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Motivation – Finding your “Why?”

I get asked often why I workout. I hear “you’re already skinny, why do you do it?” I suppose it’s a valid question. If you think working out and fitness are only to “get skinny”, anyhow. I don’t see it that way. I see fitness and exercise as a way to get fit and find my happy. I know I’ve mentioned before that my workouts are my “me” time. A time to focus on me and my goals, relieve stress, and yet, workout and get sweaty. But that’s not all there is to it.

Yesterday, while spending quite a bit of alone time in the car to go meet my new niece, I thought more about my why and how I could share it with others. Let’s revisit my “why”. I know I’ve shared before that I workout to have the strength and energy to keep up with my 4 children, husband and 2 dogs. I work out so I can live to see my kids grow up. To see any children they may have. Maybe even live to see great-grandchildren. I want to be healthy and able to enjoy those grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But I also want to be healthier now.

For me, healthier means taking care of my body with fitness and nutrition. I can’t expect to be able to keep up with everything going on in my life if I sit back and eat junk and unhealthy foods all day and don’t get up and get active as much as possible. It just won’t happen. Eventually my poor life choices will catch up to me. I am working to stave them off and keep them from biting me in the butt NOW so I can continue to enjoy the health and wellness I have now for many, many, MANY years to come.

My maternal grandfather was diagnosed with Diabetes at a relatively young age. In his late 30s or early 40s, if not sooner He was not an overweight man, he was right at 6ft tall and maybe 160-170 soaking wet. He developed diabetes and was able to control it with diet. But years and years of living on too much sugar every day forced his body to begin rejecting it and the entire family had to make a lifestyle change to keep him healthy. He lived until he was in his late 70s or early 80s.

My paternal grandfather had a stroke in his 50s. He was told if he didn’t change his ways, he would have another and die. He had to change his lifestyle, cut out stress, change the way he ate, and get more active. He did. He is going to be 98 in a week. Up until a year ago, when a fall caused him to break his hip, he was still very active and spry. He uses a wheelchair now for mobility, but he still gets out there to do things. He was also diagnosed with diabetes, but not until he was in his 90s, and diet has helped control that as well.

My paternal grandmother died the year she would have been 84. She died of cancer to the stomach and Alzheimers. She broke her hip in a fall about 10 years before she died, but she used a cane or walker when she needed and was still active and volunteering in her community until shortly before her death. She loved to volunteer at the community thrift store, to visit with her grandkids, and kept up her house until illness made that impossible.

My maternal grandmother has had several strokes, all in her late 40s to early 50s. She will be 75 in a week, and after changing her lifestyle she has done amazing. She is a citizen patrol woman, does tai chi, volunteers at the senior citizen, and quite a bit more. I want to be like her when I grow up!

My Dad is going to be 60 this year. Up until about 3 years ago, maybe less, he was a volunteer fire fighter (after serving 21+ years in the military). Despite dislocating his shoulder so severely several times and being told if he did it again he would be medically retired, he maxxed out PT test after PT test. He was able to keep up and outperform the 20-somethings who volunteered at the Fire Department with him. Carrying and lifting kids bigger and heavier than him, to train them to be able to help others. He could probably still do it today, if he weren’t staying busy doing a myriad of other things to keep him going.

My Mom has been active, but illness has struck her. Her lungs aren’t as great as they once were, and headaches plague her. She’s a year and a half younger than my Dad, and she keeps up with him as much as she can. But illnesses love her. She still volunteers with the American Legion, but she’s not as quick as she once was. She has to take more breaks. And it frustrates her.

What do all of these people have in common? They are the ones who motivate me to get up and do more. I want to have the strength and drive my father has shown, the zest and zeal for life my 2 living grand parents have shown (and their longevity), and I want to live. I want to be here to see so much more! I want to share the love my Mom has shown, and be there for all of those I love and care for.

I can’t do that sitting on a couch, watching TV 24/7 and eating crap. So I get up. I work out. I eat healthy. And I share the heck out of what I’m doing to try to help others get up there and do the same. It is why I work out. It is why I provide that role model for my kids. It is why I created this Blog. And it is why I became a Beachbody Coach. So I can provide the tools to help others find their fit, their happy, their zest, their strength. It’s why I work so hard to help them find their why. Am I successful? Some days. Am I going to give up? Hell no!

