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October Ray Of Light — Anna Laura Sommer

Anna_Laura_Sommer-42-EditWhere are you from?

I was born and raised on a farm in Arkansas. I attended undergrad there (Woo Pig Sooie!), then attended grad school in South Carolina. After grad school, I moved to San Antonio because my husband, an Army Blackhawk pilot, was stationed there. We are now living in Philadelphia while he attends business school, and are really loving it! It’s certainly a change of pace from our Southern roots, y’all, but we’re having a blast!

What is something about yourself that we might not know?

A couple of years ago, I was asked to address the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Class of 2017, in honor of my late brother Tyler, a West Point grad who was KIA in 2009. It was a true honor, and a memory that I will always cherish.

The next day following my speech, I participated in the “runback” to West Point grounds with the Class. During the run, I pulled out my phone and took a picture.

As we were running, the man next to me asked, “Did you just take a selfie?”

I responded with an oh-so-classy, “Uhh…SCHYEAH!”

As it turned out, that “man” was the Superintendent of West Point and a Three-Star General.

*Open mouth, insert foot.*

How long have you been a Savage Girl and why did you join?

I joined Savage in January 2016 to get in better shape for my wedding, but mostly to finally feel confident in my body. After watching my sister-in-law, a fellow Savage girl, get in the best shape of her life for her fitness competitions, I wanted to give it a try, though I had little intention of ever competing. I had seen her dedication, and didn’t think I’d ever be capable of that sort of discipline. I felt I had no self-control when it came to food, and had basically given up on developing any sort of muscle definition, in my legs, especially.

I attended Camp for the first time 1 year after joining, and finally registered for my first show that following May. I took home 1st in my category, then 1st overall to receive my Pro card. What I was most excited about was showing myself just how focused and committed to the process I had become.

Through connecting with these other amazing women, I’ve chosen to higher my standards—the way I talk about myself, especially. I know now I am capable, committed, and dedicated to achieving my goals, and in the process, inspiring others to do the same!

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with Cathy Savage Fitness?

PRACTICE INSTANT FORGIVENESS! No one is perfect 100% of the time, and holding on to guilt causes you to self-sabotage your goals. The most important thing I’ve learned in my health journey is to do away with the “all-or-nothing mentality”, and focus on giving my best whenever possible. If you miss a workout or indulge a little too much on a meal, INSTANTLY forgive yourself, and MOVE ON to rock your next workout or meal!

Fill in the Blank (one word)

I like… Instagram!

I eat… constantly.

I do… laugh!

I am… grateful.

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