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This is How You Should Eat to Lose Weight and Have More Energy!

By | Health, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Recently, our naturopathic nutritionist, Tracie Fountain, came to the Transformation Center and shared, to a packed crowd of well over 100 of our clients, how you should eat to reduce joint pain, improve body fat loss, and have more energy.12088077_807193786058243_1183807333470083040_n

This information isn’t general knowledge and isn’t what is being talked about in the media or in most doctor’s offices yet.

We recorded this event for you and I can’t encourage you enough to invest the hour in your education.  Tracie provides an incredible amount of actionable steps to improving your nutrition.  Watch this as soon as you can, you will never look at food the same way.

Click to watch on YouTube ->-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=QTl4hbbdIL8

The video and audio isn’t quite professional but it is plenty good to get the content.

Click to watch on YouTube ->-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=QTl4hbbdIL8

Due to the overwhelming positive response of Tracie’s presentation, Tracie will be back this month for a presentation called STRESS-LESS which will go over practical nutritional and lifestyle hacks to deal with the stress we all have in our lives.

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Spaces are limited if you want to attend in person at the Transformation Center.

->-> Click here to register for the in-person FREE event. ->->

If you can’t make it to Madison, then we will be live streaming it so you can follow along with us anywhere in the world.

->-> Click here to register for the live online event. <-<-

Nutrition and stress are two of the biggest factors in the quality of our lives, unfortunately there is so much misinformation out there.  Once you can manage these areas, your quality of life will dramatically improve.

Keep moving,

Dustin Maher

  1. The nutritional information shared on the video is quite controversial but more and more doctors and the media are starting to realize that it is the right way to eat for most people. Invest the hour and watch it now.

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.

[LIVE EVENT] Answers to your most-asked nutrition questions!

By | Balance, Health, Healthy Snacks, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Uncategorized
“Should I go gluten-free?”  I get this question a lot from clients.  

We are excited to be able to answer this and your other most-asked nutrition questions in a live, free event with FM4L nutritional consultant Tracie Fountain, next Tuesday, September 29 at 7 PM. See below for more info and how to register (for both in-person and online broadcast access).

Going gluten-free is certainly popular right now and it’s true that many people may benefit significantly. But it’s also a massive market and many of the “healthy” gluten-free products out there now may be worse for you than the bread you were trying to avoid! If you want to try going gluten-free, go for a whole-foods based diet and cook things yourself, rather than relying on gluten-free processed foods.

Here are a handful of delicious gluten-free breakfast ideas:

Two ingredient pancakes

Protein waffles (use gluten-free oats)

Quinoa breakfast bowl

Gluten-free spinach strata

We are excited to be able to offer you the chance to learn more about healthy nutrition in general in a live event next week. Our awesome nutritional consultant, Tracie Fountain, is coming in to talk about how foods can heal your body, increase your metabolism and balance your blood sugar.

This popular Nutrition 101 presentation will take place Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM Central, at the Fit Moms Transformation Center—202 South Gammon Road, Madison WI.

→Click here to reserve your FREE spot, as this event always fills to capacity←

For those of you not local to Madison, we are excited to be able to offer you a LIVE broadcast of this event!

→Click here to reserve your spot for the online broadcast←


We look forward to seeing you next week!

Dustin

PS  If you are in the Madison area, we urge you to try to make it to the live event to be able to ask questions and participate more easily (…and also avoid potential technical issues with the live stream!)

Click here to RSVP to the in person event!

Click here to register for the online broadcast.

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!

My Mom’s Fitness Scholarship Now Available… Apply Now!

By | Challenge, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

Wow, it has been two months to the day that my mom went to Heaven after suffering a massive brain aneurysm with no warning signs.  She was the healthiest 66 year old I knew which made the loss more painful and shocking.  

Here is a picture I will cherish forever, this was taken a couple hours before we took her off life support.  I got to hold my only niece, who for the past 4 months, hadn’t let me hold her. It was hard on my mom to see Ellyanna cry when I tried to hold her and she kept encouraging me to not give up and soon Ellyanna would let me hold and play with her again.  Yes, mom, yes, she did, you got your wish.
 
