Day 4 Spring Clean Challenge!

Day 4

1. Friday- Core Day!  Abs, abs, abs:)))  Can someone please tell me when the obsession with six packs happened???  I understand it when it comes to men but when did women think six packs were attractive?  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been trying to get a six pack for forty three years now:)))  I’m just wondering when the trend began.  Anyway, here’s my take on it.


#1. Genetics- there are people born with it. Period!
#2. Cardio, lifting, HIIT training, clean eating, and pure hard work will reveal what’s underneath that layer of fat.

No matter where you’re at, don’t judge your progress by whether or not you can do laundry on your mid section.  XOXO!!!

Lucky for me, I won’t have to worry about six pack abs for a while…my abs will look like this:))))

Because of this….
Yup!!!!  Baby #4 is on the way.  I’m excited to blog about the pregnancy/fitness journey.  This is the first pregnancy that I will be consistently working out.  Stay tuned…..

 

 

 

 

2. Food-  Try to make breakfast your biggest meal.  I remember a time when I would get up and drink about four cups of coffee and not eat until about 2pm.  Yeah, very unhealthy!  I can’t believe I functioned that way for many years.  Then at about 4pm when I hit my wall, I would drink a few more cups of coffee. I finally gave up my coffee habit.  I only drink it on occasion when I want to not because I need to.  Big difference!  Now I make my green juice and it gives me real energy.  I crave it when I don’t drink it.  So, whatever you put in your body, you will crave.  Why not make it the good stuff:)))

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day:  What am I doing to achieve my goals????

In order for this challenge to work, you MUST work.  This challenge works when you follow directions.  When you’re feeling frustrated and mad that things aren’t changing, you must ask yourself…”What am I doing different?”  If the answer is “Nothing!” then don’t be surprised when nothing changes.  We are going to attack our goals this session.  We are going to write it down and break it down to small manageable pieces.  So if you want to lose ten pounds this session, then aim to lose 2.5 pounds per week.  How will that happen?  Cardio, eating clean, weight training, cut out refined sugars, fat, processed food, etc….It will take work.  Every step towards your goal will get you there.  So don’t get frustrated. Keep your head in the game and let’s do this one day at a time.  This is a marathon, not a sprint:)))

Here’s a great example of breaking down your goals …..

Have a fabulous day!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 72 & 73 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 72 & 73!

Sorry I missed the last couple of days.  I didn’t have it in me.  I was mourning and grieving with the rest of the world.  Hope you love the ones you’re with.  We are not promised tomorrow.

This is a process and we will continue to fight.  Half the battle is being surrendered to your journey and to be committed to keep on learning.  Don’t give up or give in.  You can do this!!!

1) Tuesday- Enjoy your day with some cardio. Rain or shine…DO IT!!!


Wednesday- Upper Body Day!

 

2)  Eat in moderation, don’t beat yourself up.  Learn how to have a healthy relationship with food.  We will be really diving in to this in our next session.  You can indulge and splurge here and there.  Just don’t make it a habit:)

 

 

3)  Mantra for the Day!!! -DO THE WORK!!!

 

Love you guys!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Judy

Day 61 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 61!

Something great is waiting on the other side:))))

 

 

1)  Friday- Core Day!!! Everyone wants defined abs.  We are obsessed with the six pack!  Well, it takes a lot of work!  Cardio, weight training and super clean eating.  Some people are blessed with genetics and can get definition quickly.  Others have to work really hard.  Wherever you fall in the spectrum, don’t focus on it too much.  Focus on strength and how you feel.  It will happen. Keep persevering.  One way to make sure you’re utilizing all your core muscles is to open up your hip flexors.  Stretch them often.  It also loosens up your lower back.  Here are some great hip flexor stretches.

Check out these hip flexor stretches

My abs inspiration!  I love that she still has her curves:)

 

2.) Food- Here are some gluten free ideas!!!  Looking forward to trying out these alternatives.  For recipes, follow me on Pinterest.  These are all on my board titled, “Food I can Eat!”  Follow me on Pinterest:)  Can you believe these are gluten free???  Must.Try.

