People don’t believe me when I tell them about my day-to-day life.
I’m serious! Most of the time they’re completely shocked and I understand why.
As a personal trainer you’re “supposed to” spend hours at the gym, only eat kale and chicken never sleep in, and always have a six pack… or at least that’s what most people think.
But my life is so much more complex and so much more — dare I say it? — normal than most people expect. (Spoiler alert: I only spend 30 minutes in the gym AND I eat pizza!)
As a personal trainer who’s worked with thousands of clients over the last 10 years, I know that complicated meal plans and ridiculous gym routines won’t get you the long term results you’re looking for.
That’s why I use and promote weight loss and maintenance strategies that are designed to mold around your life.
I’m not just a personal trainer, I’m also a wife and mother of three young boys as well as a business owner. I know that weight loss is also about finding what works for even the craziest schedules.
Here’s a look at my day-to-day and the strategies that I use to maintain my weight and fitness!
My Day-to-Day Routine
First of all, WATER! I drink a gallon a day, but I have to have a straw. The Trimr water bottles are my favorite and I literally always have one with me. Staying well hydrated will help you feel full and energized. It will also help you let go of water weight and bloat.
5:00 am I wake up and do yoga as soon as possible. In the morning, I like to practice on an empty stomach because twisting and inversions bother me if I have just eaten.
My 3 little boys are really unpredictable in the mornings (see below example!), and sometimes wake up by 6:00, so I can’t waste any time waiting for my food to digest.
6:00 am My boys might wake up at any time, and I need to get caught up on emails, respond to social media questions and comments, as well as do finance work, and other random things for mine and Zac’s personal training studio.
Again, I can’t waste any valuable work time before my boys wake up, so I grab a light snack like an IdealBar (Cinnamon Caramel Crunch is my favorite) to hold me over until breakfast with the boys.
8:30 am It’s time for breakfast with the kids. My boys are pretty picky eaters, however, all of them love scrambled eggs (hold the black pepper) and wheat toast. This is our go to breakfast meal, but sometimes I make muffins and we eat them with Greek yogurt.
If I don’t sit down and eat breakfast with my boys, they won’t eat and they all get seriously HANGRY! After breakfast I pick up the house and get all of them ready, and dream about how nice it will be when they can all brush their own teeth, comb their own hair and tie their own shoes.
11:00 am This is usually when my mid-morning energy slump hits, so I mix up an IdealBoost energy weight loss drink and usually a small snack like a rice roller and peanut butter. I love that you get a little something crunchy and sweet with this snack. It’s a low-calorie snack but the IdealBoost helps to keep me full and energized because it has caffeine and a hunger-blocker.
11:30 am I drop Kasen off at preschool and cruise to our gym with the other two kids to get in a quick workout. I only have about 45 minutes before I have to leave again to take Zion to kindergarten. Lately my workouts have only been around 30 minutes but I make them count!
12:30 pm I need to squeeze in a quick lunch before I drop Zion off at school.
I only have 1 hour to run to the bank, grocery store, post office, or wherever else I need to go before I have to be back to pick up Kasen, so having a quick, healthy meal like IdealShake to drink after my workout is everything!
I mix up 1 scoop of IdealShake (Chocolate Peanut Butter is my current fave) with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and drink it while I take Zion to school.
1:30 pm I pick Kasen up from preschool and head home to feed the two little ones a snack and put Zaiden down for a nap. Kasen has quiet time where he can watch a movie or color or do a quiet activity, and I have 2 hours to get back to my office work.
3:30 pm Zac picks up Zion from school and they come home and it’s time to eat. Yes, it totally reminds me of my granny and her dinner schedule, but this is when we have our…DUNCH? I don’t know what you would call it, because it’s at such a weird time, but that’s just how our schedules are and what works for our family right now.
We love spice, so more than likely this meal will be something like pork tacos, buffalo chicken with veggies and Greek yogurt ranch dip, or southwest salad with chicken. After we eat, then it’s homework and family play time.
7:00 pm I almost always have another IdealShake meal replacement shake for dinner. I teach yoga at 9:15 and just like in the morning, I don’t like anything heavy in my stomach when I’m demonstrating things.
Since I’m home for this shake, I usually mix it up in the blender and add some mix-ins. Right now I’m really loving this amazing pumpkin pie concoction I made up.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Vanilla IdealShake
3 tbsp pumpkin purée,
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
7:15 pm Time to read with the boys and get them in bed. This is my favorite part of the day… Not just that the house will finally be quiet, but because they are all so cute at bedtime.
8:00 pm I head into or gym to get set up to teach yoga, and have an hour or so to get organized for the next day and get back to emails and social media stuff.
9:15-10:15 pm I teach yoga, and then head straight home and crash from exhaustion!
Three Ways to Work Your Healthy Lifestyle
Clearly my schedule is packed but I love it and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I’m not trying to show off by saying, “Hey look at all the things I do!” (Remember the “What’s- your-excuse” mom? Yeah, that’s not my jam.) My point is that I understand what it’s like! I want you to be able to find weight loss success in your own way.
So here are my top tips for staying sane and losing weight no matter what your schedule looks like!
A Season For Everything
I’ve been thinking a lot about the “seasons” of your life lately. I think that there’s a season for everything. For example, I think it would be super cool to one day compete in a bodybuilding competition. But right now is just not the right time.
Right now I love sleeping in sometimes and cuddling with my boys, having Friday night pizza parties, and taking time to coach people in our 15 day IdealShape for Life Challenge.
But I still make time for my health and my fitness. Even though I’m realistic with what I can and can’t accomplish right now, I don’t make it an excuse to skip out. I only have time to workout for 30 minutes, so that’s what I do!
Meal prep is a major time (and sanity) saver for me. I don’t have time every day to make a healthy dinner for my family so on days when I do have time I prep meals for the rest of the week.
A lot of people think that as a personal trainer that I must eat “crazy healthy” food. But me, I like normal food. Tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian pasta salad, these are the kinds of foods that I enjoy regularly. The key is eating the right amount and making them both healthy and delicious.
I make sure to prep my proteins and veggies ahead of time so that everything can come together in minutes. If you want delicious recipes like the ones I just mentioned, and more, I recommend joining my challenge. It also has more on how to meal prep successfully.
Even though I don’t have much time for exercise, I make it a priority in my life because I know it’s good for me inside and out. Exercise has so many benefits like…
- Less stress
- Better sleep
- Increased strength and stamina
- Increased endorphin levels
- More mental focus
- Higher metabolism
- Boosted confidence
And guess what? Exercise isn’t just lifting weights or running on the treadmill. My favorite type of exercise is yoga! For me it’s a way to calm my mind and challenge my body.
I strongly believe that anyone can exercise, eat healthy, and lose weight. I’ve seen so many clients conquer obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. Take baby steps if you need to and do what works for you!
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