This is part 2 of my interview with my friend Margaret. If you missed part 1, you won't want to miss out on it. You can read it here. She has an amazing story and her journey still continues today.
|A good caption for this would be, "daaaaaaang"|
Mike: You have named your training "Purely Natural Fitness". What helped you come up with that name because I like it.
Margaret: I am glad you like it! (-: When I was thinking of a name, I wanted it to reflect my philosophy on fitness. I want to promote natural eating, as well as natural fitness. I do not like machines. I don’t like things that limit movement and where you have to sit down to do it. I try to use exercises that a person might need to function throughout the day. One example is body squats. Our bodies are meant to squat. It’s a purely natural exercise. It is an exercise that can be used in a person’s life. You should be squatting to pick up stuff. You do ½ squats when getting in and out of the car. I not only want to help people lose weight but I want to help them live their lives much easier by being able to move more freely without much strain on the body.
Mike: What keeps you motivated to set new goals now?
Margaret: My past goals motivate me. Looking back at what I accomplished pushes me to set new goals. My goals keep me pushing forward. Without my goals, I have no reason to exercise. I know it is for good healthy and everything BUT sometimes we need more than that to keep us motivated. Good health is a life goal but we need some short term personal goals to focus on. Being healthy is number one for me so I need to do what I need to do to keep myself on track.
Mike: Any favorite exercises?
Margaret: Weighted pullups!!!!!! Oh you know it!! They are quick, hard core and make me feel like a freakin' POWERHOUSE. Doing pullups beyond your bodyweight is an amazing feeling. Nothing like strapping on 40 extra lbs and banging out 3 reps. It just makes you want to RAWWWWRRR!
Handstand pushups are fun, too. I like bodyweight exercises because it's so cool to be able to use your body to gain strength. I do like that some of them you can move beyond bodyweight. Once I get better with handstand pushups, I plan to buy a weighted vest and start doing them weighted.
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I know people might ask, why weighted pullups? I like to do exercises that are not “normal” for women. I like to push beyond what people think of what women can do. I have nothing against weights but it seems that is only what women do when they do strength training. They tend to look at the pullup bar and think “yeah right” and go pick up some light weight dumbbells.
Mike: Bottom line, take us from point A (when you first started) to point B (where you are now). In other words, what would you say are your biggest transformation changes since starting on this journey?
Margaret: With this question, I am not going to point out the obvious which is strength and body. Ok, I guess I did point that out…hahaha! Anyways, for me, the major transformation came from within me. I am doing things I NEVER thought possible. I am pushing through some mental blocks I carried with me for years. I am finally living my dreams. I am becoming a more confident person. I am becoming a MUCH happier me. The HUGE transformation is I no longer have a self-esteem that someone would have to dig deep to find. I no longer let people control how I feel and decide what I do or don’t do. I don’t let judgmental views stand in my way of becoming stronger and achieving my dreams. I am pushing through the thought of the fear of failing. For the first time in my life I have a list of personal goals I want to achieve. Its right here posted where I can see it daily. My physical transformation is only a fraction compared to the change that took place within me. I just wanted to be happy. At point A, my goal was JUST to be happy. That is all I asked for. Now at point B, I have gotten so much more than that. I am sooo much more than JUST happy. I am ALIVE and LIVING a wonderful, beautiful, amazing life!
Again, you can follow Margaret and her journey at the following:
My bottom line? If Margaret can do it, so can you.
To your success,