No Food Should Hold You Hostage!

When we were kids, we all did the hokey pokey, (please tell me you are smiling, nodding, some sort of recognition to what I’m talking about) you put your right hand in and avoid food cravings No Food Should Hold You Hostage! then your right hand out, you did the hokey pokey and turn yourself around that’s what’s it’s all about… You get what I’m putting down.

Now many of you play that same game with fitness and nutrition. You’re eating great and then you’re eating crap, your turn yourself around and complain about results and you start the cycle all over again. Sound familiar? Your diet and workouts are spot on during the and then that Friday whistle blows and you’re like a kid on summer vacation. It may start of innocently at drink after work, maybe a little extra something at dinner and then the same thing happens like ALL day Saturday and then by Sunday night you having the mental slug fest saying how you could you blow it like that and that this week things will be DIFFERENT you swear on a stack of bibles.

You are not alone, we have all played those food and workout games. My goal when I work with all my clients is to get them to a point where this become automatic. Where being consistent is something that just happens, you’re not stressed about food and no food holds your hostage. You can attend any event, travel, etc and not go off the deep end.

It’s all about consistency and planning.  Many of you believe in this all or nothing approach, sorry that’s asking for you to fail. We all have events and things in our lives where we want to enjoy and we all go around once. We should enjoy all that life has to offer (with moderation). What I mean by this, is think of your life as 90/10. If I’m 90% compliant with my food and workouts then I get to have treats, if I’m not at 90% then you guessed it, I don’t get my treats. So.. I don’t know about you a push really hard to get to 90%!

So how does that work? Each week I sit down and map out my workouts. I also look at what social activities that I have on the calendar. My goal most weeks is to workout 5  times at least 30 minutes. To earn my treat meal, I need to workout a minimum of 4 times during the week AND I need to eat clean and not skip meals 90% the time so.. I eat 35 meals in one week (I eat 5 meals?day) So that means 32 meals need to be on plan.  Does this make sense?

Here is an example

Monday — Workout
Tuesday — Workout
Wednesday – Workout  — skipped got busy couldn’t make it
Thursday — rest day
Friday  — Workout — felt tired didn’t go Saturday and Sunday Worked

Guess what — TREAT!!!!!

Now — that’s one piece of the puzzle!
Eating — I know a collective eye roll

Monday – 5 meals Tuesday — 4 meals (subbed a class and skipped lunch)
Wednesday — 5 meals
Thursday — 5 meals — Paradise cookie (couldn’t resist)
Friday — 3 meals (got busy)
Saturday — 5 meals
Sunday — 5 meals
Just squeaked it out!!!  TREAT!!!

Does this now make a little more sense?
My methods are for those who want to lose weight fast. They are for those we want a lasting healthy lifestyle. So.. you can dive you and track compliance on both front (food and workouts) OR pick the on that is the most challenging for you.

I would love your feedback, if you have another idea as to how to say on pace.

 

 

 

{Day 28} What Advice Would You Give?

I’ve been watching CBS This Morning and they do a segment on it called, Note To Self it’s a a letter you’d send to yourself in the past. I like it becasue as they say hindsight is 20/20. This would be a letter you could tell yourself what pitfalls to avoid, relive some great moments, what would you write to yourself? The segment is really interesting because they have famous people write a letter to themselves in the past giving them advice and they read it on the air.
The one take away I’d like to give you. You are kind and worthy! Now tell someone else that today.

Oprah’s Note To Self

Today’s assignment

  • Write a letter to your past self with what healthy lifestyle lessons you’ve learned
    • Here are 2 examples for me!
      • Going to the beach everyday without sunscreen =(
      • Calling Zumba a fad LOL
  • Write a letter to your future self to congratulating yourself on where your healthy lifestyle will be 12 months from now

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Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused 
Day 14 — Doubt
Day 15 — Rewards and Consequences
Day 16 — Damn Hormones
Day 17 — Pre and Post Workout Meals
Day 18 — Successful Weight Loss

Day 19 — Know Before You Go
Day 20 — Courage and Strength
Day 21 — You Can’t Out Run A Bad Diet
Day 22 — 10 Days To Go!
Day 23 To Cleanse Or Not Cleanse
Day 24 The Power Of Sleep

Day 25 — What’s Your Why
Day 26 — I’m Stressed
Day 27 — The Art Of The Start

{Day 27} The Art Of The Start!

