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Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit

By | Cardio Workouts

There’s an article with the above title that periodically goes viral on Facebook.

Read the full article here ->-> https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/running-is-the-worst-way-to-get-fit

This is basically the premise of my book, Fit Moms for Life: How to have endless energy to outplay your kids.

The irony is that over the past four years, I have become a dedicated runner.  I ran about 1700 miles over the past year and now can honestly say that I truly enjoy it.

I’ve been running 70 miles a week recently, training for a marathon next month. Five years ago I’d have told you no way would I ever do such a thing, lol.

So how have my views evolved?

Well, I still believe if you are looking to get leaner, toned, and more athletic, then running isn’t the best form of exercise to start with.

What changes metabolism, more effectively tones the body, and is much more time-efficient?

Strength training and interval training combined.

This is the cornerstone of all our programs at the Transformation Center and all 50 of my workout DVDs.

It just works. Check out Monday’s post here, if you want more details on my fitness formula.

However, since I wrote my book almost 10 years ago, I have warmed up to the idea of running as a good addition to a foundational strength and interval training program. 😉

There are plenty of benefits to running.  Here are a couple that I have personally experienced.

  • It gets me outside and exploring new areas of my community
  • It has caused me to have a lower resting heart rate
  • Mentally it is powerful to know I can go out and easily run 10 miles with little effort
  • I have enjoyed seeing my progress of getting faster and having more endurance
  • Running has helped clear my mind and reduce stress. It also makes me sweat a lot
  • ”Runners high” is actually a thing, and it can make you feel amazing

So running can be a great addition to a well-rounded program.

Just don’t start doing nothing but running because you want to lose weight.  In many cases I see it doing the opposite, especially if running is the only form of exercise that someone does.

Want to get started with running but not sure where or how to start?

I highly recommend checking out Jeff Galloway and his run-walk training method. His premise is that starting off slow and combining intervals of walking and running will prevent injury, build endurance and ultimately make you a faster runner.

I have been using a similar training method that forced me to slow down to keep my heart rate under a certain threshold.

Initially it was frustrating and it felt painfully slow. But it enabled me to build up my endurance and avoid injury. And now, I’m running some of my fastest times ever and my heart rate is staying low.

So my advice, if you want to add running (or some other kind of steady cardio, like biking, skiing or rowing), is to start and build slowly… slower than you think you should. Going slowly now will make you faster in the end and keep you injury free.

If you are a member of the TC, I’m super excited to share that we’ll be doing an informal, fun 5k run-walk event for members later this spring. It’ll be a safe, easy way to try out running if you’ve never done it before. We’ll be supporting the event and helping you train for it if you want to join in.

Stay tuned on Friday for my top tips to build or maintain your fitness as you age… when it becomes more important than ever!

What is the BEST Diet/Meal Plan Out There???

By | Behavior Change, Health, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Welcome to the first of a special 4-week series of posts, which we’re calling Transform You 2020 and Beyond! We’re focusing on nutrition this week. We’ll tackle mindset, fitness and environment/community in the coming weeks.

Now more than ever you’ve probably been bombarded with confusing ads, social media posts, and blogs encouraging you to follow THIS diet to lose weight, get healthy, increase your energy, improve your sex drive, decrease your risk of cancer… and on and on. 

You name it and someone has developed a diet or a supplement that will solve all of your problems.

And so confusion reigns. What is best? Keto? Paleo? Intermittent fasting? Carb cycling? Plant-based? Vegan? Whole 30?

The truth?? 

All of it, and none of it. There is no one diet or meal plan that is THE best for everyone out there.

There is no single diet that is guaranteed to work for you. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that healthy eating is actually much simpler than any of the diets listed above would make you think.

I’ll talk more about our philosophy later this week. For now, I want to focus on just one thing.

The reality is that the best approach to healthy eating is the one that you can stick with long term. Most of us know HOW to improve our nutrition–knowledge is often not the issue. Instead, it’s a matter of sticking to it that is the problem.

Some of the things that can get in the way include:

  • An all-or-nothing approach–one “slip” leads to guilt and throwing the whole idea of healthy eating out the window.
  • Trying to change everything at once–going from living on coffee, soda, sweets and processed food to trying to stick with Whole 30 will almost always fail.
  • Too much restriction–”off limits” foods often end up causing major cravings and guilt if/when you do finally indulge
  • Ideas that some foods are “bad” and others are “good”, which again can cause guilt or feelings of failure if you don’t let go of all “bad” foods

Rather than going down that path, I’d encourage you to step back and think about your current eating habits WITHOUT JUDGEMENT!

Then maybe identify just ONE thing that you could try to focus on this week. 

Think about starting small and gradually tweaking that one thing, leveling up your game over time.

So perhaps you never eat vegetables. Maybe your goal could be to add one serving of vegetables to one of your meals each day. That would be moving up one level.

Over time, perhaps you discover that you enjoy vegetables prepared certain ways and you add them to a second meal, thus moving up another level.

