I met Bonnie a few years back through something that had to do with CrossFit and we have stayed in touch since then. She’s also graced many of my Clown Bar Crawls that I have put on in Morristown. This girl lives and breathes motivation and determination. She even drives out to Long Island once a week to get coached on olympic lifting. I find shit like that awesome. Below you will find out more on how 50 year olds inspired her, staying in shape is like breathing, and there’s limited seating on the bus.
Why did you start working out?
I started working out when I was a wee little girl. Joined a Karate school at 6, then gymnastics, swimming, t-ball, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, track and field… Oh, and I grew up on a farm. Throwing hay bales and mucking stalls was just what we did, which keeps you in pretty darn good shape. In college I rolled a four-wheeler, separating my AC Joint (in my shoulder) and fell off the bandwagon, drinking and being lazy for the next two years. Then, my parents started training to run the 2007 Philly Half Marathon, and my brother decided we should do it as a family in 2008. So my sister got pregnant and got a free pass, but my brother, myself, and my parents all ran in 2008.
So long answer short, my mid 50-year old parents inspired me to start working out (again) in 2008. I eventually found CrossFit in 2010 and it’s all history from there.
What is your mindset throughout the day?
Spread Good Vibes. I’m always smiling (or at least trying to). My goal is to improve the mood of anyone I come across, even if it’s just for that moment.
Natural longevity. I say natural because in this day and age we can take umpteen pills and have procedures out the wazoo to keep ourselves alive as along as possible, but I don’t consider that healthy. I take a very whole body, whole life approach to being healthy, from what I put in my body to what I do with my body to the environment my body is in. I plan on being the 90 year old great-grandma dancing at weddings and hosting Thanksgiving dinner.
What foods do you eat and stay away from?
I eat mostly whole foods, minimally processed. I am a huge fan of red meats, aiming for free range organic blah blah blah. I love vegetables, raw or cooked, and eat avocados like candy. I also have a super weak spot for peanut butter, so I don’t keep it in the house.
I stay away from grains, sugar, and anything with an ingredient panel. I limit dairy, even though I love it, because my skin hates it. I could go on here for hours about what I eat and why, but you didn’t ask why… I’ll just say I eat what I eat because it is healthy, and I would like to live a long, naturally healthy life.
How do you stay motivated to stay in shape?
To me that’s like asking “How do you stay motivated to breathe?” Fitness IS my lifestyle. It’s like brushing my teeth, I don’t even really think about it.
However, I stay motivated to train hard and consistent by tracking my improvements and competing on the local level. It’s always awesome to scream out a new PR.
Who inspires you? (this doesn’t have to be someone famous)
Lydia Valentin <3
What books/blogs/movies inspire you?
I follow Joe Rogan like it’s my job. Technically it’s a podcast, but I am inspired by his outlook on life, where he started to where he is now, and his openness and curiosity. Plus I drive a lot and his 3 hour podcasts are a great way to fill that time.
Best strength move in your opinion and why?
Well, my favorite strength move is a squat, but I think the best move is a deadlift. Deadlifts are a simple, raw, primal move that we humans have been doing since the beginning of time. Every single time you pick something up you performed a deadlift. It doesn’t require much thought, only moves in one direction, and is ridiculously satisfying. Plus it develops a rather nice derrière.
What’s your fav wod?
It requires both physical and mental strength. Strategy is essential, and consistency is your best friend. Plus I’m really good at wallballs.
I like to hear (fill in the blank) music when I work out.
Prodigy or Skrillex
Fav song to wod to?
“Smack my Bitch Up” by Prodigy
“It’s not what you’re doing for a living, it’s what you’re doing to live” Villas Firehouse
Best advice to anyone struggling to get in shape?
Look at the people you surround yourself with. If they aren’t supportive or not on that path, look for a new group of people. Think of your life as a bus, and be very selective as to who you let on your bus. There are a limited number of seats, and you all MUST be headed in the same direction.