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Female Fat loss

A short rant

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

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I recently went on a bit of a rant on Facebook and it went a little viral and was shared and viewed thousands of times, so I wanted to share it with you here, too…

Warning! Rant ensues…

We have had record numbers of clients flocking to our Transformation Center the past month, which has been so awesome. But, I have also had a handful of conversations with others who have stopped coming because of the lame excuses of: it is winter, it is cold and dark outside and just too hard to get out of bed.G etting your butt out of bed in your warm cozy house is hard?

No!

  • Fighting cancer is hard
  • Raising kids on your own is hard
  • Losing a loved one prematurely is hard
  • Going through a divorce is hard
  • Watching your parents’ health decline is hard
  • Losing half your net worth in the stock market is hard

Don’t tell me the 5 seconds it takes to get out of bed in the morning, put your workout clothes on and get in your heated car is hard. Remember everyday you DON’T exercise is like taking a handful of depressant pills. I don’t care if you agree or disagree – I know I am right. 

I care about you!

This Made Me Cry…

By | Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

1 UncleThis past Monday at 1 AM my brother’s wife’s water broke and I headed back for a day trip to MN to meet this new member of my family! I am a proud uncle of a beautiful niece! I am especially excited for my mom who has waited for 65 years, (at times impatiently), for her first grand baby. This new addition to our family added to an already amazing weekend! This past weekend made my top three list of most amazing experiences of my career…

For many months, the Fit Moms For Life team has been planning our first annual Fit Moms For Life world-wide Leaders Retreat and we held it right here in Madison, WI at the Transformation CenterOur Fit Moms For Life 6 week challenge program has 106 leaders around the world right now, and close to two dozen of them drove and flew long distances to be part of our three day retreat, (I wish you could have joined us).

Over the course of the weekend the leaders built deep connections with other women, experienced some awesome workouts, ate incredible food prepared by our team of chefs, learned how to prepare quick, healthy meals for their families, got pampered with massages and other little treats, and best of all, were able to experience a weekend with everyone on their side- cheering and supporting them along their journey of health and leadership.

  • No doubters…
  • No discouraging jabs…
  • No “you can’t do this” comments…

This supportive environment is the reason women came up to me at the end of the weekend with tears in their eyes, thanking me and the team – saying it was one of the greatest weekends of their lives. Next year, hopefully you can join us for this amazing experience!

I hope your life is filled with people who believe in you, encourage you to be your best, and are also trying to live their healthiest, happiest, and fittest lives. I would like to share with you my three big takeaways from this weekend and the various speakers I listened to, sessions I attended , and conversations I had with the incredible Fit Moms For Life leaders…

#1 Each of us are on our own journey. Someone who is fitter than you or runs faster than you is not better than you… they have just been on the journey longer than you have and are further along in the process. Be inspired by others’ successes, but don’t compare their journey to yours.

#2 Strive for progress, not perfection. About 30% of the women who attended the retreat had lost between 40-152 lbs from the Fit Moms For Life programs. A common theme among these women was consistency, but not perfection.

When they “fell off the wagon” they found they weren’t actually back to square one. They are different people than they were when they first hopped on the weight loss and healthy lifestyle wagon. The knowledge and new techniques they’ve learned while on their journey make it easier to get right back on that wagon again. Don’t get down on yourself if you haven’t been as consistent as you know you should be. Get back on track and realize you are better, stronger and more knowledgeable than you were a month ago or a year ago.

#3 You should never be the fittest in your workout or peer group. Surrounding yourself with some people who are significantly fitter than you can inspire you to see, understand and accomplish what is actually possible.

Many of these leaders have been the fittest in the FM4L groups they are leading, but when they experienced my workouts in person with some others who were fitter than they are, it showed these leaders there is much more progress that can be made in their levels of fitness. One moment that really inspired me involved a woman named Chanel. She is a mother of 4 and was about 260 lbs before starting the FM4L program. Since then, she has lost over 70 lbs and is planning on hitting triple digit weight loss by the end of the year! Chanel was one of the first women to the top of the massive hill that we run at a local park. To witness her transformation from very obese to one of the fitter leaders, was just amazing and the huge smile on her face at the top of the hill – priceless!