As I sat by her in the ICU crying, knowing that in hours she would no longer be with us, I asked myself how can this tragedy bring about some positivity in my mom’s honor? A scholarship for those who can’t afford my programs instantly popped into my head. In the weeks after her death, money poured in from all over the world and we have raised close to $15,000 to help subsidize our memberships at the Transformation Center.
 
My mom would be so blessed to know that women’s lives are about to be radically transformed in her honor and because of your generosity.
 
->-> Click here to apply. <-<-
 
You can read more about the scholarship on the application form but my team will be awarding $300 scholarships for those who show a financial need and a STRONG desire for transformation. This isn’t a free handout, you will still be expected to pay for a part of the membership and be required to show up at least 2X/week.  I don’t want the money many of you generously donated to be wasted.  I take that EXTREMELY serious.
 
So, if you are READY for transformation and $$$ is the only reason holding you back, you might be a great candidate, so apply today.  They will be given out in the order we receive the applications and limited supplies are available. ->-> Click here to apply.<-<-
 
This scholarship can be used for:
 
Fit over 50
Killer Kurves
Fit Moms
Bootcamps
 
Speaking of Fit over 50, in the 6 weeks since I have gotten back to work after my mom’s passing, our 50 plus small group training programs have QUADRUPLED, which has been humbling and inspiring.  We now have 46 different sessions offered each week.
 
Our current times are: 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 3:30, 4:14, 5, 6, and 7 PM.
 
If you are over the age of 50 and looking for your own trainer and small group to keep you accountable, you can fill out a short interest form and I will call you ASAP to discuss your goals.  Some of the times mentioned above are already sold out so apply right now.  I am offering grocery store tours to my Fit over 50 clients over the next few weeks so you don’t want to miss that.  ->-> Yes, I am Interested in Learning More about Fit over 50. <-<-

I Conquered My Fear Of Water And Swimming…

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

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

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

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

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

#1 Thing to Get Yourself Motivated to Exercise and Eat Healthy

By | Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Uncategorized

“Know Thine Own Self…”

This is what has been rolling around in my head for the past few weeks. I decided a few weeks ago that I am going to do the Ironman next year.  Not only do I want to complete it, I want to finish in under 12 hours. The past few years I have dabbled with the idea of “someday,” but seeing my mom die so suddenly this summer and my 25-year-old brother suffering a stroke just 2 days later, I was acutely reminded that someday isn’t guaranteed.

This is a big step for me.  If you have been following me at all for the past 10 years, you know I have been VERY anti cardio and long distance activities and have very little background in it. Side note: I still don’t believe it is the best way to lose fat and tone up; strength training, interval training, and healthy eating is still best for that.

Some of you know also that I really HATE the water.  I am really good laying by the pool getting a tan or sitting in a boat watching others jump in but me getting in the water is another story. I can barely swim to save my life and participating in the Ironman will make me swim 2.4 miles while being kicked and hit by 2,500 other swimmers.

Why am I sharing this all with you?

On my own will or motivation I have NO DESIRE to practice and learn how to swim.  I also don’t have a strong desire to run long distances. I do LOVE to bike, but only with groups, not a big fan of riding alone. I also don’t know how to really TRAIN for an Ironman.

I am doing what I encourage you to do, which is to hire a coach. My coach is a professional Ironman athlete and also works with about 200 others to help them complete their first race or work towards turning pro.

Having my coach will:

  • Reduce the chances of injury
  • Make things more fun
  • Save me time researching best training programs, gear, and nutrition
  • Introduce me to others in the Madison community training for Ironman
  • Push me harder than I would push myself
  • Help me overcome stumbling blocks that will inevitably occur over the next year
  • Cheer me on during my successes and comfort and encourage me during my challenges
  • Help me reach my goals faster

Over the past 24 days, I have had 310 women, ages 50 and up, apply for our NEW small group training program.  I have spoken to over 200 of them on the phone and most have told me the same thing, which is, “I realize that I don’t seem to be motivated to do it on my own.  I know what to eat, and I know I should exercise more, but I just can’t seem to do it.” They say it like there is something wrong with them.  There is nothing wrong with you if you struggle with motivating yourself to exercise more and eat healthier.

