What’s shaking? I’m Jaime. Mother of 3, Group Fitness Instructor, and Les Mills® National Presenter and Assessor for BODYJAM and SH’BAM. I'm also a Reebok-sponsored athlete, so if you're wondering where I got those cool pants (photo above), now you know. ;)
The big boss lady here at Fat Loss Foodies (I've taken to just calling her by her last name, "Quillen" - as I feel it brings her street cred up a level...) recently asked me to write a guest blog post and share what a typical day looks like for this mom and fitness pro.
Be warned: I'm going to keep it real and take you along on a typical day, but it’s not fancy. At all.
My lifestyle works for me, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you, and I'm not suggesting that. My whole point in sharing this post is to show you that this way of eating and training is a lifestyle. I've lived it for so long that I don’t even think about it much any more. When you can get to a point where it comes naturally to order a salad over a cheeseburger, then I think you’re #winning. And BONUS when you’re actually super-psyched about said salad. That's #nextlevelwinning.
My Two Non-Negotiables
People often approach me and ask about my diet. I hate to break it to you, but I'm not on some top secret plan.
For me, it honestly it breaks down to two things: I don’t eat a bunch of crap and I move my body. I don’t count, cleanse, or crash. I just eat clean and drink copious amounts of wine - I mean water. WATER.
Every day I'm mindful of two things: 1) what I put into my body and 2) movement. Could I do better or more? Sure. Absolutely. However, I find health and fitness are about creating and living a lifestyle that comes naturally to you. You can’t fake the funk! That’s why I can get down with Fat Loss Foodies and their no B.S. approach to food and fitness. It doesn’t have to be so hard! Life is hard enough already - AM I RIGHT?!!
So, keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle and remain seated at all times. It’s about to get crazy exciting up in here...
A Day In The Life
6:30 a.m. - I wake up immediately pumped for the day. Also, that's a lie.
I’m hungry in the morning. Like really hungry. We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why are so many of us still not eating it?!
Remember when I said this healthy lifestyle-thing doesn’t have to be so hard? Here's what I do: I make protein pancakes for the week. In hardly any time at all, I have them blended up and cooked. Just get it done.
Need a recipe? Pick any one of Fat Loss Foodies recipes for protein pancakes (HERE), cook up a few batches, and then put some peanut butter on 'em. Any food that can be a vessel for peanut butter is a key team player. Also, coffee.
While packing up the kiddies' lunches, don’t forget to look out for number 1: YOURSELF. For me, that means amino acids and a protein bar for a snack after I teach my morning classes. For you, it could look completely different. Bottom line: set yourself up for success. Eat breakfast. Pack the snack.
Mom-Life: Speaking of kiddies, look at these little cherubs (photo below). If your kids are anything like mine, you will need to fuel yourself with a suitable breakfast so you have enough stamina to shout at everyone to get dressed and get in the %&?%$*! car.
Mid-Morning Workout + Lunch: On this particular day, I taught a SH’BAM class followed by BODYJAM practice with my home girls. That’s about 75 minutes of Dance Cardio.
If I was strength training, I would have eaten substantially more over the course of the day, but today a salad did the trick. I almost always have hard boiled eggs and a cooked protein in my fridge ready for a salad.
Can we give a shout out to dressing??? There are so many delicious dressings out there. Eat the dressing! I truly believe you would enjoy your salad way more with a super-tasty dressing. (How many times can I say dressing?) While we're talking about happiness, the same goes for coffee creamer in your morning coffee. Just use some for Pete’s sake!
2:15 p.m. - I turn into an Uber driver that doesn’t get paid and start picking up all 800 of my children. Smoothie time. Today, I hit Tropical Smoothie Cafe. I always add whey protein. I enjoy making smoothies at home, but if you’re hungry and on the run then stop and fuel up the right way to keep you from shoving your entire face into the bag of Dunkin Donuts' Munchkins that your mother brought for your kids, which is sitting next to you whispering, taunting, and inviting you to go to hell in a hand basket. (THANKS, MOM!)
Dinner: After a fun afternoon at the playground, homework, and laundry, it’s dinner time! A typical dinner for us is homemade soup. I love making soup because I’m all about leftovers and keeping it simple. I have a go-to "recipe" that is basically whatever veggies I have on hand plus chicken. I throw it all in a pot, season it well, add a low-sodium stock and I'm in business. The soup-making business. (Next thing you know you’re a millionaire. Lotta money in soup....)
Please note: I put avocado in everything. Including the soup.
After-Dinner: The only thing missing is the glass(es) of wine I had. I’m not a big dessert person but I certainly will eat some every now and then. You have to, and when you’re eating well for the majority of the time then it’s no big deal! Life’s too short.
If you get nothing else from my "day in the life" diatribe, I hope your takeaway is this: that even though I'm a fitness pro, I am regular, busy woman and mom of 3 just trying to get it all done as best I can. No super human here.
If I could give you one simple piece of advice? It's like your parents told you before Prom Night: Make good choices.
It’s not rocket science. I focus on two BIG-BUT-SIMPLE THINGS every day: Eat Well and Move My Bod.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go put a spoon into some peanut butter.