Hey guys and gals! How has your week been treating you? Have you been staying on top of your health and fitness game this week? I know we are right about to get into the next season of "O my God, I need to get in shape for the summer!" and after such a rough winter, some of us may need a little help. Well I have a treat for you today! If you have been in the blog world for even just a few days, you know you have heard of the YouTube fitness star turned blogger sensation Sarah Dussault! She is the sweetest and I have been following her blog for awhile now. She is all about feeling good, staying healthy, loving your body, and achieving your dreams. So when her marketing manager reached out to me about doing a review of her new book I was totally on bored.
"Sarah is one of the most viewed fitness personalities on YouTube, with over 130,000 subscribers and over 120 million views. She is a certified personal trainer, and works with some big names in the health industry such as Bethenny Frankel, Ellie Krieger, Women's Health, Men's Health, and Glamour." - Get Skinny Again
The first page of the book starts with a big bolded, "To the 99% who are not naturally skinny." Basically this book is for everyone, all shapes, sizes, and levels of fitness. But I do have to admit I was concerned about the title of the book before I got a chance to actually read it. "Get Skinny?" That is not me, I am trying to gain weight, haha! But then once you take a look at the real reason why Sarah wrote her book she explains that it is not about "getting skinny" but getting back to health, feeling sexy and confident, and maintaining that health for life! A lot of us may have been healthy in years past, but then something happens: we begin college, start a time-consuming career, start a family, etc. and we fall of our track of good health and body care. Well Sarah wanted to make a reliable non-fad resource for getting back to your healthy happy self.
The book is so easy to read, beautiful with huge colored pages and photos, workouts and exercise breakdowns, workout schedules, recipes, meal plans, shopping lists, etc. It is jam packed with good advice, tips, and information. It is broken up into 3 parts, 8 chapters.
Part 1 is Time To Get On Your Fitness. It includes chapter 1: Time To Sweat At Home (at home workouts with minimal equipment), chapter 2: Time To Hit The Gym (gym routines with the use of machines, equipment, etc.), and chapter 3: Time To Spare 10 Minutes (when you are short on time and need to get your sweat on)!
I loved this section because Sarah has great exercise breakdowns showing you proper form and improper form so you won't hurt yourself. She even gives modification so you can fit any of the exercises to your fitness level.
Part 2 is Time To Eat Clean And Get Lean. It starts with chapter 4: Time To Eat Right (easy, delicious, simple recipes that you can whip up in no time), chapter 5: Time To Detox (Sarah delves into the pros and cons of cleanses and detoxes and how to do them safely it that is your thing. She also tells of her experience with doing a juice cleanse herself), chapter 6: Time To Get Social (one of the hardest things for people is staying healthy when eating out or a night on the town. Sarah breaks down how to stay on your game without depriving yourself).
My favorite part about this section was the quick simple meals Sarah provides. The recipes are so easy that even if you hate to cook, you can still eat healthy because you can whip these dishes up in no time!
And the final section, Part 3 is Time To Live The Fit Life. Chapter 7: Time To Get Skinny Again (this chapter is all about creating realistic goals and maintaining a health and fitness journey that will led you to a healthy happy life), chapter 8: My Story (Sarah shares her personal story of how she got started in fitness and her journey to health as well as how she built up her fitness empire! So inspiring!). I loved this section the most because Sarah talks about how she is not a naturally skinny person, she has curves and that is how her body should be. We are not all meant to be a size 00 or 0. We need to find our health, not by obsessing over numbers, but by finding a balance and maintaining good health. Sarah's personal story is also so wonderful to read! She is truly an inspiring young women and I can't wait to see where she takes her self next!
Sarah was also kind enough to do a quick Q & A with me for you guys!
Rebecca: "What made you want to write your own book? How did you get the ball rolling?"
Sarah: "I always wanted to be a published author. I pitched a few book proposals a few years ago but after a couple people turning me down, I decided to focus on my YouTube channel and blog, SarahFit.com. In November, a small publisher name Page Street reached out to me and asked if I had any aspirations for writing a book. I always wanted to share what helped me lose weight without giving up my social life and this was my opportunity."
