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How to Stop Emotional and Behavioral Sabotage with these 10 Mindset Habits

By | Behavior Change, Food For Thought, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset

Thinking of making a TRANSFORMATION for LIFE? You know you want to change and you know it’s going to take real commitment on your part to do it.

Are you in the right MINDSET to get you to your goals and keep you there for life? Here are my TOP 10 MINDSET HABITS to inspire and keep you on the road to success even when life gets difficult. It is often the behavioral and emotional sabotaging we do to ourselves that takes us off course.

Speaking of transformation for life… this week I announced the opening of our next 12 week Killer Kurves weight loss and lifestyle program. If you have 40-200 lbs to lose, this could be the program you are looking for.

Click here to learn more and apply ->-> http://madisonbootcamps.com/killer-kurves/

Habit #1 – I fully forgive myself and others.

In order to be successful at major lifestyle changes, you must forgive yourself & others in order to move forward, focused on your best possible future. Forgiveness is powerful; it will feel like removing a heavy weight from your heart. Without all that pain, shame or fear you have been holding onto, you will be so much lighter, ready to take action, ready to make real lifestyle changes and open up that space for optimism and determination to keep moving forward toward your best life.

Habit into Action

“Adopt a mantra that you say to yourself the moment that a guilty memory or feeling arises. The following phrases are particularly effective: “I’m not that person anymore;” or “My attention belongs in the present;” or “I am not here to suffer anymore.” Choose the appropriate phrase and repeat it, without fail, every time you feel guilty. In this way, you are not only telling yourself the truth, for you aren’t the person anymore who committed a past misdeed, but you are also giving your brain a new, more positive input. This will help to wean it off the old wiring that keeps messaging guilt long after guilt is deserved.” – A suggestion from Deepak Chopra, The Huffington Post

Habit #2 – Exercise is a gift, not a punishment.

If you are serious about a physical transformation, you must change your mind about exercise. Exercise is a gift you must give yourself, in some way, every day. Moving your body can no longer be a punishment for poor eating choices. It is a true gift to your heart, mind, muscles and more that will keep “giving” the rest of your long life. Will it still be hard, physically? Yes, it should be if you are doing it right. Will it be so much easier when you have the right attitude about it? Yes, definitely. You will push yourself, lovingly, into workouts you never knew you could do.

Habit into Action

Make exercise an enjoyable experience. Work out with friends. Don’t know anyone in class? Introduce yourself and strike up a conversation with a friendly face. Do the exercises that challenge you, but bring you energy, not drain you of it. Buy new shoes and a workout outfit. Set your alarm with some soothing or inspiring music to get up early and get your workout in right away, before you can make any excuses to not do it.

Habit #3 – Food is meant to serve my body.

Your nutrition will affect every aspect of your life and will improve your chances at any type of transformation. To be successful for life, you must change your mind about food. When you decide to view food as an energy source to serve your body, your choices will reflect your physical needs: slow-burning carbs for extended energy, muscle-building proteins for increased strength, healthy fats to keep you satisfied, vitamin and mineral rich foods to support a strong immune system and healthy body functions. You will no longer choose artificial and convenient foods. You will no longer reach for food to soothe a feeling other than hunger.

Habit in Action

When you eat, ask yourself the following questions. “How will this food serve my body?” “How will it give me energy?” “Will it make me stronger?” “Will it make my body function improve?” and “Am I actually hungry or am I bored or trying to avoid some feelings?” If you aren’t sure of the answer, Google it. There is so much nutritional information at our finger-tips, it is much easier to make better choices.

Habit #4 – I will no longer compare myself to others.

Any transformation will come with doubts. Maybe you’ve lived a certain way for more than 30 years. The best way to quiet those doubts is to stay focused on moving forward. You must keep your eyes on your own paper, stay in your lane and decide how YOU will measure YOUR success. You can no longer use others as a ruler to judge by.

Everyone is doing their best, all the time, including you. Your best can only be appreciated when you judge it against your best, yesterday. Our bodies, our lives, our relationships are all different and can’t be compared or judged as successful or not, since we don’t know all the facts about everyone else’s situations. You do know the facts of your own and you can take full responsibility for the actions and the feelings you have about their outcomes.

Habit in Action

If you wear a wristwatch or bracelet (if you don’t, put a rubber band on your wrist or ask for a Fit Moms For Life bracelet), any time you find yourself comparing, feeling inferior, feeling superior or being judgmental of yourself or others, switch the band to the other wrist. You might be surprised how often you switch.

Habit #5 – Stop compiling problems

Successful people have problems too. They just have a great skill of tackling problems or obstacles one at a time. It is easy to get overwhelmed and not address easily solved problems, because we’ve added them up with all the rest into something that seems insurmountable. Successful people look at problems separately, objectively, and they consider them challenges, not problems. Each hurdle can then be added to your “proud” list once you have solved it.

Habit into Action

Ask a trusted friend or partner to listen to a single obstacle or problem that has been on your mind. Don’t have someone to talk to? Ask a friend in your workout group or your trainer. You don’t have to ask for their opinion on what you should do, but you will find that as you are explaining the problem out loud, alone (meaning without all the other problems you have swimming around in your head) and without emotions, you will have made that problem seem to be less of a problem, more of a challenge and certainly manageable all on your own. It will be a lightbulb moment – try it.

Habit #6– Speak and think only in truths.

On the transformation journey you must decide you will no longer generalize and you will speak and think only in truths. How often do you hear yourself say, “I always fail” or “I never get it right”? Are those statements REALLY true? No, you don’t always fail. You have successful moments all the time, every day. You can no longer generalize about yourself or others. If you are only speaking in truths, it might sound more like … “I didn’t lose all the weight I wanted to, but I did lose inches off my waist and made several new friends.”

Habit into Action

Be mindful and totally aware of generalizations when you speak and think today. Focus on it all day. Any time you think or speak a generalization, quickly write it down in your phone or on a notepad. At the end of the day, take those generalizations to a friend or family member and ask them if they are true about you or your situation. If you don’t have anyone to chat with, ask yourself and be totally honest. Are those generalizations fully TRUTHS? I bet not. It will really improve your attitude and enthusiasm.

Habit #7 – Busy is not better.

Successful people have learned that busy is NOT better. Our culture tells us to judge our lives by the quantity of things we can accomplish in one day. To what end? We are a sick, stressed out, malnourished, overweight population that continues to get sicker. Reject that thinking and judge your life by the quality of your time. Create space around your activities to make memories and relish in the small pleasures.

Habit into Action

Sit down and write down your three most time-demanding activities and decide what needs to go or can be decreased. Do you need to cut down on your hours at the office or in the car carting kids around? Would the kids be okay if they only played one sport and one instrument? Could you reduce your social commitments for FREE time, just for you and your family to enjoy the fun of daily life? Boundaries can and need to be set in a positive way to protect this precious time. Your life needs to be manageable and you need to create space for self-care now—there is no time like the present to take action.

Habit #8 – Expect more of myself and others.

Visualize yourself transformed. You know what you want and in order to get there, you must raise the bar for yourself and others. When you make commitments to yourself and others, you hold them, even if it’s not “comfortable”. Kick “comfortable” to the door and continue to challenge yourself in all kinds of ways. Be brave. Take responsibility for how you treat yourself, others, and how others treat you. Set an achievable short-term goal today. As you do, you will inspire others and you will begin to expect more from them too. Make this a monthly habit.

