I am writing this to you on Sunday evening, having thought back on the past 48 hours and how much I have packed into life. I realized I don’t think I could have done this when I was 21.
Now at 31, I have WAY more energy then I did at 21. I will try to not bore you with my entire weekend details but here are a couple highlights with a few pics.
Friday night we celebrated, with over 60 kids and families, the one-year anniversary of our Fit Moms For Life Transformation Center. We had pumpkin decoration stations, games, and lots of great, healthy food.
Saturday morning I was up before 6 AM to train a small private group that is part of our Fit and Fabulous over 50 training program. I then headed to the American Heart Association walk as I was asked to be one of Madison’s local ambassadors. I had the honor of warming up the crowd of over 3,000 people!
After a quick trip to the farmers market, I drove 90 minutes to Milwaukee with my stair training team to climb 155 stories up and down (no elevators). I then quickly headed back to my place where I hosted a party for about 10 of my friends and family.
Got up at 5:30 AM Sunday and went to the Transformation Center and filmed 8 full workouts for my monthly Fit Moms program with 8 awesome clients of mine. I followed that with the hosting of a free 90-minute exercise and anti-aging workshop for anyone 50 or older (click here to register for Wednesday night’s similar workshop) and finally followed that with playing an entire basketball game.
It got me thinking about what I am doing differently now to give me more energy versus when I was 21 years old . I came up with 6 things:
#1 I am exercising 6 days per week. I used to workout longer 3 times per week but this past 6 months I have switched to 6 times per week for about 30-40 minutes each day and it has really changed the way I feel.
#2 I am eating more vegetables. I try to get in veggies with at least 3 meals per day for a total or 6-10 servings daily. Veggies fill me up, keep me lean, and keep me healthy.
#3 I eat more fat. I use to eat all low fat everything until about 5 years ago. It seems like the more good fats I eat, the more energy I have and the healthier I feel.
#4 I eat WAY fewer carbohydrates. 10 years ago I would consume massive amounts of oatmeal and a couple pieces of bread each day . Now I have found that I do much better without bread or healthy carbs like oatmeal. This isn’t to say these healthy carbs are bad, just that eating them doesn’t work for me as well.
#5 I do more burst training. Back at 21, I only lifted weights and didn’t do any cardio. Now I train stairs 4X/week or use the rowing machine and do 500M sprints. Short bursts seem to boost my cardio output without the need for long sessions, which can wear out my adrenals. These workouts usually only last 15-25 minutes.
#6 I practice gratitude most days. I took a lot for granted at 21, but now I look back on each day and find things I am grateful for and notice the daily little things much more often. Being a little more at ease and happier can go a long way to creating more energy.
#7 ??? I want to hear from you! What habits do you incorporate into your day to increase your energy?
In one week we are launching a new 6 week challenge in McFarland and Oregon called “Pay to Lose” where we PAY people to lose weight. It is an experiment. We have 3 spots still remaining.
Since this is a beta test, I would love to hear if you have participated in a program where you were financially incentivized and let me know what you liked and didn’t like about it. I want to make this program amazing!