The M in B.A.M. Logic!!! – Motivation Monday!

IMG_5120I look for motivation and inspiration in many different places.  After years of self-development, I have found what works best for me.  I constantly read and listen to things that are positive, encouraging, and practical.  Every morning when I’m getting ready for my day or driving to work, I will play a podcast or listen to a motivational piece or a story of some sort. When I have breaks during my schedule or while I am eating, I will read a few pages of a book. Even on my busiest weeks, I get micro sessions of time when I can just fill myself with uplifting and/ or inspiring content.  It’s not much but these tiny sessions add up.

The internet offers a seemingly endless supply of motivational resources.  Pinterest is a great place to browse for motivational qoutes or ideas, I do it frequently.  YouTube is a another good resource, all you do is type “motivation” in the search box and you will be blown away by all the impactful content.  Almost all social media platform can be used as a resource, you just need to know what you want to look for. What I usually do is follow or subscribe to the people, channels, pages or topics that “move” me.  I have listed a few of channels and / or people whom I follow / subscribe to :

  • Impact Theory
  • The School of Greatness
  • Tony Robbins
  • Jocko Willink
  • The Bible
  • Gary Vaynerchuck
  • Eric Thomas
  • Ray Lewis
  • Les Brown
  • Genius Mindset (YouTube Channel)
  • Be Inspired (YouTube Channel)
  • The Rock
  • Entreleadership – Dave Ramsey

justshowupThis list could just keep going but I think you get the idea.  There is so much great content out there you just need to be proactive and spend a little time searching.  I also want to encourage you to search outside of your box.  Hearing about motivation in different context will help to give you a deeper and richer understanding of what motivates you on a daily basis.  Opening yourself up to new sources will certainly get your motivational juices flowing.  For example Jocko Willink has a great and powerful YouTube piece https://youtu.be/eoXNmoTLS20 on SELF DISCIPLINE which is extremely motivating and thought provoking.  Jocko is a former navy seal, so he brings a much different perspective on the topic than someone like Tony Robbins.   Both men offer great information but approach the topic differently.  Check out both and see which you like better!

Lastly, you can follow all of my different social media…

Team KILLA’s Set #3 – The Fam-BAM!!!

IMG_5585How did my workouts and diet change my family life? 

I started my fitness journey a little later in life and started a family a lot earlier, so my life is a bit different than the lives of some women.  I live with my husband of 23 years and our adult son, so my time is more flexible than some wive’s and mother’s.  My schedule allows me to leave before work to train with Rob, and go for round two at the gym right after work.  This has actually encouraged my husband and son to increase the number of their workouts during the week. My husband and I work out at least twice a week together at the gym.  We kill some cardio and workout in the free weights section too!  The greatest thing has been that I am able to show him new workouts that he has never tried, like the TRX! I also really love it when my son asks for fitness or nutrition tips too!

IMG_6649My guys are pretty easy going  when it comes to meals.  My husband and son have very similar tastes in food, which are basically the complete opposite of mine.  I recently adapted to a mostly plant based diet.  I may be making tacos with soy crumbles and whole wheat tortillas while they are eating beef and regular flour tortillas, but we still cook and eat together as a family.  They are both very supportive of my fitness and nutrition goals and even help me find “vegan” options while we are at the store.

Since I started this fitness journey a year ago, my entire family has become more conscience of our health and nutrition choices.  We have all lost weight and increased our physical activity.  IMG_3450It’s wonderful to see how what started as a personal step has actually benefited my entire family.  We are all together on this journey and we are ALL IN! BAM!!! 

 

 

Who holds your feet to the fire?

IMG_5120.JPGNo man or woman is an island and no goal worth accomplishing will happen without the help of others.

If you are seeking a change or to develop a new habit, it would be extremely advantageous to find an Accountability Partner (AP).  We can accomplish difficult tasks and make huge leaps toward our goals using our personal fortitude and will power, but if you want to go the distance and do great things, then you must enlist the help of someone that will hold your feet to the fire!

Don’t make the mistake of over thinking the qualifications of your Accountability Partner.   IMG_6616The only real qualification needed is that your new partner will have your best interest at heart and that they’ll be brutally honest with you. Another thing to keep in mind — the accountability process / partnership will work best if you’re open and honest about what you are working on or need to work on.  Give your AP as much detail as possible and make yourself as vulnerable as you feel comfortable.  Your AP should be a “safe place” but a place where you will be challenged and stretched to move out of your comfort zone.

If you need some statistics to convince you that an AP is the way to go, The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found the following statistics:

The probability of completing a goal if:

  • You have an idea or a goal:  10%
  • You consciously decide you will do it:  25%
  • You decide when you will do it:  40%
  • You plan how  you will do it:  50%
  • You commit to someone you will do it:  65%
  • You have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to:  95%

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Remember, an accountability partner will be honest with you, won’t listen to your excuses, will give you honest feedback, will give you a motivational push when you need it, and will hold your feet to the fire when you want to give up!  So if it is in business, fitness, or just doing life better that you are now, seek someone that will hold you accountable and help you attack your goals.  BAM!!!

Fresno Fit Chef is Back for Set #2 — Sacrifice and Passion

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Fresno Fit Chef showing off her guns!

My first blog covered most of my backstory and why I chose to get a personal trainer. The more time that I work on myself and work with Coach Rob, the more I realize that I have truly found my passion in physical fitness.

After years of being toxic to myself by making poor nutrition and health decisions, I live the daily challenge to be the best and healthiest version of myself.  In the last three years, Rob has guided me from a depressed 324 pound woman to an athlete.  One of the things that has helped me commit to transforming my life and my body is my competitive nature and the need to be the best.

