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Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge

I Conquered My Fear Of Water And Swimming…

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized

This past weekend, I decided to go out and conquer my fear of water and swimming. One year from now, I will need to efficiently swim 2.4 miles for Ironman.  I have never been able to make it further than down and back at a pool, and haven’t treaded water for more than 2 minutes. That is why attempting to swim across Devil’s Lake, 1.2 miles terrified me.

With the support of a SUP that stayed near me. I was able to make it all the way across in a very slow and inefficient 71 minutes and only threw up 4 times during the swim.  I was unable to front crawl, so I spent the entire time laying on my back, flopping. I will probably use a few different swim coaches for the next year because I know this swim will probably be one of my hardest challenges.
 
The other day, I was sitting in my office at the Transformation Center working and eavesdropping on a handful of women in their 60s who had just finished their workout. The one woman was telling the other ladies about her epic hiking trips out to the mountains. The other ladies were inspired and they began to talk about possibly doing a trip either together or with others, and starting off with a smaller hike because of the confidence they have been getting through our Fit over 60 training program.
 
This made me think of my mom, and three years ago, she agreed to hike a 14,000 plus foot mountain in Colorado because it was what her kids wanted to do. This was the furthest thing from her comfort zone or personal desire. My mom did make it to the top having given every ounce of her energy and strength.  Seeing my mom climbing hands and feet at the top and saying, “only for you kids,” is a memory I will always cherish and it brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.
 
Why am I sharing all this with you? My favorite health book of all time, Younger Next Year, (yes, in many ways more favorite than my own book) calls these sorts of activities “kedging.” The authors define “kedging” as planning a vacation or event that will require some training and some mental and physical pushing. I believe that these types of challenges will result in some of our biggest breakthroughs in life.
 
You might be a mom with three small kids, feeling like you have no time for yourself and your body is a larger, stretched out version of before and struggling to feel confident and beautiful. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life. You might be a woman in your 40s watching your parents age and wondering how to avoid facing some of those same health challenges as you get older.  You want to be able to get down onto the floor and play with your grandkids and avoid taking tons of meds or dealing with severe daily pain.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life.

You might be a woman in your mid 50s and have put on 30lbs of fat all around the midsection from the big “M” word.  You hardly recognize the body that you were just 5 years ago and wonder if your best years are already behind you. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality.  The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in the next phase of your life.
 
You might be a 65 year old newly retired woman who has seen her energy, strength and balance deteriorate rapidly over the past few years and are concerned what life will look like 10 years from now if this continues. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level and reverse many of the “natural” experiences of rapid aging.
 
These are the type of clients that I and my incredible team of trainers work with both in Madison at our Transformation Centers and bootcamps and online through our home DVD programs each day.
 
Within the next week, I am going to share with you a story of a woman who lost 80 lbs and set a massive goal for herself.
 
Now that kids are back in school, we are looking for a few women interested in becoming Fit Moms for Life Leaders and obtaining massive results (physically and emotionally), while helping other women do the same. Join us for a special live webinar to learn more on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 PMCentral.  Click here to reserve your spot! Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and help others do the same and your life will never be the same.  Learn more about leading here:  http://www.fitmomsforlife.com/lead_now/

Get Fit and Help Support My Little Brother Who Just Had a Stroke

By | Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Six Week Challenge, Strength, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

I want to first start by thanking each and every one of you who have shown incredible love and support to myself and my entire family over the past several days.  I feel so blessed and loved.  The Joy “Fit Moms” Maher Scholarship has raised over $9,000, which is just amazing along with the over 1,500 fb messages, emails, 150 plus cards, phone calls and texts that we’ve received.  Our family will get through this and you have a lot to do with it.
 
I can’t wait to start sharing with you more recipes, exercises and mindset information soon, but today isn’t that day.
 
I have kept it quiet with most everyone but my TC staff and a few close friends and family, but two days after my mom died, my littlest brother Eric, who lives in Madison, woke up without being able to control his eyes.  He was very dizzy, couldn’t walk and in a bad place.

Stroke

That day was spent in the ER where the doctors did many tests, including an MRI, but couldn’t figure out what was going on.  He was sent home and spent the next 3-4 days laying down with his eyes closed.  Miraculously, he was able to stand and function the day of the celebration of life for my mom. He seemed to be on the mend.
 
