Transformations don’t happen overnight, as much as we would like them to. I’ve always been a bit impatient, especially when it comes to fitness. I did a lot of PE exercise as a kid, I preferred short sprints distances to long-distance running. I was also was on the dance team, and played badminton. I never had a regular workout routine, until after I had my kids. The hormonal, and body changes post-birth do a number. I realize that my “baby” is now almost six years old – apparently, I still have about 15 pounds of pregnancy weight and post-marriage weight to get back to me again.
While I work on my fitness goals, it’s inspiring getting to know people who day-in and day-out, consistently work to achieve their dreams.
I’ve been working on and off with my friend, Jen Smith personal trainer, for the last few years. She’s always told me about how she weighed more than 200 pounds. I kept telling her I needed to see a picture. Here it is:
Jen Smith before - image from Jen Smith
Jen Smith after - image from Jen Smith
Jen inspires me. She has this internal discipline I so admire. She makes a hard workout fun, and when you train with her, you need someone to mop you off the floor afterwards. Working out with her, it just hurts so good. Not only did she whip herself into shape with just DVDs at home, she has battled cancer, overcome challenges, and now is happily married with three fabulous kids. She believes you can change, but she makes it clear that it’s your choice. Her passion for fitness is contagious.
I thought it would be fun to interview her. Enjoy!
1. Is there a moment that you vividly remember that made you begin this path? What was it? OR were there many moments? What were they?
Light bulb moment- When I stepped on the scale at 205 pounds after my third child and thought to myself “NO WAY am I going to let myself go” I did not like how I felt or looked.
2. What is the biggest roadblock to healthy habits, fitness routines? How do you overcome those roadblocks?
Biggest roadblock for people- the #1 excuse I hear “I just don’t have the time.” I tell people they have to prioritize their life so they do have time! If you want something bad enough you will find the time to do it or you will find every excuse not to.
3. What small, specific changes have you seen work for women/men to jump starting and maintaining healthy exercise habits?
Find something you like to do a sport, a class, a friend to workout with, for accountability, or even better, get a personal trainer.
4. What part(s) of the body do people have the most problems with? What should they do about it?
The stomach (belly fat). It’s 70% what we eat! It starts in the kitchen. Core work is great to get results once you dial in the eating part. The other area are the triceps (under arm). To tone this area you need to do bicep curls and tricep dips and “kickbacks” 2-3 times a week.
5. What makes you happy about each day?
Making someone else smile. Helping others feel good about themselves makes my day!
6. Who inspires you?
People I train, or take my classes that I see/feel them pushing beyond their limits, breaking their own barriers (physically and mentally). People that get out of their comfort zone in a workout. I get inspired everyday.
7. I love that when you train us you place the responsibility squarely on us. Does it drive you crazy that I’m still working on it?
No- it does not drive me crazy when you “suit up and show up” the ones that drives me crazy are the ones that complain non-stop about not being in shape but then do NOTHING about it.
8. Your motivating catch phrases are my favorite, will you share them with my friends?
“It’s gotta burn to firm!” “If you’re not feeling it, you’re wasting your time.” “It’s not enough to just go thru the motions.” “You have to want it…BAD.” “If you don’t want to quit, then you’re not working out hard enough.”
9. What are some things a reader, reading this interview can do right now to get fit?
MOVE – Don’t underestimate the power of a walk! They can even start reading this blog while on the elliptical. Make better food choices NOW – not tomorrow.
10. You’re one of my heroes with your strength, enthusiasm, and ability to see the positive – what dreams do you want to accomplish?
I want to reach as many people as I can! I want to inspire, teach and make a difference in peoples lives. I would LOVE to make a fitness video series with Beachbody with my product, and have a workout series on the beach in Hawaii on Fit TV.
11. If you could tell someone dithering about getting in shape, someone stuck on a speed bump, or someone who is high on endorphins, what would you say?
Do you want it bad enough? Get to your goal PERIOD! Time is always moving forward, it’s what you do with it that matters.
Personal Trainer Jen Smith - image from Jen Smith
Thank you for your time Jen. Wishing you the best in your endeavors.
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