Dan’s Story

​​We talk a lot about the ladies that work out with us at FBBC but what about those awesome men that come in too? Today, I’m going to highlight one of our fantastic FBBC dudes!

Dan Martin is a great guy that wasn’t new to fitness, but he wasn’t making much effort to make fitness and his health a priority. As time goes by you wake up one morning, look in the mirror and say, “OMG, where did these rolls come from? Why can’t I fit into my pants anymore?”

Even though Dan knew how to work out he would let life get in the way as he put it and really wasn’t doing anything towards fitness.

From a workout standpoint I wasn’t doing anything and over the past 10 years I added about 30 pounds to my body. Physically I wanted to change. When I’m active or working out I have always been in a better place emotionally and mentally.”

This is true for most people. I really don’t hear people say they feel awful after a workout even if it was a tough one. Most people feel great afterwards and when they attend more often, each day they feel better and better.

One of Dan’s excuses for not working out before was “life getting in the way”. With the 30-minute workouts Dan does not allow life to get in his way anymore. He has seen how you can fit fitness into your life if that’s what you really want.

The schedule offered by FBBC is perfect since there are various sessions throughout the day and they are only 30 minutes. I am able to swing in for a morning workout to get the blood flowing and back home to get ready for the day before anyone else is even up.

My energy level is so much higher which makes is easy for me to get up in the morning and make it to my 6:00am session. I feel great and FBBC gave me the kick start I needed to get back into fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

I honestly love how bootcamp works with anyone’s schedule. There really is no excuse not to be here. You get in and get out, bam your workout is done in 30 minutes. And when you pay attention to what you put into your body your results will come faster and you’ll be amazed. It just takes some effort and determination on your end. We got you on the rest.

During the challenge I lost 15 lbs, 3.75” and 2.5% body fat. I really like seeing the numbers going in that direction but more importantly I feel so much better physically and emotionally. 

I have made significant physical changes but more importantly I have changed my behavior by working out consistently and eating better to ensure a healthier lifestyle. I still enjoy the same foods I used to eat, just not as much or as often.”

Dan it was such a pleasure to see in the morning. We are very proud of his achievements!

Go get it Dan!

– Megan K and Team

Staying the course

Today’s message is about staying the course…
On every path there will be obstacles;
there will be setbacks:
  • Injuries
  • Stressful times at work
  • Emotional stress
  • Loss of family members/ pets
  • Financial stress
But it is crucial that no matter what you keep going forward all the ways you can. 
You might need to take a break from your favorite thing to let an injury heal or to restore financial balance to your life
but what can you do in the meantime? 
Can you keep a food log?
Can you go for walks? Can you do Youtube videos at home?
Can you do a travel workout?
We have all heard that “where there is a will there is a way”. This is true. 
It is crucial that regardless of the setback or the circumstances you keep doing the best you can. 
Listen, everyone “falls off the wagon” from time to time. Some folks fall off it a few times a year. Some seem to be in an on and off
pattern until things click…
the most important thing is to keep getting back on it, no matter how many times you fall off.
No journey is a straight line to success.
Just keep doing the best you can.
We are here for you and committed to your success,
Megan K and the team

Emily’s story of inspiration

Today I want to discuss weight loss surgery. There are about 6-7 different procedures today and it has become one of the fat loss trends. Although this drastic measure can be successful, it comes with a list of side effects and dangers. There are requirements one must have before even being considered for these procedures, one being a male must be at least 100 pounds overweight and a female 80.

Some of the requirements of the procedures state that you must be dedicated to making dramatic and permanent changes to how you eat, exercise and live. Hmmmm, isn’t that what we teach all of our fantastic members here at FBBC?

It was that kind of conversation that got Emily Myslivecek to walk in our door. Emily was not an active person at all, prior to joining our fitness family. This is what she told me about why she joined.

“I was constantly exhausted, overweight and ashamed. I didn’t feel like I could go anywhere I’d be seen without shape-wear, a full face of makeup and doing my hair.

I had a physical where the doctor had asked me about what I’d been doing actively. When I told her I’d been going to school and working, both full time, and hadn’t had much time for anything else, she’d brought up weight loss surgery. I was mortified. I knew I was overweight, but I didn’t think I was at a point where surgery would be appropriate. I knew I was capable of losing the weight myself, and that conversation had inspired me to try some pretty drastic diets before finding FBBC and learning about food logging.”

