Isn’t life more fun when we have someone to inspire us? That’s how I feel each and every day with my clients, customers and coaches. Today I want to highlight Tina. Check out her current results!!
I’m so proud of my challenger, Tina! She decided that she was ready to make some changes to end the year right and she’s def doing it right!
Here are her recent pics (cuz pics tell so much!). The far left is her starting photo, the middle pic is a month ago and the far right is her today. Here are her own words regarding her success so far, I know she’s not stopping anytime soon! Let’s do this, girl!!
“Before I started I was tired and lazy and I was tired of be tired. I rarely wanted to do anything outside of the house and we never did anything active as a family. My body was not my friend and doing the simple tasks like tying my shoes was hard.”
“My biggest inspiration for starting this journey is my daughter. She’s my best friend and my biggest cheerleader! And she’s getting married to her long time boyfriend next Aug.”
“Staying on track is the biggest challenge for me. Luckily my husband is totally on board and doing this all with me to. My support from you and everyone in our groups is amazing!!”
“I’ve been doing slim in 6 and I LOVE it. It’s hard and challenging but it makes me want to work harder to do it all. I’ve been able to do so much more than I ever thought possible.”
“So far since starting in Aug. I have lost a total of 16 pounds and 18 inches. The best part is the confidence I’ve gained. I feel like I can do anything! I have to say I’m most proud of sticking to the program and getting my workouts done!”
“My life no longer revolves around the TV or cell phone playing games. I rarely sit still for very long at a time and LOVE going on very long walks with my family. (most of the time those walks include Pokemon hunting to) LOL”
“I love my Shakeology!! Especially vanilla!! I don’t have the crazy cravings for junk like I used to and look forward to my Shake treat everyday!! ” – Tina
If you want to start your own transformation story, simply fill in the information below (it won’t show up publicly so don’t worry about that!) and I’ll connect with you right away to get you started on your goals. No diets, no gimmicks and long lasting results guaranteed!
Stress can be such a buzz kill to our good efforts, right? I know…it happens to the best of us! 😉
I figured you needed to hear this straight from me and how I am committing to moving through the crap this new week anyway. This past week, we had huge plans of family coming in and staying at our home and tons of food to be made ahead of time; house cleaning to be done; planning for all events that surrounded the stay and more…
At one point, my hubby looked at me and asked, “why are you so calm?????” 🙂 lol I guess he anticipated that I should be freaking out way more than I was! But, honestly, I have learned over the past few years to simply do my best and leave the rest to whatever was going to happen. I am not (and even though I don’t like to admit it…NEVER WAS) able to control everything. Yes, I am a bit “OCD” personality but that means nothing when life happens.
We were set to begin – with the countdown on for the guests and events fast approaching…when a ginormous speed bump came into view and shifted every well intentioned plan we had set up.
Yes, everything changed and there was no getting out of that. I had no control. GASP 😉 I had to just reshift my focus on the next step. That was key to me NOT freaking out and having a complete meltdown and I do have to say that with my family at my side, we were able to deal with the issues and make it through safely…lol
Needless to say, in all of the craziness and all of the change of plans…my own personal “best eating plans” for my success in finishing Hammer & Chisels’ final 2 weeks went awry. Like, serious bread eating was done. (my comfort food of choice, along with cookies!)
I was devastated…not going to lie.
I felt like I was hit by a truck at some points and it’s kind of stupid because I was really only dealing with worrying about other’s in my family…and the change of plans in my home.
Nothing bad had happened to me aside from this adjustment period… and yet, I was kind of making a big ordeal about the stress. I know that I’m not the only person who does this, right? And imagine had it been directly concerning ME…that would have thrown me even more off balance.
So what happens now? Like, after I had eaten the garlic bread I wasn’t supposed to eat, and the huge sandwich I inhaled at lunch with my sister and niece…and maybe even some “bites, licks and tastes” of cookies and brownies. I felt bloated, heavy and lethargic and I now know better than to think I had “undone” all the good things from the past few months. It made me reflect back to when I first began this fitness/health journey; before I learned what eating the right foods means and what type of serious focus to place on my success along the journey.
I resonated with those who are suffering the unknowns…thinking that days, weeks, weekends, or months can be the end of our good intentions. Believing the nasty “diet world” hype that surrounds us at every corner, magazine, commercial, etc. can make anyone crazy if we don’t educate ourselves on what is true and what is going to help us continue. The one thing I know that is helping me is my online support group and the complete understanding that I have control and power to focus on my day to day plans. Nothing ever goes perfectly. We can plan all we want and it still can become skewed or completely off kilter but I can always reset and refocus, right?
So can you!
I want to share how I’m making this work for me; instead of having a binge fest and just saying, “to hell with it all this week cuz I’ve already screwed up my last week and a half of this meal plan on hammer and chisel. There’s no way I’ll get the results I wanted now…”
That’s NOT the way to think! I used to think this way and I bet you have (or still do) too! Right?? 🙂
So instead, I am drawing that line in the sand and getting on board like a BOSS LADY! I’m even catching up today in my business info that had to slide since I didn’t have the amount of time available as I usually do. Here’s what I will be committing to this coming week:
Waking up at 5am all week to start my day with my workout, breakfast and personal development reading.
Planning out my business hours and scheduling time for my family and breaks so I don’t overwhelm myself just because I am further behind than usual. (I used to over do things at this point in thinking I could “catch up” again in a day or two but this was a self defeating cycle that left me worse off in the long run)
Making sure that my shakeology gets into my body every day this week…(although this is easy for me now and I haven’t skipped a day all year so far!)
