Three Tips for Staying on Track

I love to share strategies that will help you become a healthier version of yourself! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness; instead, I think it's best to collect different approaches and solutions and try them on so that you can complete your Study of One and find the best tools that suit your life and your current goals.

Here are some of my favorite tools that I use to stay on track:

1. Automate

Automating your life means you’re setting up systems to make healthy choices and avoid unhealthy choices without having to think about it too hard. It makes the choices automatic.

Is willpower subjective per person or do we all have a set amount of willpower per day and then it resets?  I like the second one.  The idea is if you go through the day and are constantly saying, “No. No, I’m not going to eat that” then by the end of the day you can feel worn down and then give into temptation.  But if you can automate a lot of your decisions throughout the day so you don’t have to use your willpower muscle to say no to things, then it allows you to have extra willpower at the end of the day so you don’t give in to temptation because you’re tired.

Here’s an example: I keep my kitchen automated.  I don’t buy things to keep in my kitchen that are going to tempt me.  I mean, I love, LOVE potato chips but I don't buy potato chips because then I would be tempted to eat the whole bag. If I can avoid buying them in the store, then I don’t have to use my willpower muscles later when I’m at home.  When I’m cooking in the kitchen, it’s easy to find a healthy option and it’s difficult to find an unhealthy option because I just don't buy things that will tempt me.  Also, we don’t keep ice cream in the freezer because my husband is magnetized to it!  It’s just another thing that he doesn’t have to use his willpower muscle on.

Another example of automating is if you are trying to create the habit of getting up early to work out, you could lay out your clothes the night before.  Also, set lots of alarms on your phone.  Finally, make the evening before a routine so you have the mindset of getting up early the next day to workout.  Make it easy on yourself! Automate everything you can so you can save your willpower! 

2. Accountability

This has been huge in my love for fitness and business!  I got started in fitness by joining something called an accountability group.  Every night I checked in with my points for the day based on a system that my coach created.  That system transformed my life!  It gave me things to strive for each day that I didn’t even know I was supposed to be striving for.  It taught me a lot about clean eating, and it held me to a different standard than I would have held for myself.  And that’s what I do for my clients as well. I coach them through my programs, and I keep them accountable by requiring a check-in from them each night. The clients that check-in daily have more success than those that don’t. Accountability works!

Another way to be held accountable is to get a workout partner.  I love to meet my friends for early morning workouts. It forces me to get out of bed because I don't want them to be waiting for me at the gym by themselves! If you can connect your goals with another person it is so helpful because then you don’t want to let someone down.  Also, if you can set a time to meet early in the morning, it’s great because then it’s too early to call and cancel.  If it’s in the evening, you have all day to cancel.  And that happens, but if you plan to meet in the morning it is almost too late to cancel.

3. Make a Plan

Having a plan for anything in life makes you more successful.  Having a plan is huge!  So when I go to the weight room, I have a plan.  I don’t just walk around and grab things.  I know exactly what I’m going to do.  I have a plan for my workouts each week.  Usually some time over the weekend I plan the week out, and I do it in a way to balance the different types of workouts I like to do: weight training, mind body, cardio.  Fitness doesn’t just happen.  I have to schedule it.

Also, have a plan for meals each week.  Now, I’m not a good meal prepper.  I’m not the person to make all of the week's meals made on Sunday, but I do have a written plan for what we’re going to eat.  If I don’t do that then I don’t have a good grocery list.  If we don’t have a good grocery list then we end up throwing things together or eating out more.

Another example for having a plan is carb cycling.  I love this program because it gives me a focus for each day.  Is it a low carb day or a high carb day?  If it’s a low carb day, I’m having low carbs and no fruit.  I eat veggies, protein, and high fats.  If it’s a high carb day, I’m going to be scheduling a higher intensity work out, and I know I need to have some healthy carbs in my day like oats, quinoa, rice, or sweet potato with some protein and my veggies.  It gives me something to focus on, and having something to focus on is really helpful.

Automate what you can, find accountability, and make a plan!!  These three tools are vital for success in achieving your health and fitness goals!

Programming FAQs

Hi! Happy Almost Summer :) Today, I wanted to lay out some of the differences between two of my fitness programs, so that you can determine which of these aligns the most closely with your goals.

