My health and fitness journey began in the summer of 2006. I’d been an overweight, chubby kid all my life.
The photo on the left was sometime in college, probably 2004 or 2005. The photo on the right is just this summer 2017. Quite a difference!
When I came home from college that summer, something finally clicked. I hired a personal trainer, began regularly working out, and started watching my portions. I lost 20 pounds that summer and another 20 over the course of the next year. I’m so proud to say that I’ve kept that weight off for 11 years, even after three pregnancies. Is every day sunshine and rainbows? No way. I LOVE to eat. But I’ve also discovered that I LOVE working out and being strong. It’s tough to find a balance, but I try to live my life and enjoy the kale as well as the cake!
I’ve been getting lots of questions on my health and fitness Instagram page (@mollygetsfit_again), so I thought I’d answer them all here.
Q: What type of workouts do you do?
I like a variety! I usually do two days of cardio and three days of strength training each week. I try to go on long walks at least once a week. I enjoy moving my body and get antsy if I’ve been cooped up all day.
Q: Where do you find your workouts?
In the past I’ve enjoyed group fitness classes at the gym, such as Spinning for cardio and Kettle Bell training for strength. I really credit kettle bells with helping me gain a lot of strength and coordination. I’ve tried all the at-home programs and DVDs but those just don’t do it for me. I need the motivation of other people around me! I’ve recently been participating in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program and the workouts are provided daily for six weeks. They include two days of cardio (sprint or HIIT) and three days of strength. Amanda’s strength workouts have been amazing and I’ve seen lots of gain!
Q: FASTer what??
Ok, so if you’ve been following me a while you know I’m a sucker for any workout and health program. I like to switch things up, so I’ve tried them all. Advocare? Yep. Beachbody? Oh yes, I was even a coach for a bit. In the last few months I’d begun hearing about this FASTer Way to Fat Loss program that combines intermittent fasting with carb cycling and awesome workouts to truly help BURN FAT. It took me months to take the leap (fasting?? that sounds tough!), but I finally paid the fee and did the program. You fast every single day- basically you stop eating after dinner, then break your fast around 11 or 12 the next day, so you’re really only missing breakfast. It took a couple weeks to get used to, but I still fast 16 hours each day, nine weeks later. And I’ve really seen LOTS of muscle gain. If you have any questions about the program, email me or click HERE (affiliate link).
Q: When do you workout? Do you take your kids?
For the past 5 or so years Jason and I have had to share mornings at the gym. We’d both workout at 6 am every day if we could. He gets M, W, F and I get T/Th at 6:00. I go in early on those days and do my entire workout before the kids even wake up. I’m lucky to have a flexible schedule, so I usually take Miles with me around 9:00 on M/W and do cardio or weights. Friday is often a long walk with Miles and my friend Shelly and her twin girls. I do a big strength workout Saturdays and sometimes take the kids. They all enjoy the nursery at the gym (the lady lets them play games on their phone- what a treat!). It’s $2/hour per kid, but I think that’s a reasonable fee. Certainly cheaper than if Miles and I spent an hour at Target! 😉
Q: So what’s your diet like?
Well that varies, too. I can’t eat the same thing every day. I get too bored! I don’t really have breakfast these days since I’ve begun fasting, but I enjoy boiled eggs (with TJ’s Everything seasoning), almonds, yogurt, or a scoop of peanut butter for snacking. Lunch is anything from salads with lots of veggies, chicken, and boiled eggs to a chicken or veggie burrito on a low carb tortilla to an egg scramble. I *try* to make lunch at home most days but it’s tempting to dine out with the kids! Dinners also vary. I try to keep it healthy while also appeasing the husband and kids. Some of our favorites are Skinny Chicken Parmesan, Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, tacos, meatloaf, fajitas, etc. I often will tailor dinner to my needs. For instance, I’ll boil pasta for the family to go with the chicken parm, but if it’s low carb day for me, I’ll skip it or make zucchini noodles. I definitely don’t make two completely different suppers, but pick and choose the parts that work for me.
Q: Do you take supplements?
This is a world that is foreign to me! I’ve done a little research on supplementing to get the most out of workouts and recovery, but it seems overwhelming (and expensive!). I do drink BCAAs to get me through my fasts and aid in muscle recovery after strength workouts (branch chained amino acids). The only brand I’ve tried is Xtend but I’m really enjoying it. I like the strawberry mango flavor.
Side note: I recently found this Blender Bottle ProStak and it’s PERFECT for taking my BCAAs to the gym. I can put the powder in the bottom section then pour, shake, and drink when I’m ready. If you click the image it will take you to direct link. I have the teal.
Q: What’s your favorite workout gear?
As much as I’d love a wardrobe full of lululemon, that’s just not in the budget. I do have a few pairs of their pants and a tank or two that I like, but for me it’s hard to beat the price and quality of Old Navy’s gym clothes. Many of their bottoms are high waisted (glory!) and their shorts are long enough for thick-thighed ladies like myself. They have big sales on their workout gear, too!
I mean, these shorts are $16! You’d be crazy not to get your gym clothes from Old Navy!
I also have huge success finding cute and unique workout tops at Marshall’s but it’s hit or miss. just do what I do and check often. My favorite sports bra is THIS one from Target. I have it in 4 colors.
Alright, friends, that’s all I have for now. Please let me know if you have any other health and fitness questions. Have a great week!