1 FMFL Retreat2

Fit Moms For Life is on a mission to create 14,000 local support groups around the world, one for every McDonalds in America. Help us make being healthy as convenient and affordable as fast food! We are looking for more leaders to join our incredible team (and you will get paid to lead a group)! If you want to facilitate a group in your community click here to learn more about creating a 6 week Fit Moms For Life challenge in your town. As a Fit Moms leader you will receive more direct access to myself and the FM4L team, lots of great resources on helping you and your group get stronger, leaner and healthier as well as access to our amazingly supportive community!

All the leaders who attended our retreat had one thing in common: they all lived full, busy lives but still found a couple hours each week to lead and workout with their FM4L groups. If leading a group is not for you but you are interested in joining the over 600 women who have been a part of the FM4L 6 week challenge click here to learn more and to join as a FM4L participant.

1 FMFL Retreat

Don’t think you need to have everything figured out or be in great shape to become a Fit Moms for Life leader. Our leaders come in all shapes and sizes and some are just starting their health and weight-loss journey. Becoming a leader is an exciting way to get and stay motivated to live your healthiest life! ->->Click here to get started today<-<-

 

You’re Worth The Time, Effort, and Dedication!

By | Body Assessment, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

The stories that pour in about how the Fit Moms For Life home workout DVDs, eating plans, and support humble me daily. Jane is another incredible woman who has fought past demons of self-image, eating disorders, and self-infliction to come out the other side an even more amazing version of herself.

I am especially proud and excited that Jane has started the next part of her journey which is becoming a Fit Moms For Life community leader and starting her own local support group.

Jane, I can’t wait to see what life brings you and your family, you are truly one selfless mom, wife, and friend!

Jane’s story:

Natasha 4I’ve always been into working out and watching what I ate. The problem is that from the age of 7 until a few years ago (about 26 years old then), I struggled with anorexia and bulimia. I spent most of my teen years in and out of hospitals and rehab treatment facilities for it. I was stuck in this cycle of diet, starve, binge, purge, exercise to death. I was very thin and very malnourished. I was never overweight until after I had our first daughter. While pregnant with her, I started out thin and then let myself (for the first time ever), eat whatever I wanted.

I gained 65 lbs.

I went from a size 1 to wearing my hubby’s baggy sweatpants. Talk about feeling gross and frumpy! I almost never looked in the mirror. Not even when I brushed my teeth. I never wore makeup. This self loathing was the deepest after each birth of our children, and only got worse. I struggled with wanting to be healthy and starving myself skinny. My thoughts were very black and white: eat everything or eat nothing.

In 2012 I stumbled across the fit moms website. I have no clue how I found it (but thank you Google!) Our daughters were 6 & 4 and our son was about 7 months old. I had actually lost the baby weight after having him but somehow let myself gain weight to a terrifying 210 lbs. when I had spent most of my life being between 85 and 130  lbs, I cried. I bought the Fit Moms for Life book and read it cover to cover. I reasoned that I couldn’t afford the monthly program and therefore that was not my rock bottom. I was eating better, but it wasn’t until my birthday this year that I found rock bottom.

May, 29, 2013: my doctor called. I knew he would be calling about my labs for my thyroid. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease when I was 17 but after a thyroid storm that almost killed me they gave me radioactive iodine to ablate it. So I was supposed to be on a hormone replacement (synthroid). I had not been able to afford it for six months. My thyroid level was off the charts but that wasn’t all. He told me I needed to come in immediately. My husband and kids waiting in the waiting room as my doctor told me that my severely out of control thyroid was wrecking havoc on my organs. My heart, liver, kidneys, vitamin levels, cholesterol, etc., every lab came back abnormal and he said that if I don’t make changes, I’ll die soon. To change he said to take my meds everyday (he gave them to me free), and I needed to get healthy. Now.

I cried. A lot. And then my awesome hubby told me I could order my fit moms monthly DVDs and we would make it work. I don’t know exactly how much I weighed at the time, but I was around 215. And a size 14/16. To my own surprise, I’ve stuck with it! I really like seeing real moms who’ve had success with fit moms doing the workouts with me. My favorite parts are always strength training and core. Cardio is never going to be my favorite, but I treat it like ripping off a band-aid: suck it up and get it over with!