Habit into Action

Work some accountability into your transformation. If you want to get more serious about nutrition, try food journaling or pre-packaging your week of meals/snacks. Sign up for an achievable exercise challenge or be vulnerable to enough to say you’re sorry or ask for an apology from someone concerning an incident you might be feeling bad about. Sign up for a seminar or class that will help you learn more about your specific goals.

Habit #9– Reduce screen time.

Find a way to reduce your screen time. It’s NOT just our kids who are addicted. Studies show that our sedentary lifestyle is as dangerous as smoking.

Habit into Action

Instead of watching a family flick on Friday night, head out and take the dog for a walk. In the winter, you could shovel the neighbor’s drive or bundle up and go ice-skating or sledding. In the nicer weather, enjoy a fire pit in your back yard or explore a new park. Get out a board game or take a drive to a neighboring downtown to check it out.

Do NOT take your phone, iPAD, computer or TV into your bedroom. Facebook ISN’T THAT interesting and is not worthy of risking your health. Up late surfing for deals? No more – shop during the day and GO TO BED!

Habit #10 – If I need help, I can ask for it.

This transformation is a big deal to you. Those who love you most will understand and be there for you. All you have to do is ask for help if you need it. These are real lifestyle changes that are difficult to start and even more difficult to maintain. Reach out to family or friends who have been successful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ask them to support you in your efforts. If you don’t have anyone in your circle to ask, you will have to find a mentor, or coach, a stranger in class for help. People are more willing to help you than you think. Just have the courage to ask.

Habit in Action

Ask your partner to join you in your new pursuits. Ask your partner and kids to support your choices, join in the fun of making new healthy habits and be okay with getting rid of the old. Ask a friend to watch the kids while you take an hour to exercise/cook/or learn a new skill. Ask a trainer how to modify an exercise you don’t feel comfortable doing yet. Ask a teacher for extra help or a respected mentor to grab lunch and give you their best advice.

These types of habits are what we focus on and discuss in all our programs at the Transformation Center. So if you are already part of our community, continue to dive deep into these areas. If you aren’t yet, what are you waiting for?

Single mom ready to end it all, chooses life

By | 21 Day Challenge, Challenge, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Transformation Center

I knew Onica was a special person the day I met her. I only had about 20 minutes to get to know her, but I could see deep hurt within her and yet I also sensed she was a strong, determined woman that was ready to give it her all.

Fast forward about two months and I was sitting at the Transformation Center going through my e-mail when I received the testimonial you are about to read. The crazy thing about reading this e-mail that night was that Onica was standing about 15 feet in front of me, waiting for her Killer Kurves class to start. After you read her heartfelt story, click here to learn more about how Killer Kurves can help you or a loved one. Even if you don’t live near Madison, the video alone is worth 5 minutes to watch. ->-> Click here to watch the video

Take it away Onica….!

My name is Onica and I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I have gained and lost and lost and gained more times than I care to count. In high chool my diet of choice was Anorexia, I would eat nothing all day and then have just enough dinner so that my parents wouldn’t notice something was off. I kept the weight off until I was 25 and went from jobs where I stood all day and rarely ate breakfast or lunch to a desk job where it seemed like someone wanted to take everyone out to lunch daily. The pounds piled on quickly after that. I had my son at 26 and never lost the baby weight. Two years later I had my daughter and 6 weeks after she was born I joined a weight loss program. I did great and was 7 pounds from my goal when self destruction kicked in. We had recently moved an hour away from our hometown and I knew no one, I was a stay at home mom and it was winter. I learned that I love to bake and more than that I loved to eat what I baked. Again, the pounds piled on, I was more than I had ever weighed, even when I was pregnant.

Fast forward 2 more years, I was now a divorced, single mom trying to make ends meet. It wasn’t easy to say the least. Every small bump in my life made me feel like I was sinking deeper and deeper into a pit that I was never going to be able to claw my way out of. I felt that every single aspect of my life was just too much for me to handle, that nothing I did was good enough, or could possibly be worth anything to anyone, that my kids would be better off if I weren’t around. What kind of a role model was I for them? Wouldn’t it just be better for them if they didn’t grow up with a mom like me, someone who never had any time or energy for them, whose house wasn’t spic and span and who was fat? I had a plan to end it all, I didn’t have a time frame, but I had a plan. It would have appeared to have been an accident so that my ex would still get the life insurance to use for raising the kids and above all no one else would be injured and my kids wouldn’t be the ones to find me. I had a plan.

Then on September 5th an email came into my inbox from Dustin. It was about a 21 day clean eating challenge. My sister told me that she and her husband were going to take the challenge and that I should do it with them. I decided to go for it. Part of that was to meet with Dustin in person to discuss your weight loss challenges and goals etc. That day changed my life, more accurately, that day saved my life. After I gave a short run down on my weight history Dustin told me about his Killer Kurves program, I didn’t think there was any way I could make it work for me financially or with my schedule so I tried to just forget about it. However it seemed that nothing would make the thought of this program leave my head. It sounded so perfect for me. After several days of not being able to stop thinking about it I rearranged my schedule with my kids, worked out a financial plan and I signed up. I can honestly say that signing up for K2 was the best decision I have ever made for myself.

On our first night I was nervous but excited. Everyone there seemed to be in the same boat. The trainers were very friendly and accommodating to everyone’s fitness level and any physical limitations we had. The people were all super friendly and no one was judging anyone else. As the weeks have gone on we have formed a bond with each other, the support and encouragement is like nothing else I have ever experienced. We have turned into a family of sorts and I love it, I can’t imagine my life without K2 now.

One of the things that I have learned to do is to view food as fuel for my body and not a hobby or way to relieve stress. I won’t put a certain brand of gasoline in my car because it gets terrible gas mileage with it so why did I continue to put food in my body that was terrible for my health and energy? It has really changed the way I look at eating.

We are currently starting our 9th week of the 12 week program and I have lost 29.2 pounds and 14 inches. My self esteem is on the way back up and the pride in myself that I feel is amazing! The little things no longer throw me to the bottom of the pit and I am smiling more than I have in years. I’m not where I want to be yet but I am a whole lot closer and more importantly I now have the support, knowledge, and confidence in myself to keep going towards that goal and not to just give up because of a setback or hard day.

If there is anyone out there that is on the fence about joining Killer Kurves, I say do whatever it takes to make it happen! You will not be disappointed. I know I’m not. Your life will never be the same again.

Onica

Wow! When I first read her story I was so moved, I got teary eyed. Since she was also at the TC that night, I went over to her and gave her a big, long hug. I had no idea of her struggles or how Killer Kurves has given her a new lease on life. Her physical and emotional transformation is an inspiration!

Onica, I am beyond excited to see you continue to progress and am excited for the boundless opportunities life has in store for you. Thank you for courageously sharing your story.

Dustin

PS If you are ready to start your own journey of transformation, or just want to learn more, reply to this email or fill out the contact form here: https://madisonbootcamps.com/killer-kurves/ and I or one of my team members will get back to you!