It’s sad Emily resorted to drastic dieting. You would hope the conversation would have had a positive effect instead of making her feel desperate. However, the good part is, she didn’t do the drastic measures too long and soon found out about FBBC where she can have all the support she needs to change her lifestyle.

Emily shared a little about her mom and how her lifestyle also played a big factor in Emily’s decision to take control of her own life.

“Growing up, my mom ran marathons. She’s always been physically fit and continues at 62 to take classes at the Y, ride motorcycles, change the prop on her boat by herself, and fully enjoy life. I was slowing down at 27. I would get to the second story of my house and have to stop and catch my breath. I knew I needed to change my habits if I wanted to live a long, healthy, fulfilled life like my mom.”

Emily had one more inspirational person in her life that also helped her take initiative to get her weight off and that was her husband.

“My husband had lost 90 lbs. on his own when I found FBBC. He did it by running up and down the stairs everyday, starting with 10 minutes and working up to 1.5 hours at a time. He enjoyed it, but I knew I had to find something for myself that I would enjoy–and to me that wasn’t running up and down the stairs, I wanted to find a fitness community.”

Thankfully Emily had other people to inspire her and she didn’t resort to the surgery. She found her community and what a difference it has made.

“My goal in the beginning was to lose 50 lbs. At the end of my 2nd challenge I’d lost 35. I’m hoping to reach 50 lbs. lost by the end of my 3rd challenge.

I love FBBC. I’m addicted. It’s the longest I’ve stuck with anything since high school volleyball. It’s fun, it’s fast, and everyone is supportive, welcoming, and respectful. I also love the diversity–at any age, size, shape, or athletic stage–you can make FBBC work for you, and you won’t ever feel out of place!

I’m now confident. I don’t curl my hair and put make up on every time I know I’ll be seen or where there will be pictures taken. I just feel more comfortable in my natural skin. I’ve been able to connect with others who’ve struggled on their fitness journeys. I’ve paid more attention than ever in my life on what I’m eating. I pay attention to portions and try to focus more on proteins and vegetables (still working on that–lol).

I don’t know about all of you, but to me this sounds much better than having a drastic weight loss surgery that could have some serious side effects.

 

We are so proud of you Emily. Keep it going!

If you are interested in learning more about our boot camp sessions, email us at info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com

-Megan K

Affirmation Deficiency

Happy Friday!

This week I’m writing to you about a topic that might seem a tad bit “woo woo” but can truly have an impact on your headspace regarding fitness and your tangible results.

Have you ever heard of affirmational deficiency?

You have likely heard of affirmations and in particular positive ones.

ie: I’m whole perfect harmonious and happy.

I am a loving kind present friend.

etc.

But did you know that we can affirm our present situation and continue to create more of it if we are not careful about how we view it.

For example, if I am focusing all my energy on the 10 lbs I want to lose, I might continue to create a situation where I’ve got 10 lbs to lose.

If I’m thinking a lot about how I wish I had more energy rather than focusing on the energy I do have then I am going to continue to be aware of the lack of what I have vs the what of ​what I do have.  

I hope this makes sense.

When we want more of a thing (ANY Thing) the first step is to place focus on how much of it we already have.

Now this can be easier said than done when we are in a bad way…if my whole body aches and I’m exhausted it is easy for someone else to tell me “just focus on what feels good”. I  mean guess what jerk, nothing feels good…right? But there is always something positive we can find.

As you are going forward with your fitness and health journey find EVERY win (it doesn’t matter how small) and celebrate the heck out if it.  Ring that bell. Brag it up. Tell us about the thing you are proud about accomplishing. Find every reason to be grateful for all that is going well.

You’ll notice that more and more things will be moving in the direction you want…

If you need help framing/ reframing your goals ask one of us.

We are here to help.

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

Lisa’s Story!

For many of us finding a fitness pursuit that becomes something we enjoy or even love, can be tough. Before Fit Body Boot Camp, Lisa felt lost and bored with her fitness program. She had spent a year or two trying to convince herself that she loved to run for cardio.  She found it unexciting and repetitive with no variety other than the music. When she was worn out with that, she began weight lifting. Weights were more enjoyable than running but she still didn’t love them…”I would plug in my headphones, follow a plan, and go to work. There was no community. Most people who lift do it on their own.”

