My personal story of how I stay fit and heathly

Hi Everyone! I am constantly receiving a lot of questions in regards to my workout and diet tips and how I stay in shape. So here I will offer some easy tips of how I stay "healthy and fit" and look good without a lot of time or money!
Top Four Tips and Tricks:
1.     Moderate Exercise- weaving a little bit into your everyday lifestyle
2.     Healthy Eating without denying yourself of anything
3.     A great Supplement – Like Thermogenic Push for Female-available at your local GNC. I have been using this product the last 3 months and feel in love with it and the results! For more info on this great product go here…..
4.      A Great Tan! There are a lot of products to choose from on the market, but try my Gretchen Christine Formula if you haven’t found one you love yet! Smells great and gets you a great California Glow
        First things first take the pressure off yourself!  Know that no matter what if you are happy on the inside it will reflect on the outside, no matter how big, small or fit you are. You have to be comfortable in your own skin; no one can decide what is best for your body but you.  Don't try to be another person's size, that will never happen. God has made each one of us different, teach yourself to be content with whom you are, pray for that strength as you take on any new work-out or when trying to change your eating habits. My faith and my relationship with God is what helped me beat my eating disorder and get back to a place of being healthy.  Believe it or not I use to be overweight for my body and height (just see some of my before pictures that people like to plaster all over the internet) People want to say I have had a lot of surgery done to my face, and the fact is no surgery was involved. It is called losing weight, getting healthy, and honestly probably due to better make-up.

 I didn't know how to control my appetite and I constantly yo-yo dieted.  My second season of Housewives I even spoke openly to the press in regards to the eating disorder I developed in high school because of my poor body image. When I hit my lowest point I realized I needed to get help or I was going to kill myself both emotionally and physically.  I also decided to get educated and I got my personal trainer license and a certification in Nutrition.  I learned what it takes to keep the body full of energy, but how to not overeat, and most importantly how to give myself a break.  It has been years to get to this point, it didn't just happen overnight, but I did it and I am proud to say now I live a very healthy and happy lifestyle.  

I don't go to the gym anymore, not because I don't think it is important but because I just don't have the time to take 2 hours anymore to go. Between growing two companies, filming, and the extensive traveling I do for work, I have had to compensate in other ways.  I have learned to never make excuses but rather find other ways to incorporate working out and "health" into my lifestyle.  We will always try to find an excuse for why we can't do something, but don't allow yourself to get away with that.  If you want it bad enough you will always find a way to take care of yourself.

A simple solution for me is to have weights everywhere in the house and do reps throughout the day (I  use 5-10lbs weights) If I’m watching TV, I don’t just sit on the couch and watch it I am on the floor doing my push-ups or my sit-ups. I use the stairs in my home, my exercise ball and my own body weight to exercise. Honestly sometimes Slade will come down stairs and as I am stirring the meat sauce with one hand and the other arm has a weight in it and I am doing a set of bicep curls.  Slade always looks at me like I am crazy, but eventually caught on and now is doing the same thing throughout the day, which has helped him loose about 15lbs!  When I travel I take my rubber bands with me ( and work out with those, I always do my floor exercises and use my own body weight.  You can do a lot without a gym you just have to get creative.  I have taken water bottles before and done bicep curls, triceps or shoulder presses with them in each hand.  It works! A little bit of something is better than nothing.  I am also very active I ride bicycles, run, roller blade, hike, anything that gets me outside for some cardio during the week.

Now to my eating habits; I eat all day long, literally almost every 2-3 hours!  Not a full meal but little bits of everything, mostly healthy, but I don't deprive myself of Anything! I just have learned how to control my portions and how to eat till I am full…. not stuffed! Now like I said this has taken a lot of trial and error and some years to retrain my body and my mind to recognize when I am satisfied.  So don't beat yourself up if you screw up (by the way I still screw up days) don't worry, you have the next day to make it right! The stress alone we put on ourselves is very detrimental to our overall health goal.

