Sunday, January 26, 2014

PROGRESS > Perfection

Hello fellow fitness lovers... and a warm welcome to those who happened to stumble upon this blog by chance. I am currently doing a #FitnessFriday #Linkup #BlogHop with a few fantastic women who share my passion for all things health and fitness related. We are currently working together to keep each other motivated, while instilling our passion into the lives of others through our social media sites. I realize I am a couple days late on this, but sometimes life gets in the way. For that, I apologize. Anyways... please enjoy :)

21 Day Fix
I will be the first to admit, I used to jump on the scale every morning, hoping the number would go down. When it did, I was ecstatic, and celebrated by snacking. If it stayed the same, I would force myself to workout double time. But what did that get me? I was nowhere close to achieving any sense of accomplishment. The yo-yo dieting had to stop!

It was only recently that I became informed of how to properly treat my body with the correct foods and exercise... I couldn't put a useful fitness routine together at the gym if I tried. I was all over the place, and had no clue how to use the equipment at the local fitness center. Forget a personal trainer, because I couldn't afford that either. The reason I am telling you all this, is because you have to realize it is not an overnight accomplishment. All of the small tasks you put in play eventually lead you to the bigger picture, which is ultimately your goal-be it weight loss, toning up, or what have you. I don't absolutely love working out, but I love the way it makes me feel afterwards, and I love how good it is for my body. The same goes for choosing the right foods. It makes me feel better as a whole, instead of the 10 minutes of satisfaction I used to get from eating a bowl of ice cream or sugar-laden cereal every night.

A friend of mine once said, "In a world full of instant gratification, we lose sight of what we want for ourselves and our bodies. If we don't see results immediately--we throw in the towel, that's it. Didn't work. Not for me... BS!" Yes, we want results fast and we want them NOW. Long term results don't work that way. If you want those long term results you have to take care of your body. Point blank. Throw away the excuses!

No sugar coating it. It takes proper nutrition and daily exercise. Nothing more, nothing less. Be patient. Be positive. TRUST the process. Most importantly, don't do it alone. Get the support of a friend or a Coach, and get started now. It's already almost February, and Spring will be here before you know it. Are you still going to be hiding behind those "quick fixes" and waiting for a miracle? Or are you going to be rocking some sexy legs come short season?

Please welcome my fellow Friday Fitness bloggers!

Chandra Sullivan
Spark Your Motivation

Tere Scott
Teachable Scott Tots Homeschool

Lisa Belanger
Inspire Me Well

Maryann Mitchell
It's Not Food, It's Me

Angela Barnets
Fit Personified

Wendi Barker
Wendi's Book Corner

Lacey Baker
Love Lacey 365

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Convince Yourself YOU CAN DO IT!

 Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

A year ago, I was sitting around waiting for some magic invention to come out. A pill or a diet that completely revolutionized working out. I hated cardio and was lucky if I could work out with 3 lb. weights. Yes, you read that correctly. I could barely keep up with a workout holding 3 lbs. in each hand. As I think back, I wonder who that girl was. Why was I also feeling so tired, sluggish, and lazy? I had nothing really holding me back from being active and bettering my health... I was living back at home, no children, not engaged or married. I didn't get it. What was I lacking that other people seemed to find so easily?

The answer is motivation.

I had absolutely none. Sure, I wanted to be fit. I wanted to be healthy and feel good about myself. But, what steps was I taking to achieve that goal? I was constantly snacking on "healthy" foods and thought I was doing well. Little did I realize, it is possible to overeat on healthy foods, too! When I didn't see any improvements, I began to do some research...

First Google search: "How to get motivated to work out."
Second search: "Easy workout programs that provide results."

I'm sorry... WHAT?! No one can tell you to be motivated. And, you're not going to get any type of results without putting forth some serious effort. You have to have a WHY in place. A desire to do the necessary work to get where you want to be. If you want to be a Doctor, you have to fully commit and dedicate yourself to school for 8+ years, and work very hard to get there. The same goes for your health and proper nutrition. You have to be willing to sacrifice some things now, for the end result.

Fast forward a year later... I have successfully completed one round of Jillian Michaels' 90-Day Body Revolution, one round of Shaun T's Focus T25, five weeks of Chalene Johnson's ChaLEAN Extreme (the holidays hit and I fell off track), and am now back in the game and 110% committed to Tony Horton's P90X3!

It isn't about being perfect 100% of the time. You are going to have your struggles. There will be days you do not feel like working out, or you want that piece of pizza. One slip won't derail all of your hard work. BUT, try to remember that constant little acts of eating unhealthy and skipping your workouts add up... and that can have a negative effect on your overall results. Some advice...

1. Aim to follow your workouts during your scheduled days. If you happen to miss a day, pick up the next day, where you left off. Do not skip more than two consecutive days. Your muscles will begin to break down after that, and it will make getting back on track a lot harder.

