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Happy Friday-

This week is all about summer.

Just the other day someone said to me, summer is half over!

I said, no way. We are only a month in 🙂

This means we can technically still get a lot done this summer…

Run that 5K race

Clean out the garage

Go stand up paddle boarding…

You name it, there is probably still time.

There is also still time to wrap up summer feeling leaner, stronger and happier than ever.

Here are my top 10 tips to finish summer your fittest.

(These are not in order of importance)

1- Get your zzz’s. I know the days are long and the sun is up early.  But GET TO BED. Seriously. This is crucial to feeling great, recovering faster, building muscle and losing body fat.

2- Cut out Dairy OR Gluten. 

You could cut out both and feel fantastic but it is tricky to do both and still maintain a social life.

Most people notice an almost immediate reduction in bloating and inflamation when they cut out one or both of these.

3-Limit alcohol.

Try having a drink and then a soda water, a couple of waters or even an iced tea.  The summer is filled with out door socializing which frequently includes alcohol but there are ways to moderate or have none and still have fun.

Kombucha is also a GREAT alternative to alcohol. 🙂

4- Get your workouts in, first thing in the a.m.

Get up a bit earlier and get it done. That way you have the entire beautiful evening for you and your family.

5- Sprint

One day a week, add in a few minutes of sprint work. Warm up thoroughly.

Sprint no further than 50 yards. Recover fully and then try it again. If you beat the time you did your first run in, then go for a third. The first occasion you slow down or don’t beat your best time is your cue to stop.

This will be a maximum of 10 extra minutes of exercise and no more than 2 minutes of it will be spent running.

6-Get Outside

Stand Up Paddle Board

Canoe

Swim

Kayak

Bike Ride

Garden

Walk

Jump Rope

Play

7- Use your grill

Protein is a big part of a nutritious muscle building, fat shedding diet. Grilling adds a lot of variety to the ways we can prepare our favorite proteins and it makes for easy advance prep/ meal planning.

8-Hydrate

When we are busy and on the go it can be tough to remember to get in your water but more than any other time of year we need to stay hydrated.

Try adding cucumber or orange slices to your water for a refreshing mix.

9-Have sex

​Yes, I said it 🙂

*I’m making the assumption that if you are reading this news letter you are over the age of 18*

It is a huge mood booster and can be an effective source of exercise.  Not to mention all the other physiological and psychological health benefits… 🙂

10- Still feeling stuck? 

Connect with one of us so we can help you get and stay on track. Summer can be the easiest time to shed body fat, if you are on track.  We are here to help so reach out and let’s do this!

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

PS there is still time to register for our Back to School Program! (You don’t need to already be in great shape to do this…this program is for those with 5-10 lbs or more of body fat to lose)

Click https://fitbodybootcampslp.clickfunnels.com/step-into-summer-pf ​ to get more info.

We have all heard that exercise has an impact on mood AND that if we like what we are doing not only does the exercise go much better but also our mood improves too! Exercise is a critical part of our self care. Not only because it improves all of our physiological functions but also it is a big factor in better mental health.

Prior to joining FBBC, our client Cat, was definitely in a slump with regards to fitness. She says, “For years I had been a member at LifeTime—had joined a Bootcamp, but the prohibitive cost of their program, and the lack of community, forced me out the door. Because I didn’t have a regular routine, I was feeling low, depressed, tired, and frustrated with myself. I had recently moved to Plymouth, so I knew no one in the area. After stuffing my feelings with popcorn at the movie theater, I walked into FBBC and met Rachael. My selective memory has me kicking ass the next morning at a session. Rachael has reminded me that it took awhile before I actually showed up…for REAL. I thank her for her patience and support. Fourteen months later, I write these words.”

