Posts Tagged ‘commitment’

Do not quit…starting over is hard!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

How many times have you quit something and then tried to start cover? It is hard isn’t it? It is so hard! Do not quit…starting over is hard! I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have quit something and then wanted to start over and had the worst time doing it. Why is that?  Why is starting the hardest part? Once in motion we are fine but boy, getting in motion is tough cookies isn’t it?  donotquit

This brings me to my current dilemma.  I quit.  Yup.  Life happened and I stopped working out.  I also stopped eating as well as I usually do.  Not good.  I would try start so many times but could never stick to it.  I have had so much success with Beachbody workouts so I know they work and I know I will have success but I just can’t get myself to start and stick with it.  Why is that so hard?  It is something that happens with so many people and I wish I knew why.  I suppose if I knew than I would not be going through what so many others go through also.

Do you have the same issue I am having now?  Do you want to join me and conquer this with me? Gosh knows I need the motivation.  I’d love to start and most of all, continue, with some other people.  I have gained weight, I don’t feel as good as I used to and I’m ready to get back in shape and fit into those clothes I used to.

If you want to help motivate me send me an email to jobrandes@overactivelife.com and we will do this together.  I am ready but I need your help.

P90X3 Is it worth your TIME?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

0b45d5be07659b04a4a7692bba2ce7b6P90X3 is out and the wonderful thing about it, is that it is only 30 minutes. But what can you can done in those 30 minutes that will be effective and give you the results you’re looking for when working out? Well there are 18 workouts and those workouts consist of moves that work on your aerobic and anaerobic energy (cardio and resistance), power, flexibility, balance, strength, core strength and body awareness. As I said these workouts are 30 MINUTES so not only the time of the workout, but the intensity, frequency, type of exercise and recovery periods what makes that 30 minutes so special. A 90 day program with workouts 6 days a week or add in the Dynamix workout in lieu of “resting”.

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  • Total Synergistics –  (multiple muscle groups are used in every exercise)
  • Agility X – (focus on movements of acceleration, deceleration and activities that require balance, coordination, agility and power)
  • The Challenge – (a whole lot of push-ups and pull-ups done in a variety of ways)
  • X3 Yoga – (improvement of your body awareness, stamina, balance, flexibility and core strength)
  • CVX – (full body burn incorporating resistance with interval training to work both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance)
  • The Warrior – (all your using is your body for weight)
  • Isometrix – (using instability moves to strengthen your core and work your muscles and joints in a way to help you become stable base)
  • Dynamix – (using connective tissues, muscles and joints together to increase your range of motion, flexibility and base of stability) ***can be used in lieu of the rest day***
  • Accelerator – (using both aerobic and anaerobic means at two different speeds to target your energy system)
  • Pilates X – (learn how to control your body through your core while using proper breathing and balance techniques)
  • Incinerator – (you take yourself to YOUR limits and BRING IT to failure. Do the exercises that you can until “ya can’t do no more”.)
  • Triometrics – (a plyometrics workout that explosive and focuses on 3 different difficulty levels for each exercise while minimizing the downtime needed between the moves)
  • MMX – (kenpo, judo, karate, jiu-jitsu and tae wkon do are all here in this cardio workout that works not only upper body, but core, legs and your flexibility)
  • Eccentric Upper and Eccentric Lower – (time under tension will create muscle growth)
  • Decelerator – (In order to increase your stability and protect muscles,  joints and connective tissues, you must use different force loads while using different angles with those loads)
  • Cold Start – (longer warm-up to increase your heart rate, warm up your muscles and get the juices flowing)
  • ***Complex Upper and Complex Lower –  (for the elite trainer in you, this focuses on musculoskeletal strength,  muscle elasticity, dynamic movement, core work and mobility with weighted resistance)
  • ***X3 Ab Ripper – (focusing on 4 areas of your core: the washboard abs (rectus abdominus), your internal and external obliques (sides) and your transverse abs (the abs under the abs) you’ll get an ab-tastic 15 minute workout)

***Complex Upper and Complex Lower/X3 Ab Ripper can be ordered through Jo-Anne or myself.

Check out the video below for a short preview:

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  • Chin-up Bar (or resistance bands)
  • Chin-up Max (or resistance bands)
  • Powerstands (optional)
  • Dumbbells (or resistance bands)
  • Resistance Bands
  • Yoga Blocks (optional)
  • Jump Mat

**Resistance bands may be used in lieu of a pull-up bar and weights, but it is highly recommended that you have a variety of resistance bands available for use.

