Ultimate Reset Final Results {Cleanse Supplements Weight Loss Nutrition Whole Foods}

Woot! I did it! Did you hear that? I DID IT! I have a really hard time sticking to things, I get bored and like to hop around. So the thought of spending money to NOT be able to eat any of the foods I love…well, let’s just say it’s no wonder it took me almost two years to decide to do this thing.

But…I did it! Yesterday was day 21 of my Ultimate Reset  , and I can honestly say I gave it everything I had! Does that mean I was perfect? Heck no! Did I cheat on my nutrition? Heck yes! But for the most part, I was pretty disciplined (a lot more than I’m used to, that’s for sure), and I got the results to prove it.

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So…you wanna hear how I did? 🙂

Energy

Before the Reset, I was SO tired all the time! It didn’t matter how much sleep I got, I couldn’t drag my butt out of  bed and I could hardly keep my eyes open after 3 pm. I was having frequent power naps in the afternoon because I just couldn’t stay awake. It was awful!

As with most cleanses, the instructions for the Reset warn you that you may feel more tired than usual during the first or second week. Considering the state I was in before I started, I was prepared for two weeks of being absolutely

To my surprise…my energy was through the ROOF! Almost within the first 24 hours my energy levels were improving, and they continued to improve throughout the entire program. There were a few sleepy days, but those usually followed a later-than-normal bedtime. It felt SO good to finally be able to function normally!

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Complexion

For about three months before the Reset, I was dealing with the WORST case of teenage-style breakouts. GROSS! I am well into my 30s, I should NOT have to put up with zits! It was SO frustrating! One of the possible side-effects of the Reset is a major breakout, due to the toxins being released from your body. I was more than a little nervous! Before the first week was halfway over, my skin was clearing up, and I hadn’t had ANY new breakouts. CRAZY! I had one minor breakout at the beginning of week 3, but it was gone in a day and my skin has been clear since.

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Cravings

Before I started, I was not only craving the crap NON-stop, but I was NOT liking the idea of any of the healthy stuff I needed. Vegetables were grossing me out, and most of the time I wasn’t even hungry. Unless there was cake. Or brownies. Or ice cream. Now THOSE made my tummy rumble! But put a plate of yummy salad in front of me and I would almost have to hold back the gag reflex. Not exactly ideal when you have to feed a family of 6 and preferably, feed them healthy.

I won’t lie and tell you I didn’t get tired of vegetables even during the Reset. After three weeks of 80% vegetables, I think most people would struggle. But, I can say that I am back to loving my veggies and getting hungry at all the right times again. If I’m hungry, it’s because it’s mealtime, not because there’s a cake in the house. And I found some AWESOME new recipes in the process that will be a regular addition to our menu. Sweet potato nachos are bomb, and this quinoa salad is so yummy and versatile!

 

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Discipline

Have I mentioned how hard it is for me to stick to something? For real, I have always struggled to follow-through with something I’ve committed to doing, so the idea of committing to 21 days of healthy eating and supplements…well, let’s just say I was skeptical.

There were certainly days where I caved and added some chicken to my vegetarian meal, or sneaked a few licks of my toddler’s ice cream cone (cause it was melting, of course!), but for the most part, I was able to restrain myself and discipline myself like I’ve never done before. And bonus? I don’t even really WANT to go hog wild now that the Reset is over. I’m pretty content to allow myself a small treat here and there, but I don’t feel like I need to get in the kitchen and bake up a huge batch of brownies.

So, there you have it…that’s my results from the Ultimate Reset. All in all, I would say it was well-worth the investment AND the efforts, because I’m feeling better than I have in months! Thanks for stopping by to check out my results! Feel free to share this with anyone who is considering a cleanse system of any kind. Many of the “easy” cleanses out there (juice, anyone?) can do more harm than good, because you’re not providing your body with the most essential nutrients. Ultimate Reset takes care of you by providing all natural supplements to support your body while ridding it of toxins, so you’re not doing more damage. So if you, or someone you know, is considering a cleanse, shoot me an email at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com and we can talk in more detail about the Reset.