Just like I don’t want to learn how to swim or run long periods of time, I know I need a coach to be there for me.

If you are in the Madison area and are interested in learning more about this unique program, here is the link to apply and after I receive your application, I will personally call you to set up a time for you to visit one of our classes.  Apply ->  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fitover50

If you live near an Ironman race, I can’t encourage you enough to go out and watch the swim start at 7 AM and then the finish line at the Capitol Square between 9pm and midnight.  You will shed some tears and be in awe. Ironman Wisconsin is in Madison on Sunday, September 13th.  Come join me at Monona Terrace at about 6:30 AM and watch one of the greatest sports spectacles.  If all goes as planned, one year from now I will be in that water ready for a day I will never forget.

Just in case you were trying to remember the rest of the quote above? This above all – to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as night follow days, thou canst not be then false to any man. ~ William Shakespeare

Good words to live by!

Join the 6 Week Challenge: “I’m entering the best decade of my life!”

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Lifestyle, Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized
I talk to men and women everyday who tell me they wished they lived near Madison so they could participate in our programs. I wish everyone did but knowing that’s not possible is what led me to create the 6 Week Challenge.
I also get questions about whether it really works. It does! But you don’t have to take my word for it, read Kris’ story here:

234I’ve never been athletic. Phy Ed was the class I dreaded going to. I was blessed with a long lean body and fabulous metabolism. My mom prepared plenty of home cooked meals, but we also had plenty of processed food. It was a “normal” diet as that’s what everyone in my circle was eating.

I had my first child at the age of 25. Even though I gained nearly 50 pounds during the pregnancy, I lost it within the next few months. I maintained at 130 pounds and gained 30 pounds with my second child at the age of 28. And then, the battle for those last ten pounds began. With two kids and a full-time job there was no room for exercise let alone cooking a meal that didn’t contain at least one processed item.

Over the years I purchased the latest exercise equipment, the quick fix diet pills and plans, the latest videos. Many times I would lose the weight, but then it would creep back on and then some.

Memorial Day weekend 2012, two weeks before my 47th birthday, I decided I had enough. I was nearly 50 pounds overweight, my belly sat in my lap, no strength, no energy and I would get winded on a flight of stairs. I set a personal goal: To be in the best shape of my life by my 50th birthday. I’m hoping to have grandchildren someday and I want to be an active Grandma that can keep up with her grandchildren.

While surfing the net, an ad flashed on the screen with a picture of a woman holding out her jeans showing how much weight she had lost. I clicked on the ad and was taken to the Fit Mom’s for Life program. It was very intriguing as I had not seen a program that offered so much for Mom’s in the different stages of motherhood. And who was this good looking young man and why did he want to help me get into better health? I loved that he was located in the city I worked in. It made him real and trustworthy. No pills. Just honest to goodness commitment to exercise and clean eating. I ordered the DVD series. 12 DVDs for the next year and used them from the privacy of my own basement. When they arrived I started getting up earlier in the morning. You have to understand that I am NOT a morning person. This was definitely a challenge especially on those dark, cold winter mornings. I watched the nutritionist piece at the end of the first DVD and visited Tracie’s website. My sister and I went to her Nutrition 101 class. The awesome things we learned! I immediately started cleaning out my pantry and changing up my grocery list. There were very sad faces when I announced I would no longer be purchasing Poptarts. Guess what? Everyone is still living without Poptarts!