When you think about starting something new – {Day 27} The Art Of The Start!

  • do you feel excited
  • do you feel like you are stepping onto a large platform about to dive into shark invested waters
  • are you one of those folks we are always starting something and not finishing it
  • are you someone who says you are going to do it and boom it done!

2 snaps up to you if you are the later. So many of us struggle with getting start and actually finishing. Today is all about how to keep that moving forward. The biggest reason people fail at creating and sticking to new habits is that they don’t keep doing it. That seems obvious: if you don’t keep doing a habit, it won’t really become a habit. So what’s the solution to this obvious problem? Find a way to keep doing it. When you look at it this way, the key to forming a habit is not how much you do of the habit each day (exercise for 30 minutes, eat 5 meals, etc.), but whether you do it at all. So the key is just getting started. Let me emphasize that: the key to forming a habit is starting each day. What do I mean by starting? If you want to form the habit of meditation, just park your tushy down in a quiet area each day. If you want to form the habit of running, just lace up your shoes and get out the door. If you want to form the habit of writing, just sit down, you can write it out long hand or type on your computer. Form the habit of starting, and you’ll get good at forming habits.

Easier Said Then Done — How Do You Get Started?

What happens when you wake up and don’t feel like doing yoga or heading to your cycle class? Let’s first take a look at why you don’t feel like starting. It’s usually for one or both of these reasons:

  1. You are comfortable with what you’re doing (doing something online, sleeping, just sitting down =)), and the habit you’d like to start  it’s too hard – aka not comfortable. We cling to the comfortable. We love our comfort zone!!!
  2. It’s too difficult to get started — to do the habit, you have to buy stuff or find someone who will help or teach you, or drive 20 minutes to the gym, or go get a bunch of ingredients, etc. — This is when the excuse monster rears its ugly head.

Those are the main two reasons, and really they’re the same thing. So the solution is to make it easier and more comfortable to do the habit, and easier to get started. Some ways to do that:

  • Focus on the smallest thing — just getting started. You don’t have to do even 5 minutes — just start. That’s so easy it’s hard to say no.
  • Prepare everything you need to get started earlier. So if you need some equipment, get it ready well before you have to start, like the evening before, or in the morning if you have to do it in the afternoon, or at least an hour before. Then when it’s time to start, there is no barrier.
    • I lay out my gym clothes the night before so all I need to do is put them on my body.
    • I make my shopping list on Friday night and head to the grocery store on Saturday afternoon so I have food in the house for the week.
    • I put my workouts in my calendar weekly so I know when I’m working out.
  • Make the habit something you can do where you are, instead of having to drive there.
    • Can you buy videos and do workouts at home
    • Can you pull out your ipod and just dance for 20 minutes
    • Can you grab stuff out of your cupboard and make a new recipe?
  • If you have to drive or walk somewhere, have someone meet you there. Then you’re less likely to stay home (or at work), and more likely to go — and going there is the same thing as getting started. This works because you’re making it less comfortable to not start — the idea of leaving a friend waiting for you at the gym or park is not a comfortable one.
    • I recently started going to a cycle studio where if I don’t cancel the night before I lose my money.
    • Sign up for personal training sessions
    • Work with a coach on accountability
  • Tell people you’re going to do the habit of starting your habit every day for 30 days. Having this kind of accountability motivates you to get started, and makes it less comfortable not to start.
    • This is the main reason why I started this challenge to help you get moving on a goal you may have been putting off.
  • Start with the easiest version of the habit, so that it’s easy to start. For example, if you want to form the habit of reading, don’t start with War and Peace, but with the Shopaholic Series or whoever you find fun and easy to read. If you want to start yoga, don’t start with a head to a 90 min power yoga, head to a 60 min to class or find a website that shows you a few salutations.

Make it as easy as possible to start, and hard to not start. Tell yourself that all you have to do is lace up your shoes and get out the door, and you’ll have a hard time saying no. Once you’ve started, you’ll feel good and probably want to continue (though that’s not a necessity). Learn to love that moment of brilliance, and your habit troubles fade like the night.

Today’s assignment

Pick 2 of the starters that you could do to help you get started with one of your goals.

