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Jaime Clark

Tell us about your journey to health and fitness

It was my 39th birthday - my birthday is December 31st, so it was four years ago. I woke up on January 1st, said okay, I'm tired of all of it, I just turned 39, this is the last year of my 30’s. I'm not gonna be this grumpy old mom who is tired and fat and unhealthy and can’t keep up with her kids.

At that time I was pushing 170lb, somewhere around there. And I just said I can't do this anymore. I mean, I was so depressed and didn't realize it. I was just unhappy, and I was making my husband miserable, I was making my kids miserable. I was drinking a lot. And I just said, I'm done doing this. So I just made a conscious decision to just try.

I started with running once in awhile, which I hate, I still hate, I've never liked it. I'd rather do anything else. Then I set the goal to run a Spartan Race because my husband had already gotten into it and I’d done a few short ones in the past. I watched him do the Fenway Spartan Sprint four years ago, and I watched him do a couple local mountain runs like the Mountain Running Series that used to be in Maine, and New England, and New York I think.

But I didn't know where to start. So I got hooked up with a BeachBody coach out of Pennsylvania and started that - did the whole Shakeology thing and they totally brainwashed me. Hook line and sinker, you know? I became a coach and was trying to be healthy and fit. And when I had done all the Beachbody stuff for, I don't know, a year plus, I was kinda like, I'm tired of being in my home. I'm tired of being enclosed and watching a screen and doing the same exercise. Essentially every seven day it was the same thing. I was getting bored. And I'm the type of person who has a very hard time with self-motivation.

My husband was the one that had mentioned the CrossFit place. And I was like, there's no way I can do that. I'm a mom. I'm almost 40 years old. You know? I think after about one or two years of doing the at-home-workout thing, after my 40th birthday, I decided to do the On-Ramp. I thought that I was in shape, and then did the On-Ramp for CrossFit and was like, oh my god, I am so not in shape. It completely humbled me. But I stuck with it and wanted to do it. When I first joined, I wasn't even squatting right doing my at home workouts. I'm surprised I didn't hurt myself doing the at home workouts.

I quit drinking. I haven't had anything to drink in three years now. I made a conscious decision just because I have an addictive personality. I would say that CrossFit is definitely something that you can pour your addictive-ness into, and not feel bad about it. I've spoken to a lot of people that say that they've seen a lot of people come into CrossFit that are recovering, either alcoholics or drug addicts too.

CrossFit is addictive, but it's something healthy. It's competitive. You're competing against people in your gym. You're competing against people that are in the class. But it's fun at the same time. It’s just what I needed. I need the group setting. I need the coach yelling at me.


Before your food intolerance tests, did you feel as though something was wrong?

Well, yes and no. I mean, in the back of my mind, I was like, this can't be normal to feel bloated and not well every single day - foggy and fatigued. I kind of just figured this was gonna be the way it was gonna be the rest of my life. Because I honestly felt like I couldn’t afford to go see a nutritionist. I felt like it was self-indulgence. Like being a parent, and having other responsibilities, and having a mortgage, and blah blah blah, I was like, I can't spend the money on that. But my husband was like, just please do it. What's it gonna hurt?

At my gym, they have you sign on for three months. The nutritionist, Vanessa, is amazing. Smart. I mean, she knows her stuff. I think it cost me like $300, $350 for the sign on and the three months, because you have to do it for 12 weeks. Within our first sit down, she told me she wanted me to get a food allergy test.

The results came back - they scale it from a one to a three. For the last ten years, I was eating everything on that list that I'm sensitive to. I mean everything. So no wonder I was so uncomfortable for so long.

Most of my sensitivities were a one - there were quite a few including eggs, coconut, and almond. Dairy, wheat, mushrooms, spinach, peas and green beans were a two. Vanessa was telling me that you have to be really careful when things come up as twos. She said those eventually, the more you eat them, they can turn into threes. So she said definitely don't eat anything that rated as a two. She said on the ones, try and introduce them here and there and see how you feel. So I might look into introducing the egg again sometime.


As a recreational athlete with so many intolerances, where do you get your protein?

That was a problem Vanessa and I had. Her and I were trying to find protein alternatives, because I'm not a huge meat eater ... I think it's mental for me. We both have this thing where we're like, oh god, we're eating like these cute little furry animals. If I could be vegan and be a healthy vegan and get all the protein I need, I would. But I just don't think it's possible right now with doing CrossFit and everything. So I kept asking her if she could help me find a vegan protein powder, you know, without whey. Some people suggested the, oh what is that, the animal beef protein powder.

So pretty much, when Modus came through as an option, it was a freaking lifesaver. I know I'm not a pro athlete or anything, but I can get 30 grams of protein in two scoops and I feel good. Sometimes at night I just have one scoop of that with water just to get my protein in.


What’s a day in the life like for you?

