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.

Kris’s story to success

Kris Bruun we are so happy for you and all of your success.
Thank you for allowing us to share your story. You have inspired many people already…may you continue to do so!
We love you and are so happy for you! <3 Congratulations on all of your success, from your Fit Family.
<3

When we lose someone we love there is often a long period of grief, sadness and uncertainty about the future.

This was the case for our client Kris Bruun. Before becoming a member at Fit Body, Kris’ mother passed away and Kris fell into a deep sadness and depression. She said that she “allowed the grief to consume her every day life”. She was lonely, missing her mother, exhausted from the sadness and very worried about the possibility of no advancement in her career. With the loneliness and her future uncertain she said she was essentially “watching her life pass her by.”

Physically she was out of shape and unable to work, grocery shop or do daily activities without getting winded and feeling pooped. She found herself in a pattern of binge eating, gaining weight and then regretting it and wanting to change and see results. She would join fitness clubs but she felt that she didn’t quite belong. She wasn’t sure what to do to get in better shape and she felt uncomfortable attending classes…

Kris knew things had to change. She wanted them to change but she wasn’t sure how.

One fateful evening, the Fit Body team went to Park Tavern for a staff bowling event. Coach Kim knew and recognized Kris (who was bartending at the Tavern) and when Kris saw Kim and how great and happy Kim looked she was amazed. Kris asked Kim what she had been doing these last several months. Kim told her how Fit Body Boot Camp had changed her life. Kim had been in a tough spot emotionally and stumbled across Fit Body Boot Camp. She had committed to the program, stayed consistent, seen incredible results and at that time Kim was down over 50lbs. Kris was blown away. Kim promised Kris that if she gave Fit Body Boot Camp a try, she too, could change her life.

Kris was nervous to come to Fit Body Boot Camp but hopeful as well.
She was desperate and willing to try what coach Kim had promised would work.

Kris joined on the Body Transformation Challenge. She said was nervous about “actually being able to do all the movements.” Her fear was that she would “fail or the program wouldn’t work”. By the end of the first session she knew it wouldn’t go like that. “Within the 1st week, I felt better mentally and physically. With each day I grew stronger and when I rang that bell for the first time, a feeling of accomplishment washed over me…not to mention love from the cheers of support from all the others in the studio. The support and encouragement from my coach and all the others made me feel like I was home”.

With consistent attendance, Fit Body Boot Camp became a part of her daily schedule. She says it is now “her new routine. I work late so I usually go work out around noon then go do some errands before work. 1 of my 3 children has joined with me. I’m so much happier, healthier and stronger.” Since starting a year ago Kris can deadlift over 150lbs, do sit-ups and fit her entire body into ONE of her old pant legs. She is down 34lbs, 22.75 inches and 7.5% body fat.

But like anyone who has had success, Kris’ story isn’t free from bumps. She had to overcome plateaus and she is not yet totally to her goals. She said just a few months in she had stalled out in progress and stopped losing weight. With the help of coach Kim, they discovered that she wasn’t eating enough food! Getting in more calories and trying to increase her sleep helped Kris overcome that plateau and see the scale number start dropping again.

Kris says she never knew how different her life could be just by feeling better and being in shape. “I enjoy the outdoor activities again. I love and eat fruit, veggies protein. Sweets are not a part of my daily diet anymore.” Best of all, Kris says she has had friends tell her they have been inspired by her. “I didn’t realize I could inspire someone to workout until people have told me they see my posts on FB and it inspires them to go workout. My workouts are the best part of my day. When I have rest days from FBBC I play with my 3 year old niece by teaching her jumping jacks, planks and sit ups. We chase each other all around the yard.” If you’ve met Kris in session at our SLP studio, you probably remember her. She brings a lot of joy and positivity with her to every Boot Camp workout.

Kris said if you’re considering coming to Fit Body, “just give it a try”. You need to come for more than just 3 sessions but just do it. Come in and follow the tips from the coaches. Before you know it you’ll be a part of an incredible fitness community where the coaches and the members really care about you.

We are so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished Kris!

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5 Steps to a Fitter YOU!

