Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stop "THE AMAZING RACE" With Your Weight Loss!!

One of my absolute favorite reality shows is "The Amazing Race". The basic premise of the show is that a group of 11 pairs of people (with some type of relationship) race around the world for the ultimate prize of 1 million dollars. They make pit stops where they have to rest and recharge before they start racing again. They have things that they must do in each country they land, and they are just trying to get it all done and make it to the pit stop, so they will not be eliminated.

Did you know a LOT of people think that their weight loss journey is an "amazing race"? It's really interesting to watch - I know because I was one of these people!! They start off January 1 with big goals and begin the "race" to transform their bodies and their health. They will make "pit stops" because they think exercise and eating well are too hard to do. If they don't have someone to "pair" up with, then by the end of this month or sometime next month, they will "eliminate" themselves from their "ultimate prize" of being healthy and fit for life! Some people get into this cycle every single year!! Witness right here!

I am here to encourage you to STOP THE AMAZING RACE with your weight loss journey!!

This is a journey that is taken one step at a time, one meal at a time, one exercise at a time. You did not develop unhealthy habits overnight, and you will not get rid of those habits in one quick weekend. It is going to take time to lose weight. It is going to take discipline to learn the right foods to eat. It is going to take a change in your thinking to make all of this a habit. It is going to take consistency in making the right choices for yourself and your best health. Every day, you will need to take action on the goals you made for yourself. You should connect with an accountability partner to keep yourself on track. (Beachbody gives you a FREE fitness coach to be your partner!) Change is difficult, but it really does get easier the more you keep at it.

Remember, YOU are the key to making things happen - or keeping yourself away from all you desire.

Don't "eliminate" yourself from your very best life in 2009! Your success is right around the corner! Slow down, stay consistent, and WIN YOUR HEALTH BACK!

(Please contact me anytime to help you to YOUR success!)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kick it Up a Notch!!

Happy New Year!!

I hope that you had a restful and blessed holiday season, and you are now ready to get back in the groove!!

I love watching the Food Network. I enjoy watching the different chefs create delectable meals, and a lot of times I take those ideas and make them my own. One of the shows I like to watch is Emeril Live. It's not live anymore since he retired from the Food Network, but his shows are still great. One of the things he loves to say is "Let's kick this up a notch!" Usually after he says that, he adds something spicy, or something extra to the pot or pan.

For the New Year 2009, let US each kick it up a notch - in a HEALTHY way!!

In your exercise routine, add an extra 20 or 30 minute walk. Do an extra set of squats or an extra set of tricep dips. Invite 2 people to come and WOWY with you at least one time a week. Turn on your favorite CD or song on your iPod and dance. Play active games with the kids or grandkids for an extra 30 minutes. As you take the groceries in, do 10 bicep curls with the bags. Put that brand new Wii Fit to good use.

In your nutrition plan, try ONE new fruit or vegetable every day. Use your Beachbody meal planner or to track your calorie intake. Try a brand new recipe. Change your white bread to whole wheat or multigrain. Eliminate one soda from your current intake every week (or every two weeks if you need a bit longer). Add herbs and spices to your food instead of salt. Use ground turkey or lean ground beef instead of regular. Add one serving of fish to your weekly meal plan. Substitute fruit or frozen yogurt for dessert.

In your everyday life, take some time to BREATHE DEEP. Sit in silence (no TV, no phone, no internet) for at least 10 minutes a day. Reconnect with a friend or family member. Stretch your body for 5 or 10 minutes before you put in your workout DVD. Find a different way to combat stress in your world. Laugh out loud. Clear out the clutter.

These are just a few suggestions. There are countless ways that you can kick 2009 up a notch for yourself and your journey to excellent health and wellness! I encourage you to make this year your HEALTHIEST ever!!! If you are ready, then I am here to assist - just let me know!!

Keep doing it BIG, everyone!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

ChaLEAN Extreme - Day 1

ChaLEAN Extreme - Day 1

Good morning, and Happy Saturday!

I have been trying out ChaLEAN Extreme for the past couple of weeks, but today is my official Day 1 of the workout! It is going to be an intense workout, everyone! The basic premise is MUSCLE BURNS FAT, and you can lose up to 60% of your body fat with this program!

First, my starting stats:
Chest - 31.5"
Upper Arm - 10.5"
Waist - 28.5"
Hips - 37.5"
Abductors - 22.5"
Thigh - 22.5"
Weight - 135 pounds
Body Fat - 21.5%

My primary goal for this is to tone up and look FABULOUS for my wedding in April!

I wanted to use free weights for this, but my finances are pretty tight at this time and I will not be able to get any free weights. Plus the BowFlex Select Tech weights, where you can dial up the weight that you need, is totally out of my price range at over $400.00! So my first workout was done with resistance bands. I used the maroon bands, which are 20 pounds, and the red bands, which are 30 pounds. You truly have to use your muscles to get the bands above your head and all. But I love it so much!

I'll keep you posted on my progress - so excited about this! If you are interested in doing this with me and changing your body DRAMATICALLY for 2009, come visit me at! I would LOVE to help you succeed!