Day 17 of February Sweetheart Challenge

Day 17

Happy Hump Day!  Sometimes this journey is hard.  It’s so much easier to live our lives by default and not by design.  Unfortunately, nothing worth having is easy.  It takes hard work, dedication, and self control to really live by design.  Someone commented how lucky I was to have good genes.  Genes have nothing to do with it!  Actually, my default is diabetes and obesity.  I do not judge people because I could totally see how easy it would be to be 300 pounds and sitting around all day.  I’ve done that before.  I never reached 300 pounds but my mentality was fat, depressed, battling eating disorders, and hopelessness.  I work SUPER hard to stay in shape.  I eat well and I work out consistently.  I wish I could say that everyday was easy and automatic.  It’s not!!!  The longer you do it, it does get easier but it’s not effortless.  So, no matter where you are on your journey, know that even the “experts” are struggling.  I read the other day that Jillian Micheals hates her hips. LOL!  We all have stuff.  No one is perfect.  The key is to enjoy life and balance.

 

 

1) Wednesday- Upper Body Day

It’s almost short sleeve season!!!  Well, I live in Los Angeles which means it’s always short sleeve season!!!:)))  Don’t forget those tri-ceps!  Those seem to be the first to go.  Try these!  Let us know what you think.

 

2) Food- Smart Snacking Ideas!!!




3. Mantra for the Day- Get over Yourself!
Letting go of the ego is the heaviest weight to lose!  Sometimes, we have a chip on our shoulder and we think everyone has an opinion about us when in reality, we just have too much ego.  Ego is what drives us to perform, it drives us to prove others wrong.  Ego will keep you up at night.  Letting go of the ego means resigning from the throne of judgement.  I wrote a status post today that said, “Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you can’t honor them.”  Letting go of the ego means you’re not concerned when someone has a different opinion than you.  In our relationships, we have this idea that we have to agree on everything to be in a right relationship.  This is not true.  Not everyone is going to agree with you.  It’s OK!!!  The key to letting go of the ego is to honor.  If we sow honor in to our spouse, children, boss, employees, clients, and even strangers, then that’s what you will reap.   The more you honor others, the more you crush the ego.  My success coach and mentor, Dani Johnson always says, “If you don’t care who gets the credit, you will be unusually successful!” WOW!  Ego says, “I want to be recognized!”  When you are working so hard and no one notices that you lost weight, you just want to give up and quit.  WHY!?  It’s ego!  Your motives are revealed when you are doing this for others.  STOP the crazy cycle.  Who cares what people think!  Be secure in who you are and WHOSE you are:)))  You are in this for the long haul.  If you give up every time there’s opposition, you won’t make it.  Do it for you, do it because it’s right, do it because you are worth it!!!

 

 

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

 

Day 10 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 10!

I’m so excited to hear all the good news and hear about how you guys are changing your lifestyle.  This is why I do what I do!!!  I love sharing the benefits of healthy living and seeing people produce results!  It’s not about deprivation.  Clean, healthy eating is not just good for you but tastes good too!!!

1) Wednesday- Upper Body Workout!
Focus on working the triceps.  You know, the bat wings!?;)  The older we get, the more we need to focus on this area.  Try these…..

 

2) Food- Blending vs. Juicing
I for one like both. Especially in the warmer months, I love blending.  I feel full and can use a smoothie as a meal replacement.  I recently got a juicer for Christmas and I LOVE it!  Maybe I’m in the honeymoon phase but I can’t get enough of juicing.  I love how I feel after I juice.  I have so much energy and my skin looks like it’s glowing:)  I’m experimenting with recipes and so far, I love it:)  Here’s a great article on the difference between blending and juicing.  Let us know.  Which do you prefer?
Read here….

3) Mantra for the Day:  It’s a Marathon not a Sprint!

Sometimes, we give ourselves unnecessary added pressure by giving ourselves hard and fast deadlines.  What’s your hurry???  The most important thing is to enjoy the journey.  I feel like this was my greatest lesson last year.  I had those last stubborn ten pounds I’ve been trying to lose since 1993!!!  No matter what I did I just couldn’t get rid of it.  I would do fad diets, cleansing, fasting, workout like a crazy woman and eventually, those pounds would creep right back like I had a magnet on my belly:) I recently hosted a 90 day challenge and I remember just surrendering and being OK with where I was.  I was focused on the fact that I was strong, I was healthy and my clothes fit well.  I stopped stepping on the scale and just enjoyed life.  One day I stepped on the scale and low and behold, the pounds came off!!!  Regardless of where you are on your journey, remember that all you can do is your best everyday.  Enjoy the journey.  Hopefully, it’s a long one:)))

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

Day 29 of 30 Day Challenge!!

