Q & A
Meet Janice, Mo-Mentum Fitness’s Superhero of June! She definitely is a superhero!
Describe what your life (and your health) was like before fitness
“I began competitive skating when I was around 7, and competed until I was 15. I wasn’t passionate or even excited about skating in the beginning; it began as physical therapy for my left leg, which turned in when I walked and I tripped myself when I ran. Yes…I was “that kid” who was picked last for sports and dreaded field day. I skated every day after school and every weekend. During the summers, I was there bright and early for hours. My leg got stronger, I became better, and by the time I stopped, at age 15th, I was a regional champion and 4th in the nation. After skating ended, I would exercise, but not consistently. I joined gyms, off and on, over the years, but didn’t really know what I was doing when I was there. I have consistently walked throughout the years for exercise and stress relief, but never really pushed myself.”
Was there ever a low point or an experience that made your priorities change?
“Yes. Some back story…I am married to an incredibly supportive husband and we have 2 great kids; both kids have their own set of unique challenges and we have worked hard as a family to help them achieve their potential. However, I spent so much time/energy/focus on helping them overcome obstacles, that I failed to recognize that they were becoming stronger and more capable, and that my efforts were inhibiting their growth. I spent so much time focused on them, that I failed to recognize my own need to grow, change, and thrive.
“In February 2017, one child got sick (and I missed a week of work), then the other one got sick (and I missed a week of work) and then I got sick and missed a week of work. I was feeling very frustrated, overwhelmed, and exhausted. I realized that I needed to make a change and to take better care of myself. “
How did fitness come into your life (back into your life)?
“I came across the posting by Mo-Mentum Fitness for a chance to win a spot in the Summer Sensational Challenge. I remember furiously typing away on my phone about all the reasons I deserved to win that spot in the challenge. I honestly do even remember what I wrote that day, only that it was raw, honest, and a HUGE step for me to actually acknowledge that I have needs and that I needed help. The team at Mo-Mentum chose me…and this has been the start of something beautiful, often disguised as a sweaty mess.”
What kind of results have you seen since starting a regular fitness program?
“I didn’t seek out fitness to lose weight, improve blood work, or fit into a smaller size (although all of these things have happened). I needed to learn that putting my needs onto the list of important things that need to get done each day is not selfish, but necessary.
Amanda’s positive message has replaced the negative self-talk in my head. It is easier for me now to “get out of my head and into my vision”, and when I started to create a vision, the things that I wanted for myself grew. I now have a career when I am inspired and respired. I am able to enjoy the time with my family more, but I have taken care of myself. My children see me as strong and focused with my own needs and interests.”
Why do you make fitness a priority in your life?
“I make fitness a priority in my life to ensure that I stay strong and healthy so that I can live my best life. Exercising also helps with my mental health and lets me put my anxiety and worries aside and counteract any negative self-talk with evidence that I am indeed strong. The culture at Mo-Mentum is so encouraging that I stay motivated even on rough days.”
How do you feel compared to 1 year ago?
“I feel truly happy and at peace after I have worked out with my tribe. I feel relaxed and calm and am more present with the people in my life.”
SPECIFICS? JOB? AGE? CHILDREN?
Age: 48 ½ (but forever 27 on birthday burpee day)
Spouse and kids:
Married to Greg, children Nicky (13), Katie (10)