The challenges I faced were all internal. Do I deserve to do this for myself? My kids need me every minute. Negative self talk: I’m never going to lose the weight, why bother? But I did it anyways.

I am now 172lbs. Not my ultimate goal weight but considering I started in June officially, that’s 43lbs lost. It’s what I’ve gained that’s been the real game changer. Confidence,Natasha 2 ambition, determination, a go-getter. I want to help everyone I can get healthier. My sister joins me in working out & I signed up to be a local group leader. Most importantly I’m happier and a much better mother. My kids get the best of me more often, which is pretty important since we homeschool! My daughters are now 8 & 6 and our son is 2. They like to pull out their yoga mats and join me while I get fit and healthy. We talk about the importance of being strong and healthy especially since they’re in sports!

When I posted my before and after to my Facebook account, I started getting messages. I had been posting about my meals and working out but the photo put it in perspective. REAL changes were happening! So many wanted to know what I was doing, how I was doing it.

Food wise I have always eaten good, however I also ate junk. Portion sizing was a huge culprit. I needed to eat normal amounts instead of stuffing myself full of empty calories. I try to eat protein every meal and eat a mostly paleo/primal diet. My stomach feels way better! I have “cheats” also, but I don’t officially call it that. This is my life. If I want nachos, fine. That does not mean that I throw out my whole day or week (as I had done in the past). Keep portions in check and eat healthy far more often. I also advise getting creative in the kitchen. I just found out I have two new favorite veggies: spaghetti squash and asparagus. Who knew?!

I’m fighting eating disordered thoughts, and health problems. I’m a busy homeschooling mom of three, a wife of almost 10 years and an entrepreneur with two businesses. You can do this. You deserve it and you need this. You’re worth the time, effort, and dedication.

Get yourself healthy and fit…then pay it forward.

Jane Manka

PS: Dustin, thank you for saving my life.

Nicole

By | Behavior Change, Blog, Fit Moms For Life Book, Uncategorized
I have struggled my entire lifetime with being overweight and within the last decade becoming morbidly obese. I have a family history of obesity with two relatives needing to have gastric bypass surgery. I have tried many diet programs and also exercise programs too. Before being

Nicole Before

introduced to Dustin’s Killer Kurves program, I was able to succeed in either a nutrition goal or an exercise goal but never both at the same time. I struggled with emotional over-eating and my weight was at an all time high of 277 lbs. I heard about Killer Kurves from a referral of a good friend Shelley who was currently participating in Dustin’s bootcamp workouts. I was excited to hear that the program was for people who had at least 50 lbs to lose. What intrigued me the most about Dustin’s program was the combination of a workout and a nutrition/behavior modification discussion in the same meeting. I will admit, I was worried about the bootcamp style workouts which included using 10-15 lb handweights. Being true to the motto of “Come As you Are”, I was encouraged by my trainer to use exercise modifications when needed to

Nicole after 1 session of K2

make my workout right for my body. The padded gymnastics floor was perfect for my joints too. I enjoyed the numerous tools provided to help me succeed: a Fit Moms for Life book, the Killer Kurves binder with daily worksheets and goal tracking pages, webinars with Dustin, grocery store tour, accountability partners, My Fitness Pal food tracker and of course our fitness trainer who had herself lost over 60 lbs with this program. My absolute favorite part of this program was our small group of participants…my team, my community, my friends. I truly cherish this group of women and all the support they have shown me. I love cheering them on with every success they have and encouraging them to stay with it each day.  After the first session of Killer Kurves, I have lost 34 lbs, drink 10-12 glasses of water per day , and workout 5 times per week. I can’t wait for session 2 to start and encourage you to join me as I continue on this health and fitness journey. You will receive the support , encouragement, and tools you need to lose weight and tone your body.

If you are ready to join a program just for you.  Click here now and learn more about this potentially life-changing decision.

