I am a 37-year-old working mom of 2. I am married to an RCMP officer whose hours are crazier than mine. I work as an optometric assistant. My son Jack is 10 and my daughter Sydney is 6. And we have two rescue animals, a dog named Sophie and a cat named Bernadette.
I LIKE TO THINK I’M THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST. I ALWAYS TRY TO LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING.
What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky wants you to crush your goals as badly as you do. Two years ago I joined the babe cave with the goal to “tone up”. I didn’t have a big weight loss number but knew I had sausage arms. After a few months, Becky gave me a book to write my goals down. She told me to write something, even if it was totally crazy. I wrote that I wanted to run a half marathon. With Becky’s training and encouragement, I did just that. A year later I ran my first full marathon and at the 10km mark was Becky. Screaming my name and running alongside me. My wall is full of metals from races I’ve run over the 2 years. And she’s always cheering me on. Pushing me to lift heavier. Run faster.
To run the Boston marathon.
I run 4 days a week. Attend strength classes as well as strength train at home and cross-train with Kangoo jumps 3 times a week.
Nutritional & Supplements:
I only trust magnum supplements. I use primer daily and before running Carne Diem. When prepping I take the heat and afterburner. The only protein powder I trust is Quattro. It tastes great and like all other magnum, products are of the highest quality.
BECKY WANTS YOU TO CRUSH YOUR GOALS AS BADLY AS YOU DO.
Do you have any special go-to recipes?
Grilled shrimp tacos. I make healthy substitutes to keep them low calorie and high in protein.
I like to think I’m the eternal optimist. I always try to look for the silver lining. And I try to help others do the same. It is very rare to find me without a smile on my face.
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
Where do I begin? My parents are awesome. They are hardworking, caring, hilarious, and extremely supportive. For as long as I can remember my parents have to lead an active lifestyle. From running to going to classes at the gym. They have taught us to love and appreciate food, and how to make healthy choices. My mom was the one who gave me the idea to run a half marathon. And she completed it with me. My parents raised me to believe I could do anything without my gender limiting my options. And I carry that on with my children.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status magazine is very positive. I like that it features people at different stages of fitness and ages. I find it very motivating because my fitness journey is constantly evolving.
If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
Why haven’t you put Becky Overbeck on the cover?
What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren is one of my favourite people. He is so easy to work with and makes you feel very comfortable. Most of us doing this photoshoot are moms, we take the pictures we aren’t usually in them. Warren made me feel like a real deal fitness model. And we do laugh a lot. Most of my pictures I’m cracking up.
WHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS THAT I LOVE BEING STRONG. I LOVE THE DISCIPLINE A FIT BODY REQUIRES.
6 things people would not know about you:
Yikes! 6 things?
1. My husband and I have moved 7 times (RCMP life)
2. My favorite colour is white (yes it’s a color)
3. I love ‘Jersey Shore’ and use it as a sounding board for my own life. FYI I’m doing alright.
4. My husband won’t play board games with me because I’m too competitive.
5. I love to cook (everyone knows that) but I did audition for master chef Canada.
6. I do not like camping. There is nothing about it I enjoy. It seems like a lot of work to live outdoors for a weekend.
Who inspires you?
I had a hard time answering this question, without making it sound like an Oscar acceptance speech. There are some pretty awesome women who push me to try harder. Go further. Run faster. I’m inspired by anyone willing to try. To put excuses aside and just try.
Who do you wish to inspire?
Truthfully I started on this journey to be healthy for my kids. But now I’m showing them you can do anything if you’re willing to put the work in. Anyone can be motivated what sets you apart is your discipline and your drive. The best way to teach my children is to inspire them through my own example.
I have always been petite, weight wasn’t something I struggled with too much. Until I had my daughter. In my thirties, those extra pounds hung on. But for me, it wasn’t the number on the scale. I looked out of shape. The way my clothes bunched bothered me. But I really didn’t enjoy working out. I hadn’t found anything I really loved. When I started doing Kangoo and strength classes with Becky it forced me to clean up my diet as well. My body doesn’t tolerate high-fat foods very well. But I could take down a loaf of warm bread if left to my own devices. After working out and giving it my all for two hours at the babe cave the last thing I wanted to do was eat poorly and feel sick. I started eating more protein and complex carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, etc). As a result of my husband’s crazy schedule and having young kids at home I needed to find something to do when I couldn’t get to the gym. We bought a treadmill off Kijiji and I was hooked. One kilometer quickly turned into 5km and then 10 and then into marathon running. I now get up at 5 am to log my runs, I love the time to myself. I love feeling strong and healthy.
I’M LUCKY TO BE SURROUNDED BY A GROUP OF VERY STRONG WOMEN.
Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
If I’m being completely honest. I started because I wanted toned arms when I wore tank tops. What keeps me going is that I love being strong. I love the discipline a fit body requires. And I love being able to open my own pickle jars.
How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by a group of very strong women. And a driven and motivated husband. They help to keep me going. And I have a little voice in the back of my head that tells me the only bad workout is one that didn’t happen.
To be happy and healthy. To raise happy and healthy children and to grow really really old with Kevin.
Lessons you have learned:
I have learned that your body is stronger than your mind. Your mind will tell you to quit long before your body is ready.
I love anything suspenseful. Mysteries. It’s got to hold my attention because I can’t sit still for very long. I did just finish Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. Very inspirational, if you’re looking for a good kick in the pants this is an excellent read.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Integrity, kindness, honesty, a sense of humor, and a sense of humility.
Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Just start. Don’t wait for Monday. Or September. Just go for it. Whether it’s 50lbs or 50 km everyone started in the same spot. Everyone had a first day, a first-class. I still have 5km runs where I struggle to finish but I do it because the real change happens when you think you can’t go any further.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt