With the New Year here, a lot of people have been reaching out to me on social media asking about my fitness routine and my personal take on nutrition. Since it is such a popular time for diet and exercise, I thought it would be good to share my routine with my readers.

My time spent as a professional model for many brands helped me to learn a lot about how to keep my body in tip-top shape and looking good year round. However, I am not a professional bodybuilder, personal trainer, or nutritionist so take everything I say with a grain of pink Himalayan sea salt. 😉 

To make this post super simple to digest I’m going to split it into two sections: my workout routine and my diet. My philosophy is that you shouldn’t overcomplicate diet and exercise. 

They should be a priority that you keep for yourself. The best way to do this is to keep it simple. 

My Fitness Routine

In keeping things simple, my approach to fitness is to work with trained professionals. As a realtor, most of my clients could legally sell their own homes if they wanted to, but they never would because there are so many nuances that a real estate agent has that they don’t.

My time spent in the modeling industry working for many different brands in different markets/countries has helped me learn how to alter my nutrition to get the physique I needed. Fitness is no different. When it comes to getting a lean, chiseled physique get a good personal trainer who can help you to push yourself past your limits. 

Now I know a personal trainer is a luxury and certainly not in everyone’s budget. At certain periods in my life, it wasn’t always in mine.) I do believe that the best investment to ever make is investing in your health. 

When I first started in Corporate America I was making $60,000 a year. In some parts of the country that will get you far, but not in Los Angeles where my one bedroom apartment at the time was $1,700.

I made it a priority to find a new trainer that was building up their client base, and in turn they gave me a discounted hourly rate. So it is possible. If that still isn’t an option for you, I recommend following great trainers on Instagram and Youtube who post great workouts that you can follow. My personal trainer is @seanabbottfitness on Instagram.

I only workout four days a week–Tuesday through Friday–making it easy to make social events on the weekend. This schedule has been my schedule for years and it just makes it easy for me to commit, which helps me to stay on track. 

I get to take Mondays off to focus on starting my week on the right foot at work, and I can be a couch potato on the weekends or lounge around poolside without feeling guilty about it. 

One of the other nice things about my workout routine is that my trainer can only train me at 9 am, which is difficult because if for some reason I cannot make that session due to a client meeting, I need to train myself later that night. While this can be a struggle during busy mornings, it also guarantees that I can get to the gym and take my first appointment at 10:30. I also don’t have to rush out of the office to get a workout in before dinner. 

The bottom line is: I don’t sacrifice my workouts. 

I treat my workout like it is one of my clients. I know that all the energy I invest in taking care of my body will pay dividends down the road to better serve my clients. On days I work out I’m calmer, more focused, and I have more energy at my disposal.  

Listen to Your Body 

My trainer and I work together on figuring out the best plan for each week. What’s really nice about the way that I train is that I am flexible depending on my needs at the time. For instance, something that I recommend everyone reading this blog to do is listen to your body. 

Some days I’m stressed out or busy, so I go to the gym and I just run on the treadmill. It helps me to calm down, get recentered, and also get some great cardio in even when life is pretty hectic. A lot of people hate running on treadmills, but for me it is ideal for three reasons. First, I can blast my AirPods at full volume without getting hit by a car in Los Angeles traffic. Second, I can make sure that I avoid potholes. Lastly, the air quality is really bad in LA so getting some air conditioning with breathable air is a privilege.

If I’m not super busy then my trainer and I will alternate between either resistance training with free weights or HIIT (High Intensity Impact Training). Lifting weights can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to a plateau. I like to switch it up and also incorporate HIIT for fat-burning and cardio. 

On days when I don’t want to work out, I always tell my trainer to give me a HIIT workout. Because of the different movements that are always being mixed up it really keeps things interesting and you don’t have time to be bored. 

I also will periodically take a week off to let my body reset. Sometimes, going on vacation and getting some sunshine and rest will really help you to push through a plateau. Just make sure that you aren’t continually taking weeks off, otherwise you won’t see any results. 

On days that I lift weights (which is really great for your heart) I try to break up my workouts into different muscle groups. Here’s a breakdown of my workout schedule:

Tuesday: Chest + Triceps + Core Workout 

Wednesday:  Back and Biceps 

Thursday: Legs

Friday: Whatever Needs Extra Work (Depending on the Week)

Oh, and in case you are wondering whether Josh and I workout together, well, I think Josh took a boxing class with me once, he left about five minutes after it started. 