**Yoga blocks are recommended for those new to yoga who are not that flexible and need added balance and support.

Recommended Supplements:

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  • SHAKEOLOGY (You’re working so hard at working out so why not treat your body right and give it a good dose of dense, daily nutrition. It’s like a reward for your body working so hard)
  • P90X Results and Recovery for after the workout (better than Gatorade) and it helps your muscles recover and get the nutrients they need
  • E&E Energy and Endurance Pre-workout Formula (I personally drink a little bit before my workout, during my workout and finish it all up at the conclusion of my workout. Who doesn’t like a little energy boost during their workout?)

This workout is a no nonsense 30 minute, all over body workout program. Instead of watching that 30 minute sitcom you could be moving your body, FOR JUST 30 MINUTES. Let’s face it, sometimes getting into a new routine is hard and it takes at least 20-30 days for it to become just that….a routine, but the way you’ll feel, the goodness happening inside of your body as well as the changes happening outside of your body are well worth having this ROUTINE for 90 days.

Good luck with your fitness journey and BRING IT.

The P90X3 Challenge Pack is on sale in January!

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Strength Training….Does it REALLY matter?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If you’re like me you LOVE CARDIO. Your heart pounding, sweat dripping and all of your body parts moving. Listening to your favorite beats will your cycling at your fastest RPM’s or training for your first 5k. Is all of this cardio really that good for you? I mean without any sort of resistance training, all your doing is pumping, pumping your heart muscles without working on stabilizing or strengthening some of your other major muscles groups like, quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, lats, biceps, triceps, traps, chest and core.

So, why do strength training AND cardio. The combination of both wiIMG_20120627_193802ll burn more calories between the repetitive motion of cardio, where you to take minimal to no breaks in a fairly long distance of time, and the heavy lifting, where you to take many mini breaks to either change out weights, move to another routine or just let your muscles “breath” for a minute. For one thing, strength training is needed to sustain muscle mass and increases your bones density, which is extremely beneficial when it comes to all of the stress you can put on your joints and bones from running, cycling, jumping, etc… Whenever you take on muscle, your body becomes this amazing furnace for calories and begins to slowly burn them away, so the right combination cardio and strength training will have you burning fuel and slimming down, but with the right intake of proper food you can always keep the furnace lit=energy sustained.  Energy sustained is more motivation, more focus and feeling young and spry again, like a teenager.

Because strength training strengthens muscles and increases bone density, as you age, you minimize the likelihood of encountering osteoporosis,  brittle bones, arthritis or encountering back issues. The proper nutrition, cardio and strength training will aide in the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, obesity.

So do your weight training.  We love Body Beast, P90X, P90X2 and P90X3 which is coming soon for the best weight training around!

Got questions?  Feel free to contact us here and remember we offer FREE fitness coaching, have groups on Facebook we’d love you to join for support and motivation and are always available for help anytime.  We LOVE to help!

My journey with having an eating disorder and fitness

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and talk about something that those with an eating disorder never really feel that comfortable talking about…and that is that we have or had an eating disorder. No, I am not a therapist of any kind so the opinions expressed are of my own experience with having an eating disorder from the age of about 19 years old to about 28 years old.

I grew up a tomboy, playing sports all of the time from the age of about 7 to 18. Then something called “real life” happened and the fairy tales experienced as a child are gone and responsibilities took place. Any pressures or “not so fun” things experienced as a child seemed to surface and they had to be dealt with. Of course as you get older, you become more aware of things and coping mechanisms are created to deal with stressful situations. Some coping mechanisms are healthy such as writing in a  journal, going for a run and talking to others.

I was a quiet child, I know hard to believe if you know me now, but my stress relief as a child was playing, running, pretending I was chasing the bad guy, using my imagination. I was an insecure child who didn’t have the “in” clothes or the “in” haircut, oh and we had little to no money. I went to a school where everyone’s parents were either a doctor or lawyer and my mother was working exceptionally hard to just make sure we had food and a roof over our head.

