Local Celeb Liz Bonis Shares Her Fitness Advice

With spring just on the horizon, I am sure that the thought of getting into those summer clothes has been weighing heavily on your mind, just like it has been on mine 🙂  My favorite girl Amy Poehler had this to say in the March issue of Ladies Home Journal when she described her version of the perfect exercise class.  Embed from Getty Images

Personal trainers are people who yell at you to keep pushing. I’m like, “No, you keep pushing!” My idea of the perfect exercise class is this: The teacher gives us all a hug and goes, “You did it! You showed up! Let’s lie down.” We all lie down and she’s like, “How is everybody feeling?” We’re like, “Great!” And the teacher’s like, “Great!” Then we all get to leave 20 minutes early.

While Amy certainly keeps us smiling, her idea of exercise isn’t going to make us look very good in our summer clothes. So I decided to look for some expert tips on how to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into our busy schedules.   I turned the tables on Liz Bonis, medical reporter for Local 12, nutritionist and personal trainer.  Liz graciously agreed to share her advice with us here!!!!

Liz Bonis  Local 12 Health Reporter/Nutritionist/Personal Trainer

Liz Bonis Local 12 Health Reporter/Nutritionist/Personal Trainer

On getting motivated to exercise

I am embarrassed to tell you that I really only exercise because without it, I am a little piglet.  I know it’s good for me.. but that’s not enough motivation.. so I started just making myself get up..and getting in five to ten minutes on the treadmill before the day started.   If you don’t do it first, you will be too tired later.   It is still just a decision every day… and a hard one.  There’s no secret.   To quote Bobby Knight, “discipline is just knowing what you need to do, and doing it every day”.  So now I do at least a ten k, every day, on the treadmill ..sometimes at 2 or 3 am before work…and it never gets easy…and I don’t really like it.  I just like the way I feel after I do it!

On fitting exercise into a busy schedule and maintaining motivation

The most helpful thing I learned, was that the reasons you can’t exercise, are not really important.  If it’s not the priority, I(you) will do everything else and never get to it.  So I look at it that if all the social things come first.. I don’t have those to do if I am not healthy… and being healthy allows me to do all that other stuff… such as work, and eat out, and be active and have energy… it’s not all that stuff first, and exercise second…

Liz’s tips for healthy eating

I don’t have any forbidden foods, there are no good or bad foods, there are good and bad quantities of foods.. I can’t diet..but I can eat less of what I want…some days… I don’t own a scale and choose not to assign “good” or “bad” to any foods.  I do however try to eat a plant-based diet for health reasons…meaning…I try to make most of the plate fruits and veggies..less meat, cheese, fried food etc… I also eat six times a day.. at least.. or if I wait too long.. I will pig out …

What I love about Liz is she is just like that rest of us…and what  I like most about her advice is how approachable she makes it all.  Surely if she can get up at 2:00-3:00 in the morning to exercise, then it really is doable for even the busiest of schedules.  Breaking it down into 10 minute chunks also makes exercising seem like a realistic goal.  After all, It does make us feel good!!!!  I like too that there are no “bad” foods in her book.  I would really hate to feel deprived of anything….and science has shown that 5-6 small meals a day are better than 3 big ones.

Looks like I am getting back on the exercise bandwagon.  I can’t wait to begin taking my morning walks with my friends Clair and Hazel.  How about you?  Tell us about your exercise routine or how you plan to eat better…

Thanks to Liz Bonis for sharing your great advice!!  It was wonderful getting to know you better 🙂

Spring Break, Sunshine & Girl Scout Cookies

Living in grey Cincinnati can be pretty depressing at times.   It seems like the clouds get sucked into the Ohio Valley and refuse to leave.  This year has been especially brutal with freezing temperatures and weekly snowstorms.  I have been trying to practice my mindfulness, appreciating the beauty around me and reminding myself that the snow only brings the opportunity to cozy up by the fire.  I do have to admit that I have found myself looking forward to this week and it lived up to all of my expectations!!!

My youngest decided to come home from college for spring break after all.  He had planned to go on a mission trip to Virginia to help build homes but a minor illness derailed those plans.  He came home on Friday with laundry in tow:)  It is so great to have him home!!!!  The dogs can hardly contain themselves…their buddy is back who takes them for walks through thick and thin.  Me, I am more of a fair weather girl…

Which is why I was particularly excited about today.  The chores were done yesterday so today was for enjoying.  Here is how the day shaped up….First of all, the sun decided to come out.  Hallelujah!  I love how the sunlight bounces off the table on my sunporch 🙂

Sunlight streaming on sunporch

Sunlight streaming on sunporch

Then, after much anticipation; my friend and her daughter delivered my girl scout cookies that I have been looking forward to for weeks.  I don’t know which was better, the visit or the cookies?!

Kate showing off her favorite girls scout cookies!

The weather was so beautiful that I even got to go for a walk.  (I am behind taking the pic)…

The youngest with the dogs

The youngest with the dogs

Hopefully your day was wonderful too!  After I tackle the girl scout cookies, I will be back to taking my walks….as soon as spring arrives, that is.  Next week Liz Bonis, health reporter for Local 12 news will share her fitness tips.  Be sure to stay tuned!!!!