Give us a few deats about yourself: What you do for a living, what inspired you to join The REBEL Workout, and how long have you been a REBEL?
I’m a financial planner who started a firm 6 years ago to provide outsourced planning solutions for other financial advisors. I’m so grateful to be able to make a living doing what I love, and to have an amazing team of planners who support each other.
To how I started with REBEL, I originally tried a Living Social deal and attended a couple of Melissa’s classes many years ago. To be truthful, she completely kicked my ass. I could barely bike home the 10 blocks because my legs were so shaky. Let’s just say I didn’t return for a while. Then after dealing with newly developed food allergies/sensitivities to healthy foods (think seafood, squash, lettuce, even black pepper), my eating went downhill fast and I had no energy. I knew I needed to get back into shape and I wasn’t being consistent about hitting the gym.
So I joined REBEL back in October 2015 and signed up for the 12x per month. I love the variety of classes that are offered during my optimal workout times (noon) and really feel like I’m making progress to being my best self. We all know it gets harder and harder the more we age and boy isn’t that the truth. I’ve always been lucky when it comes to genes – relatively thin with a high metabolism (thank you ancestors), but at 45 that just doesn’t cut it any more. You have to work even harder to maintain any semblance of fitness at this age and I suspect it will get even harder.
1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
My day starts with getting up around 6 AM and logging into the computer. After working from home for over a decade, I’ve discovered my optimal critical thinking time is first thing in the morning (although I am NOT a morning person). I work until 11:45 and then head on over to REBEL for a class. If I’m not taking a class that day, I sometimes go for a run or a bike ride, which lets me work through some challenges, gives me space for some creativity, or allows me to think through my business needs. Having this break in the middle of the day is truly recharging and I recommend it to everyone!
After exercising, I’m back at the computer, doing less mental work – returning phone calls, emails, bookkeeping, etc. I try to wrap up by 6 PM, enjoy a beer (my mental switch from work to home) and start making dinner. We’re usually in bed by 9 to read and asleep by 10 on any given work night. I cherish my sleep and ideally get 9 hours whenever possible.
2. Go-to pre- and post-workout snack?
You won’t be happy about this, but I can’t eat before working out. I try to get something down by 9 or 10 in the morning (after about 3 cups of coffee – yikes!) and if I’m starving, I’ll grab a handful of nuts before heading out the door. After I get back, I make lunch. I usually have a kale salad or leftovers from dinner. FYI – kale is great salad you can make on the weekend and eat off of it all week without it going bad. If I do the pre-work ahead of time, my lunch is made in 10 minutes. Nothing fancy, but I do try to add some protein to it – hard boiled eggs or chickpeas, along with a little cheese and some nuts (along with other veggies).
3. What results have you seen since becoming a REBEL?
Most importantly, my energy level is up, which I love. I’m back to wanting to socialize, go for hikes on the weekends, and just get outside to play. I can also see how my shape has changed. I don’t actually think I’ve lost any weight to be truthful (I blame beer, which I’m okay with for the moment), but I look and feel more toned and in shape than I have ever been. I’m happy to throw on a tank top and shorts these days.
4. Favorite way to sweat outside of TRW?
We like to do a lot of camping and hiking on the weekends if we can get away. We also like to check out live music and get our groove on whenever possible (it’s not a pretty sight, but we have fun). We don’t drive much. Living in the Baker neighborhood allows us to walk, bike, or take mass transit just about anywhere, so we’re always moving.
5. What's the best about being a REBEL?
I love the trainers. They’re personable, funny, and push you without screaming in your face with a megaphone (well, maybe except Ryan). And I’ve met some fun fellow members in the classes too. The energy and vibe in the studio is fantastic.
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