Kaitlin

By | Behavior Change, Blog, bootcamps, Transformations, Uncategorized

I really like the story you are about to read about Fit Fun Bootcamper Kaitlin because it goes to show that despite growing up in a family of poor eating habits, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.  Change is possible and results will be achieved.  Losing the weight has not only transformed her body, but has given her extra drive and confidence to build her growing massage business.

Here is her story…

“I’m 22 years old. I grew up in a less than healthy family; McDonald’s and other fast food choices were a regular meal. This unfortunately, continued on as a habit into adulthood. I developed a regular diet of processed food and Drive-Thru, in addition was not exercising at all, and as you can imagine this did not equate for a pants size that I was pleased with. I tried “dieting” a few times, but my idea of dieting at the time

Kaitlin Before

was getting grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken in the Drive-Thru.

My idea of exercise was doing 10 minutes on the elliptical and 20 sit ups twice a week. So obviously I wasn’t seeing many results. Well they always say opportunity knocks, in my case, it rang; my best friend called me at about 11 pm on a Monday night telling me about this boot camp class she found on Groupon, and she wanted me to do it with her. I said “whatever” and agreed, although I was not as excited as she was. I signed up for it, and then after the fact I realized I would be waking up at 5 am, so my initial reaction was “you better be lucky I love you!”. On the first day, I enjoyed a tough workout, definitely more intense than I was expecting but a lot of fun at the same time. The rest of that entire week I was so sore I couldn’t even sit down on the toilet my legs burned so bad. By the second week, the classes were still challenging enough to keep me motivated, and the instructors would give us modifications if we needed them. I started noticing changes in how my clothes fit. And I was suddenly able to pump out 10 push-ups no problem, when before I would struggle with 2. My favorite thing about the classes is after you force yourself to get out of bed at an ungodly hour, THAT’S IT the hard part is over. Once you get there, the trainers keep you moving, motivated and telling you what to do so it’s not like being at home trying to mentally convince yourself to do one more sit up, everyone pushes you and motivates you.

After about 6 weeks I had lost about 5 pounds and one pants size. I decided to take it up a notch and start taking some of the trainer’s advice about eating. So I slowly started changing my diet, first by choosing healthy snacks for while I’m on the go, and committing to one healthy home-cooked meal a day. These things became habit and now a typical 3 Days of meals for me may look like this. Read More

Wendy

By | Behavior Change, Blog, bootcamps, Core Training, Fit Moms For Life Book, In-home workouts, Uncategorized
Today I want to share with you a story of Wendy, although she lives in my town, I have yet to meet her.  Her story reminds me that all it takes is some correct information followed by massive action.  Wendy, like many moms just didn’t know the right way to healthily lose weight and be healthier.  I am humbled that some words in my Fit Moms For Life book, and some of my workout videos was the start of a 67 lb weight loss journey, but more importantly, a beautiful mom of 4 kids finding herself and discovering that being overweight her whole life wasn’t something she had to live with.  Wendy I can’t wait to meet you soon and give you a big hug.  Your story has inspired me, and I know thousands of others who will read this.

Wendy before at over 200 lbs

Here is her story…

“I am 31 years old and a mother of 4 beautiful kiddos (ages, 10, 10, 5, and 3).  For as long as I remember I have considered myself “big boned” and seriously believed that I was just built bigger than other women.  I had come to terms with that and found a way to be happy with my body at the time.  Exercise and healthy eating was a foreign language to me too.  I never really understood how it worked and I never gave 100 percent to finding out either.  I have pretty much struggled with my weight since middle school.

My oldest 2 girls started to participate in a program called Girls on The Run last year (2011).  They were learning about positive thinking, healthy food, and finding inner strength to overcome obstacles.  Watching them finish their very first 5K last November was very emotional for me.  I was proud of them but, mad at myself for not being able to (or wanting to) complete that first 5k with them. I stepped on the scale at the beginning of this year (2012) and was 221 pounds.  I was mad that I let this happen.  How did this happen?  I didn’t even notice that I had put on that much weight.  I still feel embarrassed at times even now after losing the weight!  This year (2012) was going to be my year and I was going to take back my body and not let the chaos of my life to be my excuse.  My mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time which was pretty hard for me to deal with emotionally.  I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything I possibly could to be healthy and to be able to fight off anything that I could possibly have to deal with one day.