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Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused 
Day 14 — Doubt
Day 15 — Rewards and Consequences
Day 16 — Damn Hormones
Day 17 — Pre and Post Workout Meals
Day 18 — Successful Weight Loss

Day 19 — Know Before You Go
Day 20 — Courage and Strength
Day 21 — You Can’t Out Run A Bad Diet
Day 22 — 10 Days To Go!
Day 23 To Cleanse Or Not Cleanse
Day 24 The Power Of Sleep

Day 25 — What’s Your Why
Day 26 — I’m Stressed

{Day 25} What’s Your Why??

Now. when you hear this you like what are you talking about. Over the past 2 years I’ve spent time  {Day 25} Whats Your Why?? working on mine. So. here’s a peak into me. Three years ago I was working slaving for a corporate gym burning the candle at both ends. One day I was like what am I doing. I’m exhausted, I’m giving them 60% of my money and they still want more. What else could I give? Umm.. my notice.  My WHY — I wanted to be happier, less tired, go vacation with my husband with it not be the “right time” be appreciated for me hard work. I scaled back my time at gym and started working for myself training clients online. I was — less tired, had more energy and was HAPPIER! I was doing what I wanted to do — servicing clients.  What made me snap was my WHY! I started training becasue I wanted to help folks lose weight and get healthy. I didn’t want to hit quotas, if I wanted to do that I would have stayed in sales in corporate America. So.. let’s get down to today’s lesson.

  • What’s your WHY?
  • We’ve talked about a number of different mindset and motivational ideas, but really WHY are you looking to get healthier?
  • Why are you looking to make a change?
  • Who supports my success?
  • Who needs me to succeed?
  • Why now?
  • Is my why big enough?

People who know their “why” will make their dreams come true. At times you may look in the mirror and think to yourself, I can’t do this, this is where you borrow belief. Allow yourself to be taught.

Today’s a assignment is a little tough. We are rapidly reaching the end of our time together so — I need to make sure I get it all in.

  1. Decide what you want?
    • Where do you want to by the end of the year?
  2. What is your why?
    • So deep and meaningful that it makes you want to move any obstacle to make your goals happen
  3. Solid game plan
    • When we set goals at the beginning of this challenge where they solid? Can you measure how far you have come?
    • Are your goals should be on paper!
    • Your goals should be posted someplace you can see every day to remind you of where you are going!
  4. Commit
    • You can’t do just say I’ll try. You need to commit.
    • Are you willing to commit to be in a different place 12 months for now?

  1. Personal Development
    • Become a student of a healthy lifestyle
    • Invest in coaching to help you get over your hurdles
    • Invest time in reading and learning about health and fitness
    • Invest in researching the best foods for you and your family
  2. What’s you holding you back

Don’t wait for someone else to to create what you want! In the words of Nike — Just Do It!! Another good blog post, Make Yourself! Love’d the Nike campaign.

 

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Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused 
Day 14 — Doubt
Day 15 — Rewards and Consequences
Day 16 — Damn Hormones
Day 17 — Pre and Post Workout Meals
Day 18 — Successful Weight Loss
Day 19 — Know Before You Go
Day 20 — Courage and Strength
Day 21 — You Can’t Out Run A Bad Diet
Day 22 — 10 Days To Go!
Day 23 To Cleanse Or Not Cleanse
Day 24 The Power Of Sleep

 

{Day 20} Courage, Strength and Grace

This summer I was watching the highlights of the ESPYs for my non sports folks, the ESPYs are like the Ocars for all sports. Every year they have the Arthur Ashe Award and this year Robin Roberts from Good Morning America won the award. I listened to her speech and was so moved I wanted to share it with you.

 

After watching this speech I’m left with this as a mantra — This to shall pass. I say it whenever I feel I’m facing a big challenge or I’m feeling overwhelmed. I take a deep breath and say This to shall pass. Can you adopt this as your mantra when you feel overwhelmed, what could you say when you are feeling overwhelmed or even a little discouraged.

I strongly believe with belief in yourself and the process, you can preserve.  One of the lines from Robin’s speech that I love is “let faith answer the door”.  Please don’t take this to be religious I think faith in oneself is just as important as faith in a higher power.

I’m also a big believer in theme songs. My theme changes every year and right now I have two that have helped me through some tough spots.

Everybody’s Got Their Something

Titanium

Today’s challenge

  1. When things get tough where will you find your strength? What will be your mantra? Do you have someone you can reach out to that can give you a pep talk ?
  2. What will be your theme song??

