How Did You Get Started?
I started out as a sedentary, overweight 22 year old! Like many young women, after the high school sports were over and I started my first year of college, I quickly started to gain weight. At 5'3" and 180 pounds it took me 18 minutes to "run" my first mile. I knew something needed to change, so I started to take baby steps into a healthy lifestyle, making small obtainable goals as I went along.
I vowed to walk my dogs for at least a mile everyday as well as replace soda for water. Within the first weeks of making these little changes I could already feel a difference in my pants. However, the biggest change was the increasing amount of energy I felt. At times when I would have previously felt like napping, I found myself walking my dogs for an extra mile instead.
From there the habit grew and a thirst for knowledge on all things fitness and nutrition coupled with the changes I was feeling fueled my motivation. This led me to take a nutrition class which gave me a real understanding of the how, what and why certain nutrients are needed to fuel the body. The first 3-4 months was all about creating a foundation to live a lasting healthy lifestyle that would stay with me for the rest of my life. Here's my motto; set goals, keep goals, achieve goals and continue to make new ones.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
I do change my workouts and rotate exercises often.
Stability Ball Push Up: 4 sets of 15 reps
Stability Ball Roll In: 4 sets of to failure
Decline Dumbbell Fly: 4 sets of 12, 10, 10, 8 reps
Straight Leg Raise: 4 set to failure
Barbell Shoulder Press: 4 sets of 10 reps
Leg Raise: 15 reps
Arnolds: 10, 8, 8, 6 reps
Reverse Crunch: 15 reps
Dumbbell Curl: 4 sets of 8
Kickbacks: 4 sets of 8
Triceps Pushdown: 4 sets of 15, 15, 10, 10 reps
Bicycle Crunch: 4 sets to failure
Jump rope: 4 sets of 250 reps
Seated Calf Raise: 4 sets of 15, 15, 10, 10 reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I absolutely believe in the power of clean eating!
I drink at least a gallon of water a day. I recommend trying to get creative, think outside the box when coming up with new recipes and flavor combinations. It's amazing how good healthy food can taste.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
Why Do You Love Fitness?
I love fitness because I truly believe it makes me a better person inside and out. It helps me feel strong and confident which carries over to all aspects of my life.
What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?
Knowing the alternative first hand is always a motivator for me. Always striving to do better and learn more as well as finding support from my gym community as well as the Bodybuilding.com community creates motivation for me.
What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?
I just plain didn't want to feel unhealthy anymore!
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I just competed in my first figure comp. NPC Western Regional in Mesa, AZ and placed 4th in Open Class B figure. I did this show with my brother Josh Sarette and sister-in-law Alison Sarette who really helped my along my journey! I plan to keep competing and see where it takes me. I also want to inspire as many people as possible to change their lives and reach their goals. I have become a personal trainer for this reason and am also in school to be a nurse in hopes to gear my medical career towards helping fight the obesity epidemic, primarily childhood/adolescent obesity.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?
Never think you can't do it.
Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?
What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?
I use BodySpace and I love it! I love to write and use my BodyBlog often. One of my dreams would be to have my very own column in a fitness magazine someday. I think it's great to have a place to track my progress, connect with others and share tips and tricks about nutrition and training.