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GGS Spotlight: Julie Barnum – Girls Gone Strong

Name: Julie Barnum
Age: 24
Location: Fort Collins, CO

How did you discover out about Girls Gone Strong?
I used to be wanting up some health-associated query in the future, and came across the GGS web site. I noticed a spot to subscribe for emails, which I did. I truthfully forgot about it save for the occasional article till after a visit again house over Memorial Day. I keep in mind feeling so uncontrolled with my consuming and feeling horrible as a result of after about two years of tremendous constant understanding in undergrad, nervousness that skyrocketed after commencement had stopped me from actually getting anyplace with understanding in graduate faculty. That’s about once I acquired an e-mail from GGS concerning the Strongest You Coaching program, and it was like somebody had learn my thoughts and was sending me answer to my issues.

What does being a Girl Gone Strong imply to you?
It means feeling assured and extra positive of myself once more. It means studying compassion and forgiveness in the direction of myself when issues don’t go as deliberate, with understanding, with life, no matter. It means discovering a gaggle through which I can confide, and even to find others who wrestle after being recognized with an nervousness dysfunction to push via it to have the ability to work out and stay life beneath new circumstances.

Being a Girl Gone Strong means discovering the internal badass inside as soon as extra, and realizing I’ve had the power all alongside inside me to get previous no matter challenges I’m dealing with as I develop up and discover ways to “adult.”

(HA, nonetheless figuring that out day by day)

What do you do?
I’m a graduate scholar at Colorado State University within the Department of Atmospheric Science. My work is said to climate radar and numerical modeling. There’s this climate mannequin individuals at NASA Goddard are creating that principally simulates the identical sorts of issues an actual radar can do. The concept is that we’ll be capable of implement that in actual-time and predict what kinds of precipitation can be the place in a storm because it develops (assume hail, heavy rain, stuff that the general public cares about). There are another sides to my analysis, however I’ll prevent the lengthy rationalization. If you’re curious, hit me up for extra info.

What else do you do?
A little bit of something and every thing. I run. I raise. I rock climb and boulder. I do yoga. I dance round like a idiot when nobody’s watching. I forecast climate conditions for again the place I’m from in Missouri and right here in Colorado. I snowshoe. I ski, when money and time allow. I hike, each decrease and excessive altitude (I’ve made it up three 14-ers in Colorado: Bierstadt, Grays, and Torreys). Note, 14-ers are mountains with a peak between 14,000 and 15,000 ft. I’m additionally actually into travelling once I can. I did a yr overseas between highschool and undergrad in southern France. I attempt to converse French every time I can, as a result of in the event you don’t use it, you lose it. When the climate is wanting proper, and my advisor is okay with me taking day without work analysis, I storm chase (don’t know many different jobs the place you possibly can simply go on a whim and do that). I’ve participated in two totally different meteorological area campaigns (PECAN and C3LOUD-EX) chasing particular storm varieties to gather knowledge. I’m type of a jack of all trades.

How did you get launched to power coaching, and the way lengthy have you ever been coaching?
I keep in mind doing somewhat little bit of lifting for summertime P.E. courses in highschool. Then I primarily didn’t contact weights once more till my Junior yr in undergrad. That primarily arose as a result of I began courting my present vital different, who lifts religiously. It began out as one thing we might do collectively, after which when he moved for graduate faculty it became a extra private exercise as a result of I loved the progress I used to be seeing.

It was a bit bizarre to work out alone at first, nevertheless it turned liberating to not be afraid to enter “bro-central” all alone.

Favorite Lift:
This is tough to slender down to at least one. But, for lifting iron, it’d in all probability be deadlifts. All the deadlifts. As for physique weight lifts….push-ups, in addition to what’s shortly turning into certainly one of my favorites: chin-ups and pull-ups. My confidence in lifting and in my means to do what I put my thoughts to has grown exponentially from the place it was pre-GSS and Strongest You, so I do know I’ll get there. It’ll simply take a bit, which is one thing I’ve come to phrases with throughout Strongest You. Some issues take a bit, and that’s okay and anticipated. Plus, it’s a lot extra rewarding whenever you lastly get one thing you’ve been working at for soooooooo lengthy.

Top three issues you need to have with you on the fitness center or in your fitness center bag:
Phone (my supply of music), headphones, water bottle.

Do you favor to coach alone or with others? Why?
If I’m lifting/doing HIIT/cardio on the health club, I’m virtually solely alone. I get into this very cathartic zone. Training is the place I work on myself and on pushing my boundaries (bodily and mentally, since understanding can nonetheless typically convey up disagreeable anxious emotions). So to be with another person once I’m doing that feels virtually like a violation to my true “me” time. Occasionally I’ll raise with my boyfriend and buddies. Incidentally, considered one of my Strongest Your exercises completely crushed three totally different guys… that felt tremendous satisfying, not gonna lie. However, I do work out with others in terms of different actions. Most of my understanding with others is within the type of weekly mountaineering and bouldering periods or climbing. Those are just about the one two issues I do with others, as a result of I discover these actions extra enjoyable that means.