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused 
Day 14 — Doubt
Day 15 — Rewards and Consequences
Day 16 — Damn Hormones
Day 17 — Pre and Post Workout Meals
Day 18 — Successful Weight Loss

Day 19 — Know Before You Go

 

{Day 15} Rewards And Consquences?

Here we are 1/2 way through the challenge how are you doing? Are you following through every day on the assignments? I really would love some feedback. This is the first time I’ve run this time of  truthordare {Day 15} Rewards And Consquences? type challenge. Is it too much to do it daily or would it be better to do on a weekly basis.  Please shoot me an email to give me feedback. You really can’t hurt my feelings, I really want to know I have can best serve you.

Have you been struggling? Do you know what you should doing but are unable to actually do it?? Get in line that’s how most people operate. No matter how convinced we are that we want to start a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, start exercising, eating better, drinking more water, etc. it seems very challenging almost to the point of overwhelm.

Don’t stress out; life would be very boring if we all could just easily do the “right thing.” I don’t know about you, but I’m AWESOME at coming up with excuses. I can justify ANYTHING. Am I alone??  The excuses I build in my mind all seem logical and even very rational. I was really good yesterday so I deserve to have a cookie today; I’m swapped at lunch so I’ll go to the gym after work, I’ll be more effective then; it’s so and so’s birthday, going away party etc I can’t blow off drinks it would be rude. And so on. We forget that even though our reasoning has some logic to it, it’s not GOOD logic and it doesn’t lead us to our dreams. So how do we get ourselves to act on our goals?

Sadly, we respond better to consequences than we do to rewards.  Consequences actually force your brain to look for ways to solve your problems and keep your promises with the energy it would normally use to justify making excuses. Consequences need to be annoying but not physically painful. Here are examples of consequences.

  • If you stay up past your bed time you need to sleep on the floor
  • You miss a workout, you leave $10 somewhere for a stranger to find
  • No cellphone for the day
  • No social media for the day
  • No watching TV

Are you picking up with I’m putting down??  We are quick to blow off a promise we make to ourselves, but if there is a consequence associated with we may less likely to do it. The best way to burn in a consequence is to share it with someone who can help hold you to your word.

Today’s assignment:

  1. If you are struggling to keep up with the challenge — what consequence will you assign to yourself to ensure you start taking action from this point forward.
  2. If you are keeping up with the challenge — how are you doing with your goals? You assignment today is to assign consequences to all your goals.

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused
Day 14 — Doubt

{Day 14} Doubt!

Call it what you will. Doubt, self sabotage, fear. What have — at the end of the day it paralyzes you and keeps you from moving forward. A few months ago I read the Slight Edge and the big take away  {Day 14} Doubt! from that book was two fold — easy to do and easy not to.

Not making the changes you want to make that falls into the easy to do category. Looking at yourself with regret, anger and embarrassment, again, easy to do.

Now flip the coin, how would it you feel about yourself, when you are putting forth your best efforts to meet OR exceed your goals.  Now that’s not easy to do, you’ll need to set a plan and take action toward your goals.

Here are 2 great articles I wrote in the past the can further help you with doubt.

Are You Willing?
Doubt

Doubt can only be removed by action. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here we are 14 days in take what has been holding you back?? Have you been following along faithfully, have you been taking action on the homework. Or are you sitting back saying I’ll get to it.

Today’s assignment

  1. Write down the 1 thing that is holding you back from taking actions on your goals you set during this challenge.
  2. Now write down the 2 small actions that you can take in the next 48 hours to get moving forward.

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused

{Day 13} Dedication. Consistency and Focus!

I know first hand consistency is really hard. I understand it from a personal point of view.  When I was competing consistency was a major requirement. Click here to read this article. I also understand this Affirmations for children I can do whatever i focus my mind on {Day 13} Dedication. Consistency and Focus! from my clients who get ready for big events — weddings, vacations, reunions, fitness competitions, etc and then go back to being inconsistent. This yo yo effect makes losing weight that much harder.

A well thought out fitness plan will go a long way in helping you to reach your goals. To achieve consistency, you will want to think about the types of exercise that you can do on a regular basis. A consistent workout regimen reduces stress and increases your mental well being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood. Sticking to a regular exercise regimen will keep you to feel revived both physically and mentally. When you exercise with consistency, your muscles will develop gradually and the body that you always dreamed about will materialize.

