I thought I'd do something a little different today (and hopefully fun to read) and answer the top 5 frequently asked questions.
In case you weren't aware - I have a FAQs tab where these (and others) are listed!!
#1 : How do you make time to exercise?
My biggest piece of advice is to schedule workouts. I know when it's scheduled I won't skip it as often as if it's not. I'm terrible at working out in the afternoon, so I know I've got to get it done in the morning to be successful. I plan the days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) for me and stick to that each week. Now, that's not to say there's times where I don't make that or change it up, but I stick to this schedule the most. I did this even when I worked (before having Landon). I had the nights I worked out, after work, planned out and took my gym bag with me so I could go straight there after work. As a stay at home Mom, I utilized nap times when Landon was a new born (and napping all the time) and now I utilize the gym's daycare or nap time or post nap time in the early evening and take family walks/runs. I also think smart and do things like wear my workout clothes to run errands so I've already got them on and have no choice but to workout after. I've also been known to knock out two birds with one stone by catching up with a friend while we walk or run at the park with our kids in the strollers. Simply put - it has to be a priority.
#2 : Have you always been thin?
Yes. But I don't want that to negate all the hard work I've done and do to stay healthy. There's a difference between being skinny and healthy. I talked some about that in this blog post several months past: (http://shapeher.weebly.com/blog/treating-our-bodies-right) As a little girl I was skinny and petite. I was often called "bird legs" and "knobby knees" which kind of messed with me in my teen years a bit. A lot of my exercise started because I hated my small, petite frame. I wanted to add muscle and give myself some girlish curves. My metabolism really changed after I turned 25. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted and not see a change in my body (mostly mid section) and I had to work harder to see changes occur. Then, once I had Landon it became a whole different ball game. So yes, I've always been petite and thin, but not until I was about 22 did I start to have a healthier view of healthy eating and exercise - doing so to be healthy and fit. And yes I've always been thin, but I've worked my tail off the last 5-7 years to really get at where I am today - and maintain it.
#3 : What kind of workouts do you do?
I'm a Body Pump junkie. Body Pump is an hour long weights class that works every muscle group - head to toe. I love it. I've been doing it for 5-6 years. I do it at the gym twice a week and own the at-home program for those days I can't make the gym/class. I haven't seen as much change in my body and strength building as I have with Body Pump. I also do cardio regularly. I like-ish running, I have a love hate relationship with stationary bike,s I really enjoy swimming laps in the summer months, cardio focused workouts and classes, and I've been doing kickboxing workouts for almost 10 years now. (Major change in my legs, core, shoulders, and booty with kickboxing) Other than Body Pump, I get bored easily, so I always switch it up. This week, I did Body Pump twice a week, took a 30 minute family walk/run one evening and then did a cardio workout (from the 21 Day Fix program) that included weights, jumps, etc. on the other day.
#4: What type of workouts are best for somebody who is new to exercise?
This is a great question and one that ultimately depends on the person. However, I think a good broad answer is a mix of light weights, cardio and pilates. There are several Beachbody programs I think are perfect for beginners: P90 (not P90x....just P90....the newest and way less intense version in the franchise that is focused on newbies) and PiYo because it's no weights or jumping. It's a mix of pilates and yoga and just uses your body weight. It's a great workout that helps build endurance and strengthen your muscles. I love working with newbies - whether in hooking them up with a Beachbody program or creating one for them!
#5: What kind of food do you eat?
I'd be lying if I told you I ate 100% organic. It's just too expensive for our budget. However, I'd say probably 90% of what we eat is. I try my best to buy organic options when I can or it's available. For me, a typical day includes 5-6 meals a day. Breakfast is typically a smoothie (made with Shakeology), lunch is either a salad with protein (chicken, eggs, avocado, beans) and some veggies on top plus a fruit on the side OR a sandwich made with 1 slice of Ezekiel bread and a handful of pretzels and hummus. Snacks include things like Greek yogurt and granola, fruit, veggies with hummus, granola bars (I love Larabars and Cliff bars), or a small mug of organic whole grain cereal. Dinner is typically a protein (fish, chicken, pork, red meat) with 2-3 veggies and maybe some brown rice or homemade potato fries. We do eat minimal red meat because of my high cholesterol I keep in check with what I eat and exercise. Now, I don't eat much sugar and no desserts and I eat tons of nut butter. I cook with coconut oil and use very little butter in my life. I drink skim milk and avoid fast food 100%. I cook at home probably every night but like 2 in the month.
So there you have it....5 of my most frequently asked questions answered for you!
Don't forget that I'm taking enrollment for my May group!! Your choice of workouts, including an upper body workout plan for just $35!! We're going through "Made to Crave: 60 Day Devotional - Craving God not Food" by Lysa Terkeurst and the first 3 women to make a purchase get their devotion for FREE! Grab your friends or coworkers and do it together! Sign up under my "Hire Me" tab!