As a teen, pretending to be who you are not is a lot of hard work and a lot of unwarranted stress.  I was no longer a child though and life super smacked me in the face. I was a grown up and had too much stress thrown my way. So, control for me came at the hands of food and lots of it. I could control what and how much I ate and when I wanted to “release” the fullness and control, I did so.

As time went on, life had it ups and downs, but then I found the fitness track again and the healthy means of controlling my life. I met people who had my same goals in mind, which was living a healthy life by eating right and being active. I talked to people about my journey with food and they did not judge, they listened and some could actually relate.

I believe my unhealthy journey with food and the on-going battle with food and stress in my life unknowingly created a willful, determined and strong mind that to this day helps me overcome things by way of literally working out the problem instead of eating it away. My workouts are not unhealthy, meaning that I don’t for 2-3 hours at a time running, doing weights, etc… I am on a schedule and if I have to veer from that schedule for some reason, I make sure that I hold myself accountable to doing something active the next day.

It works for me to say, “A healthy mind is essential for a healthy body”, so I have committed myself to eating well, working out at least 5 days a week, associating with healthy, like minded people and eliminating as much stress from my life that I have control over.

If you can relate to any of this, then don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help people on their journey to having a healthier, active and happier life.  I am proud to say that I am 10 years “clean” so I must be doing something right.

P90X2…is it worth it?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

So the question is, Is P90X2 worth it? Worth your time? Worth your money? My answer to these questions is YES!!! YES!!! and YES!!!  P90X2 takes it to the next level by use of stability balls, medicine balls and for those who are not proficient at doing pull-ups on your own, they have created a wonderful device called the pull-up assist. A lot more sturdier that using a chair and the better you get at doing pull-ups, the lower you make the pull-up assist so it is more YOU doing the exercises that the assist.

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This program starts at focusing on your core. Which is the most important part of development with this program because as the program progresses into stability, mobility, balance and strength moves…the more secure, strong and stable your core is then the greater your success will be. Moves throughout this program include medicine ball burpees, stability ball push-ups, 4 position pull-ups, Drea (Webber) rolls, 4 ball push ups, yoga, Recovery and Mobility with a foam roller, and many more moves that are much more fun to experience for yourself than to read about.

One of the great things about all of these videos are the warm-ups. They are not your everyday, run of the mill warm-ups. Tony integrates the use of the stability ball (or a towel) to warm up with while doing squats, lunges and other moves to elongate and warm-up the body. Also the use of the foam roller really gets into parts of the body to help  loosen lactic acid or muscle tightness, prepping your tendons for a glorious workout. Sometimes just warming up in and of itself gets the sweat going and the heart pumping (wonderful, awesome goodness).

This program is challenging because some of the moves take TIME, PATIENCE and PRACTICE to master, but as the motto goes in any of the P90X programs “The More You Do, The Better You Get!”  There is always somebody modifying in whatever program you are doing and there is an option to just listen to the “Cues and Music” without having to listen to any of the participants in the programs.

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Want to join a group of us doing P90X2 or any other Beachbody workout program?   We have great group of folks that can help you stay motivated, accountable and provide you support to get through your journey! Contact us if you want to join!  It will be a lot of fun.   Ever checked out the Beachbody Challenge?  You can win money, a free t-shirt and a chance for $500 a day or the grand prize of $100,000!  Check it out here!

So remember if you choose to do this program or any other Beachbody program “DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!!!” The real workout begins when you decide to change your way of thinking and commit to having a healthier body and mind with a final result of succeeding with those goals you set for yourself.

 

Motivation…what is and where can I find it???

