Q: What is your favorite exercise?
A: My all-time favorite exercise? Well, I like anything that gets my blood flowing, but if I had to choose I would say running. It’s a total body workout and I ALWAYS feel amazing after.
Q: What is your least favorite exercise?
A: Haha! Is there such a thing? Yes. Yes, there is. Better known as burpees. They kick my ass. Always getting me out of breath. Burpees may be my least favorite exercise, but I have designed to plan to try to love them. I simply incorporated them into a lot of my workouts. My strategy (and hope) is that the more I do them the more they won’t suck so bad lol.
Q: How many times a week do you workout?
A: No less than 4. More than that is always optional. I strive for 4 days minimum because my school schedule is a little hectic this semester. I enrolled in a Cardio/Weight lifting class so I am guaranteed two workouts per week, and then the other times are on my own.
Q: You said you want to lose more weight, aren’t you happy with where you are?
A: Haha, well, it’s not that I’m not happy with my progress thus far. I just have a goal, and I want nothing more than to achieve that goal. I guess you could say I took a break for a little while. I maintained my weight and enjoyed that stage of my life for a bit, and now I want to move on to the next stage of my fitness. One must not get complacent!
Q: How long have you been on this journey?
A: Honestly, I’ve lost track time-wise, but I think definitely over a year. wait, I think it’s been about 2 years now. Yup, cause I remember calling the nurse at Kaiser about getting off my cholesterol meds in time to celebrate my 21st. I wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol while taking them. I reached my cholesterol goal in time and was able to celebrate that birthday like a normal 21 year old lol. By that time I had lost about 20 pounds. I was very excited to wear my birthday dress that year, a couple of sizes smaller, too, I might add 😉
Q: Honestly, have you kept the weight off or have you gained some back?
A: Honestly? I have successfully kept the weight off. Of course, my numbers fluctuate, but no more than 2 pounds off than my empty stomach weight. This is one of the things I am most proud of. Losing weight is one thing, preventing it from coming back is another. Whenever I have a bad day I try to remind myself of this. I may not be losing, but I am definitely not gaining 🙂
Q: What do you eat?
A: I believe I dedicated an entire post to this question, but I don’t mind answering it again. I eat wholesome, nutrient-dense food. I don’t eat processed foods. I avoid excess or added sugar. I eat food that has an expiration date that is some time in the near future, not years from now. I eat lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole grains, fish, nuts, and I find a way to fit in treats when I want it.
Q: What is your go to snack?
A: My go to snack. Hmm..I would probably have to say fruit or granola bars. I just grab em and go.
Q: How do you prevent a binge?
A: The best way I think is to not deprive yourself. I don’t give into every craving, that’s where self-control comes in. I also incorporate some treats in my diet. I either sacrifice eating something else so that I am able to enjoy it or I earn it in the gym. Plan ahead or make plans to make up for it. Feeling guilty after eating something is a terrible feeling. I avoid it by doing what I have to.
Q: What do you like about running so I can learn to like it too?
A: In the beginning, running was not my favorite. I learned to love it because I noticed that after every run I always felt refreshed and renewed. That euphoric feeling makes it SO worth it. although I may have some bad runs and I don’t get that “runner’s high” every time, I always feel better. So, I learned to love running because of how I felt after my run lol. On occasion, I will get that euphoria during a run, and those are the best kinds of runs.
Q: Any tips for beginner runners?
A: Oh yes, I have a few. The most important is to find that medium between your level of comfort and difficulty. This is something you’re going to have to figure out on your own since every body is different. The easiest way to run longer and farther is to control your breathing. When I first started getting into running I realized how critical it is to breathe the right way. Of course you may know that in through your nose and out your mouth is the right way. But, controlling those breaths are very important as well. Whenever you inhale or exhale try to make that breath last. If you breathe too fast you won’t last. That’s almost the equivalent to hyperventilating, and this will make you lose energy quickly. It will take some practice. Next, I suggest removing any tension that isn’t necessary. Some people run with fists or a tense jaw. I relax my hands, and when I run they’re as loose as can be, just flying around when I move lol, like a pimp hand haha! Finally, running may involve just about every muscle group in your body, but the one to pay the most attention to is your brain. your brain will talk you out of your run long before your legs are ready to. Tell yourself you got this, turn the music up and drown that voice out, and think of what you want out of this run right now. That’s what I do.
Q: How many calories do you eat a day?
A: Currently, my target is 1,700 calories a day. Maybe slightly less on rest days.
Q: How do you stay motivated?
A: I find motivation everywhere. A song on the radio will come on and I’ll think, “that is an awesome workout song!” Other times I find motivation through my friends.
Q: I want to eat better, but how can I keep track of everything that I eat?
A: MyFitnessPal! It’s available in the app store on smart phones AND on the web at myfitnesspal.com You can also view my diary for ideas on what to eat. Add me as a friend and we can communicate and keep each other motivated! Here is a link to my diary: aliciaXObaby
Q: I don’t always have access to a gym, what exercises can I still do?
A: Well, lucky for you, I decided to post workouts that are non-gym-user friendly. Check some of my previous posts to get started. Some examples are running, squats, burpees, jumping jacks, push ups, tricep dips, planks, FGL’s ab circuit, and at home yoga is also beneficial!
If you have any questions, please please please feel free to ask!