I’ve been on a weight loss journey since April 2011 when I saw my “hell no” number on the scale. I’m officially down 25+ lbs and counting, but I still have a ways to go. One of the greatest things that I have learned, in my opinion, is that losing weight and getting in shape requires a certain mindset.
Without having your mind ready to push your body to the limit to see results – it’s hard to be successful. I was able to lose 1 lb or 2 here… and then maintain… lose again… but then gain 1lb back. It was only when I had my mind configured to crush my goals that I was able to see a steady decrease in my body weight. After taking a bit of a break – I’m ready to hop back on the bandwagon (just in time for summer) to finish losing this weight.
Something that I have been using is the Athlete Mindset Workbook – a step by step guide – to helping me get my mind where it needs to be to optimize my weight loss. Today I’m lucky to have the lovely Leslie Lewis, one of the co-authors of the Athlete Mindset Workbook, share a bit about her own journey and some of the tools she recommends to reach your fitness related goals.
So let’s get right into it!
KIMBERLY BROWN: Thanks for much for doing this interview. Can you please introduce yourself?
LESLIE LEWIS: Hi Kimberly! Nice website! Thanks for inviting me to be interviewed. My name is Leslie Lewis. I’m an actress, writer, producer, yogini and fitness model.
KB: When I was doing a little research on the authors of the Athlete Mindset Workbook, I noticed that you are a bikini competitor! Competing is something that I am really interested in… what prompted you to start competing? And do you still compete?
LL: I must admit that it was pure vanity that got me into the sport. I wanted the fitness model body. However once I started competing, I gained so much more–I have a sisterhood with my teammates and even with the other competitors. Getting on stage as a competitor has been a spiritual journey, believe it or not, and I love the process. I do still compete, but right now, I’m focused on improving my off-season, so that I look more like a fitness model year-round, instead of just before a competition. Learning how to keep my body lean and within 5-10lbs of show weight is a big challenge and I’m enjoying that process.
KB: Can you tell us a little about how the average person could use the Athlete Mindset Workbook?
LL: Everyone has fitness goals, and this book illuminates a very easy pathway to achieving those goals, if the reader takes pen in hand and answers the questions. If people aren’t ready to buy the book yet, your readers can go to AthleteMindsetWorkbook.com to download the free sample chapter–I suggest printing it out and, yep, answering the questions, which can be enough to just get a person into gear.
KB: How do you balance your acting and creative pursuits with your personal health + fitness regime?
LL: Part of being an actor is taking care of our ‘instrument,’ my body, so the two are very compatible. Also, I get some great ideas when I’m working out–exercise clears my head.
This is the only body we get, so taking care of it is a high priority for me. I make time for it. After 10 years of being a daily exerciser, fitness is not ‘optional.’ It’s a requirement. It’s like taking a shower, an essential part of my personal hygiene.
I’m aided in this by having a coach, my coauthor, and a very clear program that I believe in, FitnessPrint.com, that gives me excellent results. Also, I reward myself lavishly with non-food rewards like a massage or a shopping trip to Lululemon, for completing successfully each week and month.
KB: If my readers could do one thing to jump start a healthier lifestyle today, what do you recommend? (in addition to buying the Athlete Mindset Workbook, of course. 🙂 )
LL: Of course 🙂
I’d say, pick one healthy habit to focus on daily for a month, and keep track of how well you do week to week. Try to improve each week, even if only by a small amount. Some examples of goals might be: drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Having two servings of veggies a day. 1 minute of jumping jacks a day. Anything to give you a feeling of getting started and being successful.
Also, just start. Start small, but just start. Take the next indicated step toward your best health. They say, ‘a year from now, you’ll wish you started today.’ So, just start!
KB: Can you share your all time favorite, easy, healthy recipe?
LL: A simple ‘meal’ I eat practically every day that tastes delicious and feels indulgent, yet it totally fits into my fitness model food plan is an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English muffin toasted with a half tablespoon of Earth Balance melted on top of each half. Ezekiel bread is a great choice for a fitness model because it satisfies the craving for bread but is high in protein and fiber.
KB: When you have a cheat meal – what do you normally go for?
LL: Great question! What many in the industry call a ‘cheat meal,’ my coach calls a ‘free meal,’ and I call an ‘experience meal’ because in my opinion, these are foods that are meant to be more of a social or emotional experience rather than just nutrition for the body.
Lately for my experience meal, I’ve been having an entrée from a restaurant that I wouldn’t normally order, like a creamy pasta, an Indian Thali or eggs Benedict or something, and then for dessert, one of the huge classic chocolate chip walnut cookies from Levain Bakery with a glass of whole milk.
KB: Any last minute advice or tips you’d like to share? And where should we keep in touch with you?
LL: Yes. The two most important mental skills for losing weight and keeping it off, according to my coach at the BeckDietSolution.com, are:
1. Giving yourself credit and…..
2. Getting right back on track if you get derailed.
Both of these need lots of practice. But with time and patience, these skills will improve and become easier.
So the third thing I’d say is:
3. Don’t quit. Keep going. Fall down seven times, get up eight!
Please feel free to post on my page at FB.com/LeslieLewisOnline and let me how know you’re taking care of yourself like me. I’ll send you a virtual high five’’
And that’s that! I’ll be continuing to make my way through this workbook to help me reach my goals, and if you’d like to purchase your own copy of the Athlete Mindset Workbook ($24.95 for paperback, $9.99 for Kindle), you can click this link! I was provided a free copy of this workbook to review – and as always, all opinions are my own. I was under no obligation to interview Leslie, but I really believe that this was a phenomenal resource that I just couldn’t help but share.