Today on the podcast:

Judy Fitzgerald is a pro fitness model, qualified nurse, and fitness instructor.

She became nationally recognised after winning the Miss Bikini Ireland model search in 2014. After being crowned Miss Bikini Ireland she went on to represent Ireland in the world finals in Cancun, Mexico.

Judy is also a high profile model who has worked with the world’s leading photographers and featured in many national and international publications. She has worked at many high profile events including New York Fashion Week, the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and Wimbledon to name but a few.

She is currently a European fitness model champion. Since winning her PRO status she has represented Ireland in the world championships.

In today’s podcast, we talk about how to balance fitness with a full time job and some of the misconceptions around social and online media.

Episode Outline

  • 05:04 Her transition from Miss Bikini Ireland to competing in fitness model competitions.
  • 12:27 Her current eating and training regimen and how it differs from when she started.
  • 16:24 What to do if you struggle to hit your daily protein requirements and eat whole food to fuel your body.
  • 21:55 Where Judy finds motivation in pursuit of her fitness goals
  • 23:31 How Judy’s training evolved over the years
  • 26:28 Eating well when doing shift work as a nurse
  • 30:11 Sleep tips to help with shift workers
  • 32:07 How to have a better relationship with social media and book recommendations that supported her.
  • 38:24 OnlyFans – how she uses it, who it’s for and the misconceptions around it
  • 49:17 Advice that Judy would give to her younger self

Key Points

  • Protein contains the amino acids that your body needs to build or maintain muscle; so, whatever your fitness goal, never skimp on your protein. If you’re trying to lose weight for a competition and don’t get enough protein, your metabolic rate slows down, which not only means your muscles are undernourished, but also that it will become hard for you to keep calories at bay and, by extension, your body fat levels at bay.
  • What you see on your favorite influencer’s social media profile is their highlight reel – the tip of the iceberg. But there is a real person on the other end of that snapshot. Realizing this is the first step to being able to look at your social media through a realistic lens and avoid potential mental health issues down the road that come from envy and comparison.
  • If you’re following certain people on social media, particularly on Instagram, and you’re not getting value from their content, consider unfollowing them. If these include a friend or family member and you don’t want to offend them, mute them instead. You have to take steps to make social media support your lifestyle and not let it control you through comparison syndrome or making you prone to constant, one-sided outrage from controversial posts.

Powerful Quotes by Judy

  • It’s important to have a goal because, the closer you get to it, the more excited you become.
  • Sleep is so important for recovery. Sleep is king.
  • OnlyFans is just another social media platform. It’s just another way of putting yourself out there. People just need to be more open-minded and figure out the different ways they can make use of it.
  • A lot of people aren’t doing what they want to do in life because fear is getting in the way, and the main thing that they seem to be afraid of is other people’s opinions. […] You only have one life so you might as well do what makes you happy and not care what anybody else thinks. Live your best life.
  • Resources Mentioned

Guest Info

Judy Fitzgerald

Pro fitness model, qualified nurse, and fitness instructor.

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