Jaime is a mom of two who woke up one morning and decided she wanted a lifestyle change. Jaime began a journey committed to fitness, exercising and obstacle racing! Since then, she has been inspiring and supporting other moms who are looking to begin their own fitness journey and others who want to simply make a lifestyle change. Most importantly, she is sharing her own experience to prove that no one is ever alone!
What inspired you to begin your fitness journey?
I woke up on Jan. 1, 2015, the day after my 39th birthday and finally just decided I wanted to change. I had been struggling to lose weight for over a year and was yo-yo dieting and trying anything out there. I was unhealthy, unhappy and not comfortable in my own skin. I honestly had become someone I didn’t recognize, or like, for that matter. I was just tired of being tired all the time. I had no energy. I knew right then and there I was going to change my ways. I decided to start getting in some physical activity 3-4 days a week, but I really didn’t have a plan or have a clue what I was doing. Finally in February of this year I crossed paths with an incredible woman who helped me by introducing me to the 30 Day Push. That little personal exercise changed my life! I figured out my “Push Goal” and decided what I was going to do for the next year: Get healthy, fit and compete in as many obstacle course races that my finances would allow! It just all started steamrolling after that. Little did I know that my fitness journey would turn into something bigger and involve so many people.
Who has influenced you or supported you on this journey?
My biggest influence is my husband (He is my constant, daily reminder that ANYTHING is possible). He has seen me at my best and at my worst, through having two children and struggling with my fitness and health. I was always VERY active and fit throughout high school and my early 20’s. Once I got a full-time desk job and then had children, fitness sort of took a back seat. I wish I had appreciated the body I had back then and understood what not only being fit meant, but also staying fit through my 30’s. We BOTH make time for each other’s fitness activities. We usually have to do it alone, since one of us has to watch our two boys! I also belong to a wonderful online fitness group. I am very grateful to be a part of this “family.” We all check in on each other every single day and hold each other accountable and offer positive support. I wouldn’t be where I am without these people.
What are some goals that you have set for 2015?
This Summer/Fall I will be running about 8 different Obstacle Course races, including the Urban Raid and Beach Raid, and possibly a 10K (some of those OCRs depend on my finances!!). My race goals for 2015 are to complete every obstacle. I am not all that worried about time yet. Once I get stronger and can complete at least 90% of the obstacles, then I will focus on my time. I am trying to take training slow and steady and do this right. Some personal goals for 2015 are to be physically active for at least 30 minutes EVERY single day. It doesn’t have to be an all out sweat fest. I am trying for a 30-60-90 breakdown. 30 minutes a day for 7 days a week, 60 minutes a day for at least 3-4 days a week and 90 minutes a day 1-2 days a week. As my children get older, I hope to increase those times.
You are hosting Sunday morning workout sessions, what are you hoping to accomplish with these?
Our “Sunday Funday” sessions are for OCR training. We don’t in any way think we are pros at this! We are learning along with everyone else as we go. We do have specific exercises and obstacles, to emulate as much as possible, what it’s like to be on an obstacle course. Most people in our group have done obstacle races and have one coming up this Summer/Fall. It’s always much more enjoyable to work out with a group of people versus by yourself. I guess what I hope to accomplish most is getting people out here and being active. Whether they are just starting out or have been working out for years. Everyone brings their kids, we workout, and then have coffee and something to eat after! It’s a great way to visit with friends and also get a great workout in!
Are there times you wanted to give up or days you don’t want to work out? How do you push those thoughts aside and get your workout in?
Honestly…I think about giving up more than I want to let on! There are plenty of days I don’t want to work out. There are MANY mornings that my alarm goes off at 4:30 and I instantly get mad that I have to get up out of my warm bed and go workout. But, when I do get up early and workout, it sets the tone for my entire day. I have more energy, more patience for my work and family, and I am just in an all around better mood. (It’s important to note that I am NOT a morning person…I love to sleep, so this has been a huge change in my life.) One healthy choice at the beginning of the day, will lead to more. Eventually it will become a habit and not something forced. Plus, having signed up for so many races gives me that motivation to keep going and keep pushing.
We love that Beach RAID was a turning point for you! What was it about that race and the RAID Series that had an effect on you?
I had been looking to sign up for some sort of race last year and my husband had run the Mountain RAID in 2012 and 2013, and he told me about the Beach RAID. He knew it was the perfect obstacle course race for me. The obstacles seemed manageable and not scary for a first-timer like me! So, I signed up and a bunch of us from work ran it as a team! It was a BLAST! I highly recommend this race to anyone looking to run their first OCR.
Are you ready to take on Beach RAID 2015?
I am SO excited for the Beach RAID this year! I am much more prepared and in better shape than I was last year.
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