Stop Being Intimidated!

Stop being intimidated 

I’m a pretty big fan of at-home workouts. I used to be a gym goer but was so intimidated by the weight section that I NEVER went over there, like ever.  Even though I knew it would be good for me, I stayed away because I didn’t know where to start.   When I got into weight lifting at home I quickly realized that there really isn’t that much to be intimidated by – I wish I had just asked for some help years ago. It would have saved so much energy and time.

Maybe you love the gym (I, personally, will never go back to paying that monthly fee and having to commute to and from what was usually a pretty stinky place, lol), but you’re still hooked on cardio simply because you’re nervous about the weight section.  I want to encourage you to step OUT of your comfort zone and ask for help.  We are all beginners at some point; it’s ok to not know anything.  It’s ok to ask for help so you don’t injure yourself.   If you have to hire a personal trainer for a session or two to help you figure it out, then DO IT.  Trust me, you’ll waste more money in membership fees not getting the results you want if you don’t get help.

Don’t let being a beginner intimidate you. Own it. Work it. Then, you’ll lose it.    

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room. And as of July 6th is the proud mom an brand new baby girl! In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

Getting up early to workout before heading off to run errands, go to work, and do everything else your life requires of you is hard. It can be even harder, though, to motivate yourself to workout when you get home from work. You may start your days off with every intention of hitting the gym or going for a run after you get off work. Then you get home and sit down for just a minute, but a minute becomes an hour. Then you need to make dinner. They have some take-home work to do. The kids need help with homework. Sound familiar?

Some people successfully make time to exercise after work, but it’s actually a lot harder to do than getting up in the morning and working out before you get your day started. Beginning the day with an energy-boosting workout is great for your productivity and demeanor, too. So how can you motivate yourself to get up and and workout in the morning?

Plan Ahead

Lay your clothes and gear out before you go to bed. I’ve known moms who actually sleep in their workouts clothes! Not necessary, but if you at least have your clothes and shoes sitting out by your bed, you’ll be able to sleep a few more minutes and not fumble around in the dark looking for socks. Once you’ve gotten changed into your workout clothes, and you have everything ready to go, there’s no excuse at all. Get moving!

No matter how well intentioned you are, “Just 5 more minutes” usually turns into 10, 15, 20, and more. Before you know it, you’ve slept through your workout time. When the alarm goes off, don’t let yourself doze off again. I put my alarm (my phone) in the bathroom so that when it goes off I have to actually get up out of bed to turn it off.

Think About How You’ll Feel When You’re Finished

No one LOVES getting up at 5:00 a.m., but what you will come to love is the feeling of accomplishment you have when you’ve already taken care of you before breakfast. Think about that feeling when you’re wiping the sleep from your eyes. Forget how you feel in that moment and focus on how you’ll feel when you’re finished.

After a three weeks of following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to forming a great morning workout habit. I promise it gets easier but you have to give it time to become a habit before giving up!

 

Get Fit By Making Time, Not Excuses

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Everyone wants to be in great physical shape, but no one seems to have the time to get to the gym, go running, or get in a good workout. “I’m just so busy!” I hear all the time. Heck, I say it some times! But look at the people you know who are in great shape. Do they magically have extra time in their days that you don’t? Nope. They have jobs, social lives, and kids, just like you, but they find the time. How do they do it?

Find Something You Love

Just joining the gym or signing up for a 5k won’t get you where you want to be. You have to really commit to doing something active every day. How can you do that if you hate going to the gym or you’d rather eat raw earthworms than go for a run? Why not sign up for a spin class instead? Or order a workout program like P90X3 or T25 that you can do at home? Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that appeals to you and that you enjoy doing. You’ll be much more likely to stick to a workout that you look forward to.

Get It Done

Don’t wait until the end of the day, when you’re tired out from work to exercise. You’ll have a ton of stuff at home to distract you, and you know how hard it can be to get back up off the couch once you sit down. Instead, get up just 45 minutes early every day. This will give you time to go for a 30 minute run or bike ride or do a short at-home workout, like T25, before you shower and get ready for work.

Make Fitness a Lifestyle

If you want to get fit and stay fit, you aren’t just going to workout for a few months and stop. Fitness and health are a lifelong journey. If you make diet and exercise a priority in your life, you’ll see major results. And you can do it in ways you never even thought of, like parking at the far end of the lot when you go to work or the store. Anything you do on a daily basis that adds motion to your routine will burn calories and keep you fit.

Source:
Personal Experience

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

3 Secrets to Getting & Staying Motivating

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Set Short Term Goals

Spend time articulating specific goals & set a deadline. “Lose weight by summer” and “be healthy” are too vague. Instead, decide to workout 4 times every or stop eating after dinner for 5 days. If you’re not willing to get serious about picking reasonable, short term goals, then you’re not serious about getting and staying motivated!