4-Week Slim Down

Let's start with the program that is based off of the formula that changed my life in terms of health and wellness: the 4-Week Slim Down. This program teaches the 80/20 rule to eating, which means that we strive to eat clean and healthy 80% of the time and relax 20% of the time. We carefully plan our treats so that we can enjoy them guilt free. This type of eating is sustainable FOREVER and is a great place to start when beginning, or getting back into, your fitness journey. 

In the 4WSD, I will also be giving you daily workouts that are a mix of strength training and cardio, as well as some mind and body workouts for rest days. You will be given my cookbook, which contains recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. We will work on creating a meal plan that works for you and your family. 

In addition to the workouts, the recipes, and the strategy, I will be available each day to keep you accountable to your goals via a private Facebook group. This accountability is KEY to achieving your goals. 

I think the 4WSD is a great program for anyone who wants some extra support and accountability with their health and fitness, but I think it's PERFECT for those people who don't know where to start. It will create a solid foundation that you can build on as you reach your goals.

The next round of the 4-Week Slim Down starts on Monday, May 22nd and it is on Summer Sale for $99. That price includes everything listed above.    

Click here to get registered :) 


Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting 101

The second program that I offer on a regular basis is called Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting 101. It is a 3-week program that teaches you how to use carbs for GAINS, including improved muscle tone, fat loss, and increased energy. We alternate between days of high fats/low carbs and higher carbs lower fats to keep our metabolisms operating at a high fat-burning level. 

We also add intermittent fasting into week 2 for an amazing combination full of many health benefits, including better sleep, healing of the gut, regulation of hormones and mood improvement. The ladies in my current carb cycling/intermittent fasting group are LOVING how their clothes fit and how they feel, and we are only two weeks in!

This program is also for everyone, but clients who will be most successful at it already have a good fitness routine going. They have a baseline of fitness and want to tighten up some areas in their routine. 

Included in this program is the  manual, meal ideas and suggestions, two live trainings, and daily accountability and support. The next round of this program will begin on June 19th.

Click here to get registered :)


I also offer 1-on-1 coaching if you are looking for more of a personalized approach to your fitness goals. Click here to register for that service.

 

I want to help YOU reach your health and fitness goals so that you feel more confident in your skin! If you have questions for me regarding your goals and how we can best reach them, please email me at katie@harlancoaching.com.

When to change things up

Today I wanted to discuss when to change up your fitness and nutrition routine because it's something I'm currently playing around with. I have been adding in some cross fit workouts to my routine lately and am really enjoying them! It's a whole different focus than I've tried before: heavy weights, very few reps. I'm doing this to build some larger muscles and to see how my body responds to some more weight on my frame. I love the new challenge and really love continuing the study of 1: that is, the study of how MY body responds and reacts to fitness and nutritional changes. 

Let's talk about two extremes it comes to changing things up:

1. Those who want to do what they've always done because it's comfortable and it has gotten them results at some point.

2. Those who change things up every week because it's "not working." 

Let's start by talking about type 1. Once you've found something that has gotten you RESULTS, helped you make a transformation, increased your confidence, and has you feeling really good, it can be SUPER hard to leave that strategy or workout behind. I understand this. I found Body Pump (a barbell workout) about 4 years ago and was convinced that it is what changed my body. When I needed to take a break from it over the winter, I was terrified I would lose my muscle. But I didn't because I was doing other things to keep me on track. Upon closer analysis of my transformation 4 years ago, I didn't just add Body Pump to my life. I changed EVERYTHING at once: my nutrition, my workouts, the frequency of my workouts, my water intake, my vitamin intake, etc. So while my brain wants to link Body Pump to my transformation, it was likely just one component of my transformation.

As you build your fitness, your body will be able to respond faster and more effectively to new workouts. So don't be afraid of changing what you're doing because "it won't work the same." Honestly guys, it's so important to change up your workout routine every 6 months or so because your body will stop responding at the rate it did when you FIRST began and first started seeing change. One thing you can do if you really love swimming, for example, is to add weight training in. It doesn't mean you have to stop swimming, but just consider changing the frequency of swimming for training and adding in some additional work. 