Best praise you’ve acquired recently:
Work-related, I used to be advised by individuals working with me on analysis associated to my Master’s venture at NASA Goddard that they actually favored some plots I had put collectively for a presentation; they stated that the plots have been of convention presentation/poster high quality, which was an enormous praise. Workout-related, I’ve had somebody on the fitness center touch upon how good my deadlift type was. That felt superior as a result of I’ve been so neurotic about good type. On my Instagram I had a pal touch upon a pull-up video “#welcometothegunshow! #badassery #woah”, which I although each hilarious and tremendous good on the similar time.

Most current praise you gave another person:
I feel the newest praise I gave was to somebody’s deadlift PR. I advised her that it appeared superior, and that I used to be tremendous comfortable to see her actively setting her shoulders again, partaking them within the train. I attempt to throw out a couple of compliments a day to totally different women. I noticed a bit in the past that I have a tendency to take a look at different women, notably those that work out, as competitors. If they do nicely, then I get jealous. I considered it after a mindset task we did in Strongest You, and realized that that wasn’t the appropriate method to go about it. I’m extra at peace with myself now; I do know I’m working onerous on what I need to enhance, and I’m doing me, as near 100 % as I can, daily That’s ok for me. So now as an alternative of letting myself flip to jealousy, I attempt to pour out help and encouragement as an alternative.

I do know that it makes me really feel good when individuals cheer me on, so I attempt to be a cheerleader to others as nicely.

Favorite strategy to deal with your self:
Sometimes, it’s a cookie. A very, deliciously, heat, tender cookie. I’ve a type of obsession with scrumptious desserts. Sometimes I purchase them, however I feel it’s extra enjoyable to lookup a recipe and make one thing tailor-made to my tastes. However, different occasions I wish to not make meals the main target of a reward. In these instances, I deal with myself to a pleasant haircut, or a guide I’ve been fascinated with getting, a bit of clothes I’ve been needing however have informed myself I didn’t actually “need” (besides boots…everybody wants a ton of pairs of amazingly cute boots). Sometimes, I reward myself with train. I dance round the home, I’m going on a hike with associates, I rock climb when perhaps my to-do record continues to be a bit lengthy, however I’ve gotten so much finished. Gotta keep sane, you realize?

Favorite quote:
”Let go of what was, give up to what’s, think about what shall be”. That’s gotten me by way of a whole lot of darker moments.

Three phrases that greatest describe you:
Driven. Outgoing. Unabashed.

Favorite guide:
Depends on my temper, however two books which have actually caught with me all through time are Pride and Prejudice and 1984. A dichotomy of e-book tastes if I’ve ever seen one.

What evokes and motivates you?
At the core, my want to stay life, and never simply exist. This turned particularly prevalent the summer time after graduating undergrad and all of a sudden having all this nervousness, and some panic assaults and dangerous insomnia, hit. It left me feeling fairly damaged and scared to do a lot of something. About a yr of that and I actually determined to start out saying screw it to that. I used to be nonetheless, and typically nonetheless am, caught on how I used to really feel higher, and what if I had solely carried out this in another way, wouldn’t it all be higher, what if what if what if. What if I ended “what if-ing” and created a brand new regular? That was actually liberating for me. From then on, I made a decision to purposefully interact in actions that at occasions scare the dwelling shit out of me. Then I do know I’m really doing one thing that’s going to make me develop and be stronger than I used to be earlier than. Every alternative to try this is a terrifying, however welcomed problem. That’s how I obtained again into the health club, that’s how I’ve been capable of be in crowded public locations at night time once more, that’s how I obtained myself to summit three 14-ers in Colorado and that’s how I’m slowly regaining a way of what it’s to be me.

As for motivation for all times or understanding, I really like watching inspirational YouTube movies (Prince Ea is nice) or scrolling via Instagram. I comply with numerous different robust, highly effective women (in additional methods than simply bodily). To see different individuals pushing themselves and attaining, in addition to pushing by means of arduous occasions and failures, is so motivating to me. Other than that, I can’t not take heed to music when understanding/engaged on a undertaking. At the second, I’m on a Strange Music, Inc. kick. What can I say, I’m from Missouri.

Describe a typical day in your life, from waking as much as bedtime:
My typical weekday: Either I get up and health club, then attempt to learn some introspective-sort guide (can I get some heck yeah’s for Mark Manson’s the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F?) whereas consuming breakfast, or I learn then go to work (going to the health club after work in that case). Lately, once I’m accomplished with all of that I come residence and skim up on coaching and anatomy. Other than climate, I’m very keen about serving to others be a greater, more healthy model of themselves. Somehow after defending my thesis, I would like that to be labored into my life. After this, I eat dinner, usually whereas speaking to the boyfriend and our roommate. Sometimes after work I’ll watch an episode of a favourite pastime present (anybody else nonetheless Friends or Buffy the Vampire Slayer followers? Yeah?). Sometimes as an alternative of T.V. or hanging out with the others, I perform a little yoga or meditation earlier than mattress. Every day I attempt to make it just a little totally different. Keeps life fascinating within the smaller moments.