Write Down Your Goals

Write down your goals & put them everywhere! On your fridge, phone, tablet, night stand, ect. Read them every single day, all day, and envision what it feels like to accomplish them. Tempted to skip this step? Don’t. Your mind is highly susceptible to “priming” (read the book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, if you don’t believe me), so why not use this chance to prime it with exactly what you want?

Get a Partner

Get an accountability partner that is honest with you, calls you out when you need it, and will keep you on track. Share your goals with her & check in daily, no excuses. I like what’s called “offensive accountability.” That means you don’t have to wait for her to catch you doing something you shouldn’t be, you have to ‘fess up and come clean as soon as it happens.

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Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today! 

You Have To Start Somewhere

You have to start somewhere

When you begin your weight loss and/or fitness journey, it’s easy to feel like your limitations and missteps totally negate your effort. You try a new workout, you only make it 10 minutes before you need a break, so you quit because you think, “how much good is 10 minutes going to do me any way?” If you find yourself in this destructive cycle, STOP. Stop right now.

First, I can relate. When I got pregnant with my third child I was in the best pre-pregnancy shape of my life, much better than with the first two kiddos. I thought that would mean smooth sailing. Wrong! I’ve had more physical limitations and pain with this one than with the other two combined. I’m basically where I described above – 10 minutes into a workout, I have to sit down and take a break. Does that mean I should quit trying? No. 10 minutes of activity here and there is much better for me than no activity what so ever, right?

Second, please realize we are all beginners at one point. Doing anything more than you did yesterday is a step in the right direction. It may feel like a baby step, but it’s still a step. Trust me, the steps will get bigger as you continue but only if you continue. All progress is great progress, no matter how small. Regardless of where you were yesterday, pick it up again today and KEEP GOING. You can’t fail if you don’t quit.

Love yah,

Meagan

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Searching For Skinny Instead of Fit

Fit Feels So Much Better Than SkinnyMost girls are aware at a very young age that “skinny” is better than “fat.” I felt “fat” through my awkward years (I insist I was over weight, my mom says it was just a “stage”). As I entered my late teens I began a quest for that perfect skinny feeling. I gained and lost weight through out college and my early twenties. The weight loss was always achieved by counting calories, going hungry, and jogging as much as I could. I thought that was what I was supposed to do to stay healthy. I thought eventually it would make me feel confident in my own skin.

It never did.

By my mid-20’s, I accepted that “searching for skinny” was just a perpetual state of living for women. I assumed it would never feel good enough, comfortable enough, thin enough. The top photo in the collage above was at my wedding – I felt beautiful. The dress fit. If you had asked me, I probably would have said 5 more pounds less would have made me feel just right. Truth is, it probably wouldn’t have been “enough.”

The bottom left photo is 3 months post-partum with my second son, and just under the heaviest I’ve been in my life – 170ish pounds. After seeing that picture I decided it was time to get back to my skinny quest, and boy did I! I got my butt into gear, starting eating ONLY 1200 calories a day, doing cardio until I was blue in the face, and struggling with exhaustion, fatigue, hunger, and two babies. I lost weight and plateaued at the weight in the middle, bottom image. My pants still didn’t button, and I was far from comfortable in my skin. I accepted that my body would just be different after having kids because after 2 months at a plateau, I wasn’t seeing any changes.

Enter my friend (and now Beachbody Coach), Tiffany. We actually met on Facebook in a mommy support group. She invited me to join her online fitness support group and give P90X a try. I was incredibly bored with my cardio and figured I had nothing to lose. Let me tell you, I had NO expectation that it would change my body that much. During the 90 days of P90X I committed to:

1. Eating as clean as possible, sticking very close to a Paleo diet
2. Letting go of counting calories and recording every single bite I ate (oh this was scary and FREEING all at the same time)
3. Getting in all the workouts, no matter how much I had to modify them

As you can see, 90 days later my body was completely transformed. Guess what, the scale said I was only 3 pounds lighter! Yep, that’s ONLY 3 pound difference, AND (get this) about one size BIGGER than I was on my wedding day. Shocked, I realized that for the first time in my life I felt like it was “good enough” … in fact it was GREAT. I felt amazing in my clothes, cared less about what size was on the tag, and basically threw out my scale.

All those years, I was seeking FIT, not skinny. I didn’t know how to get there, or what it was called. Having been on the quest for both, let me tell you FIT is so much better and so much more FUN. It feels amazing and it’s always good ENOUGH.

 

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!