Sure, 80% of achieving a healthy lifestyle is about the food you eat, but 20% is about working out and getting fit. I know working out is “only” 20%, but working out played the biggest role in motivating me to get healthy. A year ago I could barely reach down to tie my shoes or walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, but today my mobility and drive to keep moving is what’s keeping me on track and helping me feel really good!!!

About 8-10 years ago I went to a hypnotist for weight loss. The hypnotist asked me what exercise I enjoyed doing, so she could add these exercises to my hypnotism session. I didn’t think too much of it back then, but after my nutritionist asked the same question, I really took it to heart. I enjoy hiking, dancing and swimming. So I’ve incorporated hiking and/or dancing into my daily routine. One of the best changes I made was taking up dance again. I’ve loved dance since I was a kid and joining a Zumba/Hip Hop class at my gym was the perfect way to integrate dance into my workouts. I try to go to a Zumba/Hip Hop class every day of the week, except Sunday when my husband and I go hiking at different places throughout the Bay Area. I’ll write about our hiking adventures in future blog posts.  I’m learning to like strength training and either do a Kickboxing or an AbsoluteFit class at my gym 2-3 times per week. 

To keep me motivated, I track my steps via my Fitbit. My goal is to walk about 10K steps a day (approx. 5 miles). Although, I enjoy competing with my friends, who also have a Fitbit’s so often my competitive nature pushes me to do more. If you are up for some competition send me a Fitbit friend request.