My Diet

First things first, I don’t believe in crash dieting. I also really hate yo-yo dieting because putting in a lot of time and effort just to see it all fade away is a complete disappointment. 

I like to tell my friends that, “I stay ready, so I don’t have to get ready!” 

Now, that’s a motto to live by in 2020!

Now let’s talk about my diet. Everyone in LA is doing something different for their health. From vegan to Paleo there are a lot of different diets and I encourage you to work with a nutritionist to find what works best for your body. Everyone’s body will react differently, so be prepared to try multiple diets until you can dial it in. 

Recently, however, I’ve fallen in love with Keto. It just really works for me. However, I must admit that it is hard to follow a diet all year round that won’t let me have blueberries, but I can have bacon. I initially tried keto for the mental clarity and energy that its proponents claimed. I felt so good after the first two weeks, that I kept it up.

Now since it’s January my advice to all of you starting a new diet is to keep it up for at least 14 days because after the first two weeks, your cravings will stop.

Due to my diet I can’t have a lot of carbs, so I follow an all-organic diet 80% of the time. I will eat fruits and veggies for carbs, but not complex carbs such as pasta or grains. This has really helped me with my ab definition, because we all have heard the phrase abs are made in the kitchen. I can’t speak for everybody, but for me this definitely applies.

Foods I Love (and a Few I Avoid)

During the Holidays I love wearing cheesy holiday sweaters–so I try to keep myself in shape so that I look as well as I do during the rest of the year. It is very disappointing to look bloated in Holiday photos after being fit all year. There have been so many times in the past years when I looked like Santa Claus in holiday pictures, because I wasn’t focused and dialed in on my nutrition. I said earlier I have a sweet tooth and lets just say that it can get really out of hand with indulging in all of my favorite sweets if I’m not disciplined. I bring this up because my biggest vice is sweets. I have a sweet tooth! I love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, Häagen-Dazs ice cream (specifically Chocolate chip cookie dough), See’s Candy and all of those Christmas cookies with lots of frosting. However, with my diet I have to leave those things out of the equation on a daily basis by filling myself up with healthy foods that I love instead. If I am good all week, I will let myself have any of the above and as much as I want on Sunday, my cheat day. 

For example, I know myself well enough that if I make fish it won’t fill me up and I’ll binge eat. So in place of healthy omega 3s found in fish, I make sure to eat what I like–red meat and barbecued chicken. 

For snacks, instead of binging on potato chips I get the same crunch from celery and organic peanut butter with none of the empty calories! If peanut butter isn’t your thing, try making  Kale chips. I know it sounds weird, but give them a try. I make mine extra crunchy with lots of sea salt. So Good!!! I supplement in some low calorie protein bars throughout the day to help fill myself up and aid in recovery. 

The Bottom Line

No matter what your health routine looks like, the most important thing is that you make it simple enough to stay committed. If you aren’t keeping it simple, it is really easy to get derailed from your goals. You have to plan ahead for all of those late nights at the office when you get so tired and so hungry that you stop at the drive through on the way home. Always have a meal or two that is healthy, well balanced, and prepared in your refrigerator so when you get home, all you have to do is heat it up.  When life gets in the way, and it will, you have to stay the course. 

As cheesy as it sounds, You are worth it, and keeping yourself healthy is so important to performing at your best. When I am focused, dialed in, and maintaining my diet and exercise routine, I am a much better agent, boss, friend, and more importantly husband. What did you agree with in this post? What do you do differently? 

Let me know what you learned or what your favorite health and fitness advice is by leaving a comment below.

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Lisa Benbow
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Favorite current snacks, pomegranate seeds, nutso butter- better than all the nut butters, bok choy raw, Tosi Almond bars ….crunch is most satisfying. I also look at food more from a fuel point of view more than anything and prefer clean eating, not too many ingredients!

Delphine Timmermans
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Delphine Timmermans

This is not only good information, it’s inspiring too! Maybe you can make a scedule of your weekly menu’s, so that some of your followers can try some of your menu’s too. Or you can make some sort of weekly instagram video where you show us your food of one day in your week. Keep up the inspirational work!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you for the recommendation Delphine! I will absolutely do something where you can see the simple things I make on a weekly basis that are healthy and keep me on target.

Cathy Snyder
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Cathy Snyder

Thanks Bobby!

