As my first Motivation Monday post I decided I wanted to feature Jamie DeLaRosa for SO many reason. I had the privilege of watching Jamie prepare for the Phil Heath Classic with TJ and her drive, determination and passion for fitness inspired me more than she will ever know. Jamie simply has no excuses for why she cant or wont accomplish her goals she just makes it work. I asked Jamie a series of questions which I have listed below with her responses.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
"I grew up in a small town, finished my undergraduate and graduate degree in five years, I work for a global oil and gas company and I love what I do. I have two kids and I am married to my best friend and biggest supporter."
What made you decide to get into fitness?
"My best friend competed in a Figure Competition and motivated me to compete. I had made my mind up to enter a show.....then I got pregnant with my daughter. I ate clean for the most part during my pregnancy so didnt think I would have far to go....but once I had her, my body had changed. All of my problem areas were different. I tried to start with a "weight" goal or an "Im going to fit back in these jeans" goal...but those didnt stick. I "played" too much. So I found a coach and a local show and that became my new goal. I entered the Branch Warren Classic and six weeks later was on stage."
What keeps you motivated?
"Lots of things motivate me. Seeing girls that I compete with and improvements that they have made, working hard on one of my problem areas and seeing small changes...My husband and I teach a boot camp and his clients motivate me. They work hard and laugh and smile and make it fun....My kids. You can tell how proud they are. My daughter poses better than I do! Seeing how healthy eating around them helps them make better choices really motivates me. If I give my son a choice between ice cream or fruit, he chooses fruit every time. During this last prep, I tried to take the easy way out one night and asked them if they wanted to order pizza. My son replied, "NO...I want steak and spinach" How do you say no to that?! They teach me that food is just food....Definitely my husband and his work ethic (for our family, for his job, and in the gym) is like no one Ive ever met. He is the definition of a beast. His latest "off-season" really motivated me because of the changes he has made to his physique through all his hard work and dedication."
What has been the hardest part of making a lifestyle change?
"The mental aspect. Its just food and food is fuel if you want the body youre working for. I was shoveling in cheesecake on the first conference call with my first coach...just because "Im going to start my diet and Ill never have this again". I still have to remind myself that I am not "depriving" myself and I can make my food taste good. I still have a healthy social life and take my kids to birthday parties, ect. while living this lifestyle"
What do you think is important for anyone interested in improving their health and fitness to know ahead of time?
"You have to be mentally ready. Yo-yoing makes it worse. Make your mind up, dive strait in and do no deviate from your plan. Git it a chance to work (it will not happen over night). There is not a magic pill or magic food. It will work but it takes time. Diets that have you dropping weight quickly usually do not yield sustainable results and are not typically healthy."
What is a typical day like for you/how do you fit it all in?
"4:30AM: Wake up and do fasted cardio (cardio on an empty stomach). I used to hate this but I have grown to love it. It is my time to be alone and wake up (I am not a morning person so I literally wear my workout clothes to bed...roll out and hit the treadmill).
6:00AM: Wake up my son for school- Make our breakfast and his lunch. Jump in the shower while he eats and see him off to school.
7:00AM: Pack up my daughter's and my stuff and drop her off.
7:30AM: Work. I work for a large global oil and gas company as a business analyst. My job is very demanding. During month end, I will sometimes be at work until midnight. It can be difficult to get my meals in because of all of the meetings. I have been know to bring my chicken and green beans in a Styrofoam cup and bring it out to eat during the meeting. I eat every three hours unless I have to adjust around meetings.
5:00PM: Head to the gym for weights... My favorite part is that my kids love going so it is family time too.
7:00PM: Head home to do homework, baths, play with my kids and get ready for the next day.
On Monday and Wednesday I teach an outdoor boot camp at 6:30pm. I love our EFit group. They bring their best every single time."
Tell us a little bit about EFit and why having accountability partners is so important.
"EFit is AWESOME! My husband is an online nutrition coach on the side. When we moved here we started teaching a boot camp on Saturday mornings. It has grown and at one point we would have 50-60 per class. It is more like a family than a job. We have a private Facebook group where we all post...It is very inspiring and uplifting. This group allows for Erik's clients that are out of town and cannot attend boot camp to be involved too and have a network of support. I cannot describe the support everyone in the group gives. I love this group."
Is there anything else you would like to share or think would be beneficial to the readers?
"Keep your head up! If you start a healthy lifestyle and fail at some point...get up, dust off and start again. Do not give up! Get a good support group, dont fall for fad diets (save yourself the time and headache). If you have been dieting and not seeing results see a nutritionist who will make a detailed plan based on your body type and goals. It makes a big difference. Being healthy is not only about looking good it is about feeling good and being healthy inside and out."
I hope all of you took something from my interview with Jamie. She and her husband have been such a blessing in mine and my husbands life the past few months and she has shown me that no matter what your circumstances may be finding time to take care of yourself is not only possible but necessary. If any of you are interested in learning more about the EFit Program please check out Erik DeLaRosa's Athlete Page , "Like" and message him any of your questions. Also, for those of my loyal local followers, their boot camps are every Saturday morning at 9:00am in Bridge City. The fee is $10.00 or $30.00 a month (You must pay the first Saturday of the month for the $30.00) Anyone can attend and your first time is free. I recommend going, trying it out and meeting Jamie and her husband, they are awesome!