Cat’s inspiration to take care of herself comes from her late father. She knows when she prioritizes herself and her health she can show up better in all areas of her life. “My dad died almost ten years ago. My mom spoke at his funeral, as did my three siblings and I. People wrote to us later that they left the service vowing to be better husbands, better fathers, better men. Before my dad died, he said to us, ‘In the end, NOTHING matters besides WHO you loved, and who loved YOU.’ The love we learned growing up—the love we continue to give each other—is what inspires me, guides me; it sits at the center of my gratitude and is what keeps me motivated to constantly strive to be my best version of daughter, sister, aunt and friend.”

From the outset of joining FBBC my goal was to lose 10lbs, feel empowered/ proud of myself so I could be a better Catherine to others.  Looking back of the year, Cat did lose the 10lbs but she did more than that because she also dropped 5% body fat, added lean mass and lost 2.25 inches from her waist. She says, “My new goals center around keeping the weight off- creating a new normal- also learning how to prepare and cook great food. I want to continue to push myself in different races/runs/active events. I want to be a Coach at FBBC, but need to figure out when I’m going to study for the test. Gulp.”

For Cat, her biggest challenge is the “balancing act called life” She says she has noticed that, “A new pattern in my life is that each day begins with me asking myself, ‘Which session are you going to go to today?’ I know that other commitments will have to jockey their way around this main commitment.”

Throughout her life, Cat is constantly focusing on new behaviors vs falling into old behaviors. She is prioritizing avoiding happy hours, events that revolve around drinking, and her greatest nemesis: nicotine. “I am genetically ripe for cancer, heart disease, depression, alcoholism; therefore, I have a constant focus (often struggle) to keep helping my chances to avoid these diseases. How do I get through it? By continuing to move forward—by continuing to ask myself, Who do you want to be?”

This is HUGE! Congratulations Cat. When we make and keep the commitments to ourselves it is that much easier for everything else to fall into place…

Cat says that it is more than just a physical transformation that has occurred for her at MPower Fitness Boot Camp.  Her overall experience is “a journey/transformation from unfocused to focused; from self-negation to self-affirmation; from feeling lost to feeling centered. The best thing that has happened to me since joining FBBC is the community that I have built, which truly is the center of this organization. One of the mornings this week, I drove up for the 6:00 am session and saw four women walking together from their cars. I smiled and felt a tangible sense of happiness and strength. What’s most amazing about MY STORY is that it’s everyone’s story who is a FBBC member. We all had reasons we walked in the door. We all have reasons that we continue to walk in the door—some days with our fears and our sadnesses; other days with our smiles and our laughter. Megan and Megan’s FBBC Team has created this safe haven for all of us to gather and support each other. I feel extremely blessed to be connected to such an amazing group of strong, beautiful women. The journey has just begun…”

Cat you’ve been client of the month. You’ve been a smiling and welcoming face to new Fit Bodies. You’ve inspired others on their journey and yet the journey has just begun…

In your time with us you’ve learned much about prioritizing yourself and your health and we are so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished.

Thank you for being an amazing, loving, welcoming and inspiring member of our Fit Family!

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I am so excited to celebrate Lisa’s accomplishments at Fit Body. I’m teasing you a bit since her full story isn’t completely written and polished yet, but here are a couple of highlights… “Since joining FBBC, I’ve gained back the confidence in myself and have met goals I thought were never possible. Last winter I shopped for swim suits and had a blast and for the first time since I was in my 20’s I wore a bikini and felt great! I felt confident and strong in my new body. I am in my mid 40’s and in the best shape of my life thanks to FBBC.”

AND She remembers that one of her goals was to do a pull-up. She had been hanging on the bar and gaining strength and she didn’t think she could do it. She even said to the coach, “I can’t do it yet” and then right in front of the coach she did it and both of their jaws dropped.

More coming soon, but in the mean time AWESOME work Lisa! We are so excited for your progress and so grateful to have you as a client, an inspiration to others and a member of our Run Squad. #fitfamily #Unstoppable

 

Happy Thursday!

Today I’m writing to you about coaching.

Coaching is like leadership, it is a privilege and an honor and it is something we take seriously at MPower Fitness Boot Camp.

Many of our coaches, come from a sports background where they have been coached by exceptional professionals and some are currently coaching athletes.