How Stephanie dropped 27.6 lbs in 12 Weeks and Went from 0 Pushups to 12

By | Killer Kurves

How Stephanie dropped 27.6 lbs in 12 Weeks and Went from 0 Pushups to 12

Today, I want to share with you a story I just received from one of our Killer Kurves participants who just finished her first 12 week session and will be starting a second session next week.

Her story is so common. She lost part of her identity when she became a mom. This is the same thing that many women find who get heavily involved in their career. Finding themselves again is the least selfish thing they can do for their loved ones.

I am so proud of Stephanie and can’t wait to see what the next 12 weeks bring her.

“Before the Transformation Center, I pretty much defined myself as a Mom. Not that that is a bad thing, but I didn’t know who I was outside of being a mom anymore. From the second my daughter was born, she was my main priority. I lost all my baby weight plus more while I was breastfeeding. Then as soon as I went back to work and starting eating normal again it all came back plus some. My daughter turned two at the beginning of February and the only kind of working out I’ve done since she was born has been trying to keep up with her. Granted, chasing a two year old around can be exhausting!

Slowly over the last two years since I’ve had my daughter I started losing myself. If you asked me who I was my first thought would be to answer a mom. I’m much more than a mom but I let myself get consumed in always putting her above everything else including my health and well being. I would opt out of going to events or social functions because I didn’t want to spend time away from her. I work 32-35 hours a week and felt like the times I wasn’t working I needed to be with her.

It took me being away from home on a girl’s getaway to realize how unhappy I was with myself mentally and physically. It wasn’t just about my weight–I was allowing my fears and emotions of being a mom keep me from living a healthier and happier life.

I got home from my vacation and was scrolling through Facebook when an Ad for the Killer Kurves program at the Transformation Center was in my news feed. I commented on the post with a question and within minutes Dustin messaged me asking if we could talk about the program. After we talked, Dustin suggested I look at the website and watch the video and get signed up if I wanted to join. I was excited, scared and nervous all at the same time. The program was starting 4 days later and I didn’t know if I could do it. Walking into the center that day I felt my anxiety kick in. Will everyone be staring at me and see how out of shape and over weight I am? Will I even be able to do the exercises they want me to do? I went and did the exercises, although I can’t say I did them well!

Each week I felt stronger and stronger until I sprained the ligaments in my left foot during a class. I was so upset because I had finally started feeling like I was in the groove and making progress. Part of me wanted to quit because I didn’t know how long I would be limited. I decided I would at least try and go back to class and do whatever exercises I was able to. All the trainers at the TC were wonderful with coming up with different modifications for exercises I couldn’t do. During this time I really had to focus on what I was putting in my body since I wasn’t able to work out as hard.

This program is much more than a workout. It’s a community where everyone supports you and cheers you on. No one judges you or makes you feel unwelcome. After your workout you gather in a group setting and talk about different items each week. From nutrition to emotional eating and to learning how to love yourself the way you are. One of the biggest things I have taken away is that you can’t be perfect with your eating or working out all the time. Sometimes life gets in the way and all you have the option to eat is a cheeseburger. It’s about learning how to make heathier choices and to allow yourself a “cheat” day or meal every once in a while and to be ok with it. Just try and get back on as soon as you ca n! I would suggest this program to anyone who is looking for a judgement free zone with support and guidance on working out and making healthier choices.”

I’ve lost 27.6 Pounds and 16 inches.

Fitness Test week one:
500M Row – 2 minutes 19 seconds
Squats – 50 in 60 seconds
Push Ups to fatigue – 27 on my knees

Fitness Test week 12:
500M Row – 1 minute 56 seconds
Squats – 61 in 60 seconds
Push Ups to fatigue – 12 on my toes with an additional 25 on my knees

Great job Steph! If you can relate to any part of her story and not only want to lose weight (this is just a by-product of living a healthier more active life), but if you want to rediscover who you are and who you want to become, this K2 program is so much more than just an exercise program.

< Click Here to Watch the Video Steph was Referring to >

Wow…

By | Killer Kurves, Transformation Center

Over the next week you will be hearing me talk about our Killer Kurves program. It is a 12 week program that we offer once per quarter and is reserved for those looking to lose 40 lbs or more.

Below is the story of Sarah. Like many of our incredible clients she has had a lot of life challenges and is a fighter and a winner. Sarah was ready to make a change, but needed to find the right community to support her in that change.

I can’t be prouder of what she has accomplished and who she is becoming. For her to sign up last minute to do the Warrior Dash this weekend is a testament of how far she has come!

Enjoy her story and if you are interested in K2 or any of our other programs, I invite you to fill out the short “interest” form on our website and I will get back to you asap. We have 90 spots for our K2 program and 75 of them are already taken. It starts a week from Monday so don’t procrastinate if you are serious about making a life transformation.

From Sarah:

I was trying to think of where this journey really began. I have had a lot of stress in my life, more than a plateful, more like a platter!

I went through a divorce with three young children. I went from being taken care of by my parents, then a husband and then I had to take care of myself. I had never really paid bills or balanced a check-book… Heck, I hadn’t even taken my nursing exam 3 years after graduating from nursing school. But I did it. I took care of myself, co-parented the kids, studied hard and passed my NCLEX (nursing exam) and got a job. In the meantime, I met a man that would become my current husband, had some fun, cooked good food, ate out a lot, drank too much…

Can you see where this is headed? Yep, over the lips and onto the hips! I have never been overweight, much less…FAT… but there I was.. I was fat.

Then hurricane Katrina hit my family home town in New Orleans, leaving my sister and brother to rebuild. Shortly after, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Our youngest struggled with an eating disorder, landing her in a facility and long term therapy to help her overcome the disease.

Then our 2nd child struggled with heroin addiction, overdosing in our home. My husband and I did CPR on him until EMS arrived to administer Narcan.

We moved from our home into a new one and then for 2 years I traveled monthly by car to help take care of my mom on the Gulf Coast (70,000 miles of driving alone).

During that time I suffered a heart attack and from that point on for the next 18 months I sat, scared to move, and gained 20 more pounds.

I guess I just got tired of being scared, tired and overweight. I had always eaten healthy, fresh, local, the perimeter of the grocery store – I just ate too much of it and didn’t do anything physical. I knew something needed to change…

I found the Transformation Center on a friend’s timeline and contacted Dustin. Dustin promptly called me to ask about my story, my journey and what I was looking for. Honestly, I don’t even think I knew but he offered a trial week. I started out with the Fit Over 50 group and while it wasn’t the perfect fit for me (although I loved Tessa’s infectious cheerfulness and spirit) I discovered something about myself… I WAS CAPABLE OF DOING THE WORK!! So I inquired about K2 and that was 12 weeks ago.

As we wind up this first 12 weeks of my experience, I have not only lost some weight and over 11 inches total – I have learned commitment to myself and others. I have learned to say no to old habits (and they do die hard and are always there) and yes to new ones, new friends, new experiences. I am taking chances that I always wanted to take but never would because I was afraid to fail. I now eat pretty much the same foods, just one serving though. I do not drink alcohol Sun- Thurs. I allow myself to indulge in my guilty pleasures, without guilt. I exercise regularly and sometimes twice daily!

I have signed up for the Tough Mudder half in September and made the decision today to try the Warrior Dash just to test out my abilities. And if I fail – well, there is no such thing.. because I tried.