Kandice

 

What’s that? You wanted MORE? Oh, you wanted to hear if I lost any weight? Shoot, I forgot that part. 😉 Let me just say that being a Fit-Minded Mama is about FAR more than the number on the scale. Being fit is a journey, and it’s a feeling. It’s not an image. Yes, I want to lose weight, and yes, I want to look amazing. BUT, it is far more important to FEEL amazing and be able to keep up with my kids on all our summer adventures. It’s priceless to have the knowledge that I can do hard things and that I CAN complete something I’ve set out to do. So while weight loss is exciting and super cool…it’s not the whole picture.

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That being said…I did lose a LITTLE weight. Not a ton, mind you, but enough to make me happy. Who wouldn’t be pretty pleased to lose eleven pounds in twenty-one days? 🙂

If you would like to know more about the Ultimate Reset, or you would like to make ME your free coach so we can work on your health and fitness goals, just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

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Ultimate Reset Week 2 Review {Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Review}

Well, week two is DONE! I am freaking PROUD of all that I accomplished this week. I managed to survive a camping trip. I don’t know about you, but camping is synonymous with s’mores, licorice, candy, chips, cookies, and any number of other treats/snacks that are definitely NOT allowed. My mom and I planned all our meals around what we could eat and it worked out great! I even managed to avoid having even a single lick of my kids’ square ice cream cones!

Success? I think so.

I even survived the end-of-soccer pizza party last night, to which my boys convinced me to bring dessert pizza for the treat. OREO and COOKIE DOUGH dessert pizza from our favorite pizza buffet. That was a pretty big test!

But… I did it! Not a single bite.

And you know what? I wasn’t even all that interested!

So, here’s a quick-ish, rambling, probably a little annoying, video, reviewing my week and talking about my plans for after the Reset is done. In ONE WEEK! Check it out!

 

So, there you have it! Week 2 is done, now on to week 3 and completion of one of the HARDEST things I’ve ever done! What’s the hardest thing YOU have done lately?

Kandice

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Ultimate Reset – Week 1 Progress {Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Progress Transformation Results}

So, I mentioned it in my post yesterday, but wanted to elaborate a bit more. I’m doing a 21 day cleanse called the Ultimate Reset. Might just be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But, it’s working! I feel so freaking good I can’t hardly believe it!

Today is day 8, so the start of week 2. I wanted to give a little more info about what I’m doing, and share my results. Check out my vid, cause that’s a whole lot easier than typing it all. 😀

Crazy, right? SIX pounds! I’m so dang excited to see what this next week brings that it’s making it a ton easier to be good. Today is the first day I haven’t had an afternoon snack (which is optional) the whole time!

And because I promised…here are my before/progress pics. This is just right before I started and today. I can’t tell you how hard it is to share that first pic. First of all….gross! Those shorts are nasty. 😛 I do NOT have a booty-short-body yet. BUT, it shows my shape well and helps me to see the progress. Still have a ways to go, but I’m happy to see the muffin top disappearing!

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All in all, I’m pretty happy with my results so far. It’s a dang good thing, cause I’d probably quit otherwise. 😛 I don’t know about you, but I need RESULTS to keep going! Stay tuned for more results as the time goes on. Two more weeks to go and I’m done with this and hopefully back to healthy habits that will get me through all the crazy summer food! Thanks for stopping by!

Kandice

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If I Can Do This….So Can You!

I’ve had a lot of people asking me lately why I closed my photography business in favor of this new life as a coach. And even more people who consider the option of becoming a coach themselves, only to say, “No, that would never work for me like it has for you. I’m just not that into fitness.”

Um…no. It’s not like that.

I’m not the crazy, athletic, super fit girl you remember from high school. I’m the girl no one remembers because she always had her nose in a book, because she turned down the head coach on his offer to join the girls’ basketball team  (because I was tall) in favor of…well…laziness.

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And yes, it was more than laziness…I am SO shy. Most people who know me don’t believe it, but I’ve come a long way from where I was in high school and shortly after. And I still have a lot of anxiety over new places, new experience, and new people. I remember when I was a kid, I had pretty well determined that I was not ever going to college, that it just wasn’t something I wanted. Because I was TERRIFIED of doing something I’d never done before. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom…because I was too scared at the thought of getting a job.

Here’s something vulnerable…but maybe it will prove just how timid I really am (or was). In 3rd grade I was given the opportunity to participate in a week-long cheer camp, offered by the high school cheer team. I was SO excited about it, but SO terrified. TERRIFIED. So terrified, in fact….that I wet my pants right in the middle of the first class.

