Babette Nolton is a fitness instructor extraordinaire! The 43-year-old teaches Insanity, Kickboxing, Total Conditioning and Cycle at Scottsdale Lifetime Fitness to 300 people a week (insane!). And that’s only a part-time gig; the mom-of-two also has a full-time career in banking. So you can have it all: kids, career and abs! Here’s how Babette does it…
How to find a workout you love… Find a workout that fits your lifestyle and personality. Are you more motivated to work out alone or do you need to feel part of a group? I love sweat-dripping, heart-pumping, high intensity workouts like Insanity, Kickboxing and Total Conditioning – which are all fitness classes I teach. I also love working out with strong, motivated people – they help keep me in shape!
How to eat healthy… I love natural foods. I make sure I get a variety of color in my fruits and vegetables, so I eat bananas, peaches, granny smith apples, kale and spinach several times a week. I avoid fried and processed foods, and try to avoid breads and pasta unless I have a long cardio workout or endurance event the next day. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat chocolate – I love chocolate! I don’t deprive myself when I have a craving; I taste everything, but don’t gorge.
How to tame trouble spots… If I notice my clothing is starting to feel snug, the first thing I do is reevaluate my diet. I reduce my carbohydrates, specifically food with wheat or refined sugars (desserts) and monitor my calorie intake. If I have the time, I add another hour of cardio exercise in the week to burn extra calories.
How to stay motivated… Have personal goals and share them with others. Cheer yourself on by celebrating and talking about your successes. The men and women who take my classes help hold me accountable. Helping people meet their fitness and/or weight loss goals and subsequently improve their self-confidence keeps me motivated.
How do you avoid overeating… Don’t wait till your hungry to eat. Waiting for mealtime can cause you to overeat, making you too tired and sluggish to work out. Carry healthy snacks and foods throughout the day. I stock my refrigerator with healthy and convenient foods, and bring Greek yogurt, two types of fruit, lots of protein, and crackers to work. I snack every few hours and my largest meal is typically at lunch. When I sit down for dinner with my kids, portion control and calorie counting is important to me. I do eat fat and have treats or dessert on occasion, but I’m very careful. I make it a personal rule not to eat a full serving of any dessert; a small taste is enough.