I know it’s the holidays and nobody wants to talk about being healthy, but the new year is coming. I know “new year new me” is all people will be talking about. So, I figured why not be proactive, ha! I get asked about my workouts and what I eat probably more than anything. That’s weird because I’m not an expert in either of those categories at all — I’m a fashion blogger. I do love food and working out though, so let’s dive in.
I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter. Always. I was one of those people that were never super pleased with my weight or how I looked. I’d crash diet, not workout and it was all just unhealthy. I remember when I got pregnant with Colton I weighed 165 pounds (definitely not ideal for my height). When I gave birth to him I weighed 199 pounds. I was big. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever lose the weight…that was 6 years ago. After I had Colton, I committed to working out and eating healthy.
I joined the YMCA around this time and I told myself I’d go all the time. I went as much as I could with a small child, and I began eating a Paleo diet. Over the next 2 1/2 years I was down to 145 just from working out and eating well. I was feeling more confident and, obviously, much lighter. Then, I got pregnant again. This time I did it a lot differently. I worked out and ate pretty well. When I went into the hospital with Kenzie I weighed what I weighed when I got pregnant with Colton. I considered that a win and knew that I’d get back to where I was because I took better care of myself. After Kenzie, I continued to work out and eat well, and I’ll cover that below. I’m currently in the best shape I’ve ever been in in my entire life. I’m really proud of how hard I’ve worked, but I want to point out that this has been a 6-year journey for me. This didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen from crash dieting. I know this is so cliché, but hard work and dedication are what it took. Ok, onto what I’m doing and eating.
Right now, my workouts consist of Orangetheory. I’ve been a member there, on a full-time, basis since September. Before that, I was only going twice a week and I started that this past May. Orangetheory has literally changed my body. Not only has it changed my body but it’s made my endurance better and made me stronger. Orangetheory is a HIIT workout which stands for high-intensity interval training. And let me tell you, intense is an understatement. Every time I go I swear it’s going to get easier but it never does. But that’s what keeps me going back — it’s never the same and it’s always a great workout. I will say that Orangetheory is a financial commitment. There are so many different HIIT training workouts available on the internet or youtube so Orangetheory, while it is amazing, isn’t the end all be all.
Alright, now that we’ve covered how I torture myself in the gym, let’s talk about what I eat. I’m going to be honest: if it weren’t for my friend Kaylee, I’d be a little lost. She writes a clean eating blog over at Clean Modern Mayhem and her recipes are out of this world. Luckily, they are simple. You aren’t going to need to find some weird spice from Morocco or the heart of a chicken from Spain. It’s just easy, whole foods. I always say if I can’t kill it or grow it I shouldn’t be eating it. I mean I don’t grow or kill any food of my own, but you get the idea.
All of that to say that I live this way about 85% of the time. I allow myself to eat cookies, drink wine and enjoy some pasta every now and then. I know that, most likely, I won’t feel super awesome after I eat those things, but that’s ok — everyone deserves a cookie every now and then. I think that if you completely cut those foods out of your diet then you are more likely to wind up eating them. When I first started eating this way, I did do an entire month of Paleo eating. I used a ton of Paleomg recipes and her (Juli Bauer’s) cookbooks. They were super helpful and got me through a month of no sugar or processed foods.
I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have. Seriously, the hardest part of any weight loss journey is actually starting it. I had to tell myself that it takes 21 days to make a habit so give yourself 3 weeks! You can do it!