Two days ago, I received a call from him that his eyes were bad again and he had numbness and tingling down his left side of his body.  I had to help him walk to the car to take him to the ER. My dad immediately drove from MN to Madison to be with Eric and me.
 
To make a long story short, they just confirmed with another MRI that he had a stroke in his brain stem. Quite ironic, considering this is similar to what my mom died of.
 
Fortunately, this one is smaller, and we hope and believe he will make a full recovery.  The doctors (there have been many working on him in both MN and Madison) are shocked and confused why a seemingly healthy 25 year old would have a clot that would reach the brain stem and are definitely concerned as to what caused it.
 
My brother has been under so much stress and I know he is stressing over the large medical expenses he is racking up.  Fortunately, he has insurance but it is that high deductible kind.
 
My goal has always been to add 100X more value to your life than I would ever ask in return and I just asked for donations for my mom’s fitness scholarship so I don’t want to ask for donations again.
 
Instead, I want to offer you my #1 weight loss and lifestyle program, the FM4L 6 Week Challenge for $10 off and 90% of your investment will go directly to pay for his deductible and additional expenses, which I estimate to be at $5,000.

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This program has helped people from around the world lose weight, lead a healthier family, get stronger and overcome many health challenges. This program was very near and dear to my mom’s heart, in the early days of the program, she would personally call up each person who ordered it.
 
My goal over the next three days is to raise the $5,000 and surprise him when he leaves the hospital so that he doesn’t have to worry about the medical bills.
 
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Enter promo code: ERIC and receive the $10 off.
 
For those of you who don’t want/need the 6 week challenge but want to help Eric out, I have set up another GoFundMe page (I really hope this is the last one I need to set up) and you can donate there.  Besides the small fee they take, 100% will go to my brother’s medical bills.
 
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If you are in Madison and decide to donate via GoFundMe, please stop by the TC and grab any workout DVD I might have as a thank you for your generous donation.
 
Thanks again for being part of my life, please don’t feel sorry for me, or my family. Life can be beautiful and life can be challenging for all of us.  Challenges only make us stronger. I can’t wait to see what the weeks, months, and years have to come for me and for you.

 

Farewell to My Hero… My Mom

By | Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

I unexpectedly lost my hero today…

My mom passed away peacefully in the arms of our family as we sang worship songs to usher her into her eternal place in Heaven. 21 hours earlier, she suffered a massive stroke in her brain and the doctors did all they could to keep her on life support until we could all get there to see her.

1 MomIf I could sum up her life it was:

  • love Jesus
  • love dad
  • love kids
  • love friends
  • serve others

While sitting in the ICU holding her hand, kissing her forehead and shedding a lot of tears, I decided I needed to write her a letter, which I want to share with you below. I read it aloud to her and to everyone gathered around her bed. It took me a long time to get through all the tears but at the end I had made peace with whatever was going to happen next.

I share this intimate and personal letter with you in hopes of honoring the incredible human being my mom was.

1 Mom 2“Mom, I can’t believe I am sitting here watching you lay motionless without the ability to do anything but pray and write out my thoughts. For 32 years, you have been my rock, the woman I looked up to. I know life is like a vapor and I thank God everyday for breath and health for all our family but experiencing this firsthand, with no warning, is more painful and raw than I could have ever imagined.

You were the perfect mom, you had unlimited patience, kindness and compassion and love towards me and every person you came in contact with. You were the rock of
health, never having gone to the hospital except to deliver your 4 children.  I can only remember one or two times in my life that you had more than a cold. 
I know we made you proud because you would tell us almost everyday. I have no regrets about our relationship. I am thankful for the nearly daily phone calls we would have in my 20s and early 30s, all the trips to and from Madison and telling you I loved you and you telling me the same.

You were the most amazing wife for dad. You have set a very high standard on who I will marry someday, that is probably why I am still single at 32. If this is your time to meet Jesus (I hope it is not quite yet), we will take care of dad and make sure he has everything he needs, maybe even a chef. I can’t change what is happening but I can step up my game and be a bigger man and extend your legacy here on earth. You are the most spiritual woman I have ever met and showed Jesus’s love each and every day. 

