In the last six months or so, I’ve gained about 10 pounds. I would like to think it’s pure muscle, but my body fat is up about 5-6%, and my clothes are feeling a little more snug than I prefer. I have let my eating habits relax a bit and indulged a bit too often in dessert. My workout routine changed, too, about three months ago. I did not adjust my eating habits all that well with my lighter workout routine, and I’m starting to see the impact of that now.

Even though I recognize where I am struggling, it’s been hard for me to get back on track. As I look ahead to the fall and the fast-approaching year of homeschooling, I know my schedule is only going to get busier. I want to get back on track with my fitness. The group exercise classes at the gym always do a great job of motivating me. Problem is, most classes are in the morning, during prime homeschool time, and childcare at the gym is closed in the afternoon. By the evening, I am often too tired to exercise.

So, I started looking at different options and I am happy to say I have a plan! It’s something that will allow me to get a great workout at home and provide the accountability I need to stay focused. I’m also finding my kids enjoy working out with me. They are too young to join me in classes at the gym, but they will be able to join me with my new workout program.

Beachbody-Logo1I’ve decided to begin an at-home workout program with Beachbody, and become a coach through the company. What is Beachbody? You may have heard of P90X or Insanity, or Shakeology. Beachbody is the company that produces some of the most popular at-home workout programs. I have seen friends have great results, and I love that Beachbody offers a dozen or so workout programs. There is something for everyone: low impact to high intensity, with workouts focusing on everything from stretching to building muscle. They also offer Shakeology, a meal supplement, that is rich in vitamins and nutrients.

As a coach, I will have the opportunity to connect with a coach accountability group to help me stay on track and receive discounts on products. It will also give me the opportunity to host my own challenge/accountability groups and better help others reach their goals. I have needed something new to motivate me in my own health and fitness goals and this is it! Helping others reach their health and fitness goals has become a passion of mine, and I am excited to embark on this new adventure.

 

 

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It’s time for this week’s edition of my favorite articles on the Internet:

Big Questions/Big Answers: Tackling passages in the Bible that seem crazy
I watched a great sermon out of Transformation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. Pastor Dan Kimball talks about how to tackle the seemingly ‘crazy’ parts of the Bible. You can watch or listen to the sermon by clicking the title above. There is also a sermon outline and study guide available.

Afloat and Alone
I came across this article in Home Life magazine last week. The author uses the example of being in a boat, how your boat will move with the current whether you want it to or not. Such a great parallel to life. Unless we are intentional about our spiritual, physical, family goals, we will drift. . .and it’s unlikely we will drift in the direction we are looking to move. 

15 Reasons You Should Deadlift
The deadlift has become one of my favorite strength exercises. My personal best stands at 225 lbs, and I hope to improve on that number in the coming months. Debbie at Momsanity gives some great reasons why you should pick up that barbell (or dumbbells, if you prefer). #1 and #11 are my favorites!

I’m starting to plan my August goals and cannot wait to share them with you! Have a great week.

Phone batteries, food labels, hidden hikes and insanely effective TRX exercises. Here are a few of my favorite articles from this past week (July 12-19, 2014). Some of these are new, while some are just new to me. Click on each title to read each article.

Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast?
Here are nine reasons your iPhone battery may be draining so fast. I changed some of my settings this week, based on this article, and I think it’s helping. (If you have an Android device, no worries – click here to read an article that may help you.)

What Advertisers Don’t Want You To Know About Food Labels
Making sense of eight common food labels…natural, whole grain, reduced fat, free range, and so on. This article shows why some of these labels may be misleading, and what you need to be watching for when you are grocery shopping.

Never Skip a Workout Again
Life happens. Things come up. The kids get sick. It can be really hard to stay on track with working out. Annie Brees, one of my favorite bloggers who happens to also be a mom, powerlifter, personal trainer, shares five tricks to keep on track.

How To Take Back Your Schedule (Like A Boss)
As I look at my calendar, I get overwhelmed some weeks at all the activities and events we have scheduled…and it’s July! I thought summertime was supposed to be relaxing. As we look ahead to the fall and getting back into the regular school year, this is a great article to read.

43 Hidden Hikes to Try This Summer
This is a great list of hikes, categorized by region and level of difficulty.

45 Insanely Effective TRX Exercises
I love TRX. I teach TRX. And I think it’s one awesome piece of gym equipment – so much versatility. You may have seen a TRX at the gym, those black and yellow straps probably hanging in the corner or in a studio. This simply designed piece of equipment can challenge you and give you a great workout. This is a great list of exercises to get you started.

