Desk Next Door: “Fit-Bottomed Girls” Jenn and Erin

Jenn and Erin

Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, founders of FitBottomedGirls.com (photo credit: Drew Ertle Photography)

 

What’s the story behind your incredibly popular website, FitBottomedGirls.com? How did it come about? Erin and I met while working for a magazine publishing company in Kansas City area. It’s funny because we had huge similarities in our lives: at the time, we both lived in Lawrence, Kansas, while our boyfriends (now husbands) were attending graduate school, and we both endured a lengthy 50-minute commute. After becoming carpooling buddies, we realized that we pretty much had a million things in common. Among dissecting all aspects of life, from reality TV to our existential crises, we always chatted fitness and workouts and positive body image. It wasn’t until Erin sadly moved states away that we came up with the idea of a fitness blog—effectively marrying our love of fitness with our love of writing, and all with a side of self-love. We LOVE what we do and are so grateful for what it’s become.

What does it mean to be a “Fit Bottomed Girl?”
Being a Fit Bottomed Girl means ditching the idea of “dieting.” It means enjoying all foods in moderation, moving your body in a way that feels fun and makes you feel strong, striving for self-improvement and laughing at yourself along the way!

What can readers expect from your new book, “The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet?” What makes it different from your average weight-loss book? First and foremost, it’s not a diet book—in the least! For years we’ve been anti-diet and put that message out there on our websites, but our readers wanted to know how to really break that dieting mentality and embrace a Fit Bottomed Girl lifestyle. So we wrote a whole book on the 10 principles of being a Fit Bottomed Girl. In the book you can expect to get off the dieting on-again off-again lifestyle and find a healthy living plan that works for you. And one that sticks because you design it, you love it, and you know you’re worth taking care of!

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Can you tell us one of your favorite “10-Minute Fixes,” or tricks, that can help put us on a healthier path? One of my favorite fixes is to take 10 minutes to make a workout bucket list—a list of fun active adventures you’d love to be able to do like hike the Grand Canyon, go rock climbing or surf in Hawaii. Writing it down and making it a goal to work toward gives you awesome motivation for staying active daily and gets you one step closer to making that dream a reality.

What are some good, nutritious dinner ideas for busy weeknights? We have a ton of ideas on our site Fit Bottomed Eats, but we’re HUGE fans of a big ass salad for dinner. Other than that, using rotisserie chicken for things like tacos, sandwiches and soup is a lifesaver. Oh, and roasted veggies. We LOVE roasted veggies as a yummy side dish. This is one of our favorite recipes for ’em.

Any tips for staying motivated to be your best self? Do something every day that takes care of you. It doesn’t have to be big—any of our 10-minute fixes are proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of time to get healthier and move toward being the best version of yourself.

jenn's workspace

Jenn’s workspace

JENN’S FAVORITES
Fitness splurge: My gym membership (I just love the place so much!)
Stress reliever: Massages (Gosh, I need one now!)
Energizing snack: Carrots with peanut butter or almond butter (Off to eat some as soon as I’m done answering questions, in fact.)
Must-have office accessory: Standing desk! My desk moves up or down so you can stand with it as much or as little as you want. Love it.
Health-focused blog or YouTube channel: Besides ours? 🙂 Love Bex—she’s the real deal!

ERIN’S FAVORITES
Fitness splurge: My gym membership!
Stress reliever: Playing Clash of Clans. (Shhh!)
Energizing snack: Nuts — currently hooked on sunflower seeds
Must-have office accessory: A blanket, a cute notebook and a fun pen.
Health-focused blog or YouTube channel: I love The Atlantic’s If Our Bodies Could Talk series.

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