Keep moving, keep living, keep loving, stay open minded, open hearted and free spirited. You won’t regret the things you do, only the things you don’t do.

What an inspiration–thank you Sarah for sharing your story! I can’t wait to see what you do next!!

Jillian Michaels Just Kicked My Butt in Chicago… Then I Disagreed with Her!

By | Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Uncategorized
This weekend, 7 trainers from the Transformation Center went to MidwestMania, a large fitness conference in Chicago, designed to help us become better trainers and coaches. (A huge thank to our trainers, Ashton, Joe & Ryan, that stayed behind and kept our classes going!)

(From left, back row: Monique, Dustin, Liz, Michelle, Erin; front row: Shelley, Tessa)

This was the 4th  year I have taken a team of trainers there and it was a great time to learn more ways to safely exercise, more ways to use food to burn fat, and learn the latest science on fat burning, aging well, and improving fitness.

Jillian Michaels from the TV show, The Biggest Loser, kicked our butts in an intense 30-minute workout and shared some of her advice on staying fit with kids, a crazy career, and everything else.

She said, “There are seasons in our lives when you have to be ok with “good enough.”  You should always be striving for improvement but at times in your life you can’t strive for perfection and if you have done your best you need to be ok with that.”

I really liked that.

But…

There was a controversial moment in Jillian’s keynote and that came when a trainer asked about her menopausal clients and how it seems harder for them to lose weight and what Jillian thinks about women in that demographic. I am paraphrasing what Jillian said, but basically she said that losing fat is losing fat whether you are 20 or 60. It requires you to eat less and move more.  Then she gave examples like Madonna (58), Jane Fonda (80), and Helen (mid 50s) from Season 7 of Biggest Loser. She basically said it is in menopausal women’s heads that they can’t lose weight.

This certainly didn’t settle well with the hundreds of menopausal trainers in the audience. In one respect, I do get Jillian’s point.  She is saying we can’t use age as an excuse and that we need to exercise intensely more than ever as we age and eat the right foods and we must get enough sleep, manage stress the best we can, and eliminate toxic people from your life.

I 100% agree with this.

But…

I spent much of the past 3 days in lectures and workouts focusing on menopausal women’s issues and there are distinct challenges and issues that occur when your body dramatically reduces its estrogen production and eliminates progesterone secretion. So my response back to Jillian would be:

“Jillian, you are right, we can’t use age as an excuse why we can’t exercise at a very intense level and eat healthy food and lose weight, BUT fat gain happens MUCH EASIER after menopause, particularly in women’s stomach areas.”

Is it impossible to lose fat after menopause?  Of course not!  You just need to employ some additional strategies and small habits into your life that you maybe didn’t have to have during your 20s, 30s, and 40s to stay the same size. In Madison, we have become the undisputed leader in training/coaching menopausal women and beyond in both our Fit over 50 small group training program and Killer Kurves.

We are able to get our clients in their 50s, 60s and 70s to lose weight, build strength, and dramatically improve their cardio/energy by employing some specific strategies that most women aren’t currently doing including what we are eating. Our nutritionist, Tracie Fountain, will be with us this Tuesday night to share what specific foods you should EAT and AVOID to reduce inflammation and joint pain and reduce body fat.

If you are within driving distance of Madison, you need to attend this free event. RSVP here ->->https://fitmomsforlife.leadpages.co/nutrition101/

If you are out of state, we are planning on live streaming it (assuming technology cooperates) and you can register for the live stream here ->->http://app.webinarjam.net/register/7802/cfa70b59d5

Are you 50 or older?

My trainers and I have opened up some additional times in the earlier morning, midday, and later afternoon for small group training and we also have a handful of spots remaining in our Killer Kurves (for any age if you have 30 or more pounds to lose) coaching program, which starts in just over a week.

->-> Click here to fill out a short interest form and I will call you up to discuss your goals. <-<-

In a few days, I will be sharing with you what I learned about losing fat after menopause.  This is SO important to do if you are in that stage of life, and SO important to start to do if you are in your 30s or 40s, because if you start doing these things now, you won’t be in for such a rude awakening.

Lessons learned from having my engine blow up on the interstate

By | Body Assessment, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Mothers, Uncategorized

This past weekend, I had planned on going home to see my family.  My sister was flying in from Colorado and it was going to be the first time we were all together since my mom’s unexpected death. On my drive from Madison to Minnesota, my car started to act up and it got bad.  I pulled over and my car was smoking and it wouldn’t start.  I got a tow into Tomah and got the news my engine blew up and I would need a new engine.

After everything I have gone through this summer, between my mom and my brother’s stroke, this news didn’t even really phase me.  I just smiled and said, “ok”. At this point, I could have been stubborn and told the garage to fix it no matter the cost. I could have rented a car and drove to Minnesota to see my family and then kept the rental car for the next 10 days while they repaired my car.

CarBut I did something I am trying to do more often when I feel like I could use it… I asked for help. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had a flat bed trailer or any connections to a local mechanic near where I broke down. I received a message from a guy I have never met but spoke with on the phone and he recommended a mechanic friend that was about 20 miles from me. Next, I called my dad and he hunted down a good used engine to replace mine.  Then, I had to figure out how to get the remaining three hours to MN to see my family.

One of my awesome clients, Karen, just happened to be leaving Madison in the morning and agreed to pick me up on her way and bring me back on Sunday.  I spent Friday night in a little motel that I am pretty sure was rented out by the hour. 🙂

On my way back to Madison, I received a call and a guy had a nice Lexus SUV waiting for me in Sparta, the town where my car was now getting fixed, and I could have the SUV for as many weeks as needed.

The lesson I want to remind you of is, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Yes, we should be a person that is constantly trying to add to the world and not take away, but sometimes life throws us curveballs and humbly asking for help is the best thing we can do for ourselves AND it also allows others to be blessed by helping out.

Bringing it back to fitness and health, it is ok to admit that you haven’t been successful on your own. You haven’t failed.  You aren’t a bad person.  It just wasn’t the right fit. You might need more structure or community, that’s all! I am here to help if you need it.

If you really want to join one of my training programs in Madison, but can’t quite afford the entire membership investment, we are still taking applications for my mom’s scholarship. ->-> Click here to apply <-<  Send an e-mail to dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com with a little background and your goals and I can recommend a program I think is best for you.

If you are in the Madison area and looking to lose 40 or more pounds and get personally coached by trainers who have lost 50-150 lbs themselves, then Killer Kurves is the program for you.  Our next 12 week session starts Oct 5thand we have limited spots still available in our morning and evening classes. ->->  Click here <-<- to learn more and email me if you have questions.

Do you want to transform the lives of other women while changing your own more than you thought possible?  Do you want to build authentic, rewarding relationships, while getting increased accountability for your own journey?  Want to earn a little extra cash on the side? Join us THIS WEDNESDAY for a live webinar on what it means to be a Fit Moms for Life Leader–>Click here to register<– We are looking for a few women to help us change the lives of many others–we hope you join us!

