Running with Kids – Family 5K {Running Fitness 5K Family Free Challenge}

So…apparently there’s this thing called running. It seems to be all the rage, and everyone’s talking about it.
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So I thought…hey…I’m gonna go with the “in” crowd. I’m gonna go running!

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Needless to say…that didn’t last too long.

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Then I managed to get myself wrapped up in this group of ladies called coaches. Fitness coaches. Me. Voted the most lazy, and I ended up running with the fit crowd.

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And when you run with the fit crowd…well…you kinda have to run.

Okay. That’s an exaggeration. I could overcome the peer pressure of all these hot, fit friends of mine doing the cool thing. I’m good. But then, I have these kids. They are getting kinda big. I’m not really sure how that happened. But all of a sudden they WANT to play sports. Say WHAT?

My daughter almost changed her mind on her chosen sport when she discovered that it involved running. Like..she was just gonna perch her pretty little self under the basket and shoot some hoops when her team was done with all that running mumbo-jumbo.

The fact that she still wants to play is proof that she’s serious…so I guess she gets to try! But first…we have to teach her how to run.

Okay…more exaggeration. But really. This girl puts molasses in January to shame. She moves at her own pace for sure. So we’re going to have to ease her into this. And me. We’re going to have to ease me into it.

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So I get this brilliant idea. Running! I’m going to start running with my kids this summer! Great idea, right?

Ask me in a couple weeks.

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But really…it’s a great idea! So…because I know myself, and I know I’ll quit…I need my support group. 😉 I’m opening up a FREE Facebook challenge group for us to talk about our progress. It will be AWESOME! And…I’ve even got some good runner friends coming to help us out. Cause you know…I don’t know the first thing about running. 😛

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Wanna join us? Go to www.tinyurl.com/kandiceschallenge and fill out my regular challenge group application, and just put in the comments that you wanna do the running with kids’ group. We start Monday…let’s do this!!!

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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

**If you want more info about the Reset or 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs, just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Is This Real?

So…I started a new workout program on Saturday. It’s called the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Have you heard of it?
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Every time Beachbody releases a new program, I start it as soon as I can so I’m better able to recommend the right program for my challengers. So I started this the day after it arrived in the mail, with almost no clue what I was getting myself into.

I finished my first workout and thought, “Dang, that was awesome!” I was able to do the whole 30 minute workout (ONLY 30 minutes!) without quitting, which is a big deal for me. I struggle big time with cardio. And I really didn’t feel very fatigued.

So I thought…why not do more? I popped  in a Piyo disc and prepared to do a quick 20 PiYo_logo_COO_1024x1024minutes of Piyo to stretch my muscles out and prepare for an early Valentine’s Day dinner date with my man.

Yeah. About 3 minutes into the warm-up, my legs started to tremble and shiver. It was like a giant earthquake centered in my kneecaps. Clearly, Piyo was not happening.

 

Still, I felt pretty dang good. For completing the first workout in what was being proclaimed as a VERY advancedMAX30_Logo_low_res
workout, I felt pretty dang good about myself.

Now, keep in mind…I’ve just completed the ENTIRE 60 days of Insanity: Max 30. If you know anything at all about Insanity, you know this was a huge accomplishment. 21 days of Fix Extreme should be a piece of cake, right? Right?!

Then Sunday came. Help.
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As the day progressed, I realized I was in extreme peril. Stairs became like Mt Everest and the toilet…well, let’s just say I’m happy there were no witnesses.

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The schedule for this deceptively destructive new program called for yoga on Sunday, and I knew it would help me. I put it off, and put it off, and very nearly said “No way!” But I knew the next day was going to leave me paralyzed in pain if I didn’t stretch out those muscles.

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Luckily…yoga was 30 minutes of sweet relief. Did my legs stop hurting? No. They did just started hurting in download (1)different ways, taking my mind off the pain of the previous day’s workout. Yes, if you  had been me, you would have called it sweet relief too.

 
Monday came and I was feeling pretty determined. I even prepared to do my workout BEFORE taking the kids to school, which is unprecedented for me. I knew I had to bust it out quick before the day took over.

Open the schedule.

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Crap.

Have you ever done a plyometrics workout? If you haven’t, you should. You really should become familiar with a form of cardiovascular exercise that is disguised as a fun, upbeat workout and in truth hides something sinister. Pain. More pain.

Still. I pushed play.

And I did the work.

Trembling legs and all.

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Then she said the naughty B word: burpees.

I was done. I couldn’t do it. I hate to say it, but my weak and feeble mind overpowered my body.

Which must actually mean that my body is far more weak than I had assumed.

Now…a very large part to a successful round of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme lies in the nutrition. Both programs come with a very specific nutrition guide in which you use color-coded portion control containers to dictate how much of which foods you can eat in a day. Generally, I really love this plan. It takes all the guesswork out of planning a healthy meal, and totally eliminates the need to count calories.