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Ugh, ever have one of those days, weeks, months where you just feel like you never want to see those running shoes again, or lift another weight, or do another squat, crunch or lunge?? What you’re lacking is MOTIVATION. Now how do you get it and what the heck is it? Motivation can come from ideas, events, things, other people’s guidance and support or it can come from within-like a personality trait. No matter where your MOTIVATION comes from, YOU are always the important role in the play.positive[5]

MOTIVATION is a drive that gives purpose and direction to what YOU do. Internal motivation when it comes to exercise is a persons pleasure and experience with exercise.  If you are a person who internally pushes yourself away from exercising by making excuses, complaining about exercising or are inconsistent with your exercise program then I have a few questions for you. WHO ARE YOU SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH? Positive, motivated, energetic people. Or negative, lackluster, slumdog “ain’t no millionare here” people. I think that “you become the company you keep” and “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. If you are constantly around poisonous people then you will become infected.

WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH? Fruits, vegetables, whole wheat grains, water. Or french fries, pizza, hamburgers, soda, candy bars. I think it is hard to motivate yourself when you feel weighed down from your daily intake of crap. Your metabolism hits rock bottom and you’re dragging. It’s hard to motivate yourself when you have just downed a hamburger and fries for lunch or deep fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner. “You are what you eat”, that saying is true. I am waiting to turn into a skinless chicken one day. To me, what I put into my mouth in the morning will basically project how my day will go. If I were to have an empty calorie doughnut, then I would be on a sugar high then crash…looking for more sugar to get me back to that high. Oh and let’s not forget that I might as well strap that one to my thigh or stomach because that’s where it is going. If I were to have oatmeal with a wee bit of honey, then I know it is healthy and it has filled me up and given me healthy, MOTIVATING, sustainable energy without the guilt.969570_571342776256548_1000400611_n

In short, look for healthy, positive people who have the  same or similar goals that you have regarding food and fitness. Become a part of a group who workout together, make each other accountable, share tips and ideas for workout plans and nutritional plans. When you MOTIVATE yourself to become better, others will see it and become MOTIVATED to become better as well.

 

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs on Sale!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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P90X2 and P90X2 Sale, what sale?

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale for the month of October  and this sale is amazing!  They are only $180.  The Challenge Packs are available for any new or existing customer or coaches so take advantage of this while it lasts.  It is great!   The savings is really off the hook.  If you were to purchase either P90X or P90X2 and Shakeology separately it would cost you $240 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have these programs already otherwise I’d hop on this.

 

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What the heck is a Challenge Pack anyway?

A challenge pack is the coolest new thing from Beachbody.  It packages together everything you will possibly need to get fit and healthy.  You get any one of Beachbody’s fitness programs, you pick, at a discounted rate, a month supply of the very popular Shakeology, a 30 day member to Team Beachbody Club and to top it off you get all of this with FREE shipping!

The beauty of all of this is that if you bought all of this separately you would pay much more including having to pay shipping so the bundled cost is a way better deal.

Of course this month as I mentioned, you get an even better deal because P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

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So you have heard of Shakeology, seen the ads, heard the testimonials but still want more info?  Sure!  Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that not only tastes amazing but is truly the most nutritious thing you will find on the market today.  If you can find something more nutritious let me know and I will send you a free bag of Shakeology, I bet you can’t. Shakeology contains over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients conveniently located in one glass, to deliver nearly all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy diet.  More info here.

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Free Fitness Coaching and amazing support!

Added bonus here!  We offer free fitness coaching and have some seriously great support that we offer after you have bought your challenge pack.  We have a wonderful Facebook group full of people doing the programs that you will be doing.  We have done P90X and P90X2 so we can help you along the way with answers to your questions about nutrition, the workouts, if you need a kick in the butt to start or keep going or just want some friendly advice and some friends.  Both of us will help you out and we will introduce you to what we call our family on Facebook.  We have a close knit community and you will grow to be a part of our family, our team.  We’d love you to join us.  Click here for more info.

Enter the Beachbody Challenge when doing either of these workouts and get a FREE t-shirt and a chance to win $500 daily, $1000 monthly or a grand prize of $100,000!

My Year as a Beachbody Coach

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

 

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As I sit here today thinking that I will leaving for the Success Club trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in one week I look back and realize that I have not even been a Beachbody Coach for one year yet but being a Beachbody Coach has changed my life in so many ways.  I never would have imagined back in May 2011 that when I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach that this company would be sending me to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas just because I have helped so many people with support, motivation, nutrition, and just general fitness.

