Your first step in becoming fit is simple, get out a pen and pencil (or your computer or tablet if your into saving trees). Write down what you want to accomplish. In writing your fitness goals, think about what being fit means to you (think outside the traditional strength and cardio mindset). Do you want to lose fat, add muscle, increase flexibility, develop core strength, speed up your reaction time, improve your coordination, train for a specific sport? Your fitness goals will likely evolve throughout your journey. If you’re just getting back to fitness, you may want to emphasize losing fat or gaining muscle as your most important goal at first. It’s important to choose a fitness program that fits your goals. If you’re looking to put on 15 lbs of muscle, Beachbody’s Thai Cheng may not be the workout for you. (I’m just saying)
When you write your fitness goals, write them down as if you have already accomplished them. Some may think it is a little corny to write out your fitness goals or think that they don’t have the time to do it. But it would be crazy not to write out your goals and much more costly in terms of time in the long run! When you take the time to sit down, think about your goals, and write them out – they become concrete. They are not an abstract idea that’s in your head. For those that think they don’t have the time, I would say that you don’t have the time to not write them out. If you write out your goals, you are much more likely to accomplish them and to learn from your successes and failures (cite some study that cost $100 grand to complete). Bottom Line: Write Out Your Goals.
The next step is to write the challenges that you will face. What obstacles will you face in accomplishing your goals? This shouldn’t be too difficult, just listen to that little voice in your head: I am too busy; I can’t afford to eat healthy, a gym membership, a personal trainer; the gym is too busy; I have a bad back, and so on. Write them all down!
After writing out your obstacles, determine how you will overcome these obstacles: I will choose a workout program that is only 30 minutes a day, I will work out every day before work at 6:00 am, I will stop eating out as much, and I will cut down excess spending so that I can afford healthier food and a fitness program. Write these down as well.
The next step is to write down what accomplishing your fitness goals would mean to you. Would it mean that you finally put yourself first? Would it mean that you could feel more confident? Would it mean that you could live a healthier life?
After writing down what it would mean to you to accomplish your goals, ask yourself is it worth it? Is the price I will have to pay worth the benefit that I will gain? If it is worth it, commit and start right away! If it is worth it to you and you want some help in choosing a fitness program that fits your goals, let me know.
What does being fit mean? Is a person fit if they run a mile and a half in a certain time after performing an adequate number of push-ups and sit-up’s in one minute? Yep, according to the Air Force (of course the time for the run and the #’s for the push-ups and sit-ups depends on your age); so I guess I am done writing this blog. In all seriousness the Air Force PT test is a symbol for the old way of defining being fit. Webster’s Dictionary defines fit as being both physically and mentally sound. It also defines fit as being in such a state that you are ready to do something. These definitions offer important insights. If true, it says that there are two components to being fit: (1) Physical & (2) Mental fitness. And both of these are dependent upon the something that you are preparing yourself to do. This may sound a little abstract, but stick with me. Let’s look at each of these:
What makes a person physically fit? The PT test focuses on strength (the push-ups & sit-ups) and cardiovascular endurance. And let there be no question, both of these play an important role in physical fitness. But there is much more to being physically fit than strength and cardio endurance. Off the top of my head, I can think of mobility (flexibility), balance, speed, coordination (moving your body as it was designed to move), and the ability to react. This list can go on and on, and many of these factors are interdependent. In building a fitness program, you must get yourself out of the old way of defining a physical fitness. It’s not enough to go to the gym, hop on the treadmill for a few minutes, work out your chest or the muscle group of the day, and stretch as you walk back to your car. In order to achieve optimal results, you must incorporate all of the above components into your physical fitness routine.
Mental fitness? Being mentally strong is one of the most underrated aspects of being fit. Just look at pro golfers. In most cases, it is not the swing that separates the best golfer in the world from the 130th best golfer, but it is their mental makeup. Does that golfer believe in himself or herself? Is s/he mentally strong enough to face those tough situations? The perception that you create in your mind, is not necessarily reality. Far too often, it’s easy for us to say that I could never do that. I just don’t have the time to work out, I am too busy to eat healthy, I am depressed, the world has wronged me, and reality is only based on my experiences in the past. WRONG. You and only you have the ability to make yourself mentally fit, to change your perceptions, to challenge your belief system, to set yourself up for success rather than failure. More to come on this in later blogs. Just know that mental fitness is often the biggest hurdle to overcome.
