Why We’re Crushing on Katy Erin:
I have known Katy for almost 2 years now (although it feels like much longer)! The thing that inspires me most about Katy is her unwavering ability to hold on to her dream and do whatever it takes to achieve it. She never lets fear or uncertainty get in her way. She is also one of the most loyal, committed friends I have ever had. She is there for you when you need her and is super easy to talk to and open up to. She is always there to support her friends in any and every endeavor (including this blog)!
Katy Erin is an actress, writer and model. It might sound crazy, because it’s been less than 2 years, but I have actually seen her grow and progress considerably in all of these areas. To be able to work on just one of these crafts, and improve in just a year is something amazing, but to progress considerably in all 3? Pretty incredible. I love that even with all the time spent on her job and her craft, she is still always up on current events and genuinely cares about the things that need to change. She uses her art to make a difference in the world and fight for what she believes in. A lot of actresses and models are afraid to stand for something because they want to please and appeal to everyone. She doesn’t just stand for what she believes in, she stands up and fights for it!
Follow her to see more of what she is up to: @katy_erin
We picked her brain to find out what she does to stay healthy and keep kicking ass!
What type of activities do you do to stay fit?
My ideal workouts are the ones that don’t actually feel like a workout. Hiking, biking, playing with my dog, dancing in my underwear – all fair game. My favorite workout is any martial arts, but particularly kickboxing (a great way to de-stress) and krav maga (nothing makes you feel better about your body than knowing you have the ability to *properly* punch someone in the face).
What do you think is the key to a healthy lifestyle?
For me it’s two things – the first is to take things one day at a time. If I wake up in the morning and think, “it might be nice to do some squats today,” then I will do some squats that day, and I’ll be proud of myself for doing the squats that day, so much so that I may do more the next day, and so on. If I look at my calendar and think, “I need to do 200 squats every day for the next eight weeks,” then I’ll probably do 200 squats the first day, 50 squats the second day, and cry the third. It’s easier for me to maintain balance and routine if I pat myself on the back for what I’ve done rather than nag myself for what I “should” be doing.
The second is to remember that living healthy means being good to yourself, and I think that should refer to every aspect of the human experience – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, creative, social, sexual, etc. And all deserve to be maintained, so love yourself enough to treat yourself with respect in every aspect. Some days what your body needs is a kale smoothie and an hour of yoga. Other days what it needs is a Netflix binge with your best friends. Just because you’re not at the gym every day doesn’t mean you aren’t living a healthy lifestyle.
What’s your favorite asset?
When I was in the fifth grade, a beautiful and popular high school senior on the school bus told me she was jealous of my perfect eyebrows and I’ve been shamelessly fond of them ever since.
What is your LEAST favorite workout? But why do you still do it?
I hate running. I used to love it! I used to run cross country in middle school. Then in high school I became an ~*~ArTiStE~*~ who had no time for that jock nonsense (marching band counted for my P.E. credit – and yes by “artiste” I meant nerd). I hate running outside in LA because the city smog is just torture on my asthma. But I hate running on a treadmill because holy crap, the only way to make working out worse is to make it AS BORING AS POSSIBLE. So now I pretty much only run when I really need to get somewhere fast.
If you had to choose any healthy meal or snack what would it be?
I eat scrambled eggs with avocado and spinach pretty much every morning because I love a hot breakfast and that one is super easy and quick. I also love chia seed pudding with some fruit! It’s like dessert for breakfast! And also quick and easy if you just make it the night before. Obviously I’m pretty partial to breakfast.
We all have cheat days, what’s your poison?
BEER. I love beer, y’all. I really, really, really love a good beer.
What inspires you to be healthy and active?
My inspiration to be healthy just comes from the selfish desire to want to be good to myself and live forever. I think what inspires me most to be active is the desire to have new experiences. I love to try new things, signing up for a random class (have you ever tried aerial silk? shit’s wild) or some fun event (still proud of my Warrior Dash finish) or whatever. I just like to get out there and experience the world and the people around me in new ways.
If you could give girls any advice about loving their bodies what would you say?
I’m not gonna act like this is easy to answer. It’s something I struggle with all the time. But the trick, I think, is to stop looking at any part of your body as a “flaw” at all. Small boobs? Thick thighs? Crazy birthmark? Not flaws. Just parts of your body. And you have to love your body for what it does for you. It carries you through the universe and houses all of your skills and hugs your friends for you. It’s really pretty beautiful whether you like it or not.
Also, I once watched a behind-the-scenes video for Victoria’s Secret swim catalog in which Candice Swanepoel had to get her butt air-brushed before her photo shoot. So… REALLY don’t buy into the media’s portrayal of the female body because even the angels aren’t perfect, apparently.