So get up, get out there, and get active. Get off that couch, out of that chair, and get in 30 minutes of activity. Your heart will thank you. Don’t eat that fast food, don’t eat that candy bar, don’t eat that bag of chips. Find a healthy alternative. Your future you will thank you for it! And if you need help. If you need motivation. If you need me to. Ask. I’ll help you find the way to make it happen and work for you!

And now, I’m off to start Round 2 of 21 Day Fix! Total Body Cardio Fix is my activity of choice today. 🙂

21 Day Fix Round 1 - Before and After

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21 Day Fix – Day 21

Day 21! Three weeks completed! I made it. I came out the end stronger, more trim, more fit, and a good bit healthier! Such a wonderful feeling. 🙂 A wonderful accomplishment, that I plan to start over tomorrow! I hope to come out even stronger, even healthier, even more fit than I am today!

This Chapter ends with Yoga Fix. A wonderful and peaceful stretch where I felt improved flexibility. I very nice way to end the 3rd week. I still think this is one of my favorite Yoga routines ever. It flows and weaves and wends about very nicely.

Okay, so. After 3 weeks, I think this really is a good program and has enough modifications and challenges it will work for just about every fitness level. And if you follow the meal plan, honestly and truly, you can see results. I have lost 2.5 lbs since I started the program (though I wasn’t in it to lose weight at all), and I have lost a total of 3 inches. Again, I wasn’t trying to lose much in the way of inches, but I did lose them where I was aiming to lose them. So it is progress and great success in my book!

I will continue this journey to see where it takes me. And I’ll continue to share it here. With each and every one of you. Especially as I hope to help motivate and encourage you to get up, get active, get fit, and find your happy as well!

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21 Day Fix – Day 20

Day 20 and my workout was Dirty 30. It is another total body workout, but today included weights. I maintained my goal of 10 lbs being my heavy weights and 7 lbs being the light weights. On the 2nd round of tricep kickbacks my arms were screaming at me and hating me a bit, but I got it done. My goal at the beginning was to end with 7s and 10s and I did it! In 3 weeks! I think that is truly amazing.

Another wonderful thing about my workout today was that I got my eldest to join me in working out. He’s been asking for workouts that focus on the arms and abs – total 13 year old boy focus, right? Well I knew today would have weights so I went and convinced him to join me. I swear working out with him is a riot because he keeps a running commentary going. I am not sure if his mouth works more than the rest of him during the workouts. Though it’s not really a BAD thing. He had me in stitches. Especially when we got to the sumo squats with row. He starts saying he’s a monkey and making monkey noises with every dip and row. I couldn’t keep from laughing, despite trying. I really did try not to laugh and encourage him, but in the end I had to give in to the laughter.

By the time we hit the 20 minute mark he started making noise about being done. With 8 minutes to go he really did try to quit. I told him there were 8 minutes left he couldn’t quit now. Despite saying he was going to quit, he finished with me, and finished strong. He even stayed for the cool down despite not being interested. I told him it was a vital part of the workout, so he stuck it out as well. He might not have held form perfectly, but he had fun and he did work. And he even managed to stick with 12 lb weights for almost everything, only lowering to 8 lb weights for a couple of exercises. For a kid who prefers to lift his X-box controller as often as going outside to play, I’m really rather proud of him.

Today wasn’t just getting my workout done. It was spending time with my eldest son while also getting him to get u and be fit and active. Gifts to both of us all around I think. A good bit of bonding if you ask me!

Have you gotten out there and gotten active today? Do you plan to get out there tomorrow and be fit? Don’t let the weekend be your excuse to sit back, remember that even on the weekends you need to feed your body and do something! You can do it!

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21 Day Fix – Day 19

It’s hard to believe that I started this current fitness journey almost 3 weeks ago. I mean, seriously. Day 21 is SUNDAY! That is amazing to me. I feel stronger and can do so much more than I was just 3 weeks ago. It is a wonderful feeling. It let’s me know that things are working. That the program really does work as advertised. I love that I can be a Coach for Beachbody and try out these products when I am unsure of them, and see results. I was a bit of a doubter for myself when I started 21 Day Fix. I am a believer now.

