January 1: Becoming More This Year

January 1st

You’ve been here before. A new year staring at you with a blank slate.

 

The opportunity for anything you choose.

 

But chances are you’ve been motivated before to change our habits. Chances are you’ve been inspired to start a plan or better your life or whatever it was that has been important to you along your journey.

 

And yet, something happens along the way. You stop. You can’t really pinpoint when that happens but it does. And you become defeated by stopping, yet again and then tell yourself stories that you are not strong. You believe the voices in your head that whisper you are weak, you’ve failed so many times and you just don’t have what it takes to succeed.

 

I call B.S.

 

Hello! It’s been awhile! In case you’ve never seen my blog posts before, my name is Kathy and I’m a fitness coach, fitness trainer and all around fitness and health obsessed nut. I love challenges and my mission is to empower women over the age of 30 to take control of their body, their mind and their freaking lives – once and for all.

You’ve been a victim for much too long and it’s time to take control of your success.

 

In this first day of the new year, I want to talk about going deeper into our goals. We typically go shallow.

 

For example, you have most likely set basic outcome goals like, “I want to lose 25 lbs”.

Ok, great. And then what?

 

I want to look thinner.

Ok great and then what?

 

I want to be healthy…and then what?

 

That’s good, you say. That should do it.

 

I’ll then ask you if you were to lose 25lbs, look thinner (which would obviously be a fact after losing the weight) and healthy (which means nothing in reality because it’s not specific)…you will be happy?

 

Yes, you repeat.

 

POOF! Your wish is granted. Instantly, you are 25 lbs lighter, looking thinner and feeling healthy.

 

Then just as fast as it’s gone, it reappears.

 

What is this? you demand. How could this weight be gone and then reappear almost instantly?

 

It’s not magic, it’s what most dieters repeat, year after year. And over time, they end up growing larger and more unhealthy over time.

 

Why does this happen? Not because it’s your fault, I want to assure you, but because the goal wasn’t specific enough and the learned behaviors didn’t get to stick.

 

You see, we like instant.

 

Instant messaging; instant pots; instant results.

 

The problem with instant is that nothing is learned. There is no growth or knowledge gained. So ultimately, with the instant mindset, there is no long term success or change.

 

Success in this new year isn’t going to be about what you want to achieve. Why? Because when we reach a goal, it isn’t the outcome that makes us feel happy and successful.

 

That happy and successful comes from us waking up every darn day and completing what we say we are going to complete and then seeing our goals appear over time because we are doing the work.

If you start to enjoy eating good foods that you like and you do it every day this coming year; and then you also start to workout every week because you want to become stronger and stop stopping. So you workout every week for the next 52 weeks. You do these not because you have a goal of losing 25 lbs (cuz that goal won’t last, I promise you that!) but because you start to look forward to your workout sessions because of how they are making you feel about yourself. You are growing stronger. You are feeling more energetic and you are starting to become more confident in your abilities. Then what happens as the months go by? You obviously lose weight. You become healthier and you start to change the shape of your body and your life.

 

Success comes because you are now putting in the reps. Do you see why a quick instant diet solution is the complete opposite of this? Do you believe you have what it takes to become more in the new year? Share your goals below…

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How to motivate your kids to be healthier

So let’s talk about food and old habits.

I mean, just the sound of food sounds like it’s going to be fun, right?

But what if I said, let’s talk about good nutritional foods? Did I lose you? Wake up!!! 🙂 lol

Seriously though, just the fact of me starting a new program and meal plan (like the new 22 Minute Hard Corps), makes me realize how our bodies resist changes along the way. For example, I ate a good breakfast from my planned meal and then my Shakeology with berries and peanut butter for snack and it all seemed good…

 

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until, after lunch. I don’t know what it is about this time, but it’s like my body has a radar for 2pm and wants me to EAT like never before! Now, I am not new to this so I understand my problems.

  1. I’m starting a new plan and my body is not used to it. In response, it reacts with hunger, cravings and other annoying feelings based on what it deems as “my normal eats”…and thinks I may be starving. HAH! Right?
  2. The habits that I’ve created up to this point have made my body expect to eat something at about this time so me not giving in only makes those cravings get louder in order to gain my attention.
  3. This is normal and as long as I know I’m getting in the right amount of calories, nutrition and supplements to sustain my body’s needs and changes at this time, I can rest assured that I won’t die from starvation as my body is seemingly concerned with.

So, it all comes down to mindset. I don’t like the word willpower because it makes me think that I am not strong enough to stick to my plans. In reality, our bodies are actually working against us sticking to the new plans because it’s different. Different is not something our bodies like too much of. But in order to create new “normalcies”, we must get through the difficult “different” times and issues. Much like a new workout program, have you ever tried a new workout and been extremely miserable and challenged through it all…only to be ridiculously sore after the fact? That’s change at it’s best! Our bodies respond to changes by simply changing. That’s what we wanted to do in the first place, right? So why do we give up when we are faced with some resistance?