Quite honestly, when I first signed up to be a Coach with Beachbody I just wanted that discount on Shakeology, I mean, 25% is a big discount and if I can get a discount on all these great products I was going to take it.  I thought that I was not going to fall for yet another network marketing scam…again!  I have a full time job that pays the bills, that was good enough for me. I am no sucker for network marketing.  You are not going to catch me Beachbody, you can catch another sucker willing to give you a $39.95 sign up fee!  Haha!  So I took my discount and ran with it.

Well, what happenend?  It’s a year later nearly and I’m still a Beachbody Coach, a Diamond Coach in fact.  What happened is that this is the REAL DEAL!  No joke here.  I actually realized that I could help people and make money at the same time.  I never imagined it.  I started meeting the most wonderful people ever, people that turned into the greatest friends and mentors.  I started helping people with their workouts, supporting and motivating them through some tough times and even good times, answering nutrition questions, and just being there and building relationships.  I was having the most fun ever.  Oh, and I was making money doing it!  I not only would get paid weekly by Beachbody but I qualified for free t-shirts, free baseball caps, I just recently was on a team for the Success Club Team Challenge that came in 35th place out of 100 and we earned a t-shirt, baseball cap, headphones, laptop bag, duffle bag, and hoodie all courtesy of Beachbody. Did I forget to mention that trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas!  Oh, and what about the paychecks, yup, I still am getting paid every week.  I have met one of my best friends through Beachbody, I don’t need money for that.

Beachbody has allowed me to gain access to the most amazing fitness programs like P90X, TurboFire, Insanity, P90X2, 10 Minute Trainer, Hip Hop Abs and many more.  It has also introduced me to  wonderful nutritional supplements like Shakeology, a meal replacement that I would never go a day without that I wish I would have heard about years ago.  The best part about this company and opportunity is that it has given me the chance to meet the most amazing people that I never would have ever gotten the chance to meet.  Sure, getting my weekly checks is wonderful and winning trips is great but meeting all these wonderful people is so fantastic.  I cannot wait to meet some of them in Atlantis and then more of them at Coach Summit in Las Vegas in June.  I wish I could meet more of them.

It’s funny because I don’t know how many times I have told people how amazing this opportunity is and I think that they think I am trying to sell it to them but I truly know that this is the best thing that has happened in my life (besides meeting my wonderful partner).  How do you tell someone about something so amazing without them thinking you are trying to rope them into some fandangled scheme?  I guess you just have to prove it to them.  Beachbody is no joke.  You will get nothing out of it if you put nothing into it.  The more you give it the more you get.  You can put in hours a day or just a few minutes a day and your results will vary.  You can work it part time or full time.  Either way, you can and will succeed if you give it all you have.  It is just like working out.  If you push yourself to the max then you will get results, if you don’t then you won’t get results.  The same goes with the Beachbody Business Opportunity, if you give it your all you will succeed and then I will see you next year on the Success Club trip to DisneyWorld.  Do you want to be on my team?  Will you be my next Diamond Coach? Are you in?

Please, please, please contact me via this website or email me at jobrandes@overactivelife.com if you have any questions.  I LOVE talking to anyone and everyone regarding this opportunity.

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Ready to Take the Beachbody Challenge?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

What is the Beachbody Challenge?beachbody challenge

It’s a health and fitness transformation competition. Commit to get fit and share the results you achieve with any Beachbody®program. You’ll automatically get a free wristband, a free T-shirt, or BOTH! If your transformation is selected as the BEST in your age and gender category (18 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50+)you could win up to $100,000! Ready to win?

I will be personally coaching Challenge Teams made up of five individuals that are taking the Beachbody Challenge.  Please CONTACT ME if you are interested in participating with one of these teams.  I will send you all the details.  If you already have a fitness program in mind, let me know that as well.  I’m going to try and pair people together that are doing the same program.  People in our Challenge Team Groups will commit to:

  • Following a Beachbody fitness program
  • Drinking Shakeology on a daily basis
  • Learning basic nutritional theory and eating to fuel your body for workouts and recovery
  • Posting daily accountability in a private Facebook group viewable only by members of the Challenge Team
  • FINISHING!  This isn’t about starting, it is about finishing!

