Moms Fitness Challenge: Mind Over Matter

Today’s Fit Friday post is by my friend Erma, the genius behind the best pomades I’ve ever used.. and PS She has great hair! Check it out and leave your comments below!
I’m tired.
My body aches.
I’m out of breath.
We have probably uttered these and similar statements during or after workouts.  When we make statements like these, we are referencing how we physically feel.  However, research from the Centre for Clinical Interventions suggests that our thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and actions.  This is often the case concerning fitness.  There are some of us who wake up pumped to exercise, while others of us need a few pushes.  Whatever the case, our thoughts affect the ease or difficulty of our endeavors.
It’s natural for new moms to have self-defeating thoughts.  You may not be feeling sexy after the baby, but you can recapture the confidence you need to start working out again.  Remember, you are the woman who carried a baby in your stomach for nine months.  You are the woman who raised other children while carrying that baby in your stomach for nine months.  You are the woman who structured a household while pregnant.  You can conquer a fitness routine.  You can do this!
What, do you ask, is the first step to mastering the fitness challenge?  Be aware of your thoughts.  “Being aware of your feelings and your thoughts is the first step towards feeling better”, according to the Centre for Clinical Interventions.  It makes sense, too. Reflect on how often you feel like you can conquer the world after you’ve fed yourself thoughts of disempowerment.  Probably never.  You can reverse those thoughts, though.  Just think about all the reasons you have to feel and be empowered.  Remember the people depending on Mommy.  You can’t be the best to and for them if you are struggling to stay afloat emotionally.
Take control of your thoughts the way you take control of your kids.  When Mommy says “no more”, that’s it. Let it be the same way with your thoughts.  Allow no room for negative feelings.  Greatness is on the other side of that wall of disheartenment.  Kick it down with your running shoes and keep going.
Erma Williams-Nurse is an avid writer whose topics of interest include hair, health, and fitness.  In addition to exercising her love of the written word, she is also the owner of The Pomade Shop.

August 4th : Fit Before Fall Challenge Group

Hi girls, I’m so exited to bring my Fit Before Fall Challenge Group to you all! I finished T25 and moved on to BodyBeast so I will be leading the group but also participating right alongside all the challengers! John’s going to be a challenger too!
Here’s how it works:
If I am not your Team Beachbody Coach then you would make me your coach.  Contact me by filling out the application below this post to join!  You are required to purchase a challenge pack (workout program of your choice + shakeology) from me as your coach.  Then, you are accepted into my closed, private online support group that will begin on the 4th of August.
We will start with a week of prep, then 60 days of replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology, healthy eating and the exercise program of your choice.
 Each day you will log into the group for your daily tips and daily motivation, inspiration and accountability. I will share recipes and resources, along with ways to handle late night munchies, sugar cravings, emotional eating, temptations and more.  We will also discuss habit creation and cultivating a positive mindset to set you up for ongoing success in your lifestyle change.
You will be accountable each day to check in with the group and rate your daily food /workouts!  At the end of the 60 days we will measure our progress, submit our results and in 60 days you will have kicked bad habits, introduced new healthy habits and be on your way to creating life long health and wellness for you and your family!
 
Does this sound like something you would like to do? 
 If so, join me my completing the application below.
Then, create a free account so that I am your Team Beachbody Coach.
If you are anxious to get started then purchase your choice of challenge pack here and just make sure to message me and I will add you to the group and get you up and running!
Either way, the cut off for registration is Friday August 1st!  So don’t wait until the last minute or you might miss an opportunity to truly transform your health and feel your best this summer/fall!
So whether you need a total overhaul or just a few tweaks now is your time!  From woman to woman, mom to mom, business owner to business owner trust me YOU have TIME to put yourself FIRST for 30 minutes each day!

 

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Fit Friday: Family Affair Edition

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Well I skipped T25 most of last week….and this week…. I know, I know…don’t start with me.

I worked out, just not with the DVDs.

I ran a few days, and did my ab challenge a few days, and worked out with Rohan most days outside.

Had my dad take some pics one day:

I love google+ for making these slideshows automatically!

John’s now doing beachbody coaching part time too, and he’s been working out a bit and Rohan is now seeing us both work out so he starts working out at random throughout the day. He’ll do squats and count his reps in a strained voice like he’s workin’ really hard. It’s cute. Im gunna get it on vid one of these days.

