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Wear The Pants / Liz Barnet / Fitness + Nutrition Coach

Posted on 10 May 2015

Sweat.Eat.Sleep.Repeat. is my mantra. Consistency is key, as is having fun. In fitness, food + life, focus on progress, not perfection.

What's the best compliment you've ever received? 

When a client tells me that my class helped her rebound from a bad day, or makes her feel stronger + more accomplished, I truly feel grateful beyond measure.

Favorite health food? Favorite junk food?

I'm not just saying this, but I truly love me some kale. It's my preferred green and I'll enjoy it raw (make sure to massage with acid + salt!) or sauteed with eggs, sweet potato and hot sauce. (ALWAYS hot sauce.)

I tend to follow a paleo-ish diet because it allows me to perform + feel my best. However, I could never give up really good pizza. There's this amazing place near my apartment that makes a perfectly crispy thin crust pizza topped with bacon, prosciutto, sliced green apple, arugula and balsamic that it the bomb.

What are two items to do on your bucket list?

My mom was born in Germany and her family is from Hungary, so I'm really aiming to visit both places in the next couple of years. German was my first language but I've lost it over time; I'd really like to be at least conversational.

This may not be "bucket list" worthy, but something I've been procrastinating FOR-EV-ER and really must get on top of is starting my own blog. I'm very active on social media, but I have a lot to say :) The hardest part of starting anything new, whether a workout plan or blog, is taking that first step and just doing it! (Thanks, Nike.)

What are you most proud of?

I'm proud of taking a leap and making a serious career change a couple of years out of college. Fitness had always been a passion and I taught group classes on the side. But my demanding job in branding + design that was reminiscent of "Devil Wears Prada" really forced me to look at what I loved most. I went from a high salary with great perks to working the floor at Equinox getting paid minimum wage per hour. Every day I'm grateful for what I do and the people I work with.

Teach us how to do something.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm a fiend for perfectly cooked sunny, runny eggs. I always prep a batch of sweet potato hash or cubes at the beginning of the week. I heat up some frozen pre-cooked breakfast sausage (I like Applegate Farms organic) in some ghee or grassfed butter on medium heat, add the cooked potatoes until warm, and then toss in some kale. Once the kale is wilted, I put everything to the sides of the pan and crack two eggs in the center. I turn down to low and cover with a lid; keep an eye on them, but once the yolks are set you'll be good to go.

Tell us something that's TMI.

The favorite topic of text conversations between my best friends and I is poop. We even have a nickname for it that comes from college days that is much more PC. Sometimes, I'll just get a text full of poop + happy face emoticons; then I know it's been a good day. All jokes aside, consistent movement + a nutritious diet will help keep things happy in the GI department. It used to be so taboo to talk about, but with so many women suffering from digestive issues, it's time to talk poop!

FOLLOW LIZ: website // instagram // twitter 

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