You inspired me to inspire others.

You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. 

I love you more than I have ever told you and you will be in my daily thoughts and prayers until the day we meet in Heaven.”

Your eldest son, 

Dustin

While watching my mom quietly sleep, I kept asking the question how can her legacy continue on? She believed so much in the Transformation Center and all of the Fit Moms for Life programs.

Then it hit me, let’s create the Joy “Fit Moms” Scholarship fund to help others who desperately want and need what the TC and FM4L have to offer. I have set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising at least $15,000 and hopefully much more. These funds will be used to give partial scholarships to the TC to those who apply.

Donate here->-> http://www.gofundme.com/fitmoms

The initial goal was to raise $5,000 but from the very generous donations so far, we should be able to far succeed that.  Thanks in advance for honoring my mom and giving the gift of life and transformation to a deserving person. Donate here->-> http://www.gofundme.com/fitmoms

 

I am humbled…

By | Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

1 Live CoachingI am humbled and honored by the response to our new live coaching program that leads people through our 6 Week Challenge. I’ve had so many emails telling me how excited you are about this program—how you’ve been waiting for just this kind of support and accountability.

→Click here to learn more and reserve your spot←

Here’s what some of you have had to say about this video series and our 6 Week Challenge program:

“It is still very early on in the 6 week challenge for me. However, so far there have been some huge changes. The main one is definitely the change in mindset that I have experienced. I really want to treat my body right by eating the right foods and being as active as possible. I also feel that I have been able to help my whole family focus on being even more healthy (nutrition wise). The third biggest success is definitely the confidence I have in my belief about myself. I am also much more mindful of how important I am as a person.”  Daisy

“I absolutely love the program. Reading Dustin’s book has been a joy. To actually see real people doing the same thing has helped because it doesn’t happen over night. It has really helped me control my a1c and allow me to better control my blood sugars with my type one diabetes.” Kathryn

“Thank You” just doesn’t seem sufficient to express the gratitude I feel for the past 6 weeks. The entire FM4L program has far exceeded my expectations!

I think the greatest of the 4 pillars is the Community and it’s the one I am afraid of. When we first talked about it, I felt very alone…my ‘community’ was very small. I am thankful that my accountability group is continuing into the 12-month alumni sessions. It’s not a large number of people; however, Meagan and Beth are so encouraging and truly understand – we keep each other accountable.

I have learned so much in the past 6 weeks, yet it’s not yet a habit. You mentioned that going through a full year of holidays, seasons, celebrations, weather…and learning the program is important.  In looking back at the initial goals and motivation for the 6-week Challenge [it was:] “I want more energy. Doing Weight Watchers has helped me lose weight, but I am still tired a lot.  I don’t feel healthy.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! Thanks to you and your team!  

I have received so many blessings from this program. I have returned to ‘myself’ – my body is stronger, I feel amazing, I have energy and a positive attitude!! I have been using the Attitude for Gratitude Journal app on my phone – finding at least 3 positive things to be grateful for each day! This is working, the negative thoughts still come through – and move through more quickly as the positives overshadow! Aaaahhh!  I am proud to be a part of FM4L – I AM a FM4L!! Connie

“Thank you for all you have done for moms, myself included. I am finishing up a 6 week challenge with a group led by Christy Shaffer-Belisle and I have to say that in the beginning I never thought I would enjoy exercising (it was more a “necessary evil”). Since I am seeing results (muscle definition I didn’t know I could develop!), I now try to find ways to fit in the exercises each day.

I have a two and a half year old and a 9 month old, and my two and half year old tries to exercise with me, which is pretty adorable, and an encouragement to me that I am showing her a healthy lifestyle at a young age. My 9 month old thinks it is pretty hilarious when I use the exercise ball, so at least I am providing entertainment while I get in shape. 🙂

Still working on improving my eating habits, but my husband has started reading food labels with me and seems willing to change eating habits alongside me, so that is a great bonus! (He actually told me to throw out something a few weeks ago that he usually enjoys eating, because he read the ingredients label and was slightly appalled at all the chemicals). 🙂

Thanks again for starting Fit Moms for Life! I hope to share it with others! Emily

“I got your email and I know it is a mass email but somehow it always feels personal.  You made me reminisce over this last year since I am only 2 weeks short of my one year anniversary of doing your program.  I am choosing to measure my success in these moments rather than pound or inches (which I have lost a whole lot of!!!!).   I smile all the time.