Yesterday, I shared my meal plans and I’m committed to staying on track today and being completely honest with you on how I do. My workout was a success (complete with sandbag! My new BFF) at 5am and then my 13 year old son started it today too..but since he won’t workout with his mom; he did his workout at 6am. I’m not mad! 😉

Get this….I really have to brag! I know as a mom, we want our kids to do and be their best. Right? Of course! It’s what we do!

Over the years of working on myself; fitness and food issues alike…they saw me working out, eating foods, opting to not eat certain foods, drinking water, readjusting to new habits, learning new ways to figure it out and although they never seemed much interested (maybe even a bit annoyed at times! haha),  but they were always watching.

Who’s watching you day to day?  #ialwaysfeellikesomeoneiswatchingme #1980sgirl

Cut to the present day and time; I have never required or even suggested that they do a workout program or eat how I eat. I just did it for myself for years. I have finally figured out the best way for my body to be happy and not get too restrictive. They see me enjoy pastries, fun foods and more along the way; but they also see me workout weekly, choose healthy foods most of the time and drink my water and shakeology daily. It’s been over 6 years in the Beachbody world; and it’s been over 25 years just working on my fitness and health goals that has brought me to this point. I consider myself kind of an “expert” 😉

So about 2 years ago, my daughter came to me and asked which workout program I’d recommend for her. She was running a lot but wasn’t happy with her results. I told her she could continue running but she would also have to add in some strength training, flexibility, rest days and full nutrition to balance it all out for best results. This was before summer season and she was highly motivated. So we started her on P90X3. Then she moved onto 21 Day Fix; 21 Day Fix Extreme, Body Beast, Piyo, Master’s Hammer & Chisel..to name a few. She started adding Shakeology to her daily meal plan and following how I ate as her food plans. Then my elder son asked me about adding muscle to his lean frame. We worked in some Body Beast and added more to his food plans in terms of full nutrition and a more balanced calorie intake. He also drinks shakeology daily and has added muscle and definition and WEIGHT to his frame. He’s a happy camper and currently doing Master’s Hammer and Chisel too. Then about 6 months ago, my youngest, (my 13 year old “bubba” boy) asked me, “what program should I do, Mom?”

I felt like crying. Seriously sobbing mom over here. All those years of me working my butt off and hearing people ask me why I was doing what I was doing, and rolling their eyes at me when I would eat “differently” from the rest of the crowd on most occasions and making time each day to get my fitness complete and my nutrition set…all the struggles that I went through and all the doubts I had over the importance of it was answered in turn when I saw all 3 of my kids doing the right thing and honoring their bodies. Sure, I make cookies and we eat fun foods. We have a normal life and I never ever ever require they follow exactly what I say. I don’t have to. I just bring the foods into the home and eat the foods I eat and they watch and they follow.

My youngest started with P90X3, moved onto Insanity Max:30 (I told him to do the modified version and that was enough for him) and now he’s starting 22 Minute Hard Corps along with me. I am just in awe…but I never ever say so! If I did, he would probably stop because mom is getting “annoying”…right? lol

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Last proud moment I have to share, as I’ve been a “sweet tooth fan” most of my life, and I’ve also created a habit of enjoying “desserts” after dinner in our family.

The irony was that I wouldn’t eat most of it but I would bake up a storm of unhealthy items (feeling confident they were better than store bought cuz I made them!) and the family would love them! They actually started to expect it as “norm”. When I would not feel up to making something, they’d ask (almost in a panic) “What’s for dessert????”

I knew it was time to make a change. I started bringing more healthy options for dessert and baked less and less during the weekdays…but never stopping altogether. (gotta have some fun along the journey too!) My normal “evening snack” usually consists of Greek yogurt and oats. Now hubby and daughter are eating the same with me every night so we are always low on the stuff! But I’m not complaining at all! And do you know what my “bubba boy” usually chooses?

Navel oranges. He cuts them up in circles to make it “fun” to eat and sits down with his bowl of cut up oranges when we watch our evening Netflix series of the moment. He starts his day with a workout, has a shakeology for breakfast (this from a kid who never ate anything but sugary cereals for breakfast, cuz he wasn’t hungry in the am) and now he starts his day with this full dose of nutrition!!

Mom pride in full effect!! Kind of makes me want to continue this journey and see what else comes from it! Seriously, who is watching you today?

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22 Minute Hard Corps Bootcamp

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Okay, peeps! We are set to launch a NEW program from Beachbody and I’m soooo excited about this one! Why? Because whenever you tell me that you can guarantee me results with just 22 minute workouts a day…I’m freaking INNNNNNNNN!!!!