We are glad that Lisa found FBBC when she did. She was inspired to pursue a fitness journey by her friends, coworkers, and her husband Cory.  Cory is “amazing and hard to keep up with…but I’m trying. I want my kids to have a mom who plays, runs and teaches them why our health is so important” .

No journey is without obstacles…Lisa has to work to balance her schedule and she had to overcome a lack of confidence.   “I had never really been the athletic type so many activities were very intimidating to me (inside and outside of the gym). I also struggled with comparison. It is is really hard to realize that everyone’s journey is different. What works for one may not for another, but FBBC looks at everyone’s journey to see what will work”  then there is the time commitment piece…

“I commute to St. Cloud for work every day. That takes two hours sitting in the car daily.  So we have to schedule it. It is just part of the plan each and every week.  Plan out when and where you get your activity and how you fit in your sessions. I try to get to a minimum of 4 sessions if not 5 each week”

Once Lisa, Cory and their family got into a routine things smoothed out for her and she began seeing results.

Lisa says, “I can’t speak more highly about FBBC. This community means so much to me. From trying out a 3 week mini challenge at the end of summer last year, to now. It has quite simply changed my life and the lives of my family. Fitness and activity are a part of everyday now. I have found amazing friendships that I was challenged finding due to busy community/ work/ family schedules”.

And speaking of overcoming obstacles…Lisa says she is about to face her biggest challenge yet. “I set the goal that 2018 was the year that I would step out of my comfort zone. I am not an extrovert by any means. I have now done the FBBC Amazing Race, signed up for the Rugged Maniac, AND With a little push from a great friend and coaches, I signed up for the “My First Tri”.  These things are all beyond that comfort zone”

WOW!

Amazing stuff Lisa.

No more of the same old thing for you! In addition to stepping outside of her comfort zone, she is also down 6.9 lbs and 18.5 inches!

We are so excited for your progress and your success.

Maggie’s Story

Do you ever feel tired, worn out or moody and really don’t know why. You think to yourself “I haven’t done anything too strenuous so why do I feel so tired. I just want to sleep”. Surprisingly this happens to a lot of people. When you don’t eat properly and don’t get some kind of exercise, believe it or not, your body becomes tired.

This was a conversation I had with one of my clients, Maggie. She actually worked out to at home videos but they just didn’t work for her. She would get bored and lose motivation so she wouldn’t stick to it. She told me that prior to joining FBBC she felt so tired all the time.

“I was constantly feeling run down. I lacked the energy to keep up with the kids and often took naps when they did. I was often crabby and short tempered.”

People get confused with exercise. They think it tires them out. Of course your body will get tired with a great workout but it’s very different from what we’re talking about here. When you exercise on a regular basis you will have more energy to do the things you need to in life. Maggie is a perfect example of this. Just look at some of things she has accomplished now.

“Last year, I trained for my first triathlon and finished within my goal times. I had never thought that I would be able to something like that in my adult life! This year a few of us from the studio ran the Spartan race. It was a very tough race, but as a team we all crossed the finish line. I have a few more runs scheduled for the fall.”

Remember, prior to starting with FBBC she couldn’t do any of this. She just didn’t have the energy. In addition to these wonderful races, Maggie told me that this winter she plans to get back into snowboarding with her son.

“A stronger, better fueled body has allowed me to explore so many amazing things.”

One of the great things about Maggie changing her lifestyle is that she is passing that on to her own family. She even talks about her grandmother giving her inspiration to be better and stronger.

“I wanted to show my kids that I could stick to a program, lose the extra weight, change my diet for the better and to have more energy. By learning these skills for myself, I was passing on a healthy lifestyle to them. The second inspiration was my Grandmother. I looked at her and saw a woman that was so strong mentally but was lacking the physical power to do much for herself anymore. I knew that I did not want to end up in a body that no longer functioned at it’s best and I knew that the sooner I started the better!”

I can feel the emotions just in that statement alone. It’s amazing to hear the change in Maggie and to see how she is sharing this change with others.