  • I have tons of energy and play with my kids.
  • I do your work outs religiously 3-4 times a week for the last 12 months.  
  • I out plank girls in their 20s from work.
  • I won the limbo contest at the roller rink.
  • I entered a spartan race that I am doing in August (let me assure you, I would never have had the guts to do this.  Not sure I can complete it but I can try).
  • I wore a bikini and was proud.
  • I wear clothes I wore 15 years ago.
  • I can see myself again as how I remember. 

I am not perfect by any means.  I still eat too much sugar and carbohydrates. I still want to lose these last 10 awful pounds, and I still want to be more agile/fast on my feet so to speak but I AM SO HAPPY with myself.   Thanks for giving me the tools to change my life, Beth 

Want to make the same sort of change in your own life? Click HERE to join us now.

Your questions answered…

By | Challenge, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Uncategorized
I’m still blown away by your great questions, comments, etc. I thought I’d take a minute to answer some of the most common questions I’ve been getting.

When will the live coaching calls start?

The live coaching group will meet on Tuesdays, starting on May 19.  Emily will reach out to participants to set a time for the calls that works for the greatest number of people.

What will the coaching be like and how will it help me succeed?

We are purposely limiting the size of this coaching group so that Emily can give individual attention to everyone who signs up.  She will be asking you about your goals for the program and how she can best help you, so it may look a little different for everyone.

At a minimum, there will be weekly group calls, regular email/text check-ins, food journal review, etc.  Our goal is to give you the tools and the accountability to help you really make the most of the program over the next 6 weeks and get on track for life.

I am very out of shape and nervous to try an exercise program. I have seen infomercials for workouts that seem really hard.  I am afraid of hurting myself.  Will this program work for someone who has considerable weight to lose and hasn’t exercised in over a decade?

Yes!  Having worked with so many people, we have perfected the art of creating workouts that are gentle enough for the beginner yet challenging enough for the avid exerciser.  The secret is in variable resistance, and exercise modification and progression.  We have people needing to lose 200 lbs doing the workouts.

What equipment will I need for the workouts?

Two workouts are body weight only.  The others only require a set of hand weights (8-15 lbs) and a stability ball (55cm-65cm).

If you are ready to start your own transformation, and get an incredible level of support to ensure your success, click here now.

5 weight loss lies we tell ourselves

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Strength, Uncategorized

Click here to read ->-> 5 Weight Loss Lies We Tell Ourself

Have you told yourself any of these lies? The sooner you can tell yourself the truth, the sooner you will become lighter, fitter, and healthier. Along with the lies we tell ourselves, our occasional bad choices (eating a “bad” meal, skipping a workout, negative thinking, snapping at the kids, etc) make us feel guilty and then we can spiral into worse self sabotaging behavior.

Avoid this negative spiral by focusing on improvements. For example, if you missed 5 workouts last month, try to miss 4 or less the next month. If you have been drinking three sodas a day, reduce it to two.

Start your change by keeping it simple…

1. Do one thing slightly different today then you did yesterday to make today healthier.

2. When you go out to eat today, order water instead of a diet soda.

3. When you enter your building, take the stairs instead of the elevator.

4. When watching your favorite TV show tonight do 20 squats or pushups during each break.

5. Transformation starts with small changes. Don’t underestimate the everyday little decisions.

Weight loss success isn’t achieved with just one big change; true transformation is achieved by making 100s of little changes to our daily lives.

 

Why losing weight and keeping it off is SO hard (Hint: It’s in your genetics)

By | Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Mindset, Mothers, Nutrition, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

Who is your most challenging client to get results for? This is a question I occasionally get asked, and for me, the answer is simple. It is the client with an unsupportive spouse (hardest) or unsupportive family, friends, or coworkers. Basically, the client with the most unhealthy social circle has the hardest time getting the results they want.

Why?