Lastly, what is that something that you are preparing yourself to do? That’s up to you. Do you want to run a marathon, do you want to enter a bodybuilding competition, do you want to get into best shape of your life. For me personally, I am just looking to be as healthy as I can be. I am constantly striving to push myself farther and farther. I’m not perfect, just ask my wife, but I do know that I want to be fit. Do you want to join Stunner N Gunner Fitness?
Great! You’ve ordered your monthly HD shipment of Shakeology, now what?
First off, be prepared. Shakeology might not taste how you expected. Your body has gotten so used to processed, sugary foods, it might freak out when you consume something all natural. No, it doesn’t taste like Coca-Cola, and it’s not supposed to! Also, the first time you make it might not be your best time. Getting used to a blender’s settings and what ingredients to use with your Shakeology is half the battle. Here’s my go to recipe:
- ½ Banana
- 1 Scoop peanut butter
- 8 oz. Almond mil k
- 4 cubes ice (important because too much and it’s frozen, too little and it’s watery)
- Any flavor Shakeology (my favorite is chocolate)
*Know that this recipe adds calories to your shake, but if you are using it as a meal replacement you should be fine.
One misconception about Shakeology is that it is simply a weight-loss shake. Wrong. To me, it is what you make it. Adding calories will definitely take away from a weight loss goal, while replacing a fast food run with a shake will help curb your calorie intake. However, for those of you who don’t need weight loss and desire muscle gain, Shakeology is full of proteins and other vitamins that can act as a supplement to a healthy eating plan. My husband drinks Shakeology simply to add more vegetables to his diet. I drink because it makes me feel good and because if I don’t I won’t get enough calories.
Next, do NOT get disappointed! If you don’t like Shakeology at first, your taste buds will change. Healthy eating is a process. It might even be as easy as changing flavors or finding better recipes. Furthermore, if your weight is not “falling off” in the first week, don’t get discouraged. Like I said, if you are continuing an unhealthy lifestyle on top of your Shakeology, nothing will change. Shakeology is a means to an end. I believe it will help you change your habits. How do I know? Because it did for me… It’s helped me change my life, and trust me it was a HUGE change. Don’t give up!
Third, don’t be surprised! If you order Shakeology HD, you will receive Shakeology monthly and you WILL be billed monthly for it. I am not afraid to tell you this. In fact, I will not let you buy it until you know and understand this because Beachbody is a commitment. It is a commitment, not to me or the company, but to yourself. Yes, if you don’t like it you have 30-days worry free to receive a full refund. Yes, you may cancel at ANY time without penalty. But, I want you to know that changing your life is a commitment! Here are some tips, however, to help your pocketbook from being less “surprised”… first, before you purchase Shakeology take a good look at your current budget. Now, Shakeology will cost you about $5 per day. Look at what meal your Shakeology will be replacing. Will you spend less on buying cereal, eggs, toast, waffles, etc. for breakfast? Or, will it replace your daily $8 fast food run? Those things add up too! Are there other areas you can cut back in to help save money, like money on desserts and snack foods spent throughout the week? Now that you have budgeted Shakeology into your life, you will have an easier time swallowing that chunk of money that comes out every month. Personally, I don’t think it’s a lot, but that’s because I see how much value it has. So, what if you are still having a hard time accepting spending money on creating a healthier and better you? That is when I would suggest something called “coaching”. Becoming a Beachbody coach is fun and easy and helps you save money on your Shakeology in a variety of ways. First, you have the automatic discount on your monthly shipment (you save about $40 a month!). Second, if you find just 3 friends who would like to drink Shakeology with you and change their life as well, you can pay for your Shakeology completely! It really is amazing what we can do once we make that commitment to ourselves!
Obviously, I am a believer in Shakeology. I really don’t need to sell it because it sells itself. I just suggest it to people because I care about them and their health, I really do! Even if I wasn’t a coach, I know I would tell everyone to buy this product because it has done wonders in my life. But, it’s not for the people who are just “dipping their toes in the pool of fitness”, if you want to succeed with Shakeology you have to dive all the way in. You deserve to give yourself a good life because you only live once! Make this year count! And, if you haven’t committed to Shakeology already, do it! If you have, use these tips and contact your Beachbody coach about more ways to be successful in your fitness journey.
I am Kylee Austin, and I ready to make the commitment to being your coach. Visit my website www.beachbodycoach.com/mrskyleeaustin for more information or to contact me today!