HELEN CAREFOOT

Age: 21

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

College: University of Southern California

Major: Print/Digital Journalism and International Relations

Year: Junior

Sorority: Alpha Gamma Delta

Instagram: @USCstrongmovement

 Hashtag: #USCstronggirls & #USCstrongmovement

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Helen Carefoot and I am super excited to be a Campus Ambassador for The Strong Movement! I’m a college girl who loves writing, reading, hanging out with her friends and exploring the world. I’m a Bay Area girl who loves the beach and cannot stand to be away from the sunshine. If you’re looking for me, you can probably find me either parked in the library studying or standing in a line outside Amazebowls truck waiting for an acai bowl. I’m a huge fan of The Strong Movement and Ailis and couldn’t be more excited to be a Campus Ambassador!

What does “Strong” mean to you and what makes you a Strong Girl?

I think a Strong Girl is someone who is not afraid to go after what she wants. She is a hard and honest worker who strives to meet her goals and is not afraid to get messy. However, she isn’t afraid of failing and welcomes any opportunity to learn and improve. I also think being “strong” means not being afraid to show and share what you’re feeling and thinking and being brave enough to admit your weaknesses and celebrate your successes.

What excites you about being a Strong Girl Campus Ambassador?

I’m really excited to be an ambassador because I truly believe in the work Ailis is doing. I used to eat pretty poorly and I noticed that I became more sluggish and lost focus a lot. I was really athletic in high school, but I stopped exercising my freshman year of college and was not happy with how I looked or how I felt. After discovering The Strong Movement, I’d finally found an accessible, targeted lifestyle plan that was effective but not restrictive. I eat healthier and exercise because I want to, not because I feel obligated to. I fully believe in Ailis’ system and I’m excited to inspire other girls to be their best selves.

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What is your favorite thing about The Strong Movement™?

I love that The Strong Movement focuses on establishing and maintaining healthy habits!  I’ve seen so many other exercises and nutrition plans that only focus on outward appearance, but The Strong Movement is designed to help you establish routines that are sustainable and will have long-term benefits. Also, the workouts are really fun and varied so I’m never bored.

How do you envision The Strong Movement growing on your campus as a community of encouraging and supportive group of girls?

At USC, I see The Strong Movement becoming a safe haven for girls to feel free to be who they are and to encourage and support one another. I’d love to see this manifested not only in group workouts, but in a more general welcoming and accepting environment around campus that does not promote or breed girl-on-girl competition.

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How has exercise and healthy eating increased your confidence and self-esteem?

I love the way my body looks and I love how I feel. I have more confidence and everyday tasks like walking up stairs and jogging down the street are so much easier.

Aside from the physical effects of a healthy lifestyle, I’m happier and more active. I’ve also found that exercising regularly increases my focus. Maintaining and sticking with a workout routine has forced me to manage my time more efficiently, which helps me check off many items on my to-do lists. I’ve also noticed that I don’t become distracted when I’m studying anymore and that my mind doesn’t wander as much when I’m trying to focus. I just have a general feeling of focus and relaxation that is really great for an energetic person like me!

I also love how taking care of myself makes me look and feel. I feel more confident in everything I do because I know that I have the discipline to stick to a strenuous routine and balance everything on top of all of my other commitments.

What challenges and/or injuries did you have to overcome in your fit journey?

My biggest challenges definitely have to do with my own laziness. I am involved in a lot of activities on and off campus, so juggling everything is a challenge and it becomes easy to make excuses for not working out or eating well. I definitely make sure to indulge myself, but I work pretty hard to maintain a good balance! I was a multi-sport athlete in high school and varsity lacrosse took a toll on my joints, especially my elbows and knees, so I’m always careful when I do any exercises that could strain these.

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What keeps you motivated when the going gets tough?

When I am faced with a difficult situation, I think about my family and friends and how lucky I am to have people like them supporting me. I feel that I live a very blessed life and I try to think about how lucky I am to be safe, healthy, and loved. Everyday I think about how lucky I am to go to have the freedom to pursue my dreams and to go to USC. I try to think about things positively, but when that doesn’t work I’ve found that a phone call to my mom usually does the trick to cheer me up. I’m also really lucky that my younger sister attends the same university that I do, so I’m always able to meet up with her to talk and hangout, which always makes me feel better.

What do you love about your body?

I love that my body is strong and helps me do everything I need to do. Through being better to my body, I’ve found that I’ve become stronger, more resilient, and am able to do everything I want to do physically at a higher level. I also have really nice eyes and hair and very toned legs.

What do you wake up looking forward to and excited about everyday?

Every day I look forward to spending time with people I love and seeing all of the amazing things that they do. I am incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends and every day I get to spend with them is precious to me. I also am really excited to take on each day’s new challenges!

Do you have any daily rituals?

I always read the news as I eat breakfast. I’m a journalism student so it’s important for me to know what’s going on in my profession, but I think it’s also really important to be informed of what is happening in my community and around the world.

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SPEED ROUND…

Favorite Workout: Pilates and anything with a medicine ball

Fit Goal: To become leaner and to tone up my abs

Favorite Workout Song Playlist Right Now: 

It switches a lot, but right now it includes:

  • “Gotta Have It” by Jay Z

  • “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

  • “Exchange” by Bryson Tiller

  • “Low Life” by Future feat. The Weeknd

  • “Formation” by Beyoncé

  • “Came to Do” by Chris Brown feat. Akon

  • “Work” by Rihanna

  • “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

  • “Waves (Robin Schultz Remix)” by Mr. Probz

Favorite Healthy Snack: 

I’m a big fan of snacking so I couldn’t pick just one!

  • Baby carrots and cucumbers with hummus

  • Apple slices with almond butter and mini dark chocolate chips

  • The Strong Movement chocolate mug cake

Favorite Fruit/Veggie: Strawberries and blueberries and carrots

Favorite Quotes: 

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

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