Because the moment you start losing weight, feeling better, becoming happier, is the same moment your social circle may become envious, jealous, and uncomfortable. Your success forces them to put a mirror up to their own faces and come to grips with the fact that they themselves might NOT be healthy, fit, and/or happy. In turn, they may start self-sabotaging you in the hopes that you will become the old you – the friend/co-worker/spouse that doesn’t bring them discomfort. OR, they may just start to not invite you to social gatherings as a way of punishing you for not fitting their mold anymore.

Fear of rejection from loved ones is one of the biggest fears we face and this fear is why we continually go back to our comfortable state with our same group of friends (and even why some people go back into an abusive relationship). This fear of rejection is actually a biological fear and was very important to our survival a long time ago.

Let me explain…

Way back when, in the cave man (and beyond) days, we had constant threats surrounding us- from predators, the weather, famine etc. Scientists believe that we became “social” because it was the only way for us to survive long term. 

The following excerpt is from the book Art of War, by Sun Tzu…

“Humans evolved over the last few million years in a world filled with risks like large predators and starvation… early humans were probably commonly hunted by a wealth of large predators. One common defense to predation displayed by primates and other animals is to live in groups. The advantages of living in a group probably are the reason why early humans and other large primates evolved to be social, and why we are still social today. Failure to be a part of the social group, getting kicked out, probably spelled doom for early humans.

Anything that threatens our status in our social group, like the threat of ostracism, feels like a very great risk to us. Ostracism appears to occur in all social animals that have been observed in nature,’ said Kip Williams, a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue who has studied ostracism. ‘To my knowledge, in the animal kingdom, ostracism is not only a form of social death, it also results in death. The animal is unable to protect itself against predators, cannot garner enough food, etc., and usually dies within a short period of time,’ said Williams.”

We fear failure because we fear being kicked out of our social group. So how do we overcome this deeply seeded biological fear? The key is to begin to surround yourself with a new group of people that are currently living out the habits that you want to adopt. In time, you will connect with these people and friendships will develop. This way, you don’t have to fully leave some of the other friends you have had for many decades. Although you may find yourself identifying less with these old friends as time goes on and consequently spending less time with them.

Without your new circle of friends, this would be devastating, but since you have this new group to connect with, it won’t feel like you are out on your own. I believe adopting a new supportive community is the best, and almost only way, to lose weight, become healthy, and maintain that health long term.

For 2015, my team at the Transformation Center came up with the slogan: “Drop your gym and join our community.” This is not to say that gyms are bad or completely ineffective, just that our team at the Transformation Center prides itself on doing a much better job at creating and supporting community building within our walls.

Only 20% of America has a gym membership, yet I would estimate at least 90% of the population need guidance and support in making regular exercise and nutrition part of their daily lives. If you live near Madison and aren’t part of our community yet, I would like to invite you to join us. For those of you who can’t be with us in person, we have taken the best of what we do in Madison and packaged it up into a life transforming 6-week program that includes online support. We have about 110 challenge groups around the country that meet in homes, schools and churches. You can join an existing group or start your own and get paid to be part of an incredibly supportive community.

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I know how hard it can be to change the type of people you associate with. I have had to do this myself on a couple of occasions. It isn’t easy, but it is totally worth it. After looking at the thousands of clients I have personally trained, nearly 100% have at some level embraced our community and invested their time and energy into developing friendships. When your social circle is fit and healthy, the last thing you want to do is skip workouts or consistently eat unhealthy because this behavior may lead to being ostracized, and as far as our human evolution is concerned, that is dangerous to your well being.

The #1 Thing Required to Lose Fat and Transform Your Life

By | Behavior Change, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Flexibly, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

The Actor Hugh Laurie once said, “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready.” I agree with this quote and believe that actually, no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, “now is as good a time as any.”

I was standing on a big pier 25 feet above the water in my swimsuit shivering. It was about 40 degrees and we had pulled off the side of the road heading up to Whistler, BC. I was with a bus full of guys and we were told that on our way up to Whistler to ski, we would get to enjoy some natural hot springs. Awesome!  Except it was all a lie…

Instead, we were standing half naked, out about 75 yards into an inlet off the Pacific Ocean fed by glacier water. It was freezing!  I am not very comfortable in water and VERY scared of jumping into it from more than 10-15 feet. There were 25 guys and we were all huddled around, scared to jump from this height and not excited about the 100 yard swim back to shore in the ice cold water. About 5 guys refused to do it and walked away. That left 20 of us standing around, shivering.

