Transformation Profile: Jamie FilerTwitter: @FrigginLean Instagram: @jaim91 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jaime.Filer1 Category: Transformation Do you use a trainer? No
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
After almost 10 years of suffering from anorexia, I decided that I needed a change. If I didn’t turn my life around, I would never have a healthy future, let alone a future in the sport of bodybuilding. I needed to get myself healthy and strong, then hopefully inspire others with my story once I recovered.
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
Seeing how worried my friends, parents, and family were for me was devastating.It killed me to know how concerned they were, and how they’d often rearrange their plans to go out for dinner, or change the menu if they were cooking, if I wasn’t in the mood to eat that day. I just couldn’t handle the toll it was taking on my loved ones, and I wanted to recover for them. My parents have always been my “WHY.”
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Do what you love. In the last 12 years, I’ve done everything from body part splits, to push/pull/legs, to cardio only,and I’ve found that what I love the most is Crossfit – Constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. I’ve found that it in the last year, it has optimized fitness, health, and aesthetics for me, and it’s renewed my love for training. I crave going in to the gym and seeing what the WOD is, hoping it’ll destroy me after the hour.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
Similar to my training, I’ve tried it all in terms of diet: Meal plan, keto, carb cycling, macros, intermittent fasting – But at the end of the day, what works is to eat for performance. The higher quality food I put in my body, the better I perform and the better I look as a result. I genuinely enjoy “clean eating”, but I have no guilt when I indulge in something because my body is craving it. My workouts are intense enough to cover days/meals when I just feel like having ice cream 🙂
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
I’ve done 10 bodybuilding competitions over about 10 years, working my way up from the Junior Female category in various organizations, to the Open Women division. My last competition was in 2012, when I decided to hang up my bikini. In July 2015, I did my first Crossfit comp, placed first, and was hooked! I’ve done two so far, and have 2 more planned before the end of 2015.
How Many Years have You Competed?
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Short term: Place in the Top 3 at the next couple of Crossfit events I enter. Everyday, work to make my coaches proud of me. Long term: Inspire and motivate women and men with eating disorders,letting them know that all hope is not lost, even when the road seems long. I also want to perform well in the Crossfit open in 2016. And just improve all my strength and gymnastics skills over the next year.
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
It’s going to sound cheesy, but my parents. They are the individuals whom I try to emulate day in and day out. They were nothing but supportive, encouraging, loving and compassionate, and have always made me feel like I’ve had the world in the palm of my hands, and that anything I want to do/be, I was capable of. Without their unconditional love, I wouldn’t feel as bulletproof as I do. I wouldn’t have the confidence, wherewithal, courage or work ethic that I do. In everything I do, I strive to make them proud of me. My mom STILL comes to all my games and competitions – She’s 66, and works full time, but always has time of for me.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Definitely dealing with my body image is an on-going battle. I can’t say I’ll ever be 100% happy with what I look like,but that’s a function of the mirror never being 100% honest with me.I’ve never had a great relationship with it, which is why I switched to a more objective, functional sport; because I enjoy being judged for how much, or how quickly I lift things, not necessary how good I look doing it. Also, weaning myself off a meal plan and macros, and switching to just eating according to hunger and intuition has also been a big adjustment, and something I’m still working on!
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
I dislike when people refer to foods as clean or dirty. As Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Food is fuel. Some people can run efficiently on pop tarts and ice cream, and some people love yams and broccoli. Neither one is good or bad; it’s all about how you feel after you eat certain foods, and what they do for your performance. If you stay lean and sharp with 500g of carbs, then power to you! But I hate when people label foods.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Figure out your ‘WHY’; why are you doing this? WHY do you want to lose weight? WHY do you want to build muscle? WHY are you trying to get stronger? WHY are you investing so much time, energy, and money into your goals. It could be your children, your significant other, a ‘bucket list’ item, or a challenge from a co-worker. You have to set out your goal, your WHY,to function as the fitness inspiration you need to be consistently moving forward. When you’re finally on the path to doing what you set out to do – and that’s a powerful feeling – you’ll remember your WHY, and you’ll have the power to keep going.
Are you sponsored?
I am a brand ambassador for 6 PACK BAGS/meal management system
Please share anything else you would like to say:
There’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it.