That leads to my workout today. Today was Cardio Fix. When I did this one for the first time, I was ready to quit when I hit the “bonus” round. Today, while the bonus round wasn’t super fun, I didn’t quit and wasn’t as winded and doubting when i got to it.

I am enjoying this Chapter of my Fitness journey. It is trying and testing me and pushing me to be better with my nutrition and my fitness than I’ve been in the past. Pushing myself further and finding new limits. It is a wonderful thing!

Have you gotten out and been active today? What are you doing to find the happier, healthier, more fit you?

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21 Day Fix – Day 18

I admit, today was a day I had a moment or two of “I don’t want to workout today”. My allergies are in full swing and breathing is interesting. I have to keep the Kleenex handy. I didn’t not do my workout though. I went down to get it done. I had to pause a few minutes in to blow my nose, but after those first few minutes, I was breathing easier through my nose than I had in days. Amazing what a good workout can do for a person! 🙂

Another round of Pilates Fix is in the books. I am really starting to enjoy this one. I take back the “it’s too slow” comment from my first week. It’s just the right pace for the work being done. It is focusing on breathing with the movements, and that is definitely an important thing. I think by focusing on my breathing I am letting my body do what it needs to and not trying to force it. Another reason to like and enjoy the workout!

I’ve also done well with eating clean today and drinking plenty of water. I’ve had at least 70 oz of water so far today. And still going strong. Water is perhaps the best thing we can drink because it hydrates and replenishes the fluids we sweat out. It is also about the only thing I really drink. Fruit juices tend to be too sweet, soda just leaves me feeling horrid, and I’ve never liked coffee. I will drink herbal tea every now and then, though. So I suppose there is that. 🙂

Have you gotten out there and gotten active yet today? What was your favorite healthy/clean eating meal of the day? Today? Mine was dinner – small steak with roasted asparagus and homemade mashed potatoes. Yumm!

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21 Day Fix – Day 17

Leg day. A day many have a love-hate relationship with. I love it because it works the largest muscle group and the biggest kicker for our metabolism. Because our legs are our biggest muscle group they have the greatest potential to burn more fat and calories throughout the day after working them.

I definitely worked my legs and booty today. I kept up with my progress and stuck with the 10 lb weights. Oh my goodness I was feeling it! I was dripping sweat half way through. I swear when I was done I had to crawl up the stairs and and left a line of sweat behind me. 🙂 It was a great workout.

Have you gotten out there and gotten active today? Have you worked on nutrition like I mentioned yesterday? Want to know what mine has been today? I started with a Shakeology, had a Fiber One Protein Bar for my first snack, a salad with peppers, tomatoes and chicken (left over from the fajitas I made Monday), second snack was grapes and a cheese stick, and dinner will be chicken thighs with corn and white fiber pasta. Speaking of, time to go take care of that.

Get out there, get active and clean up that eating! You can do it! 🙂

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21 Day Fix – Day 16

Today my workout was Upper Fix. Oh boy, I’m feeling it now. I pushed myself. Really pushed. I even moved up to stick with 10 lbs for my heavy weight and 7 lbs for my light weight. And I kept it throughout, I didn’t have to put them down and stop. Oh my goodness it was such a challenge. But a good challenge. Such a good challenge! Oh so very good!

I am very happy that I have so far this week made my mark with moving up to the light and heavy weights goals. It feels great. Even when it challenged me. Even when I thought I couldn’t push any farther. I didn’t give up. I didn’t quit. I pushed. I kept going. I got it done.

Speaking of getting it done, something I haven’t mentioned much, only really alluded to… Nutrition. Nutrition is so very important. You can work out all day long, but dangit if you eat CRAP all day, you’re just going to sabotage all that hard work. I’m not saying don’t eat. You HAVE to eat to fuel your body and your workouts. BUT, and here’s the thing. You have to eat healthy, good for you, nutrition RICH foods. A treat now and then won’t kill your nutrition, it won’t derail you. But it can take down your hard work if you continue to treat and cheat and eat crap. And you know what? When you cut the crap out of your diet, when you do cheat… It doesn’t taste nearly as good as it once did. Try it. Try a day of clean eating, then a week, then two weeks, then three. I bet your body will thank you for it. Your health will thank you for it. And YOU will thank you for it!