It’s also important to design a training program that fits your lifestyle and can be followed consistently without upsetting other areas of your life. Make sure your fitness goals aren’t so aggressive that you have don’t have time to train or are constantly running short on time that you don’t finish them. Be honest with yourself regarding how much time you have to work out. Personally I hit the wall at about 1:15min.

If you are unsure about how to put together a program hiring a coach will help with developing a customized a plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Click here to see a list of services that I offer that may be of assistance to you.

There are three main components in any healthy lifestyle program that help you to build lean muscle, lose weight fast and lose body fat.

  1. Strength training — increase your lean, tone, body mass, thus giving a better shape to the body and increasing metabolism. Review the strength training day.
  2. Cardio — help you burn some extra calories that will lead to fat loss. More cardio doesn’t make up for bad behavior or if you missed a day. Just do your normal workout. Review cardio day.
  3. Nutrition — this is the hardest for most people. As we talked about on nutrition day, it’s about moderation and making this a lifestyle and not a diet.  Review nutrition day.

I want to spend a little more time on nutrition as this where the rubber meets the road. If you are awesome with your workouts but a mess in the kitchen you will struggle with losing weight. The biggest factor that cause you to fall of the deep end is the lack of convenience. Convenience is a big factor that effects the consistency of eating the right foods.  We’ve discussed preparing your own meals ahead of time. This will eliminate the excuses of stopping off at a fast food place because you have nothing to eat. It will eliminate the excuse for skipping a much needed meal. You can purchase a protein powder, a meal replacement packet, protein shakes in a can already mixed, and protein bars. Again these help eliminate any excuse for not getting the proper nutrition your body needs. I would still rather you eat whole foods, but something is better than nothing at all.

Train hard, train smart and train consistently. This is the only way I know how you can win the weight loss game.

There is no secret routine, there is no magical number of reps and sets. What there is, is confidence, belief, hard work on a consistent basis, and a desire to succeed. ~ Unknown

 

With fitness slow and steady wins the race, don’t come out of the gate so fast that you burn yourself out. That is one of the reasons why this course is 30 days long it’s to help develop consistency.  Remember there is no short cuts to fitness, despite what you might hear.

Today’s challenge

  1. Write down where you struggle with consistency — cardio, strength or nutrition. Name 2 things you can do to help improve that
  2. I am a very visual person. I hope you are too. So.. find motivating picture that visualizes your goal and post it somewhere that you have to see it every day. I also like post its. I post my goals all around the house so that I’m consistently reminded of what I’m working towards.

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch

 

 

[Day 9] Can This Become A Habit??

We’ve laid a good solid foundation, now let’s start burning it in to your brain and make it a habit.jimrohn [Day 9] Can This Become A Habit??
Motivation is key to attaining your goals. That is why i asked about why you wanted to partake in this challenge I wanted to make sure you were motivated for the right reasons and you had your head on straight. If you are someone who cannot get excited about your goals, then achieving them can become drudgery. And that just SUCKS!!! Here are 9 tips that will help you over the hump.

 

  1. Rewards If you’ve ever worked with children, you know that bribes work. “Eat your vegetables and you can have more mashed potatoes.” “Get an A on your homework and you get a sticker.” “Clean your room and we’ll go to the park.” As an adult, we tend to drop this habit. We just do the work because we’re supposed to, or maybe we don’t do the work at all because it’s just not fun. Why not add back in some fun! Reward yourself – notice I didn’t call it a bribe? Reward yourself for your success. For example, if your goal is to pack your lunch 3 times during the week, then buy yourself your favorite coffee and every morning, after a successful day that you bring your lunch.
  2. Friends Friends can make goal setting and achieving fun! Whenever you’re tempted to eat something off plan or not head to the gym, why not call or IM a friend! Tell them what’s going on and ask for the kick in the pants to motivate you to stay on plan or just make you laugh. That’s what friends are for. Friends can also join you in your goal. If you’re looking to add exercise to your routine, you can join a gym with friends, or just meet each morning for a brisk walk. Now you’re both getting healthy, and on the days when you’re not feeling like working out, knowing your friend is waiting for you and depending on you will get you out of bed.
  3. Record your successes Journaling is a great tool to track how you’re feeling. It can be even more motivating if you journal your successes. By recording your successes, when you’re having a difficult day, you can open your journal and read your success entries. Remembering what it felt like to succeed will help to motivate you through the tough days.
  4. Be positive A positive attitude is a wonderful motivator. When you’re feeling positive and have a happy outlook, it feels like anything is possible. A good way to stay positive, is planning for those tough times, and knowing how you can turn around your frame of mind, is a useful tool. So what makes you happy?  I have a stash of positive quotes, videos, songs and images that help me when I have my wall kicking moments.
  5. Being grateful What do you have to be grateful for? Remembering what is good and right in our lives tends to put everything else into perspective. When you’re dealing with a particularly difficult day and working out sounds less fun than cleaning the toilet, or you’re thinking a burger and soda at the local drive-thru will solve all of your problems, then it’s time to get out a pen and paper. Why not write down 5-10 things you’re grateful for? This could help snap you out of your funk quickly. Once you remember what is good and right in your world, the gym will maybe not feel so bad, and that takeout food will no longer feel like a life preserver.
  6. Use Triggers Lay out your clothes the night before or pack your gym bag and put it by the door so you don’t forget it.
  7. Get it over with Bite the bullet and head to the gym early. This may mean setting a bed time.
  8. Be prepared We talked the other day about prepping food on Sundays. Also make sure you have the right sneakers.
  9. X marks the spot I love this one. Grab a calendar and mark a red x each time you are successful with one of your goals mark a red x on the your calendar. This will give you visual motivation to keep going.

