Finding YOUR Fit

This post may come off as preachy but that isn’t my intention. You’ve been warned. Ha!
My wonderful trainer has me set up with a program that I can do from home or at the gym. Because we’re at the point in the semester where we have back to back breaks, this was desperately needed. When the university is closed, the gym is closed. That is pretty much the only major con of my gym so I’ll take it. I had most of last week off for Thanksgiving so the home plans were used except for one day because I had too much chest congestion and a slight fever. Boo!
I’ve heard a lot of women say that they would love to get in shape but they can’t afford gym memberships or cant find the time to leave the house. I here ya girl and I’m here to offer my unsolicited opinion.
I did most of my Jamie Eason Live Fit Trainer from home with dumbbells and resistance bands after Harper went to bed at night. What I “couldn’t” do from home I did at the gym. If I had taken the time to examine the workouts and what areas of the body they targeted, I’m sure I would have been able to do all of it at home. Or I would’ve made up my own program that was comparable. At that point, I just wanted to jumpstart my weightlifting and for me…Jamie was the way to go.
There are a lot of other programs through bodybuilding.com that you can do from home for FREE. My favorite price. Ha! If you are in a situation where you can and are willing to shell out money for a program like Insanity or Piyo…check out beachbody.com. I had great results with Insanity and loved Chalean Extreme until I got pregnant. I had a high risk pregnancy and wasn’t able to complete the program. Y’all know that I’m a proud member of the Tone It Up community and there are free TIU workouts on their website and YouTube channel. Karena and Katrina also have exercise dvd’s that are much cheaper than anything you’d get from beachbody.com. In most cases, the beachbody programs come with a nutrition guide to get you through the program of your choice successfully. With Tone It Up, there is a nutrition plan that you can purchase separately if you’d like. I got the nutrition plan for my birthday and love it! Karena and Katrina are constantly adding recipes so for me its worth the money. The nutrition plan aims to educate as well.
In a world where social media is booming, there are a large number of personal trainers who can offer online coaching. This is usually for someone (like me) who needs direction and accountability but doesn’t want/need in-person guidance. The only “me time” I get is when I’m at the gym and I treasure that. You will want to make sure that the person is actually qualified, an excellent communicator and passionate. If they don’t have philosophies that match your own…keep it moving. You also need to be willing to put in work. Don’t waste your money or their time.
Do you have any questions about Tone It Up, Live Fit or Insanity?
Are you trying to find your fit?
Do you have any advice for someone who may be trying to find their fit?
 

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This post was fueled by water, a peanut butter and dark chocolate KIND bar and Jhene Aiko.

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You Get What You Ask For {Fitness}

I finally reached out to the trainer I wanted and got a “yes”! Who the heck takes on a new training program right before Thanksgiving? Is that what y’all are thinking? I questioned it myself so no offense would be taken. Ha! Accountability.

The program she has written out is intense but she wants to “push me”. I need that. While I love bodybuilding.com and the training programs they have on their site I need someone to check-in with. Someone to help me figure out what works, what doesn’t and how to fix little issues. I’ve even been more conscious of what goes into my mouth because this relationship goes both ways.

The last thing I want to do is ask for her help, have her set aside the time to write out schedules and then not pull my share. Nope!

On a typical day, there aren’t very many ladies in the weight room at my gym. You see some of the guys smirk at lady lifters and some even look at which dumbbells you pick up to see how heavy you’re lifting! Rude. After my first superset of shoulders and biceps, a guy actually stood beside and copied everything I did! He had no shame y’all. I don’t blame him, the workouts are killer.

Don’t worry, her identity will be revealed if I get permission…or if she outs herself.

Who/what gives you that extra push?
What are you eating for Thanksgiving?

This post was fueled by grapes (thank you again, Michelle), Billie Holiday and Starbucks! Speaking of which, don’t forget to enter the Starbucks gift card giveaway!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition

People were crazy in the stores last year. There’s no other way to put it…just crazy, fighting over “stuff”. When it all boils down to it, Christmas presents (in a lot of cases) can just be described as “stuff”. They may be items that we’ve been drooling over or something we just know that our friends/family/whomever would go gaga for but it’s stuff. Because I have no desire to wait in long lines with people tapping their toes at over-worked sales associates who are assisting EVERYONE, here comes the internet. Besides, you can find some really fun and unique items on the interwebs.

Move over Thanksgiving, it’s time to start trimming those trees and decking the halls!

If you have some fitness enthused friends or blog buddies (ahem) I found some nice, affordable gift options.

Little Miss Fierce Tank– Cute and functional. Hell anyone with a bit of fierceness could rock this. Tell her to pair it with athletic tights or jeans and sport it with a bit of sass. We see you and we love it!

Train Like You Live on The Hellmouth Tank– Do you have a friend who LOVES Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Buy this, wrap it up and wait for the squeals.

Tone It Up Special Edition Yoga Pullover Sweatshirt– For the beach babe in your life. This girl likes to have fun and her enthusiasm is contagious. Get her this and tell her to spread a little of that awesomeness around.

Perfect Fit Go Stack– If you have a friend who takes her protein to go, do her a favor and get this. You can gift it alone, with something else or stuff it with goodies…like chocolate. 😉

Road ID the Wriste Elite– There are so many different styles and colors you can choose from to personalize for a friend or family member. They even come in toddler size. What’s so great about this? Safety. If Heaven forbid your friend has an accident while running or at the gym, medics will have access to emergency contact information. There are interactive badges also that route medical professionals to the website where your friend’s medical profile is stored. This is great if you know someone who suffers from something like life-threatening allergies or diabetes. The interactive ID’s cost a little more.

Knee-High Sport Sock– Everyone knows someone who has a thing for socks. If you’re thinking…”I don’t know anyone like that”…look down. What’s on your feet? Cute socks? Add them to your wishlist.

Are you gearing up for some Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? 

This post was fueled by water, coffee and stuffed cabbage casserole.

 

Negativity, Bodybuilding & a Puff

I will never understand why some people feel compelled to undermine or criticize another person’s lifestyle choices. A YouTube vlogger that I follow posted pictures from her first bikini competition on her Facebook page this weekend and I was left shocked by some of the comments. She wears her hair in all of its natural glory (no chemical straightening treatments) and in the past that is what she mostly vlogged about. As with most people, her interests started branching into other things… for her its fitness and competing.  (She’s even a certified personal trainer now! Yay for her!) At the competition, she chose to wear a straight wig…on the head…that is connected to her person. There was a good amount of cheering from followers but the jeers were just nasty and uncalled for.
Just because a person chooses to do something out of their norm or Heaven forbid…the opposite of what you would do…it never gives you the right to call them a “sellout”, “stereotype” or anything else derogatory. If seeing another person working towards their goals brings out the venom in you, it’s time for some deep self-reflection. I’m just sayin’.
On a lighter note, I know who I want to train me and I’m emailing her today! Cross your fingers and toes, please!

Does the fear of potentially negative feedback ever stop you from posting to social media?

This post was fueled by a free coffee from Brugger’s and Foo Fighters.

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