Planning my meals and sticking to the plans!!! (this one is my main priority this week…only because it’s the hardest thing for me to do!) I am even going to share this plan with you below so you can feel free to follow along or even share with me any questions you would like to ask (email me or post below)
Week 8 Hammer & Chisel:
Monday: Workout – Chisel Endurance and 10 min ab chisel
Tuesday: Max Hammer Strength
Wednesday: Chisel Cardio (this one is brutal!)
Thursday: the plan says it’s REST day but I switch my rest day to Sunday – Hammer Plyometrics
Friday: Total Body Chisel
Saturday: Hammer Power (my fave!!) and 10 min ab hammer
Here’s my meal plan for Monday:
I will share my plans for Tuesday through Sunday to stay on track. Being accountable to what I say I’m doing versus just pretending that I’m on track when I slip up (cuz life happens, right??) is the secret to my success in staying on track the past few years!!
I’m so excited to kick off our new support group as we prepare to get fit and healthy for summer this Spring! There’s still time to jump in if you are 100% serious, just message me today or fill out this form to get your goals lined up and I’ll contact you right away.
Like, you are not sure what just happened but one minute you are sitting there minding your own business and the next part is fuzzy and unclear…
but once you “come to”, you have crumbs on your shirt and chocolate dripping from your chin and your fingertips.
What just happened here?
This is something that I had suffered through for so many years and instead of looking into the reasons why it was happening, I was under the impression that working on my sheer “willpower” would help me to conquer this beast.
not so much…
Let’s take a look at what happens when we are in the midst of a craving attack; the cravings are driven by the chemical in our brain, dopamine. The brain seeks that rush again and again…and again! It works like a drug addiction…and “willpower” has no power over this at all.
But what do we do if we are trying to lose weight? What if we are focusing on replacing these attacks with healthier habits? How do we stop these attacks and start to control their power over our brains?
Knowing our trigger points can help us understand the signs so we can work on creating a successful plan to offset the problem.
Here are some common areas that bring on the sudden attacks:
*Being under a lot of stress (ummmm…excuse me, LIFE???)
*Skipping meals and/or undereating (a big no-no but so many women practice it in hopes of losing weight)
*Not drinking enough water (seriously, who even drinks enough these days??)
*Lack of sleep
*Stuck in a rut
Start by learning to identify the feelings in a given moment and understand to separate those feelings from food. I will never forget one of my Weight Watcher leaders when I was just 15 years old, when I was obsessed with finding the cause of my struggles. She told us repeatedly, almost like our mantra, “if you find yourself standing in front of an open refrigerator or pantry and you don’t know what you are ‘hungry’ for; shut the door, go sit down and figure out what it is you are hungry for. Because it has nothing to do with food.’
This saying brought me so much relief through many painful times as I worked on conquering this massive and powerful beast.
So, how do we finally get control of these times? It’s all about understanding the emotions first and then having a game plan set up so we are set up for success. Here are some tips.
1. Plan a workout schedule and stick to it. You wouldn’t cancel on a meeting or appointment that was important to you, why would you not stick to a workout program that would benefit your body and your mind? I like to plan out my workout time on my calendar in pen and I don’t let myself get off track with anything or anyone else at that time. If you have difficulty during your day or evening, get up an hour earlier and just get it done. If you are thinking that isn’t fair because you want to sleep that extra hour; then go to sleep earlier if you must. But the bottom line is you that we all have 2 decisions on our goals. Either we don’t stick to it and we move further from our goals; or we just do it and the magic happens. You are just as important as anyone else that you value in your life.
2. Let’s talk about your water intake, your stress levels and the amount of sleep you’re getting. Now, don’t get me started on the fact that most of us are lacking in all 3 of these areas…let’s find out why we need to pay attention here. Our will power is lowered dramatically when we are sleep deprived, stressed out and dehydrated. Do you think that’s BS? Think about a time of known weight gain for most…’the college years’. Crappy food is everywhere, sleep is a second thought and stress levels are through the roof…and water? Who drinks water? There are much less hydrating beverages to be had instead. Those or us who are more active, need at least 1 gallon of water every day. We also need at least 7 hours of sleep per night…and I don’t care if you can tell me that you are “good” to go after just 4 hours. That lack of sleep will catch up with you. These will create major food cravings all on their own.
3. I know I mentioned stress above but I believe it’s important enough to hold it’s own title. I know we all deal with stresses. It is ‘life’ for goodness sake. But think about the times when you are stressed more than normal, these times make us so much more vulnerable to food cravings. Stress may not be something you can always control, but you can help your body handle it as best as possible. Exercise is a proven method to eliminate the negativity caused by stress; in fact, you feel immediately better after you are done. Ever hear of those “happy endorphins”? Some basic activities that bring upon a feeling of euphoria are yoga, meditation and simple stretching. Plan to attend yoga classes twice a week when you are under extra stress, or just in general. Even if you only have a few minutes to relax; just breathing in a quiet place with your eyes closed for 10 minutes will lower stress levels dramatically. Hence my Weight Watcher leader’s quote about “go sit down and figure out what you’re hungry for”, just sit and breathe…
4. Stop the cravings! When you think of the food culprit, day or night, just firmly think “STOP!” Then picture a healthy and fit “you” instead. Do this repeatedly, even if you feel silly. It’s really sillier to NOT work on these areas so suit yourself…lol If you make this a habit, your brain will soon begin to dismiss the foods and the cravings will begin to lessen.
5. Sometimes you just gotta have one. Diets don’t work because they focus on depriving ourselves of what we enjoy most. Every so often, go ahead and indulge in your favorite sweet treat. But instead of gorging on it in the privacy of your home, go out and eat it with a fork and a spoon in front of other people…with dignity. Enjoy the flavors and the richness of the dessert. I bet you are satisfied before you even finish it.