About 8 years ago, through some basic lifestyle changes, Sarah Fragoso learned how to significantly enhance her mind, body, and soul in ways that impacted her everyday living. She not only took hold of her own health, but significantly improved the well being of her family. But that was just the beginning! From their discoveries and positive changes, Sarah's extremely popular blog was born and she has since become a national best-selling author with 6 books under her belt. In addition, Sarah is the co-owner of JS Strength and Conditioning, co-owner of JassaFit, and conducts workshops and seminars nationwide on the subjects of nutrition and fitness.
Sarah was kind enough to participate in a recent Joovv AMA. So here are her answers to your questions...
What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Pushing a heavy prowler!!! This movement is purely concentric. Therefore, it's totally restorative, but also equally and extremely challenging! It's funny even using the word "restorative" and "prowler" in the same sentence because every time I use the prowler, I feel like I've just accomplished the most challenging physical feat I've ever attempted. The prowler has made my entire system stronger. Nothing else requires you to use your hands, all the way down to your feet, with total core, glute, quad, calf, shoulder, etc., activation like this one simple piece of machinery. And I am astounded at how much more weight I can push now than I could when I started religiously using the prowler 3 years ago. This increase in strength has transferred over into my other big lifts such as deadlift and back squat. As much as I hate the prowler because of how simply stinking hard it is, I also absolutely love it.
If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?
Eggs, grass-fed ground beef, and a grass-fed bone-in chuck roast ready for the slow cooker, goat milk kefir, full fat yogurt, cheese from Sierra Nevada Cheese company, salami, strawberries, almond butter, peanut butter, sauerkraut, fermented pickles, leftovers, tons of condiments (i.e. fish sauce, salsa, hot sauce, mustard, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, homemade mayo, etc.), veggies (favorites being spinach, cabbage, lettuce for lettuce wraps, Brussels sprouts, and carrots), and of course, a lot of butter!
What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?
Magnesium, liquid Vitamin D, and Doc Parsley's Sleep Remedy.
Have you used red light therapy? If so, did it work?
I have not. But it's funny you ask because we are currently researching red light therapy and are considering having this as a treatment option for our gym and office.
You recently wrote about the 39 things you learned in your 30’s. Are there 3-4 that really stand out?
Number 16 - Stress is relentless, scary, mean, and nasty but it’s all in how I view it and I can choose to not be taken down by stress because it’s just an illusion. It’s just a word – and I can CHOOSE to see the good in every stressful situation.
Number 30 - My boys will always remember dancing in the kitchen, pillow fights in a hotel room, and how attentively I listen. They need ME to be present – not a pristine house, perfect meals, or organized closets.
Number 35 - Life is risky, scary, and can take you over like a raging fire. I choose to be the fire.
Number 39 - Love is the only thing that matters. Only love.
Do you get 8 hours of sleep per night?
I guard my sleep like a lion. However, sometimes life steps in and says, "nope, not tonight silly girl, you only WISH you could get that solid 8 hours." It happens way less than it used to and I insist on getting good sleep over all else because I have learned the hard way that lack of sleep crushes every possibility of being able to do the things I love during the day.
The recipes on your blog are awesome. No, seriously, they are. Can you pick one favorite for each meal of the day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
As a fellow homeschooling parent, what have been the top 2-3 challenges you’ve had to overcome in regards to educating your boys?
First, letting go of worrying about not doing enough! I've had to relearn what it means to learn from a child's perspective and focus on how much my boys are thriving, learning, and growing rather than how much I feel like I'm NOT doing.
Second, carving out time for myself. Homeschooling essentially means I'm mom all the time, teacher, caregiver, and maid. I'm now adamant that I take the time I need to just be Sarah and not any of the other roles that I have to play. It's the only way to keep my sanity!
Last, I've had to just give in to the fact that my house will pretty much always be a disaster. Once my kids are grown, I'll have plenty of time to make sure all my dishes are clean. But until then - it just is what it is.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
"Be grateful. Compassion first. Love exactly who you are right now."
I would put it up in front of every school (elementary, junior high, high school, and colleges) across the nation.
Thanks for submitting your questions for Sarah! And thanks again to Sarah Fragoso for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out Sarah's site. It comes highly recommended!