Day 29!

Happy Friday!!!

New beginnings are always exciting.  When there’s a mixture of fear and excitement, you know that you’re onto something.  Whether you’re starting a new job, moving to a new city, making new friends or starting a new fitness program change is sometimes scary.  Know that in order for you to grow, you need to be uncomfortable.  Walking by faith is an awesome opportunity to live out your dream.  If you think too much, you’ll talk yourself out of whatever it is you want to do.  Excuses will get you nowhere.  Action will get you closer to your goals.  For our July challenge group, we will be focusing on goal setting and getting radical about accomplishing our goals.  We will hold you accountable and give you a step by step plan.  Join us TODAY!  Registration closes on Saturday at midnight!!!
REGISTER HERE!!! :)))  Remember that alumni clients can join us for 50% off regular price.  Sometimes we need a refresher to get back on track.

1)  Friday- CORE day!

 

2) Size Matters:)

 

3) Mantra for the Day! – Life Lessons…

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Let’s live life to the full guys!  Live your best life NOW!  Don’t wait. I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

Day 8 of 30 Day Challenge!!!

Day 8!

TGIF!!! It’s Friday and it’s time for the weekend.  I know for us here in LA it’s been summer for awhile:)  We have been hanging out by the pool and enjoying the great outdoors.  Remember that this challenge is a lifestyle change.  This is not a life sentence:)  This shouldn’t be torture or a struggle.  Learn to enjoy your new healthy habits.  Enjoy creating new, clean dishes.  Enjoy new workouts and outdoor activity.  Don’t shy away from working out hard.  Your body will respond and will start craving it more and more.

1) Friday is CORE day!  Try these exercises.  Always remember to engage your core and keep it tight!  This will also help your posture and make you look taller and leaner:)

 

2) Mantra for the Day- Patience and Perseverance!!!
This is such a huge obstacle for me.  I am a results oriented person and I’m not very patient.  We’ve been doing these challenge groups since January.  All my clients were sending in their success stories of weight loss and inches lost and my scale was not budging at all!  I had to learn to surrender as I had to adjust to my health issues and modify my diet to get results.  I love that there really is no one size fits all approach to health.  We’re all different and we all have different needs.  I went to the Dr. today and I lost 5% body fat!!!  I was very happy about that.  I actually gained four pounds but I know muscle weighs more than fat.  I recently increased my cardio and cut out sugar so I know that had a lot to do with it.  This is not easy guys!  Changing old habits are challenging.  If you want it bad enough, you will see progress.  Stay persistent, stay patient, be all in!!!  I’m totally here for you and our community is here for you.  No matter where you are today, just take one step towards the right direction and soon enough, you will get there.  Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!! XOXO:)))

Day 6 of 30 Day Challenge!!!

Day 6!

Happy hump day:)  Is it just me or is time flying at lightning speed these days!?  I was looking at my calendar and it’s already booked up til’ September!  Before you know it, it will be Christmas!!!  OK, OK, I’m going to try to be in the moment and really enjoy each day.  I hope you will too:)))

 

1) Wednesday- Upper Body Workout!
Start with a stretch and a warm up.  Then try this…

The Strapless Dress Arm Workout

Theme: high reps, low weights
From: Lifeof bliss.com

60 second plank
15 one-armed rows
15 chest press
15 seated shoulder press
15 flys (laying on back)
15 reverse flys laying on exercise ball
15 lateral raises
15 chest press (laying on back on ball)
15 tricep dips on bench
15 alternating bicep curls
15 lying row and rotation on exercise ball
15 chest press (laying on back on ball)
15 reverse flys sitting on exercise ball
15 laying tricep extensions
60 second plank

Check out Tracy Anderson’s Arm Workout…..

 

 

2)  Great guideline on when to eat:)

 

 

 

3) Mantra of the Day- You are enough!!!
It’s always good to be reminded that we don’t have to be perfect.  You are enough just the way you are!  In this journey of health and fitness, we have to be careful not to obsess and try to reach perfection. Newsflash!!! Perfection NEVER comes!!!  This is not to discourage you but to help give you a perspective that you will never attain the perfect state of being.  I am always surprised to read about a perfect looking celebrity or model say that they hate certain parts of their body.  Even Giselle isn’t fully satisfied!!!  It’s OK to not be perfect.  The goal here is to be healthy and have a healthy body image.  I am in such a happy place in my life.  I am getting real results from good ole’ fashion diet and exercise.  There are no shortcuts and no gimmicks.  Learn to love yourself and enjoy the journey.  You are wonderfully and fearfully made.  You are a beautiful creation and you are enough:)))
Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!  XOXO:)))