How She Does It -
Posted on 18 November 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 Rebecca McIntyre and I am 35 years old, happily married (13 years!) to my amazing husband Brent. I am also the very proud and grateful mother to Izabella who is nearly 9. Together, we live in a small rural city in country Victoria where I have lived my whole life.
I run my own online health and wellness business with Arbonne International and have done that for the past 4 years. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy into my business and I am now a National Vice President with the company. Prior to that I was working in a corporate position and looking for something that was going to give me more flexibility and time. I am so grateful to been given the gift to have more time with my family and do what I love everyday.
What does active living mean to you?
So active living for me not so long ago was literally walking to my car and back!!
Then a dear friend of mine, at the age of 35, was diagnosed with cancer. This had a massive impact on me. I was completely shocked and devastated for my friend and her family. It also gave me a big slap in the face. It was a turning point for me to look at my lifestyle and makes some changes.
I gave myself time for reflection and self evaluation. I realised that I had not been making the most healthy decisions for myself and my family. I knew I needed to start taking better care of myself. Not only for my quality of life but also as a role model for my daughter Izabella. It was time for change.
I am proud to say that I have made some changes and now active living for me is incorporating movement and cleaner eating into each day. I have more energy than I have ever had, I have lost over 20 kgs and I jump out of bed everyday excited to complete my daily walk. Nutrition-wise I have closely followed the clean eating program from Arbonne’s 30 days to a healthy living program.
This is only the start of my health and wellness journey - I am so excited to see how it continues to evolve.
Have you always been active and healthy?
As a child I grew up playing basketball and netball and competed in very high levels as a junior. I continued to do this till my early 20s. After I stopped playing basketball came a 30 kg weight gain and then once I had my daughter I really struggled to get it off. I continued to play club netball but retired from that 2 years ago and found it difficult to schedule regular exercise since. I think a return to netball is on the cards now with all this amazing extra energy I have to burn!
What is your daily or weekly routine (if you have one)?
After my morning walk I have breakfast. I generally do food prep for the evening first thing so that it is all done and ready. I often have commitments in the evening so meal preparation and planning allows us to have healthy options at the ready rather than choosing easy takeaway or frozen options for the convenience.
I do school drop off then back to work I until it's back to after school activities with my daughter. I often work evenings whether it be an event or doing training online with my team.
Sunday meal planning and cook ups has made a huge difference. Not only for the evening meals but also having healthy snacks in the fridge ready to go.
What is your best active living hack?
Anyone who knows me well knows I have a very big weakness for KFC. In the past I have travelled a lot and as I result I often choose to take the drive-thru option come meal time. Now if I know I am going to be travelling or going anywhere that I will see a KFC I put my wallet in the boot. Once I remember that I have to get out of the car to get my money to pay at the drive-thru I snap myself back to my senses and drive on by!
What does a sample workout look like for you?
I love to walk. Generally for an hour a day at 5.30am.
After reading the book The 5am club by Michael Lombardi I realised if I was to incorporate exercise then I would have to commit to getting up early and completing my exercise in the morning. My days often get away from me and I knew I wouldn’t be able commit to it in the evenings with the commitments I already had with my business. So I decided committed to walking every morning at 5.30am for an hour whilst listening to my favourite personal development podcasts. I also committed to setting a daily intention.
I also love to do the 7 minute workout app on my phone it is quick and effective as I am all for quickness and simplicity.
Next goal is to conquer running!!! #fitnessgoals #wanttodoaminimarathon!!
Oh and I am looking forward to boxing too!
Favourite healthy meal?
My favourite healthy meal is honestly breakfast when I have my breakfast shake. I love making different versions and coming up with new recipes to make it interesting. Brings out my creative side!
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
The best side effect is your mindset.
You feel amazing, so much energy and excited for the day. This changes your whole outlook on life and impacts the world around you as you see it. My relationships have improved and my capacity to help more people because I am operating as the best version of myself.
You don’t sweat the small stuff. Things that may have consumed you previously you tend to brush off and be completely grateful for everything you have and just let negativity go.
What (or who) inspires and motivates you?
So many people inspire me - my friends, family, business partners and my team. They all have their own special and unique stories.
But most of all, my husband. He is the most amazing and caring person I have ever met and honestly keeps me calm and sane. But he just makes me a better person by being around him and he is the best father I could have hoped for to our daughter Izabella and my best friend. He is my constant motivation and so supportive.
Oh - and I better mention Tony Robbins - he is my go to man for all aspects of life!
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
This is a hard thing for everyone. But it is just like anything you do in life you have to listen or read inspiring things to motivate your mind. Just like you eat breakfast you have to incorporate positivity into your daily routine. If you do then you will be less likely to let negative thoughts overcome you.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
Forgive yourself. This is a big one. If you have a bad day or feel guilty about a choice you have made towards your health and fitness you have to let that go. If you don’t you end up bringing more negativity because with the law of attraction the more you think about the more you bring about.
On a bad day for me if I really feel I want something that I know I am not suppose to have then I just have it. I enjoy it and then wake up the next day and forgive myself. I make a commitment to be better then next day. It's all about moderation - I’m a big fan of the 80/20 rule.
What do you do to treat yourself?
I am a goal orientated person so I always have a goal I am working towards. I have to have an end place or a light at the end of the tunnel. So for example I have my friends wedding coming up and I am having a reward weekend. Working really hard and sticking to my health and fitness routine until that weekend and then I feel so great about having a weekend off rather than feeling guilty. It is so important to treat yourself and have a weekend or day off.
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
Flash Dance … What a feeling? Irene Cara
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
I Believe - Yolanda Adams
What is your active truth?
Scales do not define your self worth. Healthy living is not a diet or a short term thing - it is a lifestyle.
Thanks Rebecca! If you would like to get in touch you can contact Rebecca here:Instagram @beck_mcintyre_nvp Facebook Rebecca McIntyre Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.rebeccamcintyre.arbonne.com
Rebecca McIntyre, National Vice President, Arbonne International, 0407 052 536