Most of you know Heather as the passionate (aka freak) that does back to back sessions (5:15 am & 6 am) including a run in between and after! Heather’s dedication to her fitness and overall health (aka freakiness) is inspiring and long lasting! We love Heather’s sense of humor, friendliness and the fact that she is always willing to put Mike in his place! We are so grateful to have Heather as a part of our No Limits family.
Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
A: “Enjoy the little things in the life because you may look back later in your life and realize they were big things!”
Q: What are your personal health and fitness goals?
A: I am trying to focus on making healthy choices whether it’s nutrition, physical activity or mentally. It is easy to slip for sure but getting right back on track is all that matters. Even though I want to beat myself after I do slip, I have to remind myself it is okay. My fitness goals are to just maintain a steady cardio level and try to increase my strength. By no means do I want to be big and bulky but having the definition in my body and feeling better shows me that hard work pays off and keeps me going to be a better me.
Q: What ONE thing keeps you most focused and motivated to continue to work hard to reach your goals?
A: Two things I want to accomplish in 2018 and my hard work will get me there! Completing the Trifecta (3 races to complete in 2018-Sprint-Super-Beast) for the Spartan race. Funny, because I am not a roll in the mud type of girl but I love these races and love the group of people (all that I met at No Limits) because we have a good time. Nothing is more rewarding than getting to the end! Second, completing level 7 of the FitRanX test! Gotta get those unassisted pull ups down!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with us?
A: First, I will start by saying, when I was younger, I was always the chunkier girl that wore the t-shirt over my bathing suit. My mom hid Oreo cookies from me and I was always dieting. I tried every diet in the book but never succeeded at keeping my weight down, until I learned how to eat real food with a balanced diet. It was not some Atkins, Weight Watchers fad diet. People now say, “Oh no, you weren’t chunky” or “Look at you, you can eat what you want,” which is completely not true. I have to work hard at it. I give people advice on nutritious eating, and what worked for me. Sometimes I think I may get annoying reiterating things to someone that may be sick of hearing it, but I don’t quit because I know the benefits firsthand. I wish I knew what I know now about nutrition and working out a lot earlier than I did. When I finally started working out about 12 years ago, I was just going to the gym myself which helped me maintain my weight. After about 7 years of that I had to figure something else out, because that was boring. I started a boot camp, liked the group workouts and the difference in my body. Eventually I found that I wasn’t getting pushed hard enough, wasn’t seeing any changes and hit a wall. I then tried Crossfit which I did like. Let’s just say me and Crossfit didn’t get along. I thought I was killing it on box jumps and they killed me. So about 6 weeks off with just running, this lead me to No Limits. This is where I have found my happy but challenging ground and it’s where I want to be. I didn’t just come to class and join in the workouts. I have learned more about nutrition, along with the importance of form in your workouts and much more. I remember in the beginning when I started, I had a conversation with Mike and he pointed out that the ratio is 80% nutrition and 20% physical activity. Now of course, I know nutrition is very important but didn’t realize the nutrition played such a large role. I always thought it was more the physical activity part of it. I know now that they go hand in hand, especially for the results that I am looking for. Participating in some of No Limits Nutritional challenges really proved this to me, and taught me nutritional basics such as making sure there is protein in every meal. Participating in one of the challenges really opened my eyes to some additional snacking/eating I was doing which kept me from losing those couple extra pounds, gaining more muscle mass and losing body fat.
Q: How has No Limits Fitness made a difference in your life?
A: ABSOLUTELY!! Though I’m still a work in progress, I have found strength and confidence that I really didn’t know I had. And I have met many new people and made some amazing friends as well.
Q: What kinds of milestones have you accomplished and what specific results have you achieved so far?
A: My recent accomplished milestone was completing Level 6 of the FitRanX. It took me some time to be able to do the assisted pull ups. Now I have to aim for Level 7 and complete unassisted pull ups.
Q: What made you decide to want to join No Limits Fitness?
A: I have to refer to above on telling a little about myself and how I got started.
Q: What kinds of results have you achieved so far?
A: I have become much stronger and have increased the amount of weight I use with Kettlebells and dumbbells, even though I didn’t want to. Having the push from the trainers helps because increasing the weight of the equipment is not something I would have done on my own. I get in a comfort level and tend to stay there.
Q: What would you say to someone on the fence about making a change & committing to their goals?
A: GO FOR IT!! It’s never too late to start or start over. If you aren’t happy with the past try something different today and make that change to achieve your goals! The secret to your success is found in your daily routine!
Q: What is your “word” of the year?!
We are so proud of you, Heather! Keep up the amazing work!
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