You Better Work

You Better Work

Many people have asked about my workout routine, but I have to be honest – My fitness & health aren’t just about my workout.  It’s about the combination of diet, exercise, & lifestyle.

I want to first address my lifestyle, because it’s the easiest to sum up.  I left the stressful fashion industry behind, and I am now self-employed and enjoy a more laid back schedule.  That’s not to say I’m not a hard worker or lazy, but I’ve found more balance and communicate boundaries more easily now.  I also love nature, and some of my favorite activities include exploring, hiking, swimming, and wandering.  I think a big part of living your best life includes connecting with nature and in turn connecting with ourselves.  Here’s a few photos from some of my adventures within the past year.  (As you can see, Sadie goes where I go.  She is my seizure alert pup, so she stays close by.)







My diet is low carb/high fat, and it is called Modified Atkins Diet.  Similar to the Ketogenic Diet, this diet is used as dietary therapy for people with epilepsy, which is why I eat this way.  The diet allows for the body to be in a state of ketosis and burns ketones for energy, as opposed to sugar.  This is better for brain function and is proven to decrease seizures.  The main difference between MAD & Keto is that you count NET carbs on MAD, but on Keto you must weigh your food.  Keto is a bit more strict if using it as dietary therapy.  MAD is a bit easier to manage and allows for a *tad* less work during meal prep.  Unlike most people on the Ketogenic diet that use the diet as a weight loss tool, I’m not allowed to “cheat.”  Cheating for me means a seizure is sure to follow.  Being on the Modified Atkins Diet means I’ve cut out the following:

  • Sugar
  • Caffeine (This is not required on the diet, but my body does better with decaf – I allow myself decaf coffees & teas.)
  • Alcohol  (This is not allowed on the diet, but it is also a bad idea for someone with epilepsy.)
  • Dyes
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Artificial Ingredients

Now the main attraction…  Exercise!  Since I have to take epilepsy into consideration, I try to not push myself too hard when working out.  I have a list of main exercises that I’ve found to be beneficial, and I stick to them – rotating them throughout the week.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy trying new things and challenging my body.  It is important to try new exercises, so your body’s muscle memory doesn’t get used to “the usual.”  I created a Pinterest board to keep track of the exercises I want to try or add to my routine. You can check it out here for inspiration.

Below you will find a list of exercises I rotate throughout the week.  My typical workout is 20-30 minutes, and I take 10-15 second breaks between each exercise.

  • Jump Rope:  x100  (Sometimes I split them up – 50 before & 50 after my workout)
  • Squats with 20# weights: 2-10# dumb bells: x20
  • Lunges with 20# weights:  2 -10# dumb bells:  x20 (10 for each leg)
  • Standard Crunches with 8# ball:  x10
  • V Crunches with 8# ball:  x10 (Hold ball between knees, while doing crunches)
  • Bicycle Crunches:  x20 (10 each side)
  • Leg Lifts (Reverse Crunch):  x10
  • Side Leg Lifts:  x40 (20 each leg)
  • Reverse Leg Lifts:  x20  (10 each side)
  • Bicep Curls with 20# weights:  x20 (10 each arm)
  • Overhead Presses with 20# weights:  x10 (Both weights move at the same time)
  • Pushups:  x10  (No girly pushups!)
  • Bath Cloth Extensions:  x10  (In plank position, place your feet on the bath cloth.  Pull your feet towards your hands, using your core.)

Exercise has so many benefits!  In my experience, it has helped to ease anxiety, depression, and helped me to feel happier.  We all have times when we don’t want to work out and feel lazy.  When that happens to me, I try my best to push through it, and I always feel better afterwards.

No matter what, do whatever routine works best for you and your body!  Everyone is different, and we all have different challenges.  If you have an exercise or workout you’d like to share, comment below!  I would love to hear from you!  🙂

Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed with epilepsy, Christalle brings a unique perspective of empowerment that inspires others to embrace a positive mindset and live with purpose. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband.

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