Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.
I start every day with 20 to 30 minutes of meditation. This is a great mental and heart “workout,” which I find most important. Then, I either teach yoga, do my own yoga practice or a cross training DVD or go for a run, depending on what day it is. I’m currently training for my first full marathon, so I’m increasing my runs, but balancing it all with yoga.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I have loved fitness as long as I can remember. When I was little, I would watch Gilad Janklowicz’s “Bodies in Motion” and do the exercises. I was active throughout school, being involved in the dance teams.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
I’ve stuck with it because I see and feel the difference of what taking care of your body does — from doing nothing and not feeling very good about myself to probably being in the best shape of my life at almost 40.
How do you make time to work out?
You don’t make time; you take the time. You prioritize. By taking care of yourself, you can then in return take care of all your other demands in life.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
After I had my second child, I wanted and needed to have a more consistent workout for me. From doing nothing, I took this to the other end of the spectrum and became a certified fitness instructor and started teaching classes at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?
Definitely gained muscle mass.
What’s your favorite exercise?
I couldn’t choose a favorite. I love paddle boarding/surfing in Hawaii, going for runs, yoga, riding my bike, just going for a walk, meditating. My husband and kids are all active.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
No, I love it all. Running used to be a love/hate relationship with me. But I had the wrong mindset.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
It depends on what I’m doing, what my mood is.
Do you follow a special diet?
If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I hate the word diet. Diets do not work. The only diet I do know that works is expend more than you take in. Period.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
I will never forget running the Louisville 10 Miler in 2010. I had never run that far before. When I crossed that finish line, my running partner in crime, Kessha Fischer, had already crossed, and we both cried like babies.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
My husband is a huge support for me.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
Just to quit making excuses, get up right now, stop whatever you are doing and go do something. Anything, even if it’s just a walk.
What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?
I’ve really battled with body acceptance, especially when I was really competitive. I would always find something wrong or not good enough. Yoga — and several experiences along the way — has brought me to completely love, accept and appreciate this body, right now.