Let’s Get Fit!

As I sit here drinking my delicious protein shake, I’m thinking of ways to inspire you. I know a lot of you are planning your New Year’s Resolutions and most of you want to become healthier and more fit. I want nothing more than to help you achieve your goals, but how can I help? What can I say or do to help you get where you want to be? Ultimately, it comes down to you; you and I both know that, but what if there was something…

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Like you, I too want to make some improvements regarding fitness. In fact, I got so excited that I started today! One of the best ways I know to motivate others is to lead by example, so I’ll be sharing my progress in what I’m calling, 21 Days of Shredness (it’s a silly title, but it is what it is lol)

Why 21 days? Well, I was planning on starting January 1st and continuing to January 21st because that’s my first day of Spring semester. It’s not a program where I finish and that’s it. It’s a kick-start program. 3 weeks of intense “boot-camp-like” workouts followed by a thoroughly mapped out meal plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                               Let’s Get Fit!

 

I’ll be posting the workouts of the day, some meals here and there, and of course tracking my progress mostly through pictures and occasionally through weigh-ins. I’m really excited because I know I’m going to rock this year! I’m lucky enough to live in beautiful southern California, so I want to take advantage of living in my bathing suit lol. I’ve already started my search for the perfect bikini too.

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I’ve been maintaining my weight the last two months, but now it’s time to lean out a little bit. I’m stoked to see what will happen 🙂

Please please please join me! This will also be a  great opportunity to be featured in my next blog post! As some of you know, I started a new segment, Featured Fit Girl. 

I know I started today, but you can totally start on the 1st if you’d like. Here is today’s workout:

  • Hi-Chair Abs – 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Ab machine crunches – 80 lbs, 4 sets x 15 reps
  • Oblique dips – 45 lb plate, 4 sets x 10 reps
  • 1 minute plank
  • 50 crunches
  • 10 minutes stretching
  • 10 minute HIIT (4.0 & 10.0 speed, 0.5 incline)
  • 5 minute cool down (3.0 speed, 2.0 incline)
  • 10 minutes stretching

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Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

If I put you through a training regimen, then you can expect to work hard.

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When I first began my journey, I was at the gym 6 days a week. When I was at the gym, I worked my booty off! You can ask anyone that was there to train with me or anyone who worked at the gym or saw me running up and down the street. There was nothing I wanted more than to be healthy, look good, and feel great. I truly was on a mission. I worked harder on fitness than anything else I have before. And you know what? The only way I know how to achieve my goals is to work hard.

This New Year, when you’re making your resolutions regarding fitness, I want you to keep that in mind. You’re going to have to work. Then, you’re going to have to keep at it.

You have to go out and get it.

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k1That being said, I want to congratulate a dear friend of mine, Kristina, for making tremendous progress on her fit journey! She is inspirational! She has two adorable twin boys, works, and still manages to make it to the gym for her trainer to kick her butt. So far, she has lost 30 pounds! Kristina also follows a nutrition plan that I designed for her and I think her results are amazing!

When asked what her favorite exercise was, she replied, “I feel like it’s all my favorite lol but I think right now I like the ab ball things…Anything abs I’m digging right now lol..”

It really is amazing what you can accomplish if you just TRY. And by mean try I mean give it your all and stay with it.

Check back in the next few days for some exciting news! I’m going to be launching a new program soon and I am thrilled!

Until next time ladies and gents, have a fit day!

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Why You Need to Eat Breakfast, No Really.

There was a time when I wasn’t a huge breakfast fan. Mostly, I enjoyed breakfast food items even if I didn’t eat them at breakfast time. I would hear all the time how “it’s really important to eat breakfast soon after waking up,” but I didn’t even know why; so, I wasn’t motivated to change my habits. Luckily, I found the light and I’ve enjoyed many of the benefits that come with eating breakfast the right way.

The number one reason, in my opinion, to eat breakfast is that doing so increases your metabolism. You know, that thing that helps burn calories and keep you trim. Eating an early breakfast kick starts your metabolism and puts it to work. The more you eat an early, nutritious breakfast, the more your body gets used to this process and adapts. After a while, your body will start metabolizing at about the same time every day. I think that’s pretty cool. You can train your body to do what you want.

So, how do you know if it’s working? Well, you’ll get a physical signal by a hungry, growling tummy. Personally, I like waking up hungry. I like knowing that my body used everything it had yesterday and it needs to be refueled. A good (and sometimes depressing) indication if I overate the day before is if I don’t feel hungry at my usual time.

Here’s how to get there:

  1. Enjoy a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Try finishing the whole glass. Drinking water first thing also rejuvenates your body systems, waking it up.
  2. Think baby steps! You probably aren’t going to want to eat a big breakfast first thing in the morning simply because you aren’t used to it. That’s okay!  Try eating something small, like a banana or some strawberries.
  3. Work your way up until you really start noticing a change in your body and your hunger levels in the morning.

Your body isn’t going to change completely overnight; don’t expect it to, but keep at it. You’ll get there, and when you do you’ll have a whole new appreciation for early eating 🙂

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The Importance of Goals…and Rewards!

Having trouble staying motivated?

Is it hindering your progress?

Along this journey I have realized just how important it is to set both a long-term goals as well as many short-term goals AND rewarding yourself for achieving those goals!

These goals are going to be much different for every person, but to name a few:

  • beating your last mile time
  • exercising a certain number of days or do something fitness related every day
  • eating nutritiously for a period of time or giving up soda or fast food
  • meeting a goal weight
  • fitting into an old pair of jeans again or perhaps a wedding dress 😉
  • progressing in your weakest lift

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Now, time for the rewards! Why? Because they give you something to look forward to when you’re working your tookus off, that’s why!

  • Tip yourself! Break out your wallet and float yourself some cash to go toward any treat you’d like. (clothes, food, etc.) Probably the most popular kind of reward because c’mon, new shoes, cute tops, and comfy pants are always a win 🙂
  • Plan a party and invite your friends to bring a healthy dish and celebrate your success
  • Go on a mini vacation or a night out on the town
  • Get a fresh haircut
  • Indulge in a massage
  • The ultimate reward, your dream body or health status!

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Don’t deny your right to spoil yourself for being such a bad ass in the gym or anywhere else you’re getting your sweat on. I hope you work hard this December! Summer is always just right around the corner and is the perfect opportunity to show off all that confidence you earned in the winter!

 

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