But what is a coach? 

What does a coach do? 

A coach is a person who helps to take you from where you are, to where you want to be… (Martin Rooney)

A coach helps you to believe in yourself more. 

A coach asks you to ask more of yourself. 

A coach inspires you to become the best version of yourself you can be…  <—this always being a work in progress, of course 🙂 because let’s be honest, we never peak right? We can always be getting better, until we near our end.

I have had some great coaches in my life.

I’ve also had some terrible ones.  Currently I have tennis coaches, business coaches, a leadership coach and a therapist.  They are all helping me to become better versions of me.

To date, I’ve done some really good coaching- and helped people to see incredible successes- and I’ve failed too.

But that’s like all things in life, and to be honest I’ve done a lot more “failing” than I have succeeding.

How about you, can you think of a time when you had great coaching? 

I’m hoping if you are a client you can think of many…and if you aren’t then perhaps you are looking for a coach?

As we wrap up our New Year’s Revolution Challenge, and as we are doing our Body Transformation Challenge I am excited to see how everyone is doing.

But mostly I’m excited to see how our clients have reached, stretched, and aimed just a little higher than they might of because their coaches asked them too…

Will you aim a little higher too?

Remember, your coaches and I are here for YOU.

This is about you, and your journey and if you don’t have a relationship with a coach, we want you to… sometimes it can take some trial and error.  I can think of several clients I’ve worked with who had a better relationship with one of the other coaches and so we switched it up and things gained momentum.

What we need at any given time varies, and it isn’t personal. 

But what we all need is a coach. 

We all need 

Someone who believes in us. 

Someone who tells us we can do it. 

Someone who doesn’t let us give up, even when we stuff things up (because mark my words, the stuffing up is inevitable)

And mostly, we all need someone who will help us get from where we  are to where we want to go…

Megan K and the team

PS the door is open, come see me or one of us…

I would love to hear from you…I know I don’t know all of you but I’d sure like to and when I can (if you are asking for it) I’m here to help.

Happy Thursday!

This week I’m writing to you with a little trick I learned from our Director of Client Services Rachael Duval. She uses this to wean herself from bad habits, and it has worked for other clients and me too. 🙂

A little back story though, when Rachael first came to us, she was going through a really really rough time. Her husband had just passed away and she was trying to figure out how to navigate life as a new widow and single mom.

She told me that her pattern was to drink far too much wine and eat to help ease the pain. (This is not confidential information, so please understand I’m not spilling the beans on a secret)

After she began Boot Camp and things gradually began to shift for her. She started feeling better, she was building more confidence, she saw increases in her energy and she wanted to change her lifestyle.

About a year in, is when she decided she wanted to start to change her eating and drinking habits.

She told me recently that what helped her cut WAY back on her wine consumption was to buy bad wine.

I laughed but I was intrigued. Bad wine? Yuck, right?

She said that when she had bad wine in the house she would poor a smaller glass, have a few sips and then be done with it.

With good wine she wanted more…

She wonders, as I have often wondered about habits, if it wasn’t the act of pouring something “special” into a glass and taking the time to slow down and enjoy it that was the thing she longed for rather than the wine itself. 

Now wine is a tricky subject because I realize that there are some of us out there who are facing serious addictions to alcohol. I’m not saying that this will work for you, if you have an addiction. In that situation you may need help from a professional, but if you’re looking to swap out an unproductive behavior (that isn’t necessarily an addiction) this could work. It has for other clients and for me.

Many of you don’t know that I used to smoke.

When I decided to be done with that solo evening cigarette, I HAD TO REPLACE it with something else.

What I loved about that time was that I was alone, unwinding and at peace, but I didn’t want to fill my lungs with poison anymore while I was doing it…

I chose t.v. for a while.  Zoned out, uninterrupted etc. And now I prefer a few minutes of reading and meditation.

But the trick was that I needed to replace the behavior.

The ritual was important. The routine was necessary.