Your challenge today.

  1. Of the 9 tips which three will you find to be the most helpful and how you can use it.
  2. Find a motivational quote and post somewhere that you can see it

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Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day

 

{Day 3} Gotta Have Goals!!!

Every client I work with I always ask what are your goals. What are we working towards. I typically get 2 types of response.  They either know their goals and can rattle them off gaolblocks {Day 3} Gotta Have Goals!!! or they look and me and say hmm what do you think I need to work on. When I hear the lather response I’m always taken a back. My feeling if you are seeking advice from a fitness professional you must have a goal. I can certainly help you fine tune them, but I’ve found that when you work toward a goal that isn’t yours you aren’t as passionate achieving it. Setting goals sometimes requires you to deep dig look in the mirror and really ask what you want.

So. today’s challenge is about setting SMART goals. I want you to think of goal setting as creating a road map for where you want to go. Imagine if you wanted to go to California. Would you get in the car and just drive, no.. you’d make a plan. You’d figure out do you drive, fly or some other mode of transportation. You’d map out where in California you were going and then you’d figure out when you’d want to go and for how long.  I want you to keep this analogy in your head as we dive into goal setting.

When clients set goals I typically experience two things.

1. They aren’t measurable, I hear something like this

  • Tone up
  • Get cut you know shredded
  • Lose my tummy
  • Firm up my J Lo (okay that’s my goal =))

2. They aren’t realistic

  • I’m going vacation in 2 weeks I want to drop 20 pounds
  • I want to put on 5 pounds of muscle while I’m training for a marathon
  • I’m going eat less than 1000 calories to drop weight fast

So.. when you set goals it doesn’t have to be this HUGE over the top goal. Now I’m not saying don’t set challenging goals, but set goals that you will be able to see and have some success.

We all have goals that we are trying to achieve, but are you setting SMART Goals. When you set SMART goals you are more likely to achieve them.  SMART goals are written in such a way that anyone who reads them can see what you are trying to achieve.

Here is what I’m talking about:

Specific What do I want to accomplish?
Measurable Criteria for measuring progress toward your goal
Attainable Goals are realistic and can be achieved in a specific amount of time and are reasonable.
Realistic You are both willing and able to work toward achieving this goal.
Timely Goals have a clearly defined time-frame including a target or deadline date.
Examples I will be able to do 10 pushups from my toes by January 31st.
I will bring my lunch 3 days on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays for the month of February.
I will do cardio for 30 minutes 5 times/week on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Is this starting to make sense?? So.. Day 3 Challenge as you can image is to set goals for this 30 day challenge.

  • They should begin with I will……
  • Now if you are feeling aggressive let’s set some goals for the next 60 and then 90 days.
  • I write a lot about goals so here are some additional reading about goals that may help you.
  • If you are stuck reach out! That’s why I’m here.

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight

Stay tuned.. tomorrow I will give you the building blocks of good nutrition.

Resources:
Hold Yourself Accountable
5 Ways To Successfully Reach Your Weight Loss Goals
Excuseville
Hairy Eyeball of Truth