Where did you grow up?
I grew up in sunny SoCal, just east of LA. My parents still live in the house I grew up in, and I love to visit, but Tempe is my forever home.
How did you become interested in and how long have you been with Phoenix 360 Fitness?
Just a year ago, my beautiful friend and colleague, Jen Zamenski started talking about “this guy” who she was excited to begin training with… and by the summer she was so into him and his fitness regimen, that I couldn’t help but be interested too. I started my PHX360 journey last July, and have come to love “this guy”, Ryan, and the magic he has helped me create with my body and mind.
At 56 (soon to be 57!) I have finally found a way to address my weight and fitness challenges in a way that works for me.
What Motivates/Inspires/Determines you to train and push your self to your limits?
I am motivated to train by the results, but I am inspired to train at PHX360 because of the community. The community is what I crave, and the workout is a bonus to the time I spend laughing and sweating with people I really enjoy.
How has your training at Phoenix 360 helped you in your life?
The results of the workouts, plus changing my nutritional plan has helped me to stay present in most aspects of my life. I don’t spend time any more getting lost in negative thinking, and beating myself up over being “fat” or feeling guilty about not being active.
And on the occasions that I do, it is ALWAYS because I have skipped the gym, which almost always leads me to poor nutritional choices. Before PHX360, I couldn’t get myself out of this “rabbit hole”, but now I have a routine to return to that immediately gets me back on track. It’s funny, but the routine is what leads me to the freedom to live in the moment
What accomplishment/lift are you most proud of?
I am pretty proud of losing more than 20 pounds, and I am working on losing my deeply imbedded image of being a fat girl.
Because of my weight loss and strength, I completed the PF Chang Rock n Roll Half Marathon, in record time, and best of all, feeling like I could turn around and do the whole thing again (which I would never do because that would be a whole marathon, and that’s just silly.)
How do you balance your time between your work and personal needs?
I am the Instructional Coach at the best elementary school in the world, and many days this includes the unexpected late meeting and/or project, I have a part time job as a college instructor, I am also single, taking care of my home and responsibilities on my own, AND I am a grandmother who loves to spend lots of time with her littles, so bringing a steady fitness routine into the mix is a challenge for sure!
The key is to put a realistic schedule in place, and let everyone know where they fit into the schedule! And part of the schedule includes a day to cheat on the “diet”, and a day (or two) to play without regret that the floors didn’t get vacuumed.
I have traded a clean kitchen floor for fitness and well-being!
If you could give our readers one health tip, what would it be?
Plan. Plan your food for the day, and your workout schedule for the week, and don’t over do either.
And then, just get in the door… don’t think about what needs to get done, or how tired you are, or how hard the workout is going to be. Just go, and all else will follow.