It's imperfect but I love it!
Six years ago, I hired a full-time trainer who whipped my body into incredible shape for about $500 a week.
Okay, well, I do have plans to return to her just before my next book tour next summer but, in the meantime, I would like to just stay active and maintain my natural figure, which is what you see above.
Now, everyone's health concerns, body type, and metabolism is different but I would like to share what I've been doing. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your diet and exercise.
Water: I drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day and on most days, water is all I drink. The exception will be the occasional glass of wine I enjoy over lunch with my girlfriend, once a week.
Breakfast (8:00am): Fresh cold pressed juice is all I have for breakfast. It gives me enough energy for my morning workout and helps flush my intestines of last night's dinner. My juice consists of kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, and beet juices.
Lunch (12:00pm): Baby spinach with chicken or fish, grilled or baked is the usual. I will be switching to a vegan diet during the week so my proteins with change. I keep it very simple and light around lunch time. I don't want to slow myself down with a full stomach in the midst of a workday.
Dinner (6:00pm): For dinner, I basically eat whatever I want. Still, all my meals are freshly prepared at home. I do not use any canned or boxed products nor do I buy frozen foods. These forms are always filled with preservatives and packed with sodium. I utilize fresh herbs and freshly ground spices and buy organic groceries when I can.
Snacks (every 2 hours): Since I began working out, I get hungry about every 2 hours. Naturally, I have no time or interest in making meals every 120 minutes so, I snack! This is when I break out the raw cashews, apples, and peanut butter.
I keep my workout routine simple but intense. I don't have much time for the gym, even though it's right in my home because so is my office and from the moment I wake up to just a few hours before I get to bed, I'm working!
So, I set aside just 45 minutes to an hour each day and my routine is super easy:
- 30 minutes of incline training: I hop on the treadmill and hit the incline button. I raise the machine as far as it can go but, when I began my incline training, I only raised it about halfway. I worked my way up gradually, each week until I got to the highest point. I did the same thing with the speed. At the moment, I am walking at about 2.7 miles per hour. I watch an episode of one of my favorite shows on Hulu and don't even notice how the time is passing. By time I've finished, I'm dripping in sweat!
- Nike Training Club app: Directly after my incline training, I open this free app on my iPhone, choose a 15 minute workout and get right to it! There are also 30 and 45 minute workouts but, at the moment, I am focusing on the lower half of my body since that needed the most firming and shaping. My plan is to incorporate another 15 minute workout that deals with just my top half or, instead of 2 workouts, just implement a 30-minute, full-body workout. This app is filled with lots of options that will work for everyone. It integrates your music playlist and there is a built in trainer who motivates you while you're working out. Download it and find the right workouts for you. [TIP: When the app recommends an exercise I can't do, I replace it with squats.]
I think that a lot of women are intimidated by the idea of getting in shape because they feel they have to be super aggressive, have lots of time, and wind up looking like a model at the end of it all.
None of this is true.
The less pressure you give yourself the better. On my first day back in the gym after many years away, I could only walk 10 minutes before feeling like I was going to die. So, I did my 10 minutes and left the gym. The next day, I walked for 20 minutes and the next day, I walked for 30, which is my maximum cardio time. From that point on, I began adjusting my speed and incline until I reached a challenging threshold. Two weeks after starting the process, I began incorporating my app.
I workout at my own pace and I'm not hard on myself for not doing what others may be doing or for not looking like someone else. I really love my body. I love my fat and the way my body jiggles just a little bit when making love to my man. I love that he can grab a couple inches of fat and hold on to me. I love being a little round––it makes me feel like a woman. So, I strive for my own version of perfection and I urge you to do the same.
I hope this has been helpful.
New York Times bestselling author and founder of The Gorgeous Girl's Guide, Steffans Publishing Enterprises, and Karrine & Co.