We all know Tony Horton from his P90X fame; but those were over an hour long each day!!! :-/

Time issues became such a problem for most people who wanted to lose weight and get into better shape…so programs like Focus T25, that is only 25 minute workouts a day…and 21 Day Fix, with just 30 minute workouts a day were created.

And you know what? They freaking WORKED!!!!!  So what better way to raise the ante than to create a 22 minute workout?

Yep! I said it…22 minutes and you can get some serious results with Tony Horton and ME as your awesome Coach!!!

BUT YOU CAN’T REALLY GET RESULTS in just 22 minutes a day, can you????

Yes, SIR!!! (or YES, MA’AM!!) You totally can and this is guaranteed to do so or your money back!!!!!

This is about focusing on the workout of the day (again, only 22 minutes so don’t think you have to add another hour or so extra!), pushing yourself to YOUR max, hitting your nutrition by plugging into the plan as it’s written out to a “TEE” and then you also get MOI as your support and accountability partner in crime (well, not much crime going on but we’ll be pushing our results to the limit!) and the rest of our challengers within the group.

Fun times!!!

I’m serious when I say that there is so much comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our journeys. We are not alone when we have bad days, when we are struggling to get in our workouts or set up our meal plans, we are not alone when we slip up on our nutrition. We are all in this together and nobody gets left behind! We are getting our own private “BOOTCAMP” training at home with the 22 Minute Hard Corps program.

All of your excuses are invalid. Every. Single. One.

I am a mom of 3 kids who lost 30 lbs when my kids were babies. I was dealing with my own stress, my own emotional eating struggles and my own previous bad habits and lack of knowledge in how to eat properly without having to kill myself in the gym. I finally came to the realization that I was tired of “saying” I was going to get fit and healthy. I was tired of “throwing in the towel” when the scale would jump up for no reason. I was tired of feeling tired all of the time and not being confident in my own skin. I decided that this would be my priority so that I could enjoy my kids as they grew up; I could run around with them as they were younger and keep up with them as they grew older. I didn’t want to be a mother that my kids had to worry about because of my health or weight. I made my goals a priority in my daily life because honestly, I wanted to change more than I was willing to stay the same. And doing the same things that I always did was only bringing me the results that I always had.

I know that it’s still a few months out from summer season. I know you probably don’t worry about wearing shorts or a bathing suit until warmer weather sets in or you are starting at a vacation or event that forces you to care. Right? Well let me tell you that if you are still reading this and you got this far…consider that a sign to START RIGHT NOW!!! What have you got to lose? (besides the obvious)

No matter what your fitness levels are; no matter what you are able to do or not do; no matter if you’ve never worked out before  or you used to be an athlete…there is a way to make this plan work and I am here to help you do just that. We will modify as needed to make the program and moves a success for you. You can definitely achieve whatever the mind believes…and if you don’t believe it yet…I’m here to believe FOR you until you get there!

So what is 22 Minute Hard Corps anyways??

This program was created by no other than, Mr. Tony Horton, and yes, he also created P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Power 90 and more!

This program includes a mixture of eight routines that alternate between total body cardio & resistance workouts. There is 1 workout per day for 6 days per week…no more and no less. 🙂 The workouts are fast paced (think Army training) and there is little or no rest. These workouts are easy to learn with no complicated choreography to memorize! You basically move from one exerces to the next to maximize time and results.
What Equipment Do You Need?

You will need:

*Dumbbells and pull up bar (or you can use resistance bands with a door attachment). The harder you push, the faster you change!

I’m sure you are thinking that you aren’t up to this workout..but let me just tell you that YES, YOU CAN!! It is for everyone and as I did the sneak peek workout, there were different modifications for every level and this is how I have always run my fitness workouts in group classes and one on one sessions. We can find a way for you too!!

It’s an 8 week program; the workouts are 22 minutes a day – 6 days a week. It’s totally do able!!!

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What will you get with this program?

• 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
• Quick Start Mission Guide
• 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
• Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
• Cold Start pre-workout drill
• Hell Week Challenge Card
• HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Network Exclusive)

So now is your time, do you accept the challenge?

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I AM KICKING OFF MY 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS TEST GROUP EXCLUSIVE FOR MY NEW AND CURRENT CUSTOMERS ON THE MARCH 21ST!!!!

On the  21st of March we will start our pre season which consists of 1 week of goal setting, pictures, measurements, meal planning and education on the nutritional plan and then the following week is our official day 1.

******For 8 weeks I will guide you daily through the program with support, accountability, access to an online/app based closed group for support and guidance.  Each participant is required to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack/Program and commit to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.

If you are interested in getting more information about the program please complete the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours with details.

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HERE ARE SOME AMAZING RESULTS FROM THE 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS TEST GROUP.

 

Stephenie W lost 9 lbs and 7.5 inches in 8 weeks.  She said she loved the military/bootcamp style workout!!  The music and the beats of the drum motivate you to push thru to the end!
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