Balanced Bites Podcast with Jen Sinkler

Kim over at Fittin Pretty recently wrote a post about a podcast that she listened to. I’ve never listened to a podcast before but her summary of what was said was very interesting so I had to check it out myself!


The Balanced Bites podcast featured Jen Sinkler.


Honestly I’d never heard of Jen before listening to this but I am in love now 🙂


Jen Sinkler is from my home state! She is a former Rugby player (incase you didn’t know, I used to play rugby in high school!!)! She is now a fitness writer, personal trainer and the founder of Lift Weights Faster.

If you have 70 minutes to spare I highly recommend listening to the podcast, it was very interesting and very informative. If not…. here is a little summary!

One of the questions was what strength move should every woman be doing. She mentioned squats but said that dead lifts are even more important! The dead lift involves using the posterior chain and every muscle in the body.

She also talked about stress. Did you know that your body can’t tell the difference between stress from work/life and stress from a workout. So, if you have an extremely stressful day at work you probably shouldn’t go have a super high intense hour long workout! It is better to balance the stresses.

I also learned that you need to do 3-4 strength workouts a week to build muscle. Once you are at the level you want women only need to so a high intense strength workout once every 10 days to maintain our muscle! I clearly need to increase my strength training!

Now a little bit about her Lift Weights Faster program:


Seems to be a well balanced collection of strength workouts! I don’t know about you guys but when I do to the gym I usually go just to do fitness classes or to go on the elliptical. I know how to use the equipment in the weights area but I have a hard time pushing myself if I just walk over there and start using machines. I also tend to get bored very quickly. I need something to follow that tells me what to do, like a personal trainer 🙂 But honestly, this girl can’t afford to pay for 3-4 personal training sessions a week! I have not tried the Lift Weights Faster program but I am considering trying it!

I really think that the Lift Weights Faster program would be a great addition to my running and boxing. Honestly I wish I had a million hours a week to workout! I really love ALL types of workouts and I wish I had to swim, run, bike, attend all the les mills classes, go to boxing, go to skyrobics and core power yoga! UGH!!! If only time could slow down so I had time to do everything 🙂 Anyone else feel this way?

I’m so thankful that Kim wrote her post about Jen! I have learned so much from the podcast and cyber stalking Jen 🙂

What is your favorite type of exercise?

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?

*Just a reminder…. I’m starting another Advocare 24 Day Challenge on May 1st. I’d love to get a bunch of people to join me! If you have any questions please email me alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com!


New Healthy Habits

It has been a week since I started my DietBet. Things have been going REALLY well! I have been working out lots and eating well…

I wanted to take some time to share what has been working for me.

First is the gym that I go to. I go to Xperience Fitness. It is SUPER cheap, $20 a month, and offers tons of amazing workout classes. So far I have gone to RPM (a spin class), Road Rage (a spin class), bodyflow and bodypump. Tonight I am going to bodycombat and zumba!!


BodyPump Supplies

BodyPump Supplies

Second is the My Fitness Pal app.


I have been using this app to help keep track of what I eat and my workouts. I’m not really watching calorie count but it is super helpful to plug stuff in so you only eat one serving instead of multiple servings. It is also an eye opener to see how much you really consume in one day. They also promote only losing 1-2 lbs a week so they suggest a calorie intake to accomplish that goal.

Next and most important is HEALTHIER FOOD.


Kind of dark but I have a fridge full of yummy stuff. Lots of salads!


And Almond Milk (plain and chocolate flavor)


The chocolate kind is so good and tastes just as good as normal chocolate milk but with less guilt 🙂 I use the plain almond milk when I make my protein drinks after working out.


I also love these veggie straws!!! They are so good! They do a great job satisfying my craving for chips, but they are much healthier than chips. And have you read the ingredient list? I recognize everything on the ingredient list! If you haven’t tried them I highly recommend them.


I won Katie’s giveaway for some wholly guacamole! I really love this stuff! My favorite so far is the 100 cups. I have tried them in plain and spicy. Both are excellent and I don’t eat it with chips I eat it with carrots. You guys may not know this but I LOVE carrots. I can eat them plain or with dip. As I try more of the yummy wholly products I will let you know what I think. Interesting Fact: You can freeze it!

Yummy quesadilla with wholly guacamole on top!

Yummy quesadilla with wholly guacamole on top!

I have also been loving eggs lately…. Today for lunch I had a delicious egg bowl.


I love eggs… this one has broccoli, jarred roasted red pepper, onion, mushroom, turkey and a few dashes of buffalo sauce. I used egg substitute to help cut back on the cholesterol and fat. (High cholesterol runs in my family)


These sandwiches are my quick fix breakfast savior. I tend to miss breakfast a LOT because I’m not motivated right when I wake up to make breakfast. So these sandwiches are so easy and so good! They only take a minute in the microwave…. perfect when you’re on the go.

Lastly is WATER!!


I carry this MASSIVE 30 oz water bottle around with me everywhere! I fill it up at least 2-3 times per day. It is extremely important to keep yourself hydrated.

This is only a few of the things that I have found super helpful in the past week…

What are some of your healthy habits?

Have you tried veggie straws yet?

Disclaimer…. I am not a dietician or personal trainer… I am just sharing a few things that have been working for me, that doesn’t mean they will work for you.