My personal approach to fitness is to encompass the mind, body and soul.
We exist because of all three, and only when all are improving and evolving,
can we feel whole and be our best. Every day, I wake up searching for
beauty in people and things surrounding me and thanking God for that experience.
Prayer and reading positive affirmations are a part of my daily life.
As for the physical aspect of it all, that contributes to me having a
healthy brain and body for the remainder of my life on Earth.
Obviously a clean diet and exercise are the critical components to top
notch physique. These things also contribute to your overall well-being,
your mental strength, and your emotional state. I know that high levels
of carbohydrates, sugars, and gluten will cause inflammation in the body,
which causes many of the diseases. Depression and diseases such as Alzheimer’s
and Diabetes exist in my family. So this alone is motivation to take good
care of my body by feeding myself properly and giving my body the opportunity
to heal itself with proper sleep and adequate exercise, water and protein
incorporating this into my lifestyle so it’s here to stay.
To integrate a exercise and diet routine into the lifestyle of being a
wife, mother of two, operating my own business, and doing community service,
takes dedication to loving myself. After all, this body is the home for
the soul and mind that God has given me, and I am so proud of it. So,
I do weight training with a personal trainer, for thirty minutes twice
each week usually at lunch time. On another day, I will either do Pilates
or Zumba. Zumba is excellent for burning calories for weight control while
Pilates and weight training are amazing at sculpting and shaping your
body. Many women shy away from weights, but in my experience, it is the
most efficient and effective way of weight maintenance and achieving the
shape I want. The Pilates I do on YouTube at home, usually with my kids
jumping all around me which adds an additional challenge to it all.
After weight training, it is important to feed your body protein. I keep
greek yogurt and protein shakes in my office for snacks. Usually I start
my day off with a glass of lemon water, organic cage free fried egg and
organic turkey bacon using coconut oil. In my coffee, I place Super Greens,
chocolate flavor, and vanilla almond milk. My husband usually makes my
lunch, which includes almonds or a trail mix, an organic peanut butter
and jelly sandwich on wheat or spelt bread, Greek yogurt, and a piece
of fruit. This is not eaten at one sitting. I eat about 5-6 times every
day. One meal could be a yogurt and almonds. Another could be the sandwich
and the apple. Another example is for dinner, broiled salmon and steamed
broccoli and dark chocolate for dessert. My favorite fruit to eat is an
apple. Apples, make you feel full because they have pectin. I learned
about the difference apples can make in your diet from blogs about how
Heide Klum whipped back into shape after having babies. She is definitely
an inspiration for working dedicated moms. I hope that I am too.