We all have things that we are doing that interfere with our progress…

  • Staying up too late
  • Watching just one more episode
  • Flipping through social media right before bed, or in bed
  • Hitting the snooze button and skipping the a.m. workout
  • Seeking out a sweet right before bed…

You get to decide if it is important to you to change that behavior. If it is impeding your progress, it is probably time to find a replacement for the habit. 

Test it out.

See if it helps.

I hope it does.

We are here for you,

Megan K and the team

PS curious about MPower Fitness Boot Camp?

Connect with us and try 3 sessions for free or come in for our 21 Day Total Body Tone Up

Happy Friday!

We are one month into the new year.

How are things going for you?

This week, my message is short and sweet:

1)You can do it.

You can actually do whatever IT IS that you want, if you are willing to put in the time and energy.

2)We believe in you.

Megan K and the team,

PS

Remember that it takes time to get to your goals…sometimes that time is years.

Break your goals into smaller chunks but never lose sight of the big picture.

PPS I want to give photo credit to this beautiful Yogi but I can’t find out who she is.

But this pretty much sums up what I mean about having patience with the processScreen-Shot-2018-01-14-at-1.55.58-PM.pngess…

Happy Friday-

Head Coach Jenny Donovan and Office Manager Roseanne Stephens and I were in Grand Rapids, MI meeting with several other MPower Fitness Boot Camp owners and operations managers discussing strategies to make our locations even better  results delivering spots.

We came back pumped!

A little tired, but pumed 🙂

This week, we announced our clients of the month and I want to take the pep talk to talk about what it is that these two fabulous clients are doing.

1- They are showing up-  consistently

2- They are bringing a positive attitude-  consistently

3- They are setting goals and working toward them.

4- They are uplifting and welcoming toward others.

5- They are coachable.  When they need help, the ask for it and then take the advice. 🙂

^^ the journey is exactly that, a journey but the above steps are things that are within our control that we can do to make it more enjoyable.

Thank you Denise D from Maple Grove and Melisa P S from SLP for being our fabulous clients of the month!

Have a fantastic week Fit Bodies!

Remember you can do it, consistency is the key.

Megan K and the team

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Denise D from Maple Grove Denise-D.jpgPPS

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Hi everyone!

This week’s pep talk is about motivation.

From time to time I hear from clients “I’ve lost my motivation” or “I just can’t seem to make myself do xyz”.

The great and tricky thing about motivation is that it comes from within. 
Motivation is a choice. This means that if your motivation fire dims, you can refuel it or rekindle it. If you “lose” the motivation fire, it is also up to you to find it…

One of my favorite author’s Brendan Bruchard writes in his book The Motivation Manifesto:

“Motivation is not an impulse of the body or a personality trait; it is an intention and will of a free and conscious mind. Motivation and pursoe are choices. The only thing needed to spark motivation is a decision to heighten your ambition and expectancy- to sit down, think about what you desire, and believe you can go get it. To keep that motivation, you must give constant attention and effort.”

Most of us are working toward goals of some kind and it is very normal to experience ebb and flow in excitement, enthusiasm and willingness to do the work. The reality is that the more we do the work, and show up (<—consistency), the easier it become and in turn the more motivated we will be.
Very rarely is the pursuit of a goal we are after, always going to be easy.

Hang in there.
Remember that how we show up in life is our choice and we can always choose to do better.

We believe in you,
Megan K and the team

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Hello!
What if I told you that in part (or fully) your response to what’s going on in your environment is a choice.
Would you believe me?
Would that be good news or bad?

I hope good news.

When you want something to get better- in any area of your life– you can choose to focus on what’s already going well and build on that OR you can dwell on the negative.

It is your choice.

Don’t get me wrong, the choice won’t always be easy.
The positive won’t always be easy to find.

With practice it gets easier and with the law of focus: what we focus on we find, your situation will improve.
What does the law of focus mean? When we seek out the positive aspects and place our attention on them we will find more of the positive to see and appreciate.

Will you try it this week?

