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

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

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.

Cranberry & Herb Sweet Potato Muffins

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Health, Kids nutrition, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

I love a good muffin, but sometimes good grain free recipes are hard to find. This one came about on a fluke from playing around in the kitchen. Gluten free baking can be really tough, but I’m proud of these muffins. They go great with Creamy Cauliflower Soup or they can be enjoyed solo. They’re savory with a little bit of sweet and they’re the perfect side dish for many fall inspired recipes.

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Ingredients: Makes 8 Muffins

  • ¾ cup sweet potato puree

For the Sweet Potato Puree

Simply roast your potato at 350 F until soft (I ended up needing about half a potato). Once cool, scoop the flesh (no skin) into a food processor and process until smooth. Now you have your sweet potato puree!

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¾ cup sweet potato puree
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cooked and crumbled bacon (from 4 strips of uncured Turkey Bacon)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Steps

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 8 cups of a muffin pan with butter.

2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the melted butter, sweet potato puree and olive oil.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the herbs, almond and coconut flours, baking powder and salt.

4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.

5. Gently fold in the bacon and cranberries.

6. Add a few heaping spoonfuls of batter to each muffin cup, dividing the batter evenly amongst all 8 cups.

7. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with butter.

To learn more about Erica and get more recipes and natural beautytips, visit www.truebeautyyou.com or follow her on Facebook at TrueBeautyYou.

 

Dying a slow death

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

The other day I shared with you some experiences from my time in Chicago with the Fit Moms For Life team learning about health and fitness from some of the top experts in the world. A couple of the presenters shared their belief that one-on-one personal training is dying a slow death. This is something I agree with and have seen happening for over 5 years now and in fact, as I trainer myself, I no longer offer one on one training sessions.

CommunityThere are a couple main reasons for this decline in one-one-one training…Cost is a big part of it. To see a high level trainer 4 times per week will cost you close to $800/month. While some can easily afford this, many cannot. Money isn’t the biggest reason for personal training’s slow death though – it really comes down to results and FUN.

Most of us, (even if we are introverts) would rather workout with a least one other person next to us, than all alone. Being alone with a trainer staring at you the entire time can be intimidating for many and just isn’t as fun as working out with 2-5 others sweating and laughing right along-side of you. My trainers and I can train half a dozen clients even BETTER than just one client at time, because each client feeds off the energy and the success of their peers. It is that simple. Plus the financial investment is 50%-60% less in a group training session versus one-on-one.

If you live within Dane County and want to explore the possibility of having your own private small training group, let me know. Fill out one of the below surveys and I will follow up with you as soon as possible. We’ll arrange to meet in person for a 20 minute success session to get to know you, find out exactly what you want to achieve and provide you with a plan to get you there!

We also have small groups specifically for those 50 and older.

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Maybe you have no desire to have a trainer work directly with you or join any sort of fitness program, but PLEASE give yourself the gift of going out and finding a couple people that you will be committed to. Help each other workout hard, eat healthy, and live a healthier lifestyle. Your chances of long lasting success will skyrocket.

I hope you enjoy the halloween festivities with your family and friends. Remember, it really is about the fun you have with loved ones, not the food you eat, that make these holidays fun. Do what you can to get rid of whatever candy comes into your home as soon as possible – and NOT by eating it all! Give it away, hide it, trash it, whatever you need to do to rid your home of the sugary junk. With all the candy gone, you can better focus on all the other healthy treats autumn has to offer!

Advice for beginners or those starting out

By | Behavior Change, Flexibly, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

Yesterday, I did what is pretty much my absolutely favorite thing to do in my career… I met with 31 new clients who are starting a 6 week program we are offering called, Pay to Lose. I will incentivize them by paying them money, depending on how much they lose.

