Interview with Dominique Meyers
Over the course of 2017 into 2018 I have been able to interview a variety of different women for my blog, Word of Mouth. All of my interviewees have been women, this was not something I did on purpose nor did I plan the content to be that way, it just happened. Want to know why? It is because when I was coming up with ideas for interesting content I found that my biggest inspirers are female.
I have found such strength and confidence in women across the United States from a variety of different content areas; from fitness, to health and wellness, to photography, and travel. Recently I was able to interview a woman who is a fitness coach and bikini competitor in San Diego, California. Her name is Dominique Meyers! Her & her husband have a fitness program that people enroll in to get their personalized coaching for training as well as eating.
I was lucky to get some great tips and even dive into some of her motivation for staying confident throughout her training process.
Check it out:
Q: What made you decide to commit to your fitness lifestyle?
A: After college I was in a really low place with my health. I felt defeated and it had got to the point where enough was enough and I knew I had to make a change. Before that point I had tried a number of different diet and "quick fixes" and nothing was working. Once I accepted that it would take time and work, I made the decision to make a lifestyle change that would be sustainable and in a healthy way.
Q: Have you personally struggled with the progress of your physique?
A: YES!!! This is something that I struggle with every single day. Whether it was when I was at the lowest point with my health or when I was at my "fittest", I thought I should be better and I just wasn't ever good enough.
Q: How did you overcome that?
A: Honestly it's something I'm still challenged with, it's an ongoing process and journey that I'm learning to love. There was a book I read that really helped me out called "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero that helped fill my mind with thoughts and ideas that would empower me. Also, sharing my journey and doing my best to inspire others through my social media posts each day reminds me of those very principles and helps me.
Q: When do you feel your best?
A: When I'm able to find the balance between working out & eating healthy while still enjoying life and eating yummy foods.
I love that her confidence stems from balance in her life! It isn’t a number on the scale or an outfit that looked good! I have struggled with feeling my best while also finding balance but I think she is totally right and once you find it, it’s important that you stick with it!
Q: What advice would you give to people (women in particular) struggling with their overall health?
A: Stop looking for quick fixes and shortcuts. It's not easy and isn't supposed to be. It's going to take work but it's worth it. Remember that you don't have to give up all fun and good fun to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; you can have both when you embrace the 80/20 Rule. Everyone has a starting point and it's important to NEVER compare yourself to others because this is your journey and no one else's.
Q: How important is confidence and mental health when it comes to your training?
A: 100 percent for both my training and coaching. It all starts with mindset and having the right attitude. You can have the best plan to follow or Coach to look up to, but if you aren't ready, willing, and committed to it then you won't follow through.
Q: Do you think everyone is capable of building a body they’re confident in?
A: Absolutely. Before I started my journey, I never thought that was possible until my mindset about it all changed. What has helped me out is realizing that there's no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to your health. Being healthy and confident means something different for every single person so figure out what that is for you and then work on building the habits that will lead you to that goal.
I have been really inspired this past month from people I have met & interviewed to recently celebrating International Women’s Day. I feel so lucky to have found & followed some amazing women through social media! Especially with Dom! Her captions & daily Instagram stories get people excited about health and wellness; As well as overall confidence - especially for women. When I was brainstorming new people to interview she immediately came to mind and honestly I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner! I loved the answers she provided because I know people struggle with their fitness journey all the time! I myself have been working on building sustainable habits, which is why I'm so glad she mentioned that (maybe i'm doing something right! hehe). It also helped me to see that she has struggled with her physique & not everyone is perfect! It makes you feel like you're not alone. When you see so many fitness influencers it looks like they have it together every single second; that isn't always the case. It’s important to gain a real and healthy perspective for what goes into overall health and wellness. It all starts with a positive mindset and fearless attitude.
After that, the sky is the limit – especially for us women.