How a Mom Overcame Divorce, Back Surgery, Multiple Jobs and High Risk Pregnancies to Get Her Life Back

By | Behavior Change, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Strength, Uncategorized
I love hearing stories from everyday people, just like you and I, who have decided enough is enough and have done something about it. Andrea is about to share her story.  She just completed 10 weeks in our Killer Kurves lifestyle weight management program. ->-> Click here to learn more and join her next week as we kickoff our new 12 week session <-<

Take it away Andrea:

I have always been an active person, but also a person who has struggled with my weight since adolescence. I grew up in a family that did not encourage my participation in sports (other than skiing). My parents were also overweight when I was younger. They were also a bit old fashioned and seemed to feel that sports were for “just for boys”.  
 
After growing up on the East Coast, I moved to WI in 1998. I had just received my masters degree and took a teaching job at a smaller town just outside of Madison. In 2000 (at the age of 28), I got married (even though I knew deep in my heart that making my marriage work would be difficult). At the time, most of my friendships I had established in WI were with colleagues at work.  
 
 In 2005 I began a weight loss journey and by 2007, had literally run off 70 lbs.  At that time, I began to have trouble with my back and sciatic nerve. I lost sensation and motion in my legs and feet. By the time I was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, my sciatic nerve had been pinched off by my L4/L5 disc and I was in need of emergency back surgery. I was rushed to the operating room and concerns that I would have permanent nerve damage were high. That same week, I also finalized my divorce. Both of these events were turning points in my life….for the better! I was pain-free and in control of my own life again. Sure, stress was high – I was working multiple jobs to make ends meet, but I also felt confident and HAPPY! I began to date and met a wonderful man who I married in 2007. He had also lost a significant amount of weight (165 lbs) and was training for his first Ironman Wisconsin race.  (He has now completed 2 of these!)
 
Due to the nerve damage from my back injury, it took me about a year and a half to recover. I did return to running and was able to keep the weight I had lost off until 2010 and the birth of my first child (at the age of 37). I was considered a high-risk pregnancy and also became preeclampsic. I gained a significant amount of weight back during the pregnancy and struggled to loose it after my daughter was born. It only became harder after maternity leave when I returned to work as a teacher.  Just when I began to make some progress, I found out I was pregnant again. During this pregnancy I was also diagnosed with preeclampsia and was put on bed rest for 5 weeks.  After I gave birth, my recovery seemed much slower and I made little progress loosing the weight I had gained. My girls are close in age, and my maternity leave was much shorter.  
 
My daughters are now 5 years old and 3 1/2.  In January I turned 42 years old.  After my 2nd pregnancy I felt more anxious and found myself worrying about my health and whether I would live long enough to see my daughter become adults.  During this time, I tried to run the weight off several times – but struggled to maintain the running consistently. I also found that the demands and workload associated with teaching was growing, making it even more difficult to find time to take time for myself. Even I was able to run consistently, I didn’t seem to be loosing much, if any, weight.  I joined another weight loss program, and although the education piece was helpful, I still struggled to fit in the actual exercise. This past summer, I decided to run my daughters to daycare when they went there twice a week. It was 4.2 miles round trip. Still I did not lose any weight and (after rolling my ankle at the end of the school year) began to have increased pain in the heal and arches of my foot.  However, I also wasn’t feeling well. I was tired all the time and one of my biggest concerns was that I felt like I was in a “brain fog” all the time.  I didn’t feel like I could think clearly. I worried that I was becoming diabetic and was also fearful that I too would have complications from heart disease like other members of my family.
 
I ran one time in September. Then….I gave up.  I was tired of failing. I would learn to love myself and the way I looked. I could overcome the self-esteem issues I was having. The fact that most days, I was so unhappy with the way I looked that I didn’t want to leave the house.  I’d get over it, right?!
 
I decided to do a Google search and see what types of workout and weight loss programs were out there. I had done one of your outdoor bootcamps during the summer of 2013. I enjoyed the workout but was not a big fan of the early morning hours.  When I read the Killer Kurves description on your website, I was immediately interested. I emailed Shelly and after 3 communications, I found myself signing up for K2!  
 
I was nervous and excited when I signed up! I did not want to fail at another exercise/weight loss program! Yet, I knew I needed to a clean slate – something new! I was also joining K2 mid-session so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up.  I feared I would be overwhelmed trying to balance motherhood, work and now the K2 program. Would it be added stress? Would I stay committed?
 
The biggest obstacle was just committing to something new – putting myself out there.  Leaving the house and joining a group of people I had never met before was out of my comfort zone.  My social anxiety was high….but I knew it was the right thing to do.
 
I enjoyed my very first workout at K2 and every workout since! The time of the evening and Sunday sessions worked out well. My husband was extremely supportive and full of encouragement.
 
I have been with the K2 program for 10 weeks and have lost about 9 pounds. I have lost 1.5 inches off my arms and legs, and just over an inch in my waistline. At my annual doctor appointment last weight, my weight is the lowest it has been in 4 years, my blood pressure was in the normal range (opposed to borderline).  Blood work showed my glucose and cholesterol also in the normal and appropriate ranges. Even more noticeably, I have more energy!!  I was bringing a travel coffee mug of coffee to work each day along with a small thermos full. I had been drinking every drop and still felt tired.  
 
During the first week of K2, I noticed I was returning home after work and my thermos was still full – I wasn’t reaching for any additional cups of coffee!  Overall, I have decreased my sugar/carb intake and am working on adding protein to my diet. In addition, I am managing stress more effectively. My confidence is increasing – the outgoing and determined woman that I knew has started to return!  
 
I still have a long way to go on this journey, but for the first time in a long time I feel like I am in control. Even when I chose to “indulge” in a “treat”, it is a conscious choice done in moderation – rather than something I am unaware of – as if on autopilot.  For the first time in a LONG time I feel as if, “I’ve got this”.
 
I have decided to keep my journey fairly private at this point. People are just beginning to notice that I have lost a few pounds.  My husband is extremely supportive and is on board with me. He would also like to lose weight and my work at K2 has been motivating him to exercise, eat better and prepare healthier meals for our family.
 
I have a strong sweet tooth and I love carbs! Before K2, I had very little self control – I would eat these foods until they were gone! K2 has motivated me to decrease my sugar intake, limit carbs in my diet and increase protein. I have added the protein collagen to my diet and have been able to decrease caffeine. I am working toward increasing my water intake as well.
 
That being said, I am still working toward my nutrition goals and eliminating prepackaged “easy and convenient” foods from my diet.
 
I absolutely LOVE the K2 program and would tell my friends to DO IT! There is no other program out there quite like this one. It provides both the nutrition/education piece and the workout all in one hour, making it very efficient and effective – perfect for anyone with a busy schedule! The trainers and other K2 participants are very supportive and can understand/relate to all aspects of this journey.  K2 is worth every penny!

-Andrea Nichols

Thanks so much, Andrea, for sharing your story! If you live near Madison and would like to join Andrea in our next Killer Kurve session that starts next week, sign up now or reply to this email if you have questions. ->-> Click here to learn more. Killer Kurves is for men and women who have tried it all and realize the futility in fad diets, pills, and extreme ways to lose weight and know it comes down to making some lifestyle changes.  That is Killer Kurves. It is a 12 week group for making small life-style tweaks so that you can live the healthiest, and highest energy version of you. ->-> Click here to learn more.

21 Ways to Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days!

By | 21 Day Challenge, Balance, Behavior Change, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Rapid weight loss… It is what many people come seeking when they join the Transformation Center in Madison or our online Fit Moms for Life programs.
 
