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Fit Issue: CATHERINE ST. PE’, 30

Dental Hygienist

Sport: Fitness Competitor

My schedule is crazy due to work and not having enough time, but I plan ahead in order to stay on track. If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it work.

I recently got into fitness competitions because I wanted another way to challenge myself physically. I loved being on a stage and competing when I was a cheerleader, and fitness competitions bring me back there. It takes a lot of discipline, but I love it.

I choose two muscle groups to work, either doing supersets (two exercises performed in a row without stopping) or four sets of each or until I burnout. After is 30-45 min on the StairMaster. I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) three to four days a week.

“I think choosing a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can do for yourself.”

In the morning I have a protein shake with water and coconut oil, 6 oz egg whites with two whole eggs, two slices of Ezekiel bread, and water. Lunch I have chicken breast, cashews, and kiwi. Then for a pre-workout meal I have flank steak with green beans and a pre-workout drink. Dinner is typically salad, chicken, and veggies.

I used to hate pull-ups because I couldn’t do them, but now I love them because I have mastered the skill correctly. All the same, they still challenge me.

Hearing about so many people my age being diagnosed with autoimmune disorders and cancer motivates me to be healthy. I want to be around a long time to see my kids grow up and see them have children, and most of all I want to feel good on the inside.

My advice to people is to get up and get moving! Stop making excuses. Don’t buy crap at the grocery store because you will eat it all and hate yourself later. Stop with the “diets” and change your lifestyle. Being healthy will make you feel so much better, and I promise you will be happier.

Photo by Tindall Stephans. Compiled by Amy Goode.

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