Hi babes! We’ve gotten quite a few questions from our dearest readers and friends, so we decided to compile & answer in one post. We were going to do 21 questions because it’s cute & witty & you know we’re all about that…but the post got too long. Don’t fret, we’ll post another one of these soon! You can read a little more about us here or e-mail us at SkinnyLately@gmail.com if there’s anything else you’re curious about. BTW, S = Sabeena and K = Kari. In case that wasn’t clear… :)
1. Do you work out every day?
S: I try to work out 6 days a week. I’m currently gym-less so I plan for 3 cardio workouts and 3 Pilates/strength training workouts and some days combine the 2 if I’m feeling up for it! Once I’m a member of a gym again, I’ll likely combine the 2 more often and mix it up with classes, like kickboxing.
K: So, I always plan to work out every day, because inevitably something will come up at some point during the week to mess up your gym flow. I “schedule” an hour or so to work out every day, but typically only make it 5-6 days a week. I keep it fresh by rotating between spin classes, barre studios, yoga, and this kettlebell class I am newly obsessed with!
Mix it up! Fun 5ks keep workouts feeling fresh.
2. How do you get back on track after eating like crap?
S: I’m a juice cleanse fan (read more here, here, & here). If it’s just a bad weekend or bad few days, I’ll try to minimize processed foods and step my cardio game up a ton. Sweat.Sweat.Sweat. You absolutely HAVE to remember not to get in that vicious cycle – you know that one where you just keep eating like crap and not working out because you already “ruined your week.” Women are notorious for this habit…
K: I wish I was cleanse crazy like Sabeena, but I struggle with them. After vacations/boozy parties/late-night pig outs, I follow the same formula. I eat a clean diet full of fruits and veggies, get my cardio on, and hit the sauna until I feel like a human again. Sweating is the ultimate way to rid your body of toxins (not to mention it will make your skin glow). Most importantly, I never beat myself up about a few bad choices. Your guilty conscience is a hot body’s worst enemy. Shut it up and sweat it out!
3. What other health/fitness blogs do you follow?
S: I’m a fan of Peanut Butter Fingers! She’s super cute & super real.
treats, not cheats!
4. What are your thoughts on a “cheat day” or “cheat meal?”
S: Since we’re about balance, we don’t really condone depriving yourself and then having 1 day where you binge eat. Rather, have a small amount of your treat when you’re craving it. For example, I’ve been super healthy today and there was some chocolate drizzled popcorn in the office so I had a handful (maybe 1.5 handfuls…). Salty-sweet is my weakness!
K: Yeah, I 100% agree with Sabeena. If you think of a certain day or meal as “cheating,” you will feel crappy about yourself. I prefer to think of special treats as a part of my balanced lifestyle. I work out regularly, I put good things into my body, and I love a bowl of ice cream before bed. Those are the pieces of my healthy puzzle – all equally important for my mind, body, and soul! :)
5. What do you usually drink when you go out?
S: Right now, I’m a sucker for not-so-healthy Moscow Mules. I’m also trying to become a wino since I moved like down the street from Napa (not literally, don’t freak). If I’m going out out (you know what I mean…) I opt for Gin & water/soda with cucumber. Check out this post for more healthy drinking tips.
K: Maybe I watch too much Scandal, but I love a glass (or two) of red wine after a long day at work. My guilty pleasure drink when I go out is a Jack & Diet Coke…but I try to avoid that on a regular basis because I am working on cutting all soda out of my diet. I also love a Belvedere cosmopolitan from time to time!
Grey Goose got yo’ girl feeling loooooose!
6. What do you snack on?
S: God, I am such a snacker. I would prefer to snack all day rather than eat full meals. I snack on a ton of fruit, peanut butter, Luna bars, Siggi’s yogurt, green juice, and popcorn (I work on a popcorn brand…it’s kind of inevitable…).
