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3 Top Tips to Get YOUR Workout In..

SECRETOf course there are going to be days when you don’t feel like working out.  I LOVE fitness and I even have bad days.  I have come up with three ways to commit to working out when these times occur.

Tip #1:

Put your workout clothes on.  Sounds so simple right?  How many of you stay in pj’s longer than you should on the weekends or get home during the week and go right back into your pj’s?  I have done it.  What I have found is that I’m more committed to getting my workouts in if I have the clothes on to remind me.  So…on the weekends, as soon as I wake up I put on my workout clothes.  During the week, I come home from work and again, put my workout clothes on.  It puts me in the right mindset to make it happen.

Tip #2:

Schedule it.  I know that you probably have heard of this before but it REALLY does work.  I absolutely LOVE Google Calendar and schedule my life on it which even includes my workout time.  Think of your workouts as a hair appointment, a dentist appointment or a lunch date with a friend and you WON’T miss it!  You can also set an alarm on your phone reminding you when it’s that time.

Tip #3:

This is my favorite tip of all because it not only helps you but can also help someone else.  Get a workout buddy.  Not just any workout buddy and I don’t even mean someone to workout with, although that does help.  This workout buddy is going to be your SUCCESS PARTNER!  When you are having a bad day and working out is the last thing you want to do, I want you to call this person.  Tell them you are having a horrible day and don’t feel like working out but you know that you have to.  Commit a workout time to this person and ask them to call you back an hour later to check in.  When they do, be honest and tell them if you worked out.  If you didn’t, then you get off the phone and workout RIGHT THEN!  They are going to call you back in another hour to follow up and you don’t want to disappoint them two times in a row….right?!

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Becoming a Turbo Kick Instructor

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Happy Saturday everyone! If you follow me regularly you know that I am a goal setter. One of my goals for 2014 was to become a Turbo Kick instructor. The time has finally come!! There is a certification class in Charlotte, NC on January 25th and I have claimed my spot 🙂 I cannot begin to tell you how excited and nervous I am. This is definitely out of my comfort zone…putting myself out there and be vulnerable. I was scared to sign up at first because what if I don’t pass the test? What if I go and I make a fool out of myself? But then I realized I cannot live my life according to what I’m scared of. I need to put my ‘big girl panties’ on and step up my game in order to reach my dreams, right? I also started telling myself each day while I’m studying that not passing isn’t an option. That I will go, have fun, meet new people, build new relationships and ultimately PASS!

You see, I’m also a true believer that what happens in life is a direct reflection as to how we think. The more we see ourselves doing something and believe in that action that we will start making decisions that will help us meet our goal.

I will definitely keep you posted on this and share this experience with you in the days to come. Have a wonderful day and remember to get active!

-Jennifer

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Truth

{TRUTH TIME}

I get that I can only provide people with possible solutions to better their health and to be there for when THEY are ready to commit. I can’t do the work for them, only they know if now is the RIGHT time.

For those of you who are ready, and I mean SERIOUSLY ready to make 2014 your BEST year, keep reading.

I have made the CHOICE to set high goals this next year. I have big dreams and honestly, I’m tired of them being dreams. I’m going to turn them into MY reality. Here are a couple of my goals:

1) Marry my love in June 2014
2) Lose 50 pounds in 2014…Like I said I have BIG goals.
3) Have my personal training certification completed by the end of April 2014
4) Be a Turbo Kick instructor by the end of January 2014
5) Become a Diamond coach in my fitness business in 2014

and last but not least…..Make myself available to others daily, even more so than in the past to help THEM achieve their goals!

WHY? Because I know that it can be done! If you are determined, dedicated and true to what you REALLY want out of life then LET’S DO THIS! I don’t know about you but >>>This girl<<<< is tired of going through the motions of daily life. I want to have the life that I know I’m capable of having and by setting goals and daily to-do lists to help me get there…I know that I WILL!

So, now it’s your turn…..are you going to make resolutions on January 1 and then forget them before February even comes around OR are you going to join me in making the CHOICE to be a better you, work HARD, and achieve greatness?

The CHOICE is yours….

 Jen

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2014 Is YOUR Year!

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We all make the same resolution each year….to lose weight.  There is a little more than 3 weeks until we again decide that we want to lose weight and focus on becoming healthy.  How many people actually keep that goal past January?  I’m going to say not very many.  Well, I’m here to help.

I will be hosting an online event where we will be doing the same workouts, using the same meal guide, and supporting each other during the process via an online discussion forum.  This group is for those READY & SERIOUS to commit to the Program! Those who want MEGA results & are READY to work for them! WE DO THIS TOGETHER!

I’m also throwing in a FREE gift once you complete the program!  Click HERE to visit the site for the complete run down.  You can also email me at HealthyLifestyleJrny@gmail.com

What are you waiting for?  Start achieving the body and health you have always wanted.

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CrossFit – WOD Talk

#Truth

It finally happened.  I broke down for a minute at the box during my workout and then again afterwards and yet again when I got home.  It was brutal, I was pissed at myself and I started to doubt.  The WOD….was Filthy 50.  The workout consisted of this:

  • 50 Box Jumps (I did step ups)
  • 50 Jumping Pull Ups
  • 50 Kettlebell Swings
  • 50 Walking Lunges
  • 50 Knee to Elbows
  • 50 Push Press with 35 pound bar
  • 50 Back Extensions
  • 50 Wall Balls
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Double Unders (I did singles which meant I had to do 150)

My time was about 40 minutes which I’m totally fine with.  You may ask, ‘OK, why did you have a melt down?”  Well allow me to walk you through my night.