I explained to these new clients that I have resisted this pay to lose idea since I first considered it 6 months ago because I am so not about taking extreme measures to gain short term results. I really want my clients to make true LIFESTYLE changes that will enhance all areas of their lives. But, I decided to go ahead and offer this Pay to Lose challenge, because if I can use a “gimmick” to get new clients started down the road of transformation, I then have the opportunity to educate the participants on how to make a healthy lifestyle a reality.

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As the women came in, I could see fear and apprehension on many of their faces. The trainers greeted them with a smile and asked how they were feeling. “Nervous” and “scared” were two of the most common answers.

That is a totally normal reaction to joining a program like this; there is a lot to be nervous about. These people are to starting to make a lot of changes to their lives – they will change some of their eating habits, they will be getting up at 5 AM or earlier to workout, they will be meeting new people, and they will be moving their bodies in ways they haven’t moved in a long time.

I had one woman come up to me and share that this would be the first time she had ever formally exercised in her entire life. I let her know how honored I was that she chose our program to be her first experience with exercise.

I spoke to the Pay to Lose participants for about 20 minutes and wanted to share some of the highlights for anyone reading this who is just starting out with an exercise program and/or lifestyle change.

The hardest part is just starting. 90% of a rocket’s fuel is used up before it gets into orbit. Once you start the journey, it is much easier to continue. The inverse is also true. NEVER stop, because it is very hard to restart. Trust me, I see this all the time.

Don’t try to change everything at once. Find a couple key points/areas to start with and really go after those.

When you mess up, forgive yourself and get right back at it! If you skip a workout or eat something that isn’t getting you towards your goals, forgive yourself and get right back on the path of making smart, goal oriented choices. As long as one “bad” meal doesn’t turn into a day which turns into a week which continues on into a month, you will be just fine!

Lean on the support of your accountability group. At our Pay to Lose launch, each person was put into a group of about 4 other participants and asked to exchange contact info. The people in these groups will check up on each other throughout the program to hold each other accountable to their goals, offer support when challenges arise and celebrate each other successes. Having a couple supportive people you report to regularly is SO important!

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Ask the trainers for help. Many participants came in having previous back problems or other physical limitations. All of our trainers are highly skilled at progressing or regressing any exercise. Find a fitness professional that is on your side.

Evaluate your support system. Some of the people in your life right now aren’t supporting your new goals and dreams. You may need to slowly phase them out of your life. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

Believe that you are worth it and have faith that this process of transformation is a fun, exciting and fulfilling journey!

This final picture captures the moment we brought it in to the center and shouted the word of the day – SUCCESS. Attending the Pay to Lose launch was their success because they showed up and started their lifestyle transformation ball rolling!

All of these ladies left with huge smiles and lots of laughing. They got a great workout in, have a specific plan for success, and met some really awesome peers who are ready to walk the journey with them.

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Are you ready?

The 6 week Pay To Lose challenge started today and we are completely SOLD OUT in McFarland but have two spots available in Oregon. We will get you all weighed in on Wed if you want to join. Click here to learn more.

I hope this inspires you to take action. Hopefully you already have a program or a plan that you know will work for you, but if you don’t, I invite you to participate in our online 6 week challenge. Our FM4L 6 week program provides an easy to follow weight loss and lifestyle plan that I know will work for you! ->-> Click here to learn more about this. <-<-

Sweet and Savory Fall Salad

By | Health, Kids nutrition, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

I was brainstorming this recipe I wanted something that was simple and I wanted it to remind me of fall. This recipe did it. It features fresh spinach greens, Bartlett pears (wrapped with bacon, no less), crisp cucumber, crunchy walnuts and pumpkin seeds and my favorite—dried Bing cherries. This fresh salad reminds me of a crisp, fall morning. It’s absolutely refreshing.