R: "You are all about balance and finding your body's natural healthy place, not the fake ideal of "skinny". That's why I think your book is great for anyone looking to start on a healthier-living journey or even someone just looking for new ideas! But what made you title your book this way?"
S: "To be honest, I didn't come up with the title, my publisher did. I of course had to agree but since this was my first book, I didn't feel like I had too much power and thought that they must know best. Lesson to be learned, stick up for yourself and listen to your gut. I do think it fits the book's content but not so much my online persona."
R: "I love the exercise breakdowns you provide! Such a great resource for new move ideas for implementing into my own strength circuits. Do you usually create your own workouts at the gym? What does a week of workouts usually look like for you?"
S: "I actually love group exercise classes. I teach at Barry's Bootcamp and take a lot of classes there. Often though, I'll go into the studio by myself to test out a new routine for my classes - so those I create myself. When I travel I will do this as well combining cardio on a treadmill or outside with strength training. I also love running. In the Spring, Summer and Fall I will run at least 2 days a week between 4 and 7 miles. I also take indoor cycling classes about once a week at a studio in Boston called Recycle which combines arm exercises and a lot of choreography. I also try to take a Yoga class at least once a week. I mix things up and no week is ever the same which is why I never get bored or sick of working out! I talk about this a lot in the book which is why the schedule was created the way it is. My book allowed people to workout on their own, however they choose but also integrate group exercise classes."
R: "You obviously have a lot on your plate! That seems to be everyone's #1 struggle when trying to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle. How do you keep things under control? How will your book help readers in this area?"
S: "I love to workout, which helps me when my diet is lacking. My book talks about what I order when I go out to eat or what I drink. These tips and tricks have helped me maintain my weight loss. Sure it goes up a few pounds when I'm traveling a lot but it will always come back down if you follow the tips in the book. "
R: "You have some delicious, quick, and healthy recipes in your book! I love cooking and creating healthy recipes. Where do you get your inspiration to whip up healthy meals?"
S: "My inspiration comes from my favorite healthy restaurants. When I travel, I love to use yelp or blogs to find local hidden healthy joints. I always grab a menu on my way out to look back for inspiration at a later date."
R: "That being said, what is your go-to dish in a time crunch?"
S: "In the winter it's a power bowl. Quinoa with lots of steamed or stir fried veggies with a garlic, lemon tahini sauce. I add shrimp, chicken or tofu. I also rely on roasted sweet potato "chips", asparagus and turkey/chicken meat-loafs. My favorite recipes in my book for the last one 🙂 " (R: Power bowls and sweet potatoes...my kind of girl!)
R: "You are a prime example of turning a blog/YouTube channel into a brand. You should be so proud of your hard work and success; it payed off 10-fold! What advice would you give a blogger who wants to take it to the next level?"
S: "Be consistent. Write what you know and educate yourself. Never stop learning. I am certified through IIN for health coaching and the ACSM for personal training. I'm not sure what I'm going to tackle next but to be a voice of authority you need to know your shit. Don't be a jackass and talk off your butt. There is too much misinformation on the web. Don't contribute.
R: "I can't wait to see all the great things you do in the future! Any sneak peaks on what is next for Sarah Fit?"
S: "A college tour is in the works. I can't wait to meet my fans and give them a kick ass workout 🙂 " (R: I have to let you know where I decide to go to college and you will have to take the tour there!)
Thank you so much Sarah for answering my questions, writing such a wonderful book, and inspiring so many women, young and old, to get fit and stay healthy!
You can also stay connected with Sarah though her social media!
So tell me:
Are you a follower of Sarah's? If not, you should be!
What is the most difficult thing you have to overcome with living a healthy lifestyle?
**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of "Get Skinny Again!" to review on the blog. I was not compensated otherwise and opinions and thoughts are all my own and come from the heart!**
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