I usually wake up anywhere between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Head in the shower, hope to get a few minutes to myself downstairs, make a cup of coffee, get my lunch out of the fridge, and, and this is true, this is every single day, get my one scoop of Modus protein powder in my shaker, put it in my bag for work, put my lunch in my bag for work, feed the dogs, let them out.

Come back upstairs, usually the kids are rising by then and my husband usually goes downstairs with them and makes them breakfast while I'm trying to make myself look, you know, somewhat awake and presentable, and get dressed, and fix my hair. My husband usually leaves for work by the time I come downstairs, then I'm wrangling my kids and making sure they have their lunches and their snacks. Does my 12 year old have his soccer bag? What do you have going on after school?

I drop them off at school at 7:30 and I'm to work by 8:00. I have my protein shake right at my desk every morning, 8 o’clock to fuel my morning. Work through the day, emails. I'm pretty hangry by 10:00, 10:30 so I usually have a snack. Work some more,. Then at lunch time, I try and go for a half hour walk on my lunch break. Back to work. Emails, project, phone calls, things like that. Another snack between 2:00 and 3:00. Finishing up for the day at work. And then 4:15, I head to my CrossFit gym, usually three days on the weekdays, and then I try and go Saturday and Sunday so that I can have two week nights free and don't have to worry about going to the gym.

So CrossFit from 4:30 to 5:30. Husband picks up the children, usually between 4:00 and 5:00. I'm home by 5:45, unpacking from the day. While I'm unpacking from the day and getting dinner ready, or my husband is getting dinner ready, I am packing for the next day. Feed the family and the dog, asking Ethan if he has any homework, asking the little one how his day was.

My husband leaves for the gym at 6:30, so I'm with the kids 6:30 till about 8:00 alone.

Usually the kids are in bed by 8:00, probably sleeping by 8:30. And then usually Chris is home from the gym by then, eating his dinner. And we're probably, finally able to chat about our day at 9:00 at night. If I'm having a rough night, seriously, I take those to Power OFF before bed so that I can go to sleep and I'm not up drumming my fingers all night. We're usually asleep by 9:30, 10:00.

So pretty much, when Modus came through as an option, it was a freaking lifesaver. I know I'm not a pro athlete or anything, but I can get 30 grams of protein in two scoops and I feel good. Sometimes at night I just have one scoop of that with water just to get my protein in.

Tell us about your experience with Power ON

I actually took it this week, it was our work's annual convention, so this is literally like my busiest time of year. Our convention was Wednesday and yesterday. It's all day - 12 hour days three days in row. I took some Monday because Monday for me was a day of making sure I have all my ducks in a row for our convention, because I manage our exhibit hall and manage all the, like over 300 people that come to the exhibit hall that I do this layout, and rentals, and invoicing. I noticed more clarity, definitely more energy.


Tell us about your experience with Modus Protein

I talk about it all the time. Probably people are sick of me. But for someone, especially like me, and I know there's more people like me out there that have a lot of intolerances like I do, it's been a lifesaver. I mean, I wish that I had found Modus sooner. Everything in that product is what my body needs. I love it. I feel just very fortunate to have worked with Vanessa, that she worked diligently to find a brand that would work with me as a person, as an athlete, as a mom.

There's no ingredient in there that I can't have, which I have not found one other protein powder in the United States. Vanessa and I looked for probably a good month. And honestly, I remember when I was trying to find vegan, no-whey protein powder. The main ingredient in all of them was pea protein, and that would destroy my insides for three days. I was getting so discouraged because I wanted to find a protein powder that I could have in place of meat. I love protein shakes. I'm not a fan of eating solid food in the morning, either. Like I don't know if it's my stomach. I don't know if it's a mental thing with me in the morning. I make one in the morning. I take it with me. It's easy. I can put other ingredients in it. Like this morning, I just had one with blueberries, half a banana, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. It really has been the perfect product for me.


What’s your favorite Modus recipe that you’ve made?

Oh gosh. The overnight oats. Hands down. The brownie batter overnight oats, I could eat that every single day. Which, you know, come to think of it, I need to make more of that. I use gluten free oats and cashew milk and it’s so easy. And I put a tablespoon of peanut butter in mine, like right before I, if I pack it in my lunch, like I throw a teaspoon of peanut butter in it. Sometimes raspberries.

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or low fat milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana)
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs stevia
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Modus protein powder

In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Divide between 2 small bowls, mugs, or mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for at least an hour or more) so the oats soften and absorb the liquid.. Top with fruit, chopped nuts or topping of choice if desired! Enjoy cold, or microwave for 30-60 seconds.

There's no ingredient in there that I can't have, which I have not found one other protein powder in the United States. Vanessa and I looked for probably a good month. And honestly, I remember when I was trying to find vegan, no-whey protein powder. The main ingredient in all of them was pea protein, and that would destroy my insides for three days.