Athlete Love

by Heather on May 25, 2010

Hi there! Boy, am I glad to almost be home for the evening!  It’s just one of those weeks that is super busy but still just draaaaaaaaaagging…anyone else know what I’m talking about?!

Lunch today was a smoked pork BBQ sandwich with leftover BBQ white beans & peppers:

Oh, and a Diet Vanilla Coke Zero :)

Such a great lunch!  Although I am just about ready to be done with the pork…it’s getting to be a bit much, no matter how flavorful it is!

Today on the drive in I was thinking about women in sports and how I hope that, if we have girls, they want to participate in athletics somehow.  It’s something that they will have to decide for themselves, but I just feel like there’s so much to learn in athletics, specifically team sports.  Back in my day I was a pretty good volleyball player.  But more than the fact that I was good at it, I loved bonding with my team and working together to WIN.

Now, please understand that the things I’m saying are strictly based on my opinion, which is based on my experience.  I feel like women in sports should also be looked to as role models for many reasons, but one major one being that the majority of them take care of their bodies. I think it’s important to have role models who take care of themselves for HEALTH and PERFORMANCE, and not just looks.  My athlete role models are Kerri Walsh & Misty May Treanor:

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I’m lucky enough to have met these beautiful women (it was at a tournament; not likely they’d remember me :)), and not only are they beautiful on the outside, they are two of the sweetest, most humble people I’ve met.  I also really appreciate that everything they do for workouts and eating are to increase their performance and ability to win, not just look good (even though let’s face it:  they rock the bikini like no one’s business).  I think that strong is sexy!

What about you?  Do you have any athletes in mind who are role models to you in any way, shape, or form?  Who are they and why? Obviously I’ve already listed mine, but I just think that it’s important to realize that the thing that makes these women beautiful to me is not the fact that they look good…it’s their work ethic and the WHY behind their workouts!

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1 Kelly May 25, 2010

I love Misty and Keri…they are AWESOME! Have you seen them play in person..they are amazing to watch! My athletic role model is Kara Goucher…I just love her!

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2 Kelly May 25, 2010

Okay duh…I just read that you met them in person.

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3 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self May 25, 2010

I don’t follow many professional athletes, but I recently read an interview with Kara Goucher and I really liked her!

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4 Ilana May 25, 2010

This is a big one, but Billie Jean King has always been an insane inspiration to me. First of all, her amazing tennis prowess, and then what her victories meant to feminism and women in the athletic/male dominated world in general, and now her work with community athletics to empower child athletes… It’s a lifelong journey that is so moving and inspirational! I was lucky to meet her once.

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5 Dana B. May 25, 2010

I also love Kara Goucher! She’s such an awesome runner and I love that she is open about her struggles with self-confidence and doubting herself. And I’m a huge admirer of Ryan and Sarah Hall. Not only are they amazing athletes, they’re very active with a cause they started to end poverty, the Hall Steps Foundation. They do mission work in Africa and are just wonderful all-around. Love them!

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6 hundredtenpounds May 25, 2010

I love watching Serena and Venus Williams. I think they are great role models because they are amazing at their sport yet they aren’t unhealthy looking or stick thin. In fact, when I start feeling bummed about my body I think of them and how powerful their thighs are and I feel much better! :)

I also have a bit of a crush on Lance Armstrong. I could watch them riding bikes all day! :)

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7 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 25, 2010

Yum, that sandwich looks sooo good! Love the side of beans, too. :)

Jenn

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8 jqlee May 25, 2010

I have played volleyball all my life so I looooove these two as well. I saw them play here in Chicago last summer for the AVP tournament and they are AMAZING!! Kerri Walsi is pregnant and still works out a bit too.

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9 TheKetchupDiaries May 25, 2010

Lalia Ali…she’s just so strong and sexy and confident. Love her!

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10 runnerforever May 25, 2010

Kara Goucher is my biggest role model. I am so proud how she decided to take a little break to have a child.

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11 Salah May 25, 2010

I absolutely love Misty and Kerri….those would be my 2 role models for sure.

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12 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 25, 2010

I can’t believe you got to meet them- they are amazing!!!!!

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13 Tina May 26, 2010

I don’t really have an athlete role model, but I really want Makenzie to grow up loving sports. She already loves soccer. Every Sunday heading to church we pass by a soccer field where games are always going on and she just is mesmerized. She loves kicking her own little ball around too. It makes me happy…even if soccer is not my favorite.

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14 Heather May 26, 2010

Being a former gymnast I’d have to go with Nadia Comaneci and Kerri Strugg.
Nadia-for obvious reasons. When I first saw a movie about her when I was very young I was so inspired I cried.
Kerry-because of her legendary solid 2nd vault at the 1996 Olympics on a severely injured ankle.
Amazing.

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15 nutritious foodie May 26, 2010

I always think that it would be nice for our fututre kids if they get involved in sports..

I don’t really have a sports role model…

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