I spend so much time in the gym now that it is like a second job!  I am constantly trying to improve my fitness game so that I can meet my next goal. My next goal is a lofty one; but it is something that I know I will achieve with my own perseverance, dedication, and commitment to improving and working with my Coach!

MY GOAL:  By the time that I am 45, I will compete in fitness competitions! IMG_6599

My transformation is a conversation starter.  When I talk with people about the investment I have made in myself by paying for personal trainer and I suggest that they do the same, I am frequently met with opposition.  The normal argument is that they can’t afford it!  I think that is total crap! 

Everyone has financial struggles, bills to pay, unexpected expenses, and excuses for why we are content with living in a space that is unhealthy.  I never thought I would be able to afford a personal trainer!  IMG_6597When I first started with Robert three years ago, I was not in the position where I could take on this financial responsibility, but I also was not in the position where I could go even one more day ignoring my unhealthy body and aches and pains.  By sacrificing the little luxuries in my life, that I had convinced myself were necessities, I was able to scrape together enough to see Rob on a weekly basis.  Now, I have streamlined my frivolous spending and workout with Coach Rob several hours a week and we are hard charging toward my goal of competition!  IMG_6596

 

Food, Fitness, & the F-Word Set #2 — Accountability!

IMG_5599ACCOUNTABILITY!  WOW! Of course I get this question, when I have gained 9 pounds in the last 5-6 weeks!  “How do you hold yourself accountable? Do you have accountability partners?”

Accountability plays a huge role in the implementation of any plan.  It seems anywhere you turn, there are support groups, fitness trackers, and friends who can help to keep you focused on the temptation-filled path to success.  Lately, my path has been filled with  the temptations of Ampersand Ice Cream, inactivity, poor time management, and comfort food.  SO, I clearly needed to answer this question because I have not been holding myself accountable for a few weeks now.

The last few months have been crazy for me!  Job hunting, juggling some stressful things in my personal life, and insomnia have completely thrown me in to survival mode.  Let’s be REAL here.  I could have worked out my stress and frustration at the gym, but instead, I soothed my frustrations with the crutches to which I have always turned!

My accountability comes from the scale, my friends, or the Greatest Of All Time Trainer (GOATT) Coach Rob J.  I know I am not supposed to, but I weigh myself daily and it helps me to continue to making good decisions, or so I thought… As long as the number on the scale stays the same or goes down, I am happy.  AND since I just admitted I have gained a few pounds, I am not very happy with myself.  I learned decades ago to not obsess about what I weigh but — Let’s face it, the scale doesn’t lie.  IMG_5013

I am blessed to have amazing family and friends who are a great sources of motivation, mentorship, and accountability.  I spend time with friends who are active and open to meeting for coffee and a walk on a Saturday morning, meeting up at the gym, or available to talk me off a ledge when I really want to take a flying leap off of the healthy wagon.  The problem is, I have not been reaching out!

One thing about Coach Rob is that he gives me all of the tools to be successful and make our plan work.  Having him as a motivator and coach has proven to be invaluable, but he can’t workout for me, or keep me from making poor choices.  I clearly need to refocus!

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Example Text I sent COACH from VEGAS!

To be honest, in the beginning, there were more days I wanted to quit than I care to admit.  Due to my spine surgery and weight gain, I was in constant pain and could not keep my balance through even 10 lunges.  I started to hold myself accountable by sending Coach Rob text messages of my cardio and workouts, no matter where I was! I need to get back to this!!!

As of last week, I have gained 9 pounds and I can tell you exactly what I have been doing wrong.

  1. I made too many exceptions on my nutrition plan.
  2. I allowed my life to control my schedule instead of keeping my appointments with the elliptical at the gym.
  3. I stopped sending texts and consulting to my accountability partners.
  4. I started drinking a lot less water! 

SO NOW, I have to refocus and get back on my mission.  9 pounds can easily turn into 19 if I allow myself to settle in to a comfort zone.  Time to hit it again.  Stay tuned for my progress report!!!

 

 

Chef B-Rizzle Set #2 – Why a Trainer?

IMG_9105What made you decide to hire a personal trainer?
Since I have struggled with my weight most of my life, I have never been comfortable working out at public gyms.  Besides being self-conscious about working out in public,  I thought the personal attention of a trainer would help me to learn what I needed to change to be successful and build a healthier lifestyle.  The positive motivation, exercises, and nutrition coaching with Coach Rob are personally adapted for me.  Having a personal trainer has helped me to sustain long term progress, commitment to our plan, and it definitely helps knowing that I have an accountability partner!

At my heaviest my doctor told me I was over 100 pounds overweight and it clearly had a severe negative impact on my health. I had high blood pressure, vertigo, sleep apnea, and terrible migraine headaches.  Any one of these ailments would leave me debilitated anywhere from a few hours to several days. After trying multiple treatment plans, doctors, specialists, a briefcase full of medications, and seeking care at Stanford Medical Center, I realized I needed to invest in my health and completely overhaul my lifestyle. 

IMG_2543I was referred to Rob and after our first meeting, I knew he was a perfect fit! His calm, positive demeanor, and his ability to understand my apprehension about working out due to my health issues was key.  Approximately 5 years before I met Rob, I was successful in losing and maintaining a 90 pound weight loss, but as many of us do, I lost the weight the wrong way. Coach Rob took the time to explain a plan that would generate slow and steady progress.   The right way! 

IMG_5133To say my first day working out with Rob was a out of my comfort zone, is a total and complete understatement.   I was comfortable in the gym because I was the only one working out, but it had been so long since I worked out that I threw up at the end of my work out. Somehow, Rob put a positive spin on me puking my guts out and I have been showing up ever since!