You can level up over time, gradually tweaking that one habit in a way that works for you, until all of the sudden you realize you are now a regular vegetable eater (and thus probably eat less sugar and/or processed food as a result, without even trying).

Sticking with this example, if you are already eating a lot of vegetables, this can still work for you. Maybe you level up by trying to eat a certain quantity with every meal and snack, as I and 40 clients did in December. We ate 200-300 grams of vegetables before every meal, striving to consume many different types, etc throughout the day. 

Just about everyone who did this lost weight and had more energy, mostly from eating fewer processed sugars and carbs. (We had no room for them eating that many vegetables each day, lol!)

Anyway, the point is that wherever you are, you can always level up. 

Think about one way that you can level up your nutrition this week!

Click here to find the second post in this week’s series on nutrition.

[Recipe] Healthy Energy Protein Snack Balls!

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Collogen2“My joints are sore again Dustin,” one of my newer clients recently told me. I asked her why. “Because I went on a week’s vacation and I didn’t bring the Fit Moms Hydrolyzed Collagen with me.” I don’t blame her for not bringing it through TSA security; it is a white powdery substance so maybe it looks very similar to cocaine, not that I really know what cocaine looks like in real life.

Today, I want to share with you a tasty recipe that includes my favorite protein powder that keeps my inflammation and joint pain away. Most protein bars are disguised as candy bars.  Making your own is the best way to ensure you have only natural ingredients.  They aren’t as hard to make as you might think and store well all day for an on-the-go snack.

This recipe comes from our Fit Moms Hydrolyzed Cookbook, which you get FREE with the purchase of our collagen. ->-> Click here to order our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon <-<-

Banana Almond Snack Balls (Makes 22-25)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 1/4 cup creamy roasted almond butter (unsweetened)
  • 2 scoops Fit Moms hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins, dried currants, or dried blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade or a blender, combine the bananas, almond butter, collagen, flaxseed, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the almond flour and coconut to form a thick dough. Stir in the raisins.
  3. Using wet hands, roll the dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls. Place the balls on the baking sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.

Time is running out for our $5 off discount. ->-> Click here to order our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon.<-<-

I am humbled…

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

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

→Click here to learn more and reserve your spot←

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your questions answered…

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

When will the live coaching calls start?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What equipment will I need for the workouts?

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

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

27 Ways to Get out of a Workout or Nutrition Rut (Plateau)!

By | 21 Day Challenge, Balance, Behavior Change, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Uncategorized

The other day I confessed to you that I struggle to stay consistent with my workouts.  I talked about how I create challenges every once in awhile to keep my motivation high.
 
Based off the feedback I received from all of you, it really seemed to resonate, so today I want to share with you a bunch of ideas I have for challenges that you can set for yourself.  I hope you decide do one of these or make up one of your own.
 
Physical Challenges:

  • 5K
  • Half marathon
  • Full marathon
  • Mud/obstacle run
  • Tough mudder
  • Bike race
  • Canoe race
  • Bikini competition
  • Mountain hike
  • Swimming across a lake
  • Surfing a wave
  • Headstand on a paddle board
  • Completing a pull up
  • Doing 30 consecutive pushups
  • Completing 250 burpees in one hour
  • 20,000 steps per day
  • Sweat at least 6 days per week
  • Complete a pistol squat heel to butt
  • Book a sexy photo shoot in 90 days
  • Walk on your hands for 30 feet

21 Day ChallengeNutritional Daily Challenges:

  • No added sugar
  • No caffeine
  • 6 servings of veggies
  • No alcohol
  • Join a CSA
  • Try a new vegetable
  • Sit down and eat dinner with your family at least 4 days per week

The ideas are limitless here but I hope I got your creative juices flowing.  Once you decide on one (or a few), I encourage you to commit to it by sharing it on Facebook and recruiting a couple friends or family to do it with you.
 
Want to take on a bunch of challenges all at once, but with the support of over 400 local Madison residents?  Join our 21 Day Clean Eating and Exercise Challenge which starts TOMORROW and get ready for some insane results and lifestyle changes. ->-> Click here to learn more <-<-

The challenge rules, you can do this anywhere in the world!

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 <-<-

My Biggest Pet Peeve!

By | 21 Day Challenge, Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Uncategorized
Who you are today is what you will become tomorrow.
 
I was recently asked what are my three biggest pet peeves. One of them is making excuses and not taking responsibility and action for the current situation you are in and doing NOTHING about it but complain. You don’t like your current amount of energy you have? What are you doing TODAY to change that? Not a week or a month from now TODAY.
 
If increased energy is your goal, here is what I would start doing TODAY to change that:
 
-Make a plan to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
-Eliminate all caffeine
-Drink 3 quarts or more of water
-Reduce or eliminate processed carbs and added sugar
-Increase your fat and protein content to minimize blood sugar levels
-Exercise vigorously for at least 30 minutes each day.
 