You do not need to be on a Challenge Team to participate in the Beachbody Challenge.  The Challenge is open to everyone.  What we are offering with the Challenge Teams is an added measure of accountability and personal coaching.  We have used the concept of Challenge Teams for several years now and we’ve found that the people participating have much better odds of success.

 

 

Here’s how to enter:

 

STEP 1:

Commit to Get Fit! — get a FREE WRISTBAND

Tell us which fitness program you plan to follow, state your goals, and start tracking your progress. You’ll want to take a “before” photo to remember what you looked like and submit your results when you’re finished. For making this simple commitment, we’ll send you a FREE WRISTBAND.
(It’s okay to skip step 1 if you’re already in shape and want to submit your fitness results.)

 

STEP 2:

Submit Your Results!

— get a FREE T-SHIRT

Got results from your Beachbody program? It’s time to submit your transformation story. Send us your “before” and “after” photos, transformation stats, and tell us your story. We’ll give you a FREE T-SHIRT and you’ll have a chance to win additional prizes.

 

YOU CAN WIN up to $100,000!

If your entry is selected as the top transformation in your age and gender category for the month in which you entered, you’ll win $1,000 and a shot at the Grand Prize.

 

Plus you’ll have a chance to win:

  • Daily Prizes: $500 just for logging your workouts in the WOWY SuperGym® after you commit to get fit or submit your results.
  • Quarterly Prizes: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip
  • Bonus prizes for drinking Shakeology® during your transformation.

Ready to WIN? Enter now.

Commit to Get Fit!

 

 

Becoming the Real You…a Lifestyle Change

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I have had a lot of people come to me wanting to change the way they eat, workout, and go about their daily life.  They want to make a complete lifestyle change.  These people used to be like me.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I used to know was overweight by about 100 pounds, was lazy, didn’t workout, ate a lot of fast food and loved drinking soda.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I know now is the true me.  I do not eat fast food anymore, I cut out red meat completely, I do not drink soda, I lost over 100 pounds, and I enjoy exercise in all forms.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I will still have a dessert once in a while because I sure do love chocolate and there are days that I just don’t feel like exercising but I make up for it because I have made a lifestyle change.

I have talked to many people who log everything they eat on myfitnesspal.com or livestrong.com and that is great.  I have done it, trust me!  How are you going to learn how to figure out what to eat if you do not track your calories?  The P90X and INSANITY Nutrition Guide are there to guide you for that reason.  Every workout program from Beachbody comes with a detailed plan so you can learn how to eat right.  Yes, in the beginning you will be weighing your portions, tracking your calories, and it will be a bear.  I understand, I have been there.  You will wonder to yourself how on earth you can do this for every meal for the rest of your life.  Relax, you won’t have to.  Just like anything new to you it takes practice.  After you do it for a while you will learn it.  Eventually you will understand what is a normal portion size and how many carbs and proteins you need in each meal and you won’t need to track it.  Remember, you learned how to eat poorly over a long period of time so learning the right way will take a bit of time.  It is ok.

The same goes with your workouts.   For example, say you are starting with TurboFire, you are going to be a bit lost watching Chalene jumping around the screen.  I was very lost, I am so uncoordinated.  After you do the workouts for a few days (or weeks in my case) then you will adjust and you will have it down pat.  You will get the hang of it and you will know exactly what you are doing.  You will probably even start inviting friends over and laugh at them being as lost as you were.  It just takes time.

The bottom line is to not be discouraged.  Do not give up so quickly.  There are a lot of folks in your position and they are all struggling.  I am available and will be happy to work with you.  All the people on my team will be happy to encourage and motivate you.  We offer free fitness coaching and have a great support group on Facebook also that we would love you to join.  Just send me an email, friend me on Facebook, or contact me here.  It is no bother at all, I would really love helping you and my teammates would to.

Having the Workout Mindset for a Better You

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

“I can’t do it”.  “I’m too tired”. “It’s too hard”. “I’ll never be able to finish this”. “I’d rather do something else”. “It’s too hot”.  “I’ll never lose this weight”.  “I’ll never have that ‘perfect’ body”.  Do you recognize those quotes?  I’m sure you have said those any many others to yourself before, right?  I’ve done it, we’ve all done it.  It’s all about mindset and we need to have the right mindset if we want to accomplish our goals.   How are you going to be able to lose that weight or get that body you want if you don’t think you can do it?  That’s right, you won’t be able to.  It will never happen.

