Instagram: @Fit_sloanCategory: TransformationDo you use a trainer? YesTrainer: Matt Makischuk
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I am a 28 year old mother of one beautiful little girl who turns 2 in September. I just competed in my first OPA bikini competition where I placed 4thin a tough class of 12 girls! I began my fitness journey last November. When my daughter was born in September 2013, I was weighing in over 200lbs. January 2014 I had been able to lose some weight, but still sat around 175lbs. As a girl who is 5’3″ tall, and a frame of normally 120-130lbs, I was extremely uncomfortable and depressed. As if being a new mom wasn’t hard enough, I also hated myself! I didn’t want to leave the house or take care of myself in any way. In May of 2014, I decided I wanted to do something about my weight. I started running (which I always loved to do). My first run I was hardly able to run 2 km and it took me 40 minutes. I kept at it. I was consistent with exercise. My diet, however, was not great. By the end of the summer, I had improved my ability to run tremendously. The longest run I did was 12km, and I finished in under1 hour. I ran the Terry Fox run that September and finished the 10kmrun in 54 minutes. I was so proud of myself! I had also brought my weight down to 145lbs!After the Terry fox run, I fell off the wagon again. I was eating poorly, not exercising and feeling depressed. In October I made the commitment to start a fitness challenge through Instagram that began November 1st. The challenge provided you with a generic workout and meal plan. It was 8 weeks long. On November 1st, I took all my starting measurements and weights and began going to the gym I had been a member of for a year (but never went to), World Gym in Barrie, Ontario. My first day in there I was terrified. Having graduated from Fanshawe with honours in Fitness and Health Promotion, having been a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, I was mortified to be in agym in the shape I was in. Nonetheless, I made it through that first day and met some awesome people who worked at the gym. I went back for day 2. The first week I had lost 10 inches and 7 lbs! I was so motivated to keep going. Plus I felt amazing!In November after about 3 weeks of exercising, the GM of the gym(Matt) and a couple of members went to an OPA show in London where they were competing after having Matt train them. The results of the show were incredible! Two of the athletes came 1st and the other 2nd.I was driven by their success and knew this was something I wanted to do. I was always interested in competing when I was in college as a lot of my classmates competed. However I never had the motivation to follow through. At the end of the 8 week challenge, I had lost over 20 lbs and over 30inches! I was down to 129 lbs. I felt amazing! I approached Matt regarding training for a competition. I decided I wanted to do theshow July 25th in my hometown of Barrie. Matt agreed to train me, and I began my off season training!
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
I follow a split routine that varies depending on what my goals are. In off season I train heavy with longer rest periods between sets. Usually 8 exercises, 3-4 heavy sets of 12 reps. I train 6 days a week with one rest day. I also do cardio all 6 days. I love to run so one day a week I will do a distance run of 10km, and the other 5 days I do 20 minutes on the stairs. I put 110% into every workout!!
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I eat clean 95% of the time in off season with 1-2 cheats per week. During prep I also eat clean, no cheats. The last 4 weeks consist of 7-8L of water and whole foods only! Abs are made in the kitchen. A lot of people believe in IIFYM and everyone is entitled to their own philosophy. At the end of the day tho, a donut is still a donut
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
I have competed in one OPA Natural show, July 25 2015 in Barrie. I placed 4th in bikini medium out of a tough class of 12 girls. I will compete in the 2016 natural provincials!
How many years have you competed?
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
My short term goals are to remain in shape during my offseason as well as grow to be competitive next year. My long term goals include being happy with my beautiful family and being the best mom and spouse I can be.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
I look for motivation mostly in myself! I’m my toughest critic so also my best motivator. My daughter is my motivation to be the healthiest me I can be.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Food! I love food. Baked goods. Pizza. Sushi. Everything. It’s a daily struggle not to lay face down in a giant pizza.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Be yourself! That’s it. Don’t try to be anyone else.