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I started to do a little research on eating better and basically the first 2 months of weight loss for me was trying to figure it out.  I started to add some cardio but, after a month I was not seeing any results on the scale or in the way my clothing felt.  I got an e-mail from Groupon with an offer on Dustin’s bootcamps and decided to read a little more about Fit Moms For Life.  I ordered the FMFL book and the Got Core video and started to put what I was reading in to action.  I had to schedule myself to be at the gym 3 days per week after work just to make sure I went.  My husband works nights so this was not always easy to do with all of my kids and then with my oldest 3 being active in sports and extracurricular activities after school.  I decided that I was not going to give up my gym time though.  I had spent the last few years worried about getting everyone else where they needed to be and never worried about how I was feeling or if I was taking care of myself.  My 3 gym visits (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) each week consist of weight lifting and burst training.  I spent the other days doing the Got Core video, playing Zumba on our Xbox Kinect with my children, and running.  Sundays are usually my rest/cleaning days.

Wendy Before and After Losing 67 Pounds

I used the My Fitness Pal application on my phone.  Everything I ate, every time I worked out, every pound I lost I entered in to my daily journal there.  I also spent a lot of time journaling in a notebook about how I was feeling or if there was anything particularly hard for me that day.  I wrote personal goals for myself outside of just the obvious weight loss goal.  Sometimes it would be something as small as: read a book with the kids every night this week or to get one room cleaned each night during the week.  Other times there would be goals like: be able to do 50 pushups continuously in the next 90 days.  These types of goals helped me to motivate myself and they also taught me that I can achieve almost anything if I put my mind to it.

I also started to run with my daughters this year (2012) when they started the  Girls on The Run program again.  This was to be their 3rd time running a 5K in this program and there was no way that I was going to let them do it again and just stand by as a spectator.  I wanted to share that moment after crossing the finish line with them.  I also wanted to be able to encourage and motivate them as we all ran together.  I completed my second 5K to support Girls on the Run on November 10th with both of my daughters.

To date I have lost 67 pounds however, I am still hoping to lost another 10 to 15 pounds and am still working hard to tone my stomach.  Now that I have lost most of the weight I do have a harder time staying motivated at times.  I have found that by talking to others about my goals and challenges I face that I have been able to do a pretty good job still making it to the gym and eating healthy.  There are people that tell me “you better not lose any more weight” or “you are too skinny”.  I  just have to remember that this is my journey to be a healthier me and what other people think does not matter.  I can’t tell you how much losing this weight has changed my outlook on life.  I have energy after work now!  I don’t just sit on the couch and watch television any longer.  I am able to control my emotions at home and work a lot better too.  All of the extra energy I have now allows me to keep up with my energetic kids!”

-Wendy

Example Meals:

Day 1

Breakfast: yogurt, granola, berries (strawberries/blackberries/raspberries)

Snack: Banana

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat (onion, spinach, avocado or laughing cow cheese), Apple

Snack: Popcorn (plain)

Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli, half of a Sweet Potato

 

Day 2

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Banana

Snack: Orange

Lunch: Salad (Spinach, Onion, Turkey, Walnuts, String Cheese, Vinagerette)

Snack: Apples and Peanut Butter

Dinner: Grilled or Baked Fish (Halibut, Cod), Asparagus, half of a baked Potato

 

~Wendy

Mary’s Journey To Discovering Herself and Dropping 74 lbs

By | Behavior Change, Blog, Fit Moms For Life DVD, In-home workouts, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Mary is someone I have yet to meet but hope one day to.  She has been a faithful follower of the Fit Moms For Life workouts and eating plans for a couple years and the results are very dramatic.  I really like the part about her story where she shares about being overweight her entire life.  Many people believe that when you are overweight at a young age, you are doomed to a life of obesity, it just doesn’t have to be that way!  Enjoy her story, and write any comments or questions below.

Here is Mary’s story…

“I have been overweight for the entirety of my life.  I have no memories of ever having a flat stomach, not even as a child.  My childhood friends commented often on how my body looked different; one little friend in particular loved to make it a point that I understood that she was so much smaller than I was.

