OCCUPATION: Stay at Home Mom
HOMETOWN: Plainfield, IN
WHAT IS YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? My claim to fame is (I hope) that when I do something; working out, races, parenting, or just being a good person, I do it to the best of my ability & push past my own limits. I typically take extreme routes, friends know this about me.
I am happy that I am rarely described as subtle.
HOW MANY CHILDREN? We have two beautiful tenacious little girls, Epperly who is 4 years old, and Crosley who is 3 years old.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TREAT/ CHEAT MEAL? HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE A CHEAT MEAL?
My favorite treat/cheat is wine. I love it. I try to limit drinking to a few nights a week when I know I don’t have to get up at 5:00 AM for my workouts. I feel like I work out consistently and hard enough if I want to treat myself, it’s ok. I can always run an extra mile or push the sled a few more reps to burn it off, or prepare if I know we have an evening out.
HOW DO YOU EAT WELL AS A MOM ON THE GO?
I try as much as possible to prep our food. I make big batches of protein pancakes, egg muffins, my husband’s protein (he is not a vegetarian like my girls and I) and have fruits and veggies cut up so we can grab quickly. My car always has Nature’s Bakery fig bars, and packs of nut butters for the kids or kid z bars. I always have a packet of protein, hard boiled eggs, or a quest bar for me. Not letting too much time pass between meals is crucial in being able to effectively fuel my day, especially if it’s one where I do two a days.
WHAT FOOD CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
I can not live without wine (see above;, a little bit of chocolate here and there, red peppers, & eggs. I eat a lot of egg whites. I am also absolutely obsessed with drinking a minimum of a gallon of water per day. I always have my bottle with me, if it gets too far away from me, I panic.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLEAN MEAL?
My favorite clean meal is a toss up between a really great veggie omelette in the morning or a ridiculous salad with spinach, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, avocado, hard boiled egg whites, salsa, & red peppers.
ARE THERE ANY FOODS THAT YOU AVOID AT ALL COSTS?
I do avoid meat. I grew up in 4-H and understand how animals are raised for food, and it makes me too sad. They are no longer given the opportunity to grow at a normal rate, they are given so many steroids & hormones and are treated so atrociously, I can not be a party to it. It makes it difficult to get the protein (macros) that I want, but I have many wonderful protein options that doesn’t involve cruelty, or putting things in my body that are chemical laden.
WHAT’S YOU FAVORITE EXERCISE?
My favorite exercise is really crazy cardio. My coach would love for me to say lifting, but I always feel accomplished when I know my heart really was pumping (anaerobic zone) & I really sweat and pushed myself. I have really started to like lifting, when you hit bigger numbers it makes you hungry for more. I have gained weight lifting heavy but do not look manly, just toned. I love being strong, it helps me to go faster in races.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?
I stay motivated by many factors. Signing up for races and making sure I am prepared for them makes me inclined to do 2 a days. If I want to continue pulling top 10 finishes in Elite heats of OCR (Obstacle Course Races), I have to be ready. My personal drive to do my best and look my best motivate me to push myself. My father has always been the person I imagine in my mind when something is tough, he has persevered through a lot to have a successful company and I always tell myself he has done harder things, I can do this, whatever that may be. When I competed in Warrior Dash World Championships I had my girls and husbands initials on my shoe so that if I looked down I would remember to look right back up and keep going. Many things keep me going and help me achieve my goals.
IF YOU COULD ONLY OFFER ONE TIP TO A MOM TRYING TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A mom trying to get back into shape needs to not get discouraged and quit. It will take a lot of preparation of food, planning your time (sometimes getting up at 4 or 5 AM) to get your workout in, and overall consistency. We all eat off our kids plates, or go to parties, or date night. It’s ok to have a little thing here and there, just get back with it tomorrow, results will come.
WHEN YOU FEEL UNMOTIVATED WHAT DO YOU DO?
I have made exercise and healthy living a priority and lifestyle. I do not miss workouts unless I can not get the performance I need because I am not properly recovered. Listening to our body is important, but knowing when to push forward is too. Those days I try to do something else that my body can benefit from whether it’s stretching, a lighter run, or aerobic conditioning. There are days that I may not want to do what my plan is, typically I may procrastinate but ultimately do it, knowing my mind has to be strong, I don’t think I have ever regretted that.
HOW HAS TRANSFORMING YOURSELF PHYSICALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE?
Transforming myself physically has given me the opportunity to find a sport/activity (OCR/running) that I love. I was not a runner growing up, so like many I didn’t like it. I now find myself craving runs. I also have found that I like playing in the mud. Most of my races leave me bleeding, battered, bruised, and dirty, but I continue to sign up for these races. It’s also nice to not worry how I look in clothes, or what size they are. When you feel like you look good, you exude confidence & people notice that.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE TO SHARE?
Pumpkin Protein Bread
- 1.5 cups homemade oat flour
- 2 scoops isopure natural vanilla protein
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 egg whites
- 2/3 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup private selection dark chocolate chunks
- 1/4 cup ghiradelli chocolate mini chips semi-sweet chocolate (You can do one or the other chocolates or both)
Combine ALL ingredients and Bake at 350 for 35-40 min depending on oven.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM OR ADVICE, POSSIBLY SOMETHING THAT HELPED YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW? I try to live by the quote, “Always work harder.” No matter what it is, this usually will apply. Mothers have the most diverse difficult job on the planet, but we can always be better, and if we just look inside ourselves, we usually can go just a little harder. I hope it improves not only me, but those around me.