When they say 80% of your success is diet over exercise, they are speaking the truth. Start with your diet. Keep a food journal to teach yourself the macro’s of the food you are2 choosing. There are great on-line food journals that make this easy. Plan, plan, plan! Cook more chicken breasts than you will need for dinner so you have them for your salads. Make a big batch of steel-cut oats and portion it out for the week. I packed my lunch bucket with everything I planned to consume during the day and logged it immediately. I would then see how much room was left for the dinner I had planned. I could then adjust what was in my lunch pail to stay within my protein, fat and calorie goal. Over the course of a short couple of weeks I learned so much about food. My typical day is a protein smoothie for the commute into work. A couple of hours after I’m at work, I have breakfast  (2 eggs -hardboiled or scrambled in the micro, steel cut oats with almond milk and fruit, or a cup of greek yogurt with fruit). For lunch I have a salad. Mixed greens, a protein (usually chicken or salmon), fresh veges and a drizzling of homemade dressing. I have two favorites: Lime juice, minced garlic, pepper and olive oil or stone ground mustard and local honey. My afternoon snack is typically a piece of fruit with 12 almonds, or greek yogurt with cinnamon. My husband does not like many vegetables and the ones he likes are starchy, so I’ve learned to cook one he will eat and cook one for me for dinner. If you’ve never roasted vegetables, I highly recommend it. So flavorful with a bit of olive oil and your favorite seasoning. I chose lean proteins and we grill a lot. One food challenge I did was a two week raw food challenge. I was determined to give two weeks of my life to the program and be really brave and try the vegetables I had never tried before. It was an amazing experience. They were some I didn’t like and some I needed to acquire a taste for, but what an accomplishment to not eat one piece of cooked food for two weeks. The result was I discovered vegetables I would have never otherwise tried. I absolutely love beets now. I find myself asking what the fresh vege of the day is when we go out for dinner. So many amazing flavors when you train your taste buds to crave good clean foods.

I did fairly well sticking to a 5-6 morning a week workout. I would do the strength training one day and then the cardio and core the next. It didn’t take very long before I was putting aside the 5 and 10 pounds weights for 15’s and 20’s. I now own 25’s and 30’s as well. There were definitely periods of time where life interrupted and I got out of the daily habit, but I was feeling so good and losing weight and inches that I was encouraged to get back at it. I also set a goal to run in a 5K mud run eight months after starting the DVDs. I needed something out there that would keep me motivated. Remember how I said I’m not athletic? When I first started running, I couldn’t even run a block. How in the world would I run a 5K, in the mud, with obstacles. Each time I ran on our farm, I would pick a spot and will myself to run to it. I did that first mud run. Walked part of it, but completed it and it felt great. And I got to meet Dustin in person at that race. There have been a few more mud runs since and I can now run a full 5K without walking. What I discovered was the DVD workouts contributed to my running endurance more so than the once a week run I would do. Strengthen the body and everything improves.

23It wasn’t easy. There were many moments of wondering if it was worth it. But I can tell you, it was worth it. Even when I just didn’t want to do one more rep, it was worth it. I’m very proud of the fact I made my goal when I turned 50 this past June. Thirty-five pounds lost. Four dress sizes gone. The best was when I was hauling heavy buckets with my husband and he said, “You’ve got guns!”

My journey is not done. The difference between this time and all the other times is I made a life style change. I made my mind up that it was going to be hard work as I no longer have fabulous metabolism. I gave myself a realistic timeline to work towards my goal. I will not go back to eating the way I used too. My grocery cart is filled with fresh food. When I skip a day or three of exercising, I miss it. I’m told I look younger and honestly I feel many years younger. I truly believe I’ve entered my best decade yet.

You are never too old to take charge of your health and care for the one and only body the Good Lord gave you. Don’t expect a quick fix. Just start and take it one step at a time and one short-term goal at a time. Be that role model for your family. Be that physically fit, healthy Grandma so your grandchildren can make memories with you for many years to come.

Thank you, Kris, for sharing your inspiring story with us! You’ve worked so hard and I am thrilled that we are able to partner with you on your journey.

