As the Head of Marketing for the Fashion & Sports Division of a premier luxury watch company, a discus and shot put thrower and pole vaulter for the Philippine Masters Athletics Team—mom of two Judith Staples definitely has her plate and days full.
Her daily routine includes waking up at 4 A.M. to prepare for a 3-hour morning training before spending the whole day at work. And for an average person this is enough to keep one’s day full; but for super mom Judith, every day is concluded with quality time with friends and family. Let’s get to know our inspiring super mom in this Q&A:
How was your lifestyle prior to getting into fitness?
I was into long distance running but unfortunately, I took it as a license to eat. I ate lots of unhealthy food; the quantity was more than what I would be able to burn knowing that I run.
What inspired you to exercise and improve your lifestyle?
I was extremely hypertensive and was under a high dosage of daily medication. I was overweight and my clothes reached an XL size. Although I was very active even then, I could not expand my activities due to excess weight. I like powerful movements but I was hindered by my physical condition. Then I met a Wellness Coach by the name of Chad Davis who took care of altering my nutrition which resulted in reversing my hypertension and substantial weight loss.
What was the hardest battle you encountered during your transformation?
Totally eliminating my consumption of bad carbs (bread, rice, pasta) and sweets was a challenge. Fortunately, the food that I am allowed to eat are also my favorites (eggs, cheese, chicken, meat, veggies, coconut, sweet potatoes and boiled bananas).
At your age (she’s 50 and stronger than most of us!), what made you decide to be a part of the Philippine Masters Athletics Team?
I have always been active since I was young but a friend who is a part of the Philippine Athletics Federation convinced me to try it out. I had a bad start but when I finally found the right multi-events Athletics coach, Edward Obiena, for my structured training, everything changed. We set our goals and worked hard every day, 6 days a week. We constantly prepare for local and overseas competitions.
How do you balance your work, sports, and social life?
There is always a trade off. My social life is almost “dead” as I prioritize my training, and recovery after work. It’s a good thing that the nature of my work provides exciting activities that serve as an avenue for my friends and I to get together.
What's your message to moms (or anyone really) who want to start being active but don't know where to start?
To all the moms, it’s never too late to start getting into fitness. SET A GOAL. Do not be discouraged by our age. Stop dreaming, start working on becoming healthier, fitter and stronger. The healthier we are, the more we’ll have quality time to share with our family. And it would be a great joy to be a part of our grandchildren’s lives.
We’ve only seen a preview of who she is and what she’s capable of but we can definitely say Mommy Judith is #MomGoals! But surely, we aren’t the only ones inspired by Mommy Judith’s story. We’re so lucky to have us share her story with us but there’s one person who’s had the privilege of witnessing Mommy Judith’s power in action from the front row. Here’s a message from her daughter and biggest fan, Dane Staples:
“To one of the most passionate, generous, and hardworking people I know, Happy Mother’s Day! You’re living proof that no matter how young/old you are and how ridiculous your dreams may be, it’s never impossible to fulfill them as long as you put your heart into it! Thank you for everything! I love you!”
Mommy Judith lives by a quote shared by her Wellness Coach, “MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE”. And it seems like a good idea to live it out in our lives as well! Mommy Judith is a living testament that we can make it past any limitations that the world might put us under; and that it only takes discipline and dedication to get to the you that you want to be!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MOMMY JUDITH AND ALL OUR AKMA SUPERMOMS!
Written by: Katt Uy