Doesn’t social media have an awesome way of connecting people?! Molly and I became IG friends when PLL started a few years ago, but it wasn’t until March that we FINALLY got to meet in person! We kept missing each other at CrossFit events and shoots…but the stars finally aligned, and I was able to visit Molly where she trains in OC and we shot a PLL Total Body Tuesday workout…yesssss!!!
Molly’s a total pretty little lifter! It has been so awesome and inspiring following her growth as a badass athlete and total girl boss business woman. She’s been hustling with her new business Tilove Designs, finds time to lift heavy, and does lots of partnerships and shoots with great products and companies (she’s in the new @Gainz box!). She recently competed at Wodapalooza and plans to compete in a lifting competition soon! She has all the muscles and all the abs…and the most infectious smile to go with it…girl crush! It’s always refreshing to meet someone you know on IG and have them be even more awesome in person!
Hopefully you’ll be seeing more from Molly on PLL…excited to come up with some fun content with this strong babe!
Enjoy reading her Q + A and check out her website www.tilovedesigns.com …you will want one of everything!
What is your fitness background and how did you get into lifting/CrossFit?
Not much of a fitness background! In college I picked up running (trying to combat the possibility of a freshman 15 😉 ), and I wound up running a few half marathons and a full marathon in my early 20s. After running the full marathon, I started going to LA Fitness, but really had no clue what I was doing and wasn’t seeing much progress. A friend from college recommended I try CrossFit, and I was hooked from my first class! That was in 2012, and 4.5 years later I still love it as much as I did that first day!
What is your favorite movement/exercise? Least favorite??
My favorites are snatches and bar muscle ups (and handstand pushups are pretty high on my list too!). Least favorites are thrusters or front squats.
How often do you train? Do you follow any specific programming?
Haha WELL…my time spent training has definitely taken a hit the last few months because I’ve been so crazy busy with work stuff. Ideally I get to the gym 4-5 days a week, and I’m usually there for about 2 hours (I like socializing between sets 😉 ). Lately it’s definitely been less, but learning to fit it in, even if it’s a short session, has been key!
I follow two different sets of programming right now – weightlifting programming from my friend and coach John Pak, and CrossFit programming from MisFit Athletics. I’m hoping to do a weightlifting meet in the near future!
You recently competed at WODAPALOOZA in Miami for the first time…how was that?!
The most fun I have ever had doing CrossFit! Everything about that venue and event was surreal. We had so much fun the ENTIRE weekend – I didn’t want it to end! I can’t wait to try and get back there again next year.
What’s your daily eating like?
LOTS of carbs J I go with a flexible dieting approach and count macros. I love that there are no “off limit” foods, and truly anything can be eaten in moderation. I have tried a ton of different diets, and I can say I both feel and look the best when I am counting macros! I know my body is getting exactly what it needs to perform at its best.
Mmm cheat meals…what’s your favorite?
Oh my gosh! This is a tough one! I love sugar. Like LOVE SUGAR. Ask my husband – it drives him crazy! Lol. My favorite thing ever is candy (Easter season was bad. I was filling my carbs with Sweettarts, Jelly Beans, and Mini Cadburry Eggs!). For a cheat MEAL though? Pizza. LOVE pizza.
I love that you shared with your followers about your transformation from skinny to strong & healthy…what advice do you have for women going through something similar?
Aw thank you! That is definitely a subject I try and touch on from time to time through social media because it is really important to me. Struggling with an eating disorder was one of the hardest things I’ve been through, and it lasted a VERY long time. It was something I never thought I would truly get past. My biggest advice is to push yourself to make baby steps, every day. Nothing will be fixed or solved overnight, and there is no easy answer or fix. There will be screw ups (if you’re like me, lots of screw ups!). It will feel like all the screwing up is undoing progress, but it isn’t. Tiny, tiny baby steps away from bad habits and towards good ones will add up. No one can make these changes but you, so be firm with yourself KNOWING that you can make progress. You know you are strong, so be it! You owe it to yourself to take care of your body.
What do you have to say to women (who think lifting will make them manly or too bulky) to encourage them to lift?
I have fallen in love with how lifting makes me feel. When I started lifting, it wasn’t about the muscles or the effect it was going to give my physique – it was that I truly enjoyed it and loved seeing what my body could do. As I’ve continued lifting over the years, I am happy with the changes it’s had on my body. Getting “bulky” as a female takes years and years of hard work. A muscular physique does not happen by accident! Heck, I’m trying to put on more muscle these days- and it’s difficult! Don’t be afraid of the weights. They’ll truly help you find a stronger sense of confidence because of what your body can do!
I LOVE your new business! What inspired you to start Tilove Designs and create apparel, coffee mugs, and other products?
Thank you so much!! I have always loved business and even as a kid, wanted to be an entrepreneur. After years of working for companies that I felt were run poorly, I decided to try my own thing. Why not be my OWN boss and do things the way I think they should be done? What started as a tiny Etsy shop has quickly grown into SO much more. We started off with coffee mugs, and recently branched into apparel and accessories. The apparel took off like CRAZY! I am beyond thankful for all the support my little brand has gotten this far, and can’t wait to see where it goes from here!