Candy Robles
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Candy Robles

Love that you’re blogging! Thanks for the tips. Starting Keto way of eating soon. Wish me results.

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

I think you are going to love it! When I did it, my energy level spiked and I was much more productive in the office. 🙂 Once I lost the weight I wanted to, I started to incorporate more things into my diet that keto either didnt allow or required small portions of it. Even with doing that I still have kept the extra pounds off.

Daniela
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Daniela

Awesome advice, loved your blog, keep it simple! thanks Bobby!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you for reading 🙂

Robin Holguin
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Thank you for sharing! Hopefully, I can incorporate your advice into my daily routine, minus the trainer!

Mary Droese
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Mary Droese

Totally agree on working with a train. I’m pushed beyond what I ever thought I could do and as a result I am the fittest I’ve been ever.

Angie
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Angie

I exercise for my health, (I have Crohn’s Disease) and I find that the gym makes me feel great. Although, if my Crohn’s is active, then nothing feels great. I like to indulge in dips, cheese and seaweed crackers and unfortunately, I love me a bit of Baileys (1/2 a litre a night). ? BUT I offset this with all the water I drink while exercising. I think, I went off topic, but keep writing. I probably won’t pick any of your good habits up, but I’ll enjoy reading what you write, nonetheless. ?

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

You and I have the dip thing in common. One of my favorite cheat meals/snacks is Spinach dip with fresh baked sourdough bread 🙂

Tammy
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Tammy

Josh what kind of protein bars do you recommend? I try to avoid sugar

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Hi Tammy! My favorite protein bars are called Quest! Their bars minimize net carbs and sugar and they taste amazing.

Mike Swanger
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Mike Swanger

Pure protein makes good low sugar protein bar.

Heidi Moore
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Heidi Moore

No matter how focused we are, no matter how good we are doing….if you fall off the wagon …..its ok! Get back on ( with a grunt as you climb back up there) and give yourself a break. Tomorrow is another day!! Don’t beat yourself up for having bad days.
That is what I have learned.
Your advice and focus is GREAT, Bobby!!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Absolutely I agree! Its really important to not beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon.

Dr. Aristotle Economou
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Very well done and great tips!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you 🙂

Heidi
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Heidi

I thoroughly enjoy reading how others keep themselves healthy. I have learned so much over the years. Some I still practice (lots of water) and others I don’t ( processed food). I myself have taken a liking to Keto eating. I find it very satisfying but I do miss fruit. I eat keto for brain clarity and to help with inflammation. Thank you for sharing

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

One of the best things I learned from someone else years ago was to always have fresh lemon in my water. I always thought it was just a trend a celebrity would say when asked about their diet. However adding the lemon in the water which contains a lot of vitamin C boosts your immune system and flushes out toxins as well as cleansing the liver. 🙂 When I do this consistently my skin also improves.

Cyndi Santana
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Cyndi Santana

Thanks Bobby.I made a point 6 months ago to eat less food .I was overdoing it on carbs including too many pastries.I have starting to lose pounds slowly but I have been procrastinating on doing more exercising even though I know it’s really what I need.But reading your blog has inspired me.I will start moving my lazy butt now!!
Oh!Im a big fan of Million Dollar Listing.Josh has always been my favorite agent.Now with you by his side …even better.

Much Love Cyndi

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you for the positive feedback Cyndi! My rule of thumb is, if I am going to have a heavy carb meal to do it early in the day so you have time to burn it off before bed time. I used to be addicted to bagels and cream cheese which wasn’t good for me at all. Now if I want to give into the craving, I have it first thing in the morning.

Josh
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Josh

I have a sweet tooth too! It’s so bad sometimes, ugh! I really like snacking on grapes and tangerines! Loved reading your blog! ?

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Tangerines and grapes are much better than a handful of sour Patch Kids or a candy bar 🙂

Jane
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Jane

I loved this article. I agree with keeping it simple. My best weeks are when I plan everything out and meal prep. I need more gym tips. I just get so overwhelmed with all of the machines.
Thank you!!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

So happy you liked this blog Jane! Thank you for reading 🙂 The best and simple advice I could give about the gym is simple, Just show up. Showing up is half the battle and even if you are still not really motivated to do an intense session, just walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes is so good for you. I also like to listen to a live music playlist to get my energy up when doing cardio.