I also like to teach my clients to change their nutrition strategies occasionally too. For those who complete my Carb Cycling 101, I like to advise trying the carb cycling for 3-4 weeks on, taking a break for a week or so (note: I do not advise them to eat whatever they want on their "off" week, just to mix carbs and fats) and then starting back up again. Anything you do for an extended period of time will cause you to plateau, so keep your body guessing!

Now let's address the 2nd type of person: the person who changes things every week or two. I also understand this point of view because I am a pretty impatient girl! But when we are trying a new approach, we should really get rid of that 4-week mentality. 2-4 months is a better range to aim for to really see results and to let your body work through changes. My Carb Cycling 101 program is 3 weeks so that I can keep my clients accountable (much longer than that and they start to drop off). But we talk a lot about how 3 weeks is just the start and that once the program is over, they need to make some decisions about what parts of the program they want to continue and which parts they need to adjust. It is always based on the study of one (how each individual's body responds to different changes). So if you're trying something new, give it a good collage try for a few months before you abandon it completely and change directions.

Let's always strive for being open to change when we need it, and also being patient enough to let change happen :) 

Go to bed hungry, and other tips for optimal health

Hey Guys! I have a bunch of different advice floating around in my big brain today, so instead of sorting through it, I'm going to blog a sort of stream of consciousness with advice. I'd love your feedback if this is too hard to read or if you enjoy the randomness, ha!

Here are some tips for feeling and looking your best. These are things that I not only do, but advise my clients to do, as well:

  • Go to bed hungry

When you stop eating after dinner and don't eat again until the next morning (or lunch if you're fasting), you allow your body's digestion system to rest. And rest is good for our bodies. This rest tells your body to tap into its fat stores. Now, you shouldn't be so hungry that you wake in the middle of the night, that's no fun. But being a bit hungry at bedtime is a good thing. And guys, you're going to sleep SO soundly! Try it!

  • Drink your ACV

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing addition to your health routine. Make sure you buy the "Braggs Brand" because it contains The Mother, which is a community of digestive enzymes that helps improve your gut health, in addition to about a million other benefits. I drink it more frequently when I think I might be getting sick and it helps me kick it faster. It aids in weight loss, it's an appetite suppressant, it improves skin, and the list goes on and on. Here is a video I recorded about it about 6 months ago with my favorite "recipe."

  • Be observant

You are the only expert on your body. Doctors, trainers, coaches, etc. don't know more about YOUR body than you do. Take careful and observant inventory on how you feel when you eat certain foods, calorie levels, during and post workouts, when you wake up, when you go to bed. Be a scientist when it comes to learning about your body and then you can take what you know and use it to make you better. 

  • Fuel your workouts

When you exercise, you should be eating to fuel them so that you 1) feel your best, and 2) get the most benefit from them. I like to eat carbs directly after my more intense workouts because my body will burn them faster. I also like to have a clean source of protein following my workouts to help repair my muscles. Working out fasted is another strategy that I frequently use because I love the energy I have, and doing this allows my body to burn body fat faster because it's not busy burning the food I just ate. 

  • Rest days are important

Overtraining is a real, actual problem. You must have a rest day or two or three each week to allow your body to repair. It's actually during the REST that our muscles grow, not during the workouts. Listen to your body and schedule rest days as needed, or schedule them in advance. I like to schedule them, and then adjust as necessary if I need to make changes.

  • Sleep plentifully 

Just like our bodies need rest days, we also need plenty of sleep to repair those muscles. Think of your body like a machine. It can't work as well if it never gets turned off, right? When you're eating right and getting the proper amount of exercise, sleep will be good! So treat your sleep like a workout: schedule your bedtime and wakeup time and stick to them!

  • Try intermittent fasting

IF is such a great strategy that will improve all areas of your health and fitness, and it's a pretty easy strategy to implement. Not only will it help you burn more fat, but it will allow your body to reset and rest during your fasting window. Intermittent fasting is not calorie restriction; instead, it just reduces your window of eating so that you are only eating for an 8 hour (or less) window of time. Honestly, it simplifies the day! You'll sleep better, have more energy, and burn more fat without changing your diet. Here is a video I recorded about IF.

