Let’s just go ahead and be honest here: No one is really ever going to look at me as the expert of fitness & dieting.
Do I like to workout? YES. Do I try to “diet?” EH, SORTOF. Do I like to indulge in great food & wine? ABSOLUTELY.
So when it comes to my lifestyle and finding some sort of balance, I try to follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time, I workout 5x a week & eat VERY CLEAN. Let’s break this down specifically, though:
-5x a week workouts: 2-3 of those are with a trainer doing a combination of weight training, cardio endurance, stretching, & boxing. The other days are either SoulCycle spin classes or 3 mile walks. Either way, I am SERIOUSLY SWEATING 5 days a week.
-VERY CLEAN EATING: I stick to lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. I also watch portion control and do not eat snacks. Three meals a day…period. No dairy. No sugar (except natural sugars, like fruit). No carbs (like fours, wheat, potatoes…but I do eat carbs that come from veggies. No wine, only clear cocktails like vodka/sparkling water or NO ALCOHOL AT ALL. 100 ounces of water per day and no eating after 7pm.
I know that sounds difficult….ummm, it is….but I look at it as “Work hard, Play harder.” There’s the 20% that is ALOT OF FUN, and during that time, I don’t limit myself on what I can and can’t eat. Typically if I am traveling for fun, I am in the 20%. If I am home working during the week or during a weekend that nothing is going on, I am in the 80%. What I like about this type of balance is that it allows me to cater my workouts and diets to my busy lifestyle, all while not depriving myself on anything that I want to enjoy! And if I really wanted to, I could go hardcore and lose those 10 pounds that I didn’t have 7 years ago, but you know what….I earned those 10 pounds! To me, they are from experiences, vacations, and incredible meals that I got to enjoy with friends!