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach greens or greens of choice
  • 1 recipe of Bacon Wrapped Bartlett Pears
  • 1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ English cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Bing cherries (or dried cranberries), roughly chopped
  • 1 recipe of Garlicky Balsamic Vinaigrette

For the Bacon Wrapped Pears:

  • 2 ripe Bartlett pears, I used the yellow variety
  • 5 to 6 pieces of uncured beef bacon—you could also try uncured turkey bacon
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

2. Quarter the pears and remove the stem and seeds. Then cut each quarter in half. You should have 16 wedges total.

3. Using kitchen scissors, cut your bacon into thirds lengthwise. You should have long, thin strips.

4. Gently wrap each wedge of pear with one of the cut pieces of bacon, tucking the end underneath an area where the bacon has already been wrapped around the pear. Continue doing this for all 16 wedges.

5. Place the wedges in an oven safe baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.

6. Lightly dust the pears with sea salt and pepper to taste.

7. Roast the pears in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and slightly crispy and the pears are lightly browned.

8. Serve as an appetizer or snack or as part of my Sweet and Savory Fall Salad.

Garlicky Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Dump all ingredients into a glass jar. Shake and serve.

To Assemble:

1. Place a handful of spinach greens in each bowl. Arrange 4 of the Bacon Wrapped Pears atop the greens.

2. Sprinkle the salad greens with the pumpkin seeds, cucumber, walnuts and cherries or cranberries.

3. Drizzle with Garlicky Balsamic Vinaigrette.

To learn more about Erica and get more recipes and natural beautytips, visit www.truebeautyyou.com or follow her on Facebook at TrueBeautyYou.

What is Your Normal?

By | Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, In-home workouts, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Strength, Uncategorized

I recently climbed Longs Peak, a 14,250 plus mountain. If you know anything about Longs, you may know it kills more hikers then any other climb in Colorado. Tragically, an 18 year old kid fell off the same cliff I was on only 18 hours earlier. The 15 mile, 5,500 vertical feet climb is listed as a 12-14 hour round trip. I had just gotten off the plane and had not yet acclimated to the altitude, which made for an even more challenging hike.

I got up at 2 AM and started the journey with head lamps on. Past the 13,000 foot mark, the wind was blowing in excess of 30 mph and the 1-2 foot ledges with 700 foot sheer cliffs below became very scary. Thankfully, I made it up in 5 hours but was overcome with altitude sickness at the top and had to descend after spending only one minute at the top. Once I descended past the treacherous parts, I had a 5 mile run downhill. My total time was 8 hours. Not bad considering I don’t do tons of cardio nor do I have any altitude training.

Why do I share this story with you?

Depending on what your experience is, depending on your peer group, depending on your circle of influence, you might look at what I did and say one of three things.

1. You are crazy, I could never or would never want to do that.

2. That sounds cool, I would love to have the opportunity to do that!

3. No big deal! What you just did was easy stuff, but you are making a big deal about it.

I will make some generalizations here but this is what the thinking of these three types of people might look like…

The first group probably has never hiked, hasn’t exercised very intensely for many years, and has low confidence in their abilities to get in shape. They don’t know anyone personally who does activities like this and so they just don’t understand.

The second group is most likely quite active, they have achieved many of their fitness goals throughout the years, and have had experience pushing their bodies past levels of comfort. They have friends who go on active adventures and are looking for new ways to push themselves. I would put all of my clients who have been with my program for at least a year in this category.

The final group would be hikers and climbers who have access to mountains on a regular basis. They are part of hiking clubs or groups and they read and study about hiking. They are endurance athletes that surround themselves with friends who are also high level athletes. For them, my climb up Longs Peak was just child’s play. They have moved on to bigger and more challenging things.

I am just using hiking as an example here, but this type of thinking can play out in any area of your life, fitness or otherwise. What your peer group considers “norm” is generally what your norm will be, as well. This is what really scares me about our world today. Society’s “norm” is now to be 30 lbs overweight, to sit most of the day, to use food to celebrate almost everything, and to eat and drink to numb the pain and conflict life can bring. It is no wonder our world has so much sickness, disease and depression.

