#FitnessTuesday: Diet vs. Exercise. Where Should You Start?

Feature Guest Blog:  #FitnessTuesday with Andrea Galbreath!

Diet vs Exercise: Where should you start?

I get approached by many people telling me they want to lose weight.  Interestingly enough, that statement is often followed by this question:  “Should I start with diet or exercise?”

Well, here is my take on this.  It’s kind of like the chicken and the egg debate.  Does it really matter which one is first? Not really, because you can’t have one without the other.  The same goes for diet and exercise.  It doesn’t matter where you start as long as you start! But in order to have real and long-lasting results, you need diet AND exercise.

Here are a couple of (almost) real life examples:

  1. We all know somebody that has lost 20, 30, 40 or more pounds with just diet alone.  Sure, that person has gone down a few dress sizes, but they look kind of soft and squishy and get out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs.
  2. What about that friend who is at the gym everyday sweating it out with the best of them?  She meets you for lunch, orders a cheeseburger, french fries, and a diet coke, then complains that she can’t fit into her pre-pregnancy jeans. Hmmmmm. Wonder why….

So what’s the take-away? First, don’t wait for the stars to align before you take control of your health. Start now!!!  Maybe you want to focus on your eating habits.  That’s great! Maybe you want to start by establishing an exercise routine that you can maintain.  Fabulous!  Just start and remember that in order to feel the full benefits of these changes you will have to include both diet AND exercise.  You won’t be sorry that you do!

Have a healthy day!


Connect with Andrea!

Mom of 3 amazing kids, health and fitness professional, Turbo Kick junkie, and Transformation Specialist helping people transform into better versions of themselves!

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Email: andrea@igigwellness.com


3 Ways to Start Investing In Yourself


Imagine yourself 5 years from now, are you going to be satisfied with your life exactly the way it is right now?  Taking time out to invest in yourself is GOOD for you and your family! Here are 3 ways to help you get started in taking action towards living the life you’ll love.

  1. STOP the Guilt: Rekindle with your passion and indulge in things you LOVE to do!  The trick to NOT feeling guilty is your mindset!  Once you realize that taking time out to do the things you love will in turn make you a more patient mother and attentive wife.  Haven’t you heard of the phrase “Happy Wife, Happy Life”?
  2. Take Baby Steps:  What is one little thing can you do TODAY that will bring you closer      to the life you want to live.  Do one LITTLE thing per day and before long, look back and you’ll see HUGE progress.
  3. Talk More:  Make sure you are constantly talking about the things you are doing with friends and family!  If it’s something you love, you’ll have no problems talking about it!  Getting support and validation will encourage you to continue!

The key is to make progress!  Here’s a thought…  Progress leads to Growth which leads to Happiness!




Andrea Galbreath on how YOU can Transform Yourself to a Happier New You

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Please tell us your story.

I am a transformation specialist because I transformed myself from someone who was very unhappy and unhealthy to someone who’s very happy and now the healthiest in my life.

I was 200 pounds, size 18 and on high blood pressure medicine.  I just knew I needed to change.  So now I feel great and fabulously happy!

What was your final straw that inspired you to take action?

I was around 31, my blood pressure creeping up, didn’t feel good about myself, didn’t like the way I looked, I felt tired all the time and emotionally, I felt like something was missing.  I didn’t know what it was that I wanted by I knew what I didn’t want.  And I didn’t want to feel like that.  So I decided to fix it.  I started by exercising and eating right.

What are you vision for IGIG Wellness?

My passion and goal is to get people healthy.  Everybody can create their own healthy lifestyle that fits and real.  I am a busy mom of 3, I am the care taker for my elderly grandfather, my nephew lives with me and my husband.  I know that it’s hard to make time.  But that is essential.  Now that I am healthy and happy, I’m more present with my kids and family.  I can now really make a difference with them.  That is the best thing I ever did for my family was to get myself healthy.

What is the key element to transformation success?

Other than commitment, I’d say for a women or mother, it would be to not feel guilty for taking time out of the day to exercise.  For me, I took one hour per day of concentrated effort of getting myself healthy.  It was tough to tell my friends that I’m going to exercise instead of lunching with them.  That was really tough, but my true friends understood and they were supportive.


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3 Steps to Improve Your Health… and other things… in 2013.

Improving your health for 2013 includes more than just going to the gym and eating healthy. For women, the two main areas of continual search for improvement is fitness and finance. But in reality, having and setting goals are crucial to succeeding in anything we are striving to improve on.

1. Set a goal that is SMART (Specific, Meaningful, Attainable, Relevant and Timely)
2.  Share it for support and accountability – Sharing it with friends and other connections multiplies the chance of success due to the support and accountability other connections will provide.
3.  Celebrate milestones and accomplishments with friends and families give us memorable moments. These moments will give you fuel when you are faced with difficult moments while striving for future goals.

Use tactics such as positive thinking, strive for excellence (not perfection), remembering to invest in yourself, and ask for help and support when you need inspiration to persevere through challenging times are crucial to your success of achieving any goal.

*The key is to have support and accountability so we don’t feel like we’re at it alone and others are routing for you. This way, it decreases stress, increase inspiration and create deeper relationships… which all equals to less stress.