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!

Avoid Cardio Mistakes For a Better Workout

Avoid cardio mistakes for a better workoutdHave you ever paid attention to the other people on the treadmills, elliptical machines, and spin bikes at the gym? You’ll notice a few bad habits that distract from a good, focused workout and keep you from making the progress you want. Keep an eye out for these and avoid them for the best workout possible.

Zoning Out

Chances are, if you’re jogging slow enough to read a magazine, you’re not getting much out of your workout. If you’re really focused on your arm and leg movements and really pushing yourself, you won’t be able to keep track of words on a page. Don’t get distracted by a magazine or book while you’re running or cycling, and if you’re watching TV, make sure that you don’t get too engrossed in it. Instead, bring your phone or iPod with you and stack it with a really motivational playlist that will keep you focused on breathing and moving.

Holding On

This is especially true for treadmills and elliptical machines. Just because there’s a handrail, that doesn’t mean you should be holding on. For the most part, unless the grips are built into moving parts of the machine designed to help you get a better full-body workout, then you shouldn’t be holding them. They’re there to let you check your heart rate between intervals or to catch yourself should you lose your balance. They’re not there as a crutch to hold onto.

Averting Your Eyes

Most gyms have full mirrors on the walls. This isn’t just to let vane gym junkies check themselves out. It’s actually a service to you while you workout. Check your posture. Are you running with a swayback? Are you favoring one foot over the other? Even if you aren’t a big fan of looking at yourself in the mirror, check these things every now and then. As you correct them and focus on your workouts, you’ll find that you don’t mind what you see in the mirror so much anymore.

Sources:
 Personal Experience

 

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!

10 Simple Tips For Controlling Cravings

10 Tips To Stop Cravings

Cravings can get the worst of us. They can turn a great day into something we would rather not remember. Learning behaviors and habits that will allow you to just say no is the key to weight loss, feeling great, confidence, and long term maintenance once you’ve reached your goals!

Remember That Willpower Is Like a Muscle

Willpower is just like any muscle in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. At first, you may find it very difficult to say no to your usual afternoon sugary treat. Over time, your willpower gets STRONGER and it becomes easier to make the healthy choice. You start to recognize the confidence and power that come from being in control of food, instead of letting it be in control of you. Don’t expect it to be easy right out of the gate, but know that it does get easier!

Drink Plenty of Water, Then Drink More

Thirst can mascarade as a craving. I suggest cutting your body weight in half and shooting for that many ounces of water every day. For example, I weight about 145 so I shoot for roughly 70 ounces of water (or 2.5 Nalgene bottles) every day! Make sure you’re not just thirsty before you reach for that treat.

Eat Enough of The Right Foods

It’s not enough to count calories. You have to eat the right foods. The good news is that you can eat much MORE when you eat the right foods. Be honest with yourself, are you actually getting 5 servings of vegetables every day? Do you know what a serving looks like? This is something I struggled with and didn’t even realize it! Programs like 21 Day Fix will help you get your portions and food on track if you need help with what to eat. Without enough of the right fuel in your body you will be more likely to crave something that’s bad for you.

Indulge Once A Week

If you’re trying to lose weight, I recommend limiting true indulgences to once a week. Once you are in “maintenance mode” you can relax that a little more. It’s important to give yourself something to look forward too every week so that you can say no in the moment knowing that if you wait it out you can truly enjoy a treat at the end of the week.

Embrace the 20 Minute Rule

If you’re really feeling like you just can’t live without that piece of chocolate or salty pretzel, wait 20 minutes before indulging. Drink some water and focus on something else. You may find that 20 minutes later you couldn’t care less about that treat or you might gain some perspective about whether it’s a good choice for you.

Don’t Expect to Be Perfect

It’s about progress, not perfection. No one is perfect! If you use a slip up as a reason to quit and throw in the towel for the rest of the day or week, you’ll back track big time. You can’t ruin your progress with one bad choice or even one bad day. Don’t give yourself this easy out.

Get An Accountability Partner

Having someone you can call, text, or email when that craving hits can make all the difference. Choose someone with whom you are comfortable sharing your goals and struggles. Also commit to offensive accountability: it’s not about that person discovering that you’re struggling to make good choices, it’s about YOU taking responsibility for reaching out when you need help.

