You must have seen many fit women on the internet, and might have even met a few in person. We, however, bet that you haven’t met anybody like the person we are about to introduce to you. She is a Teacher, an NPC competitor, 2015 NPC Nevada State Champion and Tahoe Show Figure Overall Winner, and, she is also a wife and a mother! In our Fit Mom of the Month series, we present to you, Shelace Shoemaker.
This badass mom just sat down with team PlanetGainz for a thorough conversation. Here goes the motivational interview:
Q1: When did you get in to the fitness scene and why?
I’ve always been athletic and have competed in sports since the age of 5. I rodeoed, played softball, basketball and softball and dabbled in racing road bikes after college. Exercise and staying active has always been a part of my life.
About 9 years ago, I was in my 4th year of teaching and thinking that teaching really wasn’t the job for me. So, I decided that I was going to try to be a firefighter. Long story short, I started lifting weights to get stronger for the physical exam, which I didn’t pass. However, during that process I became an instructor at that gym, teaching spinning classes and Total Body Fitness strength training classes.
About a year after joining the gym and failing miserably at becoming a firefighter, I had a gentleman come up to me while I was lifting and ask me what show I was getting ready for. What show? I had no clue what he was talking about. So he told me about a few shows in the area and said he thought I was preparing for one because I looked like I’m ready. I didn’t think anything of it and went about my business.
Few weeks after that a few other guys approached me asking me the same thing. So, I started getting intrigued. I talked to one of the trainers at the gym, who was clearly a bodybuilder and asked him to help me get ready for a competition. I competed in the 2009 NPC Nevada State Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championship and earned a 2nd place trophy in Figure. And 7 years later, I’m still a school teacher by day and an instructor at night and on weekends and have since I competed in 3 more shows.
Q2: What was your fitness goal then and what is your goal now?
As I mentioned, when I first joined the gym, my goal was to simply build some strength to change careers from teaching to firefighting. Because that didn’t work out, I focused my energy on competing in the Figure division of a local bodybuilding show. At the time, it was a bucket list check off goal. I couldn’t be a runner because of past ACL surgeries, so I told everyone that this was my “marathon.” It was only going to be a onetime deal.
And, for several years it seemed like a onetime deal. I competed in 2009 and then my next show wasn’t until 2016. I had more surgeries and I went back to school to get my Master’s degree, so competitions were the farthest thing from my mind for a while. However, at the start of this year, I searched out my coach from 2009 and told him I was ready to start competing again. We sat down and talked about what my goals were and I told him I wanted to go to Nationals and possibly get my pro card.
So, what was once just a check on my bucket list soon added a few more boxes that needed some checks next to them. My goal moving into 2017 is to compete in a few more shows and compete at the National level, hoping to earn that pro card!
Q3: What does your workout regime and diet look like?
I work out 6-7 days a week. I HATE rest days! I know they’re essential but it’s so hard! I love the gym and I love lifting. It’s my therapy. My workout regime and diet change, depending on what stage of competing I’m in. I usually do 4-5 mornings of fasted cardio, which range from 30-60 minutes. I lift 6 days a week. I consistently eat 6 meals a day. Of course, during competition prep, I am a lot stricter about what I’m eating than I am in the “off season.” I still eat pretty clean, though, and continue to measure my portions.
Q4: Your biggest achievement in terms of fitness
2016 was an incredibly rewarding and exciting year for me when it comes to reaching my fitness goals. I competed in 3 NPC shows this year and earned two 2nd place trophies in Masters 35+ and Figure C at Contra Costa, two first place trophies and the Overall in Figure at the Nevada State Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championship and two first place trophies and the Overall in Figure at the Tahoe Show.
I’m looking forward to 2017 and the challenges I have moving forward. I hope to one day earn my pro card and be able to look back on this and say that was my biggest achievement!
Q5: What’s your favorite bodybuilding website?
Oh, this is tough. Do I have to pick just one? I go to different websites for different things. I think my top three are www.bodybuilding.com, www.jessiefitness.com, and www.bretcontreras.com.
Q6: Being a wife, mother, teacher and pet keeper, how do you manage to compete at the NPC?
I don’t sleep enough! But also, it’s about time management and taking advantage of every minute by being organized and prepared in advance. My days often start at 2:45 a.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. I make sure my meals are prepped and ready for the day and my clothes are packed for the gym and set out for work so I don’t waste any time worrying about that in the morning.
I am also incredibly lucky to have a very supportive family who helps out with food prep, works out with me and helps out with responsibilities around the house! And by that I mean dishes, because 6 meals a day produces A LOT of dishes! I’d be lying if I said it was easy.
Q7: What were your feelings when you won the 2016 Nevada and Tahoe Championships?
The first initial feeling was shock and then pride. When you’re backstage, it’s hard not to compare yourself to the other amazing competitors and wonder where you stack up next to them. You know what they’ve done to get to that point and how much hard work, discipline, and sacrifice they put in to get where they are. So when you hear your name being called, it’s hard not to feel proud that all of the effort you put in got you to that point.
Q8: What would be your advice to PlanetGainz readers, especially moms?
Don’t feel guilty about putting yourself first. You have to have a healthy balance of taking care of others and yourself, especially if you’re a mom. Ultimately, I think when you feel good about yourself and you accomplish goals that you’ve set out to reach, it’s easier to help others. You’ve already become a role model just by proving that goals are attainable through hard work and drive.
We hope that this super-strong mom motivated all of you women out there and gave you the push you had been waiting for.
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