Behind The Screen: Go Fit Jo
Joanne Encarnacion from Go Fit Jo isn’t like any other fitness blogger. Her love of fitness and wellness sprinkled with her boldness and edge in her imagery is a breath of fresh air. She captions each Instagram post as if it were a diary entry in which she shares her passion for healthy living and her newfound love of OXiGEN.
Joanne’s presence is usually full of reflection, relatable conversation and bottomless amounts of inspiration. We often find ourselves nodding our heads in agreement every time she shares insight into her thoughts regarding body image while maintaining balance. For your daily dose of Jo follow @GoFitJo on Instagram, but before you do, get to know more about this incredible woman in our Q&A with her below.
OXiGEN: We’ve followed your amazing fitness journey via Instagram. Tell us a little about how you got started.
Joanne: There have been plenty of attempts to get into the shape. Like most women, I started to workout before my wedding, after having kids (both times), and none of it stuck. About three and a half years ago I was getting ready for a Sunday family outing with my little family and as I was checking out myself for the final time in my daughter’s full length mirror, my daughter Airis, who was 9 years old at the time said to me, “Mom you look so pretty.” I quickly snapped at her and said, “No I’m not; I’m fat and ugly.” The look on her face is one I will never forget, I crushed her heart. In her eyes I was her queen, the most beautiful woman she had ever seen. She took off running into the hallway upset with me. This was my “aha” moment. It all of a sudden clicked, how could I be the example of a strong woman if I didn’t see that in myself? How could I tell her she’s beautiful, capable and talented if I couldn’t even see that in me? This is when I knew things had to change.
OXiGEN: Looking back at your journey, what’s one thing you wish you had done differently – in life, with fitness and as a blogger?
Joanne: One thing I think I would have done differently would be not to doubt myself as much as I did, but I think those moments were needed. All journeys are a process of self-discovery, and moments of doubt are just as important as moments of strength and courage.
I think the best kept secret for getting fit/staying fit is to not take things so seriously, and the same goes with blogging. Life is too short to live completely contrived and too serious. Dance through life like it’s no one’s business.
OXiGEN: What’s up next for you in the year ahead?
Joanne: I recently had a major life change and no longer have a full time 9-5 career as I’m now embarking on pursuing my own brand and dreams. I’ve enrolled in a course for my health and nutrition coaching certification and I’m excited to start taking clients in that direction during the early part of 2017.
OXiGEN: Looking 3 to 5 years ahead, how do you think your industry will change and where do you see yourself?
Joanne: Oh man…this question is a doozy. Well, first I think it’s been incredible to see a shift around the conversations of fitness. It’s refreshing to start seeing and reading conversations about fitness and wellness shifting to really start focusing on movement for the mind. In 3-5 years I hope to see myself still pioneering some of these conversations and to not only be about self-improvement of overall health, but also to life improvement in general.
OXiGEN: Thinking about your professional journey, what was your first job? Also, when you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Joanne: My first job was at Foot Locker when I was 15 years old. I remember being so excited to work, make my own money, and most importantly get out of the house. I think that’s when my obsession over sneakers came into play for the first time. In high school, I wanted to be a range of things between: a lawyer, a psychologist, a photographer, and a hair stylist. Two of which I have done.
OXiGEN: How has your experience been since incorporating OXiGEN water and shots into your day-to-day life?
Joanne: My experience has been great! OXiGEN has really helped keep me from that post-workout crash. Oxygen is everything just like water. It helps with our entire overall health by allowing our bodies to expand with each breath, taking in precious elements to help us survive. Think about it, when you take a deep breath in, how much less stressed do you feel?
OXiGEN: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Joanne: The best advice I’ve ever received was trust yourself; you’re fully equipped with everything you need to survive in life.
OXiGEN:Speaking of surviving, in the cold winter months it’s harder to get outside and be as active as you were in the summer. What’s your go-to winter time exercise? Any motivation tips for our readers?
Joanne: If you’re someone who loves running, I say bundle up, find a track and do some track sprints. Sprints are great for the body and it quickly warms you up. For me my go-to winter exercise is still lifting weights. It requires you to be indoors because of the equipment. My biggest tip for those who love to hibernate during the winter is this: summer bodies are made in the winter. So all the work you do in the winter will start to show during the spring and summer. Don’t let winter keep you away from exercise, go find a group class you can enjoy with friends and get moving!
OXiGEN: It seems like you’re always on the go! What’s been your favorite destination so far?
Joanne: I am always on the go, but never really traveling to far off places. My favorite destination happens to be Hawaii. There’s something about it that nourishes my heart.
OXiGEN: OXiGEN is all about recovery. As a mom and wife with a career and a fitness blog, how do you recover? Do you have any specific spots you escape to for rest and relaxation?
Joanne: I recover by taking the family to the coast and heading to the beach. We enjoy fun-filled day adventures running on the beach and getting our dose of sunshine and ocean.
OXiGEN: Who inspires you?
Joanne: This is really cheesy, but my daughters inspire me so much. Olivia, who is the youngest, has this energy about her that I can’t seem to put into words. She brings everything to life and it’s really incredible. Airis, my eldest, is such a creative spirit; she’s an incredibly talented artist and is more in tune with the world than she realizes.
OXiGEN: If you were going to be stuck on an island for the rest of your life with only three items, what would they be?
Joanne: My S’well water bottle because it keeps my water cold, Maui Babe tanning lotion and a camera.
OXiGEN: Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with working out; what’s one of your go-to foods for recovery after a tough workout?
Joanne: A protein shake and banana.
OXiGEN: Alright, so time to get real. On a cheat day, what are favorite indulgences?
Joanne: Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc in Napa with a BOTTLE of Rose.
OXiGEN: What’s on your go-to playlist right now?
Joanne: “Love on Top” by Beyonce and Snoop Dogg’s (song) “Drop it Like It’s Hot”.OXiGEN: Lastly, what are three activities you love to do outside of work?
Joanne: Movie night with my daughters, riding our bikes with my husband and surrounding myself with movers and shakers. I love connecting with people who are discovering ways to live their lives to the greatest potential.
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