Guest Post-Health & Fitness Q&A

It is with great honor that I bring to you…my first guest post!!! AHHHHH- I’m so excited right now because I LOVE my guest.

I would like to introduce you all to Courtney from Burpees and Bubbly.

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I’ve been reading various blogs for over 10 years now (is that nerdy- for some reason I think it is…).  Health blogs. Fitness blogs. Home blogs. Anyways, one feature I love is guest posts. 

I’d find myself wondering, wait are the blogger and guest friends? Do they work together? Do they like, hangout and stuff? (Is that nerdy again??)

Well, let me tell you. I wish I could hangout with my guest ALL THE TIME. She’s awesome. I first met her though my sister-in-law, Amy (hey, girl, hey). We were in Nashville for Amy’s bachelorette party, and we pretty much got long seamlessly right away (am I right or am I right, Court?).

She and her sweet little family (hubby and fur child) live in Austin, Texas. She’s a personal trainer and just all around awesome chick. She knows her stuff when it comes to health and fitness. But enough of me bragging about Courtney. Let’s get to the good stuff.

First, introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do.
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor in Austin, TX. I also work for a company called F.R.E.S.H. ATX where we find different health and wellness events happening around Austin. We feature those events in a local newspaper and on our website for all of Austin to see!

You’re a trainer and your body is on fire! What’s your favorite workout these days?
WOA- Thanks! I love everything and anything that is high intensity training. This is where I feel my strongest by getting my heart rate up and getting super sweaty. I love the feeling after a good HIIT workout, I feel so accomplished and my workouts are never more than an hour!

Any tips on preparing for the summer months?
I think the most important thing to do to “prepare” for summer is to find something you love doing! That way, you will most likely stick with it. I think finding a balance with nutrition is also very important. Once you are comfortable with the nutritional balance and a fitness routine, you won’t be looking for a “quick fix” 2 weeks before you are on your summer vacation. Quick fixes are stressful, unhealthy, don’t work in the long run, and are NO FUN!

What are your go to meals and or/snacks?
Unfortunately, for my husband, I am pretty basic when it comes to the kitchen! My meals are usually a lean protein, a complex carb, and a green! We did just get a BBQ and I love grilled veggies and salmon. It’s my favorite thing to make.

I am a snacking queen- which is dangerous! The biggest tip I have for fellow snackers is to not buy anything that is bad for you know you will dive head first into. I am a big texture craver, so I know I like crunchy. I’ll buy crunchy veggies and eat that with some greek yogurt dip or hummus. Or I’ll dress up some rice cakes with smashed avocado and sriracha or with peanut butter and banana. Depends on my mood!

What advice can you give for creating a goal and sticking to it?
I think the most important part of goal setting is to set a smart attainable goal. For example, if your goals are to have a body like Gigi Hadid, that’s great. But what is your body type? Are you an ectomorph body type (long and lean, hard to put on weight)? Are you 5’10”, do you have a personal trainer multiple times a day, and a chef to cook you healthy food and knock cookies out of your hand? If that’s the case, then you GO GIRL! Be Gigi! But in reality, every body is different. So you have to find what works for you.

I also think how we word goals is the key to sticking with them. I think goals like “I want to lose 45 pounds, or I want to be a size 2” should be worded differently. I like to goal set like this: “I want to get into a healthier BMI category. To get there, I need to lose 11 pounds.” Then, you get into your healthy BMI category, and you go from there. The size thing goes back to your body type. I think it’s important to set goals about getting stronger, running longer, holding a plank for a certain time- that is how you really know your body is changing. Numbers are silly. There are so many body types and sizes, you can have 5 women look completely different and each weigh 130 pounds.

I know you travel a lot are are super social! How do you keep your health and fitness goals on track while you travel and enjoy life?
Traveling and my social life are two things that are very important to me! I never want to turn down a friend’s birthday dinner because they are going out for pizza and beer, and I never want to order a side salad or skip the gelato when I’m in Italy, ya know!

It’s not the best feeling when you feel guilty for enjoying food. When I am traveling or I know I am going out with friends, I make sure I get a solid workout in. No, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, however, it’d be better to get some movement in rather than not moving at all. This can prevent any extra weight gain and will give you peace of mind. I usually incorporate a run or a HIIT workout if I had something fun planned for the evening.

The going out with friends and traveling are all done in moderation, of course! If you are eating out every night, drinking booze every night, and working out like crazy, you will be stuck in a vicious cycle of weight gain and frustration. You’ll get so frustrated you’re not losing weight, you’ll most likely stop working out all together. What’s the point, right? It’s all about balance! You find the balance that works for you, and you slay it.

What is your favorite beauty routine at the moment?
I love a good face mask!

Lightning Round!

Hobby?
Dog walking
Pancakes or waffles?
Pancakes
Favorite show?
Shark Tank
Favorite song?
Any kind of rap with a good beat.
Mimosa or Bloody Mary?
Champagne with a splash of OJ 😉
Coffee with cream? Or black?
Black
Can’t live without beauty product?
Tinted moisturizer
Favorite pizza toppings?
Pepperoni Jalepeno with sriracha on top!

SEE!? Isn’t she great 🙂 Check out her blog for more on health and fitness!

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