Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
College: Chapman University
Major: Double major in Dance & Strategic Corporate Communication
Sorority: Alpha Gamma Delta
Tell us about yourself!
Hi I’m Jackie and I’m going into my senior year at Chapman University! I am a double major in Strategic and Corporate Communication and Dance. I’ve been dancing since I was the age of two and haven’t stopped since! Besides dance my favorite hobbies include going to the beach, cooking, eating, and working out! I love trying new things, especially different types of workouts! I’m a go-getter type girl and you will rarely see me without a smile on my face. 🙂
What does “Strong” mean to you and what makes you a Strong Girl?
Strong to me doesn’t only mean how much weight you can lift, but how much confidence you have in yourself to do anything you put your mind to! What makes me a strong girl is my ability to keep on going. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Although life can sometimes knock me down, I know I have the strength to get back up and keep going!
What is your favorite thing about The Strong Movement™?
I believe the strong movement is super motivational and a positive compared to other programs I’ve done! This is not just about changing workouts or learning about nutrition, but a whole new positive mentality and outlook of having a proper fitness and diet regimen.
What do you love about the Strong Girl Guides?
Easy to follow and very thorough! If I ever have a question on how to do a workout I know it is explained in the guides! Also all the new recipes to try makes food fun and exciting!
When did you discover fitness & healthy living and decide to make it a part of your lifestyle?
Well since I’ve danced my whole life being fit has always been a priority. However sometimes I’d view fitness as looking good in a costume rather than being actually fit. When I realized that what I put in my body was actually affecting my mood and how I danced, that is when my lifestyle changed. The healthier I ate, the better I felt, and the more I could dance! With fitness though it really started my sophomore year of college when I met a friend who’s fitness journey changed their whole perspective on life for the positive, and I wanted that feeling too!
How has exercise and healthy eating increased your confidence and self-esteem?
Exercise and healthy living has definitely increased my confidence immensely! I’m not afraid to walk into the weight zone at the gym with all the big guys. I know what I am doing and I’m there to get stuff done! This confidence has made me better friends with guys and being able to talk to new people in general!
What challenges and/or injuries did you have to overcome in your fit journey?
As a dancer I feel like there is a new injury every week, whether it be a bruised knee or a locked hip there is always something going on. One reoccurring injury is shin splints/ tendonitis in my Achilles. I love running but this definitely prevents me from going full force. I’ve learned to take one step at a time is key or finding things that work for your body is ideal when being on a fitness journey.
What keeps you motivated when the going gets tough?
My goals keep me motivated. I know that when workouts or life in general gets tough, I know that it is making me a better person each day and one day closer to achieving my goal.
What do you love about your body?
I love being short. Yes I may look up at people all the time and I get reminded almost every day about my 5 foot stature, however, when I’m at the gym I feel like I am 6 feet tall and everyone is impressed at how much weight I can lift and what I can do with this tiny body of mine. Although I am small I am mighty!
What do you wake up looking forward to and excited about everyday?
Food. Not only do I love trying new foods, but I also like to cook and prepare meals that will fuel my body for the day and make me healthier in the long run.
Do you have any daily rituals?
I have a journal that I write down 3 things that I am grateful for that day and 3 things that I love about myself and what I want to accomplish. At the end of the day I evaluate and even if I did not accomplish everything I wanted, I know that tomorrow is a brand new day and a brand new start to better yourself.
How do you envision The Strong Movement growing on your campus as a community of encouraging and supportive group of girls?
Support system is number one, whether it be planning group outings to go try healthy food, or workouts indoors and outdoors I want that positive support and motivation system in place. I think girls often tear themselves down because they think they don’t look as good as the girl next to them, but being one big, positive and loving support system that everyone is different but that we are all strong is one that I strive to create on Chapman campus.
What excites you about being a Strong Girl Campus Ambassador?
Spreading the Strong Girl movement across campus! Many girls I know don’t know what they are doing, how often they should go to the gym, or don’t go because they think that they will be judged. I want to be their team spirit and their supporter and help them on their way to a fit lifestyle. I’m there to be a friend, some one that listens, and one who ultimately wants the best for each girl. I want to show them that the weight zone is not a scary place and exude confidence in each girl.