This interview is very special to me! Andrea is actually the person responsible for inspiring to start running. She's a hardcore runner, who actually started from "scratch" She went panting on her first mile run, to now running full marathons! She actually put together a schedule for me last year, where I followed and ran my first 5k ever! Andrea is an aspiring personal trainer, which I know will be successful, not only because of her determination, but also because she'll be able to say, " If I did, you can do it too!"
Andy: After having my second daughter, Alisha, I wanted to lose weight. I started eating healthy and going to the gym 4 days a week in the mornings. I not only wanted to lose the weight, but also wanted to do it in a healthy long lasting way.
Andy: I had run on the treadmill many times at the gym, but the first time I ran outside was a very different experience. Running was not easy, but challenging...and I love a challenge.
Gigi: What did you find more challenging once starting your walk, exercising, or eating right?
Andy: If you are doing it to lose weight, that's great, but it can't be your only motive. Being healthy should be a lifelong commitment. At some point we will hit a plateau...as I have twice now during my weight loss, but if you view your journey as a lifelong commitment instead of losing x amount of pounds, you will eventually reach your goal. If you really want to run and love it, I would recommend signing up for a 5k to keep you motivated and focused.
Andy: Um, I'm sure I have funny, but I did have many episodes of peeing myself. It was an issue that has now been resolved with the help of a physical therapist. Loll
Gigi: What other exercises do you do besides running?
Andy: I have incorporated strength training and functional training into my workout. I do not do any exercises that are stationary, like bi-cep curls. All my exercises mimic movement we perform on a daily basis. This type of training, not only helps with weight loss, but also helps my running.
Gigi: What would you say for someone who wants to change his or her lifestyle?
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