In February 2018, I self-published my first book, Run My World: How I Empowered Myself Through Fitness. It would not have been possible without the support of incredible friends, mentors, and role models, and now I’m highlighting some of the amazing people in my life that run their worlds.
Empowered (wo)men empower (wo)men, so now I’m raising a glass to some of the best people I know. I’m so grateful to share their stories — I promise you’ll be even more inspired to run your world!
Mary’s note: If you ask me who is my role model, I instantly say Kate Lemere — hands down. I met her at Barry’s Bootcamp Chicago Grand Opening two years ago, and I was equally enamored and inspired. I had yet to meet someone that was working in marketing full-time while still teaching fitness classes, and she did it with such POWER. Every time I step fit into the red room with her, I come out feeling stronger than ever, physically and mentally. She’s also hilarious, stylish, thoughtful, and just a straight-up boss. I can’t speak highly enough of her, which is why I was honored to have her write a foreword to my book. I recommend also listening to her CHAARG podcast interviews, and make sure you follow her on Instagram for the best laughs and cutest baby pictures. All hail, Queen Kate!!
Name: Kate Lemere
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Current City: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Barry’s Bootcamp Director of Midwest Marketing, Barry’s Chicago Founding Trainer
In one sentence, what does it mean for you to run your world?
To make every decision in pursuit of a life better lived.
Acknowledge Your Past
What’s one lesson from your past that has really influenced your life?
I worked with a life coach that asked me to have a conversation with my “80-year old self.” It was an emotional exercise that made me evaluate my priorities and how I was spending my time and energy. Now, anytime I feel myself getting worked up about a situation, or stressed, I ask myself, “What would my 80-year-old-self say about this?” It helps me keep perspective!
Find Your Fit
What are your favorite ways to move and exercise? How did you find your fit?
Lifting HEAVY weights. Strength training is my method of choice and my favorite way to move my body. I started navigating the weight room in college and made a choice to work with a personal trainer so I would know exactly what to do and wouldn’t have to spend time guessing how to use equipment or execute drills. It was such a great investment because it not only ignited a passion I still hold near to my heart a decade later, but gave me the confidence to realize my strength.
Fuel Your Body
What is your favorite meal to fuel your body?
Lean (rare) steak or salmon, and sauteed spinach with garlic.
What is your favorite meal to fuel your soul?
Pasta, sushi, burgers, mac n cheese, lobster rolls, ice cream, cake, cookies, soft pretzels, nachos, chips and guac, dirty martinis…Ha! Should I go on? I LOVE to eat! WINK!
Have you had any struggles with your relationship with food? How do you try to fight/challenge the cultural standards around dieting and disordered eating?
I think all women have some strained relationship with food; the “diet” industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that makes money off of telling people what they should change, and then consistently under delivers. Diets don’t work, and if they did, we’d all be running around with perfect bodies. The best lifestyle is one that is sustainable, and one that requires as little restriction as possible, while maintaining maximum enjoyment. Our society celebrates restriction, and I’m not sure why. If I can have a glass of wine, and dessert, and maintain my weight or a caloric deficit why WOULDN’T I?!
Do you meditate? If so, how? How do you try to be mindful on a daily/weekly/monthly basis?
I meditated briefly during my maternity leave. While it isn’t something I found to be sustainable, listening to Expectful guided meditations helped me control my anxiety during my early postpartum days.
Tell us about your work-life “balance.” How do you manage planning/productivity while being a straight-up hustler?
My son is in daycare from 8 AM until 5 PM, that means I have nine hours to get my shit done so I can spend dedicated and uninterrupted time with him when I’m at home. Motherhood has made me so much more productive and focused. There is zero procrastinating when a little life is depending on you! I try to be as present as possible while I’m at work, and while I’m at home and compartmentalize the deliverables for both marketer, trainer, and mother.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
What have you done in 2018 that is most out of your comfort zone?
Other than birthing a baby, and experiencing motherhood for the first time?! Breastfeeding. It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Today, women are pressured to breastfeed, but our society doesn’t help us do so. There are very few places for women to breastfeed or pump in public and when we do, we’re asked to “cover up.” Regardless of how you feed your baby, I encourage others and challenge myself to take ownership. That’s true of breastfeeding or formula, and every other decision you make as a mother.
What is something you really want in 2018 that you’re a little scared to do?
Fly with a newborn! We haven’t taken Luke on a plane yet; my hat goes off to women who travel with kids on the regular.
Tell us a travel experience that pushed you out of your comfort zone.
A few years ago I learned how to surf in Costa Rica. I was nervous at first, but it ended up being one of my most exciting memories.
What accomplishment makes you most proud? What’s a big, hairy audacious goal (BHAG) that you’ve been contemplating and want to speak into existence?
Luke! My body has exclusively nurtured him for ten months in the womb, and five months on this earth. Before pregnancy I rarely appreciated my body for what it could do – I was so focused on changing it to make it stronger, leaner, faster, etc. Now I look at him and watch him grow and develop in amazement. It makes me feel like superwoman to do EVERYTHING I’ve always done PLUS kept this baby thriving. It’s incredible! My neverending BHAG is to find inner peace in where I am in the moment without being too hard on myself to be more, achieve more, and want more. Ambition can be a blessing and a curse, so I’d love to see myself celebrate more, and be more present as opposed to always being five steps ahead.
Website/Blog: The Four Percent
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