SPOTLIGHT: Mickey Roxas (@plantsandplanks)

I'm so excited to be sharing a little tid bit about this 5 foot under wonder girl! I met Mickey like I've met most people in my life lately, Instagram! She came over for lunch at my office and we instantly connected like acai and bowls. She's spunky, fun, loving, and full of life. Oddly she reminds me a lot of my younger self, but with glasses. 

So excited to have her as part my #sweatcrew and can't wait to see what our future holds together!


How has making fitness a mindful part of your life affected your day to day?

Fitness is now the basis on which I set my entire day; from eating, sleeping, and social activities. I plan my day around my workout regime during the weekdays, and tend to be more flexible on weekends. It has been this way for so long that it's integral to my work week. I don't feel as whole and accomplished unless I know that I fulfilled my daily activity goal.

Have you always been so fitness oriented...was there an ah-ha moment that changed this for you? (you can tell your story here)?

I've always been active oriented, but not fitness oriented. I've always loved hiking, being outdoors, and playing sports. It wasn't until I was interested in intentionally adjusting my physique, and failing to do so with caloric restriction, endless running, and other failed attempts, that I made the switch to being fitness oriented.

What does your workout schedule look like on a weekly basis?

Mondays through Fridays, each day consists of two workouts: 1 strength training session in the morning, focused on a particular body area (legs, arms, abs), and a second training session in the evening that's more endurance based (often HIIT cardio or core/balance workouts). Basically I like to put more focus in the mornings, and in the evenings I just want to move around and sweat. On weekends I try and take a new class or go on a hike. One day, usually Sunday, I'll take as a rest and rehabilitation day.

If you could give one piece of advice for anyone starting their fitness journey, what would it be? 

Just get started. Whatever that might mean. You may not be able to run a mile, squat correctly, or finish a full circuit, but at least you've started. Week by week, find a goal that intensifies each workout, for example: reach a certain amount of reps, squat deeper, push-up off your knees. As the weeks go by, you'll find yourself getting stronger, and that could never have happened if you didn't start in the first place. Also, do your research. Ask questions. Knowledge is power!


What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for my integrity and character. I'm always changing, always growing, and always learning, and I want people to be able to recognize my growth through challenges. Also, being known for pretty food bowls and handwriting is great as well. ;)

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.