2010 Military Contest Top Winner -
What an honor it is to be recognized as a Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel. This time last year, I would have never thought about lifting a weight much less being where I am today. Thanks goes out to my trainer, Shelly Howard, who has been such a inspiration to me this year. She pushed me hard and kept me motivated. I couldn't have done it without her or the love and support of my husband Rob.
Could you describe your first experience with Bodybuilding.com?
I live in Japan and being able to run around the corner to a local vitamin or supplement store isn't a convenience in my life. Bodybuilding.com has been my lifeline for supplements because the shipments arrive quickly, which makes it easy to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I think one of my first purchases from Bodybuilding.com was a scale. I never realized how much I was overeating until I made this small investment. It is one the one thing I recommend to anyone, before I would ever recommend a supplement.
What made you want to enter this contest?
I entered the contest on a whim actually. I had recommended it to some of the airmen I knew who were getting ready to go downrange, and I decided that if I was going to recommend it, then I might as well put together a submission too. My husband is on active duty, and he was deployed to Afghanistan at the time. The training kept me distracted from worrying about him being downrange. There were so many times I wanted to quit, but I knew I wanted him to see me on the stage when he came home. Seeing how proud he was of me made all of the pain and sacrifice worth it. I also wanted to enter this competition because I live on Okinawa with IFBB Pro Zoa Lindsey, and my trainer is Shelly Howard who is nationally ranked in fitness and figure. Watching both of these women in the gym this year has been an inspiration to me. Men are in awe of them at the gym and these women are at an athletic level that I aspire to.
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Seeing How Proud My Husband Was Of Me Made
All Of The Pain And Sacrifice Worth It.
How do you think winning the Military Spokes Model contest will affect your life?
My husband and I are PCS'ing to Tucson, Arizona in January 2011. I know he's going to be busy with his new unit next year, so this will be a great distraction to keep me busy and motivated. Winning this has made me want to compete more and gain more experience. I was recently certified as a personal trainer through AFAA so I hope I can learn more about the fitness industry and weight training through this opportunity.
What's your favorite thing about the Bodybuilding.com website?
I love that I can find all of the supplements I need in a one-stop-shop, plus I can read reviews on what works and what doesn't work.
You said in your nomination for Military Spokesmodel that you want women to realize that you can be beautiful and in the military too. Could you explain more about that?
Many women hide in camouflage not only during the week but on the weekends too. I think every woman needs to find that thing that makes her feel beautiful. For example, I love wearing my hair down after work and on the weekends. I never ever felt like I had to be "one of the guys" because diversity is something that makes our military great.
What words of advice do you have for women in the military who want to take more control of their health and bodies?
My husband tried to talk to me about the benefits of weight training for years, but like most women, I was scared I would get big. My best friend Capt. Jackie Cass convinced me otherwise. I recommend that women in the military take advantage of their base gyms and unit physical training sessions if those are available to them. Don't wait until your annual PT test is due to train for it. I am a strong believer that every military member, regardless of gender, should be "fit to fight" any day of the week.
What are your goals for 2011, what do you have planned?
In 2011, I plan to transition off of Active Duty and into a Reserves role. I love the Air Force and hope to continue serving my country in that capacity. My job as an Air Force spouse will continue to be the most rewarding job I could ever have, though. My husband and I will be moving to Tucson, Arizona in January 2011, and I plan to start training for my next competition.
View Pam's 2010 Military Challenge submission complete with her nutrition and training programs Here.
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