Hi, I know what bulking and cutting are. My question is about carb cycling. Apparently there is a right and wrong way to do it? Something about carbing up before workout and then avoiding carbs the rest of the day. Do you utilize any of these methods to keep lean and still maintain muscle mass?
I’ve never done bulking or cutting.. and I don’t do any kind of structured planned out carb cycling, however my carb amounts do vary from day to day depending on how active I am… If I’m really active that day more carbs, if not working out or doing so much, less carbs… I feel there is no ‘right or wrong’ way to do it, it comes down to trial and error and finding your balance at what works for you… I always have carbs before and after weight training though and typically don’t eat them late night before bed. I keep lean by not eating any crap ever. Eat right and exercise consistently, don’t fall into the trap of over complicating…
good morning. even tho im sure u get this all the time, your body is ridiculous and i just had to compliment you. a friend of mine who is about to turn 40 (hikes a lot) claims to be out of shape, but is identical to your body type/shape. i show'd her your page and she's motivated to get cut - awesome job
thanks so much jacob :) I’ve been working hard for a long time..I want to be fit for life and try to hold things together as best I can in my old age!! That is awesome that your friend is motivated!!
I got Insanity this week and just did my first video ‘cardio power & resistance’.. It was really hard and I even had to take extra breaks because of my asthma but it was a great workout and so glad its done now.. feeling good for rest of day :)
Hey, I tried using pumpkin as a topping, great idea! I don't use butter, but I'd normally opt for a nut butter instead, but having a sweet, low cal option is amazing! It's like having a pumpkin pie on your toast! Thanks!
So glad you tried it out and liked it!! I’ve been eating it for years now and still love it :)
Oh my gosh! THE ChickenTuna is following me! Haha that's crazy. I remember coming across your BodySpace page when I was like 15 and you were one of my biggest inspirations to start becoming fit! Thanks so much for following me! c:
Wow.. I’m very glad that I helped inspired you!! Its so important to start taking care of your body when you are young and you are doing a great job at that so you’ll be fit for life! I’m happy to be on tumblr now and look forward to following your fitness journey :)
I love your no-nonsense approach, especially when it comes to nutrition! I've been looking into the Raw Food Diet and I'm wondering when it comes to oatmeal (which I mix into yogurt in the a.m.) is it better to eat it raw or cooked? Does it matter?
thank you :) I’ve seen way too many people over complicate eating with all the overwhelming info out there.. I eat oatmeal both ways, it just comes down to whatever you prefer.. its never mattered to me!
Hi, I have seen your plain foods list. I'm just wondering, can you (if you haven't already) post an example of a days worth of meals might look for you? I'm just curious to know how you combine your plain/boring foods - some of which are actually quite exciting lol. And by the way, you are fantastically inspirational.
Hey! thanks :) Everyday is different since I eat in restaurants a lot but I always eat the appropriate amount of food for my body size and activity level.. Which is different for everyone, and I don’t have a typical day because I don’t follow any mapped out plan like many do, I am familiar with eating appropriately for myself.. Like tonight I was at an Asian place called Pei Wei and had chicken and broccoli with no sauce! I combine Oatmeal and egg whites with almonds and blueberries for breakfast.. or I combine slices of wheat bread with pure unsweetened pumpkin (great replacement for butter) or I’ll just grab a handful of grilled chicken strips for snacks.. chicken and rice, salmon and rice (90 second brown rice) salads with chicken strips.. same boring stuff all the time, lol but I always feel great and one thing that always is the same is that I am not eating crap or having a ‘time to eat crap session’… Combine anything you want, there are no secret combinations!!!
Hi Laura! First I want to say you are such an inspiration to me: I found your bodyspace profile a while ago, and then your website; and you actually inspired me to start lifting. Your attitude towards health and fitness is very straightforward and refreshing in a world of so many "secret exercises" and "special diets," so THANK YOU for being you! My question is, what healthy fats do you prefer to eat? Do you limit your intake of things like avocados, nuts, olive oil, etc.?
Wow, thanks so much.. I can’t believe my site has been up 5 years already, time really goes fast! thanks to messages like yours I want to keep it up :) I get really fed up with all the ‘secret’ fitness stuff and I do what I can to keep my message out that there are no tricks, powders or potions.. just YOU!
I try to estimate and keep my fats around 20% of my intake.. I eat mostly almonds and avocados for healthy fats. Peanut butter is my all time favorite but I don’t trust myself with it because it is too easy to keep digging in that jar all day and before I know it the peanut butter is gone and my pants don’t fit.. sadly only a few table spoons is enough for a day. I buy my almonds in the 100 calorie packs only because its real easy to not realize how much I’m eating since fats are so dense in calories.. so this way I know I’m not eating half a jar!
I would like to apologize if this is the third time you're recieving this question. It never said sent after I pushed ask so I don't know if it went through. Anyway I think you are an awesome fittness role model and I was curious if you would recommend your work out program to someone who is just getting started or if you would recommend something else. I'm comfortable with my size I just want to be stronger and real toned.
I actually only got it once :) Thank you! I would recommend it to any level.. even beginner.. the only difference will be using light weights to start as you get to know the form for each exercise. Attempting to lift heavier too fast will only result in injuries so take it real slow! I’m never out to break any records, just keeping it challenging and being careful always!!
The “real toned look” will come from becoming leaner by eating differently.. Even though you don’t need to lose weight, you can change the way your body looks by eating differently which will give you the ‘toned’ look!! The toned look comes from eliminating things like candy, cookies, cakes, fried food, fast food, alcohol, fancy Starbuck drinks, butter, thick creamy sauces, pastries, bacon, cheese fries, etc…
Hey Laura! Thanks for being a perpetual inspiration. Your approach and opinions are such a good reality check. Can you recommend some good exercise videos? Have been looking around and it's tough to tell what's cheezy and lame, and which ones are good.
Thanks :) Some videos I have are really old and pretty cheezy… I have to admit I’m entertained by the cheesy ones.. if they are wearing some really bad outfits.. I will make fun of them while doing the video. As long as it gets me moving, working hard and sweating it meets my cardio needs. I tried the P90X cardio and the dude was a little too chatty and kept stopping too much.. I would just jog in place while he was chatting away to keep my sweat going.
I like Taebo the best and there are a ton of them.. they are pretty easy for someone like me who is not very coordinated. Although, some of the videos Billy will do some fancy footwork that is way too hard for me.. I always talk to the people in the video.. so I’ll say, “Hey Billy, What the fuck are you doing?? ” and I will do my own moves like jumping jacks until he stops his complicated shit :) I bought a few Jillian Michaels but haven’t tried them yet.. are there any cheesy ones you know about?
hello! love your blog you are such an inspiration!! i love weight training as well but i was wondering what weight you lift for your biceps and triceps? I'm doing about 12 reps of 10 pounds but I'm not sure if thats enough... Thanks!
Thanks!!! :) I was confused about how much weight I should be lifting when I started as well… Somebody gave me a great rule that I always stick with: “If you can get to 10 reps without any struggle and its easy, then you should increase the weight”. As long as you are consistently challenging yourself you will be doing great, a challenging weight amount will be different for everyone and typically different weights will be used depending on the exercise you are doing. I’ve been lifting weights for years now and I don’t have big hulk muscles, just tight toned arms with no flab or jiggles!!