Gabrielle Reilly: How many calories do you consume a day off-contest and pre-contest?
Lori Harder: I don't ever count calories. I know that seems crazy, but I have an idea where my protein is, and I keep my diet very balanced with carbs, proteins, fruits or veggies at every meal. I've actually turned to Isagenix meal replacements to help me achieve this balance, and it is so much easier for me now! I eat 5-6 times per day, of which 2-3 of those are Isagenix shakes or bars.
I use almost their entire line of products and vitamins. When you lead a very busy and active, healthy lifestyle it is a blessing when you can find something that is all natural that you can use on the go and know you are getting the nutrients your body needs to keep up. Isagenix and high intensity compound training has saved me, especially now that I am traveling and speaking so much. As far as pre contest, I stay pretty close to show shape at all times. This becomes easier as you start to live this as a true lifestyle. For me, food is related to how I feel mentally, physically, attitude wise and my happiness. I know have to feel great to be successful in motivating others and myself to take action! I usually take about 2-3 weeks before a show or a shoot and just clean up the little extra treats or any cocktails. My training before show does not change much, but I will add in a bit more cardio and functional training the last two weeks to really tighten up. www.loriharder.isagenix.com
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have allocated binge days/meals?
Lori Harder: I really don't have binge days anymore. I just eat what I want, when I want, but in moderation. So, if I want a Mocha and a little chocolate on a Wednesday, I eat it. This keeps me from binging by no longer feeling deprived for defined periods of time. This has resulted in a surprisingly balanced way to eat.
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do when you feel like breaking your diet?
Lori Harder: I have whatever I'm craving in portion control, and keep the rest of my meals extremely healthy that day. I also try to alter the meals that I'm craving in a healthy way, and dedicated a website, www.busygirlhealthylife.com to these recipes.
Gabrielle Reilly: What are your top three healthy snacks?
Lori Harder: My top three healthy snacks are Isagenix Shakes or bars, protein pancakes from my website, or Greek Yogurt with berries and nuts.
Gabrielle Reilly: When you were about 5 or 6 what did you dream you would do when you grew up?
Lori Harder: I wanted to be either a singer, gymnast or performer of some sort. so I guess I've been living that out through my fitness routines now!
Gabrielle Reilly: For parents out there concerned about their children's health and obesity what words of advice would you offer them on fitness, motivation and diet for children?
Lori Harder: Lead by example, and be a healthy active parent, always incorporating healthy food into their diet instead of keeping a bunch of junk around the house. The junk food should be something you leave the home for as an occasional treat. Try not to put so much emphasis on it being healthy, instead make it fun, rewarding the family with fun activity instead of food.
Gabrielle Reilly: What are your measurements?
Measurements: (Bust, waist, hips.) 36-26-34
Dress size: 4
Gabrielle Reilly: What is your body shape?
Lori Harder: Straight, not very curvy, athletic.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have any brands of cloths you prefer that fit your body shape well?
Lori Harder: I love BCBG, lululemon and bebe.