It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you!
Today’s fit mommy is Jill, a busy mom of three who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes just over three years ago. Since then, she has lost over 100 pounds and competed in the Mrs. Idaho competition, where she placed 6th!
She blogs over at Get Up and Get Moving and is definitely an inspiration and “One Fit Mommy!”. Please read on for more about Jill:
Q: Have you always been fit?
When I was younger I was a professional dancer and model. I did that into my 20’s. I got married at at age 27 had 2 miscarriages before my first child. Then the weight battle begun! I lost myself being a wife and mom. Total of 4 miscarriages and 3 kiddo’s sure did not help with my weight problem.
Q: What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
Since it was my career, dancing and modeling helped keep me in check. I also loved to dance so it was a fun outlet for me. Thirteen years later it was unfortunately hearing the words you have type 2 diabetes that really made me start to change my lifestyle. I wanted to be around for my husband and 3 kids ages, ages 11,9 and 4. I knew it was now or never.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
Make the time! If you gain and don’t lose it all the first time it makes it so hard the other times. You will find it may never come off and then when all is said and done you have a long way to go to get it off.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
I am both. I love Cardio. When I was competing in the Mrs. Idaho Pageant this year a trainer Rebecca Carington sponsored me. As a sponsor she got me in my best shape ever. At age 42, after losing 100 pounds, I was proud to place in the top 6 out of 16 amazing woman. It was through having a personal trainer that I learned how important it is to weight train.
Q: What are some of the lifestyle changes you made after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?
I learned to cut out the refined sugars. Cookies, candy pretty much all junk food. I eat 6 small meals a day. That helps speed up the metabolism and with that the pounds started dropping off. Don’t starve whatever you do. You will not lose weight by doing that.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I just go. I get dressed and go. I don’t think about it to long or I may talk myself out of it. Once I am there, I am so happy I did it.
Q: How do you reward yourself after a workout?
With a feeling of job well done. Not a tangible reward. Not a food reward, just a pat on the back to know I did what I need to do to reach and keep my goals! I also run a website so I will post on my site something to help others. Since reaching my goal of losing 100 pounds my goal is to spread my message. Visit my site to learn more about my journey at http://getupandgetmoving.net