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Enter: Adulthood. I chose to enter adulthood cold-turkey and got married just three months after my high school graduation. It’s not something I would ever recommend to any other teenager, because it was HARD and I missed out on a lot of growing experiences.

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But it’s also not something I regret, because it was right for me. How do I know? Because we’re still happily married almost 14 years and 4 kids later. It was the right choice for us at the time.

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But it was hard! We stayed close to home, but even still…I stopped going to church (I was VERY active in my church and it killed me slowly to stop going.) just because I was terrified to go to a new ward for the first time in my life by myself (my husband was not active at the time). For two years I was inactive because of that fear. Ridiculous, really.

Then we did something that would change me forever. We moved away. I did NOT want to do that. I did not want to leave the security of our hometown, our families, and everything we had known our whole lives. But it was necessary for my husband to get the best education in his chosen field…so move we did. Luckily, we moved to the same area my husband’s older sister lived in with her family, so I clung to them like white on rice. Melodie helped me so much with that transition, and I’ll always be grateful for that.

Slowly, over the 2.5 years we lived there, I was able to come out of my shell. Slowly. But it helped me to become independent of my parents, which has helped me in many ways to be a stronger individual. And it helped us grow closer together as a couple, which is probably a big factor in our happiness today.

I didn’t completely overcome my trepidation during our time away, however. As soon as my husband graduated college, I begged and pleaded until he chose a job close to home, despite the major decrease in income and the need to sell our first home.

We moved back, and over the first few years I came to realize just how much I had changed. I didn’t really NEED to be with our families as much. I could feel that independence I had gained taking over. We chose to live 30 minutes away from our families, and it was the perfect combination of independence and closeness. Now we can enjoy a close relationship with our  family while still being our own family unit.

Still, even with all these advancements in my own confidence, I was still terrified at the thought of new places and experiences. I was literally sick to my stomach the first day I had to attend college courses on campus. I was 25 years old and had two children, but I was terrified to the point of being ill. And it was like that EVERY semester when I started new classes.


Okay, so what does all this have to do with coaching? Just this: If I can do it…you can do it.

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Seriously. Did you read all that ridiculous FEAR that I blabbed up there?? I was and still am terrified by new places and experiences. I still  hate talking on the telephone because I never know if I’m interrupting something or who’s going to answer, etc. I’ve come a long way toward being more confident…but that fear still remains when I encounter the need to do something new.

So, want the nitty gritty details of why coaching can be possible for anyone, including a timid introvert like me?

What can it do for me? 

There are three main areas of “influence” to coaching…at least, that’s what we’ll call it for the purpose of this discussion.

First, personal development and growth. I know…it sounds hokey. I was one who would be handed one of those “self-help” books and think it was for the hippies. SO weird, no thanks. But, as part of our training and growth in this business, we are encouraged to read at least 10 pages in a personal development book each day. For most of us, once we get started it turns into an hour or more a day because we love it so much.

The result? You learn a great deal about yourself, your areas of strength and weakness and how to improve in both. You learn how to deal with other people in a more friendly, positive way, irregardless of their behavior toward you. You learn how to take charge of your life and your destiny (yes, one of those hokey words) and choose what is in your future rather than just letting it happen. In short, you get put back in the driver’s seat of your own life. It is an incredible, empowering experience, and one that I would recommend to anyone…coach or not.

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Second, there is a huge personal accountability that comes with this business. When you are helping other people with their health and fitness goals, you can’t NOT keep up with your own. You can’t surround yourself daily with people who are striving to lose weight, tone up, and be healthy, without having it influence you for the better. I never would have lost as much weight as I have or stuck with any of my own programs without this accountability aspect.

And third, of course, are the financial benefits. This is the part most people want to know about right from the first. They want to know how much money they will make. Well…it’s not like that. It’s not a JOB where you are given a salary or hourly wage and you always know how much is coming to you. This is a business, and it’s going to be different  for everyone. For some, they jump in with both feet and take off from the first, and their income shows it. Others are less consistent, more hesitant to trust it or really give it their all…and their income shows it. This really is a case of “You get what you give.”

