Are You Teaching Your Child/Children Well?

toughloveThis post may come across as a bit of tough love. But please here me when I say, I share because I care!

As I was planning this post, a song came to mind that has been on repeat in my head. Maybe you’ll recognize it. Maybe even sing it in your head, or feel free to just belt it out! 🙂

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter, remind us how we used to be.”

You know that one, right?! Whitney Houston.

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How to Face Your Fears

You know that old saying that there are only two things that are certain in life, death and taxes? Well, I think we could probably add onto that by saying that fear and anxiety are probably also things we’ll almost certainly deal with. If any of you follow me on Facebook, you probably have seen that I’ve slowly but surely been working my way toward mastering a handstand. My goal is to also be able to do a handstand pushup as well (#whynot?), but I think that’s going to take a little more time. Haha! I know we all have our own fears from little things like spiders (AAAACK!) to flying in an airplane (white-knuckle-fliers, I know you’re out there!) to big life fears like the great  unknown of death. In my pursuit of personal growth and fitness, I’ve come to realize that you can employ the same approach to overcoming your fears as you do to getting physically fit. Now, I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist, so these are clearly my own humble thoughts about this, but I’d love to know if you’ve taken a similar approach or have found your own way of overcoming your own fears. Continue reading “How to Face Your Fears”

Long Term Weight Loss Goals vs. Crash diets

One of my good girlfriends — like many of us — oscillates between being super on top of her game (a la P90X and Insanity) and being 20 pounds overweight. It’s painful to watch her cycle through her moments of feeling like a failure when they inevitably come. Over the years, I’ve tried to reassure her along the way and remind her that she can get back on top of it, just as she’s done many times before.

She’s currently coming out of one of her low times after having packed on some pounds in a stressful period of her life. What’s amazing, though, is that something seems to have clicked for her this time because instead of trying to get back into tip top shape in one month’s time, she has decided to commit to upping her fitness level over a full year.

I practically whooped with joy when she calmly told me that she decided to make that change (instead of crash dieting and punishing her body with grueling workouts over a short period of time). When we talked about what inspired the change in her approach, she admitted that a huge part of it was from seeing me and a number of our friends slowly but surely change our lives and fitness levels over many, many months and years. Continue reading “Long Term Weight Loss Goals vs. Crash diets”

3 Reasons Not To Skip Breakfast

We’ve all had those mornings: You wake up late and fly out the front door while zipping your pants and then it’s 2 o’clock and you wonder why you have a pounding headache and a distinct urge to slam the door on the day and go back to bed.

On those kinds of days, it’s no wonder we forget to eat. Even on the days that have a calmer start, though, I know many of us tend to skip breakfast since our hunger hasn’t caught up with us yet, or simply because we don’t know what to eat.

This meal is SO easy to skip, but it’s also the worst possible meal for you to skip in the first place. Seriously. Study after study has shown this. So, here are 3 reasons NOT to skip breakfast, and my super duper no excuses simple deluxe solutions! Continue reading “3 Reasons Not To Skip Breakfast”

PiYo: How to Get Strong, Lean and Flexible – A Customer Review

I know most of y’all have heard me talk about why I love PiYo. I mean, let’s face it: I’m not shy about telling people why I love something. Now, it’s not surprising that once most people try Beachbody, they’re usually hooked on it. As such, it’s kind of hard to get an impartial review, particularly when talking to any of my Beachbody friends and coaches, who are flat out enthusiasts. However, I got creative, and I’m happy to report that one of my girlfriends — who has never tried a Beachbody workout program before — just recently bought PiYo, and when I asked her if she’d write a review so I could share it with y’all, she said yes! (I also asked her to send me a pic to include with the post, and she didn’t disappoint with her post-workout pose. Haha!) So, without further ado, here’s Faith’s review of PiYo: Continue reading “PiYo: How to Get Strong, Lean and Flexible — A Customer Review”

How To Lose Weight and Improve Your Health

Most of y’all have probably heard me rave about Shakeology at one point or another. I mean, who doesn’t love a superfood shake that’s actually delicious?

Up until this point, I only had my own experiences with it and those of my friends and fellow coaches to back up how much I love this stuff. However, today’s the day, folks, where I have even more to go off of!

How I Found Shakeology

ShakeologyFirst and foremost, if you’ve never heard of it before, Shakeology is a meal-replacement shake by Beachbody that’s choc full of vitamins, minerals and superfoods. Unlike a number of other meal or protein shakes out there, it not only TASTES awesome, but it makes you feel great because it’s packed full of so many wonderful things!

