Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
I normally workout six days a week. On Mondays I have a rest day, Tuesday and Thursday morning I run three to five miles, Wednesday and Friday I go to the 5:30 a.m. Fitness Fusion class at Total Fitness, Saturday morning I go to Step Aerobics at Total Fitness or run and Sunday morning I do a long training run of about 8 to 12 miles.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I wanted to lose weight after the birth of my son.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
For the past two years I have been balancing working full-time, attending graduate school and having a family. Working out leaves me feeling energized, boosts my mood and keeps me motivated.
How do you make time to work out?
I work out in the morning. Once I am off work there are too many competing priorities.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I started working out about three years ago. Initially, I wanted to lose weight, but now I like the way it makes me feel.
What’s your favorite exercise?
I love all types of cardio.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?
My overall weight has decreased and I have increased muscle tone.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
I do a lot of classes so there is always music playing. The type of music depends on the instructor.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I try to be aware of how many calories I am eating by using MyFitnessPal on my phone. My husband does all of the cooking, so I eat whatever he decides he wants to make and depending on the day it may be less than healthy. We rarely eat out, though, and I take my lunch to work. I have an insatiable love for chocolate, so I cheat often.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
I hate strength training, but know I need it the most. I have a love/hate relationship with tricep dips.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
Finishing the half-marathon was a great moment; I never thought that I would even want to run that far.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I think of how much better I will feel when I am done and usually promise myself a coffee on the way to work.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
Start with a realistic goal (two to three days a week), go to a class that gives you some variety and find a workout partner.
What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?
I run with my 62-year-old dad several times a week. He got me into running and has really motivated me.