Leigh Hickombottom's dedication to fitness and a healthy lifestyle has put her on the cover of Oxygen Magazine. Leigh has also written a book (which you can now purchase from the Amazon link below) titled "Logistics of Leanness." Leigh has stopped in at The Global Townhall to give YOU some tips to get you (or keep you) excited about training and being your personal best.
We love to give Twitters an opportunity to ask our guests a question so the first several questions come from Twitter: FitBottomedGirl
FitBottomedGirl: What's the single best piece of advice that you've received in regards to healthy living?
Leigh Hickombottom: DONT DIET. MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE
FitBottomedGirl: You are a working mom, which isn't easy. How do you make time for you and find balance?
Leigh Hickombottom: Meditation in the morning helps me find the balance. As far as balncing my time, It is a must That I have a little me time in everyday so I can give everyone else my all. The gym is part of that "my time" :0)
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do to keep motivated?
Leigh Hickombottom: I read letters or emails of people who are inspired and it keeps me motivated to continue to stay on track and to be motivated :0)
Gabrielle Reilly: What weight/cardio training do you do in a week?
Leigh Hickombottom: This week for example, I trained 5 days. Each of those 5 days had 20-30 mins of cardio after my resistance training. This week 2 of the days were dedicated to different parts of the legs. The other 3 were broken up into shoulders, back, tris along w abs.
Gabrielle Reilly: How do you fit your overall training/dieting into your lifestyle?
Leigh Hickombottom: Training is very easily fitted into my lifestyle because this is one of my first takes before my day fully starts. I am a morning person and have the time in the morning to exercise.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have days when the last thing you want to do is step foot in a gym?
Leigh Hickombottom: Yes, I do have days when I do not feel like stepping foot in a gym. However that feeling does not stop me from making it into the gym. I stay pretty motivated and know my reasoning for getting in there :0)
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you change up your routine to fight boredom or do you use straight discipline and stick to the same regiment?
Leigh Hickombottom: Yes, I get bored very easily. I change my workout routine every 2-3 weeks. Sometimes this is a small change and at other times it is a big change depending on my goal.
Gabrielle Reilly: How many calories do you consume a day?
Leigh Hickombottom: I honestly at this point do not count calories. I have been doing this for some years now and know my body. I do not overeat and I always reward myself with desserts of my choice 2 times a week.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have allocated binge days/meals?
Leigh Hickombottom: Binge days, No. The binge meals depending on where a person is at in their goal (ie maintaining or loosing) I do recommend 1-2 cheat meals a week.
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do when you feel like breaking your diet?
Leigh Hickombottom: When I feel like falling off of the boat of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I give in. This happens a couple times a year for me and what I have noticed for me is that it only lasts a day. My body is kicking my bottom the next day and I feel sluggish. This quickly redirects me back on track lol.
Gabrielle Reilly: Any tips to make it through the holidays without a large weight gain?
Leigh Hickombottom: Prior to that big day during the holidays watch what you put in your stomach. Try to eat healthier than normal. On that big holiday day enjoy fully the great dinner prepared.