01.27.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness WOW Interview Series
Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions are just around the corner and the first ladies of football are bound to have some helpful tips for getting into great shape. 2011 Rookie Cheerleader Lyndsay reveals how she got ready for last year's tryouts…
Preparing for the Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions is always an exciting time - I mean, what girl doesn't love experimenting with makeup, eyelashes, hair styles and designing the perfect audition outfit? But for me, fitness is top of mind.
Being fit is particularly important because if you make this team, your uniform will be the traditional burgundy and gold outfit that you will wear in front of 85,000 fans! It’s also important to prepare your body for the intense activity it will endure throughout the season.
Now, I'm not one to be trusted around chocolate nor am I fortunate enough to just have an awesome body by doing nothing. Wanting to reach my ideal fitness goal is something I took seriously and something I needed professional assistance with. The December before my April audition date, I scheduled a meeting with a local nutritionist and let me tell you that wasn't a walk in the park--talk about brutal honesty. I walked out almost feeling worse than better but at least I now had a plan that would get me to my goal.
I won't lie to you, it's hard. You will probably hate it, want to quit, whine, complain and stomp your feet but IT WORKS and in the end you will be proud of your new bod. The first two weeks were the most difficult. It was challenging to adjust to this new routine and to have to cut out almost everything I love to eat (especially since I started around the holidays). BUT, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it does get easier. My body adapted and I got more creative with my meals—hot sauce became my new BFF and as the slogan goes, I put it on everything.
So, I'm sure you are wondering, “What's the secret?”
Simple really—you need to eat clean and have a regular exercise program that includes weight training. By eating healthy I don't mean the, “Oh girl I have my Lean Cuisine today healthy” (P.S. Those are sodium bombs and salt will leave you feeling bloated).
Let me start with what you need to say “Sayonara!” to (at least for a bit):
- Processed/Pre-Packaged Foods
- Juice (too much sugar!)
- Dairy (milk, yogurt, etc. tends to go right to your tummy)
The three biggest things to avoid though are sugar, alcohol and pre-packed food.
**Please note that my diet was fairly intense because I was trying to get to a certain look in only a few months. You will need to do what is best for you and your body and in the time frame that works for you. Talk with a nutritionist about the plan that’s right for you.
My Typical Meals
Breakfast – Egg whites, 1 slice of wheat/whole grain toast with some pineapple or oatmeal (plain, no added sugar) with walnuts
Snack – A meal replacement mini-shake or piece of fruit or small portion of vegetables
Lunch – A portion chicken breast/fish with a small salad (sugar free dressing)
Snack – A portion of tuna (usually small pack) with rice or a meal replacement shake
Dinner – A portion chicken/fish with a vegetable
Helpful Tip: Pack and prepare your lunches the week of or night before so you don't cheat and won’t even be tempted to cheat!
I switch mostly between chicken and fish and on occasion will have a steak. Since my diet consists of mostly chicken, after I’m done I can’t even look at chicken for months! Portion control also is very important- I weigh out all of my meals by cups, ounces or pounds - this needs to be specific to you, so I strongly suggest seeking a nutritionist to find out what is right for you.
Between this diet and exercising/weight training regularly (3-5x week) in about 3 months I was in the best shape I have ever been in. So even though it may seem impossible at times, stay strong, stick with it and for heaven’s sake, if you are craving something sweet and you have been good then treat yourself! Trust me, I have to treat myself or I will crash. Just don't eat a whole chocolate cake!
Finding a Nutritionist
I went by referrals, which I feel is always the best way. You can also ask around at your local gym since personal trainers sometimes have this certification or can most likely recommend and put you in touch with someone who does. These are some local websites that have good tips on finding the right nutritionist: www.eatright.org and http://local.liftforlife.com/. My advice is to make sure you clearly define your goals and remember to be realistic.
I hope this helps as a guide to help you reach the fitness goals that best suit you!
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