That being said, I can tell you that I have replaced the income I was earning as a photographer. I built my photography business over a period of more than 3 years. I’ve only been a coach for one year.


That’s it in a nutshell. That’s my PROOF that you can do this. I don’t CARE what your personal weaknesses are. I guarantee there’s another successful coach somewhere in our organization who has dealt with something similar and overcome it. The point is that this business offers a new life, it offers hope for those dreams you gave up on long ago. It offers an opportunity for you to change who you are and become something you CHOOSE to become, rather than just letting life happen.

If I can do this. . . so can you.

If you would like to learn more about coaching, head over and fill out this quick form so I can get to know YOU a little better. I’ll get in touch ASAP and take the time to answer all of YOUR questions! This is not a journey you will ever have to take alone!

I DARE you to consider this. I dare you to dream a little more than you have in years. I dare you to believe that there is something incredible in your future.

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An Uphill Battle

I try to spend some time on Sunday mornings looking for inspiration of a different nature. Rather than searching for quotes to help us succeed in business or fitness, I search for the things that really speak to my spirit.

I found this quote first thing this morning, and I’ll be honest. At first, I just liked it because of the way it was presented. Someone had created a pretty printable and it drew my attention enough to read the quote. I started to work on a new printable of my own, but quickly became sidetracked with my family’s needs.

After a rough few minutes arguing with my daughter, I was overwhelmed by a very sudden and very strong feeling of despair. This is SO unusual for me. I started this day in good spirits. I’ve had an amazing weekend with a lot of success in my business and a great evening with the family last night. I have absolutely nothing to sad about. But I was so suddenly and completely consumed by thoughts of failure that I broke down standing in the kitchen over french toast. I’m not a good mom. I’m a terrible housekeeper. I can’t take care of the house I have, why should I think it’s possible to get a newer, nicer house? My business is a flop, I can’t gain any ground. I’ll never reach the goals I’ve set for myself. I’m just setting myself up for failure.

Etc etc. Ouch. No wonder I broke down. I quickly turned breakfast over to my husband and left for the shower where I cried harder than I have in a long time. I can’t tell you how unusual this is for me.

But while I stood there, I remembered this quote. Wow. Apparently I had found my inspiration this morning before I even knew I needed it. Thinking of President Eyring’s words helped me to dig out of this stupid hole I was in and realize that it was all nothing more than the adversary’s attempts to bring me down. No! I am not that weak. I am stronger than that. And I know now that there are GREAT things ahead for me, or I would never have had this experience. I know now that I AM on the right path, even if it is miles and miles up a steep hill. And I will not quit!

This might seem for many to be too much information to share in a public forum. And part of me screams to delete, delete, delete. But maybe…just maybe…someone else out there is struggling today too. And maybe my experience will help someone to stand back up and get back to work. Because you ARE amazing and successful and brilliant, no matter what anyone else wants you to think.wtrUphill

5 Tips to Help Blast Belly Fat {Fitness Inspiration}

Did you know that your belly area is the first to pack on weight and the last to lose it? Did you know also that belly fat, even when a person is otherwise very fit, can cause a ton of health problems? According to a study done by the American Journal of Hypertension  “A larger waist measurement predicts the development of high blood pressure, regardless of total body fat.” Other studies have found that belly fat is linked to higher total cholesterol, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, and diabetes.

So how do we take care of this problem area? After researching this, you can bet my Piyo CORE workout got a little extra attention today. Do we need more crunches and planks? Well, those are great for the abdominal muscles, but they aren’t necessarily going to get rid of the insulation. Belly fat is affected more by your nutrition and lifestyle than it is by your fitness level. Crazy!

Here are a few quick tips that can help you blast away the belly fat, revealing those pretty abdominal muscles you’ve been working so hard to find. Which of these tips do you think is YOUR problem area?

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Something Every Person Can Do… {Monday Motivation}

Have you ever sat down to watch the news, or checked into your favorite online news source, and come away just feeling icky? How often do you sit down to the newspaper and smile because of all the happy stories? Not very often. Most days our news is riddled with the bad in the world. The crime and deceit that is becoming more frequent is what creates a sensational news story. It is very rare for a happy, feel-good story to become top priority in the news.

