Believe in yourself


Are you underestimating how strong you are or how far you can go with your fitness level. There are so many times I’ve increased weights or reps for my clients, they roll their eyes and complete the full set with no problem (ok maybe a little grimace towards the end).  They had no idea they could lift that much weight until they tried.  The best way to test your limits is to attempt them.  The worst that could happen is you fall short a few reps.  But the most important thing is you found your true strength.  I see so many that pick up weights that are “comfortable” and not challenging.  The only way you will change is if you challenge yourself.  You have to go to places you’ve never been, do things you’ve never done, and stay consistent.  So this week try and challenge yourself more and start to notice those changes you’ve been looking for!

Happy Monday!


Set it Up

So I did my meal prep video last night to help show all my clients how to properly get ready for your week.  Not only does this simplify things for you during the week but it gets you to your goal faster by keeping you compliant.  It is way to hard to change your habits with no attack plan.  If you are one that has been trying and trying to lose weight but fail due to lack of consistency, then you are missing the “prep phase”  of your daily routine.  It literally only took me about an hour and a half to create 10 pre-packaged lunches for my husband and I.  Now I know what I am eating and I have time for other things throughout my week.  Here is my daily breakdown:

Breakfast:  2 eggs, 1/2 cup greens, and a banana

Snack 1:  1/4 cup walnuts with dried fruit

Snack 2: Protein shake with frozen berries and 1 TBS Chia Seeds

Lunch:  4oz chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup veggies

Dinner:  This will vary throughout the week but typically it is some kind of protein and vegetable.

See my youtube channel for the video


Inspiration from the other side


Did you ever have a close friend or even an acquaintance have a complete life change for the better.  Did it inspire you in anyway to make some changes in your own life?  The power of testimonials is incredible and most of those that complete those changes have no idea how many people they have affected around them.  It takes so much energy and time to make habit changes that you may fail to notice those who are watching you.  I can’t tell you how many of my clients have inspired me to become a better trainer.  Those around me have certainly shaped my career and personal life as well.  Surround yourself with positive friends that are constantly trying to improve.  And on the flip side, just know that those around you may need to see your changes to have the strength to create their own.  Making things look possible is why people start in the first place.  There are so many individuals that tell me they are afraid of starting my boot camps because they don’t think they would be able to do it.  Once they see the other beginners in the class just simply doing what they can, they someone realize “Maybe I can do this.”  We all have to start somewhere and don’t get overwhelmed with how far the journey is.  Be that inspiration that others need, go ahead and make those personal changes to not only help yourself, but help a large number of spectators around you.  Now that is powerful!

Why the excuses?

Have you ever tried to help someone and they just keep giving you excuses on why something is not working for them?  You try to give them suggestions and every direction you seem to go they have an answer for you.  My job is to help my clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.  Help them make better decisions and ultimately arriving at their goals. There are so many desired goals in life that are really wanted by all of us.  Lets face it, we all would not turn down a chance to have the perfect fit body, a few million dollars in the bank, the ability to travel whenever we would like, and the perfect relationship to top it off.  Everyone one of these goals requires dedication and sacrifice.  Are we willing to sacrifice the things that we enjoy for the things that we desire?  If those goals are not important enough to you, your immediate desires will prevent you from ever getting there.

If you really want something (and have realized this however many years you have been trying to get there), you MUST drop every excuse that comes in your way.   You must build up the desire strong enough so that excuses don’t even enter your mind.  Where there is a will, there is a way.  If you want something bad enough you will work on it every second of the day until it is done.   Most of the time it is not going to be pretty, fun, or exciting but your journey is not your goal.

In a world where instant gratification is what we are accustomed to, realize that you are going to have to be uncomfortable for a little while.  The ultimate goal will be well worth your persistent effort.  Kick your excuses to the curb and keep going, you got this!