The Fit Dish Interview

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Wow, it’s been, like, almost two months since my last linkup with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit.  It’s been a jam-packed time for me lately with just completing my nutritional therapist certification and starting up my personal training business.  But when I saw that this week was an interview, I thought it would be a great time to share some thoughts AND get back in touch with the amazing people who #DishTheFit weekly (probably much more regularly than I do)!

This week Jessica and Jill did something a bit different, they have turned the topic into an informative and interesting set of interview questions.  Answering interview questions is not only a great way to share our thoughts, but also, it gets us all thinking deeply about topics we don’t always work into words.

With that being said …let’s dish!

The Fit Dish Interview

 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?

I would have to say my proudest achievement to date would have to be waking up in 2012 and deciding that I needed to take control of my health.  Since the day I made that executive decision about my life, I have made one good choice after another.  I have to believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now (both physically and mentally) if I had not taken the initiative to make getting fit and healthy a priority.  I wouldn’t be a personal trainer, fitness instructor, blogger, or nutritional therapist if I had not made this choice.  I wouldn’t be here answering this question on my BLOG if I hadn’t made that amazing decision (and stuck with it)!

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proof that one good decision leads to many more

 

WHAT KEEPS YOU PASSIONATE?

I believe our passions are born from our motivations.  You know when people say, “fear is a great motivator”?  Well, for me, that’s very true.  I fear going back to a place mentally where I don’t feel good about myself or that I’m worth the effort of staying healthy.  What truly keeps me passionate is knowing that I deserve to treat myself better than I ever did before.  You know that feeling you get after you finish a challenging workout, fit into your old jeans, or can help others reach their goals?  Well, that feeling can’t be topped by money or all the possessions in the world — it’s born from motivation and maintained through passion!  Oh yeah, and having this blog DEFINITELY doesn’t hurt when it comes to keeping passionate either. 😉

 

new banner3WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD TO BE A WOMAN?

Um, we’re badass!  Seriously though, we are. The things that make me most proud to be a woman are our strength, empathy, leadership qualities, and yeah, did I mention we’re badass?  #IAmWoman

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WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN TO UNITE AS A SISTERHOOD AND EMPOWER EACH OTHER?

Let’s face it, women feel more pressure than men.  Despite the fact that it’s 2015, women are still faced with so many bullshit labels and expectations.  The truth is — with all the pressures we have placed on ourselves — we need to build each other up and know we’re in this together!  Mean girls never prosper, and you want to know why?  Because they are so broken down from breaking other girls down.  If you want to feel strong, capable, and empowered love yourself and love other women with the same fierceness.

 

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME SMALL WAYS WE CAN EMPOWER THE WOMEN AROUND US IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE?

Truthfully, I think this starts with ourselves.  Making ourselves feel content and worthwhile enables us to share that empowerment with other women.  It’s so easy to give another girl a compliment or tell her she’s capable, but make sure you believe that about yourself first.

Be kind.

Be compassionate.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

See why it’s so important to start that empowerment cycle from within?

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE FITFAM? 

Work on the inside as much as the outside.  Exercise your soul, not just your heart.  It’s the only way we can maintain our passion, compassion, and accomplish our dreams.  It’s what’s within you that creates what you give to others.

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I can’t wait to see what others have shared and thanks to Jessica and Jill, this was an excellent week at #DishTheFit  — Super #FitFamLove

How would you answer these questions?  Join the conversation!

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20 Comments

  1. Mary Beth Jackson June 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Nice to see you! congrats on all those wonderful accomplishments! You are right, making one great decision will lead to many more! Cheers to girl power sister!!! #fitfam

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you, Mary Beth! I’ve missed this linkup and all you fellow bloggers! This week’s topic was just so fun I had to participate. We definitely have a good thing going with our #fitfam.

  2. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment June 16, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    It really is so important that we support each other as women. I don’t understand why people always have an attitude that things are so limited. If one personal is successful, another person can be too!

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      I totally agree, Lauren. I especially love seeing people really reach out and help one another. Much of my success has been because somebody encouraged me and taught me something new. I always want to give that back now! I’m glad you feel the same way. I think more of us do deep down than we think!

  3. Suzy June 16, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    I love the saying, “blowing out someone else’s flame doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” And you’re right about needing to love ourselves first before we can be kind to anyone else. It’s tempting to try and keep all the power to ourselves but when we finally give and show love, we end up feeling amazing and strong ourselves. Win-Win!

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      Very true, Suzy! I always used to think that “love yourself first” was a total pile of bullshit, but it’s so not. I truly feel now that it’s just like if a garden has contaminated soil, you can’t grow something healthy without fixing the situation underneath!

      We all need to walk around loving ourselves. Well, in the most noncontroversial way, if possible lol

  4. Jessica Joy @The Fit Switch June 16, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    This post was fierce! SO much fire, and i feel it. Thanks so much for linking Erin! We have missed you, but obviously completely understand. Congrats with all you have going on. YAY! And, I love your focus on the soul, our inner selves – loving ourselves, building from the inside out. AMEN, and such a great reminder. You truly embody this, lady. Much love! And, so impressed by all you have done since 2012. AWESOMESPICE!!!

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Jess!! That means so very much coming from you! <3. It's good to be back!

  5. Keli June 16, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    ‘Exercise your soul, not just your heart’, where can I get that t-shirt? 🙂

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      I was thinking that as I typed it, Keli! Wanna invest? Lol

  6. Sam @ PancakeWarriors June 16, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Yes we are all badasses! I so agree that mean girls never get ahead! Being kind to others will seriously get you so far in life. Congrats that you were able to take control of your life, you have done so much since then! So inspiring!

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks, Sam! I agree kindness is so important and is a strength itself! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3

  7. Farrah June 16, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Glad to have you back dishin’ the fit with us! I completely agree that taking control of your health is an amazing accomplishment! :]! I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t done that too! :O And yay for NASM! I’ve been semi-toying with the idea of picking up a CSCS certification, but…not entirely sure where I’ll wrangle the time to study for/take the test at the moment.

    Totally with you on being kind and compassionate. I don’t normally like impressing my beliefs on others, but the golden rule is really a rule I think everyone should live by. 😛

    • Erin June 16, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Farrah!! I admire your ambitious nature to even think about another exam! You must be a pro now at them! Being kind and compassionate is free and widely accepted everywhere. I believe we are magnets for what we send out, and I like kindness and compassion thrown my way too! Thanks for stopping by! It feels good to dish again! <3

  8. Lori Musselman June 16, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Yes! I’m seeing a theme of lifting each other up in this week’s FitDish. And I’m really liking it.

    • Erin June 18, 2015 / 7:01 am

      I know, right? If I ever feel like we’re not all in this together, I am going to visit all these interviews again! 🙂

  9. jill conyers June 17, 2015 / 8:38 am

    You inspire me! Empowering others has to start from within. From there the sky is the limit!

    After the PT exam I thinking about a nutrition cert. Looking for program recommendations so we need to chat 🙂

    • Erin June 17, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Awww you inspire me too, Jill!! Let’s definitely chat about nutrition certs when you’re ready!!

  10. Bri @ Simple Delights June 17, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Hell yeah…. “If you want to feel strong, capable, and empowered love yourself and love other women with the same fierceness.” Agree 100% and loved the rest of your post too. NAILED IT you #badass woman! 🙂

    • Erin June 17, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Bri! You’ve made my day! <3

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