If you make these changes, your life will forever be changed and your energy levels will be at a place you didn’t think was possible. It starts TODAY! Don’t wait until tomorrow to start to get the results you deserve. Life is too short to procrastinate.
 
Fortunately, by the time I sit down with someone to help them put together a health plan, they are past the point of making excuses and not taking action.  If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired we are starting another 21 Day Clean Eating and Exercise Challenge on April 1st.  The investment is only about $4/day and free for current monthly members of the Transformation Center.  ->-> Click here to join <-<-
 
Do you have 40 lbs or more to lose and want the ultimate weight loss program?  Killer Kurves is starting its new session and we are now accepting applications. ->-> Click here to join <-<-

 

Can Protein Powders Be Harmful?

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about this truly amazing protein—hydrolyzed collagen—over the past few days, and maybe even tried some of our recipes! If you missed our videos, check them out here. Find our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon here.

I’ve been getting some questions about it via email, so I thought I’d take a moment to answer a few of them here.

Can collagen replace whey or other protein powders?

Many have asked if hydrolyzed collagen is a replacement for whey protein powder. The answer is absolutely yes. Like whey protein, hydrolyzed collagen is easily absorbed and utilized by the body, making it a perfect post-workout protein.

In fact, many people use collagen instead of whey because it is a cleaner, less processed source of protein.

While I do not claim to be an expert on this, there has been some negative publicity about whey protein powders, highlighting questions about quality and purity. Many of these powders are processed and packaged in China, and a 2010 Consumer Reports analysis and 2013 and 2015 ConsumerLab.com analyses found potential contamination issues (heavy metals, arsenic) in 20-20% of the samples tested. You can read more about this here, here and here if you want.

I do believe that there are safe, high quality, whey protein powders and, in general, whey is a great, easily absorbed protein if you can tolerate dairy. But some people are choosing to avoid the potential risk completely by switching over to hydrolyzed collagen or some other single source protein (hemp hearts, pea protein, etc).

The other major and noticeable difference between whey protein and hydrolyzed collagen is that collagen does not have a flavor. Some protein powders can be chalky tasting and require a lot of sweetener to make them palatable. Hydrolyzed collagen does not change the taste or texture of things and has no added sugar (or any other ingredient).

How much should I use and how quickly will I see results?

We recommend 2 scoops per day—1 in the morning and 1 in the evening—for the best results. You should notice a difference in 4-6 weeks.

Can I use it in a meal-replacement shake?

Yes—the protein will help you feel full longer and will balance your blood sugar. Just make sure that, if you are making a meal-replacement smoothie/shake, you include healthy fats along with the collagen protein and the carbs (fruit, vegetables etc). You can use a nut butter, avocado, coconut oil, or even chia seeds. Including a healthy fat will balance the meal and keep you satisfied.

Click here to order our Hydrolyzed Collagen on Amazon, and use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off!

I still think back to when Tracie Fountain introduced me to this product. I was so skeptical, but I cannot get over the difference it has made for me and just about all of my clients who use it.

Every day I hear from people who can walk up and down stairs without pain; who no longer suffer cravings because they’ve managed to balance their blood sugar; who are no longer hungry all of the time because they’ve increased their protein consumption.

Can you take too much of it–is too much bad for you?

No. Because hydrolyzed collagen has no other ingredients and is simply protein from pastured cattle, there is no toxic amount. You cannot “overdose” on collagen.

Just check out a few of the comments we’ve been getting on Amazon:

This product is amazing. My wife & I enjoy going to the gym but do not enjoy the soreness that follows. My wife found this product on Fit Moms for Life, and she ordered it and we began to take it immediately on arrival. It WORKS….the soreness is minimal and our energy levels are improving daily. I would like to say THANK YOU for creating this product and I am in hopes more people begin to use it. You won’t be disappointed!!!!! Daniel & Leslie M

This product dissolves easily into almost anything. The free cookbook is a nice touch and the Baked Oatmeal is outstanding! I like that when it lists the Other Ingredients: it says “Nothing!” I bought it to help with sore wrists. I hadn’t noticed until now that they are not sore. I plan on using it for a full two months and then going off it for two weeks to see if the soreness returns. It is easy to add to my diet so keeping up with 2 servings a day is simple. Mary M

I have been using this product for a couple weeks and absolutely love it. I try not to eat carbs alone, so this is a really nice addition to my coffee or tea if I am enjoying it with oatmeal or a muffin. I did find it to add a really subtle vanilla flavor, but my husband disagrees. The protein adds a satisfying component that I didn’t anticipate, but really love! I have also experienced less soreness post-workout than I ever have before! I’m looking forward to seeing if it has any effects on my hair and nails in a few more weeks. Will definitely be purchasing again! Katie C

Click here to order this miracle protein now! Use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off, during our launch only.

As a reminder, you may see our brand new foam roller on Amazon—click here to check it out. We haven’t officially launched that yet, but if you are interested, don’t buy without using the code FM4LLOVE to get $15 off!

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!