 

 

3.) Mantra for the Day!!! -Focus on Abundance not Scarcity!!!
It’s easy for me to look at all the food that I can’t have right now.  Sure it makes me sad but the more I focus on all the things I can’t have, the more depressed I’m going to be.  If I focus on all the new foods I get to taste and discover, the more excited I get!  This goes for clean eating too.  This is the best time to choose healthy eating.  There are so many great tasting recipes out there that won’t make you feel deprived at all.  Our taste buds will adjust.  Focus on the abundance today!!!  Keep an eye out for a cook book that my sister Karen and I are working on.  She is a genius and we’ve been working on amazing, healthy recipes that taste sinfully delicious!  So excited:)  Stay tuned!

 

Love you guys!  I’m rooting for you:)))

 

Day 52 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 52!

Wow guys!  We are going to weigh in this week and I know that may bring up feelings of trepidation.  Some of you are elated because you have been weighing in everyday and you can’t wait to shout from the rooftops how much weight you have lost.  No matter what end of the spectrum you are in, remember that YOU are not a number.  The number does not define you.  Be happy no matter what:)))

1.  Wednesday- Stretch and work on upper body!

 

 

2.  Food- OK..So I just wanted to remind you guys that losing one pound is a huge accomplishment.  When you eat clean and workout consistently, you will see results.  It’s not magic.  It’s work.  You have to be willing to make the sacrifices to see the results.  Go on to myfitnesspal.com and enter your meals.  You will be amazed at how much it all adds up when we graze all day.  So if you’re serious, then you have to be disciplined.  If not, then you will continue to get the same results by doing the same things.  It’s up to you!  You have the power to change it if you really want it!

 

 

 

This is FIVE pounds of fat!!!  WOW!

 

 

 

3.  Mantra of the Day: Don’t get Discouraged!

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!! XOXO!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 5

 

Wow!  You need to be so proud of yourself.  You ROCK!!!  I know it’s hard, tiring and painful.  Anything that is worth having takes hard work and dedication.  Keep it moving and smile:)

1.  Friday-  Today is core day.  Check out the exclusive group for some great ab exercises.  Remember that if you have access to a gym or you have a group to workout with then adjust your workouts.  If you do more, GREAT!  The most important part is keeping it fun and exciting!!!  Here are some CORE exercises you can do.

 

 

2.  By this time, you should start feeling really great.  If you have cut out caffeine or soda, you should be done with your detox headache by now.  Remember to drink tons of water!  For example, if you weigh 120lbs, drink half your body weight in ounces.  So you would drink 60oz of water.  If you are working out and sweating, then drink more.  You will have to pee often..sorry but that’s the way it goes:)

 

3.  Mantra for the Day- I need to shower myself with love and encouragement.
I posted on FB today and asked people to share what their favorite physical attribute was.  It was so hard for people to respond confidently and really own what they loved about themselves.  I bet if I had asked, “Give a reason you don’t like your physical appearance.”  I would have gotten tons of responses.  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  I think that we sometimes think that it’s wrong to toot our own horn,  yet its so easy for us to criticize ourselves without even thinking about it. Hmmmmm…something to think about.
Here’s the challenge.  For one week, starting today, write one thing you love about yourself.  I know it will be hard and uncomfortable but we need to practice…starting now:)))

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

XOXO!
Judy

 

 

Day 15 of 30 Day Challenge!!

Day 15!

Well, it’s our mid point check in today!  How’s your progress?  Remember that progress is measured in many different ways.  I feel strong, my pants are loose, I see more definition, I am not reliant on caffeine or sugar for my energy, I have way more endurance, I am eating more often, I drink more water, my arms are more toned, I lost 5% body fat, and I am feeling balanced in my relationships.  I’m more in love with my husband, my kids are doing great and I am enjoying my work.  I don’t feel burned out, I feel hopeful, inspired and ready to accomplish more goals.  The story doesn’t end with strong abs and the number on the scale.  In my lowest weight and ‘skinniest’ time, I was the most miserable. I was never skinny enough and I was so unhealthy!!!  I was grumpy all the time because I was STARVING!!! LOL!  I was not fun to be around and was super insecure and ungrateful.  Guys, this is a lifestyle change.  Even if you have a few more pounds to lose but have a healthy self image and a happy, balanced life then YOU ARE DOING AWESOME!!!  Don’t get caught up on the wrong things and be results oriented.  This is a marathon, not a sprint:)))  I believe in you.  You CAN do this:))))

 

1) Friday- CORE day!!!  Check these out:)))

 

2) Super Green Drinks!!!  Try one and let us know what you think:)))

 

3) Mantra for the Day- Words of Wisdom:)))

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

Day 5 of Spring Clean Challenge!!!