Why is that? Is it because it doesn’t happen? The whole world’s gone to seed and there is very little good left? I am quite certain that each of us, if we tried, could prove this to be incorrect. If we set out on our daily errands with the mindset of finding the good in the world, we would all come away with some pretty fantastic examples that chivalry is, in fact, not dead.

But we can’t argue the fact that we see far more of the bad than we do the good. It is hard to want to do anything kind for someone when we’re so worried about what bad things are coming our way. We tend to keep to ourselves more when we go in public, to trust those around us less, and to try and keep our private lives as safe as possible from potential intruders.

While this is, in some ways, necessary, I believe we take it too far. Yes, it is unfortunate that we have to lock our doors, when most of us can remember that being unnecessary when we were young. Yes, we do have to teach our children to avoid strangers and to protect themselves from those who would harm them. Unfortunately, most of us take this to the extreme and it leads to impolite, unfriendly habits.

None of us can change this. Not one of us can go out with the intention of bringing back the “good ol’ days” and making our community safe and whole again. No one person can do this and, chances are, we’ll never see “those days” again. We live in a different time with a different culture.

But there is something each of us can do to make this current world a better place to be in. No one can help everyone. But everyone can help someone. Rather than avoiding eye contact in the grocery store, look someone in the eye with a smile and say “hello.” Rather than shaking your head when you see the sweet little old lady struggling with her groceries, and wondering why her family doesn’t help her more…cross the parking lot and say “Good afternoon! May I help you with those groceries?” It will only take you a few moments. That kind little old lady will most likely say yes and thank you for your generosity. Is it possible that someone would refuse your kindness? Yes, of course it is! They’ve been taught to be suspicious of things like this, remember? How sad! So if they do say no, what do you do? You just keep smiling, so “Okay, I just wanted to offer. Have a great day!” and walk away, knowing that you have done something nice for someone, whether they know it or not!

So. Where are you going today? What errands are you running? Who might you see on your path to work? Stop for just a moment and think about the day ahead of you. Or, if you’re reading this in the evening, think about tomorrow. Everyone has an opportunity in their day to help another person. I want to challenge you to do it! It can be big or small, but choose at least one person to help. A smile, an offer for assistance, or even a well-timed compliment. Do something today, then comment below and let us know what you did, and how it made you feel! Take it a step further and teach your children to do the same. Teach them to offer a friendly hello to a stranger when Mom or Dad are nearby. Teach them to hold the door for someone coming behind or to offer assistance to the elderly. Make this a family challenge, and just wait and see how it changes your day!

I’m taking the challenge myself…stay tuned! 🙂

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Kandice

PS: If you like this concept, and would like to see it go to work more regularly and more powerfully in your life, I would highly encourage you to purchase and read the book The Go-Giver. It is a short, very quick read that will completely turn your day around and help you to become a better person. It is now on the required-reading list for my kids as well! 🙂

Best Time of Day to Workout?

As a fitness coach, one of the questions I get most frequently from my clients is, “What is the best time to do my workouts? Is it okay if I do it when…” Many people who start a new fitness routine have never really made fitness a priority, and they feel like complete beginners, newbies who are probably missing some vital steps along the way. This fear can make it really hard to stick to your new program. You get thinking “Well, if I can’t do it right, why bother?” This is where having a fitness coach can be the most useful.

So, what do you think? IS there a “best time of day” to do a workout? I’ve always had my own answers to this, but I’ve decided to do a bit of research to see if my advice was correct. I’ve narrowed it down to five times of the day that are best for completing a workout.

1. Workout when you can and will do it.

This should be a major spoiler for you. The very best time of day to complete your workout is the time of day that you are willing to do it. If I were to tell you that working out at 8 a.m. was the only time you would achieve maximum results, but you have to be to work by 7 a.m., what would you do? Yeah, that’s what I thought. You’d quit. Some people would be able to move past advice such as that, but most would take that as “I’ve failed before I even started” and never really try.

Seriously, a workout is a workout. If you put in that program and push play, or go to the gym, and you give it 100%, your body will thank you. It isn’t going to scold you for picking the wrong time of day. Look at your schedule. When are you most likely to be able to dedicate a portion of your day to a workout? Set aside the time, put it in your schedule, and just do it. Give it your all, or as Tony Horton says, “Bring it!” You can’t go wrong if you do this consistently.

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2. Workout when you feel the best.

