Happy Wednesday, babes!
Today I would like to introduce you all to my girl, Ashley of the Health & Fitness blog Sanely Skinny. Ashley’s fitness story is incredible, like you have to check it out, and if you look at her now, you’ll pretty much die (she’s perf right?!) Ashley & I recently got together to bring you a double post for this beautiful summer Wednesday, we both answered need-to-know questions about our fitness stories, what inspires us and what keeps us in the game. Check out my interview on Ashley’s blog, here!
Hi All! My name is Ashley Buckley and I am from sunny San Diego, California. I have grown up here my whole life, but this coming fall I will be attending college at CU Boulder and studying Journalism and Mass Communications. I decided to study this major thanks to my blog/baby, SanelySkinny.net. I began this blog about two years ago to share my weight loss story and to help teens and young adult adapt healthy habits in order to live a more fulfilling, fun, healthy life.
-What is your fitness story?
My fitness story began way back in 8th grade. I had grown up playing basketball thanks to my height of 5’9. I would play on my school’s team, but in 8th grade I joined a traveling team in my county and that I guess is where my fitness/ weight loss began. After a few weeks of practices and games, I started to notice a difference in how my clothes fit and I decided to step on the scale and noticed I had lost about 10 pounds without even dieting! After the season ended, I did not want to regain the weight I had lost, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and continue to exercise. I would religiously go to step classes (flashback to the 90’s!) with my mom every morning during the summer going into my freshman year of high school. Along with attending classes, I began tracking my calories with the app Lose It. For that entire summer that was my life; workout and eat the right amount of calories. This continued for a majority of my freshman year as well until I went from 200 pounds to a toooooo slim 120. I have regained some of the weight because for my 5’9 frame 120 pounds is way to slim. I never regret the work I had to put in to lose 80 pounds and am beyond happy to say that I did it!
-What is your advice to someone just starting out on their fitness journey?
My advice for anyone starting a fitness journey is to remember that nutrition is KEY to weight loss. I don’t care how many hours you spend in a gym, you need to eat right to see results. PERIOD. Cut out any processed crap in your diet. No chips, white bread/pasta, soda, or anything out of a plastic bag or can for just one week, and you will see a huge difference trust me! So even though I stress honing in on your nutrition for weight loss, you can’t sit around your house and expect to get results. Go for a 30 minute walk on the beach or take a group exercise class at your gym! Just move!
-What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?
What motivates me the most to live a healthy lifestyle is my weight loss. I absolutely LOVE how I feel when I finish a spin class, run, or workout. I also feel amazing when I eat healthy. I am also signed with two modeling agencies in Southern California so eating healthily and working out are an absolute MUST!
My weekly workout schedule changes frequently. Right now I am all about shorter, quicker workouts that incorporate full body movements and weights. I recently purchased T-25 and the 21 day Fix from Beach Body and I am LOVING the results! To be completely honest, I am a huge cardio junkie. But what I came to notice about cardio is that it really doesn’t change your body. Yes, cardio allows you to burn an insane amount of calories, but it just wasn’t giving me the results I desired. So I completely revamped my workout! Instead of logging 60 minutes on the spin bike 5-6 days a week, I now only do it about 3 times a week. On the other days, depending on how I am feeling, I will pop in one of my workout DVD’s and log in 25-60 minutes.
-Top 3 go to snacks:
100 pack of almonds (PORTION CONTROL IS KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS!)
Packet of beef jerky
Quest Bars <- these will change your life if you have a sweet tooth!
-How do you combat cravings? What is your favorite splurge?
I personally have the biggest sweet tooth on the planet. I love ice cream, brownies, cookies, you name it, but of course I can not indulge in these items daily. I think the number one thing that has helped me with my sweet tooth is Quest Bars. If you have never tried a Quest Bar, you are missin’ out. These bars literally taste like dessert, I kid you not. They have anywhere from 160-210 calories, hardly any carbs or sugar, and 20 grams of protein! They come in a variety of different flavors, Cinnamon Bun and Oreo to be my top two favorites, and are available online a www.Questnutrition.com, your local GNC or health store alike. Another piece of advice on curbing your cravings other than adding Quest bars into your diet, is to eat frequently throughout the day so that you NEVER go hungry. If you let yourself go too long without eating you are more likely to over eat at your next meal. I advise you eat 5-6 small meals throughout your day, spaced out between 2 to 3 hours. And as far as my favorite splurge goes, I looooove indulging in a California Burrito every now and then. Yes, I know I just said I had a huge sweet tooth, but my Quest Bars keep me happy and satisfied that I actually would probably choose them over ice cream.
-Any advice to readers who want to lose weight without “dieting”?
My advice for anyone who wants to lose weight with out dieting is to quit dieting all together. Begin viewing food as fuel, something your body NEEDS. Eating healthy is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. You can not live off of frozen diet meals and diet protein shakes. You need to feed your body properly whether you are trying to lose weight or not. Begin by cutting out all processed foods in your diet, and add in more fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. You will notice a difference immediately!
-Favorite way to relax after a stressful week?
My number one way to relax after a stressful week is to climb into my bed and binge watch Orange is the New Black or House of Cards.
-Number one Skinny Tip?
Sweat every morning before you eat anything! This will boost your metabolism for the rest of the day!