Happy Thursday-

One of the things I get asked most frequently is how to make progress- ​fast. 

Honestly, most people are just overthinking it.

I talk to people who have spent hours gathering info about the latest trends, methods to get in shape and then they become totally overwhelmed.

There are thousands of ways to exercise and eat healthy, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and end up doing nothing. The good news is that all effective fitness programs contain the same core elements, which are outlined for you below as 5 Easy Steps:

Get Fit Step #1: Consistency is KEY

If you want a fit body then exercise MUST be a consistent part of your life. You can’t exercise hard this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency.

Don’t overthink the mode of exercise. Focus on being consistent.

Get Fit Step #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20 pounds in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help.

Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come.

Get Fit Step #3: Make it CONVENIENT

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find a time, a place and a modality of exercise that is as convenient to your real life as possible, so that you can be faithful to Get Fit Step #1 by staying consistent.

Make exercise part of your routine. Don’t stray back to your old habits.

Get Fit Step #4: Find something you LOVE

Similar to Get Fit Step #3, finding a modality of exercise that you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. You may never love swimming because you hate getting your ears wet, or you may never love biking because you’ve always struggled with balance. If you’re straining to get through a modality of exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. It’s best to move on to something different that you would enjoy more.

**Note for exercise-haters: If deep down you consider yourself an exercise hater, then DO NOT take this as a free pass to forego exercise altogether under the guise of not loving it.

Part of becoming fit for life is learning to find a type of exercise that you can learn to love.

Get Fit Step #5: Work with a PRO 

At FBBC, our passion and focus is in helping folks like yourself integrate fun, challenging, health-promoting exercise into your daily routine so that you reach your body and health transformation goals.

One of the things clients tell us that they love the most about our workouts is that they are actually sort of fun (some even really like them) and they go by quickly.

If you’re feeling stuck, we are here to help! Connect with us to try 3 sessions for free.

In good health,

Megan K and the team

Q2 Goal Setting

Today I ask you to please revisit the goals you’ve set for 2017.
We are now into the second Quarter of the year.
Awesome right?! :)

Are you on track?
We hope so. If you are not, we are here to help.

As you revisit your goals, please remember
Your goals need to align with the big picture vision you have for your life.

  • How do you want to feel when you wake up in the morning?
  • How much energy do you want to have all day?
  • How do you want your mood to be?
  • How is your relationship with food- and in particular treats or vegetables? :p
  • How do you handle the temptations of alcohol, late nights or “working too much”?
  • Do you have time for fun and play? <— just for the sake of it

I have spoken with a few clients these last few days about their goals because they were struggling to stick with a short-term aggressive results driven meal plan that was selected to get faster results. (NOT for its sustainability)

I asked, why do you want to do this? Do you feel better doing this? Yes, we know this plan works.
But if you hate it, is it worth it? (Only you can answer this because Sometimes we are willing to tolerate/ sacrifice a high degree of discipline in the short term because the result we want is worth it…)
BUT sometimes it isn’t. YOU Get to decide.

Ideally the changes we are looking to make need to mostly be things we enjoy and are willing to sustain. 

My dear friend Dustin hates Boot Camp.
He comes though because he feels SO MUCH better after he works out.
He is changing his eating because he has more energy and his mood is better.
He appreciates exercise and food changes because he is sleeping better and he looks better.
He is willing to do these things because he likes the results even though he doesn’t necessarily love the doing of the thing: boot camp, cutting back on alcohol and eating differently.

Ideally we are changing behavior because it supports the long term vision we have for our lives…not just because it will get us a short term result.

I mostly don’t eat any gluten or dairy because I FEEL better.
I exercise consistently because I’m less of a moody “b” when I take care of myself.
I limit alcohol because it is a trigger for anxiety for me…
You get the idea.

As fitness professionals we want you to live your longest, healthiest, happiest life. This means getting your body composition into the healthy recommended ranges (per the American College of Sports Medicine) and moving around and fueling yourself properly because it feels great and leads to higher quality of life.

It is Q2, lets all recommit to ourselves and our goals.
Your goals are for YOU.
We believe in you.

Megan K and the team