It’s really hard to “Bring It” if you’re trying to workout when you feel crummy. For some people, mornings are just no good. My husband wakes up feeling queasy and struggles to put his full effort into an early morning workout. I, on the other hand, wake up feeling hungry, and if I can just eat a quick banana I feel pretty amazing if I workout in the morning. You would think that knowledge would help me get out of bed easier. 😉

Moral of the story? You’ve got to pick a time of day that not only fits your schedule, but that fits your physiological wellness. You can’t workout at 9 p.m. if you’re half asleep and too busy yawning to catch your breath.

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3. Workout when your glycogen stores are full.

Okay, first question: What is glycogen? Glycogen is the main form of carbohydrate storage used by our bodies, and it is broken down to be used as energy. When your glycogen stores are low, your energy is low and you’ll really struggle to complete a workout. It is used up quickly by exercise, brain activity, and pretty much anything else you do in your day. It’s replenished mainly with carbohydrates (duh), so your glycogen stores are highest right after a meal.

Have you ever been pushing hard with a fitness routine, really watching your food intake, and just busting butt to get some good results when things seem to come to a screeching halt? You hit a wall and suddenly you’re not able to give your workout the full effort any longer and you just feel lousy? In the nutrition world, we call that “the bonk”, and it’s caused by depleted glycogen stores. This is one reason why carb-free diets are discouraged, especially if you are completing a fitness routine. Your body needs those stores to balance blood sugar levels and keep energy high.

So, while your body can sometimes story glycogen through the night and have it ready to use for a morning workout, more often than not your body is going to need some help if you plan to workout in the morning without a meal. We like to use the Results & Recovery formula to help in times like this, but this can also help you to realize that other times of day (right after dinner? during your lunch?) can be successful workout times as well.

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4. In the morning on an empty stomach

Um, wait. Didn’t we just say that the glycogen stores are too low to do this? Yes, and no. It will vary for everyone, and some people will have more of those stores available in the morning than others. The biggest benefit of this workout time, and probably the reason many people assume it’s the ideal time to workout, is that when your stomach is empty your body puts all that energy into burning fat. Sounds pretty awesome, right? But here’s a little spoiler for you: burning glycogen is more effective at losing body fat than burning fat. Whoops.

So wait. I’m not telling you working on an empty stomach is bad. But I’m not telling you it’s good either. You’ve got to know what you’re doing and listen to your body. Many recommend a lighter workout in the morning hours to help your body cope with the lack of glycogen stores, and it can actually help kickstart your metabolism for the day. But doing very intense cardio workouts (Insanity, TurboFire) in the morning on an empty stomach can cause you to “bonk,” which completely halts all progress. So if first thing in the morning is your ideal time to workout, be sure to listen to your body, choose a lighter workout, and consider grabbing something like Results and Recovery to help boost your energy stores.

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5. At night before you go to bed.

This tends to be a very common time of day for people to complete a workout, especially when they are doing a home workout program. After the chaos of a day of work, errands, kids, etc, you finally have a few minutes to yourself to get it done. You might have guessed already that this is not optimal. Working out before bed can interrupt your sleep, which is absolutely necessary for proper recovery during a fitness routine. Exercise also uses up a lot of the vitamins and other nutrients you consume during the day. More of those nutrients are burned while you sleep, and since most of us doing a fitness program are also on a reduced calorie intake, we run the risk of depleting our stores and causing our body to shut down the metabolic process. Not really what you’re looking for, right?

But, since we have to workout whenever we can, even if that means the evenings right before bed, consider using Results and Recovery or having a small meal after your evening workout to avoid depleting the stores of nutrients overnight.

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Moral of the story?

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Yep, you guessed it. There is no best time of day to workout. You have to find the time that works best for you and your schedule. The important thing is to understand how your body works and what it needs so you can counteract the cons of a particular time of day and benefit from the pros.

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So tell us…what time of day do you usually get your exercise in?