2. Eat a clean diet 90% of the time. Save the other 10% towards one "happy" meal a week. I refuse to use the word "cheat" meal if you are dedicated to eating clean the rest of the week.

3. Try to connect with other people who are working out, too. It helps to have people who you can relate to in this new journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

4. DO NOT... I repeat... DO NOT use the scale as your only source of measuring how far you've come in your healthy eating and fitness routine. Focusing on a number makes people crazy. Instead, pick one day a week (I prefer Saturday) to weigh yourself. Do this in the morning, after you've used the restroom, and without clothes. This is the most accurate time to weigh yourself.

5. Use a tape measure to take your before, during, and after measurements. Here is a quick video of how to capture those measurements correctly.

6. Take before, during, and after photos on your desired STAT day, too. To properly take these, try to wear clothes that do not completely cover you up. Shorts and a sports bra for women, and shorts and a cut off for men. Take a full-body front, back, and side photo each week. Actually seeing your results and comparing it with your measurements from weeks prior is a much better way to measure progress.

7. Do not ever give up. When you start to think this new healthy lifestyle is not for you, remember that it is a great long-term benefit for you. It can help add years to your life, it can reverse the progression of some medical issues, and it can help you become more active and happy.

Working out is a natural anti-depressant, and the body's most underused source of stress relief. Never underestimate the good you are doing by dedicated 30-60 minutes, 5-6 days a week to bettering yourself.

If you have any questions regarding other motivational tips or fitness programs, please email me at

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Good. The Bad. and the PULL-UPS!

Hi Friends!

Today was DAY ONE of my newest adventure. I finally started P90X3 with Tony Horton, a fitness expert with Beachbody. I previewed the first 30-minute video, Total Synergistics, last night because I wanted to see firsthand what I would be getting myself into this morning. My initial thoughts strictly from the preview was "I am NEVER going to be able to do this... or that... definitely not that!"

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Well, I am here to tell you that I survived. Not only that, but I was able to keep up and follow along with every move. Maybe not perfectly. But, I did it! I certainly wasn't able to perform 20 pull-ups each time we were told to begin the 45-second movement. I promised myself I would do 5 pull-ups with each different variation. I succeeded with that AND did all of my push-ups military style. Anyone who knows me, knows I am usually never able to do that. Hard work and determination seems to be paying off.

Here are my thoughts on my first day with this incredible program...

  • Only 30 minutes long! I'd like to believe everyone has 30-minutes no matter how busy your schedule is. If you have the will to make a healthy lifestyle change, wake up a half an hour earlier, or skip that late-night t.v. show and hop to it!
  • The workouts are perfect for any age or fitness level. Okay. We know these workouts are not a cakewalk. In fact, the P90X family has been called the hardest at-home DVD program ever created. BUT, there are modifications to fit everyone... and you do not ever have to try and keep up with the cast on the videos. Tony himself even says to go at your own pace. This is for your safety and well-being! We don't want anyone hurting themselves.
  • You can do this in your own home! No gym memberships, no driving, no waiting on a machine to open up, or trying to navigate a fitness center without having any idea what you're doing, no expensive fitness instructors or personal trainers. It's just ONE payment for LIFE!
All-in-all, I am incredibly impressed with what I've seen so far. The nutrition list is not a set meal plan, which is very appealing. I am not one to follow a strict plan of "you can only eat this today, or else!" It is broken up by your caloric needs, which you find out by taking a very short 3-question survey located within the free nutrition booklet. The key is eating healthy, whole, clean foods... and ditching the processed, fried and fast foods, and soda pop.

Keep in mind, you will need a pull-up bar or resistance bands, a set of dumbbells, and your game face on, and ready to BRING IT!

Alright... time for me to enjoy my Shakeology!!
Have a great night, Everyone.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Looking for a new way to get in shape, better your nutrition, meet people, and have the opportunity to win cash without having to slave away at the gym or spend hundreds at the grocery store?!

Check out the quick video below, explaining what my Challenge Groups are about. I am looking for motivated and dedicated people like YOU, to join me. I will work with you for 30 days to get your fitness and nutrition back on track. I promise to be there every step of the way to offer support and accountability. No use wishing you were healthier… it's time to DECIDE. COMMIT. SUCCEED. Nothing will change if you don't put forth some honest effort.

**Don't Forget: THIS MONTH ONLY!!! P90X3 AND Focus T25 challenge packs will be available for $180 each. This is a steal considering everything you're getting.

Challenge Packs Include:
*Fitness program of your choice
*FREE bonus workout when you purchase through me
*A spot in my upcoming Challenge Group in February
*First 30 Day supply of Shakeology on Home Direct (I highly recommend the Chocolate!)
*FREE 30 Day trial for Team Beachbody's Club Membership
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…and as an added Thank You, I will include a special gift for the first 5 people that purchase a challenge pack by Wednesday, January 8th.

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