  • Plan ahead

No matter where I'm at in my fitness journey, one thing is always true: planning ahead makes everything easier. Being good at making a plan, and adding that to your weekly agenda, gets easier with time and practice. But it's always something that you have to make time for. Even 4 years in to this lifestyle I still make time to write out our meals, create our grocery list, and plan my workouts. If you want to improve your health and fitness, you've got to give it your attention.

  • Enjoy your treats

Life is too short not to enjoy treats occasionally! I've spent a lot of time studying treats and how best to enjoy them, and what I've found is that they taste better when they are limited, but not obsolete. Planning regular treats is good for your sanity and your mental resolve with your fitness goals. And planning ahead helps to prevent from binging and ruining progress. Plan your treats, enjoy them, and then move on.

No More Rules!

I have worked with A LOT of clients over the years and I've noticed that the ones who are most successful with changing their health and fitness are FLEXIBLE. They take what I've taught them and they adapt it to their lives. They make tweaks here and there and they build their own plan based on what they've learned. Clients who need a lot of rules often become frustrated because I don't believe that there is a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness, and I am resistant to posting hard and fast rules.

We all come into programs with different histories, previous experience with dieting, a variety of hormone levels, genetic make-up and disposition, gut health, and more. There is no way to give one set of instructions and have them work the same for everyone. If there was, no one would struggle with their weight! Programs and meal plans are TOOLS to help improve our health. They are not the be all end all. It's up to each individual person to study it, evaluate it, try it out, and then tweak it based on how they feel.

Speaking of how we FEEL, we spend a lot of time in my Carb Cycling 101 program discussing and paying attention to how we feel because it's such a powerful indicator of how things are working on the inside. Another thing we do that is really important is assess and troubleshoot individual concerns and issues. This is one of the most beneficial parts of my program: each woman is able to troubleshoot and not only learn from me, but from each other as well. Are you troubleshooting and assessing your body's response to changes? This is important for knowing how to move forward. Keeping a journal helps, or even talking to a spouse or friend about it.

If you are struggling to find a solution for improved health and wellness, check in with yourself and make sure that you're not looking for a hard set of rules. Those don't typically work, and if they do, they certainly don't work for everyone!

XO,
Katie

P.S. If you're interested in trying a new tool for fat loss, I am opening up round 2 of my carb cycling 101 program on May 8th. For more information and to get registered, click here!

Find your BALANCE

Create a LIFESTYLE full of health, fitness, and BALANCE

During my four years as an online health and fitness coach I've tried a lot of different approaches to healthy living. Through trial and error, I've discovered what my favorite strategies are and these are the ones I share with my clients. My approach is one of balance and simplicity so that we can sustain this lifestyle longterm. It has worked for me, and it has worked for 100's of my clients, as well.

When I work with clients, I teach how to eat clean and exercise in a way that will get them results. If you follow my lead, there is NO WAY you won't achieve results! But the thing I am most proud of when it comes to coaching clients is how I weave my love for treat meals and rest days into my program so that we can find that balance between being on point with our nutrition, while also being about to relax the reins a bit and enjoy wine, chocolate, and the occasional donut!

Another way I have created balance in my health and fitness is by bringing my family with me. I see so many people trying to get healthy on their own and it breaks my heart. Not only does having a partner or a coach help immensely in achieving your goals, but so does getting your family on board. And I have strategies for doing this, as well.

Registration is NOW OPEN for my 4-Week Slim Down Program, where I will help you lose weight and inches, create a balanced approach to nutrition and fitness, and bring your family along, too! I'm only taking 25 clients for this program!

Feeling and looking your best doesn't mean you have to give up every food you love and exercise for 2 hours a day. I promise. Take my hand and let me lead you to a healthy lifestyle you can be proud of AND enjoy!

XO,

Katie

P.S. If you bring a friend with you, ask me how you can save 50% off of your registration fee!

Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier Foods

My kids only eat 100% clean and healthy foods, always get 8 servings of veggies, 5 servings of fruits, and have very limited sweets. Just kidding!!  Did I get your attention? Guys, I want you to know and understand that my kids are very healthy little beings, but they have far from perfect nutrition!  They eat McD's like many children, they are obsessed with candy, and they would exist on "kid food" if I let them. But there are a few things I do to ensure that they are getting some of the nutrients they need.

