Today we’ve got another fitness industry expert on tap to answer our 10 ATF health and fitness questions. Meet my friend Carla Birnberg, also know as MizFitOnline . Carla is an award winning writer, blogger, public speaker, Fila Spokesperson and model, fellow FitFluential Ambassador and lover of Dr. Seuss! She’s been featured in countless publications and she was named one of Austin’s fittest moms!
Most important of all though is Carla’s passion for health. Here’s what the little powerhouse has to say:
1) How did you first become interested in health and fitness?
I talked about it more than you’d ever wanna’ know in an article titled I found my voice in the weight room- but that was really it for me. Sure, I needed to lose weight. Yes I gained the Freshwoman Forty. No I couldn’t fit into my clothes any more. More than that, however, I think I was subconsciously searching for my “self.” I hadn’t yet found my voice. I’d not yet discovered my inherent value simply because I’m ME. I’d not realized taking up SPACE in the world is far better than being meek and not heard. I feel in love with fitness and weight training because it gave me my voice.
2) What’s the biggest fitness mistake you’ve made in your own life?
Ahhh I think during my 19 or so years self-training I’ve made every mistake out there (which is reason number 93439 why I started my blog. I wanted to spare others making all the blunders I did.). The ‘worst’ was overtraining. I was fortunate enough not to injure myself (thanks to being young) —but I lifted heavy and grew bigger—and never allowed myself enough rest. I quickly realized (as I kept lifting and grew smaller. Not my goal) rest and recovery was just as important as the time spent hoisting the iron.
3) What’s the most common mistakes you see trainees make?
I’m no longer a trainer—but when I was, I most frequently saw what I experienced: excitement about a new plan and not PLANNING in enough rest and recovery. It takes time to grow still enough and learn to listen to our bodies. Once we learn this it becomes easier to intuitively know when we need a day off. Even if that day is supposed to be a day ‘on.’
4) Describe your current workout regime?
I’m renowned for being soft core. These days fitness is a priority (I snag that me-time first thing in the morning before anyone or anything can get in my way. I’m a 4am exerciser) but I no longer focus on intense training as I did when I competed. I still love my weight training, hate my cardio (<——but I do it!) and most recently have added yoga into the mix. I’m aware this isn’t shocking if you don’t know me. If you do? It’s pretty surprising news. I’ve learned my aging hips love yoga—even if I don’t.
5) What diet do you follow?
I’m a mindful eater – an intuitive eater. I’ve eaten this way for close to twenty years. Most interesting to me is I’ve also eaten gluten free for close to twenty years (although when I started I didn’t realize that was what I’d eliminated. People weren’t yet talking about gluten). It’s a clear message to me when we grow quiet and listen our bodies will let us know what they need.
6) How often do you ‘cheat’ and with which food(s)?
I’m a mindful eater so…always and never? Nothing isn’t allowed and I eat what my body craves.
7) What’s the biggest misconception people have about health and fitness?
I can’t say in general – I can say for me. I’m not passionate about fitness at all. I am very passionate about helping people and currently, I’m choosing to do this in the physical realm. My life is hectic, busy, and full. I’d estimate 30-40 minutes of my day is fitness -the rest is other stuff!
8) What’s your number one weight loss tip?
CONSISTENCY. I cannot say this enough. START and don’t stop. Start small. Set yourself up for success – but start by doing an amount you can sustain over time throughout the years. It’s the fits and starts that kill us physically and emotionally.
9) What’s your favorite health / fitness book you’d recommend?
I’m old school. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.
10) And finally… What’s your fitness mantra?
Ahhh. Here’s where I point out my blog’s play on words is MISFIT not Miss. Fit. I can’t stand quotes. I’m not one for mantras. What keeps me going? My six year old. As soon as I became a mom I knew I’d relinquished the “gift” of fits & starts and ‘losing my mojo.’ I owe it to her to be the healthiest I can be.
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