Raise your hand if you made “fitness” a New Year’s resolution. *Inserts raised hand emoji here* Personally, I eat bacon ranch pizza and throw back a few cold ones way too often to not hit the gym at least once a month. And, with bikini season approaching, we’re all thinking the same thing, “I’ve gotta hit the gym!”
However, on a more serious note, being healthy is a big deal. Everyone is busy; but health still needs to be made a priority. Whether that’s going on a walk, finding a group fitness class, ordering the veggies instead of the ultimate cheese fries (good luck with that one) or even limiting your cake intake to one slice versus the whole cake, there are a lot of ways to make a healthier lifestyle for yourself.
What you DIDN’T see me include is cutting out dairy. Whoever started that trend is first and foremost, BONKERS, and second, most likely hung up on some trend they found on the internet (I’m looking at you, Cosmo). So today, I bring you my first (of many!) episode of #TransformationTuesday which will be featuring individuals who have made a difference in their lives and bodies. Meet Amy Savage. Her story is awesome, inspiring and hey, guess what… IT INCLUDES DAIRY. Enjoy!
- Introduce yourself!
I am Amy Savage. I grew up on a dairy farm in Maryland, but now call Lancaster, PA home. I have been involved with the dairy industry my entire life. I am currently a sales representative with Holstein World and enjoy working with youth serving as a local 4-H leader.
- So you wanted to lose weight… why?
Like many of us, I wanted to lose weight to feel better about myself and to improve my health. I had an ankle injury that I also felt it would be good to shed some excess pounds in order to help with my recuperation.
- Tell us about your workout, diet, etc.
Due to my ankle injury, I was not able to work out for most of my transformation. In fact, I had surgery again in September and was not allowed to bear my full weight on my ankle for 12 weeks. Once I was allowed to be full weight bearing, I have done some limited exercise to help regain my strength in my leg and ankle such as walking on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike and some weights. My diet started with just watching my calories, but then I was introduced to a weight loss program, that I started to follow. The basis of this program is to rid your body of acidic waste, eat lean proteins, green veggies & complex carbohydrates, limit sugar content and artificial ingredients.
- Did you include dairy in your diet? If so, why?
YES! Dairy is an excellent source of protein and other important nutrients that I especially needed following my ankle surgery. The products I used included Greek yogurt, which I eat nearly every day, and even use it in several recipes as a substitute for sour cream. I also eat low-fat cheese and there is a whey (a dairy by-product) protein in the shakes that I drink. After exercising, I have found that I enjoy chocolate milk to help re-fuel. In particular, I enjoy Fairlife, a newly introduced milk brand that has lower sugar and higher protein content.
- Do you have any advice out there for anyone else trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday ?
Find something that works for your and your schedule and needs. I feel that it should be something where you change your overall eating habits to help succeed long-term. However, whatever you choose, make sure to include dairy!