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How I Stay in Shape
posted on July 31st, 2013

Many of you have asked me what I do on daily basis to keep in shape, and how I make it a priority. I've gotten even more such requests, specifically about my abs, since a picture of me & Avril Lavigne from her new video went a bit viral. ;)

So here's my philosophy: Yes, I care about how I look. No, I don't think that makes me superficial. And yes, it takes work.

Staying in shape involves a lot of discipline which admittedly can be hard when we're busy, but it is of the utmost importance both because of our health, and because our self-esteem will effect EVERY part of our lives. I'm certainly not saying we have to have perfect bodies to feel okay about ourselves, but an unhealthy and unattractive body is dangerous for men and women alike. It's not superficial to want to stay in shape; it's very connected to our self-respect and our energy level. If I go for too long without exercising, or if I eat too many unhealthy foods, I start feeling lethargic and slow. It's depressing on the inside AND the outside!

I've never been a vegetarian, but here's what I do: (and I'll add the caveat that I'm not a doctor, a nutritionalist, or a specialist of any kind; this is what works for me)

-For exercise, I love yoga (I even made a DVD!) and aerobic activity like dancing, the treadmill, etc, and then for weight-bearing exercise (important for avoiding osteoporosis later in life), I do push-ups and some light weights. I try to vary my routine also - that way it doesn't get boring, and it's actually better for your body to keep changing it up. And here's how I manage to do yoga with my toddler!

For my diet, there are lots of things I pay attention to. It's rare that I go on a "diet" per se, but in everyday life I have certain guidelines that keep me from having to "diet":

-LOTS of water, NO soft drinks, and especially NO DIET SOFT DRINKS. They are the worst. They make you crave unhealthy food and I happen to believe that they mess up your metabolism.

-NOTHING artificial, no artificial sweeteners or colors. This is a HUGE rule of mine. Again, I believe this is why I can go for a week or two without exercising and not see any bad results. I stay away from what nature didn't create. It just couldn't be good for our bodies, no matter what the advertising companies tell us :)

-Plenty of rest, 8 hours a night. This one is very challenging when I'm busy - and of course my baby is my alarm clock - but when we rest is when we metabolize. If you don't rest, you don't metabolize correctly. And then it's difficult to lose weight or stay in shape.

-I don't totally stay away from "comfort" foods (carbs)- I eat bread, etc, but I eat mostly whole grain breads, and no white flour.

-I stay away from salty, sugary, and greasy foods, and over-processed foods. I try not to use "energy bars" - most of those are essentially candy bars with some protein powder sprinkled inside. It's just a marketing ploy- "here, eat something that has lots of protein but that tastes like a candy bar!" Guess why? With the sugar and the chocolate, it IS a candy bar- and basically just as bad for you.

So, read the ingredients. Simple foods are best- veggie sticks, whole grain bread, fresh fish and chicken (cooked at home), etc.

The stores are packed with foods that are adding to the weight problem in this country. We all have to learn to "just say no!" :)

I also love this blog: happyhealthybelly.com; Jen's a good friend and super fun to read.  (She's currently taking a break but her older blogs are awesome).

I hope this was helpful. Good luck to you!

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posted by ndwolf68 on September 10th, 2012

Ms. McKellar,

Thanks for sharing your philosophies on staying fit, bother physically & mentally/emotionally.  You are an inspiration to many and it is wonderful to see a person who (metaphorically) has a powerful microphone, use it so positively.

This is nothing new to us as a society, but with today's 'fatty' and fast food commericals drowning out practical thinking and smart choices, all in the name of expedience, it becomes difficult to follow a smart diet and a healthy way of life.  Please keep up the work - you are building a better country and a better world, one person at a time!

R/,

N.D. Wolf


posted by meli527 on January 25th, 2013

I just discovered your blog and website. It's really encouraging and affirming of what I believe to be true about health and wellbeing. Thank you!


posted by DKimm24 on July 31st, 2013

so the double cheeseburger with guacamole I just had would be a major no no ? :) That is a very enjoyable read. I quit smoking over two years ago and in the process began focusing on making better dietary decisions. So true you get out what you put in and feel so much better when you take care of yourself. 


posted by Alaska on August 8th, 2013

wow i just discovered this Website and your awesome blog. i really love what you say and i totally agree. i mean i do yoga, too, and since i've started doing it i feel so much better, in- and outside. i'm not the very Sporty type actually, Sport doesn't make me feel any better, but yoga does. and what you say about Food, it's so true. i really admire you. i think i'm gonna follow you more now, because what you say makes just sence and how you explain yourself is unique, too. i think i can learn alot from you. thank you and Keep this up!!


posted by Fidelhawk on February 28th, 2014

To be in a shape, its important to do regular exercise and also to maintain your diet and also consider the food you are eating. I would also say the dresses which you wear must be such that must be suitable. billabong shorts

 

 

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