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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Results - 3 Day Results

Here are my results from the 3-day refresh! Chris and I had amazing results, watch the video to find out just how beneficial this refresh was for us! Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Body Beast may sound scary, but it's not!


Week 2 of Body Beast just ended and I am feeling so many things, so it’s time to get my thoughts on paper (or, on the computer screen ;) ).

First, finishing two weeks of home workouts is sort of a big deal for me, which may seem silly since I represent a company that creates and sells home fitness programs. I am a lover of group fitness, and am also a group fitness instructor, so I’ve previously done the majority of my workouts live. I’ve done plenty of workouts from home, but only to fill in the gaps of my group fitness schedule. I’ve never completed an entire program at home from start to finish.

I decided that it wasn’t really fair or reasonable for me to expect my clients to do home fitness programs if I wasn’t doing the same thing! Also, I want to be able to truly understand what it feels like to be committed to a program from beginning to end. I’ve had my eyes on Body Beast for a while, and since I love weight lifting, this was a good place to start.

It’s been a little more than two weeks now, and my husband and I haven’t missed a workout!! This is a really big deal for us! On teaching days, I don’t skip my Beast workout. Instead, I teach and then get my workout in at another time. So that might mean that my “rest day” from Beast ends up being a teaching day. But I have made it work by lowering my weights a bit in my teaching classes, or switching around where my rest days fall so that I truly get a rest day, or don’t work shoulders twice in one day, for example. I used to think my body wouldn’t be able to handle double workouts, but that was so silly. It totally can. It’s our minds that tell us we can’t, not our bodies.

I don’t think I can adequately express how proud I am of my husband! He has been 100% in the game since we started, and his commitment to this program is helping me stay focused! He is feeling stronger and more energetic, and even mentioned that his golf swing is much improved since starting! As for me, I also have more energy and am starting to see some payoffs in the mirror, too! I can’t wait to take some pics in another few weeks to compare!

The thing that I’ve enjoyed more than the physical benefits, and even more than the added energy, is the mental “I can do this” that comes from achieving a goal. It’s certainly not done yet, but I have come further with it already than I ever thought I could do. I used to loathe the basement, especially for workouts. There are no windows, it’s smelly and messy, and it just isn’t a motivating space for me to workout. But you know what? While I would still prefer a gym floor and fewer toys, I really don’t dread staying home to get the workout in anymore. It’s just part of it. Plus, I’m really enjoying this time with my husband.

I really like the versatility of the program, too; you can follow the DVDs and do the workouts at home, print the workouts and take them to the gym to complete, or use BB On Demand to watch the workouts from any location with internet! These options help keep it interesting for me. Plus, I like to vary what time I workout so it’s not always the same. Some days I get it done in the morning, some days I do it with Chris in the evenings, and some days I do it during the day while the kids are playing.

Two things I should mention if you are thinking of starting Body Beast:

  1. You will gain weight. Ugh, I know! It’s hard to watch the scale go up, but it’s a fact when you are adding muscle. This muscle will allow your body to burn more calories while resting and will contribute to that lean but super toned look for which you are going. In the third phase of the program, you cut your calories slightly and that will drop your weight down a bit. But just remember that pictures tell the story and not the scale, so do what we did and just put it away!
  2. You will be hungry!! You will need to increase your calories to properly feed your muscles and fuel your body. If not, your body won’t allow the muscles to develop. There is a formula for determining your caloric range in the Beast guidebook, along with a very comprehensive eating plan.

I want to invite you to try this program with me. I will be your guide and we can do it together! I’d like to start a Body Beast group in mid-October. Please message me if you are interested in trying it! That gives you plenty of time to make some serious gains before the holidays!!

Wouldn't Change a Thing?

This is a therapy post.  Meaning, I need to get this off my chest.  It might not resonate with every person, but I've been thinking about something for awhile and couldn't quite articulate my feelings until now. I am a mom of three young children and life is hectic and crazy, and I wouldn't change a thing. :)  Well, I mean, I would change that one hour fit the 2-year-old threw today if I could.  And actually, I would change my 6-year-old's fear of thunder to be maybe fear of tigers or something less common around Central Illinois.  And I probably would also change my son's lack of aim in the bathroom so I don't have to clean up his pee every time he uses the bathroom.

When did it become bad to want to change something?  If we never wanted to change anything about our lives, wouldn't we be in heaven? And honestly, it's not our kids we want to change, exactly, but the rest of our crazy hectic lives that make us too tired and worn down to appropriately and adequately deal with their tough behaviors.  Perhaps people feel the need to say things like, "My baby cried all day and my Kindergartener threw up everywhere and I am exhausted, but I wouldn't change a thing!" because they think that phrase means, "I would rather not have kids than deal with this nightmare."  Of course it doesn't mean that!!!  That should be a mutual understanding amongst all parents; we wouldn't trade our kids for clean floors, eight hours of sleep, and more nights on the town.  No one would do that.  But I can't stand feeling like I need to clarify a statement like, "This was a loooooonnnnnggggg day with my kids" with "but I wouldn't change a thing," because, duh.  We know that I wouldn't rather trade my kids for not having a long day.