 

Adversity vs Advantage {Monday Motivation}

Good morning, and happy Monday! Are you feeling the post-holiday blah’s yet today? It can be difficult to leave the care-free vacation mode and return to the every day schedule, but luckily we have a little Monday Motivation to help you start your week off right! 🙂

Have you ever set a goal or tried to accomplish something important to you, only to feel like you’ve failed? Have you ever blamed your past for this? Do you ever say “If only I wasn’t stuck with…” or “They’ll never hire me because of…” etc? We tend to try and place the blame for our circumstances anywhere besides on ourselves. I recently finished reading Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, one of the most noted personal development authors today. In this book, he talked frequently about the importance of taking responsibility for everything that happens to us. Even if it truly is out of our hands (yes, we realize you could not have chosen for that man to run his car into yours), we are responsible for how we react and respond to what others do to us. Say to yourself in every situation “I am responsible, I am responsible, I am responsible” and you’ll quickly see your actions and reaction changing.

Last month I had an incredible opportunity to attend Coach Summit, an annual convention of Beachbody Coaches in Las Vegas. What an incredible experience! We not only were able to enjoy a ton of great training from top coaches in the business, but we were treated with two keynote speakers who completely owned that audience of almost 10,000 coaches. The first keynote speaker was Darren Hardy, another well-known personal development author (if you have not heard of The Compound Effect…get it. Now!) as well as the editor of Success Magazine. Many of the concepts he shared with us were already known to me, having read his book, but he still managed to blow my mind with some of the concepts he shared…enough to cause me to take a full page of notes, scribbling in the margins and all. 😉

One of the concepts he talked about really made me stop and think. I keep coming back to this idea over and over, because I know how many people use their past as an excuse. Some event that has occurred in the past is holding them back and tripping them up like it’s a tangible tripwire in their path to success.

Mr Hardy spoke of our need to take responsibility for our lives as well. When it comes to past trials, he said this:

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Your trials, the adversity in your past, is NOT a tripwire. It is your advantage! Your trials become your muscles, your knowledge and ability to handle anything that’s thrown your way. So you ate your way to 100 pounds overweight after your divorce? Well so what, this time you are STRONGER and you will succeed at losing that weight, you will succeed at being happy, and you will succeed at avoiding the same mistake in the future! So you tried a business before, and it was an epic fail? So what? You’re smarter now, more experienced, and your new MUSCLES will help you to take the right steps toward a more successful venture this time than the last. Your adversity is your advantage, your trials become your muscles.

Wow. Mind blown? Anyone? Or is it just me? I absolutely loved this concept and think about it frequently. So tell me…anyone else feel like they can do anything now? Get out there, flex your muscles, use your advantages, and do something amazing!

Fit Kids for Summer Series: 5 Ideas to Help You Lead by Example

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Today is the last day of our Fit Kids for Summer Series! Have you enjoyed it? Drop us a comment and let us know what your favorite post was, or share on our Facebook page a picture of you and your kids getting fit together!

Today I’m going to share with you my ideas on how to lead your kids toward a healthier lifestyle by your own example. But first, here are the links to all of the posts from our awesome series. Many thanks go out to our awesome guests who contributed!

Summer Bucket List from Hillary

10 Exercises from Your Childhood from Andie at Maybe I Will

Proper Nutrition for Your Kids from Evi at Eyeliners and Erasers

25 Ideas to Keep the Kids Active from Samantha at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Summer Explorers from Michelle at My Two Seasons and Love That Shot

5 Ideas to Help You Lead by Example by Kandice


If you are anything like me, a large part of your summer turns into “go do this” and “go do that”, rather than “let’s do this” or “let’s do that.”  As parents, many of us tend to follow the saying “Do as I say, not as I do.” We say we want our kids to be fit and healthy, but we don’t lead by example. Even those who are trying to become more fit and workout, we tend to do it either away from the kids at a gym, or after the kids are in bed (or before they wake up) so we don’t have to deal with them climbing all over us and taking our attention away from the workout. For a lot of moms, working out is not only our stress reliever, but our chance to have some peace and quiet!

ImageI won’t lie, I’m guilty of the same thing. However, there are plenty of times where I don’t get the workout done in the morning and I know I won’t have time in the evening, so I have to squeeze it in during the day. I end up with toddlers climbing over or under me and big kids crowding into my little space to do the workouts with me.

But you know what? Wow! What an amazing thing to see your kids get off the couch and do a workout with you! My seven-year-old son had more than once done enough of one of our workouts to actually be sweating and breathing heavily.