As a bonus to Maggie she has met some great people and made new friends. Many of our members tell me this. We are such a great family it really is awesome.

“The best thing that has happened to me since joining the FBBC family is that I can now say that I get to work with all of these amazing people! It is truly a blessing to be able to get to know all of the clients at the gym and to get to work with them. I love it when you can get a client through a new movement that they thought wasn’t possible. Such a great feeling.”

From napping to all this excitement. I honestly love what I do!!

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(Maggie (left) along with some of our amazing Fit Bodies!)

Pete’s Story

Happy Friday! I’m thrilled to see so many more success stories coming out of our recent challenges, I decided you needed to hear Pete’s story!

Working out and exercise mean different things to different people. Everyone can lose weight and inches and feel better about themselves but each person has a different story as to why they started and what it did for them. When Pete told me his story I have to say it really made me think and I got a bit emotional…

Pete was one of those guys who really didn’t do much physical fitness. He did some push ups here and there, walked at work and treated projects around his house as his exercise. He tried weight watchers and lost about 15 lbs. but he didn’t get out of it what he wanted.

“While I lost some weight, I didn’t gain the physical rewards I was looking for like strength or endurance. Mentally, I was frustrated by the smallest of things. I had enough experience to know that this was the probably the result of not getting any exercise. Yet I didn’t have the motivation to get the exercise as part of a routine.”

Pete found us through Amazon and all this was changed for him. He told me that every session he attends the stress drains out of him leaving him with a fresh perspective on life. This is only thing though that gave him a different perspective on life and on exercise. And this is the part where I got tears.

I asked Pete what his inspiration was and this is what he told me.

“There are a few different facets to this. On one hand, I guess I’m selfish that I don’t want to be “That guy” who looks and acts 75 when they’re 50. On the other hand, my brother was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Here is a guy who was a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do who can no longer walk, much less zip up his jacket. I can’t really describe the pain and sorrow of watching someone wither away. There isn’t a known cause or a known cure for this disease. It just happened. While I’m not a particularly religious person, whenever I see him I’m struck by how cruel the disease is, and how lucky the rest of us are. It would be easy for Ted to cave into a mush bucket and crawl into a bottle. But he faces each day with a positive, happy to be alive, look at how fortunate I am attitude. God I wished I had that emotional strength. But I don’t. So I cope by training/working-out and counting the blessings I do have.”

WOW!!! Life really is precious and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I have a feeling that Pete’s brother is a strong as he is because of the exercise and physical discipline he had prior to getting ALS. I get goose bumps thinking about this.

For Pete, he is in a better place because he took the chance to come in and do something about his own health. It’s not always easy taking that step, but as you can see it paid of for him. He is a better person because of it.

“Probably the best thing that has happened to me is that I now have much more patience for everything at home and work.

I jokingly say that this is my daily Romper Room time, but in some ways it really is. For me, it’s fun to meet new people who share a common interest. It makes my day when I can sprinkle in some comments or references (often self-deprecating) to get people to laugh and engage.”

I know I say this over and over again, but I feel amazing inside to be a part of stories like this. It truly is an amazing feeling.

~Megan K

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Did you *FALL* for the #1 myth that makes you gain weight?

Happy Thursday!!

There are a lot of fitness myths out there -many of which actually MAKE YOU FATTER! (yikes)

And now that the holidays are right around the corner (along with the dreaded holiday weight gain) some people will fall for these myths and end up even HEAVIER than when they started!

But there is ONE in particular that I hear about time and time again that really just makes me crazy: It’s that CARDIO is great for fat loss. What?! Since WHEN?!

LIES I TELL YOU! (the effects are actually pretty devastating, and why we don’t use cardio in my new Fit For Fall Program, keep reading…)

It kills me when a new client comes in and tells me how they need “cardio” to lose weight.

“How much cardio do you do?” they ask.  They are always flabbergasted at my response:  “NONE.”

They are always SHOCKED to learn that steady state cardio is probably the WORST exercise to do for fat loss.

Well then, how is it my clients lose so much weight?  How is it my clients consistently lose 8+ pounds of  fat and 2-4 inches from their belly in their first month alone?

The amazing results I get all has to do with my specialized fat loss training system (that only takes 30 minutes) coupled with my custom nutrition plan.

