Success Saturday: Pam G.

Pam and I have been online running friends for a while now. Her fitness journey has been been one of determination! Her change both inside and out has been pretty awesome to watch! I’m really proud to have her as one of my coaches and on my team as well.

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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all reasons)
I decided to change my lifestyle because I wanted to make sure that I was healthy enough to play with my grandchildren as I do with my children. That was the main reason, the secondary reason was because I was hitting 30 and the weight wasn’t staying off…. I knew that it was time to change what I was doing.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
I started with walking and elliptical, and then went to running. I currently still run, but have added different cross training workout programs, like Turbo Fire, Hip Hop Abs, and Brazil Butt Lift Master Series.
3. How did you change your eating?
With my eating, I have become way more conscious of portion control, and I am trying to eat less processed foods.
4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
The only nutritional supplements I use is B12, and I drink Shakeology everyday.
5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)
I have some awesome support with my coaches, and my online challenge groups. I also have a wonderful running partner that does every race with me.
6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?
The top thing that I have gotten out of my journey is my change of mindset. I am now more confident and I feel so much better!! I know that I can do what I want to and I will succeed.
7. What is your next goal?
My next goal is to run another marathon within my goal time of 5 hours. I also want to continue to tone and become more healthy.
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Success Saturday: Mason B.

Mason is the husband of one on my online running mom friends. Together, they joined my Insanity challenge group in May. Throughout the last 9 weeks, I’ve seen Mason blow this challenge out of the water with his main driving force keeping him inspired, his family.  I hope you are inspired by his story as I’ve been to see it unfold.
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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all reasons)
  • I let myself go after having open heart surgery back in December 2009 to repair a failed aortic valve and a massive aortic aneurysm. I ended up having to get an artificial aortic root and a mechanical valve. Prior to this, I was traveling to several states competing in 100 mile ultra-endurance mountain bike races. When you compete at that level, you are CONSTANTLY training and eating thousands of calories a day. When you get sidelined and can’t exercise as hard, your body still thinks it needs all the calories you used to give it. 3 years and 30+ pounds later, I was sick of the excuses. My oldest son was 4 and my twins were 2 months old when I had my surgery. They are 8 and 3 now. I am 46 and they need me to be around and to be an active part of their lives. So I decided to challenge myself to take my fitness level up a few notches and keep it there. Insanity helped me accomplish that goal and gave me a great platform to continue training for a better life.
2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
  • Primarily Insanity. I also did some good mountain bike rides and the occasional run/ walk on the treadmill.
 3. How did you change your eating?
  • I followed the Insanity meal plan as close as I could. Eating 5 small, healthier meals a day instead of 3 larger meals. I also cut out all fast-food and only drank water, coffee, no calorie sports drinks, or milk.
4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
  • I took a men’s multi-vitamin formulated for heart health, and drank protein powder after my workouts. Unfortunately, I cannot drink certain supplements because of the high level of vitamin K. Vitamin K is what the body uses to aid in clotting blood in case of injury. I am on “blood thinners” to keep me from clotting so the mechanical valve stays smooth and clot free.
5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)
  • I had plenty of support! My wife was my #1 inspiration, doing the Insanity program with me and helping me eat better. I also had online support from Carin Schaab on Facebook, used MyFitnessPal to keep record of my meals, and lots of self-discipline.
6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?
  • I feel great about myself again, and am not afraid to take my shirt off at the beach! I know this is exactly what I need to do to be able to be active with my children for as long as I can.
7. What is your next goal?
  • My next goal is to shed the remaining 8lbs to get to my goal weight of 180lbs. I am incorporating some light weight lifting to get lean definition, and will continue with Insanity and possibly T25.

