The number one thing that I get emailed about is diet/fitness questions. It seems that everyone (myself included!) is always looking to add to whatever regime they're currently on. Since its always fun to mix things up a bit, I thought it would be fun to start a new monthly feature 'Fitness Inspiration of the Month' where you can read about gals who inspire me through their passion for fitness, healthy lifestyles, and amazing bodies.
For Typical Domestic Babe's first fitness inspo of the month, it was a no brainer that I had to feature my friend Michelle. I'm constantly amazed by the insane pictures of her on Instagram in yoga positions that would send me straight to my chiropractors office! Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, she's also super sweet + one of the most down to earth girls I know. Read more about her and her passion for yoga below.
Give us a brief bio about yourself.
I was born in the Philippines but was raised in the greater Seattle area. I loved living in Washington and it will always hold a special spot in my heart.
I think I took my first yoga class when I was 19. I was never really that athletic. At that point my exercise consisted of working out at a gym or running maybe once or twice a week. Afterwards, I rarely stretched like I was suppose to so I naturally became very stiff. A friend had suggested yoga so I decided to give it a go. I found a cute little studio and started going once a week. I can barely remember my first class but I do remember all the props I had to use to be able to get through class. It wasn't something I kept up regularly but I did always find myself back at the studio.
Then I moved to Miami. I didn't practice for probably my first year living here. I had been given a free class pass for Green Monkey and decided to give it another go. I just jumped into all level classes. My classes were always on the smaller side so I received a lot help with proper alignment. I bounced around from different studios but then came back to Green Monkey where I met Paula Walker. I went to a couple of her classes a week and really started to see my practice advance. What an amazing transformation I saw my body go through. After a year or so practicing with Paula she suggested that I do the teacher training they offered that Paul Toliuszis lead. I put it off the first time because I thought I wasn't ready. Since I regularly attended Paula's classes I made a yogi friend Julie Valbuena. Paula suggested that we both should do the teacher training. I still felt like I wasn't quite ready but decided to do it anyways!
So in the fall of 2012 I started my 200 hour intensive teacher training. I was blessed with an amazing group of individuals. We had such a great time learning together. The 10 week program flew by. It was such an awesome experience. I really saw my body, mind, and soul transform. I became stronger not just physically but mentally. I saw myself doing things I never thought I could. I became a certified yoga instructor December 1, 2012.
You're body is unreal! What does your weekly workout schedule look like?
Lets chat about yoga. Why is it so amazing?
Fave yoga pose and why?
I absolutely love eating. I've been very fortunate to have a fast metabolism so I've been able to get away with a lot. With age though, I am able to get away with less and less. Coming from Seattle, I learned to keep it organic. I've always shopped that way. I try to eat as clean as possible. I read my labels, and if I can't pronounce it I put it back. I stay away for sodas and juices unless its freshly made. I really don't eat a lot of meat or very much dairy. I actually enjoy finding healthy alternatives to my favorite guilty pleasures. Some of my favorites include zucchini crust pizza that can be made without using an animal products, as well as a vegan "cheesecake" made with just nuts and fruits. I truly believe that once you put yourself on a "diet" and restrict yourself from certain things, you are setting yourself up for failure. Know what makes your body feel good and eat that. If you want to cheat more than once don't beat yourself up for it. I believe its important to have a healthy relationship with food. It is meant to be enjoyed!
Whats an all natural beauty product that you can't live without?
Miami girls are known for their teeny bikinis and amazing bods. Do you have any stay skinny secrets that you care to share?
It's way more simple than people make it out to be. Know what you are eating. Stay away from things that are sugar-free, fat free, labeled diet or heavily processed. All that means is that it is full of chemicals. Eat things that you can pronounce and that fuels your body. Stay active, try to sweat once a day, and do yoga of course! ;)
Be sure to follow Michelle along on all her yogi adventures on Instagram (@michemichee) by clicking here. Trust me, her pics are amazing!! :)
What do you girls think? Isn't her inspirational story & dedication to living a healthy lifestyle so motivating? Please comment/leave feedback, and also let me know if there's any particular questions that you'd like to ask for future "inspo of the month's". xx