Health and Fitness, Motivation, Personal Journey, Uncategorized

How To Find Your Motivation

Aye yi yi y’all! What a whirlwind it has been this past week. In my most recent blog post I shared with you all how I was going to get back to working out at home and following my eating plan since I have been out of it since school has let out. Having the boys home has totally tossed a wrench into my daily routine but I wasn’t going to let that be my excuse as to why I wasn’t making time for myself. Well…the first week ended this past Friday and let me just say it wasn’t stellar. I started the week strong, meaning I tracked my food intake, I followed my workout schedule and I plugged into my virtual health and fitness community for accountability. Then came Wednesday and ya’ll this is why I constantly preach about not stepping on the scale! I should have waited until Friday which would have been a week but nooooo, I had to step on that darn thing early and what I saw made my positive outlook go right down the drain.

Seeing that I lost a pound totally put a damper on things. The wellness coach in me said, ‘Girl, don’t sweat it! Losing a pound in 3 days is AMAZING! It means you are on the right track so keep going, you still have 4 days!’ The perfectionist and impatient person within me said, ‘Are you freaking kidding me?! I have been busting my butt and giving up food that I love for 1 pound?!’ Then I continued to call myself every name in the book. There’s so much that goes into when and how we lose weight plus it’s only one way to measure progress. This is why I take my measurements and weekly pictures but I allowed this stupid pound to totally change the course of how this week was going to go and you know what? If overflowed into other areas of my life.

I began to be on edge and snappy in my relationships. I began to slack in my workouts and then eventually not even bother doing them. I began to cave and have the food that I knew would not help me feel my best. I started to stress over stupid things like, not being able to fit into an airplane seat on my upcoming trip. I know this is absolutely NOT true since my short size has gone down yet I allowed my mind to go there. I started feeling inadequate about attending my upcoming fitness convention because I didn’t want to be a ‘fit girl’ in a chubby girls body. WHAT?! I had to remind myself that I have come so far and what matters is that I have a good heart and am a coach that shares her entire story. The good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. I had to remind myself that this struggle that I’m currently going through is one to allow me to help people in the future. It’s to test me so that I can come through and share this knowledge to help YOU get through your obstacles.

After I was done having my little pity party I took my thoughts to my journal. I journaled about 5 pages and admittedly cried through most of it but sometimes we need that right? Here’s what dawned on me. Yes, I lost a pound which honestly was probably water weight. But….I had a knee injury which caused me to take my workouts down several levels for 3 months. I was still working out but not at the fitness level that I’m capable of. This ‘re-start’ was my way of getting back into more intense workouts and until I stepped on the stupid scale I was crushing it! Second, I have been eating the exact same thing for meal 1 and meal 2 for months! It’s no wonder I wasn’t seeing results! Our bodies are SMART! If we eat the same food or consume the same calories day in and day out, our bodies get accustomed to it and we plateau. The same thing goes for our workouts. My body was use to doing a certain style of workouts so if I want to see results I need to totally revamp my plan.

So here’s my plan as I re-start my re-start πŸ™‚ The man and I have been thinking about moving to a more plant based way of eating so we are implementing that this week. We’ll have animal protein about 1-2 times this week but for the most part we are having veggies, fruits, carbs that provide energy rather than sugar and healthy fats. For my workouts, they need to be intense yet low impact due to my knee. I’m sticking with the Shaun T Hybrid Calendar and will be using Beachbody OnDemand to access a variety of workouts. Here’s this week’s schedule:

Monday July 3rd – Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance
Tuesday July 4th – Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge
Wednesday July 5th – Shaun Week: Insane Weights
Thursday July 6th – Insanity The Asylum: Speed & Agility
Friday July 7th – Focus T25: Alpha Speed 1.0
Saturday July 8th – Insanity Recovery
Sunday July 9th – Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals

Yesterday was day 1 and my oldest and I CRUSHED it! He knew that I was struggling so he decided to join me which y’all seriously made me cry! This is why it’s super important to share your struggles, your goals and your plan of attack because 1 – it’s important they know so that they can support you and understand WHY you are doing what you are doing and 2 – who knows…they may want to join you.

Today is day 2 and I’m currently drinking my coffee while I share this post. Once I click that ‘share’ button, I’ll be getting motivated and pumped up with a playlist I have put together that I can play while I’m getting dressed. This is how I’m getting my mind ready so that I can get focused and energized to get the best results from my workouts. In case you need help finding your mojo again I hope this post or the below video helps.

