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A Call To Action

Today is a F-U-N day… first of all it is National Running Day* and secondly I have some exciting news! One of my close friends has recently become a Team Beachbody Coach. I have signed up with her to start my 2014 transformation. It is really only six months behind schedule.   I regret not starting in January.  Even a little progress is better than no progress, but I have been busy.

With This

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And This

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Baby takes up every minute of my free time and I am okay with that most of the time.  I would be lying if I said little ones are EASY!  🙂  He is not an excuse but rather an explanation of what I have been doing all year.

But, back to my friend.  She is truly an inspiration and she definitely knows how hard it is to lose weight and stay fit. Let me intro her now:

Meet Sabrina!

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Now Meet Sabrina’s Guns. (These are serious people. )

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Here is her 100% REAL AND AUTHENTIC TRANSFORMATION.

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100% Hard Work

There is no Photoshop here just plain old commitment, dedication, sweat and more sweat. (Probably even more sweat then we care to realize.)
She has shown me that it can be done and that it takes time and motivation and accountability! If you are interested in learning more about her services and offerings check out her page here.

Let’s be realistic when I say my transformation goal “after photo” is her “before photo” but I don’t want to be negative today.

Ha!  Also note, I was not compensated by Sabrina or Beachbody and I did not get anything for free.  I bought of my own free will.  I thought I would share her story and page as a CALL TO ACTION for those of you who need a push.

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She sells everything Beachbody offers from all their fitness programs such as P90X, Insanity, T25, Turbofire, Slim-in-Six etc. to all the extras like gear, supplements and nutritional drinks like Shakeology. If you are interested in any Beachbody products it is WAY better to purchase through a coach. You almost certainly get a discount and sometimes you get extras like additional DVDs or equipment like resistance bands. Which I did get when I bought this:

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Obviously, I am not expecting to look like Autumn Calabrese after 21 days but it is definitely a start.  Beachbody stuff can get pricey so I had to ask the hubs before I pulled the trigger but he is so supportive he said DO IT!

Sabrina is starting a challenge group June 7th. Check out her Facebook page here for more details! I will be doing the 21 Day Fix, starting Sunday (DVDs are in the mail) which I am considering as a great opportunity to jumpstart my goals. I bought a sample pack of the Shakeology since it definitely on the pricey side and I DON’T  love shakes/smoothies. I will post reviews on all of them when I try them.

This is the 21 Day Fix in a nutshell –> eat better food, eat smaller portions and workout for 30 minutes. Um, I think I know this routine.

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What’s different then you ask? Sabrina! She and the challenge group will be there with me and offer that personal extra push I NEED. I am still going to use MyFitnessPal to track my weight, measurements and workout progress but mostly because I already have it set up. Find me and add me if you want my id is FITKIST!

I encourage you to like her Facebook page even if you don’t want to buy anything, she is highly motivational and just a really fun girl!!
Join us on our journey to awesome! I am sure it will suck to miss out on food, drinks, fun but it will be worth it.

NO SAID IT WOULD BE EASY AND ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY IS LYING!

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You don’t have to buy anything but it’s a great, NEW group that will probably help you stay motivated and accountable. Which we need if we are not naturally good at eating right and working out (read Melissa).

What motivates you to get going to the gym or complete a workout every day?

*PS. I wogged a 10K last weekend – I will post about my adventure on Friday.  But, I had to note that today is NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!  Thanks to Corey for reminding me!  You can make your own badge here!

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The Algebra of Diets

Not sure about anyone else, but I don’t love Algebra and I certainly don’t love diets.  But, the truth of the matter is that I happen to know a lot about both of them.  Sigh. I have tried every diet known to (wo)man but even when I have succeeded I have still failed.  I am still the same weight I have always been.  Yes, it waxes and wanes but it never seems to get me to the green part on my doctor’s (stupid) chart.  But… since I started this blog to get it together, I thought I would take a different approach to getting healthy and let the weight loss come as an added benefit.  Many health enthusiasts will agree that this plan of action will work.  Will it?  We shall see together I guess.

What I have learned in a nutshell…

 

A good (although debatable) measurement of your weight as it relates to your health is your Body Mass Index or BMI.  You can calculate these measurements through numerous calculators found over the Internet.  BMI uses your height and weight to calculate the amount of FAT in your body.  Yum.  Mine is not good I am definitely in the red on this (awesome) chart. 

 

My only saving grace is that I exercise quite a lot.  Let’s hope this will counteract the FAT in my body a little bit.  But, I also eat and drink too much.  But, now that I have this number I have it stuck to my computer monitor. 

Mini-Motivation: Every time it changes I will make a new one and keep that post-it and this body alive until it gets down to that 24.9.

Other numbers to consider in this battle are Basal Metabolic Rate, daily caloric intake and daily caloric expenditures.   These numbers will calculate a target number to lose weight.  My target is 1200 calories, although this will be modified in the weeks leading to the half.  Your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR is the amount of calories you burn just lying around all day – does not include movement or food.  Your daily caloric intake is the amount of food and drinks you consume each day and your expenditure is the amount of additional energy you burn through daily movement, activities and exercise.  I love My Fitness Pal for calculating these numbers.  The site calculates everything for you and tracks all your food and activity and even your water intake.  I recommend to anyone looking to shed a few pounds and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  They also have an app that you can use on your smart phone to scan the bar code off a food product and it automatically enters the nutritional information into your tracker.  Technology is finally working for us. Every day you finish your entry it tells you what your expected weight will be in five weeks. 

Lastly, I am going to focus on nutrition.  This is the hardest for me.  100 = 100 right?  WRONG!  When it comes to calories and what I put in my face it becomes measure of quality of foods.  100 calories of French fires will not for feed my body like 100 calories of blueberries will.  My plan is to focus more on eating simple foods.  Foods that come straight from the earth like fruits and vegetables and those foods that are less processed.  The longer it takes to change the ingredients into the final product the more processed the food is.  My goal is to use my 1200 calories for good and not evil.

 
Some foods just make you fatter than others… To illustrate what I am talking about please check out this video and infographic from the “Healthy Times Blog.”  They reference a NEJM study following the eating habits of 120,000 adults.  It’s not only about how much you eat but also what you eat.  I know that this post does not include much Algebra but these things can be confusing and intimidating just like ninth grade math.  I hope you are not too disappointed.

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Ps. I got my new kicks today and I am very excited to try them out tonight. Not only are they adorable, hopefully, they will be equally fun to run in.

What is your “evil” food and how do you try to limit it in your life?

 

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