Sleep More

If you constantly find that you are fighting cravings even after trying these simple techniques, you may just be tired. Permission to sleep more granted! If you’re sure you simply can’t get to bed earlier think about cutting out Television and Internet surfing. Chances are you can sneak in at least one more hour of sleep with some scheduling and discipline.

Operation Distraction

Finding a healthy alternative to your favorite treat couldn’t be simpler now. Google is your friend so use it! There are endless blogs and websites dedicated to making yummy treats out of healthy ingredients. One of my favorites is www.paleomg.com but find the ones that work for you. Remember, it’s better to eat a high calorie treat that’s full of healthy ingredients than to opt for a low calorie treat that’s highly processed and full of chemicals.

Never Give Up

Never give up on yourself. If these tricks aren’t working for you, who cares? Do your own research, be your own advocate, and find something that does work for you! These things work for me, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect fit for everyone. Take responsibility for your health and have confidence that you will figure this out!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

Water is your Best Friend

Water is your best friend

You’ve probably heard that it is important to drink plenty of water. Most people appreciate that it is bad to be dehydrated, but few fully understand just how beneficial it is to incorporate enough water into your diet. Let’s look at a few of the somewhat surprising benefits of drinking water.

Water Can Help You Safely Lose Weight

One of the simplest ways to shed a few pounds is to drink more water. This may seem too easy or strange to you, but there are plenty of reasons why it works. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is hunger. You may find yourself craving less food when you increase your water intake, and you are not depriving your body of anything it needs.

Moisturize Your Skin from the Inside Out

Dry skin is a very common problem, especially in the wintertime. Instead of spending a lot on expensive moisturizers, you can provide the hydration your skin needs by drinking water. Your skin cells need water in order to repair quickly, allowing you to enjoy youthful, smooth and firm skin.

Build Your Muscles

Trying to tone up or bulk up during your fitness routine? According to Fit Day, you can strengthen your muscles with the help of water. Your muscles require oxygen in order to work and perform, as you need them to. Water delivers this much-needed oxygen.

Boost Your Energy Levels

If you are feeling run down and do not have the energy to complete your fitness routine, it could be because you are low on H2O. Thirst is actually often one of the last signs of dehydration. When your body needs water, you could begin to feel tired, run-down, or have a headache. Instead of reaching for more caffeine, reach for a glass of water.

Get a reusable water bottle and make a point to drink several bottles every day! Could be the simplest solution you’ve ever tried!

Source:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-little-known-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

What is Max Interval Training?

Max Interval Training

 

If you are considering completing one of the Beachbody fitness programs, there is a good chance that you will encounter the term max interval training or high intensity interval training (HIIT), as it is sometimes called.   And chances are you’ve heard of Insanity, the program that really put max interval training on the map!  Tabata workouts also incorporate this type of training.

 

Most exercise programs include some form of interval training. The program will require you to alternate between lower and higher intensity workouts or resting periods. For example, you might be asked to walk for a few minutes and then sprint for one, and then return to walking.

 

The difference with max interval training is that these actions would be reversed. You would sprint for several minutes and only rest for one. Most of the Beachbody max interval fitness programs are actually much more intense than that example.

 

Why Choose a High Intensity Interval Training Program?

 

These programs optimize your workout time. They require you to spend more time doing the higher intensity exercises and/or require more of these intervals. The end result is that you burn more calories than you would if you were doing lower intensity workouts for the same amount of time.

 

Max interval training is usually a favorite among people who want to really feel and see results from their workouts in a short period of time. This form of training is also great for people who want to improve their fitness, but do not have a lot of time to devote to exercising every day. Ace Fitness reports that high intensity exercise has also been linked to improved cardiovascular health.

 

Drawbacks of Max Interval Training

 

The obvious drawback of this type of fitness program is that it is challenging and requires dedication. To reduce the soreness that you will feel after doing one of these workouts, and to reduce the chance of injury, you should always stretch, warm up your muscles before beginning and do cool down stretches after each session.  You can also use Beachbody’s Results & Recovery  drink to help reduce soreness – it is specifically formulated to help you recover from tough workouts!

