Routine: I run 30 minutes on my treadmill and do some ab exercises before school five days a week. I attend Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping six days a week at the 4:30 p.m. class during the week and on Saturday mornings. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are kickboxing classes. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are rotating resistance band classes either for upper body or lower body. There are 75-minute kickboxing classes on occasional Saturdays that I never miss.
Inspiration: My dad had his first heart attack at 38 and died of a heart attack at the age of 52. My mom passed of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 56. I had two stress-related atrial fibrillation incidents causing me to be hospitalized when I was 24 and 32. I was approaching 38 and felt I needed to do something about my fitness. My clothes were beginning to feel tight, and I noticed my midsection making cameo appearances in pictures.
Stuck with it: Losing nearly 40 pounds, three pant sizes and a shirt size is very motivating. The best part is that I have gained so much confidence in myself and my looks.
Time: I make sure it happens every day. I have a very busy schedule, not only with school but with rehearsal schedules. I make sure I give myself that time. I owe it to myself.
Starting: I was one of those New Year’s resolution people.
Muscle mass: I have definitely gained muscle in areas I didn’t know I could develop those muscles.
Favorite exercise: The 75-minute class offered occasionally on Saturdays. In kickboxing, I love doing kicks with a band around my waist with a partner holding the band. It makes me feel like a superhero.
Lest favorite: I dread when we work on shoulders. I moan and groan when we do those.
Music: On the treadmill, I watch Judge Judy. At FXB, there is a lot of energetic music.
Diet: I follow the nutrition plan used at FXB. I watch my proteins and carbs, based on my weight and body fat. I live for “Cheat Day,” which for me is Saturday.
Favorite moment: I loved buying new clothes after my 10 weeks, before school started, then at Christmas time. I also loved having a kindergarten student tell me I was skinny one day while I was walking down the hallway.
Motivation: There are days I don’t feel like I could do one more push-up, sit-up, or kick or punch, but I find a little burst that gets me going. I end up feeling like I could conquer the world on those days.
Advice: Don’t make excuses. The world is full of them.
Fitness fact: I could only do one full sit-up when we did our initial testing. Now it’s nothing to do 100.