You already know Jen Widerstrom as our always-real girl crush, the former badass trainer on The Biggest Loser, and author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type. So yeah, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about diet and exercise. But this fall, she’s embarking on a whole new journey as a co-host of Daily Blast Live, a live, interactive program delivering the latest trending news and stories across the web including platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, and Instagram. Think of it like CNN Live meets Good Morning America for a new generation.
This means Widerstrom has had to adjust to a brand-new schedule, working long hours, Monday through Friday, (mostly) stuck at a desk. (Sounds familiar, no?) So we spoke with her to find out what her weekends look like now, how it affects the way she eats and exercises, and to nab some advice for you too.
Use it as an opportunity.
Make weekends your DAE.
Saturdays are for discovery.
"What's great is that on Saturdays, there's always a team workout at the gym I’m at. I'm in a new city, so I go, and they ask, 'Does anyone not have a partner?' And I'm always the one to raise my hand. It’s hard! But then I get to meet someone new. Saturdays are about discovery. I sweat my butt off and I crank hard for an hour. On Sundays, it's different. It's 'open gym,' so it's my time, my space, my pace. I just do what Jen feels like doing without judgment. I literally don’t even count the weight, I just play."
Defy the weekday routine.
You do you... in moderation.
"[On] the weekdays, I'm more organized. I get home, put fish in the oven, the broccoli is already cooked, dinner: done. Or two eggs, Ezekiel toast, breakfast for dinner: done. On weekends, though, I feel like a breakfast burrito, and I have that, and it's lovely. Do what you want to do, do it in moderation, and make sure to eat enough and drink enough water. The focus isn't so much I need to eat these sorts of foods. It's more I need to make sure I'm getting fuel in."
Just get up.
Do me a favor. Get up on your weekends! If you want an extra hour of sleep, go to bed an hour earlier. Get up early on at least one of those days and use the day. You’ll be blown away by what you can accomplish. If you’re still tired, then take a nap! But just get up."