Along with being overweight as a child, I have no memories of a time when I was not following some diet.  My parents would encourage me to exercise and eat healthy.  I read magazines full of fad quick fix diets and I would make real effortful attempts to follow the various diets that I read about.  But despite those efforts and my parent’s encouragement to eat healthy, the kitchen always had Twinkies, ice cream, potato chips, crackers, and sodas on hand… you name it the kitchen had it.  As a kid, and even as an adult, it’s hard to not eat foods that you crave and love if they are so easy to get to.  So despite whichever diet I tried to follow, I was not successful at keeping away from the junk food drawer…yes, my parents had a designated junk food drawer.

I was pretty active as a kid.  I rode my bike a lot, got into inline skating, and walked with my mom.  Billy Blanks came out with Tae Bo when I was in middle school, but despite the exercise that I did, I was still always pretty chubby.

When I was in High School, my parents took me to a weight loss specialist.  I followed the plan that the doctor had put me on religiously.  I was only allowed to eat 900 calories a day, I was taking oral medications that sped up my metabolism and suppressed my appetite, and was even given weekly injections that would boost my energy levels.  While in this program, I lost about 45 pounds and I lost it very quickly.  When I went off to college I was thinner than I had ever been, and I was very happy about it.  However, leaving the doctor’s program with no more appetite suppressors, no more medications that would speed up my metabolism, and no longer eating only 900 calories a day, I quickly gained back the 45 pounds that I had lost, and… by the time I graduated from college I had gained another 40 pounds on top of that.  And, I gained that weight back plus some even while exercising.  I was walking and running consistently through my college years.

I am not a tall girl, I’m somewhere between 5’2”-5’3”, and by the age of 23, I weighed in at 215 pounds.  And I was so ashamed of myself.  I was disappointed that I was unsuccessful at keeping the weight off that I had lost, and was so sad that I was still the fat girl.  For a couple of years I kind of just gave up and resolved that I was just the fat girl and always would be.  But again, I was so ashamed of what I looked like.  I did everything I could to hide myself and disappear.  I wore a sweatshirt and jeans everyday, even in the summer!  I never did anything with my hair, I actually wore baseball caps most of the time.  I NEVER wore makeup. 

I spent the next 2 years living very isolated.  Eventually I got to the end myself in this area; and when you get to the end of yourself, you either choose to fight, or you give up all hope.  I knew that I couldn’t live life the way that I had been living it, and I wanted to live my life as fully as I possibly could.  So when I turned 25, I became flat out DETERMINED that I was going to take some of my excess weight off.  I decided that enough was enough, and I was done living in such unhealth.  I wanted to be able to ride a bike, to be able to hike in the mountains without stopping every 50ft to rest.  I wanted to be able to play and run and have fun.  I wanted to be able to live a physically active and physically playful life.  I decided that I was done isolating, done moping and hiding and wishing that things were different.  I decided in a moment that I was going to combat my unhealthy lifestyle and beat it no matter what it took (never underestimate the power of a choice).

I joined a gym, an all women’s gym because I did not want men to see me.  My parents very generously paid for my membership and also bought me an elliptical machine so that I would be able to exercise on the days that I couldn’t make it to the gym.  I went, yet again, on another diet where I ate things that were low-fat, sugar-free, frozen Smart Ones and Healthy Choice meals, diet sodas, etc… the whole works (right?).  I ate this way, and exercised consistently at the gym and on my elliptical for 6 MONTHS… and I didn’t lose a single pound.

One afternoon, I had just pulled into my driveway after returning from the gym, and I melted down crying in my car.  I was DESPERATE for some breakthrough, for some results for all of the time and effort that I was putting into this.  I believe in God, I love Jesus (I met Jesus when I was 23 years old and got to give my heart to Him), and I was begging Him to help me, to give me something anything that would help me to lose some of the excess weight and get my body physically healthy.  After I was able to get myself out of my car and into my house, I went to my computer and decided to log on to Facebook (which I RARELY do, I have yet to get on board with this whole social media revolution.  I can barely use my cell phone and it’s just a basic flip phone dumb phone device).  But on Facebook, an old friend of mine had tagged me in a notice (or whatever you call it) about Dustin Maher’s fitness program.  What she wrote about Dustin’s program captivated me, so I went to the website.