So, have you gotten up and gotten active for at least 30 minutes today? No excuses. get up, get out there and do SOMETHING! Take the kids or the dog for a walk. Get up and dance to your favorite songs. What about your nutrition? Are you ready to start eating to fuel your body instead of sabotaging it? You can do it! I know you can. I’m here to support you. And I’ll help you get it if you want, just ask me how!

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21 Day Fix Day 15

Today starts day 15, the start of week 3. I woke up ready and raring to go. Had my Shakeology to fuel myself, got a few things done around the house then off to do my workout.

Total Body Cardio Fix was on the workout menu. I upped my weights to 10 lbs. I managed it for most of the routine, but had to modify as I went as well. When the weights were just too much, I modified. Lowering to just 1 weight at a time, or putting the weight down as needed. It may have been just a bit too much for today.

I’ve made progress, and that is what the goal has been from day 1. Still enjoying the program and think I’ll just do another 21 days of this one before moving on to Extreme. We shall see though. We shall see.

I hope you have had a good Monday and gotten up off that couch and gotten your 30 minutes of active time. How about the healthy eating? Is that on point today? Today is a new day and is the perfect day to start working on a healthier, happier you!

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21 Day Fix Day 14

Two weeks. Has it really been a full 2 weeks since I started 21 Day Fix? Yes and no. Yes on the workout portion, no for the eating plan. I really am enjoying the program, the workouts and the eating plan. They work so very well together, and the eating plan isn’t too terribly hard once you get used to it. Portion control. Lots and lots of portion control and shopping the perimeter of the store, with little to no processed foods in the diet. It’s a good plan. It’s a good way to approach meals and planning. it just takes adjustment and time. And that’s the crux of 21 Day Fix. It takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit, to create a consistent routine, and wire it into your brain. The eating plan is at 21 days for me, the workouts will be soon.

Well, okay the working out has been a routine. I’ve not missed many workouts in the last several months. But THESE routines will be at 21 days next week. I am still debating on restarting the workouts/continuing them after next Sunday or moving on to the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I’m leaning more to another round of 21 Day Fix then Extreme. We shall see.

Today’s workout, though. That’s what my post is supposed to be about isn’t it? Today’s workout was Yoga Fix. Like last week I managed chaturanga on my toes. Well, the making it to the floor bit, knees may have hit to help me lift myself back up into upward dog. It is a work in progress. All fitness and flexibility is. The fact that I am seeing the progress and know I am making it and getting stronger means the workouts are working and that makes me one happy, fit mama!

Did you get out there today and get active? Did you eat healthy? What are your plans for tomorrow? Mine is healthy eating, play with the kids and get stuff done around the house. Oh yes, and 21 Day Fix – Complete Cardio Fix. That one shall be fun I’m sure! 🙂

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21 Day Fix Day 13

Another day, another workout. Today was Dirty 30. Funny name, I know, but it really is a good one. It works the whole body, but really gives a good focus on weights and the arms. My arms are already starting to let me know I worked them. I can feel the good sore starting to set in. Lifting will definitely be interesting tomorrow, and probably even later tonight.

I am seeing increases in strength and even reps on exercises. I was able to up my heavy weights to 8 lbs. They are still challenging in some spots, but not entirely in others so I will definitely push myself to try the 10 lbs next week. I do know that the 5 lb weights for the light weights has gotten too light, so 7 lbs will be my light weight next week. I love that little tidbit!

I love that I am seeing progress. In just 2 weeks. I am seeing more definition all over, I am seeing tone. I am seeing strength gains. It is a wonderful thing. Oh so very wonderful. Yes, the program is winning me over. I was a doubter before I started and the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the progress and the change I am seeing.

What are you doing to get yourself up and out there? What are you working to change today? How are you pushing yourself? Are you eating clean today? Have you gotten at least 30 active minutes in yet? Get out there and enjoy your Saturday. And do something to find that health and happiness for YOU!

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