Beth
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Beth

Thank you for this…I have alot going on at once and after reading your blog it has helped put things in perspective. Once I get my diet & exercise mojo the rest will fall into place. New life new job new me!

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you Beth and congratulations on the new Job!

Jane
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Jane

Thank you Bobby for talking common sense on a subject so confusing for most people. We want to get fit, stay fit and enjoy life
Simple, ?

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you Jane for reading the blog 🙂 Im happy that you enjoyed it!

Caro
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Caro

Just recently discovered MDL, I live in Geneva, Switzerland, so it is not on our regular TV channels. The first episode I watched was the one with your wedding, which was amazing. I have watched a few (a lot !) more and have been totally intrigued about your personality, so reserved compared to the other big characters and but with that knowing and quiet wit. I am enjoying your blog, love the variety of the content I am taking heed of your exercise tip to work out 4 days per week, I really slack off going to the gym, was… Read more »

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you for reading Caro ! So happy that you are enjoying some of the tips. When our house is finished I will definitely write a blog post about all of the ups and the downs of building a house with your partner and knowing when to compromise 🙂

April Carr
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April Carr

Great article – loved all the tips and tricks. Have a blessed day.

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you for the positive feedback April! Have a great week 🙂

Mary
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Mary

Thanks so much Bobby , I have struggled so much with maintaining, would love some recipes

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

I will definitely work on getting some easy healthy recipes posted on the blog 🙂

Christine
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Christine

Bobby,

Thank you sharing your routine with us. You are extremely inspiring to me on all sorts of levels because you are so down to earth and relatable.

Thank You! Please keep these great posts coming!

Christine

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you Christine for the support and positive feedback! Messages like this keep me motivated to get more content out there.

nina
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nina

wow. amazing article. well done!!!! you have always looked fab. i workout 5 data a week at 5am. weights monday&wednesday cardio/hiit tuesday &rhursday friday full body. i have tried keto gain 10 lbs ,tried low/high carb days NOTHING so how the last 8 weeks been eating only fish no carbs. amd still a feel i have not lost the bossy fat needed. it’s really bad to get old. i have gm has all these issues till i it 40!!!!!!! i also love sweets. chocolate!!!! i have a cheat meal wed & friday only. i can’t wait to read your weekly… Read more »

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Hi Nina! Thank you for the message. As I mentioned in the blog post I am not an expert on nutrition, but here are a few mistakes that we can make while on the Keto diet that will cause you to gain weight. Things like not eating enough fat. I know that sounds crazy, but Keto is a high fat diet. Fat is satiating, so if you are eating the right amount, you will reduce your cravings to eat carbs which will help you stay in ketosis and promoting body fat burn. Other factors that can result in weight gain… Read more »

Eileen
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Eileen

You look fantastic! I’m a 65 year old female. I need help getting started. Do you do net carbs, and how many? Or is whole carbs better?

Bobby Boyd
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Bobby Boyd

Thank you Eileen for the sweet compliment 🙂 If I am trying to lose weight I still to 35 net carbs a day. However once I am at my ideal weight I incorporate a little more and increase it to 60 net carbs a day. This is just what works for me, but everyones body is different.

Eileen
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Eileen

I’m 65 yr old female. You look fantastic! Do you recommend net or whole carbs and how many to start?

Mike Swanger
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Mike Swanger

I love the fat free, sugar free chocolate pudding mixed with sugar free cool whip and fat free milk. It’s essentially guilt free chocolate moose. Sometimes I’ll mix together two flavors of the pudding mix such as chocolate and cheesecake. If you have not tried this, then I suggest you do so, like now. You will thank me later. Other than that, I am on bored with just about everything Bobby has written in this blog. Good work, keep it up!

Marisol
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Marisol

Thanks for sharing. I would love tonsee somw of your go to meals. As a mom it gets very busy and meal prep is great but it can become repetitive. Always looking for new meal ideas.

Laurie Bradley
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Laurie Bradley

I started working out last year & am the poster child for the phrase “you can’t out train a bad diet”. So this year, I started working w/ a nutritionist in Jan. I’m going to be 60 this year & my word for the year is, “healthy”. I’m down 8 lbs, but more importantly, my BMI is consistently improving. It has been hard work, but I feel so much better mentally as well as physically! ❤️?

Ali V.
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Ali V.

You’re an inspiration. Thanks for giving of yourself and sharing tips that work. Wishing you every success.