Happy Tuesday! I hope that all is well. I have had a crazy start to the new year and not a lot of time to work on my blog. Not cool. However, I’m so delighted that I finally have time to link up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit this week. I always enjoy being a part of this link-up and hate when I have to give it a pass. This week’s optional topic is “TOP FIVE ALL TIME BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS DECISIONS”.
As I have mentioned before, I didn’t always embrace life with the open (mostly) healthy arms I do today. I used to not exercise, drink and eat too much, and various other not so healthy things. Nowadays I have embraced a much healthier lifestyle in every way. So here they are, in no particular order!
- Falling in love with Spinning. My friend, Aspen, is an amazing Spin instructor, and after loads of coercing three years ago, she finally twisted my arm to come and try a class. Admittedly, I did NOT love it the first class. My butt hurt, my legs hurt, and I was dying through the entire hour. However, after two more classes I was totally hooked! For all you anti-cycling people out there, your butt WILL stop hurting, you will get stronger, and you will LOVE it. Trust me. I loved it so much I became an instructor and will be one for the remainder of my days!
- Juicing and blending stuffs. I have been a picky eater most of my life. I was always terrible about getting the right amount of fruits and veggies into my diet. Then I watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and was SO blown away by Joe Cross and his reboot that I started to make my own juice. Fresh juice is honestly THE BEST. It is better than any candy or processed baked good; it’s refreshing, healthy, and pretty! I know a lot of people think it’s time consuming and a big clean up, and well, it is, but when you think about the benefits you’re getting from that juice it should totally outweigh the “pain in the ass factor” it presents. Smoothies and protein drinks are another great way to get fresh fruits and veggies into your diet daily. I have not looked back after making this big lifestyle change. Cheers!
— Erin Campbell (@beetsperminute) August 7, 2014
- Becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. This is, by far, what I am most proud of myself for accomplishing. I am completely passionate about fitness and health and dedicated to understanding how to help others while helping myself. I am working on a coaching certification at the moment, because I want to have the whole package to offer my clients. If you’re studying to become a NASM CPT, I have a great study guide and exam tips here.
- Lifting weights. I used to be a cardio only kind of gal. I’d run or use a stairclimbing machine for an hour, but I wouldn’t TOUCH a weight or machine. While preparing for my CPT exam, I began to realize just how absolutely important strength training is for metabolism, posture, body composition, and disease prevention (hello, who wants osteoporosis? Not this girl!) I now lift weights (and bodyweight train) 4-5 days a week. It has changed my body. If you’re like I used to be, go out and buy some 5, 8, and 10 pound hand weights and start lifting. Here’s an awesome upper body workout put together by yours truly!
- Starting my blog! Nothing has made me more motivated or held me more accountable than starting Beets Per Minute! I am so very proud of myself for building this little blog into a (maybe only SLIGHTLY) bigger blog over the past 6 months. Blogging has helped to get me through some very rough times over the last year and a half. I love connecting with other bloggers and being part of various #FitFams, like this awesome one that Jessica and Jill have created.