Guess what? We are back with the “MFS Fit Babe Spotlight Series” and this month’s special guest, personal trainer and owner of “Safire Training” (online personal training for women), Andrea Eilertson, is super hyped about sharing her health & fitness journey with us all! This Fit Babe is specialized in coaching women who are struggling to Lose the Last 10-20 Pounds; she’s all about teaching you how to “let go of the mental blocks” that are keeping you from reaching your kickass fitness goals, AWESOME, right!? Without further ado, let’s get to know our girl Andrea:
I schedule all my workouts into my calendar and treat them as an appointment with a client. This is my key to success!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your fitness journey began…
Hey gals my name is Andrea and I’m a personal trainer/business owner from Minnesota. My fitness journey began in high school. I was a 3 sport athlete back in high school and college so fitness has always been part of my life growing up.
When I was a junior in high school I started lifting weights before school in our school’s “girl’s weight room” which was in the back of our locker room. We didn’t have a lot of equipment or guidance. Usually it was just me and a friend working out before school, not really knowing what we were doing. I took it upon myself to start buying fitness magazines and self-taught my friend & I how to lift properly and what exercises to do.
Fast forward to after college, I took my ACE personal training exam and started my journey as a trainer. Though that is not to say I didn’t have my own struggles with my weight but more to come on that later…
What is your training philosophy like and what does your workout program look like?
My training philosophy is centered around compound and functional exercises. As far as my own workouts, I need something quick & efficient so I do a lot of compound heavy lifting exercises with minimal rest. For my body type, I find that gets me the best results. I usually lift weights 3-4 times a week, 1-2 days of cardio (usually HITT or Fartlak training), and 1 day of yoga.
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet looks like?
I’m a huge fan of clean eating which means, I eat lots of veggies, fruits, protein, and whole grains, lots of water, minimal sugar, and try to stay away from processed foods. I also keep alcohol to a minimum of no more than 2-3 alcoholic drinks (red wine) a week.
My daily diet usually consists of:
- Breakfast: Green Protein Shake
- Mid-morning snack: Almonds & piece of fruit
- Lunch: Veggies & Quinoa with protein source
- Afternoon snack: Whatever homemade recipe I made that week- granola bars, protein balls, etc
- Dinner: Fish & Veggies
- After dinner: I will indulge a few nights a week on 2 squares of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt (my fav)
How do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your fit and healthy lifestyle?
For me the lifestyle and commitment part is fairly easy now only because I’ve spent many years practicing this lifestyle. At the end of each month, I design a workout calendar for myself for the upcoming month. I usually focus on something different each month depending on my goals for it also helps to fight boredom. If I’m a week into the month and I don’t like what I planned I switch it again. I also schedule all my workouts into my calendar and treat them as an appointment with a client. This is my key to success.
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to fitness so far?
Last summer I ran my first ever 10K and placed 3rd in my age group, especially because I didn’t devote as much training time as I would have liked to.
What are your current and future fitness related goals and projects?
My current fitness goals are to continue lifting heavy weights and start incorporating more core training into my routine. My abs used to be my favorite area to work on but now I have to consciously add them into my workout schedule or I won’t train them.
My future fitness goals are to train for my first dirty girl mud run later in the summer and play as much tennis as I can this summer. That is as far out into the future as I think. I try to stay in all around good shape so I can add things to my schedule at the last-minute.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their fitness goals?
I spent an entire year losing 40 pounds. I did it gradually and didn’t weigh myself daily or even weekly.
Patience. That is my number one thing I tell people. Your body didn’t magically transform overnight and it won’t magically transform after a week of working out. Fitness really is a lifestyle and it takes time to see results. I spent an entire year losing 40 pounds. I did it gradually and didn’t weigh myself daily or even weekly. I just started making better choices everyday. Before I knew it I had lost the weight I had gained and an extra 10 pounds.
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
*My all-time favorite move is the plank. I do this daily. I usually end my workouts with planks and I like to say you’re kissing your workout good-bye when doing them.
*Bulgarian split squat lunges – My favorite booty exercise!
Can you give us 3 Fun Facts about yourself?
- I have a cat named Schnoodles
- I love House of Cards & Scandal
- I love to wear neon workout gear, the brighter the better!
Stay tuned for next week’s Diet & Nutrition post by Andrea Eilertson!
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