Find Healthy For You

Find Healthy for You

With Pinterest and social media today it’s easy to think that there are only two options: obesity or extreme fitness. Why aren’t there more images and examples of moms who want to fall somewhere in between those two extremes? What’s really important is finding healthy for you. Where do I fit into this as a mom who just wants to be healthy but not necessarily have 14% body fat?

I fit in here:

I don’t eat healthy foods because I want to be skinny, or because I’m attached to some ideological diet, or because I want to be better than someone else.

I eat healthy because I actually feel better when I do….yes, so much so that it’s usually not hard to turn down junk because I know how I’ll feel right after I eat it. Bloated, sinus drainage, groggy, bleh.

I’m not perfect. I eat processed junk and have to be reminded how yucky I feel when I do eat it. Some times it’s worth it.

I love feeling fit and strong. Skinny is not the goal.

I’m a better mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister, mentor when I take care of myself.

I don’t care about having a 6 pack as much as I care about having balance, feeling good in my clothes, and rocking some confidence.

I want to set a good example for my kids. They may not eat brussel sprouts now but maybe if they see me eating them for long enough, they will try them one day,

I share my journey with you because I believe that it’s OK to not want to be a body builder or fitness competitor with cut arms and a perfectly round booty (if that’s your goal though, hello awesome!). It’s ok to not be a size 2. It’s ok to just want to be healthy, have balance, and be you.

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!

Real Life Weight Loss Goals

Real life weight loss goals

Ever open a fitness magazine, look at the images and think “that’s nice but how can I ever look like that?” We all know that Photoshop alters images and that fitness competitors and body builders spend hours in the gym, but there’s still a mental disconnect between what we see, what we know, and what we want. Before & after pictures can be inspiring but also discouraging. I wish there were more before & after pics reflecting real women in real life – in particular of moms!

Here’s the deal, unless you are planning on becoming a fitness competitor or you have a serious passion for fitness and just love working out for an hour or more every day, chances are you are never going to look like Jillian Michaels. Do you really care? I remind myself all the time to keep the focus where it matters. For me, this means focusing on feeling strong, feeling great in my clothes, loving the skin I’m in, and being healthy so that I can be around for my family.

Don’t lose sight of your reality and don’t let a crazy awesome transformation story make you feel like your goals & reality aren’t good enough. They are! Keep it real and make it easier to celebrate your victories and milestones. Everyone has a story. This is yours. Make it count.

 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!

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

A lot of people, when they start eating better and exercising, will say that they’re “losing weight.” Not exactly! What they’re trying to do is lose fat. If you replaced a significant portion of your fat weight with muscle weight magically one day, you’d notice a HUGE change in your appearance. Your “body composition” would be completely changed – smaller waist, tight abs, toned arms & legs – but you would notice little to no change on the scale. This is why it’s so important to use measures of progress other than the scale.

Measure in Inches

As you workout and gain muscle mass, you may notice that the number on the scale stays the same or actually starts to climb. This is because muscle is denser than fat and therefore weighs more. If you’re weighing yourself regularly, when you start to workout, you’re going to get discouraged when you don’t see the number on the scale going down. Instead, measure your progress in inches around your waist. Make a note of where the tape measure falls on Day 1. Then do it again on Day 7, Day 14, and so on. You’ll notice real, significant change that the scale can’t measure.

Take Pictures

Your Facebook friends may make fun of your gym selfies, but they actually serve a really great purpose. You don’t have to share them all on Facebook and Instagram, but after a few weeks, you’ll start to see serious differences in your pictures. You’ll know what people are talking about when they approach you and ask if you’ve lost weight.

Make Fitness Goals

Is your goal to run your first 5K? Or is it to beat your time on your last 5K? Whatever you’re doing to exercise, make goals for improvement. You can work on getting faster at running or cycling, lifting heavier weights, or getting through a workout with Shaun T without feeling like your core is on fire. You’ll feel great about yourself as you meet and exceed each goal.

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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!

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!

There Is No Starting Over In Weight Loss

 whitney progress  in weight loss
This progress picture was posted by one of the ladies in my support group a couple of weeks ago. With the picture she posted the following comment:

“I am so…I don’t know the word. I found this picture in my computer. I must say the picture in the left is the biggest I have ever been … from 2012. The one on the right was last weekend. So even when I feel like I’m not losing weight, and I have been feeling very down because I’m not where I want to be, I know I will get there. I truly am making great progress!” Whitney N.

Her post struck a cord with me. When a woman “starts” a weight loss journey, it’s about so much more than the scale or a clothing size. It’s easy to focus on those numbers because they are measurable and gauge progress. This journey is about so much MORE than those numbers though, and if we keep that in mind it gives us the perspective we need to keep going! Whitney gets that now and so it matters less that she isn’t where she imagined she would be a year ago. It matters more that she is making progress.

Healthy, lasting weight loss TAKES TIME. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum – life happens to us and around us while we are working towards a goal. Progress may seem non-existent some weeks or months, but you ARE moving in the right direction as long as you are trying. The scale may not move for one, two, three weeks, but mentally there are changes and adjustments happening that are important…critical actually. People give up because they don’t “feel” like they are where they should be, but that’s the exact moment when it’s time to dig deep and think about things other than the scale.

The real transformation happens internally, not just in how we feel about ourselves but in how we perceive the world around us. Our confidence levels, attitude, knowledge, energy levels, ect. are all transformed when we adopt a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.
Although we talk about “starting over” on Monday because we had a bad week, or “re-starting” a workout program that we stopped doing, it’s actually impossible to begin again from where we first started. Why? Because we’re different people now than we were a month, a year, a decade ago. We have new experiences, new knowledge, new muscle, ect. that will change our experience THIS time. So while we can start AGAIN, we can’t actually start over.

So no matter how far you have come, or how far you have to go, KEEP GOING. It doesn’t matter how bad last week was, it only matters that you learn from it and move forward making small adjustments to improve this week. You left the old you behind when you started this journey – so even if it was a year ago and you haven’t lost a single pound, SOMETHING is different. Embrace all of your progress, not just the number on the scale, and it will be so much easier to keep going…forever.

Thank you to Whitney N. for letting me use her progress pictures and for being an inspiration!

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!