I’ve never met Ebony, but I feel like I know her just through her social media. She’s such a beautiful and kind person, and she keeps it real. Her Instagram is totally motivating with gorgeous pics of herself on modelling jobs and on the beach.
Read on to find out how Ebony stays in shape, what she eats and what she thinks of Instagram!
- Name: Ebony Walton
- Age: 22
- Location: Western Australia
What type of exercise do you do? Do you have any favourite workouts?
At the moment I currently go to group fitness classes with @bodyright_bootcamp. There’s a variety of classes I do, but most focus around cardio and light weight / body weight training. I’ve also just begun doing Pilates! Previously I’ve also done some boxing (for fitness) and have also just gone to a regular gym.
How many times per week do you work out?
I try to do some serious workouts at least 2-3 times per week. I also have a Golden Retriever who I walk or go one bike rides with most days.
Being a model, I’m sure you need to be in shape all year round. But if you’re ever in a bikini or lingerie for a shoot, do you do anything special before to look your best?
Generally, no. If it’s something really big that I have time to really prepare for, I might step up my workout intensity or frequency. However, with modelling, things can be unpredictable and I often don’t get a lot of notice for jobs, so I try to be as prepared as possible at all times.
What does your average day on a plate look like? Do you stick to any particular diet?
I personally try to avoid “diets”. On a day to day basis I try to make “healthy” choices. My partner is a professional athlete so he eats a diet high in carbohydrates (rice, potatoes, etc) as well as a lot of protein to give him energy for his training. I generally eat a smaller portion of whatever he is having. I have a fast metabolism, so what I eat on a day to day basis doesn’t seem to have a massive impact on my overall appearance.
Do you ever have cheat meals? If so, what’s your favourite food to indulge in?
Where do I start hahaha. At the moment, double coat Tim Tams are my fav (they’re an Australian chocolate biscuit for those who don’t know!). Hazelnut chocolate and caramel popcorn is also big favourite of mine. I try to avoid having “cheat meals” – if I feel like something naughty, I let myself have it, but I try to avoid it becoming a habit. I’m not trying to lose wight or about to walk on a Victoria Secret runway. I just want to maintain a happy and balanced lifestyle and that includes treating myself from time to time. Everything in moderation.
How do you stay motivated to workout and eat healthily?
Instagram is a huge motivator for me. There’s a lot of amazing girls that live healthy lifestyles and post awesome motivational pictures. Many people have negative things to say about the impact of Instagram and I understand their point of view. However, from working in the fashion industry and myself knowing a few Instagram girls with lots of followers, I know that what you see isn’t always a reality and I’m always mindful of that. I can also recognise when some photos may have been edited, or taken on an angle or in a certain lighting that may enhance a girl’s body.
I’m also mindful that although some of the girls on Instagram are great for motivation and seem to have ideal bodies and lifestyles, many of them also dedicate their lives to this and are a full time models or fitness girls who workout and take photos for a living. I’m not suggesting that there is anything wrong with this, but I think it’s important that for the average girl, being fit and posting about it on Instagram is probably not how you make your money, so you can’t hold yourself to such standards.
What’s your number 1 fitness tip for other young women out there?
Find something that you are comfortable with and enjoy doing, and commitment will be easy. I personally hate team sports. I’m not the most coordinated or talented sportsman. When I played in a social netball team I always felt as though I was letting the team down and it wasn’t enjoyable for me. I prefer more individual activities, or doing things where there may be others around me who are doing the same workout, but I’m only competing with myself and my previous performance. I’m not comparing myself to anyone else’s abilities or level of fitness.
Furthermore, as a “skinny girl”, I get nervous and feel really insecure at times. I feel like a lot of people expect that I should be super fit and I should be comfortable in a gym/fitness environment. Truth is, I’m not.
So regardless of your size, shape, or body insecurities, don’t feel like you are the only one in the room who is feeling insecure or unhappy about their bodies. We all have our little insecurities. Just try to be confident and give a warm, friendly and supportive vibe in your gym or wherever you go to exercise.
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