You’re the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to make that happen every day?
I believe passion is like the light of a candle — it flickers. Sometimes it goes out. And believe me when I say I do stumble upon those moments when I find it challenging to stay inspired. What gets me through is me not being too hard of myself and acknowledging that we all go through cycles of ups and downs. I don’t beat myself up for sometimes going off track with my goals or my lifestyle, and I constantly remind myself that I can always light up the candle again.
Also, it may sound simple, but a good, long, easy run usually gets the trick done for me, too.
Currently, the world is very keen on body positivity. How would you relate that to getting fit or getting 'in shape?'
There are many definitions running around on being fit or in shape. To be honest, these aren't words I use a lot because I find that it boxes the definition to 6 pack abs or a size 2 waistline. I prefer talking about health and wellness, and I think this is a very nice, holistic approach to everything.
When I talk about health and wellness, I talk about mind, body, and for those open to it, even spirit. I talk about positive energy and being happy. So sure, we're all still concerned about blood test results and X-rays, but what I focus on more than those is the disposition of everyone who trains with me. I believe that wellness starts from the inside.
Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with wanting a 'bikini body' or great abs. It's just not the thrust of what I do. That isn't to say you won't get it by training with me, because a great combination of athletic training for optimal calorie burn and pilates or yoga for strength and mobility can definitely get you there (with a proper diet of course).
I sometimes just worry about the lengths some people take to get their physical goals. The problem sometimes there is that most people focus too much on the physical goal that they forget everything else. I prefer the idea of balance. Get in physically good shape with a healthy mind and a positive spirit and boundless positivity towards oneself and one’s potential. We all have different body types and different needs. Some people who are a bit more 'plump' can actually be healthier than someone who is skinny. But this isn't to say that I encourage people to be either of them.
I encourage you to be healthy, to live a healthy lifestyle, to live a full life empowered by the best choices. I encourage you to go for the mind and body that makes you feel the best — inside and outside.