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I couldn’t believe what I found there.  As I navigated my way through the website, I read about how doing cardio for exercise was ineffective for weight loss.  I absolutely believed that because it had proved to be so true in my life!  He explained how strength training and building muscle was effective for weight loss, because the more muscle you have on your body the more fat you burn.  Everything I read seemed to be true, so I started to get a little excited, I got my hopes up, and checked out what DVDs he had to offer.  Dustin was running a deal on one of his DVD series called Fit Moms for Life, where if I paid for shipping, I would receive the first DVD free.  Now, I am not a mom, but I figured if busy moms could do this, than absolutely I could do this.  So, of course I ordered it.  When it arrived, I saw that I needed a set of dumbbell weights and a yoga ball, so I went to the Wal-Mart and purchased 5lb, 8lb, and 15lb weights to start.  And after the first month, I had actually experienced some weight loss!  I was dying for the 2nd DVD, I couldn’t afford to buy them, but my parents really do love me and support me however they possibly can, so they paid for all 12 of my DVDs.

Mary now, 74 lbs lighter!

Each DVD also contains a nutrition lesson.  These nutrition lessons are solid gold to me!  I discovered that I knew nothing about nutrition!  After watching a few of them, I realized that the low-fat, sugar-free, Healthy Choice frozen dinner eating plan was ALL WRONG.  Nothing that I knew about food was true.  So, over the past 2 ½ years, I have been on a journey where I’ve had to unlearn everything thing that I’d ever learned about food, and relearn it all from scratch.  I needed to change the ways that I thought about food, so I did just that. I took Dustin’s nutrition guidance very seriously and did some research of my own.  With Dustin’s help I taught myself nutrition, stopped eating frozen meals, and taught myself to cook.  I experienced many MANY kitchen fails, but today I can say that I’m a pretty decent cook.

I paid attention to myself and learned what my food traps were.  For example, from September-May, the Reese’s Company infiltrates the grocery stores.  In September out come the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pumpkins.  And the day after Halloween, the pumpkins go on sale, and the Reese’s Christmas trees come out.  Then, the day after Christmas, out come the Valentines hearts, followed by the Easter eggs… and the grocery store sells them individually right by the checkout line so that you can grab one (or 5) to have to eat on the drive home.  I know ahead of time, before I even go into the store that these are going to be there, so they don’t catch me off guard and I can avoid caving in.  I decide in advance before I go into the store that I’m not going to buy them, and if I know that I’m experiencing weakness in my food choices, I make it a point to shop at a different store that I know does not sell them so readily.

Also along these lines, I would to go to a party or a get together with friends where lots of salty snacks and baked goods were available.  I would spend all of my energy and thoughts trying to eat as many cookies or chocolates that I could possibly eat without people noticing that I was eating so many.  I wasn’t able to invest in my friendships because I was only thinking about the food.  So I adopted a motto for myself of “enjoy the one”.  I taught myself how to eat only one cookie and one piece of chocolate.  It took a while to learn how to do this, but I can now go to these parties and get togethers, enjoy my friends and invest in my relationships, and I can eat that single cookie that I love, enjoy it, and not be left longing for 12 more of them.

A helpful tip Dustin encourages for your healthy lifestyle is to follow an 80% 20% eating plan.  Eat healthy and wisely 80% of the time, and the not so healthy foods 20% of the time.  This 80/20 gage is so helpful and SO DOABLE.  I spend my 20% primarily on dark chocolate with sea salt and kettle corn.

Over Thanksgiving last year I gained a few pounds, so after that holiday, I journaled about it.  I went over all of the places that I went, what I ate, the food I consumed while I was cooking (you know what I mean; those harmless little bites and taste tests…uh huh).  I learned myself though journaling these things out.  I saw what my traps were, the places where I tripped up.  And after seeing those things and pinpointing where I went wrong, I made a game plan for the Christmas Holiday.   And… I actually lost weight over Christmas last year!  My game plan actually worked.  I ate all of the seasonal foods that I enjoy (I’m one of those weird people that loves fruit cake), but because I had this game plan, I didn’t overdo it.  I know how to handle the holidays without packing on weight and without missing out on the holiday goodies.