I would love to hear about where you are currently in YOUR journey so please feel free to share below or email me at JenniferHepkaFitness@gmail.com because this journey is so much easier with people in your life who are on YOUR side!

Peace,

Jennifer

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Health and Fitness, Motivation, Uncategorized

Healthy Lifestyle Progress

Hey Gorgeous People! Since it’s been awhile since I shared my progress in my health and fitness journey, I thought it was time to give you an update πŸ™‚ It’s been 5 years since I started my journey with many highs and lows. I have definitely learned a TON and have really had to experiment to see what MY body likes and dislikes. Since going gluten and dairy free, incorporating an intermittent fasting lifestyle all while focusing on portion control my nutrition and more importantly, relationship with food has changed. The one thing that has been constant is using at home programs by Team Beachbody and holding myself accountable in my online support groups that I run. Surrounding yourself with other people aiming to become healthier, more fit and happier is key!

Want to join my upcoming online 90 Day Healthy Lifestyle Mentorship Program? Email me at JenniferHepkaFitness@gmail.com Subject line: Mentorship
with your current struggles, your goals and WHY those goals are important to you.

Health and Fitness, Motivation, Organization

Forget the Rainbows and Unicorns

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What’s up Healthy Lifestyle Community Readers?! It’s been awhile, right? I’m getting back into blogging more consistently because I have a ton of updates, news, recipes, and just life happenings to share with you πŸ™‚ So get ready!

Today, I wanted to share with you all about my reflection time during my workout. Anyone else do their best thinking during their workout? I started my journey over 4 years ago and my mindset has really changed during that time. Before this journey, I use to think I would magically feel empowered and all would be right in the world when I would weigh a certain weight, fit into a certain pair of jeans or have my thighs not touch. Can I just say that I was a dummy?!

Ahhhh yeah Jen everything is just going to be rainbows and unicorns πŸ¦„when those things happen. I seriously thought that people! And the sad thing….I know some of you do too.

Who the heck cares what the scale says?! So what if I can’t rock a certain size of jeans. And thighs not touching? I mean really? That’s just silly 😜 I strive to always improve and make smart choices 80-90% of the time. It’s about replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones and people that does not happen over night! I have had so many set backs but even with those obstacles I can still do more push-ups on my toes compared to when I started. I can hike a ridiculously high mountain here in NC that I struggled with before. I have broken certain emotional ties with food and working on others. That to me is success! That is strength! And you my friends can do it too. You just have to want it πŸ’ž

For those of you that are ready to push forward, knock the high expectations to the curb and just do better than yesterday, let’s do this TOGETHER! Β I’m looking for 10 people to join myΒ next mentorship program ofΒ the Healthy Lifestyle Community. Β For those of you interested in learning more, apply HERE and I’ll be in touch!

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Motivation

Your Willpower Muscle

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Guess what?! Beachbody Coaches have trouble working out too 😯

I sat on the couch this morning drinking my pre-workout and the entire time was dreading my workout. I was tired, sore and just wasn’t feeling it. I thought…’I can do this later’ and ‘no one will know if I don’t do this’. BUT let’s face it….later would have come and I would have made another excuse (the second excuse is easier than the first). Someone would know if I didn’t workout….ME!

I have goals to reach. I have people depending on me (my team and clients). I downed the last of my pre-workout, got up, sucked it up and pushed play! 30 minutes later I’m DONE!

Now….it’s your turn! Get up, suck it up and push play πŸ’œ When you are done tell me what workout you did for accountability! Got it?

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Fitness, Motivation

How to Stay Motivated with Your Weight Loss Goals

Good Morning Everyone! Happy Friday πŸ™‚

I get asked a lot about how I have stayed focused on my weight loss goals and it comes down to 5 things. Take a watch at the following video to find out how by incorporating these 5 things, you will be able to reach your goals too!

Health and Fitness, Success

Perfect Chance for a New Start

New MonthNew WeekNew DayIt’s a new month, a new week, a new day and a Monday all rolled into once PERFECT day to begin any goal!

What goal do you have your sights on this month?

For me, it’s to continue with my cardio and lifting program, using my portion control containers daily to really dial into my nutrition and help as many people as I can begin or continue their fitness/health goals. To me, there is nothing better than surrounding yourself by other people who are on the same mission….becoming a healthier, stronger version of themsevles!

Have a great day everyone πŸ˜‰
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