Featured FitChick: Ameerah Pearman

 It should be evident that obesity rates and health related issues running rampant in our country. (Nearly 70% of adults are overweight or obese and 47% of children (ages 2-19) are overwieght or obese.) But there are many people who are bucking this trend. I hear the many reasons/excuses why people can’t get to the gym (family obligations, work, time, etc), so I decided to highlight people that are focusing on their health in spite of all of that. SO INTRODUCING….

Ameerah Pearman

When did you fall in love with health and fitness? We’ve had a somewhat abusive love/hate relationship for the past 2 years. Toward the end of 2009.

How has health and fitness changed your life? Well, it really helped me to change my diet. I determined that I would never limit myself to what I am eating as long as it’s done in moderation. I want to be able to enjoy life and some foods that I really enjoy.

As far as fitness goes, I realized that I’m not as disciplined as I would like to be.  I know exactly how I want to look, but I’ve started and restarted regimens so many times. I know that it’s something that I need to do, I just need to get my emotions out of it.  Emotions are flaky and as long as I am acting out of my feelings, I’ll never achieve my goals. I recommitted myself to eating cleaner and working out just recently. In fact, to avoid temptation, I got rid of everything unhealthy in my house.  Even the snacks are healthy. If I want to cheat, I’m going to have to spend money, and I don’t have the money for that. I need to get my fantasy body.

How are you able to balance your personal responsibilities (kids, spouse, other family obligations, work, hobbies, etc)? I am still working on the balance. Something will always demand my attention, taking me away from my focus. I have a few methods of working out. I still need to complete the Insanity program (a few false starts) and I have access to a gym, I have the UFC Trainer on my XBOX Kinect, as well as other physical games.  Since I am determined to work out every single day, there is always something I can do.

How do you fit in workouts when your time is limited? I try to squeeze in some sort of activity with the XBOX Kinect. The games are fun and it doesn’t feel like a workout.

What was the biggest life adjustment on this journey? I had to stop eating just because it tastes good. I am a lover of food, and with the way I love pasta, you’d think I was part Italian.

What is your favorite workout move? Incline Bench Sit-Ups, Leg Raises. I like to make my abs scream.

What is your favorite clean meal? Clean treat? (Please share a recipe) Vegetarian Pepper Steak: I chop up thawed veggie burgers and sauté them in olive oil with onions, peppers, and garlic. I serve it over brown rice and drizzle with mushroom gravy.

 Can you offer any advice to other busy women on how to get started down a healthier path? Take it one day at a time.  I get really excited when I recommit to my health and go and buy a whole bunch of stuff and end up overwhelmed and shut down.  I learned how to pace myself. Make a conscious change to your eating habits and your exercise and maintain that. Once you’ve mastered that, make a more challenging change.

What are your future goals?  Abs, butt, legs, arms… lol. I want to be more than toned, I want to be defined.  By this time next year, I intend for my body to have dramatically changed. Combined with clean eating and consistency with my workouts, I know I can do it.

Published by Coach LQ

I am a mom, wife, and personal trainer. And becoming a mom has fortified my passion for health and wellness. I want to be the healthiest I can be for my family, and I want to help others be the same.

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