It has ZERO to do with long hour(s) of cardio.

The research is there, it is conclusive that cardio is a miserable waste of time when it comes to fat loss.  The problem is that big gyms will continue to perpetuate this complete load of BS  because they have big bucks invested in endless rows of fancy high tech treadmills and ellipticals.

HERE IS A SECRET (that the big box gyms do not want you to know):
Machines do not burn fat – YOU DO!

Here are my TOP 4 reasons to avoid cardio for fat loss:

4) Cardio MAKES YOU OLD
A recent study published in the Journal Of Strength and Conditioning Research found that cardio creates a massive increase of oxidative damage and floods the body with destructive free radicals.  These free radicals have been proven to damage organs including your skin.  This free radical damage is especial noticeable in the facial tissues, causing skin to sag making you look considerably older. Wow.

3) Cardio MAKES YOU WEAK
Cardio has been shown to chew up muscle tissue. Just look your typical marathon runner.  Those guys look a stiff wind could break them in half.  Yup, long boring cardio induces muscle loss that leads directly to a slower metabolism and ultimately a weaker body. In fact, recently at a fitness convention study after study was presented that showed that marathon runners gain body fat during the training for their long runs!

2) Cardio DESTROYS YOUR JOINTS
Think about it, cardio is essentially THOUSANDS of identical reps – one after the other. Over and over. Again and again. This leads to a host of injuries including Patllofemoral Pain Syndrome (sever knee pain), Plantar Faciitis, Achillies Tendonitis and Spinal Compression just to name a few.  Sound like fun?  It’s not.

1) Cardio ACTUALLY MAKES YOU FAT
Cardio decreases your metabolism, and as you probably know your “metabolism” (or metabolic rate) is the measurement of how much energy your burn each day.  We want that number to be high, not low.  As your metabolism goes down so too does your body’s ability to burn fat.  A common response is then to do even more cardio, suppressing the metabolism even more leaving you even more soft and flabby.  This gives you the dreaded “skinny fat” look.

So if cardio is not the answer what is?  How about a proven fat loss plan?

Good news:  I have a created a specialized and targeted fat loss training system that doesn’t take hours to do and works SUPER FAST.  (like 2-5lbs of fat gone per week fast!)

When you follow my proven fat loss formula it only takes less than 30 minutes three times per week.  That’s right – less than 30 minutes and no crappy (and useless) cardio.

Here’s what you can expect.

Increase your metabolism burn for up to 48 hours
Activate a special fat-burning SUPER-Hormone for super-fast fat loss
Build muscle and burn fat at the same time
And will help you slide back into your bikini
Will allow you to NEVER have to do cardio again
Take less than 30 minutes to do (from warm-up to your last rep)
But that’s not all because you can’t “out-cardio” bad food choices. As a matter of fact flat stomachs are made in the kitchen.

So how are you supposed to do that?

How about a step-by-step guide and menu? Yup,  I’ve got you covered!

When you join my 24 Day Fit For Fall​ program not only do you get targeted fitness & fat loss training but you’ll get

  • ​CUSTOMIZED NUTRITION PLAN (no counting calories)
  • FULL GROCERY LISTS (know exact what to shop for)
  • DONE-FOR-YOU MENUS (make tasty & fast meals for the whole family)
  • A daily guide of what to eat and went to eat it. That’s right, a customized step-by-step nutrition plan designed to do one thing: get you results FAST.

And it’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t second-guess yourself and follow a proven formula for fitness and that loss success.

.. and you’ll be more than good-  You’ll be in the best shape of your life.

AND HERE’S THE BEST PART… THE PRICE!

I have come up with a way for you to get the entire 24 day program for a deposit of $20 and one payment of $77 in studio.

Yes, you get entire program:

  • ​Unlimited  Sessions per week w/ Personal Trainer
  • Custom “No Calorie Counting” Nutrition Plan
  • NO Cardio
  • Full Meal Plans
  • Full Grocery Lists
  • Unlimited Coaching (so you burn even more fat)
  • And Tons of Accountability, Motivation and Guidance

So even if you can only workout 3 per week (for only 30 minutes!)  you can say goodbye to that belly once and for all!

