Walk your way to losing weight and staying fit! It’s kind of that simple. Toss your car keys to the side and get outside and… walk. Wether it’s to the grocery store, lunch, or a jaunt around the block with your kids, it adds up. An extra 30 minutes of walking each day can help you burn an additional 100-300. I recently had to take my car in for service and desperately needed food to satisfy my little ladies and my growling belly. My only choice was to walk about a mile to the nearest grocery store… and I liked it. Partly because I dread taking the girls in and out of the car and partly because I felt like I was getting a little exercise while doing my errands in the sun. Win! Win! If you ask me. Since then I have walked to the grocery store (numerous times), to Yogurt Land, the park, and just walked to walk.
Tip: Walking speed matters less then distance
Chart via www.nutristrategy.com
How are you going to add walking to your day today?
To say Lindsey was successful over the 8 weeks is an understatement. Not only did she lose 19 inches and over 16 pounds she learned the importance of living a healthy life. We all have a lot to learn from Lindsey so I asked her a few questions to get all the lessons and details of her journey.
What did you learn most about yourself during these past 8 weeks?
Tip: Mental strength is so much more important than physical strength. If you set your mind to it that you’re not going to give up on something, you will achieve it! If anything I feel stronger and more beautiful because of that!!!
I learned how mentally strong I AM! I was nervous to start this challenge because when I commit to something I give it my all. Doing this 8 week challenge meant I had to be 100% accountable for every little thing I did. From incorporating working out into my days to everything I put in my body. I was scared that it was going to effect my social life in terms of eating out and drinking, but it didn’t.
Tip: It isn’t about the number on the scale it is how you feel in your clothes, in the mirror, and how you physically feel.
Weight is just a number. When I stopped weighing myself at week 3 (and I haven’t stepped on the scale since, except at the doctor) that was the best thing I could have done during this journey.
Tip: If you think about it our health is the most important thing we have in this life. Without it, were not much.
I learned how important it is to take care of your health and body! What the hell was I thinking? I was eating out everyday and partying like I was 21 again! I was out of control. I realized about 2 weeks into this journey that I was functioning at like 50% on a daily basis. I didn’t even know what it was like to feel normal anymore. I felt so run down, tired, lazy, I could write you a long list of negative feelings I had. Physical and emotional.
What was the hardest part about the 8 weeks?
Would I sound completely crazy if I said there was nothing hard about these past 8 weeks, once I actually committed of course! Once I decided to do this it was like cold turkey on pretty much everything that got me into the position to do an 8-week total transformation. I did miss Crossfit. I love the community I have at my Crossfit Gym. It was something my husband and I did together. I missed that and I am happy to be a part have that with him.
What did you give up during the 8 weeks?
I gave up beer. The most amazing thing in the world right? Ok, maybe not to some people. But for me I LOVE BEER! I love all kinds of beer, all the time. Especially the really good brown ales, and dark stouts! Of course all the really bad ones for you that have like 300 calories in 12 ounces!
I went back to a strict paleo “lifestyle.” I have a lot of people who ask me about paleo. “Oh, so you did the Paleo Diet?” There really is no such thing as a “paleo diet.” Either you are or you aren’t, it’s a lifestyle. You can use it as a diet but chances are when you go back to eating regular old crappy food, you will gain a ton of weight back. You can’t just do it 50% percent of the time it is like yo-yo dieting. With all of my thyroid and digestive issues it works best for my body. I completely stay away from all grains, wheat, soy, processed foods, sugar and gluten. You don’t have to eat Paleo to get my results. I could have gotten the same results by “eating clean”, measuring my food, or eating just chicken and veggies every night.
What made you the most successful during this time?
Exercise: Daily. No matter what it was, even if it was a quick one-mile run! Of course I had days I didn’t want to do anything or I had so much to do I felt like I had no time. Or days when I was at Pilates and everything was so sore, I could barely move and I wanted to just quit.
Moderation: This was very important. I went from my mom visiting for 2 months and we drank amazing bottles of wine every night while eating out all the time. I started out the 8 weeks quitting drinking cold turkey and about 2 weeks in it I would drink if we went out to dinner. I would be mindful about what I ordered to drink, like if I wanted a Margarita then it consisted of tequila, soda water, and fresh lime juice!
Consistency: I knew that I needed to be consistent if I was going to see results. I would have a plan for the week every Sunday night. I had my pilates schedule and around that I based all my other work out regimens. There was never a day I woke up going “hmmm what am I going to do today for my workout.”
The workouts were the easy part; it was the diet that had to be consistent all the time. And if I had a little cheat, I made up for it the next day.
Balance: Balance could mean numerous things but for me it meant balance with my life:
I still had a normal life during all of this. Ok, yes I stay home with my daughter but my husband works 24/7. People may think I have all the time in the world to cook amazing meals, write up a weekly work out, plan all of this and that. Wrong! On top of running my house and taking care of my daughter and husband I do have a “real” job too. I am a hair stylist and work 10-12 hours ever Saturday. No matter how you look at it, it’s not always easy. Even if you’re a “stay at home mom.” In fact I think staying home is a way harder job than most. So, I needed to find balance, a balance that would keep everyone happy in my house, including me. I didn’t want this to take over my life and take me away from the things that matter most, my family.