Here are the best ways I know to lose up to 21 lbs in 21 days.

  • Get in an accident and lose a leg
  • Travel to a foreign land and pick up a tapeworm
  • Contract a severe virus that has it coming out of both ends

Awesome tips, right?
 
The truth is, rapid weight loss can very rarely be done safely or maintained.  It is all about changing your habits and making SMALL lifestyle tweaks over time.

Six months ago, I came up with a 21 Day Clean Eating and Exercise program that quickly became the most popular challenge I have ever launched.  The testimonials and transformations were insane, but most importantly habits were being refined and tweaked.
 
21 Day ChallengeWhat are the “rules” to the challenge? The orange infographic explains what the most successful clients did, to not only get fast results, but lasting results over the 21 days. If you want to the momentum and power of a community all striving to do our best over a 21-day period, I would like to invite you to take the challenge. If you are in Madison and already a monthly member of the Transformation Center, this is a free and added bonus program.

What if I am not a member of the TC? You can join us short term for these 21 days and get a lot of bonuses in the process.

Here is what you receive:

  • Unlimited sessions of bootcamp and fit moms at our three locations for the 21 days
  • Signed copy of my book with recipes, meal plans, mindset exercises, and full workouts
  • Bonus workout and nutrition session led by me
  • One on one success session led by myself or one of our team members ($75 value)
  • $5 off our hydrolyzed collagen protein powder
  • Accountability group
  • Knowledge and support of all the trainers and fellow workout community.
  • You will get all of this for just one payment of $87.  This is about $4/day!

->-> Click here to sign up <-<-

Since all sessions will be held indoors, there are only a small amount of spots available. Summer is just around the corner, what better way then to spend 21 days toning, strengthening and having a lot of fun in the process.  ->-> Click here to sign up <-<- Once you sign up, share this with a friend and get them to join you on this 21 day journey. If you can’t make it to Madison, follow the rules above and do it on your own.

Do you have 40 lbs or more to lose and want our ultimate weight loss management program?  Our next 12 week Killer Kurves session starts soon! ->-> Click here to learn more <-<-

WARNING: What You Are About To See Is Disturbing, Watch Only If You Are Ready For Change

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Every once in awhile a video or article comes out that gives me goosebumps and fires me up to fight the fight of helping families get in better shape.

The video you are about to watch has done that more then anything else I have ever seen. We can’t wait another day to take action and create change, we deserve better and your kids deserve better.

Depending on where you are at in your life, this movie will stir up different emotions. You might feel a sense of relief that your struggles with your health and weight were something that started when you were an innocent child and that is really wasn’t your fault. Others might feel very blessed that they came from a home where cooking healthy meals from scratch was an everyday occurrence (that is me). Maybe you have tears streaming down your face because you are that mom or dad right now, busy and stretched thin and consistently giving your kids the foods and drinks that will one day land them on the ER table. Possibly your kids are out of the home now and guilt of how you raised them is welling up in your heart and regret fills your body, you wish you would have known what you know do.

An emotion I have right now is anger towards the processed food industry and how they target kids so much early on in their most impressionable years. No matter your emotion, I want to turn this into a positive. The good news is that your future can be infinitely better then your past. You have access to knowledge and tools that can change your life, the lives of your kids, and grandkids. The only catch is that you have to invest the time into learning about the tools and then APPLYING those tools into your families life.

At Fit Moms For Life we are very proud of the programs and tools we have created over the past 10 years. We believe they are not only based off of science, but also made practical in the real world. In other words, doable for a crazy busy person like yourself.

For the past year and a half we launch a new Killer Kurve’s session each quarter. The stories of transformation through this specific program are too numerous to share, but this is one of the only programs I have ever seen that focuses solely on overweight and obese people who are looking for a radical change in their life, without having to go on a radical eating or exercise plan. In other words we help you make small manageable choices that create massive long term change. In fact this program is so unique and powerful we are in the running to receive national grant money from the NIH to study this specific program even deeper.

Why does it work so well? It was created by trainers who were formerly obese. It was created with the deep understandings of what someone 40-200 lbs overweight goes through on an everyday basis and what they are thinking. It wasn’t created by some fit trainer who has never has an ounce of body fat, or from a scientist behind a computer who is solely looking at all the research papers.

Our team of trainers who specializes in Killers Kurves has expanded. Besides Liz (the co-creator of the program who lost over 60 lbs), we have added Shelley and Monique who have both been through the program and are now paying it forward (Monique has lost 152 lbs so far).

We understand that change is really hard and that not everyday is going to be great. That is why we focus on community and accountability to celebrates the successes and encourage each other during the defeats.

 

 

Inspiring story of how one woman lost 48lbs and continues to lose!

By | Challenge, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

Do you have significant weight to lose and feel overwhelmed as to where to start?

Are you the caretaker for many people in your life and find that you’re constantly putting yourself last on the list?

If so, you are really going to enjoy the interview I have for you today! Jody, first started with our FM4L 6 Week Challenge (available to anyone in the world), and then transitioned into our fast growing Killer Kurves program, also known as K2.

Jody has an infectious smile and personality that brightens up the room. I am so proud of her on-going transformational journey and her dedication to this lifestyle change!

Here is the interview with Jody:

Share a little bit about yourself and your background with your health and fitness.

I swam competitively since I was 5 years old through high school. Also, I started running long distance on the track and field team in junior high through my junior year in high school. I kept up my fitness routine in college, as I didn’t want to gain the dreaded “Freshmen 15”. I was really good my first two years of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; however, when I transferred to University of Oregon, I gained the “Junior 20”. I have always been cautious about my health and my weight, as my father had diabetes and we watched what we ate as a family. Everywhere I have lived I have joined a gym (usually at the start of a new year). I would go for awhile, until I was bored or didn’t see any results.

Where was your life before being introduced to FM4L and Killer Kurves?

2First off, I am a people pleaser and go with the flow kind of gal. The last time I really wanted to lose weight was in 2006 when I went through a bunch of medical tests to make sure I was healthy enough to give my dad a kidney. He had diabetes and was on dialysis at the time. It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind into it.

So in June 2006, I donated my kidney to my dad. It was great recovering with him over the next month and to watch his energy come back. I would love to say that he is doing great today; however, he passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack in 2010. It was shocking and very hard on my whole family.

In the 4 years after his death, I have gained quite a bit of weight as I was always thinking about how my mom was doing and not really caring about myself. Since my siblings all had significant others and kids, it was up to me to be strong for my mom. I didn’t want her to worry about me as I was alone and didn’t have anyone to lean on during this tough time, so I would visit her every weekend for a couple of months, just to be with her. Over these years I found out that she is one of the strongest women I know and I so admire her.

I knew I really needed to work on my health as I would get depressed and not really care how I looked. I would enjoy my time just chilling at home and not going anywhere where people would see me. My mom was very supportive and would kindly remind me to take better care of myself but I really didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to change my mind and attitude, until I went to visit my doctor in 2013 for a checkup and she listed obesity as a health issue in my chart.

I had avoided going to the doctor for many years, as I didn’t want to be reminded about my weight. This time, I wanted the Dr. to tell me I was healthy and surprise, I was told I had a disease of obesity, which I could fix. Your program has helped me better my life. I can do something for myself and not feel guilty about it. Now, I feel that I’m really living my life instead of just existing here on Earth.

