Good morning beautiful people!
So i’m writing this (my first Q&A blog since launching my new website) as i’ve started my weekend, with no other work distractions (it’s Sunday in Australia, which means no emails and no calls). So i believe, this is perfect timing without the distractions of my phone, to finally think and focus on answering all of your questions.
So last week i asked what you all on instagram if and what you would like to know about my health and fitness regime. All of my answers are open and honest and if you like this ‘segment’ lets call it, i’d love to have this as a feature on my blog once a month. So keep the questions coming!!! Fire away baby!!!
Now, i’m totally new to this whole ‘Q&A’ thing, so bare with me if i ramble and please comment below or email me if i’ve missed anyone or anything!
Now, a few of you have asked what my workout regime is. SO to begin with, I very rarely train on my own in a normal gym, i used to be able to do this but now i’m completely addicted to ‘GROUP TRAINING’ and classes. After loving the vibe and bouncing off others in a group training environment, i really cant train myself or get any where near as motivated as i do surrounded by people with the same goals. I get more out of a 45 – 60 min group class, than i would training myself in a normal gym for an hour and a half. And, my body loves me for it. Ive never felt fitter or stronger … honestly.
Ok, so i’m sure you have all heard of studios called “F45” which is functional training group classes, which generally go for 45 mins other than a Saturday where you are treated to a 60- minute Hollywood class. Well i’m addicted to this revolutionary fitness workout! Every day is a different workout, which is so important for me to keep motivated as i have the attention span of a fish and get bored easily. Some days are cardio based, others weights, some are all for abs (pipeline is by far the one i dread to be honest but its so good for my core) and just recently they have bought in classes based around agility, offence and defence. Some are partner based, which i love when im training with a friend.
At home in Sydney i’d do an average of 4-6 classes a week depending on my work schedule. But here in LA, without a car im doing max 3 which i still see great results from! It’s improved not only what you see aesthetically – my mini abs and toning i can see through my arms and my legs, but i feel stronger and fitter every week, which is more in the long run.
I also try to walk at least 30-60 mins 5-7 days a week – i can do 7 days i’m really having a good week – but some times this just isn’t a reality depending on travel and work. Much prefer to walk outside than in a gym, take my advice, its good for your soul.
I also try and get to Barre Tone Class (which is a mixture of barre ballet, Pilates and yoga) once a week. Great to for toning and butt work, i would love to have more time to do more of this. Its not high intensity like F45 but its repetitive, great for toning, flexibility and i also FEEL amazing when i leave.
Since being in LA over the last 5 weeks i’ve been doing a 30 min mat pilates session about 4 times a week for my butt. Im actually going to film this next week and get it up on the blog as i’m started to see results and the booty lifting a little, so i really want to share this with you!
Ok second question, which i’ll answer shorter than the above essay, i’m just super passionate about training!! So a few of you have asked about diet, what i eat daily, which to be honest with is something that i can struggle with haha i’m only human! Monday to Friday basically consists of coffee, green tea and fresh green juice. I start the morning with either a protein smoothie, which would include 20g of protein, half a banana and a berry of juice, coconut water, chia seeds, a dash of coconut milk and a handful of oats. Basically breakfast in a smoothie or eggs. If i don’t have this il have protein oats ( especially on days i’m training weights) or egg white omellette. I’ll add 2 eggs, mushrooms, greens, peppers whatever as long as its a vegetable.
Snacks can include vita wheats or rice cakes and cottage cheese and lunch is generally a salad with a grain (or good carb) or a lean meat protein which is generally chicken. Dinner is always meat and veg or meat and salad. I have a terrible sweet tooth, so for dessert sometimes i’ll have cottage cheese with protein powder and berries.
Now the weekend is another story al together, i will generally indulge on a Sunday – what is life without it – and Saturday night dinner is usually carby or theres chocolate and ice cream involved.
I work hard during the week so i can indulge on the weekend guys, but i know i could eat alot better honestly. I think energy in, energy out. If you want to treat yourself on the weekends make sure you are active!
@katealexander001 you asked my thoughts on a low carb diet such as atkins. So while i don’t follow a particular strict diet or program such as Atkins, i do love the idea of and following a low carb diet (especially Monday to Friday) which essential, looking at it, is how i structure my meal choices. As long as i have good carbs in the morning, and eat good fats throughout the day, my body has enough sustenance and energy to get me through my day.. This is not for everyone and i think it all comes in to energy in and energy out. The more active you are during the day, really should determine a healthy carb and meal intake.
Ok bringing me to my last and probably favourite question so far, @j_niccs you mentioned that you have a crazy sweet tooth – I DO TOO!! – and what healthy snacks can i recommend to substitute bad sugary foods. Ok so i’ve listed a few options that help me below – i allow a little natural sugar or honey, so keep in mind these aren’t sugar free, just refined sugar free.
– Chai tea with honey
– Fresh berries (low in fructose) with a little almond or natural peanut butter
– Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice – if you have a thing for sour.
– Cottage cheese mixed with half a scoop of choc protein powder – great at night as its slow releasing protein and a great dessert.
– A quest bar if i’m on the run and really struggling!
Im sorry if i’ve waffled on a little, i actually LOVE speaking about this and i hope you’ve enjoyed my first health and fitness Q&A and i’m really looking forward to writing next months.
Please comment below blog for anything relating to the above or questions you may have for next month!