Fitness Friday – Couples who Workout together “work out!”

IMG_0233With February being the month of love, I am sharing some of the physical and psychological benefits of working out with your partner.   It has been proven that exercising with your loved improves your relationship. The close proximity of using them as your workout partner, the support, and the encouragement will all help deepen and strengthen your emotional and physical connection.     

I have included a couple quick tips from me and a link to a great article from “Psychology Today” on the benefits of sweating in the gym with your love. 

My advice when working out together is simple.  Assess your partner’s needs and take turns planning / leading the workouts.  I’m not suggesting you become your partner’s personal trainer, instead, make sure that you are aware of their goals and how you can best support them in achieving these goals.  A general understanding of what you are both trying to achieve will dictate the exercises that you will do.  If goals are different (and they will probably be) just talk through what each of you envision for the workouts.  Think of this as a new topic of dinner conversation, a nice relaxed talk about why you’re both hitting the gym.

Planning a workout is important, so now that you know what each other is looking to work on, take turns leading your workouts.  I always cringe when LK wants to do planks, because she can plank like nobody’s business, but I do them!  For me this works out well, because I’m challenged to do something that I probably wouldn’t spend much time doing on my own.  This is a prime example of how your partner will benefit from focusing on something you choose versus what they are comfortable doing at the gym.  Remember, you need to try something different to get different results!

Apparently psychologists agree, here is that link again for the “Psychology Today” article.  LK and I spend a lot of time together in the gym and maintaining an active lifestyle.  We hike, lift weights, ride bikes, run, and even cook together.  I am no psychologist, but I will say, it’s workin’ for me and my LK!

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Get 5 Steps Aheads in 2018

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With the New Year fast approaching, I’m focused on next year’s goals, plans, and projects. I get pretty excited during this time of year because I do a lot of reflection and planning.  It’s one thing to plan and make goals, but it’s quite different when you’re taking action toward your goals and moving the needle.
In this blog, I want to share Five Steps that can help you accomplish your goals and get ahead in 2018!
  1. Consciousness: You need to become very clear about what you truly desire and what result you are working to achieve. You need to know precisely how you want to build your life, business, fitness regime, or whatever “thing” you are working toward.  Being present and aware of yourself will give you the opportunity to be honest about your current circumstances versus the ideal circumstances for your own success. When you are able to sit back and take stock in yourself, you will be able to see your strengths, weaknesses, and areas where you need to grow.
  2. Competence: You need to research, study your “craft,” and become an expert at what you do.  Simply stated, this is continuous learning and development.  Be intentional about what you are reading.  For example, if one of your areas of growth is communication, you should spend time reading and learning about how to become a better communicator.  Find was to continue to learn about your goals and grow your personal and professional skill set.focus
  3. Commitment: If you have a huge goal in mind, or you are raining your own personal bar to a whole new  level, you must also raise your commitment level.  This “project” is going to demand a much higher level of commitment, focus, and intention. In order to raise your commitment level, you may need to learn to say, “No.”  This doesn’t mean I’m suggesting you turn you back to Service, Giving, and Volunteering, it means, be more thoughtful to what you say “Yes.”  Always saying “Yes” can often leave you depleted, stressed, and worn out, with little energy left to work on your own big goals.  By focusing, becoming aware of your own growth needs, and more discerning with your time and energy, you can perform better for all of your key commitments. our-aim
  4. Coaching:  I can say so much about coaching because it is my life’s work. but I will keep this brief.  Coaching allows you to get immediate Feedback as you are taking action toward your goals. Feedback is so important and a key part in development. The feedback you receive from your Coach is designed to keep you on the right track while minimizing pitfalls and hiccups.  You can get hip, feedback, and advice from just about anywhere, just ask!  If there is someone that you know who is excelling in an area that you wish to, simply ask that person if you could meet for a conversation, get mentoring, or help you set a plan in motion.  Get feedback, then make strategic decisions!
  5. Congruence:  This is about how your thoughts, actions, and intentions need to align  and work together to achieve you final goal.  This is about operating as your authentic self.  Congruence is when you’re fully engaged and energetic in your day to day life.  This could also be seen as a Flow State, where everything just seems to be clicking.  When you choose to be You and then pursue the things in life that add value to the world, things began to flow.  Be Yourself and build a life around that!