Kids Eat Healthier Foods

Here are a few tips:

  1. Have a kid-accessible snack basket. We definitely still have "snack times", as they are little and if their snacking isn't regulated they would never be hungry for a meal. But this basket contains Mom approved snacks for them. I love Z bars, Fiber bars are a favorite for my little one's constipation, goldfish, etc.
  2. Keep healthy choices visible. Fruits are readily accessible, as are veggies (cut up and washed, with dip), and yogurts (bottom shelf of the fridge).
  3. Keep junk food out of the house. I don't buy junk food for the most part. Only for special occasions like birthdays or parties. This includes pop (they love Sprite!), chips, candy bars. If that is in the house, we will all eat it!!
  4. Create a mealtime plan. If I make a meal that is "unfamiliar" or more geared towards adults one night, then the next evening I will make sure to make something I know they will eat. I require the kids to try the meal I made, if they hate it, then they can eat their veggies of choice, fruit, and a yogurt. Sometimes I will make them a sandwich if I think the meal is way out of their comfort zone. But I don't make a habit of this.
  5. Cook with your kids. I cook with my kids daily so they take ownership of the kitchen and what we make. Some ideas for cooking with your kids are sorting veggie trays, mixing dips, cookies, muffins, sauces, casseroles, etc. Basically, any recipe where your kids can help stir and assemble.
  6. Hide those veggies! Muffins are an EASY way to get good things into your kids!  Example: Pumpkin muffins with chia seeds, pumpkin, coconut oil, honey, oats, grass fed butter for more healthy fats. Shakeology chocolate bites: coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, Shakeology. Freeze in fun trays and eat like candy.
  7. Talk to your kids regularly about why healthy choices are better for them. Put an emphasis on how those foods make you and them FEEL vs unhealthy choices and junk foods.

If you are looking on more ways to create healthier habits for your family, Click this link for more information about my Family Wellness Program, where I teach you how to get fit and how to bring your family along. I am also offering private coaching, as well. To discuss private coaching, email me  so we can set some goals for you!

XO,

Katie

The holidays are over, now what??

holidays overThanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are all behind us now (sniff), and many of us are now saying, "Why didn't I exhibit a bit more self-control??" But you know what? What's done is done and there is no sense in getting upset about the past when we have this big, open, and exciting year waiting for us to knock our new goals out of the park!

I'm going to share a few SIMPLE things you can do to start reining in your nutrition and leaving any not-so-great health habits back in 2016 where they belong!

  1. Don't go cold turkey.  If you've been eating whatever you want for 6 weeks, existing on salads alone is going to be BRUTAL! That kind of solution is a good set up for an early failure in achieving your goals. Instead, start a bit slower, maybe eliminating one thing at a time. If pop has crept back into your diet for example, start with that. Give yourself a week to detox from soda, and then you can work on the pastries you're eating for breakfast, or whatever the case may be. Remember, you are always striving for solutions you can continue LONG TERM, so you need to create a solid foundation.
  2. Water Water Water Water Water Water. Water is the cheapest and easiest way to flush the toxins and therefore, cravings, out of your system. Aim for 1/2 your weight in oz. each day, plus more if you are getting tough workouts in. Water will help you lose weight immediately, because when you are dehydrated, your body holds on to extra water (water weight). Plus, it will give your skin a healthy glow, too!
  3. Make a Plan. I don't just mean in your head, I mean a written plan. Write down your workouts, including the times. Write down your meals, including snacks if you need to. Your success is only as strong as your plan, so spend some time TODAY making a plan for the rest of the week if you don't already have one.
  4. Find a partner. Having someone to check in with, workout with, stay accountable to, boy that makes the difference! Even if it's just by text, or online, knowing that someone is watching what you're doing is a HUGE motivating factor. I can help with this! I offer coaching every month for clients who want a little or a lot of help with their health and fitness. If you need a partner, or a program, or advice, please connect with me so I can help you get started!
  5. Be kind to yourself. Even if you are not where you want to be with your health and fitness goals, self-hatred never did anyone any good. Be kind and love yourself no matter where you are today. And then love yourself enough to make the changes you need to make <3

XO,

Katie

New Year's Resolutions: A Guide

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Every year at this time there is A LOT of discussion about New Year's Resolutions, so I thought I'd add my two cents on the subject.