 

Source: http://www.acefitness.org/fitness-fact-article/3317/high-intensity-interval-training/

 

 

Meagan NorrisMeagan 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!

Tracking Your Weight Loss Progress Without Getting Discouraged

Tracking Weight Loss

When adopting healthy nutrition and exercise habits in an effort to lose weight, you want to see your hard work pay off almost immediately. You are putting in a lot of effort, and it can be discouraging to not see the results you want. The key is to know how to monitor your progress in a healthy and accurate way.

Tracking Your Choices

While it is not necessary to write down every single calorie you take in or burn off, food and exercise journals can be helpful. Make a note of when you are eating, what you are eating, and the portion sizes, and also keep track of your workouts.

These journals are not to cause you to criticize every little thing that you do. They are there to help you identify trends that could be helping or hurting your progress. These journals also hold you more accountable to yourself. You are going to be less likely to skip a workout or have a snack you don’t need, if these decisions are going to be recorded.

Give Yourself Time

One of the easiest ways to become discouraged is to weigh yourself every day; some people even weigh themselves multiple times each day. It takes time to change your body. You should wait a minimum of a week between weighing yourself. It is also important to note that your weight may be deceptive because you could be burning fat but building muscle mass as you tone your body.

Use Measurements To Track Your Progress

As alluded to above, the scale can be very misleading. The scale may not budge for 3 weeks, but chances are your measurements are changing. It’s important to know how to properly take your measurements so you can accurately track your progress as your body fat decreases and your muscle mass increases.

Assess Your Lifestyle

If you are working out, eating well, and still not seeing any change in your progress, you need to take a hard look at your lifestyle. Are you getting enough sleep? Drinking enough water? Are your stress levels high? All of these things affect your metabolism and ability to lose weight. It may be time to re-prioritize things so that you can take care of you.

Plateaus Happen

If you do not see the results that you want, this is still not a reason to become discouraged. It simply means that it is time to change your routine in some way. This is a time for you to look over your journals and look for a small, but significant improvement that can be made. A change as simple as extending your workouts by five minutes or eliminating something from your diet could be just the push you need to get over the plateau.
No matter what, remember that this journey is about progress not perfection. Stay positive and keep educating yourself. As long as you continue to make good changes in your life, you can’t fail!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

 

Fitting Exercise into a Hectic Schedule

Fitting exercise into a a hectic scheduleIn the winter months when the temperatures are low people find plenty of excuses not to get the exercise they need (my hand is raised too!). It gets dark early and it’s just COLD outside.

One common complaint is that going to the gym is simply too much work. You have to set aside a huge block of time to go, work out, shower and drive home. The problem is, if you want to live a healthier life and have more energy, you need to find ways to fit in exercise.

The good new is, there are many easy ways that you can boost your activity levels throughout the day. You’ll feel better, lose weight, and sleep well!

Get Moving

Think of all of the opportunities you have to walk, but you do not. Instead of just letting your dog out into the yard, take him for a short walk around the neighborhood. If you are running errand, choose the parking spot that is farthest from the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do 5-10 squats every time you use the restroom (I used to do this when I had a desk job!). Start looking for little ways to get in extra movement in your day and you’ll be surprised by how many openings you have!

Stretch and Flex at Work

Find some simple stretches that you can do at your desk at work, or any moments when you have a break. Stretching is just as beneficial and important as other types of exercise. Bend over to touch your toes for a few seconds, stretch your arms and shoulders, or do neck rolls.

You Do Not Need a Gym

A gym is awesome, but only if you A) have the time to get there, and B) know what the heck to do with all that equipment once you are there. There are many top-of-the line workouts that you can perform right in the comfort of your home. You can incorporate a 25 minute workout Focus T25  workout in the morning, when you get home from work or nearly any other time. These programs (and others like them) literally put some of the best personal trainers in your living room every single day for a fraction of what it would cost to hire someone with far less experience at the local gym.