I want to leave you with one final story. I had just run/walked the final 5 miles of my Longs Peak journey. The feeling I had at the bottom was of pure exhaustion and joy. Right at the end, I finished with a guy who I saw on the way up. I started chatting with him. He was a physical specimen of peak fitness. I discovered he lives in Boulder, about 36 miles away. He left his house at 2 AM, BIKED 36 miles, ran/walked Long’s Peak in 5:15 (almost 3 hours faster then me), and was getting ready to bike back to Boulder. In shock, I told him he was crazy and that I was incredibly impressed and inspired. He smiled and said, “it’s not crazy when everyone else you know does it too.”

He was right, his peer group does things like that on a regular basis and what I would consider crazy, unbelievable, and incredible, is just an ordinary day to this guy and his peer group.

  • So the question is, what does your peer group look like?
  • What do they do on a regular basis?
  • Are they healthy?
  • Are they positive?
  • Are they happy?

If the answer to these questions is no, and you want to be active, healthy, positive, and happy, I would like to challenge you to start to shift your peer group. This doesn’t need to happen overnight, but a shift in peer groups will be necessary if you want to live the life of your dreams. Your peer group—the community that you surround yourself with—is my fourth pillar of success. It will make a huge difference in your ability to make and stick with changes in your life.

Throughout the years I have received hundreds of emails and messages from moms who feel alone and isolated. They don’t have the support they want and need to live the healthy, happy lives they deserve. They don’t have a peer group that is inspired to make each day as healthy, and positive as possible. That is why the Fit Moms for Life team works tirelessly to find creative ways to build communities that will make it easier to identify and find moms that are also interested in living healthy, happy lives.

That is at the core of the Fit Moms Total Transformation Program, which begins with a 6 Week Challenge, and progresses into a Monthly Program with fresh new content delivered each week. These programs are designed for small groups to keep each other accountable, motivated and inspired to live each person’s best life!

Click here if you want to learn more about the Fit Moms For Life 6 Week Challenge.

You have two choices, you can continue to do what you have been already doing and expect to get the same results, or you can take a leap of faith and try something new. That leap of faith might just change the trajectory of your life. It is your choice to make. Fit Moms For Life is committed to supporting you when you are ready to take that leap. If you are interested in facilitating a FM4L 6 week challenge group, helping people live their best lives and getting paid to do so, click here to learn more about this opportunity. Currently we have about 105 FM4L communities around the world.

10-Minute Pumpkin Spice Latte

By | Balance, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life

The fall season brings on the craze for pumpkin everything and so many people look forward to the Starbucks Fall Inspired Beverages. I used to work in Starbucks in college, so I know all too well how highly anticipated the new fall menus are!

Problem with the Starbucks coffees are that they tend to be very sugary and they’re not made from the best ingredients—none of this is very good for the skin. Here’s a link to a controversial article on one woman’s research into what’s really in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (hint: it ain’t pumpkin!).

What’s Really in a Starbucks Latte?

With respect to that article, take it or leave it. But if you’re like me, you’d just rather make treats like this at home so you know what’s in it.

Since caffeine is dehydrating to the body and the skin, I prefer to use a coffee-like tea called Teecino that I LOVE! (You can easily make this with coffee, though and I’ll tell you how below).

The one that I chose was the Organic French Roast and it turned out beautifully! If you have a hard time going without your sugary coffee drinks in the morning, try this recipe and let me know how you like it. 🙂

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Ingredients: Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup freshly made Organic French Roast Teecino or 1/3 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup organic canned pumpkin NOT pumpkin pie mix
  • ½ tsp maple syrup or other sweetener to taste (try Stevia for 0g sugar)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 can coconut milk

Steps:

1. Place all ingredients (except coconut milk) into a Vitamix or high powered blender.

2. Blend on low at first, gradually turning up to high and mix thoroughly. In the Vitamix, you can use the “Soup” setting to heat the latte. For other blenders, if the mixture doesn’t get hot, you can reheat on stovetop to warm.