So just REPLY to this email or call now at 763-710-5065 and we will secure your spot.

Because of how effective this 24 day rapid fat loss program is you can expect that it will sell out fast – so call us NOW!

I’m looking forward to working with you! (and NOT doing any cardio!)

Megan K and the team

PS:  Call me now at 763-710-5065 with any questions.  If I do not answer it just means that we are signing up another client so call me back ASAP so you do not lose your spot. Or click here to save your spot: Fit For Fall​​

PPS: This program is NOT what you have used in the past…

No hours and hours spent in the gym
No crazy low calorie diets
No magic powders or pill
No useless cardio
No BS – just RESULTS

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**Side NOTE:

I know many of you like cardio. So, I’ll say this, if you were to do any kind of cardio short bursts at high speeds/intensities are most effective: like sprinting.  Also, I would always encourage boot campers to get out and walk. Walking is great for you.**

Denise D’s Story!

When a client has made great progress with us we ask them a variety of questions about their journey with the purpose of being able to share their stories and inspire you.

Sometimes clients send back their responses in such a well-written series of statements, almost like an essay, that I can’t help but share it just as is.

Denise D is one of those clients.

Her story, in her words, is simply too true and hilariously written for me to not share it as is.

I was a “militant non-exerciser” – that is to say that I downplayed and mentally ridiculed people who talked about going to the gym all the time.  They just seemed pretty sanctimonious. Not to say I never was in shape. I swam butterfly in high school, was on college, graduate school, and adult ski teams, swam water ballet in college (hardest sport I ever did), and have always golfed.  But flat out exercise??? No way. Maybe a smattering of failed attempts here and there. I collapsed running laps in middle school while on the basketball team, and swore I’d never run again on purpose – unless someone made me.  (I’m sure I was dehydrated – in the Caribbean, outside in the afternoon, running on an asphalt court – all before the emphasis on water…). Most exercise involved running. Wasn’t doing it. Still don’t want to. I think that may have affected my attitude toward exercise???

And I really bristled when people posted about their gym accomplishments on FB.  If you’re doing it for yourself, great. Stop cramming it down the rest of our throats. Defensive??? Perhaps…

So fast forward to me as a 55 year old. My doctor told me, every time I went in for an annual physical (or anything, really), that I needed to lose weight and exercise.  “Please get down to at least the top end of the normal BMI range, ok? Do you know what that is? You can start with just losing 10%. That is shown to make a health difference. Have you ever thought of Weight Watchers? A lot of my patients have good luck with that.” [Yep.  Been through the program. Four times – the first time when I was 16… And I did Slimgenics 11 years ago and lost 56 pounds in 6 ½ months, fully intending to start exercising once the weight came off. Then I went on the road 80% of the time for the following 10 years and got to where I was.].  So after not listening to the doctor of late, I have stopped going in for annual physicals. If you pay a professional then don’t take their advice, why go?

And I had been dodging the camera at all costs for at least 3 years.  If there was a group picture to be taken, I made sure I was in the back row with my head poking through.  If someone happened to get a picture of me and tagged me on FB, I religiously untagged myself. Hubby and family definitely got the message to take no pictures of me.  And my clothes sizes just kept creeping up. Suits are expensive, so no small thing. Then even the large sizes wouldn’t let the buttons close.

And then I realized that these were things that my mom had been doing for a long time before she died of a heart of attack at age 74.  That was 19 years older than I was. That’s not a very long runway from where I was sitting.

And sitting, I was. I had started my own business, home officing, in July before I started at FBBC in September.  Do you know how little you have to walk when you work at home in a job that has you on the computer or phone all day? Even the kitchen for coffee and bathroom for, well, you know… are very close.  Even my printer was now right at my knee. Not. Very. Many. Steps.

And those persistent FB pop-ups from FBBC! Finally, without any knowledge whatsoever about what I was getting into, I signed up for the Fall Fitness Challenge. No trial class. No one I knew who went there.  Just jumped into the deep end of the pool with a vision to lose 75 pounds eventually. FBBC was waaaaaay more expensive than anything else I knew about, so I figured I’d get started there then move to someplace else once I got into a groove, or on my way. And here I am 14 months later

1- How were you emotionally, physically and mentally before FBBC and what has changed?

