Q: How often do you work out?
A: My current fitness regimen includes weight training 3 times a week, spending 1 day on recovery (i.e. yoga, dynamic stretching, etc.) and at least 1 day of high-intensity cardio training. Some days I lack motivation, which is why I give myself flexibility to mix it up and take rest days. I enjoy yoga classes, barbell strength classes, riding my bike, and other non-traditional exercise.
Q: How long will it take to see results?
A: Progress is a product of consistency and patience! You will not see results overnight. You will, however, start feeling happier, more confident, and more energetic shortly after developing healthier habits. I have learned that aesthetic changes should not be the end goal. Making improvements every day and achieving smaller goals will result in a much happier lifestyle and a better relationship with nutrition and fitness. When you focus on building these healthy habits (i.e. cooking at home more often, being more active, beating your weight lifting P.R.’s, etc.), the physical results will come as a result of achieving your smaller goals.
Q: Are you a registered dietician or licensed to give clinical advice?
A: No. I earned my Certification as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM, which allows me to teach others how to eat healthy, educate clients about nutrition’s critical role in weight loss and management, and illustrate how energy balance, caloric needs, activity, and food choices impact fitness goals. This, coupled with over 5 years of experience in the fitness community, has provided me with the knowledge and background to give guidance to people who are interested in improving their overall health. It is important that you consult with a licensed physician before beginning any new health or fitness program. Please visit our services page to request more information about nutrition coaching and customized meal plans.
Q: What supplements do you take?
A: When I was competing, it seemed like I took about 20 different supplements and didn’t even know what they all did. Now, I simply take a women’s active multivitamin and probiotic. I also drink protein shakes to help supplement the protein I get from food sources. If you would like to see where you’re lacking from a vitamin and nutrient standpoint, I would encourage you to track and monitor your meals using MyFitnessPal, focusing on your fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin A, etc.
Q: What kind of camera do you use?
A: I am definitely a beginner when it comes to photography, but owning a DSLR camera has helped tremendously. I purchased a Nikon D3300, which has an easy-to-use guide function that comes in hand while you’re still learning manual settings. Depending on the photo, I use Darkroom, Snapseeed, VSCO, and Afterlight apps on my iPhone as editing tools. Since I’m not always home during “perfect lighting” hours, this lovely little blog taught me all of the tips and tricks I needed!