I am ecstatic to introduce a new series I am working on. I wanted to highlight other amazing women that consider themselves “Lazy Ladies”. I would define a Lazy Lady as being an empowered, professional, independent woman, who struggles to find time in her busy life to workout and keep fit. We are a community of women who care about achieving a healthy lifestyle that does not compromise our mental and physical well-being. Being active, beautiful, and healthy shouldn’t be a punishment!
To kick off The Lazy Lady World Tour I will be interviewing a bad ass 4th-grade teacher from Minnesota. This Lazy Lady has been a long time friend/sister of mine. She is beautiful and charismatic. I have never seen a woman so dedicated to her work and the children she teaches. I have so much respect for this Lazy Lady and I hope you find inspiration from her as well! We are all in this together!
Me: Hello Lazy Lady Laura! First of all, thank you for agreeing to be my guinea pig in the Lazy Lady World Tour! Let’s start off simple; Tell us about yourself.
Hi! I’m 27 years old and a very proud 4th-grade teacher in St. Cloud, Minnesota. I love to spend time outdoors hiking or canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. I also enjoy making jewelry, painting, and playing games (Video or Board). As a teacher I get quite a bit of exercise following my small humans around, but sometimes even though it feels like I’ve been working on sweat for 7 hours, It’s not enough to combat bad eating habits and constantly feeling lethargic, and when you live in Minnesota, where hiking and canoeing are not available hobbies for those long Minnesota winter months, it’s easy to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle. About 6 months ago, I decided to get my tush back in gear and get in shape. My boyfriend and I decided to begin making healthier, fresher meals and I started going back to the gym after school. It’s been a long 6 months, but we both feel stronger and more energized now that we are eating smarter along with a wonderful and challenging 8 day trip to the BWCA. Sorry, that was such a long response. I talk A LOT. Whew!
ME: I love it! I am from Minnesota as well, and trying to get out and go for a run in below freezing temperatures takes a special kind of human being. What is your favorite thing to do to stay fit?
Hiking and Portaging. I love to push my limits and show my strength. Camping in the wilderness is such an amazing thing. When it’s cold, I like to hit the gym immediately after school (so I don’t crash on the couch and skip it). Something about a short run on the treadmill or a good couple of miles on a bike makes the stresses of the day just melt away.
ME: What is your favorite cheat meal?
Pizza. For sure. Every time. Oh, and breadsticks.
ME: I Love Pizza! Least favorite part about working out?
Abs. Why are they so hard to find!?
ME: What about the thing you struggle with most?
Sometimes I’m so tired after school that I absolutely dread the gym, and if you skip once, it’s so much easier to skip the second time and so on.
ME: I completely agree. After taking some time off to spend with family, getting back into the habit of going to the gym has been a challenge. I think sticking to it, no matter how tired you are is the key to making fitness a daily thing. Are there any crazy or fun diets/ workouts you have tried? Did they work? Would you recommend it?
I did the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody and liked it a lot! I lost 8 pounds, fit into all of my clothes better, and felt much stronger! The only thing I didn’t do for the program was the diet plan. I watched what I ate, and made sure it was healthy, but I wasn’t super strict about it either. Just think what my results would have been if I had followed the program closely! I’m very determined to do this program again the right way!
To learn more about the 21-day fix read this: http://www.daystofitness.com/21-day-fix-eating-plan/
ME: Do you prefer to workout in a group or alone?
I like to workout at the gym, but I enjoy going by myself as a kind of a “me thing”.
ME: Favorite healthy meal?
I have been obsessed with steamed veggies lately. I can’t get enough! My favorite combo is broccoli, cabbage, onion, and carrots steamed with a splash of water and low sodium chicken broth.
ME: What’s your favorite activity to do where you live?
The BWCA (Boundary Waters) has been a big part of my life in the past few years. I have always loved to hike, and I wanted to try canoeing and portaging camping, but I never found the opportunity to do it. when I met my boyfriend 3 years ago, he was extremely excited to show me the way. I was slightly terrified and thrilled on my first BWCA trip and I fell in LOVE with it. It is such a wonderfully tranquil place, while also being a physically exhausting experience. I felt like a whole new woman and have loved the last 3 years of the BWCA summers.
ME: What is the hardest thing about living in Minnesota to live a healthy lifestyle.
Surly beer and all of the Minnesota nice ladies at work who spoil us with delicious goodies in the staff lounge!
ME: I 100% get that! We have way too many cookies and sweets in the office! Is there anything else you want to add?
Love what you are doing with this blog! I can definitely relate to being lazy about fitness at times and temptations are plentiful, but setting goals and being motivated can get you farther than you think! Love you, girlfriend!