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.
- 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.
- Primarily Insanity. I also did some good mountain bike rides and the occasional run/ walk on the treadmill.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com The 60 Day challenge starts November 1!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get you the details. Let’s get spooky healthy this year!