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My eight year old daughter (notoriously lazy like her mama) loves to do her own workout when she has the living room to herself, and she will do the entire 40 minute Tony and the Kids program. The whole thing! Smiling the whole time.

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My four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son can do a MEAN downward dog. 😉

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So here are a few ideas to help you teach your children to live a more fit lifestyle…leading by example!

5 Ideas to Help You Lead by Example

1) Let them join your workouts! Make workout time a family event by clearing space and bringing the kids in the room with you. Yeah, yeah, you don’t have enough space. You should see my living room. 😉 Shove the couches into the kitchen (yes, I’ve done it!) and just make room for the kids. No, it won’t be the best workout you’ve ever had, and yes, you might decide to get in an extra, more intense workout after bedtime. But your kids will be seeing you put exercise at the top of your list of priorities, and they will be doing the same. When your son invite a friend over and talks him into doing P90X rather than playing with Legos, you’ll know it’s working. 😉

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2) USE your kids in your workouts! My husband will often have whichever kid is closest to him help push him deeper into a stretch. Occasionally, he’ll grab somebody and bench press them rather than using the weights. Hilarity ensues every time. For myself, I usually have my kids grab the camera so I have something new to post for my followers.

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3) Share! Many who are working on becoming more fit are also incorporating healthy products into their nutrition. For me, it’s Shakeology, and my kids LOVE these shakes! My two-year-old will come running through the house if he heard the blender going, and he won’t give me a moment’s peace until I either share with him or make him one of his own.

How many of you buy protein shakes? Granola bars or fresh produce? And how many of you hoard the healthy stuff and give the cheap food to the kids? Yes, healthy food can sometimes be more expensive. But is that little extra bit out of your grocery budget really worth the bad habits you’re teaching your kids? If they are raised on cold cereal and boxed dinners, they’re going to grow up loving that type of food and find it very difficult to change their eating habits when their metabolism finally slows. Teach them the healthy habits now while they’re willing and you’ll reap the rewards later.

 

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4) Challenge them! When you’re out and enjoying other activities, challenge the kids occasionally to what we call “Feats of Strength.” Randomly call out that you want them to do ten push-ups or twenty jumping jacks. Or ask who can do the most jumping jacks in a minute. See who can hold a plank longer or do the best Warrior 3 pose. Ask them to show you their muscles after a workout or Feat of Strength and be sure to praise them for all their hard work.

We like to go for hikes or walks as a family, and sometimes just with friends. Our oldest son likes to be the leader and he likes to lead…from a distance. 🙂 He’s fast and has no patience waiting for the little ones to keep pace. If he’s getting too far ahead of the  group, we’ll call out to him to drop and give us ten, do twenty jumping jacks, or something similar. It’s always enough to get a little of that energy out while we’re all catching up, so that he’s better able to stick to our pace for a few minutes. All the while, he feels like The Man, and we’re sure to tell him that he is indeed The Man. 🙂

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5) Local events. There are so many local events that can help you keep your kids active! Are you a runner? Take your older kids with you for a 5K, even a color run if you can! My son was SO excited when I let him join me for this run, and he was a rockstar! He started out strong and was mad that I wouldn’t let him go ahead of me. About halfway through he just wanted to be done, but we pushed through together. He was so tired, but he kept going. When we got to the end, there were crowds of people lining the path, cheering on the runners. I told him “Look at all those people cheering for you! Let’s finish it strong and give them something to cheer about.” He immediately picked up the pace and ran the last few hundred yards, with tons of people reaching out to high-five him and tell him how awesome he was. What an amazing experience for a young boy! To have so many people apparently adoring you for your strength…he’s already begging me for another.

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There you have it. Hopefully, you’ll agree that letting the kids see you workout is something that will benefit them for a long time to come. It doesn’t matter one bit if your own fitness goals are slowed a little by the children. What you will be measuring is their own talent, skill, self-confidence, and health. And they will indeed amaze you and everyone around them with their dedication and enthusiasm, which in turn will encourage you to continue with your own workouts. Now, get off the computer and go workout!

*If you would like to know more about the workout program I show above called Tony and the Kids, click on the image for more information. Another program is also available for kids called Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club. This one is awesome too, with Shaun T teaching the kids how to dance (and getting their exercise in the meantime). Email us at fitmama.fitfamily@gmail.com for more information!

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