5 Questions with Fitarella
Today marks the first installment of a new series to introduce 4HB bloggers, trainers and/or personalities. We’re following the example set by a young Flickr where they ask the same five questions to a different person each week. In addition to sharing interesting and inspirational insight, we think it’s a nice way to help people achieve their goals and build a healthy, encouraging community.
We're thrilled to to start with Jacqueline Carly, a.k.a. Fitarella. Jacqueline is a self described "ex-chronic dieter turned healthy living advocate" who has a passion for spreading the word about living a healthy, fit, fun, full life. Her many credentials include being Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor from the renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and being a Certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Endurance Coach. When she isn't hosting her show on the Pulse Network, she's adding to her yoga training or completing her Masters in Nutrition focusing on Eating Disorders & Obesity. As you can tell, there's a lot going on with Jacqueline and we're excited that she could set aside a few minutes for us. You can find out more about what she's doing at her site, Fitarella.com.
1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?Initially I just wanted to see how my body would react to some of the protocols in the book to just feel and look better. I started a blog called the FourHourBodyProject.com to track my progress as I make my way through the experiments in the book while I also get a 200 hour Yoga teaching certification, and just juggle every day life. My goals have now changed a little since I've decided to go back to competing in Figure at the end of the year, so i will be focusing a lot of building muscle. It should be a really interesting progression and I'm excited about the results.
2) How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?So far its been great, I'm definitely seeing noticeable changes. I did the BodPod at the beginning for my foundation numbers and will do it again this week (30 days later) so see what's changed. I don't do the scale thing because those numbers make me crazy, and I'd rather not get caught in that. My first refeed (binge day) was a little challenging, I went a little overboard and made myself sick, but they have gotten a lot better. The biggest challenge for me has been giving up sugar. I'm a sugar-a-holic, I love candy like skittles, swedish fish and twizzlers.
3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?Pick three meals that you like and stick to them daily, don't make it harder than it needs to be. Also, focus on your water intake and make sure you are drinking a lot. It makes such a difference.
4) What is your favourite cheat day food?Pasta with butter, garlic & Parmesan cheese, Pizza, and chocolate croissants. I know that's 3 :-)
5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?Check out a4hourbody.com - A Fat Man's Quest for Four Hour Body. He's doing great and is chronicling all of his journey.
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