I absolutely Love receiving emails, comments and messages from people around the World. Please feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to do a blog response to them or feature the questions and their answers here on this page.
Here are some of my most frequently asked questions:
How did you finally make the decision to change your lifestyle for good?
For me, making a change was so much more than just something physical, I needed to change on a mental level as well. My unhealthy habits were not only effecting my body, but my overall energy levels, motivation to take care of myself, and mental stability. (please read ABOUT ME for more about my story). I was drinking and partying about 3-4 nights a week. I was also eating restrictively, followed by binges of unhealthy, greasy food, and between this and the alcohol had gained a lot of weight during my time living abroad in France, and then later Spain. It all effected me mentally and physically in many ways. But at one point, something clicked, and I realized I simply could Not go on this way. My body and mental well being were suffering, and my behavior was affecting friends, family and all those around me. So, after years of suffering with these habits, I decided it was time to make a real change for good. I decided to start taking better care of myself. (Blog with more detail on this subject coming soon)
How do you find the Motivation to keep going?
Through trial and error, I have learned so much about myself and what my body needs, and what it is capable of. I have created a routine for myself that involves working out and eating healthy. It has become part of my daily routine and a true habit for me and this helps me to keep going and stay on track (most of the time). Although, I definitely do have days or weeks when I am lacking motivation to continue. When that happens, I remind myself of how far I have already come, I look at old pictures before I made my lifestyle change, and think back to what my life was before the change, how I treated the loved ones around me and myself, what that version of me was like, and it reminds me that I never want to go back to that point again. I give myself a needed rest day or two, then move on and keep going. For me, there is no going back, it’s simply not an option and so the only thing to do is keep moving forward, one day at a time. I want to keep growing, improving and learning to be a better version of myself, and help others along the way. These reasons help keep me motivated. I believe you must learn to find a motivation within yourself, reasons or reminders that will help lift you up and renew your motivation when you are feeling down.
What TRAININg PROGRAM do you follow?
I currently follow a women’s weightlifting guide, which I helped create called READY TO LIFT: LEG & BOOTY GUIDE, along with my own self designed upper body weighted workouts. I lift 4-5 days a week, using a mixture of both heavy and lighter weights, do plyometric training (jump training) and a variety of bodyweight exercises.
What kind of Diet/Eating Plan do you follow?
I am currently not following any type of meal plan. I have been limiting if not cutting out Refined Sugars all together and will do an update about how this is going in the future. My goal is to focus on fueling my body with enough protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates from a variety of sources, while creating healthy and tasty meals. (My favourite recipes coming soon!)
How tall are you and how much do you weigh?
I am nearly 5ft 8inches/172cm and currently have no idea how much I weigh. I do Not like to weigh myself anymore, and only do it about once a month, as I do not feel it is a a reflection of progress, I track progress in how I feel and how I look. At my heaviest in the Fall of 2013, I was around 180lbs/81.5kg, and in Spring 2015 at my lowest of 137lbs/61kg. The initial weight came off fairly quickly, by simply changing my eating habits and limiting my alcohol consumption, the last 10lbs or so took about half a year with continued clean eating and a variety of different types of exercise.
Please Keep in mind we are all so different, and weight can look totally different on one person to the next. Remember we are so much More than a number!
What is the BBG? And why did you stop?
The BBG –Bikini Body Guide– is a training guide developed by Australian Personal Trainer Kayla Itsines. It is a PDF guide, that consists of 4 weeks of pre-training guidance (for fitness novices or people who have not worked out in a long time), followed by 12 weeks of training guidance (for those with an intermediate/advanced level of fitness) This includes: 3-4 circuit training resistance sessions a week, plus a number of recommended cardio sessions, both HIIT and low intensity steady state.
I followed the guide for over a year, and I connected with some amazing women through our love of the program and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I had many great experiences thanks to the BBG, and saw some great progress, but after a time my body and mind were ready to move on. I experienced a plateau in my progress and was burnt out mentally, so I began to incorporate much more weight training and eventually transitioned to this completely, as I found I much more enjoyed this type of training. Through my Personal Trainer studies, I learned the importance of changing up your routine, particularly the intensity levels, as well as the importance of taking rest periods to allow your body to fully heal and recover, something that was not addressed in this guide.
I still through in a BBG workout here and there, it’s fun, quick and makes me break a sweat, but it is primarily cardio based and high intensity and that is not my main style of training anymore. It’ll forever hold a special place in my fitness journey, but I love where my journey has taken me at the moment.