Fit Bride, Cherie // Fitness Get-to-Know-me

Hey guys! I'm handing things over to Cherie, our resident fit bride today! Everyone say "Hey Cherie!!!!" CHERIE-3Hey guys! Long time, no talk - apologies. Rather than gift you with sayyyy... a pumpkin spice cookie or a gift certificate to splurge at TJ, I thought I would gift you with a little bit of knowledge about yours truly (that's good too, right?). I recently stumbled upon an article by my favorite blogger where she answered questions regarding her active lifestyle, food go-to's and tips for staying fit no matter what season of life you're in. Without further ado, here's a little Q&A session on all things health, food, and fitness!

Why is fitness so important to you?

Oh goodness, this is a tough question worth answering. Fitness is such a big part of my life because of this dramatic changes it has initiated in my life. Deciding to give up a sedentary lifestyle and move towards an active one has literally transformed me from the inside out! It not only keeps my body healthy, but my mind as well. As someone who often struggles with bouts of anxiety, eating struggles, and more, fitness reminds me that God has given me a strong and willing body to climb over mountains with. It's my ultimate path of unravelling all of the stress that the world tosses at me and teaches me to honor every part of my body from the "bottom to the top" in the words of All about that bass. :)

Cherie

How do you motivate yourself to work out when you just don’t feel like it?

Honestly, the best way to motivate myself is to tell someone else that I don't feel like working out. Usually, my friends and family are pretty honest in reminding me why I should and like to work out. They keep me accountable, and ultimately their encouragement leads me to the best decision. Some days are for rest, though. Never forget that!

What is the top diet tip you’ve learned from the blog/fitness world?

Cutting out food groups isn't always better. I've learned from ways like Whole30 and Paleo that cutting out food groups can be both a positive and negative for your body. While certain ways of eating can help bring clarity to any food aversions or struggles you have, it can also bring about negative habits. I find that the best thing for me is to moderate what I eat rather than deprive. However, every person is different so always do what works best for you.

What do you eat when you need a quick energy boost?

Nut butter with fruit or carrots. Right now I'm on a sunflower butter kick. Don't be afraid of fats y'all! When timed correctly, they can fuel your workouts just as well as complex carbohydrates.

What the one treat you have to have, no matter what?

Red wine and dark chocolate. That's not a crime right? Oh goodness, I hope not.

What’s your best stay-slim trick?

Drink water from sunrise until bedtime. I always carry around a bottle of water with me wherever I go. Even if I have a day where I don't drink it all, I always feel better knowing I balanced my coffee and diet soda consumption with water. Also, if you're not too against artificial sweeteners - having a pack of sugar free peppermint gum on you not only refreshes you (peppermint has been proven to boost energy levels and relax you overall) but can also cut cravings that emerge from boredom.

Now it's your turn! Answer any question from above!

What's your go-to fitness trick?