I’m excited to introduce you to Tiare Vincent. She’s an active kid, turned party-girl, turned fitness-fanatic, who recognized she wasn’t treating her body the way it deserved, took a stand, and made a change. Today she’s a certified Baptiste yoga instructor, runner, and healthy living blogger. Read more about Tiare below….
Q: How did you get started down the healthy living path and what led you to start your blog?
A: I have always grown up pretty active and was practically raised in a gym…my mom was a bodybuilder/bench press competitor/fitness and running addict and my dad surfed almost everyday and would ride his mountain bike when he wasn’t doing that. When we were younger we hiked for fun and we weren’t allowed to watch TV. My parents would disconnect the cable so we’d stay outside. I grew up in Hawaii so we were usually outside all the time. Through high school I did drill team and for PE my high school offered yoga/pilates so I was introduced to yoga at a young age. In high school I also discovered alcohol and became a crazy party girl for years until about two and a half years ago. THAT is when I started my blog. I was unhealthy, drinking casually and going out every weekend. I decided to make a change, and I decided to live a more healthy lifestyle and quit drinking. I created my blog to hold me accountable for my changes and I wanted to connect with others going through the same thing. My blog is not just about fitness, it’s about changing your entire life in order to maintain true change that lasts in all areas of your life.
Q: You enjoy lots of different activities including yoga, hiking, and classes at the gym. What is your primary source of exercise and how do you balance that with the other activities you enjoy without overdoing it?
A: Yoga and running are my two main passions. I used to only go to the gym and I used to follow plans and wanted to be a personal trainer. I kind of threw that all away when I started running. Running makes me feel amazing and free and the more I run, the more I feel like it’s a moving meditation. One thing running impacts are my knees. I used to have to stop a lot of activities because of my knee problems but then I really fell in love with yoga. I realize that when I do yoga, I can run with no knee pain. I believe that both compliment each other and when I’m too tired from my running, I add more yoga…vise/versa. I only hike about once a week and along with this I love spin/barre and TRX classes but I do everything in moderation. I balance them all out throughout the week and never do workouts just because I feel like I have to…it’s all about having fun. Sometimes we look at fitness in the wrong lighting only doing it to look a certain way. That’s no way to live life. Do what makes you happy.
Q: How has yoga impacted your life, both on and off of the mat?
A: Yoga makes EVERYTHING in my life easier. It grounds me, it helps my running. It helps me let go of everything in life that creates stress. I practice and teach mainly power yoga which is amazing for building strength as well as flexibility. Through yoga I have been able to excel at every other workout with ease. I discovered my passion and I have been a better person because of it.
Q: Name one item in your gym/yoga bag you cannot live without?
A: My “Free to Be Bra” by Lululemon! It’s the best bra I’ve ever owned, I have every color and basically can’t live without them now. That and my Brooks Pure Connect running shoes. Both these items are game changers in my life.
Q: How much of a role does nutrition play in your fitness journey and what does your diet look like on a typical day?
A: It plays a huge role! These days I am a vegetarian. I was a meat eater my whole life until I went to ova teacher training in Sedona. They told me there would be chicken and they lied. When I got there it was 10 days straight of amazing vegetarian food and at first I resisted and almost felt lost without meat. But after 10 days going meatless, and having 6 hours worth of physical practice a day, I felt better than I ever have in my life. I lost 10 pounds in those 10 days and had so much more energy and life to my day that when I got home, I never went back to my old ways and stayed vegetarian. So these days I start off EVERY SINGLE day with homemade green juice. My typical ingredients are 3 cups of spinach, 3 stalks of celery, a whole cucumber, 2-3 leaves of kale, a green apple, about an ounce of ginger and half a jalapeño. It’s absolutely delicious and allows me to start every morning with a heap of energy. My lunch depends…usually a salad or sometimes I make tempeh or tofu and arugula wraps with onions and vegan cheese. Dinner is up in the air based on how I feel. Along with the meals I do snack on nuts or fruit or baby carrots and I just eat when I’m hungry. When I have weeks where I run a lot, I add in a lot more carb intake like gluten-free pasta, quinoa, or my favorite: spaghetti squash. I find that when my week is filled with a lot of yoga as the primary workout, its easy to be mainly veg-based. It all depends on how you feel. I like colorful meals and I make sure I’m drinking a gallon of water a day.
Q: What is your philosophy on cheat meals?
Life is too short. Cheat once and awhile and don’t beat yourself up about it. I believe if I’m always active, it’s okay once in a while…sometimes if you don’t treat yourself a little, you end up bingeing when least expected. Don’t deprive yourself.
Q: Share your favorite motivational quote and tell us how you apply it to your life.
A: “Your mind will quit a thousand times before you body will. Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
This quote has always been my favorite quote and it can apply to anything. Our mind is so powerful, so quick to quit, so easy to resort to the negative and tells us we can’t do something. I believe that what we fear holds a lot of power and when we do things out of our comfort zone, when we push past them, we create space to accomplish ANYTHING. I use this quote a lot of times when running. I know my mind wants to give up but my legs can handle it and over time, your brain stops telling you to quit and you start making a shift and pushing the boundaries you once created in your mind.
Q: If you had to give just one piece of advice for someone who is struggling with starting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?
A: You will always stay the same if you never start. Take the first step, and start today. Even if it’s just a walk today….just start anything. One small thing every day will someday turn to bigger things over time. Do a lot of different activities. Find something you love and do it over and over again. Exercise is supposed to be fun. Follow fitness blogs, make a vision board of what you want to look like and what you want to be like. See yourself as an investment and make changes:)
Tiare, thank you SO much for your time and participation. Your dedication to changing your life and sticking to those changes is so inspiring. I look forward to following your blog and your journey. Namaste!
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