Finally, one guy climbs up onto the railing, yells out an inspirational quote, and does a back flip into the water. Within moments others started to jump in. I wanted to jump in so badly, but every bone in my body really wanted to run back to the bus and put on some warm clothes. This cold water plunge was far more terrifying to me than skydiving, getting chased by hippos in Africa, or skiing double diamonds in the Rockies.

Everyone had left or jumped in, until it was just me and two other guys. They saw the terror in my face and said “Dustin we are going to do this together.” In that moment, I ignored all my fears and excuses, climbed over the railing and all three of us jumped in together. The jump wasn’t as bad as I anticipated and the impact into the water was fine. The frigid water instantly took my breath away, adrenaline kicked in and I doggy paddled back to shore faster than I thought was humanly possible.

What is the point in sharing this story with you?

In the past two months I have seen more people take the “leap” with me to start their own personal health transformation. But for as many people who have taken this leap, just as many have made excuses, deciding to wait until spring, believing there will be a better time.

In the New York Times bestseller “Younger Next Year,” the acclaimed author and doctor describes each day we grow older and age, as another day we ROT. It is only through consistent exercise (6 days per week) plus healthy eating, strong relationships, and enough rest, that we slow down and delay the “rotting” process. I want to say to these people who have decided to wait, “You think after you have rotted for another 3 months, will be a better time to start?” (I don’t say this, though, don’t worry:-)

The time is now and the day is today! I know some of you may be going through some really tough issues right now. Relationships may be strained, maybe your job is stressful or non existent, maybe kids are out of control, or your parent’s health is deteriorating, etc. Situations are not ideal, I get that, but… If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Nobody.

I hope you are ok with this tough love. I just want to see you succeed. This past year I have been more and more convinced of the power of exercise, nutrition, and a community to love and support you in your journey and I want that for you. In an ideal world, I would have taken swimming lessons, I would have trained in cold water to get acclimated to the shock the body experiences, I would have practiced jumping into water from heights, but there isn’t always time to fully prepare; sometimes we just need a kick in the butt and encouragement and support from our friends and family to help us take the leap.

I hope this message fires you up and gets you to take action – NOW.  I care about you and am wildly passionate about your success.

If you are ready for transformation and looking for a plan to get you there, our digital 6 week challenge includes workouts, weekly video teaching segments, awesome eating plans and recipes, a workout guide, plus online support. This FM4L 6 Week Challenge will give you the kickstart you need! At $1.25/day, this investment in your life and healthy is insanely affordable!  ->-> Click here to sign up

5 Lifestyle Hacks I Use to Stay Lean

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Healthy Snacks, Mindset, Uncategorized

The other day I shared with you the idea that your environment will trump your willpower long term. Today I want to share 5 things that I have implemented in my own life to reduce the amount of willpower I need to exert to stay lean, healthy and fit.

These rules I have put in place are based off me knowing my own tendencies which are:

  • I will finish anything in front of me. This includes the entire bowl of candy, or family sized bag of chips.
  • I will find excuses to skip workouts when I don’t feel like working out, which is most days.
  • I have extreme tendencies, which goes along with #1.

Knowing my own tendencies, I have created the following 5 lifestyle hacks to ensure I stay true to my health goals:

1. I have multiple workout partners so if one is sick, traveling, or unable to make it, I have others who are counting on me to show up.

2. I don’t bring any processed food into my apartment. The exception to this is when I host a party but I make sure the junk leaves my home when the party ends.

3. I don’t purchase liquid calories. I don’t buy soda, juice, coffee, etc. This saves my money and my calories.

4. I don’t drink alcohol. I doubt I would be able to drink responsibly given my tendencies, so I decided to just not start in the first place.

5. My workplace will not offer unhealthy options to my clients or my staff. I have an advantage on this one since I own my place. I won’t even allow my team to bring in a coffee maker. If they want coffee they can get a cup somewhere else. I loved the gym I worked at before opening up the Transformation Center, but the soda vending machine right next to the front desk was really upsetting to me.

Bonus: I plan all my vacations around physical activities. This ensures that I will be fitter after the vacation and gives me something to train for leading up to it.