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These  “Five Steps” all lead to Personal Growth. When someone decides to take action on their personal development it will have a positive impact on everything around them!

#MotivationMonday – School of GREATNESS

Greatness 3Lewis 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!  Greatness 2It’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

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“The School of Greatest” consistently offers inspiring information and can help you to to maintain that MILLION Dollar Word – MOTIVATION! Check it out and let me know what inspires you!!!

 

#TeamKilla Set #4 – #CoachRobJsTT

21032703_1817881674890521_3711140115890992152_nFrom Coach Rob J – Steph is committed to being her best and this is how she and I went about transforming her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year.  It hasn’t always been easy; there have been tears, yelling, and a lot of pain to get her here.  We were and continue to be on a shared mission. Keep it up Killa! BAM!!!

It’s all about consistency and discipline. The motivation isn’t always there, so many days I force myself to workout, eat right, drink water, go to bed, etc…even if it’s not what I WANT to do that day.   I literally do not allow “excuses” in my life anymore.  Rob said something when I first began doing bootcamp and it has stuck with me for years, “don’t think, just move.”  I repeat this at least 5 times a day to remind myself to do what it takes.  The physical results are of course, fantastic!  Who doesn’t love to be able to wear whatever you want? 20841008_1810494048962617_7664280172392577460_nThe mental and emotional results are the real rewards.

To be able to pick up that heavy weight, go that extra 10 minutes, workout 5-7 times a week, that is mentally strengthening.  I LOVE waking up sore.  It’s a physical reminder that I put in the work, I gave my best, I did what I said I was going to do.  The best part of all of this, however, is when people tell me because of my example, they have started making changes in their own life.  THAT motivates me to lead by example every single day. 

20117044_1772344069444282_8322371101545401641_oI don’t consider the time I put into working out, or the food I no longer eat to be “sacrifices.”  Sacrifices are when you give up something valuable for something else.  I gave up things that did not bring value to my life.  Working out and eating healthy have added value to my life.  I don’t miss the old habits at all.  I don’t miss rewarding myself with food and alcohol.  I don’t miss dreading getting dressed for work every morning, I don’t miss feeling sluggish and tired.

20989046_1815588758453146_6440877220144770709_oFrom a size 14 to a 2 may just be numbers to most; for me, it has been a true transformation. Not just a physical one, but more importantly, a mental one.  I got rid of the baggage, and for the first time in my life, I am genuinely happy and strong.

Share your transformation! Hashtag #CoachRobJsTT!   You could inspire someone like Steph aka #TeamKilla has inspired so many of her friends, family, and co-workers!  This lady ROCKS every workout! BAM!!! 

 

Easy Access to Eating Healthy

Changing your eating habits is a process, it is not something that happens overnight. In the age of the Internet and apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and the Food Network, there is no reason why you can’t find healthy recipes that fit your tastes and dietary needs.

Food Journal VeggieAs a trainer, I recommend that you begin a new eating regimen by first understanding what types of foods you are currently consuming by creating a food journal, even if it just for a week or two.  This article from Redbook Magazine offers a list of the best food journaling apps on the market 18 Best Food Tracker Apps of 2017

  • What are you eating?
  • Why are you eating?
  • When are you eating?
  • How much water are you drinking?
  • How many of your calories are from drinks other than water? Coffee? Soda?
  • How many calories are you consuming?

water-1When you have a handle on what you are consuming, educate yourself on what you should be consuming.  You can consult with a nutritionist, a healthcare professional, or a personal trainer like myself that is educated in the types of nutrition necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.

  • What should you be eating? Carbs? Proteins?
  • When should you be consuming your calories?
  • How much water should you be drinking?
  • How many calories are you burning?
  • How many calories should you be consuming?

When you have a better idea of what you should be doing, start by making a few changes every week and ease yourself into a new lifestyle.  BuzzFeed has a GREAT list of tricks to help you baby step your way into new eating habits.   Remember, changing your eating habits is not about self-deprivation, it is about living healthier.

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!!!