I wish I did. I know I would excel at it if I put my mind to it. I do excel at strength training, especially in glute dominant exercises.
What motivates you?
My kids, definitely. Children learn by example. What better way to teach them about fitness and nutrition than to show them through experience? My kids (age 6 and 9) love exercises. We lift weights, ride bikes, play on the monkey bars, hike, swim. You name it, we try it. I want to be that energetic mom who doesn’t sit on the sidelines, but gets into the game. I want to be there for them, period. And there is no greater security than my health.
Are you using any supplements or special dietary changes to achieve your goals?
No, I don’t use supplements. I eat a pretty basic diet, but don’t monitor my food intake. Lots of eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, and dairy. Loads of fresh veggies and fruit, and minimal processed foods.
If you could give advice to someone starting off, what would you tell them?
Set small milestones along the way to that larger goal. If you are constantly striving for something far out of reach, you are far more likely to give up. Take small strides and you will get there. Pick one healthy habit to change every week and soon you will make a lifestyle out of it.
What’s your ‘secret weapon’, the thing that pushes you or you feel gives you an edge?
My headphones! I have a gym soundtrack and just live in the music when I train. I shut the world out and focus on what’s going on inside my head.
What has the overall impact of Fitocracy been in your life?
I love seeing how active people have become and how they recognize that doing small things (taking the stairs, walking to work, ect) can make an impact. I also love seeing all the strong females on there.
One thing I want people to take away from my story is…
It’s never too late. You’re never to old, too fat, too out of shape, too busy, or too out of touch. I thought I was stuck with my ‘mom body’ forever. I learned that it was all a mindset, so I shifted it. I want the same for you.
How do you manage being a mom and keeping fit?
The largest hurdle to get over when it comes to fitness as a mother is the mom guilt. It’s really self-imposed and once I was able to see that I was the one setting these limitations, things got easier. My kids never said they didn’t want me to take time to take care of myself– neither did my husband or anything else I made excuses for.
That being said, once I let that guilt go and realized it only existed in my head I learned to treat fitness like everything else in life: schedule it. Just like I scheduled my kids activities, school events, doctor’s appointments, and everything in between, I began pencil onto my calendar time for exercise. The best you thing you can do is find time in your day that is free and fill it with fitness. It can be as short as ten minutes or it can be an hour. I find that most of my busy mom clients do well with 30 minute workouts sessions 4-5 times per week. This doesn’t take up a huge amount of space in their day and they can still get in an intense and effective workout.
Once you start making time for yourself, you realize that everything else in life gets so much easier. Your mood improves, you have more energy, you’re more social, you feel better about yourself. So those short few hours you spend each week taking care of your body through fitness improve your life physically and emotionally on levels you never even imaged.