Focus on what’s going well:

  • The parts of your body that feel good
  • The good moments you are having
  • The blessings you have
  • The food on your table
  • The safety and security you have

…and so on and so forth.

There is so much that is positive, when you come to think about it.

If you are struggling to meet your goals, pick ONE area for improvement and find 4 things that are going well.
Work on that one thing, get excited about the four and then repeat the process.

This process works.

Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team

Hi everyone!

I’m coming to you with a little additional inspiration.
I know that many of us are several weeks into pursuing some New Year’s goals!
This is the time when motivation can start to wane (not always)…just in case, this one is for you.

Are you someone that has experienced a low point in life? Pretty much everyone has at some point, wouldn’t you agree? Sometimes you may not even realize you’re down or why; it’s just that you don’t feel right.

Even if you are someone that leads a fairly active life, maybe you even exercise but just don’t feel as good as you think you should. Maybe it’s just a result of not doing the right things.

Let me expand. I would like to share a story with you about one of our fabulous members, Kristie Fristad. Kristie has always been an active lady, but she was also one that wasn’t feeling up to par and relied on some serious caffeine to get her through the day. In her words,

“I led an active life, but found myself in a rut. My eating habits left much to be desired, I relied on caffeine to get me through the day, and my exercise was always cardio based and I had stopped seeing results. I was often tired, and was making lots of trips to the chiropractor because the weak muscles in my neck and shoulders kept pulling my spine out of alignment.”

Interesting that a woman as active as Kristie almost met the description of one that wasn’t active. But honestly, if you’re not exercising or eating properly eventually it just doesn’t work and it seems a waste of time. I notice especially that people I meet tend to get down quickly when they can’t lose weight.

Thankfully Kristie’s good friend Mara played a part in changing her world.

“When I joined, I was at a very low point … but it was hitting that low point that made me realize it was time to make a change, and not just talk about it. I talked to my good friend Mara Gollin-Garrett, who I knew was a FBBC trainer, to get more details since she’d been telling me for quite some time to come join her at Fitbody.

Honestly, I was terrified … so nervous this would be more than I could handle. After I joined, I have worked out with so many inspiring people that it makes it easy to keep coming back! In fact, it’s the days I just want to curl up on the couch that I always get the most out of the workouts. I know that if I can just walk in the door, the energy from the trainers and my fellow fitbodies will get me moving, working hard, and ready to get home and keep getting things done. I love it!”

That surely doesn’t sound like someone who is down, right? It’s amazing what a simple workout routine can do for you. So many people have shared the same experience. You just have to make the choice to change what’s bringing you down and do it.

You will be shocked when you see where Kristie is now. She is a completely new person, literally.

“I’m stronger … mentally and physically!

When I started in March, I wanted to lose 10 pounds and fit in my clothes better (which seemed impossible with many failed attempts in the past). Joining the LBD challenge was the best birthday present I could have ever given to myself! I came out of the LBD challenge having lost 15 pounds, 10.5 inches and 2.9% Body Fat. Then I jumped right into the summer body transformation challenge, and lost another 11.4 pounds, 4.75 inches, and 3.3% body fat. When that program finished, I could fit back into my wedding dress, and weighed less than I did my junior year of college!

As of my September assessment, I had dropped a total of 28.2 pounds, 17.3 inches, and 9.6% body fat in my 6 months as a FBBC member! More progress than I ever imagined possible!”

And this is why it means so much to us at FBBC to come to work everyday. But the thing is, it really isn’t work to us. We absolutely love what we do and we love being a part of all our fitbodies transformations.

In closing, Kristie had this to say:

“I found “me” again! And my biggest challenge has been keeping my wardrobe up with my body change! Seriously … each event that has comes up this year I’ve found I have to really plan ahead to be sure I have clothes to wear that fit the slimmer version of myself. 🙂 “

Wow, we’re so proud.

If you want to up the ante in your results, we are always here.
If you need help, just reach out. If you need a pep talk, we’ve got that for you too .

Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team