Home' Nonahood News : NONA 020116 Contents have a different perspective on those times where I
felt kind of weary.
Who has had the greatest impact on your life
God....My faith has had the biggest impact on my life,
for sure. I’ve been married for 12 years and my hus-
band has been a huge impact (too). I think at times
when I was feeling down, or lonely in wakeboarding
because there’s a party theme that’s in wakeboarding,
and I chose not to partake in that scene. At times, it
left me hanging out alone in my hotel room, so I feel
like Kevin just came along....We got married when I
was 19. God just brought me my life’s mate to be my
partner at that point. We waited over 6 years to have
kids, just had fun together.
Did you guys meet when you were wakeboarding?
He was a huge fan, he met one of my friends mutu-
ally, and then she kind of hooked us up together. He
was like, “Do you know her? I need to meet her.” It is a
really cool story.
Who has had the greatest impact on your life
My brother was a huge impact on my professional
career, then it switched to Sean Murray, who is a lo-
cal person as well, and he’s a wakeboarder. He’s been
a professional longer than me, he is the legend of the
sport and has been pro for over 20 years. His wife is my
best friend. When we moved in with them, he coached
me and it was a huge impact on my wakeboarding.
If you were given the opportunity to do
something other than wakeboarding, what
would it be?
I’ve always loved surfing....If I could pick another
profession, professional surfing would probably be
one. When you’re wakeboarding, you’re in a boat with
other people, but when you’re surfing, you’re just out
there on your own, and there’s something peaceful
about being in the ocean.
Please tell me about your experience on
American Ninja Warrior.
So, I started just kind of playing around, and I’ve al-
ways been pretty strong, for a female. I’m able to do a lot
of pullups and just stuff a lot of other females couldn’t do
and then my brother’s like, “You should!” “You got to do
it!” So then I started just training for it, and I sent them a
video, and they picked me, and that was it.
How is it different than wakeboarding?
It’s more of an adrenaline rush than probably com-
peting at the X Games. It’s just a different world...
obstacles you’ve never done before, you don’t get to
try them beforehand, and you get one chance. That’s
really crazy. And then the lights, the cameras, you
know? When I wakeboard I’m more out there by my-
self, and I’m into my own element. It’s something I
practice every single day, but you can’t practice some
of these things that you’ve never seen before.
How many pushups can you do?
That’s a funny one. I have no idea. Once my husband
volunteered me to do pushup contests against kids...
at a camp. He’s like, “Who wants to do a pushup con-
test against Emily?” I’m like, “What? I didn’t even sign
up for this!” And so, I think the most I got was 82.
Are you currently involved in any other
kinds of sports other than training for Amer-
ican Ninja Warrior and wakeboarding?
Probably just whatever my kids are into. We roller-
blade, and we bike, just fun things outside.
What is your absolute favorite thing to do in
Sit by the pool with a good book, and just relax, or
maybe sit by the beach, probably sit by the beach and
watch my kids play you know, enjoy life.
#5 – Finding Motivation
Now that you have a plan, you can get to work on
it. Here’s where motivation will kick in! First and fore-
most, motivation comes from within. You either have
it or you don’t. You need to ask yourself why you are
setting this goal. What is your reason to be here? Why
is it important? You will have to go back to these ques-
tions every now and then to stay on the right track.
#6 – Buddy System
Another effective motivator is a friend. A workout
buddy will do wonders for your accountability. All of a
sudden, waking up at 5 a.m. doesn’t seem as daunting
because you have someone waiting for you, counting
on you to be there.
I asked some of our Lake Nona Run Club athletes
what motivates them to keep them focused on their
goals. I am sharing these answers with you in hopes
they inspire you to get moving.
“Having running goals has given me something posi-
tive to focus on and center myself around, beyond the
bad days at work or various relationship struggles.” - S.R.
“The thing that keeps me on track is what I like to
call ‘Positive Peer Pressure’ - where we all keep each
other accountable, we encourage each other.” - L.S.
“Once I set my goals, I have to tell them to some-
one. Once I tell someone, there is a need or desire to
meet that goal. I surround myself with people that
have similar goals and are positive influencers to
keep myself accountable to those goals.” - T.L.
“15 months of training has taught me that big goals
are accomplished in baby steps. Small milestones,
small incremental improvements resulted in accom-
plishing big goals. The small targets become fun and
fulfilling with every step.” - V.M.
#7 – Measure Success
Track your progress! There are lots of apps out there
to help you track your workout progress. Search apps
like myfitnesspal, runkeeper, mapmyrun, etc. All these
apps can be synced to food logs apps as well (livestrong,
foodtracker, etc.). Now, not only are you tracking your
workouts but how those burnt calories affect your daily
routine. If you are not a fan of apps, keep a diary of how
much you are exercising, eating, losing weight, gaining
muscles and, most importantly, how you feel.
Progress will come slowly, but surely, and it’s the
SURELY that counts in the end. Always keep in mind
that it will take at least 4-6 weeks for you to start see-
ing and feeling a difference in your body with your
new workout routine. People often get frustrated be-
cause they don’t see an immediate change. Stick to
it, and you will see results. Progress then becomes a
motivator. Once you start seeing progress, you will be
more likely to stick with the program. Habit, on the
other hand, will only take 30 days to set in.
When goals are accomplished, the success elicits
positive emotions such as pride and joy. The sense of
achievement will make you want to stay active. That first
realistic goal may even evolve and become a lifestyle.
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