MY PARENTS DIDN’T HAVE MUCH GROWING UP AND THEY TAUGHT ME TO WORK HARD AND ALWAYS THAT THERE WASN’T ANYTHING I COULDN’T DO IF I PUT MY MIND TO IT.
Who is your trainer?
Joe and Crissy Thibodeau
What makes him/her so special as a trainer?
They push you to do more than you think you can and don’t take no for an answer.
Best shape of my life at 50
Married 24 years, mom to 3 teenage boys, realtor for 7 years, dog mom to 3 pups, lives at the most beautiful beaches along 30a, former court reporter, former scrapbook store owner.
Personal Training 3-5x a week, Dance Trance, Zumba, Urban Ballet, Body Rock
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
Anything that gets you and keeps you moving is a good thing. Strength training is very important to me to get the definition I want. I lost my dad way too young at 59 and I want to make sure my health is a priority so I can see my kids grow up and be active in my grandkids’ lives.
Nutritional & Supplements:
Magnum; Heat, EBrake, Drip Dry
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
Your word matters. People should be able to count on you. My parents didn’t have much growing up and they taught me to work hard and always that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do if I put my mind to it.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
It encompasses all versions of fit, not just an industry standard. It can be personal, not perfect.
What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
That would be equivalent to winning Publishers Clearinghouse. Somebody would have to show up with balloons for me to believe it.
KEEP LOOKING UNTIL YOU FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY FOR EXERCISE EVEN IF IT TAKES DECADES TO DISCOVER. MINE IS DANCE TRANCE.
If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
Was becoming Editor in Chief your goal?
What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Nerve-wracking at first, but only because that was my personal mental state because I don’t like pictures, never have. Perfectly content being the lone eyeball showing in the group shot on the back row where no one can really see who it is. He managed to get me to relax and take one of the best pictures of my life so when I am old and grey(er), that will be the remember when photo.
6 things people would not know about you:
1) Although I love being a mom to my 3 boys more than I thought humanly possible, I originally didn’t want kids at all, much less three.
2) I learned to drive on a racetrack when I was 15.
3). I want to write a children’s book.
4) I own a book called how to cook without a book, oh, the irony.
5) When I am an empty nester, I shall get a lap dog.
6). I laugh every single day, usually at myself.
Who inspires you?
Working moms. Anyone who overcomes odds and doesn’t take no for an answer but achieved success with grace.
Who do you wish to inspire?
My kids and other moms to give up the myth of balance. There is a season for everything. Enjoy this season and don’t wish it away. Another one is around the corner.
I have a long way to go in my fitness story. Learning about food, finding people with common goals has been a great chapter one, but I have a lot of books to write and I can’t wait to see the ending.
To have a close-knit family, live close enough to my kids to be part of their kids’ lives, travel extensively, be financially secure, be content, but striving.
5 lessons you have learned:
1) Logging food will change how you eat.
2) Keep looking until you find something you enjoy for exercise even if it takes decades to discover. Mine is dance trance.
3). Don’t do the same thing over and over expecting a different result. That is the definition of insanity.
4) Practice mindfulness. There is no “better” day coming. This series of days you string together and call a week in your life. Enjoy it.
5). Call your mother and go home more often. You will never regret it.
Music and artist you listen to while training:
Chris Cornell everything – Temple of the Dog, AudioSlave, SoundGarden.
Steel Magnolias. Dirty Dancing. Anything Marvel or DC.
Favorite books and authors:
Anything by Greg Iles to read.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty, Humor, Passion, Kindness, Trustworthiness.
Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Start now and you will never have to be old and try to begin something new. It’s much easier to adapt to habits when you are young. It’s like brushing your teeth. You have to do it every day. Period.
“I remember when I prayed for what I have now.”
“As you take a breath right now, someone else takes their last. Stop whining and live life to the fullest.”