3. For the coconut cream, you have 2 options:

a. Chill the can of coconut milk for a few hours before using. The coconut fat will separate from the water. When you open the can, you’ll see the fat on top (thick and white). Scoop out a few spoonfuls into a bowl, add a touch of maple syrup to sweeten (if desired), whip with a fork and place a nice dollop on top of your latte.

b. Open the can of coconut milk, mix with a fork and drizzle it over your latte (that’s what I did in the photo).

4. Curl up with a good book and enjoy!

To learn more about Erica and get more recipes and natural beautytips, visit www.truebeautyyou.com or follow her on Facebook at TrueBeautyYou.

Five amazing exercises to tone your butt

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Flexibly, Health, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

My clients are always asking me how to lift and tone their glutes. So today I want to share my five favorite exercises to strengthen and tone your butt and hips.

As a bonus, when you work these large muscles, you will build lean muscle mass that will help you increase your metabolism, burn calories and lose weight.

If you want a done-for-you set of workouts that are designed to be incredibly efficient and effective—they take only 20 to 30 minutes—check out the FM4L 6 Week Challenge.

These whole-body workouts may be short, but they are designed to build strength and put your body into fat-burning overdrive. Many women are saying that they have never felt better. Learn more here!

Stay tuned for what may be the most important of my four pillars of success.

 

Baked Rosemary and Bacon Chicken Recipe

By | Health, Kids nutrition, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

I love a quick and delicious recipe when I can find one and this one I originally found on PaleoPlan.com.

I LOVE garlic, so whenever I get the chance I prefer to use it fresh instead of dried, which is the one change that I made to this recipe. Everything else is perfect as is! Hope you enjoy this as much as my family does!

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Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary, fresh
  • 4 slices of uncured turkey or beef bacon

*Note: If you use the beef bacon, I’d use 8 slices instead of 4. The beef bacon cooks down so much more than the turkey. This is the brand I use of turkey and beef bacon.

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and add the garlic, salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix.
  2. Divide the seasoning among the 4 chicken breasts and spread it across each one using your fingers or press it in with a fork.
  3. Lay 1 sprig of rosemary over each piece of chicken. Then gently wrap each breast with a strip of bacon.
  4. Transfer the chicken pieces to a baking dish and bake for 40 minutes or until juices run clear.

To learn more about Erica and get more recipes and natural beautytips, visit www.truebeautyyou.com or follow her on Facebook at TrueBeautyYou.

The Depressant You Are Accidentally Taking

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Health, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized

I read an article yesterday that discussed the science of happiness as it relates to exercise. According to scientific research, exercise is often just as effective at boosting your mood as the most effective drugs are, but exercise comes without the negative side effects.

I’ve wrote about this aspect of exercise research before and it’s also been highlighted in the media lately. These mood boosting benefits of exercise definitely still hold true…But the article I read yesterday took a different perspective on this and it blew my mind!

Depressant“NOT exercising is like taking a depressant.”

That means that over 80% of American’s are actually taking this depressant each day…We all know alcohol is a depressant but did you ever think skipping your workouts was like taking a depressant?

You see, our bodies were meant to move – to perform manual labor, lift things, dig things, wash things, walk and run to things and so on. We have all but lost this daily, purposeful movement in our current, sit-on-our-butt society.

If you are feeling down in the dumps, overwhelmed and/or discouraged – EXERCISE!

Whenever I find myself attending my own pity party, I either go for an awesome workout or I take a nap. Sometimes I do both and it squashes the pity party almost every time.

women_runningThe less you watch other people live and exercise on TV (ie: Sports or reality shows like the Biggest Loser), and the more you start moving your body, the happier you will feel which will lead to making better nutritional choices which will lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life!