But Sunday is family day. And since my family decided to make the trek to Grandma’s house…I was weak. And I ate. And ate some more. And maybe a teensy bit more. No bueno.

Then, after my utter defeat yesterday, I allowed myself to be wooed into enjoying the treats for Family Home Evening. Not as bad as Sunday, but still…I caved. Sugar. It is my arch nemesis, my saboteur; sugar is the foe, the attacker, the opposition to all things healthy and fit in my world.

So this morning, as I stepped on the scale (I know, I know…the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.), I was more than a little petrified. Would all my hard work be for naught? Pointless pain? Useless suffering?

Here goes nothing…

Huh.

Would you look at that.

Is that right? Try again. It IS right!

Guess what? Down three pounds. In three days. After being attacked not once, not twice, but THREE times by the merciless mercenary disguised as sugar. And still down three pounds.

Whoa! This program is LEGIT! And I don’t use that word lightly, because I feel like an imposter. But for real…this program is doing EXACTLY what it was advertised to do. Burning fat, building muscle, only 30 minutes (or less, in my case) each day with simple nutrition. Wow.

I’m back in the game. Completely committed to finishing the next 18 days, and now I cannot WAIT to see my results!

Join me? YOU can do this. You  can choose from the new Extreme, if you’re more advanced in the world of fitness. Or you can start with the original 21DF…which ANYONE can do.

Join me for a 21 day health & fitness workshop, in which we’ll focus on your nutrition, add in focused workouts, and share delicious recipes that will convince your body you are NOT eating healthy, when in fact, you are!
RenewIGFill out the contact form below, or email me at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com for registration information. Can’t wait to hear those fat cells scream!

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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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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?

 

Finding Balance in All Things

I’ve been contemplating the importance of balance a lot lately. Life is BUSY and important things get put on the back burner. I’ve been hearing and reading about balance in life. Of course there are three areas that make up balance. Physical, emotional and spiritual health all depend on one another in order for us to be healthy.

If we focus mainly on physical health, the other two areas will likely suffer and our bodies will not perform as well as they should. Does physical activity help the other areas? Yes, it does. It awakens the senses and opens up channels for us to feel and experience things in life. What happens though when a person becomes too focused on physical fitness alone? We suffer. We look only for good or bad physical attributes, not only in ourselves, but in others as well. We judge ourselves not by the kind of person we are, but by the amount of fat we have or by the presence of perfect musculature. That, to me, is not healthy.

We have a body that we need to care for in many ways. Sleep, healthy foods, uplifting messages and physical activity are all important. I hope that on your journey to good health, you don’t focus solely on the physical aspect of your transformation. What you look like on the outside, does not make up the person you are on the inside. A good balance is what makes you attractive! 20140709-002633-1593654.jpg

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!

Roasted Cabbage Steaks and Homemade Seasoned Salt {Healthy Family Recipes}

Can you believe it? I’m NOT posting an ice cream recipe! *GASP* I decided it was high time I buckled down and worked on some good recipes to put toward healthy meals.

Do you find it hard to get a variety of vegetables into your menu? I swear it’s my biggest struggle. A can of green beans or some steamed broccoli is great, but it gets old really fast when you’re having it several times a week! I grew up with the idea that a meal wasn’t a meal without a vegetable, so we have always included one with every meal. But finding  the variety to make it something we actually want to eat is a different story!

Cabbage is one of those vegetables I grew up hating, but have slowly come to enjoy as an adult. I have made it my mission to try and raise my kids to like as many of the vegetables I hated as a kid as I possibly can, so if there’s something I know they’ll probably hate, I look for ways to make it more enjoyable.

If you spend any time on social media at all, you’ve probably already seen the idea of the cabbage “steaks.” I decided to give it a try, but I also wanted to try a recipe out of my P90X3 Nutrition Guide. There is a huge list of DIY herb spices and blends in the guide that I’ve been wanting to test, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Oh man, can I just tell you how delicious this seasoned salt is?? It’s fabulous! Tastes dang near identical to the stuff you buy in the store, but the ingredients are all recognizable! I changed the original recipe a bit, omitting the crushed red pepper as I’m feeding a houseful of gringos. 😉 I also replaced the sea salt from the original recipe with pink Himalyan salt. Have you heard of it? Let me tell you, this is incredible stuff! It basically has the opposite effect of regular salt. Rather than causing you to retain water, it acts as a diuretic and helps cleanse your system. AWESOME! No more guilt over my obsessive use of salt!

Anyway, the cabbage steaks turned out amazing and my family actually liked it! The kids raved over it, so I know I’ve got a winner. I think I may have overcooked it just a tad, so be sure to watch it the last five minutes or so. If you can cut it with a fork it’s definitely done.

Give it a shot and see what your family thinks! If you would like to learn more about the benefits of pink Himalayan salt, let us know in the comments and we’ll share the info in a future post!

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