Can you get all of the grocery bags in one trip? Jackie can!

Hometown: York, SC

Age: 34 (but I will forever be 28 in my mind)

Occupation: Pharmacist

First FitWit class (date):  June 28, 2011 at a Bring-a-Friend day

Tell us about any sports & fitness background:

I played varsity soccer and tennis from 7th grade through high school. (I wasn’t that great but our team was pretty lacking so they allowed junior high kids on the high school teams)  After high school, I took some time off of fitness and activity to eat a lot of junk and gain weight.  My junior year of college, my roommates and I joined a ladies-only gym and started running more.  From that year until I left Charleston in 2010, I would prepare for and run the Cooper River Bridge Run (10K) each year.  That race was my only incentive for exercise until I joined FW in 2011.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitnesssince starting FitWit? I haven’t lost much weight but I have gained muscle and strength and lost body fat.  My mile time (at my peak fitness) was below 8 minutes–something I never even accomplished as a 17-year-old high school student.  And I was able to hold a 3 minute plank easily.  The amount of weight I can sling around has gone up significantly (I started out swinging 25 pound kettlebells and can now push-press those).  AND after 3 years of FW, I was finally able to string together double-unders!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected? My mood is dramatically changed when I am working out regularly.  I never have had depression issues, even when I was a tubby freshman, but didn’t realize how good I could feel until I started working out.  And now when I take time off, I notice a dramatic change in my overall mood and motivation during my day-to-day activities.

Why do you FitWit? To feel good about myself!  To be able to look in my closet and put on any pair of pants I want without having to spend 5 minutes squatting and lunging in them to get them to fit properly.  To have energy to play with my baby and bring all the groceries into the house in one trip. To watch other people grow as athletes as they start their journey to better health– the people really are what makes this program.  It’s so much more personal and fun than going to the ladies-only gym and reading US Weekly on the recumbent bike.

Favorite workouts? Anything that has burpees.  I don’t *love* burpees but I love what they do for my body.  And they’re quick.

Least favorite workouts? Running.  I hate it because I’m bad at it now.

Three words to describe you: Motivated, Emotional, Caring

Any favorite FitWit moments? I can’t pin-point them exactly.  There are a few moments when things have “clicked” for me.  The first was a time I finished a FW workout in the front-half of the group instead of the back-half– we were in the dark at Grady High School.  And I had a moment recently when I felt like I was coming back to my normal after being pregnant.  These aren’t times that I necessarily set a PR but rather I felt good and like my body was performing the way I wanted it to.

Fitness Goals? To get back to pre-pregnancy weight and shape.  To get more shapely arms like Andrea and Meg!

Words to live by (Favorite Quote)? “Last one, best one”–Every high school coach ever.   “Do you have eyes in your fingers?” –Glenn Siers (my dad) when his children feel the need to touch everything in a store and claim to be “just looking” at an item

Something cool we don’t know about you? When I graduated from my undergrad program in 2004, I worked in local radio in Charleston, SC reading news stories on the AM station (730 WSC) and doing other various grunt work.  But being a pharmacist was always my goal in high school and after realizing that I was making more at my waitressing job than at the radio station, I went back and finished my pre-requirements for pharmacy school.  My husband still gets upset with me when I won’t “do radio voice” for him.

Anything else you’d care to share? I very rarely wear matching socks.  Mostly because I’m lazy and don’t take the time to find a matching pair.