BodySpace Member Of The Month - September 2008: Surf_Sun_Sand!
The BodySpace Member of the Month for September 2008 is Surf_Sun_Sand. She was chosen because she is using nearly every applicable feature of BodySpace, and making it look impressive!
Surf_Sun_Sand joined BodySpace in October of 2007. Since then, she has begun weight lifting in addition to cardio and learned about the proper nutrition to reach her goals. In just one year she has completely changed her body composition and is still going strong with improving her fitness level as everyone in BodySpace can see.
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Surf_Sun_Sand's Weight Progress.
View Surf_Sun_Sand's BodySpace Profile Here.
[ Q ] How did you find out about BodySpace, and how did you choose your screen name?
[ A ] Luck and maybe fate. Certainly, it was good timing. I was on-line just looking for general information on exercise and nutrition and came across Bodybuilding.com. Incidentally, your profile was one of the first that I found. I was really inspired and very
motivated and really, really curious to learn more. Thanks CT!
After reading some of the profiles and seeing some of the incredible changes people have made, it was easy to make the decision to post my own profile and get started. I chose my name because it represents my love for the beach and the outdoors in general.
[ Q ] You have completely transformed your body over this past year. What motivated you to make a big change?
[ A ] My Dad was in NYC visiting for a week and every morning he woke up, brushed his teeth, laid the top sheet from the bedcovers on the floor for a mat and did his old
military exercises for an hour. I don't know why I was somewhat surprised. It's the same routine he has been doing since I was a child.
One afternoon we got chatting about it and I took him to my gym where I was a cardio junky at the time. He loved the facility and I remember him saying. 'Wow, this place is incredible. I've never belonged to a gym with all of this fancy equipment'.
I was kind of surprised again by that because he is in terrific shape and always has been. So I asked him, "Papi, how have you stayed in such great shape all of these years?" He answered, "I eat the same thing pretty much everyday and every morning I do my same routine. But that is the key. You have to do it everyday. Everyday." Those words resonated with me profoundly at the time. They still do.
[ Q ] When friends and family ask you what "your secret" to getting in shape is, how do you respond?
[ A ] This question used to drive me a bit crazy because as we all know there is no "secret". So now I say, "Actually the secret is doing ALL 3 things:
- Good nutrition
- Weight training
Do it consistently day after day, week after week. That is the secret."
[ Q ] Have you ever met any BodySpacers in person?
[ A ] No, I never have. Although I do have to say that I consider many of my fellow BodySpacers my friends, albeit on-line. I've "met" so many terrific people from all walks of life.
It's really a great place to hang out for a few minutes each day or even a few times a week to be around like-minded people who have decided to make fitness an important part of their life. It's great to share information with those just getting started as well as learn from some of the more experienced athletes with incredible physiques.
[ Q ] Obviously you have been making the proper food choices to meet your goals and see such great changes in your body... how have co-workers/family and friends been reacting when you don't partake in any of the treats, big lunches and such, that they may be having?
[ A ] Well I was a
vegetarian for years and I've always been a fussy eater. So I don't think anyone in my family is surprised if I'm eating differently. I try to make it to any get-togethers, BBQ's and picnics and just keep my eating habits to myself... low key for the most part.
I find that if you do that rather than announcing to everyone that you are special because you eat better than they do, that people are a lot more receptive and accommodating. Most want to engage in conversation about it and it is best to not delve too heavily into your routine but listen to what they may be doing even if it is just walking or thinking about starting a program.
A casual conversation is less intimidating to people and can usually get them thinking that they can make a few small changes to improve their health and fitness as well.
My immediate family has been incredibly supportive and they always amaze and inspire me too. My sister "Sun" has made some great changes and is enjoying the process quite a bit.
My Mom has eliminated a lot of sugar from her diet and cooks meals only with olive oil now. She is not sedentary by any means but she has even expressed some interest in weight training and
cardio. With just a few changes in her diet she has recently lost ten pounds and I am very proud of her.
[ Q ] What about your friends?
[ A ] I probably don't go out with some of my friends as frequently since many of them are real foodies and enjoy wine tastings a few times a week. So naturally, I don't see them as often. But we still get together now and then.
Just a few weekends ago I went to a friend's birthday party at a wine lounge uptown. They were all sampling wine and eating yummy hors d'oeuvres. I just popped out my Tupperware from my handbag and said, "You guys don't mind do you?"
My friend shook his head and smiling he said, "You're crazy!" I said, "Yup," and stuck a big chunk of protein in my mouth. We all had a good laugh. Everyone went about their business and we had a great night!
Luckily, I have made some new friends too that are active and enjoy fitness challenges like marathons and triathlons and training for sports like
tennis, surfing and lacrosse.
If you remain open minded I think the social life has a way of working itself out. Luckily, I live in a city where there are plenty of things to do other than going out to eat and drink. I love the parks, theatre, films, outdoor concerts, live music lounges, museums, and galleries. The shopping isn't bad either!
[ Q ] Has being in such great shape made any impact on other parts of your life?
[ A ] Absolutely. I feel that it has improved my overall outlook on life, really. I just generally feel more balanced and that projects to all parts of my life.
My work is very stressful and keeping calm and staying focused in a chaotic environment can wear a person down. I look forward to releasing stress and re-charging my energy with every good workout at the end of the day. Mentally, no matter what happens during the day, it is a source of comfort to know that I will have that time to myself.
[ Q ] If you were shipwrecked by yourself on a desert island with no chance of rescue, and you found an unlimited supply of junk food in the wreckage, and you also had all the healthy foods you would need to survive, what would you do?
[ A ] I have never been a big junk food eater. I love deliciously prepared meals whether they are homemade or from one of the many great restaurants here in NYC. Put that together with a terrific wine and there is my vice!
So to answer your question, I probably would just eat healthily and snack on the occasional treat. Oh wait... will there be cheese and wine?
[ Q ] What are your future fitness plans and goals?
[ A ] I have a lot more I want to work on and improve in terms of my fitness and physique. I'm starting to think this kind of thing never ends and that would be a good thing.
[ Q ] If somebody is completely new to exercise and eating right, what is the best advice you could tell him/her?
[ A ] Just get moving and focus on being consistent by doing something on a daily basis! And most of all educate yourself about nutrition and physiology. There are a great deal of misconceptions. And some of them are just downright funny.
My favorite is "when you stop exercising and lifting weights all your muscles will turn into fat". Well that is about as likely to happen as a frog turning into a prince. LOL!