Hauling Healthy… Fit Cowgirl and Mother Jennifer Smith
When did you decide fitness needed to be a part of your life?
Fitness had always been a part of my life, but I believe I had a warped sense that Fitness was a destination, not a way of life. I was always trying to be in a certain size jean or meet a certain weight. When Stran had a career ending shoulder injury in 2006, God brought a family into our lives that helped me personally understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Stran came back stronger than ever, and our family is healthier than ever. It is amazing how your perspective can change your life. Now I don’t even get on the scale. God created us to be the best we can be for Him. That includes mental, spiritual, and physical… It is all about balance.
How do you fit working out and fitness into your schedule with being a mom and involved in rodeo?
My alarm typically goes off at 4:45AM every morning, so I can get in the gym by 5:30AM. This time has become my favorite time of the day. It’s time alone to focus on God, get a good workout in, and prepare me for a busy day.
When you are on the road, you have to be very disciplined to get a workout in. On traveling days, we try to use our pit stops wisely. We get ourselves a workout when we stop and get horses out, running hills and doing calisthenics. We probably put on quite a show for other travelers.
Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? Gluten free, low carb, etc?
We don’t diet. We just try to follow a “Clean” eating plan most of the time. The closer your foods are to the minimally processed side, the closer you are to eating clean. It’s really just about eating healthier. We cut out as many simple carbs, as possible: white potatoes, white sugar, white rice, and white breads.
Stran and I both grew up eating southern comfort food, so I have tried to find ways to alter favorite recipes to make them healthy for my family. My kids even help in the kitchen. We find pride in creating a healthy yummy dish.
I believe the key for dedicating to a nutritional lifestyle on the road is PLANNING. Always have a stash of something you can fall back on, so you don’t get in a bind and your only choice is fast food or junk.
What does working out do for you mentally?
If I can just get myself physically UP out of bed and into the gym, it is amazing how that time directs the rest of the day. It provides a sense of accomplishment everyday, and leaves me ready to tackle a new day.
What type of workouts do you enjoy the most, lifting? Cardio? Intervals? etc?
I vary my workout depending on where I am, but I try to include cardio and weight training in every workout. We travel with our mountain bikes on the road and love to find a new trail in every town or city. I try not to get too regimented with my workout. If I do, I will get frustrated when “THAT” workout is not possible on the road.
OTRR would like to say Jennifer Smith you look amazing!!!!
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