If you’d like to improve your health, eat better, move your body and live a more quality-filled life, please join the thousands of women (and men) who have joined the 6 Week Challenge. We’ve continued to make improvements to the program since Kris started and now everything (menus, recipes, videos, workouts and more) is available online but we still have hard copies of everything if that’s your preference. More information can be found here or email me with any questions and I or one of my staff will respond.

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

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

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

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

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

 

One Key to Happiness!

By | Behavior Change, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Strength, Uncategorized

There are times in life when things happen that are beyond our control.  There was nothing I could have done to prevent my mom’s death, but I do have 100% control over the meaning I give it and how I handle things moving forward.

I could:

  • Be bitter towards God
  • Regret times in the past when I could have spent more time with her
  • Dwell on the fact my mom will never see me get married or have kids
  • Try to blame the doctors for missing a ticking time bomb in my mom’s brain
  • Etc…

But I choose:Wedding

  • Trust God will turn this tragedy into triumph
  • Celebrate all the amazing times we did have together
  • Be thankful my mom got to see one of her sons get married and enjoy the birth of one grandchild
  • Be thankful that her legacy will live on through stories to future wife and kids
  • Accept the fact that life isn’t always fair and we aren’t 100% control of things
  • Treasure each day as a gift

What meaning you give to the many events, conversations, and interactions you have each day will greatly determine your happiness in life. Maybe you are riding your bike and fall and break your collar bone.  You could get into a negative mindset and tell yourself things like, I am so clumsy, I always get hurt, bad things always happen to me, see I shouldn’t exercise, etc.

Or…

You could tell yourself, at least I got hurt while being active, it was just a fluke accident, looks like I get to work on my legs for a few weeks, this gives me a great opportunity to focus on my nutrition, etc.

Today, think about an event or conversation you have recently had that you have given a negative meaning towards, and change those beliefs up.

 

Does it really matter?

By | Balance, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Uncategorized

1 mom 3Many thoughts crossed my mind as I made the painful 4.5 hour drive from Madison to Minneapolis after hearing the news my mom was on life support after suffering a massive brain aneurysm.

One of the questions rolling in my head was, does it really matter? My mom was one of the healthiest people I have ever met.  She ate incredibly well, managed stress better then most, maintained a healthy weight, got enough sleep and stayed decently active. Why then could she suffer this without warning at 66 years old?  I asked the doctor this question as we were ready to take her off life support. He said the usual, “life isn’t fair and your mom had very bad luck.”
 
After taking a step back and having a week to think about it, my answer (and therefore, my calling) is “yes, it does still matter”. My mom’s odds were in favor of living well into her 80s or 90s with good quality of life. But more than that, my mom’s quality of life was off the charts.  Besides the hospitalizations to give birth 4 time, she was never in the hospital.  She rarely got a cold or any sort of sickness, she didn’t take any prescription drugs that I am aware of and her energy levels were incredible. Plus, she was an incredibly healthy example for her kids and her friends.  I can’t tell you how many of her girlfriends she helped eat better and feel better. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow but living a healthy lifestyle is still the best way to live in my opinion.
 
I am humbled by the outpouring of financial support for the Joy “Fit Moms” Scholarship.  We have raised over $9,000 so far.  The scholarships will probably average about $300, which means over 30 new people will have a life changing experience this year.  We are finalizing the scholarship application process and will be opening that up soon (check out the PS below for K2 scholarships that are available immediately).
 
->-> Click here to donate if you feel like doing so.<-<-
 
This coming Sunday in Madison, I am hosting a client appreciation family pool party.  The day before my mom’s incident, she emailed and called me so excited to attend.  Families are encouraged to come out together and bring something for the potluck.  My mom lived for days like these.  My dad and most of my family has agreed to travel to the pool party and at 3 pm we will have a 10 minute or so tribute to my mom.
 
This is a free event for you but please RSVP if you can make it. ->-> RSVP for pool party and potluck. <-<-

Farewell to My Hero… My Mom

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

I unexpectedly lost my hero today…

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

1 MomIf I could sum up her life it was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

You inspired me to inspire others.

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

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

Your eldest son, 

Dustin

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

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

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

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