How She Does It -
Bec Rogers of @happilyreducing
Posted on August 24 2016
Every week we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Bec Rogers. My birth certificate says that I am 36. My brain tells me that I am about 22.
I live in Melbourne - but being a Queenslander you’ll find me on the Sunshine Coast or boarding a flight to Bali as often as possible! I constantly crave time by the ocean.
I have a wonderful future-husband who is my soul mate, and I am incredibly lucky that we both love spending every possible minute with each other. I am so happy and loved.
I am finally learning to be kind to myself, and to be at my best every day.
This is my current obsession.
What does active living mean to you?
For me, active living is a combination of two things: Moving your body, and actively participating in your life. We all need to exercise and be active. But we need to BE active. Be enthusiastic about life, get outdoors, have fun, laugh, embrace adventure, and do what makes you happy. Every day. That is active living.
What do you like to do to stay active?
I treat every weekend like it’s a holiday. I’m all for jumping in the car or on a plane and discovering new places and adventures. These breaks from normal routine keep me moving, exploring and learning - and trying new activities.
Have you always been active and healthy?
No. I’ve generally been active and I love moving, however there have definitely been times that I have not been healthy. My weight has gone up and down since my early 20s and with that, my health has fluctuated. I am learning to be consistent with my eating habits and training, and am on a weightloss journey at the moment.
What is your weekly routine (if you have one)?
During the work week, I generally go to the gym to do classes or personal training and I include Pilates reformer and yoga into my weekly routine. Friday nights after Body Balance you’ll find me on the couch. On weekends after a sleep in I try to do something different so that I am not stuck to a routine - at the moment I love doing the coastal walks down at Victoria’s surf coast.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Seeing the beauty in myself every day keeps me turning up for workouts, and making healthy eating choices.
What is your best active living hack?
Truly believing that you ARE living a fit and healthy life, and that this is the life that you were meant to live. Once you believe, your actions fall into place.
What does a sample workout look like for you?
At the moment I am really pushing myself, so each workout is different, but I aim for a 500 calorie burn.
A sample of what I did today:
Warm up, then a circuit of weighted squats / deadlifts / bent over row, then a circuit of rope slams / step ups / push ups. I’ll finish off with some ab work and the foam roller.
Favourite healthy meal?
Red-velvet smoothie - I mix Super Elixir chocolate protein powder with fresh almond milk and raspberries.
And I totally love a bowl of roasted vegetables with rocket and Yarra Valley Persian feta.
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
Staying healthy and active is being kind to myself, but the payoff is the change to the way I think. I radiate positivity, I am confident, I feel energetic and I accomplish more.
What inspires and motivates you?
I am motivated to take action each day to live my best life. It’s funny to think that I haven’t been living my best life, but for ages I was listening to the bully in my head that told me that I wasn’t good enough - and my actions until recently reflected this.
I get so much inspiration from the amazing group of people on Instagram who are on similar weightloss journeys. They are not only incredibly supportive, but they encourage me to keep working towards my goals.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
I’ve come to realise that the commentary in my head (from my internal bully) has no truth.
When I do have negative thoughts, and I generally take the time to write them down, then tear up the piece of paper. Usually when I see the negative thought on paper, it looks ridiculous and I can’t believe I was even thinking that.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I generally try not to rely on motivation, and my workouts are just what I do daily. But there are definitely times when I really don’t want to move, so I make a deal with myself that I’ll just go to the gym for 20 minutes. On most of these occasions I won’t even realise that 20 minutes has been and gone and I’m still working out. Other times I count down the 20 minutes then go and relax.
What do you do to treat yourself?
Massages or new activewear!
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
I am totally owning this…
- This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris (though I’m Team Taylor)
- Try Again - Aaliyah
- Say You Do - Sigala
What is your active truth?
I am a woman who is kind, genuine, lovely, amazing, and healthy. And I am overwhelmingly happy when people around me succeed.
We need to support each other and lift each other up.
Thanks Bec! You can follows Bec's healthy living journey on Instagram at @happilyreducing