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The YMCA where I teach TRX classes has announced it will be shutting down in a couple of months. There are other locations where I can exercise (and hopefully I will be able to find another gym where I can teach TRX), but this news makes me very sad. This YMCA may be small without as much equipment or amenities, but what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in other areas.

1) Can you give me a spot? I often lift weights on my own. At this YMCA, I can count on the wellness coaches to be standing nearby and ready to give me a spot whenever I need. One wellness coach, in particular, will make sure he’s near the bench press if he knows I am doing “Chest Day.” I don’t get that kind of attention at other gyms, nor do I see gym staff in the weight room at other gyms all that often. I can always ask another person working out to give me a spot – but many are wearing headphones or are too focused on their own workouts to stop for a spot. I will miss those wellness coaches when this gym closes.

2) They know me (and my kids) by name. I remember the second time I went there to workout (long before I became an instructor). As I was dropping my kids off in childcare, the woman behind the counter already knew all four of my kids’ names. She greets us with a smile every time we come, and my kids adore her. My kids cried when I told her this gym will be closing. They realize we will not see this beloved childcare employee much after that, and they are very sad to lose that relationship. (They love all of the childcare staff and beg me to go to this gym more often.)

3) Friendships. I have made many, many friends at this gym. Maybe it’s because after our workout, many of us sit down at the table in the lobby to chat before picking up our kids. Or maybe it’s because it is a smaller gym, it’s easier to see the same people every time I am there – and when I don’t show up to workout, people wonder where I am and will check in to see if everything is okay. In the past, I could disappear for months from a gym without anyone noticing. Knowing that I will be missed (and wanting to see friends), that motivates me to keep coming back to the gym.

4) They gave me a chance. I became a TRX instructor at this gym last fall, after getting certified to teach last summer.  It is only because the management at this gym had confidence and faith in my ability, enough to hire me, that I have become the instructor that I am today. They gave me the opportunity to start teaching TRX and I will be forever grateful. I hope I will be able to find another teaching position, and I hope, too, it will be close enough so I can still see some of the people who currently take my classes.

This gym is a special, little community. It’s difficult to think of another place or organization with such a welcoming, friendly environment. I’m going to miss it terribly when it closes. As I was writing this post, it made me think of the theme song to the show, “Cheers”. . .here it is if you want to have a listen.

 

I learned something new this week: onions and potatoes are not supposed to be stored near each other. Did you already know this? That would explain why my potatoes go bad so quickly, and look like this (see below). I have been storing them in my pantry (a cool, dark spot). Now I have to figure out another storage option. The garage is too warm right now. How do you store your potatoes and onions?

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I’m starting a new feature here on my blog. I read so many great articles each week. Many I share on Facebook but it’s easy to miss things there. So, I am going to start sharing a weekly round-up of my favorite articles. I may sometimes include a book recommendation, too. The articles may be current, or may be something I have just seen. If you find an article particularly helpful, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. It will help me know what you are interested in AND I love to hear how my journey may be helping others become healthier. Happy Friday!

It’s Time To Finally Convince Your Clients That the Scale Doesn’t Matter
This article is targeted towards personal trainers, but includes a wealth of information about your body, the scale and why the scale may not be moving as much as you want (or maybe it’s moving in the wrong direction!). Remember, when you set goals, you should set them based on actions you can control, rather than how your body will respond. You can control your eating and workout habits. You cannot control whether you will lose 2 or 4 or 12 lbs by a certain date.

A.W. Tozer and Worship: Are You Strange?
Clare at Peak 313 Fitness shared this thought-provoking image. Definitely made me stop and think.

Next Generation is Peaking Before Age 10
What is happening to our children? This trend must be changed. I hope I am encouraging my kids on a daily basis to be active.

Superfoods – My least favourite word in the nutrition world
Quinoa. Goji and acai berries. Green tea. Superfoods. Or are they? Some interesting points to consider from one of my favorite bloggers/nutritionists: “What is saddening is that as a society, we have become so used to eating a diet containing foods of which DON’T contain nutrients (coke, cakes, burger rings, Big Mac, choc chip biscuits) that as soon as something DOES contain nutrients (special powers) it’s deemed a SUPERFOOD! All of a sudden, instead of fruit and vegetables as our source of chlorophyll, we go to the store and buy a quick fix bottle of processed chlorophyll and add it to our smoothies because it’s a Superfood. We add pea protein, a highly processed extraction of the protein from peas, to our breakfast cereal because it’s a Superfood.”