A Game of Brutal Beauty, Roller Derby….and life!

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Diet, Excercise, Fitness, health, self care / support, Weightloss
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A Game of Brutal Beauty, Roller Derby….and life!

Aaron and I talked success stories today with Kim Stegeman aka “Rocket Mean” of the Rose City Roller Derby.  Kim utilized services at Get Fit Training, a roller derby sponsor to get back in shape after an injury. Shoulder surgery put her out of play and little by little the weight went on. It can happen to anyone, not enough TIME, too much LIFE.

We discussed the strategies that got her back on track and tools she uses to stay focused. Listen to episode 22 to find out more about alternative sports, what iPhone app she likes plus exciting derby chat.

So much conversation went on after the show ended we could have Kim back again and again! We discussed body image in media and amongst roller derby. Does media put unfair expectations on women to be thin? Does roller derby as a sport and community see things differently? Please post your comments here on our blog and get the discussion going!

Kim’s 3 tips to Success:

1. Guidelines. Kim adheres to a set a of healthy guidelines like minimizing processed food and incorporating protein at all meals. She keeps balance between exercise and diet.

2. Planning. She know if she doesn’t plan she will have a hard time staying on track. Kim plans meals around her schedule and social events as well as schedules her workouts so she knows they will get done. Don’t leave things to chance!

3. Goal Setting. Without goals you have no direction. Kim sets realistic healthy goals and uses rewards that will be of benefit to her continued success.

The bottom line she says “is to find something that works for you” there are many tools out there and many things may work for a while but the key is… it has to work long term.

Time for something new? Roller Derby might just what you are looking for. Get more info on Rose City Rollers or look up derby in your area.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for great fun!

Posted by Eleni

  1. Aaron Mathis says:

    Agreed, great show today! Not only was it a pleasure to have Kim in studio to talk about her fitness and recovering from injury, but I learned a ton about the roller derby scene here in Portland. I’ll definitely be heading out to a Rose City Rollers event in the near future!

    Kim nailed it with her 3 tips. Setting guidelines and striking a balance is huge, especially for people with constant “on-the-go” lifestyles such as hers. Planning, also, is just as important. Instant gratification and nutrition do NOT go hand in hand, and there are simply to many quick and easy (and tempting) options out there to derail your diet. Goal setting will get you where you want to go. Set your ultimate goal, and then several mini-goals (checkpoints) along the way. Just setting an end goal, but never taking the time to reward your smaller accomplishments too often leads to disaster.

    Kim, you “get it” and I congratulate you. This is life folks, and if you want your best chance to live a long one, you’ve got to make good diet and exercise an everyday occurrence. You can’t pack all your good eating and exercise into one day a week and expect to get the results of someone who lives that way everyday. The rule’s “an apple a day”. Seven apples on Sunday just isn’t the same…

    Keep being the example Kim!

    • Rocket Mean says:

      Thanks Eleni and Aaron that was a blast. I heard from a few people that heard the show and appreciated being reminded that health and fitness are all about making healthy choices on an ongoing basis and that it’s all about figuring out what works for you.

      One of the biggest things for me right now is trying to eat healthy on the road. For me, it’s about never getting to the starving point and also being really okay with asking for my food to be modified when eating out. I actually had grilled chicken and veggies at the Spaghetti Factory the other day. Think they thought I was crazy when I asked then to swap pasta for broccoli and hold the butter and cheese.

      My other thing, is getting right back on track if I have a couple days where I can’t get a workout in or don’t eat as well as I’d like. Like today – haven’t been able to work out for a few days cuz of derby work and after a crushing loss at Western Regionals, I tried to drink my weight in lite beer, but today – good eating and a nice long run!

      The changes I’m making are not about dieting, they’re about improving my diet and fitness for a healthier me.


      • getfitnow says:

        Mean… that is so awesome! what a great attitude especially your last line…
        “The changes I’m making are not about dieting, they’re about improving my diet and fitness for a healthier me”. That is perfect! You care about being healthy and it shows.

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