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Interview with Founder of Deaffit
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MELISSA

Maybe you are already aware of the Facebook group called DeafFit? It’s a group of people who share health tips with each other. The founder, Shari Lynn Moore, is also a competitor!  This lifestyle change helped her live better and healthier. So, what led to this?

 

SHARI

Six years ago, when I turned 30, I got really sick. I found out I had hives. It started off on my neck. I didn’t understand why, I thought maybe it was caused by that fake acrylic nail polish. My body was itching. Then it was found out that I’m allergic to food. I was like, what? I’ve been fine for many years until that. I was so shocked Like, I’m allergic to food? It turned out I’m allergic to cheese, many meats, and even shellfish. I was heartbroken. I was like, “Noo! I love shellfish!” I’m from San Francisco and I’m a Northwestern girl. I was like, what no, no! I got depressed, and gained weight. That led to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, then I lost weight. Then my sinus had issues. I continued to get sick. I got migraines frequently. More and more came up. I routinely went to the doctors for about 12 years.

 

MELISSA

So what did she do? She made it a goal to start working out, starting simple at first by using her son’s weights, then one thing led to another. She found herself wanting more, drawing inspiration from Katie Jean, a deaf bodybuilder. That’s when she got hooked!

 

SHARI

I went to the gym and found a personal trainer. I was good to go. I started. I paid for my membership. I had committed to going. Then,  I became addicted. I had specific meal plans and I ate healthy. My sickness went away and my health started to improve. I got my money back since I overpaid. My husband was like, “What’s up?” My doctor was sending my money back to me. I got the money for one year, two years, then it was all done. My bills were gone. My sickness reduced significantly to little things like simple allergies or IBS when I had temptations to relapse to eat unhealthy foods again. It wasn’t as bad as it used to be. I maintained it, like I was hooked. I kept going because it helped make me feel better. I treated it as therapy. I kept going and going. I was seeing results over and over so I never stopped going. It’s been six years now.

 

MELISSA

Wow, talk about a lifestyle change! Not only did Shari start feeling better as she became healthier, but she also began competing! Her first was bikini contest.

 

SHARI

In 2012, I went to the national competition, I came in 7th. I was inspired to do it again. It was amazing, like wow. I really enjoy it, you know? I did it again, then again. I realized there were so many women in bikinis so I grew thinner and I decided to workout for two years to grow muscle. I ate right and exercised. It was a struggle, but I moved to Florida and kept committing until last month, I finally entered the competition as the figure. And I won first place! It all paid off!

 

MELISSA

That really takes a lot of hard work and commitment. But Shari is still human, saying she does have her cheat days. She loves yogurt ice cream and hamburgers! Now, let’s learn a little bit more about her workout routine.

 

SHARI

It used to be one hour. Then 30 minutes of cardio. It depends on my goal. If I need more cardio, I would add more time. Some days, it would be less. It varies. It depends on your fat percentage. Looking at my body, time, frame. But right now, I do 30 minutes. I do 8 different workouts in 30 minutes, usually 4 to 6 sets. High reps. It goes back and forth. It’s work. I only have 30 seconds of breaks. Some are one minute. I just need to keep going. It depends on how much you weigh, sometimes if you’re heavy, you would take longer breaks to breathe, so it depends on your weight.

 

MELISSA

Any of you out there feeling inspired? Now for some advice - Shari has one important piece for you, and it’s simple.

 

SHARI

Start with a diet. I don’t believe in eliminating foods, I believe in reducing. Because really, when you eliminate foods, they become forbidden. Your brain craves those foods, and you’re more likely to relapse. I reduce eating those foods that have high fat content, starches and carbs, and high sugar levels.





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