3 Ways to Stop Skipping Workouts

Trying to get into an exercise habit, but finding you’re more in the habit of making excuses? You can break out of that pattern with these tips from fitness experts on staying motivated and sticking to your fitness routine. Our Fitness Together trainers and studio owners recommend these three strategies to help you stay inspired to work out regularly.
1. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

You must have a very strong “why” you are doing it. Always connect to that “why,” especially when things get tough or you get busy. If your goal is to get back into your favorite jeans, hang them on the outside of your closet where you’ll see them every morning when you wake up. For an extra nudge, pin up an old photo of yourself wearing them.

Or, if you’re working toward a health goal such as lowering your blood pressure or relieving chronic back pain, mark your improvements on a chart posted on the fridge. Or tape a photo on your bathroom mirror of someone who’s achieved a goal you’re striving toward. Think fit, healthy-looking people your age playing tennis, climbing a mountain, training for a triathlon, running a 5K, or skiing with their kids!
2. Schedule a Consistent Workout Time

Set a regular time that fits into your daily and weekly schedule, and prioritize it just like you would a meeting with your boss or a top client.

Think of it this way: Skipping out on your commitment to take good care of yourself means sooner or later you’ll start feeling depleted and run-down, with nothing left to give to those who count on you. Sticking to your fitness regimen not only helps keep you healthy, but also refills your well of physical and mental energy. So you’re more likely to be there and be “on” in your job, relationships, family and others who matter to you.
3. Use the Power of a Pro to Keep You on Track

You’re much less likely to be a no-show for your workout when someone’s waiting for you at the gym, track, pool, court . Agree on a time and place to work out with a trainer.

When someone’s there, waiting, and holding you accountable to your exercise commitment, it’s a mighty motivator.

Scheduling sessions with a personal trainer creates an especially powerful incentive to work out: You’ll feel a natural desire to make your trainer proud, and to respect the time commitment he or she blocked out to work with you. That’s powerful inspiration when you’re mulling whether to pull the sheets back over your head or pull on those gym shoes.

Black Friday Beachbody Deals

Here’s my official Beachbody Black Friday deal! (Normally I only associate black and Beachbody because I work out in all black to BRING IT!!) Here are the tools and fun times to get you closer to your goals. Taking time for yourself and investing in yourself – your health and your future – well that is something you can’t put a price tag on!

These are deals through Beachbody and are available starting at 9am PST on Friday (12 noon EST). Don’t forget to check out my extra deals below! To order any of the deals below go HERE or send me an email at jockinaskirt@gmail.com for a direct link. Happy Shopping!

Lean & Mean in ’13

My HOT FOR HALLOWEEN challengers are kicking butt! Inspired by them, I wanted to host another virtual challenge. Introducing…Lean and Mean in ’13, starting November 1!

 

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I truly want you to not have a “lose weight” or “get back in shape” resolution for 2013. If you have a fitness and/or nutrition goal for 2013, I honestly want it to be you getting better on the foundation you already have. THAT is what my 60 day challenge will be completely about…setting good habits with the right tools and support from me, your coach, and a group of other people working so hard toward a similar goal. There’s only 83 days left of 2012. Eeek!!!

 

Each confirmed participant will also be entered into a drawing for my “Start 2013 Lean and Mean” fitness & nutrition basket giveaway in mid December. If you’re interested, please email me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com  The 60 Day challenge starts November 1!

Hot for Halloween

I’ve been there, many years, saying “oh, I don’t dress up for Halloween”, despite really wanting to dress up. I didn’t feel comfortable. I wasn’t overweight (too much), but if I’m going to go all out and dress up, then I want to feel my best. Last year was totally the first year in a very long time that I felt totally comfortable to get decked out and have fun with the kiddos! Check it out. 

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 That’s why I why I decided to host a HOT FOR HALLOWEEN! A 30 day challenge of working out, eat clean, and keep each other ON TRACK. Yea, the title says HOT, but it’s all about getting healthy and feeling comfortable in your own body. So, let’s do this. Comment below or send me a message at jockinaskirt@gmail.com, and I’ll get you the details. Let’s get spooky healthy this year!