So, what are you going to do to get yourself in the right mindset?  We all seem to find excuses not to workout.  It’s easy isn’t it?  You get home from work late, you are tired, you have chores, the kids need help with homework or soccer practice, you have to make dinner for the family…there is always something going on and working out comes at the bottom of the list right?  It shouldn’t.  Take those excuses and throw them out the window.  You can find 30 minutes in the day for you, for your health, for your mental well-being.  I know you can.  It will not only help you but it will help your family, your friends, and those people who have to be around you all the time.  Working out will help improve your mood, your focus, increase your energy and in general will make you feel better.  The people around you will be happier just as much as you will.

You have to realize that getting and staying in the right mindset sometimes means you can’t do it alone.  You might have to have a support system or a supportive partner that is there with you along the way.  That is important to me and has helped me a lot along the way.  You may have a partner who works out with you and if so, that is great.  You may have a partner who could support you in other ways like making dinner, helping with the kids or cleaning the house so you can have some free time to workout and do what is important to you.  That is a different kind of support but important nonetheless.  Lastly, we have support systems out there from online communities like Facebook or Beachbody, people doing the same thing you are.  Reach out to those like minded individuals who are enjoying the same thing you are.

What motivates you to workout?  Do you have a particular goal you want to reach?  Do you want to lose that last 10lbs?  Do you want to fit into that pair of size 6 jeans that you haven’t worn since high school?  Do you want to get that six pack or just get big and buff?  What about marathon, are you training for that?  There are so many reasons people start and continue working out, what motivates you?  Once you figure that out maybe you need to write it down, register for that marathon, look at those jeans daily, or grab an old photo of yourself and put it on the fridge.  You need to look at your goals regularly and you’ll want to reach them.

One thing that I believe is important is that you like the workout that you are doing.  If you don’t enjoy your workouts you are not going to stick with them.  When I first started on my mission to lose weight back when I was 220lbs I really like cycling so I started riding my bike.  It was fun for me so I did it everyday.  Not only did I enjoy it but it was a great workout for someone who was in not so great shape.  Some of you may love lifting weights so P90X is a great workout and others may love intense cardio  and sweating so INSANITY is a great workout.  Then there are others that like dance workouts so TurboFire or TurboJam is a great workout.  There is something for everyone but you must enjoy it.

Think about what you are fueling your body with.  If you are eating fast food all day and things that weigh you down you are going to feel sluggish, have no energy and will not be in the mood to workout or do anything productive all day.  You need to make sure you eat foods that give you energy and fuel you properly.  Do not skip breakfast, do not eat a couple large meals a day but instead make sure to eat healthy small meals every three hours that provide all the nutrients you need to get through the day feeling great!  Your body will thank you and you will thank your body.  It is amazing how different you will feel when you eat well and fuel your body properly.

So are you ready?  Are you motivated?  Are you ready to reach your goals?  It’s time for no excuses anymore, get in that right  mindset and create a better you.

 

So tell me again…what’s your excuse?

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

I had the privilege of again being a part of this years Special Olympics “Wall of Honor” for those athletes participating in the Summer Games in events that consisted of swimming and track/field. As I stood there with other officers looking at and greeting the families of the Special Olympians and the Olympians themselves, some who needed the assistance of walkers or who were in wheelchairs, I saw them smiling and full of happiness that they were participating in an activity that brings them joy and some freedom from their illnesses or disabilities.

All of these athletes try their hardest, some wanting just to finish the race and some going for gold, but I believe that by them realizing they can do something active with the disabilities they have, then that brings them a huge amount of happiness.

So the next time it comes to you doing something active for your health and you hear yourself say, “Oh, I am too tired”. “My legs are sore”. “I don’t have time”, think about how lucky you are to be as healthy as you are and that you do not have to have anyone looking after you all of the time.

I am extremely grateful to be as healthy as I am and be able to do the things that I am capable of doing. So, tell me again what’s your excuse for not getting out and about and living the healthiest and happiest life you have been given to live?