Name: Sarah Albanese
Birth Date: 03/25/1983
Birth Place: Jacksonville, NC
Current Residence: Waterford, CT
Height & Weight: 5 ft 9 in & 142lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
It has always been something I have wanted to do but never had the discipline. I never thought it was something I could achieve.
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I call my coach Jimmy, my friend Bobby or Leo Dousis who I have worked out with for years. They always bless me with words of encouragement when the pressure seems to be too much. A simple text like “Stay Focused!” or “Sarah, you can do this!” keeps me going. I also want to prove to women everywhere that having a child isn’t the end of your physique. As a mother of two boys, I am proof that you can do anything you put your mind to!! Nothing is impossible.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
This is my first show! I want to focus on getting through this show and get a feel for how it works before I make any future plans to compete.
4. Who got you started?
Not a simple answer. My friend Bobby started working out with me about 41/2 years ago. I just wanted to tone up a little. He is the first person to ever mention fitness competitions to me. Then, I started working out with Leo Dousis 21/2 years ago and he encouraged me to compete as well. So finally I made some calls and got in touch with Jimmy from Flex fitness who brought me through the final phase of this journey. Its a love/hate relationship, especially when he starts taking away food! Love him for it though;) I am so happy that I listened to them!!
5. Who do you look to for help now?
Everyone! I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by enormous support. From co-workers, family and friends. Jimmy can tell me what to do but its up to me to follow through when he is not around. They all help me with that. There are a lot of parties with cake, pasta, brownies ect. at work and my co-workers keep me honest lol.
6. Where do you usually workout?
Flex fitness in Plainfield, CT. Summit Fitness in Norwich, CT. Leo Dousis’s gym.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
Catalyst from AdvoCare is phenomenal. It makes my skin glow and really brings out the definition in my muscles.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My arms, shoulders and abs.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
OH YESS!!! I have a lot more confidence now!! I also have a lot of will power when it comes to food………try at least! I have learned that the biggest part of being fit and toned is what you put in your mouth and when!
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
To earn my WBFF Pro card and possibly become a fitness trainer.
11. Describe your diet.
Meal #1:1/2 a scoop of protein powder
Meal #2: 4 egg whites 1/4 cup oats and one apple
Meal #3: 1 scoop protein powder
Meal #4: 5 oz chicken, 2 oz sweet potatoes and 8 spears of asparagus
Meal #5: Same
1 scoop casean protein with 1 egg white and water. mix and microwave for 1 min
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
30 Min on each body part throughout the week then intense cardio 2-3 times a week.
13. What do you do for a living?
I was a Surgical Technologist for about 10 years but just took a job as a Rep for Medtronic Spine and Biologics.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
Raising my children to be respected, well educated adults.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I was a hip-hop dancer for years but retired when my team and I won the 2011 World Dance Championship!! I also played field hockey, softball and competitive cheerleading.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
Thank you to my amazing boyfriend Pat for all of his support! Watching the boys so I can workout and putting up with all of my dieting! Thank you to Bobby Douglas for always supporting me and reminding me to “stay focused”! You are one of my BF and I would have never even thought about doing this if it weren’t for you. Thank you to Leo Dousis for pushing me to the MAX in every workout! You cut me up and kept feeding me positivity until I could find a coach! I have you to thank for my definition. Thank you to Jimmy for taking me on and teaching me about the world of fitness and taking me through the last leg of this journey. You help me to keep my eye on the prize and keep me going. You have given me such confidence and motivation! Thank youThank you!! Thank you to my friends and family for their understanding in why I always have a isobag and my own food at any function haha!
17. Do you have any hobbies?
Dancing and working out.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
Working 12 hour shifts. It was very hard finding time to workout those days with 3 boys at home. FOOD!!! I love pasta, peanut butter and bread. It is definitely a challenge in the beginning to change your eating habits.