I will have some turkey slices, or apples and peanut butter, raw vegetables with some dressing, nuts, baked chips, fruit, cheese, and little bit of sweets too all day long! I have sandwiches or salads for lunch most of time and fish, chicken or lean meat for dinner with some side portions of half a potato, small amount of rice, salad, or vegetables. I have a couple bites of deserts always!  If I feel like pizza or ice cream I have some, but I just have a piece or a couple of scoops, not sit down and eat the whole carton!  I have learned that when I deprive myself of things my body just wants it even more! Listen to your body, but control in your mind how much you eat of something.  Don't look at a day of overeating as a failure, look at it as an opportunity to do better the next day!

Take baby steps, you will feel rewarded in just taking a little time a day to do some squats, push-ups, sit-ups or arm strengthening  exercises.  Remember don't be so hard on yourself, take it one day at a time and you will start to see the weight come off.  Hope some of these tips and tricks help you guys!
Gretchen Christine
Please note that everyone’s workout routine and daily food intake is different so be sure to consult your doctor about what is best for you before taking anyone else’s advice.
June 11, 2013 10:28 AM Denise Says:

Love you Gretchen! Your body looks AMAZING! I'm such a fan of you on the show because you're ALWAYS the bigger person and you make sure to have fun with anyone and everyone no matter what the situation is. Your positive attitude is amazing and your entrepreneurship is inspirational. Keep it up!!

October 05, 2012 2:41 AM Tessa Says:

I am in England and I watch the 'Housewives of Orange County' everyday! You are such an inspiration and it has been great to see how much you have changed over the past couple of series. I love most how you stick to your guns about marriage and your life, everything will happen when its meant to. I am extremely jealous of your body and style, I am always taking tips for myself from your outfits and make up tips. I have never been a make up, girly kind of girl and I know my boyfriend wouldnt mind if I was. So I always watch the show and take tips from you! I have always struggled with my weight, and I know the result I want but I didnt realise how long it would take me to get there! I would absolutely love one day to come out to Orange County and buy some of your make up range and would love to meet you all! But definitely know you inspire people outside of the States! Good luck with everything and I will keep up to date by continuing to watch!

June 27, 2012 10:48 AM Nicole Says:

Wow Gretchen, that was extremely inspiring. I've been struggling with my weight since I was 10 and I still haven't found the perfect thing that works for me. Reading what you posted gives me so much hope and I now have a way more positive outlook on taking care of myself. Thank you so so SO much!

June 26, 2012 6:22 PM Grace Says:

Hi Gretchen. I'm 14, and by no means overweight, but I still feel the need to lose more weight. I often starve myself and deprive myself of food hroughout the day. I love my figure, but I'm still not happy with my size 3 pants. Your blog really helped me, and I'm looking forward to a healthy lifestyle, full of excersize and FOOD!

April 08, 2012 6:46 PM Simple Says:

I think you are so very inspiring!! Love your tips!! Now time for me to get back on track:):)

March 20, 2012 9:01 AM Dorsia Says:

It's "lose" not "loose" and it's "dessert" not "desert".

February 24, 2012 8:32 AM Pam Says:

I just read your exercise and eating habits blog. I am happy for you that you found a way to feed your body in a healthy way and also incorporate exercise in your daily routine. I do feel you gave me some tips to try. My husband is President of a large company and we are often asked to attend events and dine with other couples. Although I am turning 51 this year, thanks to my heredity, I am told I look like a 35 year old woman. Heredity only helps to a point. lol. I still am in need of losing weight and firming my body. I will purchase more hand weights leaving some in the kitchen and family room. I also will try eating each 3 hours a very small portion as you suggested. Let's see how this works! I will keep you posted on my progress, if that is alright with you. Let's call this experiemnt ..."The Gretchen Way". I just purchased a gorgous white dress that has clear stones hand sewn on the bodice and across the back. It is my goal to be in it by the end of June... Let's see if "the Gretchen Way" will show me the way! ha ha. Take care and I am very proud of your accomplishments even if I don't know you personally. Sincerely, Pam

January 01, 2012 6:29 AM Shannon Says:

Hello Gretchen!!! Where did you obtain your certification for the personal training and the nutrition? I have always wanted to do that and I am not sure where to get started.