Prior to adding Shakeology to my daily routine, I had the WORST junk food cravings and a positively monster sweet tooth! For me, eating healthy (and making healthy choices) ALWAYS seemed like a battle. Finally though, after a year of disbelief and full on doubt that this shake was everything it was claimed to be, I decided to take the plunge and give it a try.

I knew that I felt GOOD while I was drinking it but it wasn’t until I RAN OUT that I realized just how much it had been helping me control my junk food cravings and sweet tooth. I literally STALKED my UPS driver until he brought that package to my door and I gave him a HUGE hug. #crazybutdontcare

The Awesome Stuff

I must have read and re-read the nutrition facts a million times to wrap my mind around all the good stuff that’s packed into these shakes. I mean, there’s everything from pre- and probiotics to phytonutrients, to protein and amino acids! No wonder it makes you feel fantastic when you compare it to, say, your favorite candy bar. Haha!

What’s more, my father-in-law, who had been taking cholesterol meds for YEARS and was barely under control started drinking Shakeology every day and completely QUIT his meds (with his doctor’s approval). When he went in for his 90 day bloodwork, his cholesterol was lower than it had been even WITH MEDS!!

And NOW beyond the personal testimonies, it has been CLINICALLY proven to do what Beachbody coaches have claimed it could do for YEARS!!

The Awesomeness Has Been Backed Up!

Shakeology YumminessAn independent 90-day clinical study was done with 50 individuals to test how effective Shakeology is. All the participants drank Shakeology for breakfast and lunch for 90 days, carefully recorded their adherence to the program, checked in every 30 days, and made NO OTHER CHANGES in their diets and their exercise regimens.

After 90 days, the results were pretty darn staggering, IMHO: Overall, the 50 people in the trial lost anywhere from 9-24 pounds;  they saw their total cholesterol go down by 7-50%; they had fewer cravings for junk food and generally wanted smaller portions; AND, their blood sugar levels went down by 5-19%!

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Your Turn!

Have you tried Shakeology as well? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback! Or, if you want to give Shakeology a try, let me know if you have any questions! There are even vegan options available now!!

Strong is the New Skinny

One of the things I wish more people knew is that strength is, well, intoxicating.

If you haven’t already discovered this for yourself, I think that’s been one of my favorite aspects about my own physical transformation.

There’s something pretty darn magical about suddenly being able to do a strength exercise (such as plank-style pushups) after months (or years) of not being able to do so.

I remember that back in grade school, I couldn’t climb a pole in gym class to save my life. #noodlearms

Now, I’m pretty certain I could climb my way to the top of that pole, slap that top bar with enthusiasm, and then slide back down to take a bow. (Woohoo!!) Continue reading “Strong is the New Skinny”

Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best

One of my favorite “side effects” from working out regularly is generally feeling pretty darn good overall.

I mean, who doesn’t want to feel strong, look better naked (or in a swimsuit), and have better health and less wobbly areas overall?

There are a ton of factors that play into our sense of well-being, so this week, I thought I’d send a little inspiration your way for how to feel your best! Continue reading “Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best”

Overcoming Your Inner Critic

For those of you who took part in the Team ROAR Free 7-Day Challenge, what a success that was!

It was truly such a pleasure getting our collective sweat on together, and I’m so thrilled that it was such a blast!

I hope that those of you who rocked the challenge not only enjoyed the comradery but also felt the impact that peer support can have on your own fitness.

As my friend Beth perfectly observed, “Overcoming mental obstacles can be harder to conquer than the toughest physical obstacle course.”

It seems that the collective concept of “fitness” includes the pursuit of rock-hard abs and getting rid of anything that jiggles. #backfat #lovehandles #bellypooch #wobblyarms

However, fitness doesn’t just make your physical body stronger – it also can make incredible changes in your mind and mental processes as well. Continue reading “Overcoming Your Inner Critic”

Team ROAR 7 Day Free Fitness Challenge

I’m getting super excited to kick off the 7-Day Team ROAR Free Fitness Challenge, and I’m hoping you’re looking forward to it as well!

Since we’re a week out, I thought I’d give y’all a quick overview of how it’ll work, and more importantly, how you can join the awesomeness! Continue reading “Team ROAR 7 Day Free Fitness Challenge”