Hmm…

Physically I was not strong. Didn’t really know how “not strong” I was until after I started at FBBC. And I had NO IDEA how poor my balance had become.  Could that have been part of the reason that I broke my hand the November before when I tripped? Perhaps. There is a high percentage of broken bones once one hits 50.  In part because of reduced bone density (not my issue). In part, I’d bet, because of poor balance. I hadn’t slept well (read more than 5 hours) in years. My skin had issues. And let’s just say it out loud – I was, um, fat. I can couch it in lots of terms: Obese according to the medical charts. Had moved up to the Women’s section at the stores (plus sizes – ugh. Just the entry sizes, but still!!!). And I wasn’t fit enough to feel confident enough to want to DO things anymore.  Time to take the dock in? Let’s schedule it when my 22-year-old son could help my husband. Thinking about a trip to the Boundary Waters? How about if hubby would go with his guy friends instead of me – I’m sure that would be more fun for him anyway. Put on the snow shoes and go tromp on the lake? That sounds REALLY cold! Skiing in January? Can’t we wait until it’s a little warmer? And when was the last time the canoe was even in the water??? Any excuse would do. Reading a book with a glass of wine in my hand ALWAYS sounded better. (Ok, that still sounds pretty nice, actually.)

Mentally I think was still in pretty good shape.  I do a lot of heady work, so that never got the opportunity to slide.  Though I’m sure that more years of not enough sleep would eventually trash that.

Emotionally, I was sick of hiding.  I was pulling into a shell just because of how I looked.  I was embarrassed. When I looked around a room, I almost always pegged myself as the heaviest.  This was perhaps an underlying reason that I left my really great job as a consultant with Gallup. I was in front of rooms of people – leading discussions, giving presentations, and giving speeches on most days.  It was starting to feel like I didn’t belong there because of how I looked. I thought about a statement that I read about sort criteria someone used when choosing to hire a consultant… physically fit appearance was high on the list.  It reflected discipline and establishing high goals for oneself. OK. That wasn’t me anymore.

Today I am strong.  I am physically strong (my kids gave hubby grief that I was the athletic one in the family now, even though he started going to the gym last January – and he spends 2 hours there whenever he goes!) and mentally stronger. Emotionally I’m still on my journey since I still have a long way to go to hit my goal.  I think what I posted on our FBBCMG group page is a pretty good indication of where I am:

A revelation on vacation: I started at FBBC 14 months ago to lose 75 pounds and to get smaller a different way. I’m down 40… Haven’t hit “goal” yet but have stumbled (or rather didn’t stumble) upon the benefits of being FIT. I’m stronger. I said “Yes, let’s do it” to a tough 4 mile bike ride followed by a difficult 1 mile hike in the dark over broken lava (each way) to see an AMAZING lava flow. I said yes to a 2-tank scuba dive when in the past it was one tank (on the second tank we got to swim with a 30′ whale shark!) I hiked up and down Diamond Head volcano and then said, “Sure. Let’s walk the 2 miles to the beach” instead of taking an Uber. (On our walk we found there was going to be a Phillip Phillips concert on that end of the beach in 4 hours…)

I have never given any credit (or thought, really) to the benefits of being FIT. Today I can proudly say that I get it.

And I will still SLOWLY lose those other @#$! 35 pounds. Thanks Megan, Abby, and all the rest of the Fitbody family.

 

2- What or who is your inspiration? Tell me about this.

What was my inspiration? Perhaps fear of dying young. Perhaps wanting to regain confidence. Perhaps watching my previously-competitive-Irish-dancing daughter start to behave physically like me and gain weight (OK, maybe it was the Freshman 20…). I was tired of hiding – that wasn’t me. And really? Since I only saw hubby who home offices in the same office I do every day, it was a way to get out and see other humans in person.  A little bit of a lot of things.

 

3- How do you balance your work life, family life and your day to day agendas with fitting time in for yourself at FBBC?