How did you hear about my program? What were your initial thoughts? Where you skeptical?

I heard about your 6-Week Challenge program through my work. You came for an informative lunch-N-learn discussion. At first I wasn’t going to attend, it was Fit Moms for Life and I wasn’t a mom. I asked one of my co-workers, who invited me to go to the lunch and learn with her, why I would attend something that wasn’t relative to me since I’m not a mom. She explained that it wasn’t just for moms – it is for anyone who wants to improve their health, so I went to your talk, joined the FM4L challenge and it has changed my life!

I walked into my work’s cafeteria bright and early on that Tuesday morning excited, nervous, anxious, and definitely not knowing what I was getting myself into. At first, I didn’t think this program would be any different than any other weight loss program I tried. I figured it was just for 6 weeks. I can try any program for 6 weeks. I still remember waking up the next day after the first workout and I could barely walk. My whole body was so sore and it was so hard to getting up from my office chair. I kept telling myself that it is a good hurt and that my body is waking up.

As you were in the program what were you enjoying? What were some of the challenges you had to overcome?

1I really enjoyed actually moving my body again with a big group and learning different exercises. I also enjoyed learning more about myself and why I was actually attending the program through the weekly questions. I also liked the Fit Moms for Life wristbands which were provided. I believe that having that physical reminder on me has helped me stay with the program and make it a true lifestyle change. I loved going through this journey with others and sharing my successes and struggles. In the past, I would always try to tackle my weight loss by myself as I would only disappoint myself and not let others down if I didn’t follow through.

I have come to realize the importance of community and especially being part of the right community, where you feel comfortable sharing your journey. When I started the 6-week challenge in May, I didn’t feel comfortable or safe to share as much with that community, as they were on a different journey and had different goals then me.

This all changed when I started Killer Kurves, where I was among people who knew the struggles and hardships of trying to lose weight. It is so refreshing to have the right people around me for help with my struggles. The K2 program has helped me open up more to people and to feel more confident and proud of myself.

How is your life different now than it was before being introduced to my program?

I can’t believe how much I have grown in strength and confidence over these past 6 months and I’ve realized that this journey is not just about my weight loss. As of today, I have lost 48 pounds and over 25 inches (10 inches just on my abdomen!). It is a good start to my journey, but I’m not done yet. I am more positive now at work and not so negative in daily situations. With the weight loss, when I smile, my dimples are showing more and I’m loving that.

How has other areas in your life improved besides losing weight and toning up?

My work environment has become more positive and I’m not dreading going to work these days. I’m becoming more talkative and opening up more to people. One of the big improvements in my life is having my spiritual life back. I have had a strong relationship with God previously; however, it changed when my dad died. I was very honored to be the one to give my dad a kidney to make his life better – I thought that was my purpose in life. When Dad died suddenly, I was very angry with God . I’m happy that I have that relationship back in my life these days.

How has the reaction been with your friends and family. Do they treat you differently? Do they try to sabotage your results? How have you handled all of that?

It is really awesome that people at work are noticing. It has been exciting that people are coming up to me saying that I’m looking good and noticing my hard work. At first, I would take the compliments but not really acknowledge them, as I knew I had a long way to go until I hit my ideal goal weight. Now, I’m very proud people are noticing and thanking them for saying something. I’m embracing the change.

How has your eating improved? What is your eating like now?

Before the program, I would rarely bring in a lunch to work and if I did it would always be a frozen dinner. Living alone, I would go to fast food places on my way home from work for dinner. I would rarely cook dinner for myself. I didn’t eat many veggies, I usually reached for fruit if I was thinking about eating something healthy.

With the program, I have learn so much about nutrition and continue to learn more. The main nutritional change I have made is making sure I eat a protein or fat with a carb – no eating carbs alone anymore. Today, I enjoy planning and preparing my meals daily, including my snacks. I learned that I need to plan and prep all my meals for the week on the weekend or I make really bad choices with my eating during the week.

Examples of my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks today are the following:

Breakfast: 2 fried eggs in butter with wheat toast or Greek yogurt with granola and honey

Lunch: mixed green salad with multiple veggies, baked chicken leftovers from dinner

Dinner: Eat leftovers from previous night or make another recipe.

(My favorite recipes from the FM4L 6 week challenge are: sloppy joes with romaine lettuce, chicken enchilada bake and turkey chili)

Snacks: string cheese with sliced cucumbers or almond butter with apple or cottage cheese (2%) with carrots

Lastly, your best friend comes up to you and is considering joining the program you were just on. What would you say to them?

I love Killer Kurves and the support and encouragement I get from everyone there, especially from the trainers Monique and Shelley. They make me believe I can do these workouts and deserve my sweat 🙂 I love the community it brings me and how they motivate me to continue on my journey. I feel I can be myself with everyone there and they accept me for me. Even though I will continue to be nervous driving to the Transformation Center, I have embraced that feeling knowing that I’m improving myself one day at a time.

Thank you Jody for sharing your on-going K2 journey with us. I know you inspire others with your dedication and commitment. Jody is an ordinary person who made a commitment. The commitment wasn’t just to lose weight – the commitment was to sign up and show up. That is all I ask from you. This program works! Showing up and becoming part of this community is hard to describe until you are in it. Just take the chance and join K2. You deserve this-do it for yourself!

A powerful story…can you relate?

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Sure, I talk about it a lot because it is what many look to as a measure for success, but I don’t really care about how much weight you lose – I care about how much you growth you experience.

Weight loss is a by product of growth…

I view myself less and less as a fitness professional and trainer and more as a growth specialist. “If you aren’t growing, you are dying.” I can’t agree more with this famous quote! When I sit down with clients, many times it becomes clear they feel stuck. Sometimes they aren’t happy in their careers or their marriages are struggling and they just don’t feel good about themselves. In many cases, these people have stopped growing and are merely existing as time passes by. Fortunately, by the time I meet with them, they have realized they want more out of their lives and are seeking help.

This is what gets us trainers at the Fit Moms Transformation Center so pumped up…to see people fully living.

Before I share with you a really awesome story about a Killer Kurves client named Ivy (she has lost well over 65 lbs and her husband about the same, but again that weight loss is just a by-product of their growth), I want to invite anyone who has 40 or more lbs to lose to join our next Killer Kurve 12 week sessionI can honestly say there isn’t a program like Killer Kurves in the world. It is so hard to explain in words what makes this program so special and unique, it is something that needs to be experienced.

->-> Click here to learn more <-<-

The K2 video on the above link will give you a glimpse into this amazing community. This photo shows how much fun this group has together, too! 

