I’d been following The Fit Foodie for months, (drooling over her recipes and envying her creativity) when we finally met in real life at the opening of the Performa Nutrition Cafe in Waterloo a few months back. We bonded pretty much instantly over our shared love of fitness, health, dogs, blogging and talking far too much, and the rest is kind of history.
Sal is not only an incredibly talented recipe developer, cook and writer, she’s also a damn fine person. She is full of energy, easy to bounce ideas off, positive, motivating, always willing to help and I love spending time with her. Also sometimes she brings me food. That’s when I love her the most.
She’s got her finger in a lot of (healthy and tasty) pies too. Want to create a bespoke treat that doesn’t interfere with your food intolerances? Sal is your girl. Need some sugar-free, gluten-free catering for your baby shower/wedding/party? Sal’s your girl for that too. You’ll also find her down at the Bondi Farmer’s Markets occasionally AND she’s got some other super exciting stuff in the pipeline at the moment too.So what is it about this girl that is so awesome? Read on and discover it for yourself!
Name: Sally O’Neil
Occupation/where do you work? Owner of The-Fit-Foodie.com, freelance recipe writer and magazine columnist.
What does your weekly exercise routine look like? I set aside one hour each morning in the week to weight train. I mix it up with short sessions on the bike or cross trainer to keep my body guessing. On weekends, I keep active by getting out of the house and enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. Its lovely to get out of my home office and connected with nature.
What’s your fave place to workout? I’m a convenience kinda gal, so generally I pop down a few floors to the gyms in my apartment. In summer I love to get outdoors, but it’s difficult to get access to the equipment needed for weight training so I mix it up with short outdoor jogs and keep the strength training indoors.
What’s your fave music to work out to? I need something energetic with good lyrics so I can get really absorbed. At the moment it’s Hoodie Allen, old-school Dre and Tupac.
Describe your workout fashion style: Eclectic. I’ve collected a fair amount of gear over the last year, but I like bright coloured loose singlets, a crop top that makes me feel fierce, and some deliciously stretchy tights. Black leopard and neon sneakers are my staples.
Someone tells you they are too tired/lazy/unmotivated/busy to work out. What do you say in return? If you can only give yourself 30 minutes every other day, just take it. Schedule it in your diary like you would a doctor’s appointment, and don’t cancel on yourself. This is about your health and wellbeing, and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to prioritise it. The more you work out, the more energetic you will feel!
Your favourite post-workout meal? I either have a Nuzest protein shake, a couple of pre-boiled eggs, or a few homemade protein balls. All convenient, super-tasty, full of protein and great for recovery.
Favourite exercise? I’ve recently started boxing – just using the punch bag in my apartment gym. It’s a great stress reliever and a valid excuse to have ‘eye of the tiger’ on repeat.
Least favourite exercise? Burpees. No need to explain why to anyone who has attempted them.
If you could only do one type of exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love to plank! There are so many variations, but event just plain old missionary does amazing things for the core. Its a nice challenge to add 5-10 seconds on every time you hit the gym, to visibly see your endurance increasing. Very satisfying!
And finally… what is your favourite thing about being fit? Improved energy, being able to enjoy delicious wholefood treats without guilt and better immunity against sickness.
Happy long weekend Team! Enjoy your public holiday baking inspiration.