One of the keys to success is consistency, but as we all learn at one time or another, maintaining motivation and staying focused on a goal can be difficult. I seek motivation of all types, but my most rewarding source of motivation is from my clients.
I can preach the benefits of BAM Logic!, but unless someone is willing to put in the work and take responsibility for his/her own motivation and plan, we are limited as to the results we can achieve. The dedication and drive I see in both my individual clients and my boot campers keeps me going and challenges me to always keep things interesting. Life happens, injuries happen, and yet my guys and ladies show up and give whatever their 100% is for that day. You have to show up.
The common denominator of my sources of motivation, they are all self-made success stories with humble beginnings. THE ROCK, has worked tirelessly to achieve the level of success he is experiencing; Tony Robbins, grew up in an abusive and impoverished home; and Les Brown started his life by being born on the floor of a building. All of the people with whom I work are inspirational in their own way. Each client is overcoming something and working toward his/her own goal. They show up, they follow their program, and when they get off track, they refocus and start again. There many clichés and quotes people use, but the bottom line is, success comes to those who work for it!
With Halloweenaround the corner there are sweet treats up for grabs every where! I thought I would take a minute and share some calorie counts and offer a bit of education on how to offset this season’s indulgences.
In our society, holidays and celebrations are synonymous with food. Make sure that you educate yourself on the amount of calories you could be mindlessly eating as you walk by the candy bowl at work or dip into your children’s Halloween treasures. Below, is a chart to give you an idea of what it will take to burn off this MINI-SIZED Fun Treats!
As with any health plan, complete deprivation will set you up for failure. A term I frequently remind my clients of is, “everything in moderation.” I do not recommend that anyone completely forego sweet treats, IF they want to indulge. It is not realistic to expect to sustain a lifestyle change without participating in days of celebration. Whether it is Halloween candy, the office birthday cake, or the upcoming holiday season, don’t allow an exception to your daily eating plan to derail your fitness journey.
IF you choose to eat the treats, be ready to do the work! BAM!!!
There are people who can work out every day at home and make great strides in their health and wellness. After I had my third child, I was one of those people. I was 215 pounds and dedicated myself to doing Insanity at home and lost 60 pounds on my own. Losing 60 pounds on my own was a huge accomplishment.
As we know, sometimes life gets in the way and during a really stressful time in my personal life and dealing with health issues in my family, I gained 30 of the 60 pounds back. I knew that I needed something different and someone to hold me accountable. Last December, I started regularly attending Coach Rob’s bootcamp and although I was getting in my workouts, I did not lose a pound from December of 2016 to February of 2017. I was frustrated!
March first of this year, I started one on one personal training with Rob. This was my LAST DITCH EFFORT. If this didn’t work, I was going to throw in the towel and just live my life. I needed accountability. I needed someone asking the important questions everyday. How’s eating going? How’s today going? How’s the body feeling? Once I started working out with weights and Rob, I dropped 5-6 pounds a week.
I am one of those people who is motivated by seeing the sun go down. After being 215 pounds after my third baby, I am now 142 and have incorporated running, multiple bootcamps, working out with Rob, and somedays, I even do INSANITY at home. On Labor Day weekend, I went to the 5:30 am bootcamp and stayed for 4 back to back sessions, I pushed myself! BUT!!! Rob pushes me. Rob motivates me. He encourages me to grab heavier weights, holds me accountable, and is always asking me how many miles I ran over the weekend.
In 2016, I decided to run more than I have ever run, a half marathon, all by myself. At the end of the Two Cities Marathon, I didn’t have a great time, but I finished and was alive! My average was 14 minutes a mile 2016 and now, I average 11:35 minutes a mile. I am excited to run this year’s marathon and see how far and how fast I have come to my next big finish!
It seems that once September first hits, people start drinking “Fall Favorites”and seldom think twice about taking the calorie hit. Since the introduction of the “Pumpkin Spice Latte”(click link for calorie information) over 14 years ago, Starbucks has sold over 350 million of them. Indulging in Pumpkin Spice Lattes, aka PSL, and other fall treats can have a negative effect on any eating plan. With the average woman needing to follow a 1,500 calorie diet to lose weight, and a man needing to follow a 2,000 calorie diet, using 380-500 of your daily allowance for a morning coffee is not a wise nutrition choice.
I have included a couple of links to help educate you on just how many calories a person can mindlessly ingest in a day. This first article offers a good overview of how cutting liquid calories can have a positive result on your weight loss. Stealth Assault on Health: Beverages Pack Calorie Punch. Another resource, published in 2015, by the Center for Disease Control, titled “Rethink Your Drink,” offers a comprehensive list of calorie comparisons for popular beverages. So the next time you are thirsty, make sure you count those calories, because they really add up! Just drink water – BAM!!!
This incredible man was born on the floor of an abandoned building and given up for adoption at 3 weeks old and found a home with a single mother who believed in him. The importance of her entrance into his life, Brown concludes, was immeasurable. “Everything I am and everything I have I owe to my mother,” he told Rachel L. Jones of the Detroit Free Press. “Her strength and character are my greatest inspiration, always have been and always will be.” (http://biography.yourdictionary.com/les-brown). Mr. Brown has gone from being born on a floor and sleeping on the floor of his office while he was homeless, all the way to lifting himself and millions of others off of the floor.
In my business I meet with people of all shapes and sizes who are all at different levels of fitness. A new client’s physical ability, exposure to physical fitness, and health has a direct impact on how our first training session will go. Have they ever work out before? Are they familiar with gym equipment? Are they dealing with any medical or health issues? Is the client looking to lose weight? Is the client looking to be a bodybuilder? Are they just looking for a new form of exercise? After you Take that FIRST STEP! we need to determine our common mission and our plan of attack!
Now that we have discussed your personal history, goals, and any health limitations, we need to plan our attack on this new mission together. I use our first workout to “test drive” my client’s body and assess your capability to move through an exercise session. I do this by gauging how well you can perform the following moves Squats, Hinges, Push, Pull, and a Plank.
These movements are the foundation to the body, therefore, any weakness or limitation in these areas will give me tremendous insight as to where we need to start. Everyone walks into my gym with their own goal in mind and these basic exercises are the best way for me to evaluate your current level of physical fitness and how to help you to achieve your mission.
Once we learn your body’s strengths and weaknesses, we need to document your starting point. We will take several photos to we can chronicle your transformation; a frontal view, a back view, and one for each side, profile view. It has been proven that when clients are able to visibly confirm their progress, they are more motivated to continue their fitness journey and often times increase their efforts.
This is your journey and I am here to educate you, cheer you on, push you, and help you! We are on a mission TOGETHER! BAM!!!
Lewis Howes, the man behind “The School of Greatness,” has overcome everything from sexual abuse and being bullied, to a career ending injury and suicidal thoughts. When he began questioning his worth after he lost his career in sports, he turned his focus to education, personal development, and investing in himself and others. He has become a New York Times best-selling author, an advisor to billion dollar companies, and has one of the TOP 100 Podcasts on iTunes!
“Always remember you were born for a reason, a purpose and something bigger than yourself. But YOU have to activate this calling; no one is going to turn it on for you! It’s Your Responsibility to build yourself into the person who can live a great life. No one is going to give you the power to develop your mental strength, emotional intelligence and physical health to have the life you want. That’s between you and you!” Lewis Howes