If you aren’t sure how to start moving more, I highly recommend our Fit Moms For Life 6 week challenge program that you can do anywhere in the world! It will get you moving, increase your strength and happiness and the workouts can be done in about 20 minutes per day! ->-> Click here to learn more about the FM4L 6 week challenge. <-<

If you are in the Madison area and are about 50 years or older, I will be offering two more FREE exercise and nutrition workshops this coming Sunday 10/19 and the following Wed 10/22. Spots in the first two workshops sold out and participants were just blown away by the experience. ->-> Click here to register for this hands on workshop <-<

 

 

Crying on the bathroom floor

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

The story I want to share with you today is from a mom named, Liz. Liz is now the head trainer at the Fit Moms Transformation Center, but if you would have known her just 4-5 years ago, you would have never guessed the path she would take.

Here is Liz telling us her story in her own words…

“I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom with my boys, but with that came a lot of isolation and loneliness. I had made some “mom” friends and our daily activity usually involved eating lunch out. It helped me get through the day to have friends that were going through the same steps of motherhood and understood how hard it was at home.

I was always running errands, many of them unnecessary just to get out of the house. Looking back I remember every minute taking forever and so slowly ticking away, waiting for my husband to get home so I would have some relief from the constant caregiving. What I wouldn’t do now to have those beautiful minutes back with those little boys.

I felt myself falling back into depression, something I battled much of my life. I was not the mom I wanted to be, the mom I pictured I would be when I envisioned motherhood. I was letting my kids down, my husband down and myself down. I just didn’t have energy for anyone. I lacked patience and understanding. I was lazy. I got frustrated easily with my kids and most of all I was just TIRED. Tired of just trying to survive and not living life, tired of not loving my life, tired of not seeing how good I had it, tired of the way things were.

One morning I got on the scale to see where I was at, thinking it would read 180. It read 203- the most I had ever weighed not pregnant.

How had I let it get so bad?!

I sat down on the bathroom floor and just started to cry.

What had I done?!

How had I done this?!

What kind of role model was I to my kids?!

Before I knew it my boys were banging on the door to get in. As all moms know the bathroom is never a personal place with small kids. I picked myself up, wiped the tears from my eyes, and pledged to do something about it. I made an appointment with my doctor to go back on anti-depressants. I started walking with a neighbor every morning. I was really starting to feel better. By the time my doctors’ appointment came around I had decided I was going to use exercise NOT use medication to make myself happy again.

Those morning walks slowly turned into morning run/walks, which turned into runs. I became addicted to what it felt like to push myself.

I joined Dustin’s Fit Moms classes figuring I might as well give it a try. What did I have to lose?!

If nothing else, it was free childcare for 45 minutes, a chance to be me not “mommy”. Oh boy did I struggle those first few weeks.! But everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I looked forward to coming and talking to others, once again not feeling alone all day. My boys were 3 and 1 at the time and it took a lot of energy to keep up with them all day but I was finding the energy to do it!

LizzyBefore I knew it I was exercising at least 5 days a week and LOVING it. I loved that the Fit Moms classes were fun, interactive, and non-judgmental. More important than losing the weight, I was feeling good about myself. I was excited to wake up every morning, excited to spend the day with my kids, excited for whatever was next.

My life has been forever changed on the outside, but most importantly, inside. Through this journey I didn’t find the old me that was lost, I found this amazing new me. A me that loves exercise, that isn’t afraid to speak first or to introduce myself to others, that has self-confidence, that can look people in the eye when I speak to them, and that is capable of anything I put my mind to.

I want every mom to feel good about who she is as a woman, not just as a mom, or a wife. I want every mom to treat herself better and therefore able to treat her family better. I want every mom to realize how important it is to put yourself first.”

Liz G

Dustin here again…

Thanks so much Liz for being vulnerable and sharing your story with the world. You are a true testament to what can happen when you are ready for change and put yourself in a loving community that is also going after the same goals and dreams.

If you can relate to Liz’s story and live near Madison, I would like to invite you to check out either the Killer Kurves program that she runs (next session starts this week), or the Fit Moms sessions. Or just e-mail dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com with your story and I can guide you in the best direction. If you want me to call you please leave a phone number with your message.

