Today I'd like you all to meet a fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, Alyssa Clement! Alyssa is proof that we are all capable of making the changes we desire. We can all find it in ourselves to become a better version of ourselves, the version that is happy, healthy, and strong! Read a bit more about Alyssa below and leave her some comment love!! It's not easy and we appreciate her sharing her story with us today! xoxo
Q. What motivated you to make changes to your lifestyle?
A. I hated myself. I felt gross every single time I tried on clothes. I could never find anything that worked with my body. That in itself was enough when my pants size kept going up. A few years ago I was introduced to weight lifting and I really enjoyed it so I stuck with it. I always feel strong and confident afterwards and that has kept me going.
Q. During your transformation journey, what has been the hardest thing(s) to overcome?
A. The hardest thing to overcome was to find something that works for me. People will always put their two cents in to tell you what you "need" to do, but it doesn't always work. It's okay to take advice from someone, but something someone else does may not work for you. I counted calories and used an online calorie tracker to do it. It worked for a little while, but I was so restrictive that I would binge later on. I finally stopped being so restrictive and focused on moderation. Currently I'm counting macros (how many grams of carbs, fat and protein) rather than calories. I know I tend to go more towards sugar and not enough protein or fat so when I plan my macros I feel so much better and eat how I need to. I eat clean about 80% of the time and 20% of the time I eat other food in moderation.
Q. What do you do now to help motivate and inspire others?
A. I like to be encouraging towards people and their goals. I have many people that text me so I can keep them on track and they do the same for me. Its nice to share workouts and recipes because someone else's favorite might become yours.
Q. Finding or making the time to workout is hard. Do you have any tips that have helped you make exercise part of your routine?
A. Every week I schedule my workouts in my planner. I then go to my workout log and write down the exercises, sets and reps to do. The days I workout I set an alarm for myself. I typically workout after work around 6:30pm so setting my alarm will ensure I workout rather than sitting on the couch and forgetting. Also, finding a good snack to eat before helps because it gives me energy to push through my workout. I pretty much have to schedule everything because of work, working out and going through my online master's program.
Q. When you're not busy working out what kind of things do you like to do for fun?
A. I love hiking! I know some people think of it as a workout, and it is, but it's so fun and my Boxer puppy loves it also. We're both usually worn out after a couple hours of hiking through the mountains because he loves running the trails! I also enjoy reading any type of book and learning more about fitness and nutrition. It's clichéd, but I also love being with my friends, whether its dinner, Starbucks or a movie.
Q. If you could only give people one piece of advice, what would it be?
A. Do not diet. I've seen so many people who are dieters or have dieted and are now disordered eaters, including me. Even though I follow macros (IIFYM) and it works so well for me, I have disordered eating from years ago. Whether it's paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free IIFYM, etc make sure you can make a lifestyle change instead of eating how you did before you started it.
Q. What are some of your favorite/must-have workout products you can't live without?
A. My yoga mat is something that I can take anywhere and I can use it for stretching, yoga and some ab work. I like to always have whey protein just in case. I prefer food, but sometimes I just don't feel like eating or need something right after a workout. Workout DVDs are great to have because I would rather do one of those from Insanity or Asylum than traditional treadmill cardio. My IPhone because I absolutely have to have music!
Thank you, Alyssa for inspiring me today to do things in moderation and focus on what I love to do!
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