I have been doing Dustin’s Fit Moms for Life  program for 2 ½ years now.  I get to use heavier weights now than the 5lb-15lb weights that I started out with.  I now use up to 45lb dumbbells.  With the workouts that Dustin takes you through, his guidance, the encouraging stories of the women featured on his DVDs, and the nutrition and knowledge of food that I have learned… over the last 2 ½ years I have lost between 70-75 pounds, and have kept it off!  I am smaller now than I was during my first few years of college.  My friends and family can’t believe how different I look and encourage me all the time.  I can’t believe the energy that I have and how different my body feels.  My knees don’t hurt nearly as much now THANKFULLY.

I know how to eat.  Without following a diet, I know how to eat healthily and successfully.  I know how to fit a workout into a busy day.  I know what my food traps are and I have a game plan to overcome each one of them.  The way that I think about food has flipped a complete 180 degrees and I don’t see food the same way that I used to.  I don’t worry about gaining back the weight that I have lost.  And I’m actually not finished dropping weight yet, I have about 15-20 pounds left to lose but I know that I am going to lose those remaining pounds.  I feel set up for the rest of my life to live as a healthy woman.  I hope to be a wife and mother someday and I feel set up to be a successful mother in the area of healthy nutrition and exercise (I WON’T have a designated junk food drawer for them).

I am so thankful for what I have learned through the Fit Moms for Life program.  I don’t feel like or worry that I will fail in this area again ever.  Of course, I will have my days where I don’t eat as well as I could have, especially on those days right before my period…yep.  I don’t believe in perfection but I do believe in excellence, so I don’t expect myself to be perfect at this, but I do know how to be successful.  I know how to be successful in the day to day, and in the long run.  I would absolutely recommend this Fit Moms for Life program to everyone; to moms, single women, and I would even recommend it for men.  It’s possible, it’s doable, and it’s sustainable.”

-Mary

Who say’s it’s not possible to be “hot” at 50? – Part 1 of 2

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I’m hoping that’s not true…I’m planning to just get better with age.

At the age of 48 I’m in the best shape of my life. Let me tell you how I was able to make that happen. Growing up I was fairly thin, then when I turned 18 life got in the way. Late in my 30s I was at my highest weight ever and knew I needed to make some changes. I was overweight, unhappy and had no energy.

Donna Before

Early in my 40s I was able to lose 50 lbs by changing my eating habits. Most of the changes were the basic ones that Dustin recommends. I was eating more veggies & fruit, less processed foods and tracking what I ate. I also started working out . I did some strength training but the heaviest dumbbells I had were 10 lbs. My cardio consisted of walking occasionally, an elliptical machine and riding my bike 12-18 miles a week. With these changes I went from a size 18 to a size 6. Read More

Exercises You Can Do With a Partner

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“It is much more fun to workout with a partner or in a group!”  This is a motto that I live by and quickly realized as a personal trainer.  For over 1 year I did one on one training nearly exclusively, but I soon had a big ah ha moment that would change my life!  Most people don’t want to have a trainer watch them count reps!  Instead they wanted to be in an environment with others who were working out and suffering (I mean feeling the burn) right along side them going through a carefully designed program that is going to deliver maximum results while limiting the chances of injury!  I found that I could just as effectively train 4 people as one person.  Actually the results were even better in many cases, and then I took that a step further and now can train about 30 at one time and give each one personalized attention and create an environment of positive supportive energy.

So I ask you a question… Do you have very much positive supportive energy around you?  Or do you feel like you are trying to be the healthy influence in an unhealthy environment?  Having a support group, even if it is one person, can radically change the results that you will get!

In this video Sarah and Angie (who are sisters and workout at MamaTone together) show some great exercises that you can do with a partner.  Many of these exercises you could modify to do by yourself, but remember my motto, “It is much more fun to workout with a partner or in a group!”

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