Q & A
Meet Lorraine, Mo-Mentum Fitness’s Superhero of September! She definitely is a superhero!
Describe what your life (and your health) was like before fitness
“Very sedentary. Slow weight gain, and unhappy with my body and the developing aches and pains.”
Was there ever a low point or an experience that made your priorities change
“I gained so much weight and felt in a downward spiral of poor health, I decided that before I turned 50, I would get on an exercise program.”
How did fitness come into your life (back into your life)?
“I was experiencing pain in the psoas, and gluts. My chiropractor couldn’t help, even with ART massage, and told me I needed a trainer to help me get my functional movements corrected and lose weight. I hired a personal trainer and had some success in the 5 years I worked out, but the real success began 7 years ago when I met Amanda Mittleman.”
What kind of results have you seen since starting a regular fitness program?
“I have been working with Amanda for 7 years. Probably the first year I saw the biggest change by losing about 15 pounds, but I have kept up the program, and focused on clean eating and strength, and I have lost 25+ pounds working with Amanda and Mo-Mentum fitness, but the most important accomplishment is that I have kept that weight off!!
Please talk more about the actual changes in your life?
“Two years ago, I started to train at 5:30am classes. Being self-employed, I can choose my hours, but I find that the 2 days/week I train so early are the days I feel the most productive and vibrant. There is a physical and mental feeling of accomplishment to start your day at 6:30am, with a strong workout completed and the entire day ahead of you.”
Let’s focus in on the blood work. What kind of changes have you seen there? What do these changes mean for you lifestyle, longevity, finances, etc.?
“I am the fittest I’ve been in my entire life. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but I’m convinced that eating clean/organic, having a strong fitness program empowers me to be the healthiest I can possibly be.”
Why do you make fitness a priority in your life?
” If you don’t have health, you have nothing. I want to be healthy, participate and enjoy travel and time outdoors with my family. Fitness affords me health, balance, and a sense of accomplishment. I schedule my work-outs and that time is sacrosanct. I rarely miss a work out that I have scheduled, and I am lucky enough to plan my work around my work-outs. Here’s my favorite fitness quote: “WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE STOPPING, THINK ABOUT WHY YOU STARTED”
These days, what makes you truly happy and feel at peace?
“There is a feeling of incomparable accomplishment to set a goal to work towards health. Physical health is a major component, but spiritual and mental health are critical for balance and peace. I love Mo-Mentum because the variety of fitness options help me achieve this balance. Wednesday is my favorite day. Tough small group training with Eric, followed by deceptively challenging Functional Small Group with Hue where I learn so much as well. And now, I get to finish it off with one hour of Tai Chi with Hue. I LOVE Tai Chi. It’s my favorite. It is a combo of meditation and motion. I love being able to do tough strength training AND Pilates, yoga and tai chi. This is balance. I have found my happy place!”
How do you feel compared to 1 year ago?
“This year I hired a functional medicine doctor, because I decided that I wanted to achieve the greatest health possible. I went through what I call my “interior remodeling” through nutritional cleansing, super clean/organic eating and stepped up my physical training goals. Two years ago, my girlfriends and I set a goal to walk The Camino in Spain. This year in May, we walked 165 kilometers, and I never even got a blister!”
SPECIFICS? JOB? AGE? CHILDREN?
“62 years young, married to Marco for 35 of those years. Together we work in our own health/life insurance business. Two children, Claire, studying for her Masters in Public Policy at UC Berkeley and getting married next year. Vince, also living in San Francisco, works in Sales Enablement Operations at Autodesk. And an adorable 2 year old Wired Hair Pointing Griffon keeps us on our toes and outside!”