Always important to have QT! and water martinis haha
Transitioning from Featured Sneakers to Monday’s Motivation recently, we’ve still gotMOTIVATIONALposts coming each Monday with the New Year too! Today we have Carly who is a fellow Sweatpink sister who inspires others with her running journey and who also features others and their accomplishments with her own version on her blog! Check out more about her here:
Motto/Inspirational Quote? Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – The Dalai Lama
What is your favorite way to workout/exercise MOVE!: Running! Strength training is a close second. Last year was my second time running the NYC Marathon and my first since having my son (who is 2 years old). I really wanted to set a PR, to prove to myself that being a mama only makes you stronger. And I did it! It was one of the best moments of my life!
What is your #1 indulgence? Aside from the occasional treat, how do you substitute it? Red wine. And cheese. I eat healthily most of the time, so if I want a glass of wine, or some cheese and crackers, I don’t deprive myself. Everything in moderation!
What’s your go-to snack? If I’m out and about, I love Pure bars, or Kind bars for a quick snack. At home, I usually snack on fruit (I could eat apples all day long) or yogurt.
What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey? It’s so hard to start from scratch, so I have a huge amount of respect for those starting (or restarting) their fitness journey. I’m a personal trainer, so I have worked with countless new clients beginning with me from a low fitness level. My advice is always to take it day by day and week by week. Set small, manageable goals for yourself. If you only have the end goal in mind, whether it’s losing 30 pounds or being able to run a 5K when you currently have trouble with one flight of stairs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged.
My other advice is to keep track of your progress, so you can look back at how far you’ve come when you’re struggling. I always log my clients’ workouts so we can track strength and endurance increases. Also helpful are body fat measurements, girth measurements and before & after photos. An easy way to track your fitness with or without a trainer is to have a ‘base’ workout to repeat throughout your journey, so you can see the improvements.
Bucket list destination/race/to-do? The Paris Marathon would be a dream race destination for me. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world and afterwards I could recover and be in the perfect place for indulging in aforementioned red wine and cheese!!
Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer/idol? I think Kara Goucher is amazing. She’s talented, down to earth and was the model of a fit pregnancy. I would love to meet her one day. Even better, I would love to interview her for my ‘Fit Mama Friday’ feature which I write weekly on my blog!
What workout apparel is your MUST have? I really like the Champion line for Target – it’s inexpensive, cute and comfortable. I have a lot of their tops and capris. For running I love Nike shorts and Mizuno sneakers. And since they’ve had some terrible media blunders lately, it’s probably not cool to admit, but I dolovemy Lululemon Wunder Under pants. They are expensive, but in terms of cost per wear they were totally worth it.
What do you wish you knew years ago that you know now? I consciously try to live in the moment now. I feel like I used to always be focused on an end goal, or already be thinking about the ‘next’ thing coming up even as I was accomplishing a goal. Two major, life-changing experiences – my husband going through a terrifying illness and when I had our son – taught me that living in the future is just as pointless as living in the past. Right now is what matters most.
I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!
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