I am a BIG FAN of New Year's resolutions, but not because it's a new year. Because it provides an opportunity to hope and dream and improve ourselves and our lives. I think any chance to do that is...well...AWESOME!  And you may not know this about me, but goal setting is sort of my thing.  I LOVE doing it and have found a few things that make the process and the results more successful. Here are a few tips:

  1. Set the mood. Take yourself on a date to a coffee shop with a new journal or calendar, play some music, and enjoy time with yourself. Or, have an at-home date with your partner to goal set together in front of the fire. Or, well, you get the idea. Just plan some time where you can enjoy your goal setting--make it a "thing."
  2. Break your goals into categories. These are the ones I use: Health, Relationships, Finances, Faith, and Business/Career. Of course you can add or subtract if needed.
  3. For each category, write 2-4 statements in the positive. For example: "I will earn $5,000 per month." Or, "I will spend more one-on-one time with each of my children." Then, next to each of these statements, write some action items that would get you to that goal. These are your metrics. Your metrics are action items that YOU control.
  4. Hang up your goals where you see them regularly. Writing them down is the first way that they become REAL, the second is by seeing them frequently!
  5. Revisit your goals monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and at the end of the year. Make adjustments as needed.
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If one of your New Year's goals is to improve your health and fitness, I'd love to help! Check out my BRAND NEW Family Wellness Program.  This program will help you lose weight, create beautiful muscle tone and definition, and create life-long health habits. We begin on January 9th!  Read more about it here.

Happy New Year, Friends!

XO, Katie

Family Wellness Simplified

Get fit and healthy in 2017 and bring your family with you!

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Ladies, I have a very supportive husband who helps out SO MUCH around the house and with our children.  He is amazing, truly. But let's be honest, even with a great helper, moms run the show.  Getting kids where they need to be, organizing family schedules, shopping for clothes, food, and supplies, planning the meals, keeping our family active, etc. etc. etc. It's A LOT on our shoulders.  And I know firsthand how our own health and wellness can take a backseat to everyone else's needs.  But the thing is, Mommas, if our cup is empty, how can we fill the cups of others?

Do you immediately think "DIET" when I mention health and wellness?  Yuck.  Most diets don't work because they are too restrictive, and are designed in such a way that one person in the family is eating completely differently from the rest of the family.  That is incredibly time-consuming and doesn't allow for long-term success.  What if I told you that I can help you AND your family with better fitness and wellness?   That we can get everyone on the same page, so that everyone is more successful when it comes to changes in health.  I have created a family wellness program that will help you and your entire family create simple heath habits that you can continue long term: Family Wellness-Simplified.  

In this 4 week program, you will receive my weekly meal plan, complete with recipes, a grocery list, and video tutorials with cooking demonstrations. Each day you will work through my personalized workouts, and I will also share some fun exercises to get your kids moving!  During the 4 weeks, you will be part of a support and accountability group, where I will provide daily education and tips for success.  You will get the opportunity to interact with me and ask questions in 2 LIVE group trainings!  And because this program is all about family wellness, I'll even provide snack and lunchbox ideas for your kiddos, and some video messages from my kids to yours.

I want you to be 100% satisfied with this program and your results, so I am offering a complete money back guaranteed if you're not completely thrilled with the changes you experience after 4 weeks of working with me! This takes the risk out of joining, so you can just focus on improving your health and fitness!

If you are ready to feel good in your own skin and AND bring your family along with you, click HERE now.  I have limited space for this BRAND NEW program so that I can provide individual coaching to each of my clients, so don't wait to sign up!  It's a new year, and a new you!!!

XO, Katie

Our Latest Results from Core de Force

results Core de ForceWe are super proud of our results from Core de Force. My husband, Chris, joins me in this video this time to share his results and why he really enjoyed this cardio and kickboxing program. Chris lost 5 lbs. during this tricky holiday season and was still able to also enjoy some treats in moderation. I really loved the improvement I made with the program. I noticed my core getting stronger and my kicks getting higher. Although I generally enjoyed the program the only negative I have is that the workouts are longer than what I typically enjoy. Overall, we are very excited about our 30-day results and we are ready to go on vacation and show off our new muscles. Or, maybe we will just get a spray tan!

