Diet & Exercise: My Current Routine

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Where to start on my diet and exercise routine? It's a pretty broad topic but I thought for my first real diet and exercise routine post that would be best and then in due time I can break it down into specifics. It feels great to say that I feel better today with where my health, diet and exercise regime is than it has been my entire life. I continuously strive to be my best self and a big part of that my health and fitness so I'm excited to share some of the workouts and diet necessities that I have come to love over the years.

I'll be quick to admit that I'm not your fitness know-it-all, nor have I studied nutrition so take this post for what it is: just some helpful tips from one friend to another! 

 I'll start by saying I am not the gal that can eat junk food several times a week and maintain an ideal weight and when I fall off my regimen (I'm human and do that from time to time) it reflects in my body, skin, energy, etc. I feel my best as a size 2 pant and I have to work for that – I stick to a high protein, low carb diet, workout 4-5 a week, avoid sweets and processed foods, and implement a few other things that I'm sharing in this post. The reason I reference a size and not a number on the scale is because how I feel in my clothes is far more important than what the scale tells me I am. Feeling my best when I am dressed has always been a huge motivator for me and that feeling translates into many other areas of my life – when I feel good about my body I feel confident, when I feel confident I carry myself better, when I carry myself better I'm more outgoing, engaging, happy and most important... proud of myself.   

On a real note, giving up wine has never really been a thing for me. A lot of people think that they have to give up alcohol if they want to reach their goals and that's just not the case(atleast for me!). I shamelessly have a glass or two of red wine and I'll have a skinny margarita or vodka + soda when I'm out for dinner. I do try to avoid cocktail menus as they're 99% of the time they are nothing but sugar and I just don't care to spend my calories like that. But it's also about balance.... if I see something that I really want to try, I'll go for it and cut calories somewhere else in my day or workout a little harder the next day. 

Below, my current diet and exercise routine that keeps me feeling my best.

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WORKOUT 

INDOOR + OUTDOOR RUNNING

I've been a runner since high school and I enjoy zoning out and having that time to myself so that's my main source of exercise. I try my best to run 4 miles about 4 time a week, and while that is where I run comfortably I push myself through every run to move faster and/or farther. Running for a long period of time can sometimes seem never-ending so I prepare ahead of time by having music playlist, Podcast and YouTube videos ready before I begin to keep my head in the game. 

SPIN

For a social cardio workout, I'll coordinate with a girlfriend to take a spin class together. I like Soul Cycle but also love Riley's class at Ride in the Heights. What I love most about spin is how tough it is going through the motions for the duration of the 45-minute class, and that once I finish class I feel mentally stronger. Spin is just as much a "mental workout" as it is physical so I get a lot out of it. The energy from the group is always infectiously positive and leaves me feeling inspired and motivated. 

PILATES ON THE MEGAFORMER

My favorite workout for toning, tightening and strengthening should be no surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram and if you guessed HIP Fitness, Houston's pilates on the Megaformer studio, you are right. The low impact, high intensity workout is based on the Lagree Method using the Megaformer machine and each movement is done really slow, working deep into every single muscle. Almost all the exercises throughout this 45-minute class work your core in a fun, engaging way – I hate doing ab work so this is the best way to make sure it gets done! So many celebrities (Khloe Kardashian, Meghan Markle, Alessandra Ambrosio to name a few) also do this workout because it seriously is the best!

 

DIET

GG CRACKERS

I'm obsessed. These crackers are known as the appetite control crackers and they seriously work! Not only do they curb cravings, they're high in fiber so they make you fuller faster.  At just 12 calories a slice and 2g net carbs, GG is ideal for those who want to maintain a healthy body weight or lose weight. I have two every day as a mid-morning snack with avocado, red crushed pepper, lime and a little bit of salt and better – so good. I've searched for a store that carries GG so if you want to give them a try the only place I know to get them is Amazon

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

ACV is another that I've integrated into my diet and drink before breakfast on a daily basis. Sure, the taste is funky when you first try it but the health benefits are worth it. I drink 2 tbsp of ACV on ice with a splash of cranberry juice, a splash of apple juice and then fill the remainder of the glass with water. I've come to enjoy the taste so I'll make this with lunch sometimes or if I have a sweet tooth after dinner I'll sip on this to curb my craving. Curious about the benefits? Here are just a few! 

SNAP KITCHEN

I love Snap Kitchen so much. Their meals are SO GOOD – great selection, always fresh and tasty, and priced well. Getting pre-made meals saves me so much time in the kitchen and allows me go on with my day without the fuss of planning, prepping, cooking and cleaning. It's especially great when I'm out between meetings and errands and need something healthy on-the-go. My favorite meals are the black bean sliders, naked chicken, and the sweet chili glazed salmon.   

THINK THIN

Yet another thing that I can't live without and have every. single. day. for breakfast. The Chunky Peanut Butter bar is my absolute favorite – it's delicious, packed with protein and keeps me full until lunchtime. I've also noticed that I don't crave sweets in the evening anymore since I get my sweets fix at the start of the day and that has been tremendous for me since I used to crave sweets on a daily basis.

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It's your turn to talk! Tell me: Was that helpful? Do you like health/fitness/diet related posts? What do you do to stay in shape, drop a few pounds, or maintain a healthy diet? I want to know in the comments below!