I grew up a dancer and cheerleader, but got into fitness and the gym in 2005.
I try to set small goals that are attainable, that way it isn't too overwhelming. I also really like to be inspired by fitness pics, quotes and people living the lifestyle. Another thing that keeps me motivated is trying new activities, rather than the same gym routine.
I always do HIIT in between sets to keep my heart rate up. So you will see me jumping around the gym constantly. But for dieting and fat loss I walk uphill on the treadmill with bursts of running, or Tae Bo on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
I have many! I love to cook and my favorite thing is to try to tweak recipes that I'm craving to trick my brain even though they are healthy. Lately, I make spaghetti squash to replace pasta dishes and I bake thin sweet potatoes into "chips".
Am I being good or bad? ;) I usually stick to clean foods: Vegetables, nuts, fruit, lean meats and protein powder. If I bring my food with me, I completely stick to the diet. But, like everyone, I cheat and have cravings for pizza and burgers.
I first try to make it into a healthy version. For example, the other night I was craving sweet and salty. But instead of going and getting something that would completely sabotage my diet, I ate salted cashews with some sugar free syrup on it. It was actually pretty good!
In general: I enjoy activities that don't feel like working out (dancing, martial arts, gymnastics, yoga, volleyball, tennis, etc) But, if I had to choose for specific body parts:
ABSOLUTELY. This is HUGE for me. I would have a very hard time working out without music. Actually, for me, music is a necessity whether I'm training, driving, cleaning or hanging at the beach. I usually do cardio to electronic music like crystal method, NIN or Prodigy. If I'm lifting then I like hard rock like Machine head, Slipknot, Stone sour, etc.
My training varies depending on work schedule, how sore I am etc. Here's a sample week:
AM: Cardio 45 min empty stomach treadmill 3.5 uphill with 6.0 bursts of running.
PM: Chest, Arms & Abs
Am: Cardio (Tae bo) 45 min.
PM: Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
AM: Cardio (treadmill/bike).
PM: Legs: warm up on treadmill for 5-10 min.
AM: Cardio (legs will be sore so walking on treadmill).
PM: Pole practice (tricks, dance, cardio--all upper body) OR Back at the gym (pole works the same muscles as I would train at the gym on back day).
AM: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
PM: Go out! :)
Fun activity for a few hours (Tennis, beach volleyball, rollerblading).
Hike, Yoga on the beach, or activity.
YES...I set goals whether it pertains to my career, finances or body. Physically, I am looking to achieve the desired look while having the most fun possible doing activities outside of the gym. I want to enjoy life, so it's not all about bodyfat or spending hours in a gym. I want to continue to work in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu indefinitely so I can be instinctual if needed. I personal train and teach my own method of combining pole, yoga, Pilates, weight training, outdoor beach training and HIIT. Eventually I would like my own studio one day.
In fitness, I am proud of the Muscle & Fitness cover, it was one of the best days of my life. I am also proud that I made it through one of the hardest times in my life when my father passed away in 2011. It was a turning point in my life and actually prompted my move to California alone, with just my baby kitty Sasha.
I definitely gained 5-10 lbs during the grieving of my fathers death. I never stopped working out, but I ate and drank more than I would normally during that sad time. I always try to pick myself up and stay motivated because all we ever really have for certain is ourselves.
I hate the scale. There is no point for me to weigh myself. I have a lot of muscle and that is misleading to most girls. At 5'4 I would love to be 115lbs, but that just isn't possible with my muscle. Even in high school I was never less than 125lbs. I would rather take measurements or like the way I look in clothing vs. use my weight to judge.
I respect for Ronda Rousey for fighting, Marlo Fisken in pole, Kristin Mcgee in yoga/pilates and aesthetically I admire Amber Elizabeth's physique.
I recommend Beverly international UMP (Ultimate muscle protein) for baking, eating and shakes...it is the best I have found. Supps (CLA, Green Tea, Garlic, Oregano, Ginkgo, L-Carnitine, Glutamine, Vitamins, minerals, Greens).
Make working out a hobby, not a chore. Find activities you love. Worry less about your weight and focus on living a healthy and active lifestyle. Diet is what gets your body looking the way you want, so if it is important to you, make sure it is on point. Remember though, this is your life, so make sure you are having fun and not putting yourself in a self-made prison between the gym and dieting.
Height: 5ft ,4in Weight: 135lbs