K: Snacking is good for the SOUL. It’s a fact. I have 3 or 4 snacks a day, ranging from carrots with black bean dip to fruit-packed smoothies. I always try to incorporate some protein with my snack whenever possible to power me through my day. Lately, I am loving mixing some sliced almonds and raspberries into my vanilla Siggi’s yogurt!
7. How many calories do you eat a day?
S: Ask me on a weekend (in “Foodie Sabeena” mode), likely around 2000 + drinks. Ask me on a weekday, it varies. I’ve been trying something called “intuitive eating” which I’ll post about soon! It rids you from the need to count calories, which is sometimes stressful for those trying to lose weight. Kari and I are tall chicks, so we naturally need more calories than the “avg American woman.” Check out apps like MyFitnessPal if you are trying to gain/lose weight. They help guide you in a healthy way.
K: I used to be a psychopath about counting calories, and it totally sucked the fun out of eating. Now, I probably eat anywhere from 2000-2300 calories a day, which sounds like a lot. However, I am blessed/cursed with a speedy-quick metabolism, and that’s what it takes to keep me at a healthy weight. Keep in mind that most of these calories come from whole foods packed with nutrients! Everyone’s different.
Life’s short – eat the burger.
8. Do you diet?
S: I sometimes think fad diets are fun (i.e. Paleo…lightbulb for a post idea). But, I don’t like to diet. When I deprive, I just end up eating like 10 cookies at once. Not a good look.
K: Nah. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I am a big believer in eating clean. I avoid foods with more than 5 ingredients (especially ingredients that I can’t pronounce!). But other than that, I don’t follow any strict diets or regimens.
9. Do you eat carbs?
S: YES. Are you kidding me – I would be the hangriest person ever if I didn’t have carbs. I do try to vary them daily. I’ll eat a lot more carbs on cardio days because my body just needs more. Choose your carbs wisely though – a muffin for breakfast isn’t the same as whole wheat bread & butter.
K: Totally. My favorite carb sources are quinoa, steel cut oats, and ezekiel bread.
10. How do you find time to work out?
S: This is what our blog is all about! Scroll through the fitness tab to find a ton of quick & easy treadmill workouts and short toning exercises. Want my real secret? I get my ass up at 5:30AM. After work I like to meet people for drinks, catch up on TV, blog, or do more work… If I don’t go in the morning, chances are I won’t go at all.
K: For me, working out is like brushing my teeth in the morning. It is something I do every day without thought, and it makes me happier & more pleasant to be around! IT’S NOT EASY. I have to miss happy hour sometimes, and my snooze button is collecting dust. But it’s a small price to pay for a strong, healthy body, right?! Trust me, you have time.
these cute Splits59 leggings got me in the studio…
11. What should I do if I’m just getting started working out and eating right?
S: Take it slow, grasshopper. Kidding. It really depends on your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight, I’ve read a ton of articles that say focus on diet at first and then incorporate working out. Often times people get ravenous when they work out and end up canceling the burned cals and even OVER-eat. I would suggest going through the foodie section of this blog and talking with a nutritionist or a friend that you know is a healthy eater. Also, the gym can be intimidating so you can start by working out with a buddy or start taking fitness classes. Instructors love newbies and will make you feel right at home, whatever fitness level you are. OH and donate those soffe shorts & get some cute workout clothes. That always helps. ;)
K: Well first of all, nice job! You can’t make a change without taking the first step. My next suggestion? Splurge on some hot workout clothes. Nothing motivates me to hit the gym more than a new pair of leggings or a neon sports bra. Now, it’s important to ditch the idea of being a “newbie.” This is YOU now. You work out. You eat healthy. You’re making a change! In order to stick to your new lifestyle, you’re gonna need some accountability. Try signing up for classes that will charge you a penalty fee if you don’t show up (money talks, people). Like Sabeena said, the gym can be super intimidating. Just remember that everyone there is too focused on themselves to focus on you.
To be continued…