And another thing...all of these videos, posts, images that are everywhere right now with the goal of getting moms to slow down, not wish time away, savor every moment, enjoy every second, blah blah are just another way to make us feel guilty for not doing that.  I do not enjoy every minute of being a mom.  I don't think I actually enjoy every minute of a lot of things, but that doesn't mean they aren't absolutely remarkable, amazing, life changing things.  And while I will look back fondly on these young years with my children, I do not want to feel bad about not laying with them longer every night.  You know why?  Because I have a house to run and a marriage to nurture, and a body to take care of.  And I desperately need that time.  I hope I look back on these years and say, "Well done.  You raised awesome kids, still have a healthy marriage, and are sane.  Don't beat yourself up for being happy when they were sleeping each night, because you deserved that time to unwind."

I totally and completely support personal development and working on ourselves as moms, entrepreneurs, wives, sisters, etc.  And if you feel like you don't take time to acknowledge the goodness around you, then maybe that's something you can invest some time in studying.  Or maybe you're a yell-y mom, and you want to work on that.  Or maybe you are super unorganized and the house is always a mess.  Let's embrace improving ourselves, but can we also just appreciate how much we're doing already without the guilt trips??

Moms Unite!!!!  We are awesome.  And don't change a thing. ;)

Having a Partner on Your Fitness Journey

fitnesspartner I’ve been reflecting lately on my fitness journey, and how different it would be without my husband’s constant support and participation. When you grow (or shrink!!) as a person, it’s much more fun to grow right along with someone else, and that’s what we’ve done.

If you look back about 5 years, our health was not good. I mean, really not good. We ate prepackaged EVERYTHING, fast food all the time, had to buy a case of pop every time we went to the store, and thought fat free was the way to go when changing our diet. Chris even ate a bowl of ice cream every night in bed!! And I enjoyed Taco Bell and McDonalds way more than I care to admit. It worked for us and we were young, so our bodies handled that kind of abuse much better than they do now. But two years ago, I saw an announcement for an “accountability group” on FB. This intrigued me, especially after having 3 children in 3.5 years and being ready to reclaim my body. I invited my husband to try the group with me, and he declined, but he DID say that he would try drinking Shakeology every day (I was totally shocked, by the way!). Having his support is the reason I decided to try Shakeology more than once. The first time, I HATED it and had to choke it down. I saw that he wasn’t having the same experience, and he showed me what he was doing differently. Together, we learned how to make shakes that weren’t too thick and were actually delicious. We dialogued about how much more energy we had and how we noticed our cravings disappearing. And we encouraged each other to give up pop and cut way back on eating out, especially fast food.

The last two years have continued to be a fitness journey for us both, and I have loved how close it has brought us. Making positive changes together FEELS good. And we speak the same language. When I say, “Do you want a shake?” or “No bun on the burger, please” or “Let’s get a 5 today” he knows what I’m talking about. We can share frustrations and accomplishments and really understand those things because we’re in this TOGETHER.

I know that not everyone has support from their spouse when it comes to their fitness journey. That is a challenge for sure. But it doesn’t mean you can’t make changes!! I have a little advice:

1. If your partner is NOT on board, try finding a friend, relative, co-worker, etc. who WILL be your partner. Someone who wants to make healthy changes with you and will support you. Partnerships don’t have to just be at home with your spouse. 2. Share some of the benefits you’re feeling with your partner, but don’t push your new lifestyle on them. Talking about it casually will let them know how you’re doing without forcing changes on them. No one likes to be told what to do ☺ 3. Show your partner how to make small changes. Remember how it was hard for you to cut pop out of your diet cold turkey? Well, don’t expect your partner to be able to do that! Change to whole wheat bread and then start subbing in ground turkey for ground beef. Make a bigger shake than normal and send some off with your spouse when they are leaving for work. Little changes add up to big results! 4. Remember that this is your journey, not theirs. They are on their own journey. So if your partner hasn’t decided to do this with you, it doesn’t mean that they never will; the timing just isn’t right for them. Continue to be a good example of health and fitness and they will join you when they’re ready. 5. Join an accountability group, for goodness sake!! These are magical groups where amazing changes take place because you’re SURROUNDED by other people who are in the same boat as you. I see it every month: people making huge strides in their health and fitness because someone is cheering them on! The next group starts September 8th, right after Labor Day!