Meet the hard working, ambitious, and admirable Sara Jin Smidt, who has one of the longest titles I have ever seen. Sara is 30 years old, and smart on paper with a cand. Scient Human Nutrition. She is the editor-in-chief at FIT LIVING Magazine, and founder and blogger at healthyskinnybitch.dk. Moreover she is also a personal trainer, nutritionist and fitness instructor. Who can beat this title?
And besides having a bad-ass title because of her many years of hard work, she is also an incredible person. I met Sara through a common friend, the lovely actress Julie Zangenberg, and she blew me away with her big smile and real “no-kind-of-bullshit” personality. Sara has trained me some times when I am in Copenhagen, and after my first workout with her, I understood why she is so hyped. Sara’s military style of teaching is not something you see very often, because a lot of people think its too much and cannot see the reason why it is necessary to be so “hard core”. But let me tell you one thing: Try one of Sara’s classes, or book her for a Personal Training Session, and you will understand why. Sara has build a community around her “Healthy Skinny Bitch” principles, and I am one of the supporters. She is true to herself and she has launched a book (link here where her vision is written down.
Sara is a passionated person with a big heart and she has inspired me in different ways, which I want to share with all of you.
Below is my Q&A with Sara Jin Smidt about her inspiration, motivation, and goals in life:
- Q: What is your currently project that you are working on?
I have just relaunched FIT LIVING magazine which is taking up most of my time and is really exciting. And then I’m working on my second book with my good friend Mads who’s also the founder of the healthy take-away concept “SMAG” (link smagnu.dk). My first book is all my nutrition and exercise principals and the second book is recipes based on the nutrition part of my first book which I’m really excited about doing.
- Q: How did you end up doing what you do today?
I started teaching classes at FitnessDK 10 years ago while I was studying my BA and Master in Human Nutrition at University of Copenhagen. After a few years I started as a personal trainer and nutritionist, then the blog and last year I was offered the job as editor-in-chief at FIT LIVING magazine which is most definatly my dream job. I really love my job and I love that I can combine it with my blog and classes at the gym. It’s a lot of work – but it is all worth it, that’s for sure.
- Q: Did you set goals about where you wanted to be?
I have always known that I wouldn’t be a scientist. I have a huge respect for people who spend years on a scienceproject but it’s to slow a process for me. I like the communication part. I love to write articles and share knowledge to “real” people not only scientist. And I like to work with the tight deadlines, new blog posts and magazines. So, no I didn’t have a specific goal to be editor-in-chief but I had a goal that I would share, write, and communicate health to normal people so I guess I had a goal that came true with the job that I have now.
- Q: What inspires you in life?
People. My blog is dedicated to the girls participating at my gym classes. My book is dedicated to my fitness girls and followers on my blog and the magazine is dedicated to all the amazing danish women with an interest in health. I have meet and helped so many amazing women struggling with weight-loss, motivation and body shaming and that have inspired me to start my blog and write my book. So the people that I have helped and there problems, and ups & downs, that really inspires me to do what I do.
- What motivates you?
Again it’s my girls. I am so lucky to be surrounded by some amazing and inspiring women both at the gym, at work, and especially also my girlfriends. I know that everyone say this but I do truly have the most amazing hardworking, loyal and loving girlfriends a girl could ever ask for –my ladies could rule the world thats for sure. If I have days where I don’t feel like going to the gym or my work seems completely crazy and over–scheduled I think of all my fitness girls, clients and girlfriends who work there asses of and I think to my self “if they can do it so can I!”.
- Q: How do you take care of your body?
I work more than 60 hours a week so it’s really important for me to workout and take good care of my body. I don’t have a strict food regime but I eat a lot of vegetables, lean meat and eat with moderation. I love to workout and right know it’s mostly Bikram at The Wolfpack Gym and Kickboxing with my personal trainer Jesper Bregengaard besides my regular condition and weight training and 6 weekly classes at the gym. I would also like to start up my running again. It’s always more fun to run during the summertime. And then my sleep is alpha omega. I don’t sleep enough but I do sleep whenever I can. I often have a 10 mins. powernap before going out at the night and that really helps me keeping up with my busy schedule.
- Q: What is your food item/s of indulgence?
I have a thing for salty things. French fries and burgers defiantly – but I do also love a nice dessert, chocolate and gummi bears.
- Q: What is your beauty secret/tip?
Sleep! And water. It’s such a cliché but it works. Also I’m a sucker for Beauté Pacifique and La Roche Posays face-masks, day- and night creams. And then I have a thing for Biotherms Lait Corporel Bodylotion. That’s my all-time favourite.
- Q: What is your next goal?
My second book and to make the relaunched FIT LIVING a success. On a personal plan it’s to sleep and travel more.
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