How’s it going???  We are five days in and you should be feeling better.  The headaches should be subsiding and you’re starting to feel a little bit more normal today.  The irritable, mean, grouchy, chocolate craving lunatic is exiting your body and you can actually smile today:)  You can do it!!!  Keep going.  This is just the beginning!!!

 

1. Friday- Core Day!  Abs, abs, abs:)))  Can someone tell me when we started getting an obsession with six packs???  I understand it when it comes to men but when did women think six packs were attractive?  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been trying to get a six pack for forty two years now:)))  I’m just wondering when the trend began.  Anyway, here’s my take on it.
#1. Genetics- there are people born with it. Period!
#2. Cardio and clean eating will reveal what’s underneath that layer of fat.

No matter where you’re at, don’t judge your progress by whether or not you can do laundry on your mid section.  XOXO!!!

 

Can someone just buy this for me?  Maybe we can find it on Ebay:)))  Much easier than working out right!? :)

 

 

2. Food-  Try to make breakfast your biggest meal.  I remember a time when I would get up and drink about four cups of coffee and not eat until about 2pm.  Yeah, very unhealthy!  I can’t believe I functioned that way for many years.  Then at about 4pm when I hit my wall, I would drink a few more cups of coffee. I finally gave up my coffee habit.  I only drink it on occasion when I want to not because I need to.  Big difference!  Now I make my green juice and it gives me real energy.  I crave it when I don’t drink it.  So, whatever you put in your body, you will crave.  Why not make it the good stuff:)))

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the Day:  What am I doing to achieve my goals????

In order for this challenge to work, you MUST work.  This challenge works when you follow directions.  When you’re feeling frustrated and mad that things aren’t changing, you must ask yourself…”What am I doing different?”  If the answer is “Nothing!” then don’t be surprised when nothing changes.  We are going to attack our goals this session.  We are going to write it down and break it down to small manageable pieces.  So if you want to lose ten pounds this session, then aim to lose 2.5 pounds per week.  How will that happen?  Cardio, eating clean, weight training, cut out refined sugars, fat, processed food, etc….It will take work.  Every step towards your goal will get you there.  So don’t get frustrated. Keep your head in the game and let’s do this one day at a time.  This is a marathon, not a sprint:)))

Here’s a great example of breaking down your goals …..

Have a fabulous day!  I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 2 of Spring Clean Challenge!!!

How did the first day go for you?  I felt great!!!  I taught a couple of classes and ate really well.  My problem is that I’ll get so busy that I’ll miss meals, then by the time I eat I’m so hungry I’ll overeat. I have to do a better job planning my snacks.  So this challenge isn’t just a weight loss challenge, it’s just a good accountability tool for us to get back on track.  Some people even do the challenge to gain weight so don’t let the word ‘detox’ scare you:) Let’s support each other on this journey!

 

1. Tuesday- Stretch and do some cardio today.  Whatever type of cardio you end up doing make sure you enjoy it!  There’s so many different types of cardio workout.  Find one that fits you and your life.  Make it a point to do abs and push ups too.  You don’t need equipment or a gym membership.  Just drop and give me 20!!!:)))

 

 

2. Food- Eating clean is a way of life.  It’s not some sort of fad or gimmick.  Back in the day, it was a lot easier to eat  ‘clean’.  Now it’s nearly impossible.  Everything that is available to us is pre packaged and fake food.  When I travel internationally, it’s so amazing to see how people eat.  Our family went out to a village in the Philippines and we ate fish that was caught right then and there and fruit right from the tree. It was so awesome!!!  It takes a lot of effort to eat well now a days!  I hope you are excited about going back to the basics and eating food our grandparents use to eat:)))

 

 

3. Mantra of the Day:  Desire or Duty?
What is your motivation??? I was listening to a speaker today and he was talking about the difference between desire and duty.  It really got me thinking.  If we do things out of duty then we can end up being resentful and not follow through.  We look at the tasks as a list of do’s and dont’s.  If we do things because we have a genuine desire to accomplish a goal, then we will have the integrity and the character to follow through even when no one is watching.  Only we know where we’re at.  Only we know what’s in our heart.  So, as you continue on this journey, check your heart.  Find out why you’re doing this.  This will determine whether or not you will be able to finish it.  Good luck!!!  I’m rooting for you:)))