Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.
I strength train four to five days per week as well as incorporate one to two days of metabolic conditioning or interval-based cardiovascular work. I also practice yoga on my own as I’ve found it incredibly beneficial to help round out my fitness regimen.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I was a competitive swimmer from a young age through college. I lost touch with fitness for a while during my first two pregnancies.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
It helps me feel great about myself. Feeling great and having energy are important for me to be able to keep up with my large family.
How do you make time to work out?
I make it a priority. I’m rarely able to exercise at a regular time. I take things day by day and squeeze it in wherever I can.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I guess I’ve always been serious about it. I really reconnected with my passion for it after my second child was born. I want to be a positive, strong example for my kids. It has even inspired me to chronicle my own journey on a blog as a free resource to my clients and friends (facebook.com/busybodyfitbody).
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?
I’ve gained a lot of muscle mass. I averaged a 40-pound weight loss after each of my children. I was able to lose all of the excess fat and rebuild my muscle mass each time.
What’s your favorite exercise?
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
I don’t care to participate in steady-state cardio, such as long-distance running. But sometimes it’s a great way to clear my head.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
If I’m working out alone, yes. It’s usually music that I would never listen to with my kids around!
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I put a lot of effort into eating unprocessed, whole foods the majority of the time — lots of vegetables, lean meats, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and some fruits.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcome a plateau?
I’ll always be proud of my swimming accolades. However, I’m more excited about the role model I’ve become for my kids.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
My biggest motivator is my husband. He works extremely hard for us. When I think about his work ethic, it motivates me to do my part.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
You have to stay consistent and trust the process. It takes time and patience and that’s probably the hardest part.
What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?
I’m actually really uncoordinated. Ask me to walk across a flat surface, and I’ll fall on my face; but get me into a tough workout, and I’ll surprise you with my agility.