Q & A

I think the title says it all so let’s just dive right in!

Q: My friends are always asking what keeps me motivated. So, maybe you can tell us what keeps you motivated. – Davette Baker

A: My overwhelming motivation in all I do is to make my parents proud. My Mom and Dad have been and always will be my biggest supporters. My Mom passed away far too young and my Dad has done everything in his power to keep our spirits up. He has done a wonderful job. I could not have dreamed of having better parents.

As for working out it changes daily really. Sometimes it’s a song or a quote that gets me pumped. The last song I listen to during every workout is “All I Do Is Win” and that pushes me to finish strong. Plus, with every workout I get stronger and I want to see what I can do next. That’s great motivation.

Q: What was the hardest thing about losing weight? – Christina

A: The hardest thing for me about losing weight was staying focused the whole time. Over the course of a year things happen and when you work out 5 hours a day, 6 days a week there are days when you just don’t want to. I’m not going to lie, some of those days I didn’t do my workouts, but other days when I didn’t want to I pushed through them. That is something we have to do. We have to fight harder when we don’t want to or don’t think we can. Anything CAN be done, you just have to want it bad enough.

Q: What are your favorite low calorie snacks? – Brooke Maneotis

A: I love me some fruit! Oranges are the best, but also pineapple and strawberries. Hummus is also a good one. You can dip your favorite veggies in it like celery or carrots. I also enjoy some non-fat Greek yogurt with some Truvia and maybe a little granola. Delightful!

Q: What is your favorite cardio exercise? – Robison Raie

A: My favorite form of cardio is a tie between intervals at the park and boxing. Boxing is a lot of fun because it lets you take out any aggression you might have built up inside and it gets your heartrate cranking. I don’t get to do this much because I like to have a partner hold the mitts so I usually stick to intervals at the park. I choose a distance for the day and alternate running and walking. Intervals are crucial in the battle for weight loss.

Q: How long do you exercise everyday? – Kristin Dunn

A: Well, when I was on my journey I worked out 5 hours a day. Now that I am maintaining I exercise between 2 and 3 hours. I still do 6 days a week though. I usually lift weights for a hour and then do some cardio for a hour or two.

There were a lot of great questions this week and if I didn’t answer yours this week check back next week as I may answer it then. Thanks to everyone who sent in their questions and keep them coming to alexrespess@gmail.com.