Hi, friends! Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend.
So, my weekend”¦. well, it was not awesome. I’m in the middle of a terrible flare that isn’t responding to drugs, so, needless to say, I’m not a happy camper right now. I talked to my doctor a few times over the weekend, and he’s going to try to get me in earlier this week for my first infusion of Remicade, so, hopefully, things start to improve. Fingers (and toes) crossed.
I didn’t want to start the week off with a depressing colitis post, so I decided to turn an interview with Ali Sweeney that I read in this month’s FITNESS magazine into a blog survey. It’s all about staying healthy and reaching your goals, so I thought it would make a nice Motivation Monday-type post. I hope you enjoy reading my responses and feel free to play along yourself in the comment section!
What fit activities do you like to do together as a family?
Mal and I love taking Quinn for family walks around our neighborhood or in the nearby woods for “nature walks.” Quinn really seems to enjoy them too because he’s always looking around with wide eyes and checking out his surroundings. When he’s older, I can’t wait to get him into running, CrossFit, swimming, and other sports, so we can do them together as a family.
Why is fitness so important to you?
Honestly, it’s just so darn fun and makes me feel good about myself. Sure, I want to be healthy and live a long life, but I really just enjoy being active. Yes, of course, CrossFit, running, and spinning are my jam, but I really, truly love exercise and being physically active. I’ll do anything if it gets me moving! And, as cheesy as it may sound, fitness makes me feel alive and confident in my ability to do all sorts of things in life.
How do you motivate yourself to work out when you just don’t feel like it?
When I’m not in the mood to work out, I immediately put on my workout clothes. I feel like that’s half the battle for me. Once I’m in my gear, I might as well put it to good use, ya know? Plus, I know once I start moving, I’ll start to feel more energized and into it. And, of course, the post-workout endorphins are the best feeling ever. I always feel so accomplished after a good workout! And, lately, with all of my colitis issues, I never want to take my health for granted, so my motivation is high to keep my body strong and fit.
What is the top diet tip you’ve learned from the show the blog world?
Do what works best for you. Seriously. There are SO MANY WAYS to be healthy. You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan or eat a Paleo or Zone diet. Heck, you don’t even need to eat a “clean” diet (whatever that means to you) if you know deep down you’ll make better choices when you are more relaxed about what you eat””say an 80/20 or 70/30 diet. And there’s no need to stress out or feel badly about your choices. Do what works best for you.
What do you eat when you need a quick energy boost?
Peanut butter (or almond butter) + banana. Boom. Best snack ever.
What the one treat you have to have, no matter what?
Cake. If I know there’s cake, I have to have a piece.
What’s your best stay-slim trick?
Moderation. I know it’s kind of clichÃ©, but it works for me. I drink (a glass of) wine a few nights a week, I eat a donut every Friday, and I’m not one to turn down (a small portion of) dessert, but the rest of my food choices are pretty healthy. I also try to fill my diet with foods that I know will satisfy me. Back in the day, I used to eat a lot of low-calorie and low-fat foods, but I realized they did nothing for my hunger, and I’d end up snacking (usually on sugar) all day long. Nowadays, I do my best to eat protein, fat (don’t fear the fat, people!), and carbs with every meal and snack, so I’m better able to balance my splurges.
Question of the Day
Answer one (or all) of the questions above!