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This week I am happy to feature a nutrition and fitness firecracker from Boston, named Shelby Keys! ShelbyKeys

Coming from a family with less than perfect eating and fitness habits, Shelby has learned to push herself and to be a good example for others through good fitness and nutrition.  She is currently a certified Personal Trainer through ACSM, and will be completing her Sports Nutrition certification this fall. Way to go, lovely lady!

Why Shelby Keys Inspires Me:  Shelby inspires me because she doesn’t let things get in her way.  She could make excuses of family history, but excuse is not in her vocabulary.  She knows when to push her limits and recognizes that resting is important.  She doesn’t beat herself up when she has a bad day, but she knows that results come from outside a person’s own comfort zone.  She inspires me to work hard, and workout harder.

What we can learn from Shelby Keys: We can learn that small changes in the long-run will help you achieve those goals that you set out to do in the first place.  You are the only one who can make the changes that you want to.  If you want these changes badly enough, you’ll work your butt off for them.  Shelby has dreams and she goes for them, bar none.  I think ultimately we can learn that we have work for what we have, it won’t always be easy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.

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7 Questions with  Shelby Keys

What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?  Going from SKINNY to STRONG. Obtaining my dream job at an elite sports club as an RD and Personal Trainer. My journey is only just beginning and each day that I can be a role model and help others find balance and achieve optimal health is an accomplishment. Each time I enter the Crossfit box, I exceed my expectations and accomplish something great.

Who would you say inspires  you the most in terms of living a healthy fitness-filled lifestyle?  Every single fit and strong woman out there who is dedicated to putting in hard work and improving their quality of life. Those I see at Crossfit accomplishing amazing things inspire me to reach my full potential. I am insane when it comes to working out, but with an extensive family history of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., I refuse to let genetics get the best of me. My own little accomplishments inspire me to keep pushing on.

Who do you attribute as being your biggest influencer when it comes to the healthy lifestyle that you live? Honestly, I am my own influencer. Many of my friends don’t exercise daily and neither does my family.  A soon to be RD, I realize I need to be a good example for my clients and live the life I preach. I was sick of being overweight as a kid and really took it upon myself to live a healthy lifestyle and have since been determined to not end up overweight like my parents. Besides that, I have plenty of little influencers such as my crossfit coach, my boyfriend, and my fellow trainers who continue to influence me daily in terms of fitness and health.

If you had to describe what fitness means to you in one word, what would it be?  THERAPY

What do you focus on when you really don’t feel like doing that ‘next workout’?  Besides the ice cream I will get to eat after I workout…hmmm (jk)… I focus on how I know I will feel after. It’s never tough to get me to crossfit, but ALWAYS tough to get me to run. I have a love hate relationship with long runs, but I know I will feel energized after, confident, and satisfied. I also try to focus on the benefits of my particular workout as well as my goals. However, if I feel sore, tired, discouraged, etc. and moving in any way just isn’t working, I know to call it a rest day and try again the following day. Not every day is going to be a success and some days I might have to call it quits. But, rest days are so essential and my body will thank me. I know I will get right back into it soon enough.

If you could give advice to someone who is working out for the first time, what would it be?  Be consistent and make slow small changes. Too many people try to jump right back into fitness after months or years of doing essentially nothing. This sets them up for injury or discouragement, very similar to those who attempt extreme dieting. It simply does not work. You will give up before you reach your goal. Therefore, first find something you love doing. Exercise doesn’t have to involve the gym, it can be hiking, going for a walk, swimming, playing Frisbee, etc. Find what motivates you. Schedule time in your day. Make a plan. And lastly, perhaps hire the help of a personal trainer.

Favourite fitness/healthy quote:  Train Insane or Stay the Same!

Thanks for your answers, Shelby!  You can find Shelby on Twitter 🙂

Happy Training,

-Bexx