->-> Click here to reserve one of the final spots in our Killer Kurves program <-<-

If you are feeling hopeless, depressed, embarrassed, anxious, or overwhelmed you really are not alone. Seeking help isn’t a moment of weakness but rather a sign of strength. Wherever you live in the world, there are people around you. Ask for help. We are in this together!

Bad news…

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

At first I thought about only sending this out to those of you living in the Madison area, but I decided to send it out to the 10,000s around the world who receive my newsletter and follow Fit Moms For Life. Sometimes, we are all guilty of focusing too much on weight loss, but these testimonial quotes you are about to read will help us be more mindful of the many other benefits that come with living a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss is just a by-product, or a result , of other areas in a person’s life improving.

Killer Kurves is the most comprehensive, effective, in-person weight loss program I know of, and we are starting a new session this coming week. I’m super excited about this new session, but the bad news is, time is running out and we only have a couple spots open in both the AM and PM time slots.

If you are interested in being surrounded by others who are also looking to make life transformations and lose 40-200 lbs, then you will want to sign up right now because time is running out!

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Please read the following quotes from clients who are current Killer Kurves members or are alumni of the program. The program has been so transformational, that over 90% join us for the alumni program after their initial 12 weeks.

“Since I’ve started K2 I’ve been migraine free! I suffered from severe chronic migraines and was on 2 different medications to help with them. The medications had some undesirable side effects too. Well recently I’ve been able to discontinue all medications because I haven’t gotten any migraines! Definitely from exercising and eating healthier.”

“Before K2 I was overwhelmed often with a feeling of anxiety and life just being too much (caused by out of control hormones and way too much cortisol in my system perhaps?) That feeling is gone. I feel good and miss workouts because I feel even better after them — physically and emotionally.”

“I’ve gained confidence in myself and my ability to make healthy choices.”

“I’ve learned to be nicer to myself.”

“I have made some friends that are on the same journey as me who will help me continue.”

“I got my groove back!”

“I have gained strength and confidence in myself that I can do it! “

“I have gained strength that I didn’t even know I missed. And a whole new outlook on my life to go along with it. More confidence, more happiness.”

Our Killer Kurves program includes access to a private Facebook group that has dozens of inspirational posts and comments each day. With their permission, I have a few that I would like to share with you….

Theresa lost a staggering 12 inches off her belly. As you know, belly fat is the most dangerous fat. Assuming she keeps it off, this statistically will extend her life by many years. How much $$ is that worth to you?

Theresa

 Ivy has lost over 50 lbs with Killer Kurves and had a “strange” experience earlier this month…

Ivy

Ebony is just finishing up her first 12 week session with Killer Kurve’s and will be joining the “Alumni” program next. She is shedding fat like it is going out of style.

Ebony

Jennifer is a beautiful single mom on a limited budget. She is doing everything she can to make sure her and her incredible sons have a healthy future together.

Jennifer

Cheryl is a determined woman who took the leap and is reaping the results. Losing weight is just one of the many benefits that come with Killer Kurves.

Cheryl

Great job everyone and thank you for letting me share these quotes and posts. You have undoubtedly inspired many others to make a change!

I am so confident in our Killer Kurves program, I am willing to refund you the entire fee if you come for the first month and aren’t completely happy with the program. The investment in this program is about $6.50 per day. How much is it worth to you to experience the successes the above Killer Kurves clients have achieved?

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If you are on the fence about joining or just need more information and live in the Madison area, I’d like to offer you a last minute invite to our Killer Kurves meet and greet potluck this evening at 6:30pm at the Fit Moms Transformation Center. A great opportunity to meet the amazing trainers, K2 alumni and other new Killer Kurves clients! Just e-mail me if you plan on coming. We hope to see you there! 

I get questions from all over the world asking how people can participate in our programs if they don’t live in the Madison area. I recently created a comprehensive program for at home use that incorporates the best of Killer Kurves and provides a detailed exercise and nutrition blue print to follow. The digital version is only $47.

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