How do you define FitFluential?
My definition of Fitfluential is definitely different than it would have been 18 years ago when I first discovered my healthy living path.
Back then I was hell bent on dragging everyone with me whether she liked it or not. As with any new discovery I was over-zealous and veered toward believing mine was the only path to health. Close to two decades later, I’m an older and far wiser misfit.
Now, for me, being FitFluential is acknowledging the fact we may all want the same outcome (living longer, healthier lives), but will most likely take different paths to the destination. My blog tagline, fitness isn’t about fitting in, is also my way of life.
I’m always eager to share and teach, but I’ve found when I practice what I preach there’s rarely a call to ‘preach’ a word.
What is your main motivation to be fit?
I’m what they call a long-term loser (a phrase which causes me to both snicker and think they knew me in high school?).
I lost 35 pounds 17+ years ago and haven’t regained.
When I lost all the weight my motivation was definitely looking good in my clothes.
I was single and the call of the skinny jeans was all I needed to stay on my path.
As a married mom to a six-year-old girl my motivation hasn’t waned but what keeps me on track unquestionably has. I still stay fit for myself, but on the days I can’t find the motivation to do it for me I simply think about my daughter. I’m a firm believer once we have children we forfeit the luxury of ‘losing our mojo.’ We owe it to our children to get and remain healthy, fit and around for them as long as we can.
These days the thought of seeing her graduate from high school or getting married definitely trumps ‘looking sexy in my bathing suit’ for motivation.
FitFluential believes that the key to balance is Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy. What is your favorite way to Enjoy Life?
I believe the key to getting and remaining healthy is consistency. Move a little. Eat as healthfully as you can. Every day. Till you’re dead.
As a result I don’t spend much of my day exercising and have lots of time left over to enjoy life.
I’m a voracious reader, movie lover, clarinet player, tattoo-getter, and BRAVO reality TV addict.
More than anything, however, I spend time with my family. When we had our daughter, I decided fitness would be something that brought us together rather than something which took me (& time) away from her.
We spend lots of time enjoying life together and doing PLAYouts™ (everything from hula hooping to creating obstacle courses) all over Austin.
What is your regular fitness routine?
As a full time stay-at-home/work-at-home mom the last six years my routine has mainly been home workouts and PLAYouts. I’d squeeze in exercise throughout my day (mainly circuits) and burn off a few calories with my daughter while we belly danced, hopscotched & monkey bar’ed.
Now that she’s in school (and our PLAYouts are relegated to afterschool and weekends), I’m working out more traditionally.
I tend to do cardio in the wee hours of the morning (hello 4am!) and go to the gym and lift weights later in the day.
What advice do you have for someone at the beginning of their fitness journey?
More than anything I’d give the advice I wish I’d had when I was told to start an exercise program. I had no clue what I was doing and was fortunate only to over-train and not become injured. I detail specifics of my S.T.A.R.T tips here, but over any other advice Id just say START.
Don’t allow yourself to experience paralysis by analysis (what did) and waste time searching for the “best and perfect” workout.
PICK ONE, try it, decide if you like it and if you don’t you can always switch. Walking is the easiest way to start: simply yank on your shoes, throw open the door and go at your own pace!
In addition, I’m a firm believer in doing less than you can the first week or two of a program. It may sound counter intuitive—but this approach leaves your body wanting more.
Nothing derails the best laid exercise plans than doing too much (& getting too sore) the first week of a program. Start slowly, stop before you’re 100% depleted, and your body will look forward to the next training session!