Fitness & Nutrition are really important to me. I was a personal trainer for 3 years before my pregnancy with my second son. I, of course, have my ups and downs as everyone does. I generally try to eat clean, but I haven’t been awesome about that since the holiday season. As mentioned in previous posts I participate in about my various outdoor activities. Being outside is my favorite way to stay fit! Today I will give an overview of my views on health and fitness. In future Wednesdays I intend to dive deeper into these.
For years I had a membership to the local YMCA and I absolutely loved it. They had a great pool and tons of awesome classes. I chose to cancel the membership this winter. It was kind of expensive and I have another gym membership. Since I tend to do most of my workouts outdoors anyway losing that membership didn’t sting to much. I am a trail runner and mountain biker. My other gym membership is to Asana, a local climbing gym.Occasionally I will drop in to a class or purchase 10 packs to another climbing gym here and various yoga studios. I climb pretty regularly and it feels so amazing for my back and arms. Running and mountain biking pretty much take care of my core and cardio. I will do home workouts with dumbbells and some ab work. Next week I plan get into specific routines. For now I recommend Jamie Eason’s 12 week work out plan. This plan is very effective and easy to follow. She is amazingly fit and a very cool mom! Her Instagram is great. I love when people walk the talk!
Vegetarianism was my life for 7 years! I ended up going back to meat (and taking my kids with me) when I was going through my divorce. I was having a hard time eating anything at all due to the stress. One day my Dad made me a turkey sandwich and insisted I eat it. I often think of going back to being veg. My boyfriend’s Mom is going vegan and I have considered going along with her. She and I both agree though, my boyfriend is a very skilled and responsible hunter. He’s not one of these gun nuts that will shoot just to shoot. He only shoots to kill and he uses everything he can from a deer or elk. My (I’ll call her my mother in law for ease of explaining) MIL and I agree that if we do go vegan we will still eat the meat he and his friends bring home. I have a good friend that is a bird hunter and I would still eat the chukar and quail he gives us. For chicken I would allow when my Stepmom’s parent’s harvest their old stew hens. I have a coworker that raises chickens for eggs and I will purchase eggs from her farm. I am lactose intolerant so dairy is not really an issue for me anyway! I realize what I have just described is not vegan or vegetarian at all. I wouldn’t go around claiming I was either. My main goals for nutrition are to eat as responsibly, sustainably and compassionately as possible. My sons are educated on our food choices but I would never deny them a food then want. IE if I do go completely vegetarian and they will want to eat meat, I would still happily prepare healthy meaty meals for them.
What you are about to read will make you think I am really into “diets” but I don’t do “diets” per say. I believe eating is a lifestyle and fad diets are really unhealthy. I love challenges fitness and food. Sometimes I will do weird random cleaneses and such for the fun of the challenge. As far as diets go I have taken any stock into these two; the Eat Clean diet from Tosca Reno and 6 Weeks to Clean Eating from Seal Fit.
- The Eat Clean diet is very easy to follow and very healthy. You merely stick with lean proteins (chicken, turkey, bison, elk, fish, eggs, nuts etc.), healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, fish, nuts etc), and complex carbs (fruits and vegetables). She recommends you eat 6 small meals through out the day, but I personally think you should eat when you are hungry. When I am not gorging on holiday foods and alcohol this is my ideal diet. It makes me feel FANTASTIC!
- 6 Weeks to Clean Eating is a great way to reset your eating habits. I really like this!
- Week 1 – Eliminate Cheese
- Week 2 – Eliminate All Dairy
- Week 3 – No Wheat, Rice, & Corn
- Week 4 – No Sugar
- Week 5 – No Alcohol
- Week 6 – No Meat
(These build so by the end you are basically eating nuts, quinoa, and fruit and veggies)
I have done it fully and completely once and then I jumped straight from that in to the Eat Clean diet and it was fabulous. The summer I did this and combined it with working out regularly and my other activities I was healthier than ever. I was even healthier than when I was a Personal Trainer (cert through NASM and APEX)! I think the not having alcohol for two weeks was really beneficial as well. I went to a couple music festivals and it was nice to know I can still have fun even with out drinking.
Sometimes I think about going back to PT, I really loved it! I just hate sales. I have considered getting my Health and Life Coach license through the Health Coach Institute. A good friend has done it and she is so good. It is pretty expensive so I am going to let her be my mentor and Health Coach for a few months while I finish paying off my credit card debt and then I will consider signing up. For me it isn’t about money, its about helping people. I would have been a counselor or life coach in another life.
Would you ever use a health coach? What are your favorite nutrition plans and workouts?
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