Faces Of Itness: Jennipher Walters

The Warm-Up

Favorite workout song: What You Waiting For, Gwen Stefani. Hands down favorite!

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking, running or playing tennis on a beautiful day!

Favorite motivational quote: “Envision, create and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” Not sure who said it, but I love it.

Favorite Words to Sweat by (or other) mantra: Keeping a lid on the junk in the trunk. Some junk is good, but it’s gotta be fit. 🙂

The Heavy Lifting

What does being “healthy and fit” mean to you?

Being healthy and fit isn’t nearly as complicated as people make it out to be. Regularly move your body in ways that you love and that feel good, and eat foods that came from the Earth that you think taste good. Listen to your hunger, sleep in when you can, give yourself a break and SMILE!

Have health and fitness, in some form, always been a part of your life? If yes, how so? If no, why not?

In many ways, yes. My mom taught me how to play tennis when I was about 8, and I played competitively through high school. I fell in love with the sport, but didn’t find “fitness” until I was a teen and got hooked on aerobics. I just really, really liked dancing and pretending I was a pop star. That translated into me teaching my own group exercise classes in college, and then becoming a certified personal trainer. From then, it was game on! 🙂

What challenges have you faced over the years related to your health and fitness?

Back in college, in order to fit into the image of what I thought a “fitness professional” looked like, I had a tendency to put way too much pressure on myself to be a certain weight. I’d over-exercise, under-eat and actually developed some really unhealthy behaviors with yo-yo dieting.

It was until after graduate school — after gaining 15 pounds and doing lots of emotional eating — that I met with a registered dietitian who helped me to follow intuitive eating principles. Changed my whole life for the better! After making that switch and realizing how much time I wasted worrying about a silly number on the scale, it later gave me the passion and idea to start Fit Bottomed Girls with my good friend Erin Whitehead!

What goals around your health and fitness do you set and how do you stay motivated?

My goals are constantly evolving. I’ve been doing CrossFit for over a year now, and I accomplished my goal to do unassisted pull-ups! I can do about five in a row, and I’m working on building that number up. In fitness, there’s always something new to work towards, which I love.

Writing the blog keeps me super motivated! I’m always trying something new for the site, so that helps to keep things fresh. Also, I’m addicted to surpassing my goals. It’s just such a good feeling to set your mind on something and then to DO IT!

What types of lifestyle changes have you made over the years that were the most beneficial?

Listening to my body was the best change I ever made! I listen to how hungry it is, when it needs a rest day, what it’s craving, when it needs more sleep — all of it! Also, in the last year, I’ve greatly reduce how many processed foods I eat. I still eat everything in moderation, but about 80-90 percent of my diet are whole, clean foods. Eating that way just makes me feel good. And isn’t that what health is really about? Feeling good? I think so!

What tools or approaches have you found most useful in meeting your goals?

Writing down what I eat (not the calories though) and the workouts I do, setting goals and rewards, listening to my hunger and only weighing myself on the scale once a week or every other week.

What workouts do you find most effective for your needs and your time constraints?

Right now, it’s CrossFit three times a week, running 2-3 miles one or two times a week and yoga for 30 minutes once a week. I also walk my dog daily, but I consider that my meditation time to just be outside and take a little mini mental vacation.

I’ve found this mix to be ideal for my body and my mind. I get my cardio, strength and flexibility in — and I enjoy all of the workouts. Life is too short to do workouts you hate. There are so many out there — find something you love!

The Cool Down

What advice do you have for people looking to find their own health & fitness groove?

Find something you love, and do it often. Then, once you’re in a fitness groove, expand your horizons by trying new workouts to round out your fitness. And definitely set small and big goals for yourself — with non-food rewards to treat yourself with as you reach them!

Want To Connect With Jennipher?

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