I’m redoing a week of T25 to catch up, and then continuing on to the Beta phase. I’m excited to see my body change. So far, a few lost pounds but no real difference when looking at me. Going to take my 30 day progress pics and measurements tomorrow morning anyway.

What have your workouts been like lately?

Fit Friday: Focus T25 Week 2 and 3

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I’m living in a state of perpetual soreness. It’s a light soreness in my shoulders, butt and legs…all.the.time. I’m finished with week 3 of T25 and while I want to murder Shaun T in his sleep, I also want to give him a wet kiss on the lips. I love how I feel after a workout, and love that because I knwo the workout is only 25 minutes, I don’t dread it or find a way to put it off or talk myself out of it. #WIN!

It’s hard to fit it in. I know, you’re like Dani it’s only 25 minutes wtf is wrong with you? — But with the way my children are set up….  LOL

Sheesh. I feel like they know mama’s about to do something productive for herself so they telepathically plot against me “Your turn to cry, Rohan”  “Nah, Kaya, I threw a fit last time, you need to make a poopsplosion…Quick before she turns on the DVD player”

But I get it in though. Erryday! (almost)

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Here I am about to go into a squat, and about to pass out, or die, or spontaneously combust or something. Lawd, this program wipes me the F out! I have yet to notice any physical changes, and sadly have no weight loss at all, but I am noticing some non-scale victories:

  1. I have less heart attacks during the workouts
  2. I can hold my planks longer and do the plank walks a smidge better than week 1
  3. I look at Tania way less. (for modifiers)

I missed a few days the past 2 weeks and had to do some 2-a-days to catch up, and boy oh boy were they killer. I felt like I was back doin’ insanity, except with insanity Shaun would give you water breaks!

Seriously looking forward to seeing my body change! This belly and backfat business is not for me.

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(ummm…I think it takes 8 weeks for ME to see any changes, 12 weeks for my husband to notice, 16 weeks for friends, and 20 weeks for the rest of the world LOL)

 

I slacked up on my clean eating slightly, I was craving comfort food so I had two treat meals this week. One was green bean casserole (which in the grand scheme of things, it’s not clean, but it’s not horrible) and I had some pasta (but only one bowl….ok … one BIG bowl, but still!). Still snackin healthy, grazing, drinking lots of water, and keeping my calories up for breastfeeding sake.

We’ve cut red meat out of our diet, John cut out poultry too (But when I said I was going to give away our bacon he stopped me…so we’ll see how long this lasts for him) I haven’t 100% cut out poultry (or maybe I have but don’t want to admit it yet lol), but for the most part. We are cooking only fish, shrimp, scallops and tofu at home. Going to start looking into some of those TVP “meats” and see if it’s for us. We’re both still drinking our shakeology daily. John replaces breakfast with it and is steadily losing weight. I replace a snack with it and no weight loss yet, but lots of health benefits! (read: bye bye IBS and migraines!)

Looking forward to week 4, and hopefully some more nonscale (and scale) victories to report!

How are your health and fitness pursuits going?

 

 

Fit Friday: T25 Week One

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Focus T25 Week One was a beast!

A beast I say!!!

Oh man.

Me and Shaun T are gunna fight!!

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I came into the T25 workouts thinking I’d have it in the bag because I have done Insanity in the past.

No sir.

It’s hard. It’s intense. It’s 25 minutes going full out, with no breaks! I had to use the modifier girl Tania as my “breaks.”

I couldn’t stand her in Insanity, but now in T25 I love her and all her modifications lol.

I think I will have good results from this program! Eating cleaner and drinking my shakeology is going to help me lose this horrific baby belly I’ve got goin on.

Took my “before” photos….they’re so embarrassing I refuse to post them until I have some “after” results to post along with it.

(yes. It’s that bad. I look like I’m still expecting.)

So this week was: 

Monday: Alpha Cardio (a lotta jumping around and squatting like a maniac!)

Tuesday: Speed 1.0 (faster jumping around and squatting like a maniac!)

Wednesday: Total Body Circuit (it was rough but I loved it, reminded me of a bootcamp class!)

Thursday: Ab Intervals (hard! Lots of ab work with spurts of cardio between, I liked it!)

Friday: Today is a double day – Lower Focus & Alpha Cardio (I’ll let you know how it is!)

Later today after I complete my workout I’ll be posting a video of the week’s progress.

Did you work out this week? What are you doing? 

 

 

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