When did you be a part of Strongest You Coaching? Why did you determine to hitch and what helped you make the choice to hitch?
I joined in 2016 for the group beginning at first of June with Jen Comas as our coach. I feel I’ve talked about this already, however, I principally was feeling fairly sad with the place I used to be bodily, mentally, and emotionally after the primary yr of graduate faculty. I noticed the e-mail for Strongest You after a visit residence, and thought, that is it. This is what I have to get again on monitor. For about two hours or so after the e-mail, I learn up on this system and agonized over the cash. However, I noticed that being a bit poorer than regular throughout graduate faculty, and turning into happier with myself as an individual, was a means higher various than having a bit extra money and being sad.

What has been your largest problem within the Strongest You Coaching program?
Myself. Mainly, nervousness, or different bizarre bodily-perform fears, often rooted in perhaps a little bit of one thing legit, however principally me over-analyzing the whole lot. I’ve been working very onerous on letting that go. Jen and the opposite women within the group have been fairly useful in throwing encouragement and understanding my method each time I’ve a tough day and disclose that info to them. I feel my different largest issues is making an attempt to stay to principally single-ingredient carbs. I imply…come on. Burritos on the day by day can be my dream, however not essentially the goals of my digestive system. Sadness abounds.

What has been your largest success within the Strongest You Coaching program?
To me personally, making working by way of my numerous fears a acutely aware effort ultimately, every single day. I feel I’ve come a great distance from the place I began in June. That, and hitting a 175-pound deadlift. Holllllaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

What do you want greatest concerning the Strongest You Coaching group?
The inclusivity and willingness of most of the women in it to be 100 % upfront and actual about their successes, their failures, and their struggles. I’ve by no means met such an genuine group of women, and it’s so superior. It made me really feel extra open to letting individuals in alone successes and struggles.

What was your “BIG” aim that you simply needed to realize by the top of Strongest You Coaching?
My ultimate aim was to let the opposite women within the group and Jen understand how a lot this course of has meant to me. There have been ups and downs, however I’m a greater individual having recognized all of them. Additionally, I plan to proceed following all the wholesome consuming habits, and mindset shifts we labored on throughout Strongest You. I’m nonetheless working in the direction of my Resolution Revolution aim for 2017 of a 200-pound deadlift and squat. That, and determining efficient programming now alone to get myself there. Jen has been giving us plenty of recommendation, and I creep fairly onerous on different GSS women’s exercises (no disgrace). Between all that, I’m positive I’ll achieve that objective.

What is the behavior you’re at present engaged on most?
If you imply dietary-sensible, single-ingredient carbs. Gosh, I really like burritos a lot. As for a life-style behavior? I feel getting extra every day motion in has been a problem that I’m making an attempt exhausting to work on. Also, I’m engaged on slowing down a bit. Breathing extra all through the day, taking extra moments to only sit and be current. It’s really easy for me to let my mind go into overdrive, nevertheless it’s not useful to me to try this. It’s a tough behavior to interrupt, however I’m engaged on it.

How has Strongest You Coaching modified your life?
I’ve touched on this a bit all through my responses. The most blatant approach it has helped me is within the consistency with which I work out now. That, nevertheless, stemmed from the truth that I’ve grow to be rather more assured in myself and am prepared to push myself more durable than I might’ve earlier than. That’s actually been instrumental in all my bodily and emotional success. That couldn’t have occurred with out Strongest You and the women within the group.

What would you inform a lady who’s nervous about becoming a member of Strongest You Coaching?
If it’s the cash, I get it. I’m a graduate scholar on a graduate scholar wage. It wasn’t all the time straightforward, however the advantages I’ve reaped from doing this system far outweigh any additional adventures I turned down due to cash. If it’s since you’re nervous about what it entails, I’ll inform you the large secret —

Strongest You is all about studying to belief your self.

It’s about studying to belief your self in consuming healthfully with out being informed precisely what to eat and when (as a result of handing out meal plans shouldn’t be how GGS rolls). It’s about having coaching that you’re able to doing, however which can nonetheless make you’re employed in your features, and it’s about fascinated by how you consider health, others, and your self. It’s much more introspection work than is perhaps obvious. It’s rather more than what you’ll discover in the event you simply get a number of coaching periods with a private coach at a health club. It’s value each bit of hysteria I had earlier than beginning. You’ll be a greater individual for having gone via this system, I assure it. Let it’s recognized although, it’s very a lot so a program that you simply get out of it what you set into it. So be ready to go all in. Don’t maintain again, it’ll solely sluggish your progress and rob you of interactions that would critically be eye-opening and essential to your success!

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