This week-a mom and actress who is using Fitocracy to chase her dreams. If you would like to nominate a member for a Weekly Member Spotlight, contact users lexyloowho or XJenX or you could always email fitocracymemberspotlight
mewwwwww, Level 26
How did you get started in fitness and training Do you have any pics to share ?
I did Tae Bo in highschool, and lost about 20lbs in a month. That was about ten years ago (just got an invite for the reunion!). My parents moved after I graduated high school and my activity level was shot. I did nothing, and I kept that up except for short spurts between classes while I was in college. By the time I was 21, I was having health problems (Coeliac/thyroid issues/etc) and I was pregnant. I weighed 231 lbs nine hours before my first child was born. From then on, I wanted to lose weight, but was lost as to how. I tried P90, I tried cardio, none of which I seemed to be able to maintain. Finally, with the discovery of Fitocracy, I had some direction. And I’m still learning!
How did you find the site? How has it changed your workouts?
A friend of mine had joined and posted to Facebook, asking if anyone else was interested in trying it out. It was late at night and I was bored, and frankly I had no motivation to work out. So I asked for an invite and the rest is history, as they say.
Do you have any long term goals or direction you plan to take your training?
For me, my long-term goals focus on strength and abilities more than anything else. Are there certain looks I would like? Sure, especially as a film actor, but I really care more about being able to do things, like handstand push-ups and flips. I spent too long thinking that I couldn’t be an athlete or capable and I hated living like that.
What are things you’ve learned through trial and error? What areas do you hope to learn more about?
I have learned that left to my own devices, I will under-eat. It doesn’t magically make me thinner. I would like to find that sweet spot in calories, where I’m looking even more awesome than I am now. :-)
Currently, where would you say your weakness lies? Where do you excel?
My main weakness is in my diet. I have a really bad habit of not eating when I’m stressed, or forgetting to eat because I’m doing other things. I know, I know; “what a great problem to have!” Not really. It’s made me softer, weaker, and it has definitely not made me lose weight in any noticeable way. I am extremely tenacious, though, (read: stubborn) and I enjoy trying new things.
What motivates you?
My job (acting). My kids. Every time I pick up more than I did before. The mirror. So many things keep me going.
Are you using any supplements or special dietary changes to achieve your goals?
I am mostly focusing on eating *enough* and making sure that I get a good amount of protein. I have Coeliac disease, which makes the food thing difficult, especially when I travel. I’m learning to plan ahead, which is seriously an uphill battle.
If you could give advice to someone starting off, what would you tell them?
Point-chasing on Fitocracy is totally fine if it gets you doing something. Don’t get too overwhelmed by learning EVERYTHING right away; just make sure you’re moving and advancing yourself. I haven’t belonged to a gym in years; I started out with a copy of You Are Your Own Gym and a few dumbbells. Now I have a pull-up bar and barbell, but you don’t need anything special to start.
What’s your ‘secret weapon’, the thing that pushes you or you feel gives you an edge?
I actually get impressive DOMS after a day of rest and if I don’t exercise, it will take days for the soreness to go away. So I usually workout to make the soreness end sooner, haha. Some super power, eh?
What has the overall impact of Fitocracy been in your life?
If not for Fitocracy, I would not be where I am today. The site gave me reward for my exercise, access to ideas beyond fitness magazines, and brought me to a place where I not only enjoy working out but I can do it with confidence. I feel like I’m actually competent at exercise now, or more so than I have ever been.
One thing I want people to take away from my story is…
You are capable of changing your life.