What was different about your workout routine in the last 8 weeks?
Going to pilates about 3-4 times a week! Which is killer. I would have parts of my body that was sore that I didn’t even know a muscle existed in that spot or area. I never did pilates 4 times a week with Johnna. This was great! I ran. I had to run. If you read my previous posts you know how much I hate running! I still do! Like I said above, I would plan out a weekly work out regime based around my pilates schedule. I actually had a routine and I stuck to it 95% of the time.
Do you think you will maintain this healthy lifestyle?
I absolutely will. No doubt about it. Not just because I look and feel great, but because I know my body loves me right now. Especially my endocrine system. My lab work for my thyroid has never been better!
Thank you to everyone, friends, family, co-workers, strangers who have followed my story on Johnna’s blog. The number of text messages and Facebook messages I received were overwhelmingly amazing. Messages saying, you look great, you’re doing wonderful or how my story was inspiring to them to live a healthier life style. To the girls at Pilates who encouraged me each week and told me how great I was doing. And most of all a huge thank you to the most amazing Pilates instructor / friend Johnna. You have no idea what have you done for me in this short 8 weeks. You reminded me how important my health is. You made me feel like ME again. I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity and I will feel forever grateful!
Like many of us, you have inspired me in so many ways. Your dedication and ability to mentally and physically commit to your goals. Your passion for cooking and creating amazing food. Your openness and honesty throughout this 8 weeks. I mean look at what you have accomplished in 8 weeks!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey.
My First 5k
To be completely honest, up until this year I have never really understood the allure of doing a 5k. Mostly because I was naive to the fact that 3.1 miles can be a huge accomplishment to many people and it’s so much more then just running a few miles. This past weekend I participated in my first 5k “The Aloha Run” in Long Beach and it was a great experience for many reasons and here are 5 of them.
The greatest moments I have witnessed in a long time is watching this young lady in tears of joy as she completed the race. It still brings tears to my eyes. Doing a 5k is a great way to begin your journey as a runner or set a personal fitness goal and accomplish it.
One of my favorite parts of going to the 5k was watching all of the great costumes and feeling the excitement. You see mothers and fathers running along side their children, co-workers coming together (costumes and all), and large groups running for a cause close to their hearts. This Bride to be and maid of honor have nine 5k and 10k races to complete before the big day. What a great way to get healthy and fit for your wedding!
If you have trained for a half or full marathon you would know that some run days can be brutally boring! Doing a 5k is a great way to mix things up while getting a run in.
It’s like a dress rehearsal for the big run preparing you for everything from what to expect when it comes to checking in to running with hundreds of other people.
How many weekend mornings do you find yourself trying to figure out something different to do? With so many different types of 5k’s out there to choose from it’s a fun and healthy way to spend your weekend with family and friends. We ended our run with snow cones, hawaiian dancers, music, and fire dancers!
Why do you run 5k’s? What’s your favorite 5k?
I often find myself just buying organic and then deciding not too? Certain days I feel okay spending an extra 69 cents on bananas and others I just don’t. Then I started juicing and became aware just how bad pesticides were for you and how they can increase the risk of cancer and other diseases. Yikes. You will be happy to know this list wasn’t my creation, it’s the work by the President’s Cancer Panel and the Environmental Working Group .
Unless you have the desire to ingest 47-67 chemicals I would stay far away from the Dirty Dozen list.
The good news is that the Clean Fifteen have few to zero pesticides and these suckers can be pretty expensive.
Do you buy organic?
Next time you see a girls butt you are envious of just think… she probably has butt acne! Since having my daughters I have been really working on my bum (here is my workout schedule). Which includes running multiple mornings, Pilates many days, followed by… no shower. I mean I shower, I just first go straight to teaching Pilates, to taking care of kids, and the next thing I know it my sweaty bum is in the shower at 8pm. I mean of course I would like to spend my day clean but I would like to spend my days at the beach confident in a bikini even more. So here is the issue. With this sweaty schedule has come butt acne and that’s just not ok. As a woman putting on lingerie is rough enough, now try strutting around with a nasty zit sticking out of the lace. So not cute. This left me with once choice which was to figure out a way to get rid of my…. butt acne.
What’s Causes Acne
All forms of acne are caused by dirt and oil. When working out bacteria can get trapped in your clothing, especially if your not showering and changing right away. The rubbing of your clothes can cause irritation to your skin which can cause butt acne. In the perfect world shower right after your workouts. My world is far from perfect so this tip is simple but doesn’t usually happen.
Tips To Avoid And Get Rid Of Butt Acne
If your butt is still a zitty mess call your dermatologist to the rescue! You will be happy to know that my butt is currently zit free.
Sources: Web MD