You might look at my list and say Dustin, you have it easy, you live alone, you are your own boss, and you don’t have kids so it’s easier to control your environment.

Sure I might have some advantages, but I know thousands of moms who have been able to make these shifts in their environments to create lasting change, so no excuses!

Remember these are just my lists and strategies for staying healthy, fit and lean – take some time to develop some lifestyle hacks that work for you and your life!

If you are looking for a short 6 week program that you can do at home that helps you make these lifestyle hacks for you and your family, ->-> Click here to learn more <-<-

LAST CHANCE–Don’t miss our best price EVER on the 6 Week Challenge!!! SALE ENDS TODAY

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Don’t miss our best deal ever!

This is the first time we’ve ever offered the Fit Moms for Life 6 Week Challenge at a sale price… and we may not put it on sale again!

Get our digital only or full (hard copy) version of the 6 Week Challenge at 40% off! Today only!!

FM4L_Template3This deal expires at midnight tonight, so check it out here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

You may feel tired or overwhelmed by holiday stress, as so many of us are this time of year. Or perhaps you over-indulged at Thanksgiving and your clothes are already feeling a bit tight.

Either way, we can help you get through this busy holiday season feeling amazing.

Imagine how it could feel to start the New Year already on track to meet your weight loss goals! You could wear that holiday dress on New Years Eve and be proud of what you accomplished.

What if you breezed through the busy holiday season, feeling well-rested and with energy to spare? What if you had the guidance and the energy to focus on the things that are most important to you, letting the rest go and feeling good about it?

Don’t miss this chance to lose weight, get stronger, and feel better, all with the support of the amazing FM4L staff and community!!

Learn all about the program here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

At 40% off, the digital version of the 6 Week Challenge is yours for just $28!

For less than $1/day you can transform your body and your mindset over the next 6 weeks. You can learn how to make positive changes that you stick with for life.

Chose your option (digital or full version) here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

I look forward to seeing you in our private, members-only area!

This is the first time we’ve ever offered this program at a sale price, and I cannot promise that we will do it again. Don’t miss this chance to get this incredible program for an absolute steal of a price.

Check it out here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

This is a no risk offer. If for any reason you are unsatisfied, just let us know and we will refund your money, no questions asked.

 

You won’t believe what Liz accomplished… PLUS a free workout video!

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LizzyToday I want to share with you the story of Liz—an amazing woman who joined my Fit Moms class years ago and is now one of my trainers and an incredible inspiration to all who know her.

When Liz first came to my class, she was very overweight, but she made the commitment to herself to keep showing up. Once she started moving, she got stronger and started to feel better, which kept her coming back.

Eventually, she lost over 80 pounds and is now in incredible shape. Click here to read more about her transformation.

Liz’s story highlights my third pillar of success—get moving! Once you start exercising effectively, you will feel better, sleep better and have more energy. The feeling you get from exercise can give you the motivation to make—and stick with—other changes in your life.

Try it out yourself—get moving today!

Click here for a quick 20 minute workout that you can do on your own.

You probably haven’t heard this before…

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Did you know that what you eat is responsible for roughly 80 percent of how you look and how you feel? You could exercise every day and, if you are eating a very unhealthy diet, you may still gain weight, have low energy, and perhaps even health problems such as diabetes.

10622738_997623940263487_473896183349503941_nEating healthy food is my second pillar of success and you won’t succeed in the long run without it. Click here for my analysis of a real client’s food journal—it’s a hard look at the typical American diet and how that hurts you. The good news is that, once you understand the basics, it’s easier than it sounds and you won’t have to starve yourself or follow some crazy diet that makes it hard to eat out and keeps you hungry all of the time. You can eat well, feel full and get rid of your cravings by following a few simple rules.

The Fit Moms for Life 6 Week Challenge includes a healthy, whole foods menu with recipes that will keep you feeling full and losing weight, without counting calories or depriving yourself! It even includes a delicious recipe for chocolate ricotta mousse. =)

Learning how to eat well is the key to losing weight, staying healthy, and feeling amazing. FM4L takes all of the guesswork out of it and makes it easy, with family-tested, kid-approved recipes and meal ideas. Check it out here!

Stay tuned for the story of one of my clients who overcame eating disorders and massive health problems with real food, exercise and the support of her family… We are in this together!