October 19, 2011 5:19 AM Jessica Says:

Gretchen this is SO inspiring. I have battled with eating disorders for years and am finally starting to try and make healthy changes. This article has really inspired me, i always make excuses and never thought to try and do things at home. Thank you a lot, you're a beautiful soul :) XX

July 13, 2011 3:48 PM Jennifer Says:

Thank you for your inspiring words! Stay true to yourself, Gretchen! You are doing great things in this world! xoxox

June 21, 2011 10:11 PM Nicollette Says:

Hi Gretchen, I really liked your article and your approach to living a healthy lifestyle. I am a stay at home mom and have shaken most of my baby weight but still have a stubborn 10 lbs. hanging on. I go to the gym 4 days a week and try to eat healthy, but with no results. I have done so many fad diets, depriving myself and then getting frustrated and giving up. I am going to try like you said eating small amounts of healthy items and if I want a dessert (ice cream is my weakness) I will just have a few spoonfuls rather than eat half the carton. Anyways thank you for being so candid. All the best to you. Blessings!

June 21, 2011 9:31 AM J. Says:

I saw the segment on your past eating disorder last night on the RHOC lost footage show, and was impressed with the healthy way you identified your problem and overcame it. Well done! Also I love that you were honest and admitted you’re still concerned with your weight so you do all the RIGHT things to healthily maintain your desired weight. I wished more thin women spoke-up and admit that they “like being lean” despite the national norm for women when they’re a certain age or demographic, and that they adopted a wellness life-style not an obsessive one to remain looking and being fit. Yahoo to you….

June 12, 2011 8:13 PM Christina Says:

I just adore you..I am such a fan, I think you are as beautiful inside as you are out. I want to lose 15 pounds and get tone, lower belly roll! I have started walking every single day, I am up to 20 minutes! Since June 1st I have not missed a day walking. I just read your fitness routine and eating habits..thank you!!! what an inspiration you are! :) ChrissyC

June 10, 2011 7:32 PM natalie Says:

Totally LOVED this blog/advice, so helpful thanx!! Btw, your body ROCKS. I love that you're aux natural and you don't plasticate yourself like a femmebot like the others yet you're the most beautiful on the show or should I say the entire franchise past and present! Very inspiring. I'm going to try putting weights around the house to workout Gretchen style instead of dragging myself to the gym.

June 09, 2011 8:10 PM Erin Says:

Wow... Really great blog. Really good advice!

June 08, 2011 10:11 PM Amanda Says:

Hey Gretchen! This is my favorite blog. I've read it four times (and counting). When I need a little motivation or refresher I find your advice helpful. Thanks for sharing.

April 26, 2011 5:39 PM marsha Says:

Gretchen you are the hottest housewife just ignore Tamra she is a old ass b*tch who is jealous of you and Slade, her lifestyle sucks she is a mother of four who wants to act as a teenager she need to take care of her girls and set example she is a dirty wh*re bag LMAO

April 25, 2011 7:43 PM Meghan Says:

Gretchen I use to be bulimic in high-school now in college I have a fear of gaining wait and find myself reverting to old ways. I recently have gotten so sick of being sick I am getting help but your beautiful and give me hope that I can be healthy and happy again and still look gorgeous! Thanks for your help!

April 21, 2011 3:34 PM Maureen Says:

Gretchen, Thanks you for the tips. I myself have decided to make some life changes, as I've always been on the larger side. You are a great role model.

April 20, 2011 9:44 AM Victoria Says:

Thanks Gretchen for such details! But . . I'd still like to know specifically what exercises you do for those fabulous legs and rear!! In addition to running & biking do you do lunges, leg presses or squats or the dreaded old school butt exercises, etc?? Sorry.. but inquiring mnds want to kno =D


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