One of the best ways to motivate yourself to live a healthier life, is to find role models – people who are just like you, with similar circumstances who are crushing it in a way you’d like to.
This month we’re kicking off a new segment on the blog, highlighting amazing athletes – not olympic or professional, but rather everyday athlete that balance health and fitness with living an otherwise normal full life.
Who better to kick this new year off than with Sheri Wright – a busy mom with two kids who balances family life with an incredible dedication to fitness and living a healthy life.
What was your inspiration to take on such a fit and healthy lifestyle? Were you always active? No, I have not always been active in my life. Not till I was diagnosed with Melanoma at the age of 31 did it give me the wakeup call I needed to really put my health into perspective and do something about it. After having my children I always would keep consistent with my workouts and fit lifestyle along with eating healthy. After our family was complete I felt kind of at a crossroads with my fitness and wanted to bring on more of a challenge. In January 2013 I decided to hire a coach and do my first fitness competition.
Who inspires you? Do you have a mentor, or someone you aspire to be like? I get a lot of inspiration from the woman that make up my fitness team Blessed Bodies, my coach Fatima Leite Kusch and my oldest son Jaxin that has Down syndrome. I know that I need to be healthy and live a long life to be around for my children.
How did you get involved in fitness competitions? How old were you when you started competing? I just decided at the age of 41 years old that I would like to take my fitness journey to the next level and see if I could give what it takes to succeed at competing. Once I did my first show I was hooked!
Give us a snapshot of your diet and fitness regime. What does any given day look like for you? I eat 5-6 small meals a day spaced about 2-3 hours apart. It always includes protein, carbs and veggies with healthy fats a few times a day. I also try and drink at least 4 liters of water a day. My workouts are done in a 5-6 day split. I train legs twice a week. I do cardio 3 times a week for 30 mins.
Have you had any setbacks in your fitness journey? How do you keep yourself on track? Thankfully I have not had any major setbacks in my fitness journey. I did have a brief problem with my knee while I was prepping for a competition but getting it looked at and doing physiotherapy helped tremendously! I never “work through the pain” if something does not feel right I do not do it! It helps that I have to be accountable and check in with my coach twice a month but also just keeping a fitness journal and workout calendar posted where I can see it keeps me on track as well. Having goals to work towards whether big or small also keeps me going. But to be honest now that I have been living this lifestyle for so long going to the gym and eating healthy on a daily basis is just something that I do!
How do you fit it all in along with being a busy mom? Some days can be tricky but on Sunday’s I sit down and plan out my week. Most times I fit in the gym where I can whether that be really early in the morning, after my husband gets home from work or after I take my older son to school I take my little guy with me to the gym. He plays in the daycare and I get my workout in. I just make it work.
A piece of advice for anyone interested in looking as rad as you? I was once asked what my secret was to looking so fit. All I could think of to say was “Consistency and Dedication” really truly if you want it bad enough you just have to do it and KEEP GOING!
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