Q:I used to workout almost everyday and I stopped when grades and college apps got too much. They've been long over and I just can't seem to motivate myself anymore. I always convince myself to quit early. Any advice for getting back on track? :/
Staying healthy and juggling a busy life is a challenge to do, but I know you can do it! Don’t beat yourself up about it, and get back into the game.
Here’s what I do to stay motivated:
- Make a commitment. I go to yoga several times a week and since I’ve paid for the classes, I feel obligated to go.
- Write down the benefits. Write down why you exercise: you feel happier, more energized, and you’re doing good for your body. Put these up somewhere where you can see it and remind yourself of why you’re doing this.
- Set small goals. This can be something like “I will go running twice this week.” Start SMALL and when you accomplish that goal keep going. Find rewards like new running shoes to keep yourself motivated.
Q:Is there any good clean eating recipe blogs that you know of/follow?x
Q:Hi!! I love your blog. I'm been trying to lose about 15 lbs. I am an 18 year old lady and 5'3. I have been exercising 4x week for about a month but I had a realization a few days ago and I know I need to improve what I eat. Id like to try logging my food for the first bit until I have a better sense of what I need. I created
Hey there! So props on exercise 4x a week, that’s awesome! Eating healthy is always a challenge, which is why I put together a CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE with all the tools and info you need about eating right!
I’m not a fan of logging— it’s a good way to get started or get an idea of what your intake is like, but I prefer intuitive eating. More on that in the clean eating challenge. Good luck!
Q:I'm 156cm, and weigh 41-42kgs ; when I calculate, if I want to maintain my weight I'd have to eat 1200-1300 cals/day, and in order to lose weight less than 1000cals. So actually, you cannot generalize the cals people need, 'cause when you don't weigh much, you burn far less calories!So...just saying, I'm vegetarian and eat 1000-1200 cals and I've more energy than common people, and my blood analysis is pretty good. If I'd eat 2000cals/day I'll easily gain a lot of weight... Everyone's different!
Everyone is different and generalizations and estimations aren’t law.
Talk to yo doctor. Use things you read on the ‘net as a starting point and do your own research to find what works for you.
Q:Have people actually been succesful with this plan
Have people actually been successful with life
Q:Would you consider using a stairclimber as a good form of cardio? I have back knees which makes running and any other impact training very difficult and problematic xx
YES stair climbing is the best!
Q:Hi!! I'm very proud of myself right now, haha. I had the option at a restaurant to take the full sandwich or the half and I went with the half!! Making little changes really work!
Nice! Great job :) Even better? Take the half salad + kale salad to get some greens and vitamins :)
Q:...i guess leaves the conclusion that I tend to store fat in my belly. I've watched your Body Shapes video and was just hoping you could expand more on what you said on apple shapes. Is there any other cardio workouts besides running? Does jumping rope count? I'm a pretty unfit person as I don't exercise at all. Lots of YouTube videos on ab workouts seem to focus on building and toning ab muscles, but not much on burning belly fat, so I hope you could help me on that. Thanks for your time!
Answer (part the second)
There are TONS more cardio workouts than running! Sometimes when people think fitness they think fitness = running and there are no other answers but those people are silly.
CARDIO: You can do zumba, go rock climbing, kickbox, go to a salsa night (I do they are the best!!), become a ballroom dancer or take some classes, go walking, cycling, and so much more!
BEING UNFIT is not a problem. Everyone starts somewhere! Just find something you enjoy and get at it girl.
I think YOGA is the best for core strength — that and ballroom dancing (particular latin dances like samba/rumba/salsa). You spend an hour dancing rumba with the correct form and your core will basically be death.
Q:Hi Amy, first of all I'd like to thank you for this blog. Your site was what first got me into clean eating and inspired me to think of it as a lifestyle, not a diet. I've pretty much got clean eating down pat, my only problem is working out. I'm an apple shape - I'm only 19 but I've got a pretty big pot belly already, even though I eat healthily and in moderation. Back when I first started eating clean, I lost a heck load of weight (without even exercising) every where except my belly, which...
Answer (part the first)
First of all, thank you. I’m so glad that clean eating is working for you— as hard as it is to stick to sometimes, it really does give you more energy and make you more ready to take on life!
Q:Hi ive lost about 20lbs already but lately ive started to notice that my stomach and thighs are getting bigger, do you have any ideas?
Are they actually getting bigger or is your perception of them growing distorted?
We’re our own worst critics — and we’re often wrong about ourselves. We’re viewing our body through the lens of magazines that tell us the road to happiness is thigh gaps and flat abs.
Now in practical terms:
- Do you really need to lose any more weight?
- If yes, are you strength training?
- Are you sure your stomach and thighs are “getting bigger”? If they are… does that matter? I bet they’re beautiful and you’re beautiful and what matters more than the size of your body is the size of your heart, and those who care about you should look past your exterior otherwise do they really care?
I know I’m a health blogger but sometimes it’s hard to give practical advice when all I want to give is hugs
Q:What is your opinion on p90x?? Lately all the workouts haven't been hard enough and I'm looking for something challenging
I LOVE P90x. Love it. I think some of the workouts aren’t the best (abs, specifically — I think pilates and vinyasa yoga in general offer better ab workouts, and his vinyasa routine bores me) but overall I love the program.
Have you tried increasing the heaviness of the weights? That usually helps me challenge myself. Otherwise, it’s time to move on to another program. Have you tried Insanity? Fitness Blender also has a good selection of workouts of varying levels.
HOW TO EAT HEALTHY ON SPRING BREAK
Hey guys. So I spent last week gallavanting around New York and taking selfies with dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and eating LOTS of fruits and veggies (and some boba tea!)
Here’s how I still enjoyed my vacation but also ate right:
- Balance out the good with the bad. If you’re going to get dessert, also get that kickass kale salad.
- Walk. A lot. We walked from the Natural History Museum allllll the way back 3rd Ave and 48th. In the rain. Dedication? Yes. Also the rain rocks.
- Split your sweets. We went to Grand Central Station to a place that supposedly served the best cheesecake in the city. I can’t eat a whole slice of cheesecake, so I split it with my Mom. Still delicious, just in moderation.
- No negativity. Just enjoyment. No calorie counting. No frustration with diets. Just enjoy healthy foods and some not-so-healthy foods. I had fruit and scrambled eggs for breakfast each morning, and I ate salads, but I also enjoyed bagels and cheesecake and chocolate. ENJOY LIFE. Enjoy food. Just in moderation :)
City photo credit: my brother over at geocentrism