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Here is Ivy’s story that she gave me permission to share from a recent Facebook post she wrote:

This last year I have really pushed myself to try things that I have been afraid of. Some of the big ones that really stand all have to do with my fear of heights; I climbed the fire tower at Blue Mounds (and hello open stair backs! I have a ridiculous fear of those too, but it induces vertigo also) I went down the howling tornado at the Great Wolf Lodge and I went skiing a couple of weeks ago. So obviously, I’m kinda a big chicken and I really do not like to take risks pretty much at all. My husband has been asking me to ski with him for years and years. I have always said no and in addition to being pretty terrified of the chair lift, I had a pretty valid excuse in being afraid that I would hurt my back. I have broken several vertebrae in my sacrum and by my hip joints twice in the last 11 years. The second time it happened it was a pretty terrifying ordeal and it caused a lot of mental anxiety because I missed out on some really, really important things with my children. I’m very terrified of not being able to walk again and to participate in life with my kids. I have let that fear dominate a lot of choices the last 6 years. I gave up a lot of things. I stopped trying things. Last year I started K2 and Liz taught me how to listen to my body as she also guided me through my first 9 months of classes. Sometime during that period I found some confidence in my body again (lost that totally when it failed me!) and I told my husband that I would try skiing with him ‘next year.’ Funny thing about time is that it seemed so far away and then suddenly next year was here and now and I had to either go back on my word or suck it up buttercup and give it a try. So I tried it. I was terrified. I was shaking and my palms were sweating. Ben got me up to the top of the bunny hill (seriously, its like a mound at Cascade, its not even steep enough to be a sledding hill!) and I started to cry. I was so damned scared. I could only envision falling over and over and over again. I did not know how to get past that fear. It felt like it had taken over my mind and body. I’m not sure how long I stood there off to the side watching all these little kids try it out, including my 3 year old son shrieking with delight to go faster. I finally got up the nerve to get down that hill (mound) and slowly went back and forth down the hill with my feet wedged as wide as I could get them to go as slow as possible. When I got to the bottom, I figured I was done and told my husband so. He said that was fine and he was really proud of me for trying because he knew how scared I was. Then as I started to head back to the lodge my older son asked me where I was going and then asked if he could teach me to ski. Sh*t. I really, really wanted to go inside. He was so sincere, and I have a really hard time letting my kids down. I wanted to try again and I wanted him to be proud of me too. So he patiently talked me back onto the magic carpet and up the hill over and over again. And I started to feel more comfortable. And then he decided I needed to go up the Schoolmarm and ride the chairlift. He knew I could do it, how could I doubt what he knew? Long story short, by the end of the day I had tried a few different hills, and even rode the terrifyingly fast chairlift. I loved it! I’m excited to go again and share something fun and active with my entire family. And I’m really proud of myself for stepping out of that comfort zone and not just trying it, but really pushing myself to do it all the way.

-Ivy

I have hundreds of similar stories I could share from clients like Ivy who have gained confidence in themselves and in their bodies. They are inspiring examples of people fully living!

For 2015, I hope that you will never need to question whether your body is healthy or fit enough to do whatever it is you want to do. No limitations!

 

Single mom ready to end it all, chooses life

By | Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Strength, Uncategorized

I knew Onica was a special person the day I met her. I only had about 20 minutes to get to know her, but I could see deep hurt within her and yet I also sensed she was a strong, determined woman that was ready to give it her all.

Fast forward about two months and I was sitting at the Transformation Center going through my e-mail when I received the testimonial you are about to read. The crazy thing about reading this e-mail that night was that Onica was standing about 15 feet in front of me, waiting for her Killer Kurves class to start. After you read her heartfelt story, click here to learn more about how Killer Kurves can help you or a loved one. Even if you don’t live near Madison, the video alone is worth 5 minutes to watch. ->-> Click here to watch the video

Take it away Onica….!

My name is Onica and I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I have gained and lost and lost and gained more times than I care to count. In high chool my diet of choice was Anorexia, I would eat nothing all day and then have just enough dinner so that my parents wouldn’t notice something was off. I kept the weight off until I was 25 and went from jobs where I stood all day and rarely ate breakfast or lunch to a desk job where it seemed like someone wanted to take everyone out to lunch daily. The pounds piled on quickly after that. I had my son at 26 and never lost the baby weight. Two years later I had my daughter and 6 weeks after she was born I joined a weight loss program. I did great and was 7 pounds from my goal when self destruction kicked in. We had recently moved an hour away from our hometown and I knew no one, I was a stay at home mom and it was winter. I learned that I love to bake and more than that I loved to eat what I baked. Again, the pounds piled on, I was more than I had ever weighed, even when I was pregnant.

Fast forward 2 more years, I was now a divorced, single mom trying to make ends meet. It wasn’t easy to say the least. Every small bump in my life made me feel like I was sinking deeper and deeper into a pit that I was never going to be able to claw my way out of. I felt that every single aspect of my life was just too much for me to handle, that nothing I did was good enough, or could possibly be worth anything to anyone, that my kids would be better off if I weren’t around. What kind of a role model was I for them? Wouldn’t it just be better for them if they didn’t grow up with a mom like me, someone who never had any time or energy for them, whose house wasn’t spic and span and who was fat? I had a plan to end it all, I didn’t have a time frame, but I had a plan. It would have appeared to have been an accident so that my ex would still get the life insurance to use for raising the kids and above all no one else would be injured and my kids wouldn’t be the ones to find me. I had a plan.

Then on September 5th an email came into my inbox from Dustin. It was about a 21 day clean eating challenge. My sister told me that she and her husband were going to take the challenge and that I should do it with them. I decided to go for it. Part of that was to meet with Dustin in person to discuss your weight loss challenges and goals etc. That day changed my life, more accurately, that day saved my life. After I gave a short run down on my weight history Dustin told me about his Killer Kurves program, I didn’t think there was any way I could make it work for me financially or with my schedule so I tried to just forget about it. However it seemed that nothing would make the thought of this program leave my head. It sounded so perfect for me. After several days of not being able to stop thinking about it I rearranged my schedule with my kids, worked out a financial plan and I signed up. I can honestly say that signing up for K2 was the best decision I have ever made for myself.

On our first night I was nervous but excited. Everyone there seemed to be in the same boat. The trainers were very friendly and accommodating to everyone’s fitness level and any physical limitations we had. The people were all super friendly and no one was judging anyone else. As the weeks have gone on we have formed a bond with each other, the support and encouragement is like nothing else I have ever experienced. We have turned into a family of sorts and I love it, I can’t imagine my life without K2 now.

One of the things that I have learned to do is to view food as fuel for my body and not a hobby or way to relieve stress. I won’t put a certain brand of gasoline in my car because it gets terrible gas mileage with it so why did I continue to put food in my body that was terrible for my health and energy? It has really changed the way I look at eating.

We are currently starting our 9th week of the 12 week program and I have lost 29.2 pounds and 14 inches. My self esteem is on the way back up and the pride in myself that I feel is amazing! The little things no longer throw me to the bottom of the pit and I am smiling more than I have in years. I’m not where I want to be yet but I am a whole lot closer and more importantly I now have the support, knowledge, and confidence in myself to keep going towards that goal and not to just give up because of a setback or hard day.

If there is anyone out there that is on the fence about joining Killer Kurves, I say do whatever it takes to make it happen! You will not be disappointed. I know I’m not. Your life will never be the same again.

Onica

Wow! When I first read her story I was so moved, I got teary eyed. Since she was also at the TC that night, I went over to her and gave her a big, long hug. I had no idea of her struggles or how Killer Kurves has given her a new lease on life. Her physical and emotional transformation is an inspiration!

Onica, I am beyond excited to see you continue to progress and am excited for the boundless opportunities life has in store for you. Thank you for courageously sharing your story.

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