Last month, I got an email from Patricia of Idea Crib to do a collab and I was lucky enough to get featured on her blog. To reciprocate her kindness, I decided to interview her back so we can learn more about her. I asked her what we all really want to know…
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Patricia and I’m a health communications specialist, content marketer, and registered nurse.
Tell us about your blog.
Idea Crib is a lifestyle and wellness blog. My tagline is “Live healthy. Celebrate life.” I believe that aiming to live healthy allows you to enjoy life more. It’s more freeing than restrictive, really. 🙂
Why were you inspired to start Idea Crib?
Long story, but I’ve been blogging on and off since 2004 (!!). When I started Idea Crib back in 2010-2011, my tagline was, “Because anything that is starts with an idea.” Sometime around 2014 though, I realized two things about my blog: 1) it needed a focus, and that 2) it could also serve as an advocacy platform. That’s how I pivoted to Idea Crib’s present reincarnation.
I know you have a lot on your plate these days. How do you fit blogging into your life?
I fit it in my schedule and stick to it. 🙂 I made a commitment to publish a new post every other Wednesday, and I’ve managed to stick to that blogging sked since late 2014. It helps that I always have a notebook with me so I can jot down blog ideas whenever the inspiration strikes.
How did you first get into fitness?
I gained 5 pounds last December 2009. I know that doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it was already enough to stress me out. You see, my metabolism’s pretty good and I’ve always been able to maintain my weight.
When my brother gifted me with a pair of jogging shoes for Christmas, the solution presented itself. I started brisk walking that year and then progressed to non-competitive running early 2010. That year was the height of the fun run lifestyle and I happily got caught up with it. (Thanks a lot to Coach Rio de la Cruz and his RunRio events for helping me kick start my journey!)
I credit running for making me more receptive to trying out other sports like hiking, surfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, badminton, and Ultimate Frisbee.
What’s your typical workout schedule like?
I exercise 3-5 times a week, usually in the early evenings. I used to only do cardio, but have since incorporated strength training when I learned about its importance in overall fitness.
How about balancing healthy eating? Any tips for maintaining a healthy diet while keeping up with a busy lifestyle?
I must admit that I find working out way easier than balancing healthy eating. First of all, it’s hard to eat healthy when dining out ‘coz you don’t know what specific ingredients they put in your order. Second of all, it’s hard to eat healthy when dining out if the group you’re with decides to eat fast food. (Not that I blame them. Everyone’s pressed for time and the thing about fast food is that it’s just so convenient.)
I suggest always keeping a bottle of water with you. What you sometimes feel is hunger might only be thirst; it happens. I also suggest experimenting with flavors and ingredients so as not to make your meals monotonous. I had a friend before who only ate whole wheat crackers and tuna every single day for a couple of weeks – or was it a couple of months? – straight. One day, she woke up and decided she was fed up with healthy eating, so she quit, just like that. My takeaway: eating healthy isn’t about being bored to death with food. If it was, then there’d be fewer foodies in the world today! Endeavor to eat meals that are healthy, yummy, varied, and quick to prepare.
One last thing: don’t deprive yourself. Practice moderation and indulge every now and then.
Lots of people want to tone up their abs at the moment – what’s your number one move for this?
I can recommend more than one move: bicycle crunches, V crunches, and Russian twists. When I’m pressed for time, I do 20 reps of each, then repeat twice for a total of 3 sets.
Also, abs are made in the kitchen.
What do you keep in your gym bag?
I like the idea of gyms but don’t have a gym membership. I’m more into outdoorsy activities and home fitness routines. I’m a fan of POPSUGAR Fitness’s YouTube channel, though since my foot injury I’ve been doing a lot of injury-friendly workouts from Caroline Jordan Fitness. Check them out!
As for the stuff I typically carry, well, I always quench my thirst with a bottle of water. I make sure to bring wet wipes just in case the place I’m going to doesn’t have running water. I pack a change of clothes whenever possible.
What’s your favorite quick healthy recipe?
Pesto. Don’t scrimp on basil to give it a really rich color and flavor. We occasionally top it with Spanish sardines at home.
Who is your biggest fitness inspiration on Instagram?
I can name more than one. Chriss Mogg of Living Moving Being (@livingmovingbeing). Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (@therock). Sara Esmonde-White of Essentrics (@essentrics). My triathlete pal Carlo Sicat (@carlokohan). All the lovely people I featured in my Well-thy Pinoy Profiles series!
How do you motivate yourself when you really don’t feel like exercising?
I have a Serenitea planner with a workout tracker, and I get a kick out of crossing out the days I’ve been able to work out. Also, I remind myself that working out regularly replenishes my energy and allows me to face life’s challenges with more optimism and enthusiasm.
You can follow Patricia on her Facebook page or drop her an email for blog-related inquiries. 🙂