FBBC is a part of my day to get out of the house! If it’s a low energy day at my desk, I take off at “lunch” and hit the noon class. Since intermittent fasting has become my norm, I drink a protein shake at 11, so midday is open (no eating time needed…) I’m lucky as both of my kids are adults now (though my oldest, my son, still lives – and eats – at home), so I have more flexibility to be selfish and take time for myself.  It also helps A LOT that hubby goes to the gym also (though not as often as I do.) We talk about what moves our respective trainers are asking us to do. We complain about which muscle groups hurt. We pick vacation hotels that have gyms and actually go together and use them. And I love that FBBC has so many time options. (Though I wish there was an earlier Saturday one as many times it would be easier to fit in other plans if this was done sooner.) I’m pretty committed to showing up at least 4 times a week, and I try for 5. Seems to be working as I’ve been at it for 14 months!

And it’s only an hour door to door.  Not a bad investment in myself – and then it’s one fewer hour that I have to think about not drinking my wine in the cellar! (Ok, wine closet…)

 

4- What is your overall experience with FBBC?

It’s great that it is about a lifestyle change and being fit – a totally different mindset that I had entering. The transition is still a journey… My experience has definitely gotten better over time as I’ve gotten to know the coaches – some of them pretty well. Now I look forward to seeing who is there coaching, and usually chatting with her. It’s nice to go someplace where the leader in the room looks genuinely happy to see that I’m there – and knows my name. But honestly, it started off pretty rocky. My first coach assignment didn’t really connect, and thankfully Jackson sort of stepped in an picked me up.  Since I was just starting, that was important and probably a turning point. My first challenge did not deliver the results I was expecting either. I believe there were tears at weigh in… Coming to terms with the slow progress when one is over 50 has been tough to swallow. Working on that. I think the entire FBBC knows I’m working on that.

Every so often it strikes me that I’m usually the oldest person in the room. It doesn’t change how I do the work – so that’s good.  Just an odd realization… Kim’s success and passion is a great role model!

 

5- What is the biggest obstacle/challenge you have had to overcome at FBBC and how did you get through it?

I think the biggest obstacle is the incredibly slow progress on losing weight and really size.  I keep working on coming to terms with the benefits of being fit and strong, not just smaller. But I still want to be smaller!

Denise! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

I didn’t edit or cut anything because your words tell it all.

I think many of us can really relate to wanting to be a smaller size but a lot of that is really negative media influence.  We need to celebrate being fit, strong and healthy because that’s what it is really all about.

Megan K and Team

Seasons of fitness

Happy Thursday,

This week I had the privilege of meeting with a chiropractor friend and a massage therapist.
We were discussing the clients we see and the types of fitness programs available these days…
There are a lot. Things come and they go. Some fads are great and some are really harmful. 

The three of us acknowledged that there are seasons of fitness (whether we want them to be or not)…
As we age, we need to consider the longevity of what we are doing.

What you and I were able to do in our teens and our twenties required less recovery time
and was substantially more aggressive than what we can get away with now: high impact, strain on tendons, ligaments and joints etc. 

But at what point do we (re)evaluate what we are doing and change course? 

We need to always be navigating and walking the line between honoring our bodies and
challenging them/ having fun/ pursuing new things. 

Here at Fit Body, we seem to be in an ongoing battle with the philosophy of “more is better”
“no pain no gain”,  “if I am not extremely sore it didn’t work”, “I need to have my a** kicked to see results”.
Thankfully these things are not the case. The science doesn’t support the above statements.
We don’t need to do more, have our butts kicked or be extremely sore to see results.
But sometimes we want that for different reasons. 

It isn’t up to me, or us, as coaches to tell you what you should want but we will coach you to consider
the science and the long term ramifications of “ass kickings” and other sports/ hobbies/ fitness programs
that trash your joints and put you at risk of repetitive use injuries.  

Why? Because we are wanting as much as possible to have our clients for a long time (if not life) and to consider the BIG picture: sustainable movement.  We need to be able to use our bodies for a long, healthy, happy life.
Not just short term asthetics. 

For example, I don’t practice Muy Thai (anymore) because I got tired of being beat up (literally) and the fed up with the strain I was putting on my body.
I do play tennis…I hope to/ plan to play for the rest of my life.
I wanted something competitive. I wanted an occasional adrenaline rush but I needed to consider the long term impact on my body and tennis was much more sustainable

​Consider what sustainability means to you.
Consider modifying what you do/love to continue doing that thing you love for years to come.

Your body will lead the way.

– Megan K