Say goodbye to those excuses and hello to the new you!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

Advantages of Having a Beachbody Coach

Advantages of having a Beachbidy CoachWhen people decide to do a Beachbody fitness program, one of the benefits that they enjoy is that they can workout in the privacy of their homes, with a top trainer, and easily fit exercising into their schedule. However, if you are using these materials as you work out, why do you need a coach?

Ensuring that You Have the Best Materials & The Best Price

There are dozens of amazing Beachbody programs to choose from so how do you decide? Choosing a program that is a great fit for your goals, current level, and preferences is key to your success. Your Coach will help you pick the program that is right for you so you don’t waste your time or money! She can also clue you in on the best deals on training materials. If it is possible to get a deal on Beachbody DVDs, she will be the one who can let you know about it.

Answering Your Questions

When doing any type of physical fitness routine, it is important for your safety that you are completing all of the exercises correctly. If you have any questions about the training or any particular routines, your coach can provide the guidance you need in order to get the best results. Additionally, you may have questions about which variation of the schedule to follow or questions about the nutrition guide. Those questions will get answered by your Coach.

Keeping You Motivated

When completing these fitness programs, it is essential to stay on track. The people who do not get the results that they wanted are often those who convince themselves that it will be okay to miss a days. Your Coach will plug you into an accountability group that will ensure you are staying on track daily so that you can reach your goals. When you do experience setbacks, your Coach will be there to show you how to get back on course.

Eating Healthy

To see the best long-term results from your fitness program, it is important to adopt healthier eating habits, as well. Many people find it difficult to follow the nutrition recommendations when completing these programs because it can be difficult to adjust and plan ahead. Your Coach can provide you with nutritional guidance to ensure that your body has the fuel it needs to succeed.

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Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

4 Diet Myths BUSTED

What makes for a great first blog post? Busting the chops on diet myths that could be steering you to weight gain, not loss. There are so many supposed shortcuts promising fast results.  Guess what?  You might actually get fast results with some of these shortcuts!  But don’t you want LASTING results?  The last thing I want is to lose 5 pounds this week and then have my bubble burst two weeks later when I’ve gained back 7 pounds!  The 4 diet myths on this list have been critical to my own weight & fat loss, and the maintenance of my results.  Hope they are helpful for you too!  Have one not on this list?  Share it in the comment section!

Myth #1:   Counting Calories Is The Key That Opens the Door to Skinny

            For me, it’s far more important to consider the types of calories I’m consuming than it is the actual number consumed.  Counting calories is appealing because it’s concrete and straightforward, but learning how to eat whole foods is more beneficial long term.  For example, I might consume 100 calories with 10 crackers.  I would rather eat 150 calories of roasted zucchini tossed in olive oil.  The secret to long term weight loss is learning how to eat well.  No one wants to count calories forever.

Myth #2:  Eating Vegetarian, Paleo, Vegan (ect!) Will Automatically Help Me Lose Weight

Eick!  No matter what lifestyle you decide is right for you, it can be abused.  I might follow a Paleo lifestyle, but if I’m living on almonds, dried fruit and my favorite Paleo treats, I’m still not going to have the body I want.  Balance is critical no matter how I decide to eat!

Myth #3:   Saving Up Calories for Later in the Day Figuring It Will Even Out

Do you know how many times I’ve attempted to prove this statement RIGHT?  Many.  I love dinner time.  It’s when my husband and I get to be together in peace and enjoy a meal (and usually a snack), so I figured if I saved up some calories I would be able to indulge a bit more at dinner.  This strategy backfires every single time and a little indulgence turned into a lot of indulgence every time!   Eating a great breakfast and keeping my body fueled throughout the day allows me to control my portions later on in the day.  If I try to “save up” I’m going to over indulge later when I’m starving and trying to satisfy my hunger.

Myth #4:     Being Hungry All Of The Time Is Just Part Of the Weight Loss Journey

            I’ve been here too, back when I embraced Myth #1.  It’s the worst.  I counted down the seconds until I could eat again, calculating what I could eat the most of based on my calorie budget.  Once I made the switch to focusing on whole foods & eating Paleo, I realized I felt satisfied all of the time and could eat when hungry and stop when full.  I don’t believe you have to be hungry, grumpy, and miserable to lose weight and be healthy!

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!