Jerilyn Reed

Name:Jerilyn Reed
Birth Date:11/01/1981
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current Residence: Waterford, Connecticut
Height & Weight: 5’5″ 118lbs

1. What made you want to compete?
I saw pictures of other women that I know competing in these events. They were inspiring! I felt compelled to take on this challenge and make this journey in order to be free from self-imposed limitations and self-doubt.

2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I remember the obstacles that I have all ready overcome in my life and know that my inner-strength and my faith are stronger than anything I will go up against on this earth. I also have a four year-old son and a one year-old daughter who inspire me to always keep moving forward and be my very best.

3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
This is my first show. In the future, I would love to be in the Rhode Island and New York shows.

4. Who got you started?
Athlete Sarah Albanese got me started by explaining to me how everything works and referring me to her coach, James Byrnes.

5. Who do you look to for help now?
I look to my coach, James Byrnes of Perfect Form Fitness to give me a solid plan, guidance, and direction. I have also received immense support from my husband and trainer, Dan Reed of Ironclad Training & Fitness.

6. Where do you usually workout?
I do the majority of my workouts at my home gym, created by my husband, Dan Reed. I also workout at Old School Iron in New London, Connecticut as well as Flex Fitness in Plainfield, Connecticut.

7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I use Advocare products to help make my goals more attainable.

8. What are your most noticeable results?
My most noticeable results are the loss of inches and definition in my midsection.

9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness has changed my life because it has taught me that nothing is impossible. Anything that I want or dream, I CAN do it; as long as I’m willling to do the work.

10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
The personal fitness goals that I have set for myself are to get into the best shape of my life for this show; both aesthetically and functionally.

11. Describe your diet.
My diet is a regimented meal plan where I consume 1300 calories per day. I take in six meals spread out through the day. I eat clean, healthy, and balanced foods. My diet has me feeling better than ever before. I adhere to it 100% so that I may attain the most results possible for my body.

12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I workout six days per week. Each day consists of a different type of cardio, as well as full-body weight and resistence training.

13. What do you do for a living?
I keep the books and do accounting for two Connecticut businesses and wait tables two nights per week at a restaurant. This summer, I will start my new position in my family’s new business venture of Nummies bakery & deli in West Haven, Connecticut.

14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
My personal non-fitness goals are to build a solid business with my family. I plan to use my resources and contacts as a way to further my involvement with running for charities. Also, to continue to learn and grow as a person and woman; to be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend that I can be.

15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I played basketball and softball throughout my childhood and into high school. I currently am a runner and run in many different races and charity events.

16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I want to thank my husband, Dan Reed for being my main support through all of this. He has helped me to train and stay on track with my meal plan. I appreciate that he knows when to hug me and when to push me. He helps me to be a better woman. I thank my coach, James Byrnes for guiding me on this journey and helping me to prepare and be my best for this show. I thank my son, Danny for telling me that he loves me, that I am beautiful and that I am powerful. I thank my family and friends for the kind words and encouragement that they have offered me along the way. I definitely needed it.

17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love to run with my children in the double-running stroller. Our family loves to be outside and play wiffle ball together. I also participate in many charity running events that hold a special place in my heart. I love to cook with my son and teach him about healthy food. I love to continue to learn and improve as a cake decorator.

18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
The challenges that I face are finding enough time for my husband, two kids, three part-time jobs, one bulldog, family, friends, charities, running a household and other obligations in addition to this committment that I have made to my meal plan and workout regiment. While this has been a tall order, I’ll tell you that NOTHING will keep me from reaching my goals. I make no excuses. I do what needs to get done. I have all ready reached my fitness goal of being in the best shape of my life. I plan to push even harder in this last stretch to the Boston show!

19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
I had to ovecome many obstacles to be where I am. At the risk of being too open, I’ll tell you that I have overcome alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction and disordered eating. After I gave birth to my son, my husband and I wanted more children. I endured the loss of three pregnancies. I went back to college. I became pregnant with my daughter while in school. I gave birth to her while completing my finals and writing my senior Capstone. I received my college diploma. I know pain. I have struggled, I have fought, I have overcome. I am not ashamed. I am a fighter. I am strong. I use my experiences to relate to and help other people. My life is beautiful.

20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
I would just like to say that I have put all of my heart and soul into this preparation. I have given blood, sweat, and tears. I have had to dig deep every single day. I have had to get up ridicuously early and go to bed ridiculously late to get in all of my workouts. No matter what happens, when I walk onto that stage I will hold my head high because I have given all that I have to give. I promised myself that there will not be one woman there who worked harder than I worked.