SEPTEMBER 2017: SARAH SHRADER
Where do we even start with our September EvoFit Athlete of the Month, Sarah Shrader!?
Sarah can be seen most days rolling into the gym on her bike, and let us tell you this mama of two lays it out there EVERY SINGLE TIME. There are days when she struggles because she chooses to push herself every chance she gets (*ahem* rest day), but Sarah always finishes with a proud and happy grin - usually directly following a fairly menacing grimace.
Sarah hasn’t always been the hardcore holly you see at the gym. Her first few classes, she was a little unsure of herself and her abilities, but there was a definite fire that had been ignited in her, even after a random accident at home. Said one of our members about Sarah: ”She continues to kick ass despite a pretty intense injury that could have led a lot of people to a long-term give up. She goes out of her way to push herself and appears to be having great results!”
With each and every workout, we get the pleasure of watching Sarah become more confident, stronger, and more determined than the last. In the past year or so, Sarah has made some tweaks to her eating habits, and let’s just say it shows!!
Her hard work and dedication, and her ability to have a smile on her face all the while telling you how much that workout sucked, is why Sarah Shrader is our September EvoFit Athlete of the Month!!
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU: I have lived in the Puget Sound area my whole life. My husband and I have been together for 20 years, married for 11. We have two children, Leif (8) and Mira (7). I have been a stay at home mom since Leif was born; before that I worked in Graphic Arts/Printing. I enjoy ski touring, nordic skiing, sea kayaking, backpacking, running, traveling, and cooking for friends and family.
WORDS TO LIVE BY or FAVORITE QUOTE: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” -Hafiz
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO EVOFIT? Superwoman Sue, darting in and out of co-op preschool with her older daughter. I bid on a 10-class pass at an auction and never looked back.
WHAT IMPACT HAS EVOFIT AND IT’S COMMUNITY HAD ON YOU? The biggest impact has been on my anxiety level. For the first time in many years, I am able to manage my anxiety, without medication. I don’t know much about brain chemistry, but those endorphins do something! I feel stronger than ever in my life, and never dreamt I would feel this way at 46. The encouragement and positive attitude of all the woman have, countless times, helped me from feeling defeated or being too hard on myself. There are so many inspiring women!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING OR JUST JOINING EVOFIT? Any questions or concerns you have will be answered, and all the instructors are amazing at offering modifications when needed. There is no competition; it really is a community of women who help move each other forward.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU? I have an obsession with food blogs.