I was feeling OK during the box jumps, jumping pull ups, kettlebell swings and walking lunges.  Once it was time to do the knee to elbows was when my emotions started to take over.  I was swinging too much during the pull ups so my coach had me alter them by using a box to assist.  I would hang from the bar, pull my knees as high as I could get them and tap my toes on the box and repeat.  This allowed me to have more focus on my lower abs which I am feeling today!  Hanging from that pull up bar was killing my palms to the point they felt like they were on fire.  I kept pushing though and finished all 50.  Next, was the push press which I started out OK with but good Lord doing 50 of those suckers really sucked!  I have a tendency to not explode enough from my hips and use my arms too much so that is definitely something that I need to work on.

By the time I got to the back extensions I was spent and was honestly ready to toss in the towel.  I buried my head into my hands and started to cry.  I did not see this coming…I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I had to let them out.  My coach came over to me and whispered in my ear ‘those aren’t back extensions’….I looked at him and it dawned on him that I was upset.  I explained how recently I have been feeling like instead of getting better, I’m actually getting worse.  He assured me that I wasn’t and that this is a very difficult WOD.  He encouraged me to get back at it so I listened.  I finished the back extensions, walls balls, burpees without complaining.

The last and final component of this WOD was the 50 doubles.  Like I said, I do singles so I did my 50.  I another member of the box saw that I was about ready to fall over so started to cheer me on. I said ‘I got my 50.’  He replied with ‘OK, you only have 100 more.’ I said ‘uh?’  He explained that since I was doing singles I had to do 150….I was so taken back with this that I yelled ‘OH F**K NO!’.  Everyone in the box started laughing which made me laugh but deep inside I wanted to cry and just let this WOD defeat me.  Instead they cheered me on, a fellow member counted for me and I pumped them out.  I then sat on a box and cried yet again.

You have to realize, that all of this crying was not planned and was pissing me off on top of everything else I was feeling.  I’m a tough girl when it comes to my fitness and I push through because I WANT those results that I’m after.  But last night, I kept having this mental block and kept thinking I’m not where I want to be.  I allowed myself to have my 5 minute pity party, then I put my ‘big girl panties’ back on and decided this: No matter where we are in our fitness journey, we started it.  No matter how long it takes us to our goal, each day we workout and make smart eating choices we are one step closer to reaching that goal.  It doesn’t matter if you have a workout partner, does it make it easier? Sure, but they can’t do the work for us.  Ultimately it’s up to us to determine if we are going to let our emotions tell us what we can’t do.

I don’t know about you but I REFUSE to give in and give up on my dream.  This was a ‘bump’ in the road that I had to get over and I’m sure there will be a lot more.  I also know that I’m smaller and stronger from when I started so I am closer to my goal.  My question for you is this….are you going to wait until you have a partner, the New Year or until you have the money to start your fitness journey.  If you want it bad enough, you WILL find a way to make it happen and you WILL achieve greatness. I PROMISE YOU!  Start today and start making your dream a reality.

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BLACK FRIDAY SAVINGS!

{HUGE SAVINGS}

Many of us will be taking advantage of great deals today either online or at stores to get our Christmas shopping done.  Should you have friends or family members in your life that LOVE fitness then here’s a great chance for you to give them the perfect gift!  I have so many great products at such a HUGE deal that now’s the perfect chance to take snag them up.  You may even find something for your self 🙂

Start shopping at http://www.beachbodycoach.com/HealthyJrny

Black Friday 2013 Deals

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CrossFit – MURPH

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On Monday, November 11, 2013 I completed a  CrossFit hero #WOD (Workout of the day) known as ‘MURPH’.  Usually it is common for CrossFit boxes to do this workout on Memorial Day however with this past Monday being Veteran’s Day my box decided to honor those who have served our country with this brutal workout.

The workout itself is:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

The pull ups, push ups and air squats can be broken down into rounds however a 1 mile run needs to start and finish the workout.  A friend of mine suggested doing 20 rounds of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups and 15 air squats.

I got to the gym right on time and completed a quick warm up that consisted of rowing.  My coach announced that we did have the option to do a half Murph which would have been .5 mile, 50 pull ups, 100 push ups, 150 air squats and .5 mile run.  If you know me at all, when it comes to working out I enjoy the challenge and pushing myself to the limit.  My friend and I decided to stick to the entire program.

I headed out for my first mile and took it easy.  The area we ran was pretty flat and wasn’t too bad.  It got me pumped up for what was coming next.  I took my friends advice and broke my pull ups, push ups and air squats into 20 rounds.  I’m not going to lie…when I was half way through the thought did go through my mind of just doing a half.  I mean I was tired, my arms and legs hurt and there were times I thought that I was going to be sick.  At the half way point, I swished my mouth with some water and came to the conclusion that I was going to push through that mental block and finish this workout.  When I completed my last round and was ready to hit my last mile, my coach advised me to run/walk this last mile.  When I started to run and my legs felt like complete Jell-O I decided to follow his advice.  By the last half mile I was on my way back to the building and could see the lights of the gym.  It was truly the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.  I gave it all I had and sprinted until I was back in the gym and fell on the mat and crashed.  I laid there with my eyes shut and this feeling of gratification that I completed one of the hardest work outs I have done to this point in my short CrossFit experience.  I couldn’t have been more proud of myself.  I finished the entire working in one hour and eighteen minutes.

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