Sunshine Award


Thanks to Skye Lee – SkyBunny Fitness Model and SkinnyFat blogster, for the  acknowledgement:

“I’d love to pay it forward and nominate the following blogs for the Sunshine Award, an honor given to those “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”:

Monsterz Elite Fitness
Deb Dutcher: Energy Unlimited Coach
Healthy Glow Nutrition
It’s Better Blonde

Skye – You are Awesome!

Here are the questions you wanted me to answer:

  1.  What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Riding in our car with my brothers and sister, singing at the top of our lungs, with my dad and mom, on the way to the family ranch in Southern California.

2.    Who would you like to meet and why?

First Lady Michelle Obama.  I am so impressed by her personality and style, her commitment to her husband and daughters, and to  starting gardens in schools to teach kids to grow vegetables and eat right.

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Continuing what I do – inspiring people of all ages and conditions to “Be Lean and Strong at Any Age”.  I will be 65 and feeling and looking just as good as I do now, if not better.

4. What would be your ideal getaway?

A trip to Australia and New Zealand with Tom, my husband, to explore beaches and eat shrimp, and see Sydney.

5. What is your favorite workout?

I love working out in Girls Club Fitness with Noelle Decker at Noelle’s Body Shoppe.  She always has us do some new moves and gets me to go beyond my perceived limits.  Yesterday it was shoulders and mine were very strong!

6. What is your all-time favorite movie for a lazy Saturday night in?

Pretty Woman.  I cannot get enough of Julia’s smile and laugh when he closes the necklace box on her hand.

Why I Admire Fitness Models and Trainers

Here I am at 60, watching gals in their teens, 30s, 40s and 50s The Girls heading to competitionworking-out and training for their first fitness competition — bikini model!  I am so proud of what they do and all the discipline they apply to their daily regimen — every day, for weeks and months!  My motto is to Be Lean and Strong at Any Age, and, if we follow even half of what they practice, I am sure we all will! 

Here are some tips I have learned from the fitness models and trainers I work with, who are all on USANA vitamins, minerals and optimizers, I am happy to say!

– Eat five to six times a day, small, complete meals — lean protein, veggies, whole grains

– Drink at least half your weight in ounces of pure water a day, and drink one glass before and after exercise

– Exercise at least one hour a day (one hour is to maintain, more is to lose)

– Don’t eat the five no-nos:  processed sugar, processed starch, high-fat dairy, high-fat protein and trans-fats

– Don’t drink empty-calorie drinks

– The really serious ones in their 12-week pre-competition phase eschew anything but lean chicken and fish, and power-down tons of broccoli, green beans, asparagus, green and chamomile teas.  Very little fruit, which does not work for me.

I follow much the same program, but I am more lenient with myself and my clients.  I figure we deserve a “cheat day” about every 9 days.  More and I will gain weight, less and I am rather bitchy.

But, on the days I pretend I am a fitness-model in training, I can drop 2 lbs a day!  So, if you want to lose weight and firm-up fast, just try eating and training like a fitness model for a week!