So, what's next? Anytime we finish a program, we always like to plan what next for us to keep our interests peaked and to keep our tone. Chris and I are creating a new program, Family Wellness: Simplified, that does not just focus on moms, but the entire family. I invite you to learn more about this program and how it can benefit you and your family in the new year!

Learn more about Family Wellness: Simplified, here!

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An AWESOME On Demand Solution for Partners!!

I want to share SOLUTIONS with you.  Always.  Sharing things that truly work for me--I want to share those things with YOU!  Remember how we talked last week about the gym vs. home workouts?  And how I said they BOTH deserve a place in your life? Well OMG, the latest announcement from Beachbody just made me feel pretty validated! First, let me say that we've been using BBOD since it began, and are big fans!  But the way it works currently is that there is a base library of programs available as a member.  100's of workouts that can be sorted by your preferences, like time, muscles worked, trainer, and type of workout.  Then, if you PURCHASE a program, it appears in your library as well.  Pretty awesome for traveling, variety, and convenience.
NOW, there is an even better option for LESS money!  You can now get ONE YEAR of BBOD WITH EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM EVER CREATED BY BEACHBODY for just over $5 per month!!  So now you and your spouse, partner, or roommate can have one subscription and work through separate programs!!
Launching on TODAY, you can get one month of Shakeology and 12 months of BBOD UPGRADED for $199!!! ! That's your fitness for the whole year!  What a great investment to make on yourself ️!!!

If you want to take advantage of this great deal, comment below with your email and I will get you set up!

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Home VS Gym Workouts - What do you prefer?

As a group fitness instructor, and also an online health and fitness coach, I have lots of experience with both classes and gyms AND home programs, but let me start by saying that until 3 years ago, I ONLY worked out in the gym.  Like, I could NOT physically exercise at home.  I had zero motivation in my home and enjoyed getting out of my house for my sweat sessions. Once I had THREE children under the age of three, however, it became increasingly difficult to leave the house to exercise, so I decided to try T25.  This is a cardio and strength program that only takes 25 minutes a day, 5 days per week.  And even though I enjoyed the program, I still preferred workouts OUT of my home, and felt that I had more energy and motivation when I wasn't at home.
But over the years, I've added more home programs to my collection.  I've also recruited my husband to join me in our home fitness.  And little by little, I've changed my tune 😃  I actually REALLY enjoy working out at home now, and I never thought I would say that!  But just like everything in life, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

Here are the pros of both:

Gym
Social:
It's a social activity to go to the gym.  If you feel alive when you see and interact with people, going to the gym can be social fuel for you.
Mirrors:
Mirrors are a HUGE benefit to working out at the gym, since most of us don't have mirrors around us while we exercise at home.  The mirrors allow you to evaluate your form and technique, and also provide instant feedback on your progress.
Child watch:
If you find it difficult to exercise with young children at home (who doesn't?), child watch can be a life saver!  It also provides a safe space for the kids to play and burn some energy while you burn yours!!
Higher energy:
I love the energy of the gym.  And when we exercise at a gym, we feed off of that energy.  At home, we have to create our own energy, which is doable but requires a little effort 😃
Home
No travel time:
When you exercise at home, you save A LOT of time in travel time!  And when you're a busy mom, 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there can make a big difference.
No worry about clothes, hair, makeup, etc.:
You can wear whatever you're comfortable in-that old shirt, those mismatched socks, hair crazy.  No one will see you!!  This is especially helpful when you are low on clean laundry
Judgment free:
Even the very friendliest gyms have a little judgment.  Everyone is watching each other, sizing them up, and comparing themselves.  And while this can be motivating, it can also be exhausting.  There's none of this at home.
My hubby can do it with me 😃:
We can't usually get to the gym at the same time due to different schedules, but we ARE home together in the mornings and evenings.  So when we can schedule a sweat session together, we do it!  Because working out with someone is always more fun!
So which is better?  My honest opinion is that both working out at home and at the gym deserve a place in your fitness.  Switching things, up, even where you exercise, are key to preventing plateaus.

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer to workout at the gym or your house? Tell me below in the comments!

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