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As many of you know, I recently participated in BODYPUMP initial training to become a BODYMPUMP class instructor. I passed! I could not be more excited! I am also kind of freaking out, because I officially feel as though I need to “walk the talk” if I am going to start encouraging people to live a healthier life and work out.
In my late teens and early twenties I really struggled with yo-yo dieting. I would gain weight, then lose it by dieting. I now hate the word dieting. Dieting really has no lasting effects. Over the years, I have had to learn to love my body and curves and understand that the only way to maintain a healthy weight and feel good is by making lifestyle changes. There really is no cutting corners.
What this has meant for me is eating good, whole, and healthy foods. I have also had to learn to workout and find exercises that I love to do and will continue doing. Running, hiking, biking, yoga, and fitness classes are a few activities that I love.
I have also really had to jump over the mental hurdle that “weight lifting makes you bulky”. What a silly myth! Since I started BODYPUMP and resistance training I have noticed that I have gotten leaner and my metabolism works faster. My husband and I really work hard to keep our food pantry stocked with healthy choices for my family. We indulge here and there, but really try to eat food that makes us feel good.
For really intense training and workouts, I really try to be mindful of taking in extra protein and fueling up on supplements that will help me to train effectively. I am pretty picky when it comes to supplements, and am not a fan of anything that makes my heart race. I incorporate protein shakes into mornings when I know I will be doing an intense workout later in the day, and I really love these new EAS AdvantEdge CarbControl Ready-to-Drink. I will take these with me when I don’t have time to blend up a traditional protein shake. Post-workout, these drinks are great for me to ensure that my body is getting the proper nutrients it needs to promote healthy muscle gain. These drinks are perfect after an intense lifting session, or even a long hike. I love that they have a great source of protein and help me manage my hunger when I am ravenous.
Along with working out, I am trying to be much more mindful of consuming less sugar and processed carbohydrates and making my meals out of whole grains, lean proteins, and vegetables. I have cut my caffeine intake, cut out dairy (boo), and am choosing to snack on nuts, fruit, and lean protein instead of carbohydrates (and I am a TOTAL cracker girl). My biggest struggles is sugar (I love flavored iced lattes). I am hoping I can kick my habit and choose better choices.
I would love to be ready for my final assessment in about six weeks, living a healthier lifestyle and feeling more in control of what I put into my mouth. My goal is to run about 4 days a week, do BODYPUMP or resistance training 3 days a week, and stay active with my family by hiking or biking. I also really want to keep up healthy eating and fueling my muscles with lean protein. I am really excited to see my progress!
Here are my goals I am pledging to:
1. No eating processed foods.
2. No sugary snacks, except for whole fruit.
3. Making sure I have enough lean protein in my diet.
4. Drinking plenty of water!
5. Doing resistance training 3 times a week, at least, and cardio 4 times a week.
6. No adult beverages or flavored lattes.
7. Getting plenty of sleep.
8. Eating lots of veggies, whole grains, nuts, and protein.
9. Going on outdoor adventures with my family- biking, hiking, and running!
10. Having fun while getting fit!
What healthy snacks do you keep on hand to stay healthy? Do you have a favorite workout, activity, or fitness class?