People tell Laurie Baker she's obsessive about fitness, exercise and health.
The 34-year-old single mom from Waukee disagrees.
"Not obsessive," she said. "Just very hard on myself. I'm my own worst critic."
In September 2000, the 5 foot 5-inch Baker weighed 152 pounds. She did aerobics maybe once a week. Ate fast food. Then she changed her lifestyle, ramped up the exercise and slimmed down to 134 just four months later.
"Since then, I've been on a real kick," she said.
She started running, competing in 5Ks, then 10Ks, then half-marathons, then the San Diego Marathon in 2005. She also completed a sprint-distance triathlon.
In May 2004 she competed in a bodybuilding figure show, getting her weight down to 118 pounds with just 12 percent body fat. For six weeks leading up to the competition, she ate virtually no carbs.
Now she watches what she eats - no fast food, lots of egg-white omelettes and Boca burgers. She works out seven days a week.
"If I don't work out I feel fat," she said. "I just feel like I didn't do anything good with myself that day."
Baker's a big fan of inspirational quotes. Two stick out in her head:
"Obsessive is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated," and "Take care of your body; it's the only place you have to live."bodyshaping course at Farrell's, and she immediately bought a kickboxing bag for her garage. She prefers working out in the evenings, after work. She shared her daily routine, which takes about 90 minutes a day, with Juice.
Run 3-5 miles (outside preferably, but on a treadmill if the weather is bad).
Strength training: 30-40 minutes of free weights, focusing on back and biceps.
Run 4 miles (her pace has her running four miles in 30 minutes).
Strength training: 30-40 minutes of free weights, focusing on chest and triceps.
Kickboxing: 30-35 minutes (or she may make Wednesday a "no cardio day").
Strength training: 30-40 minutes, focusing on legs.
Run "repeats" - intervals of sprinting and jogging - for 3 miles.
Kickboxing: 30-35 minutes (she'll hit the bag hard for about 10 minutes, then bring down her heart rate, and repeat).
Strength training: 30-40 minutes, focusing on back and biceps.
Run 5 miles at an easy pace. Strength training: 30-40 minutes, focusing on legs.