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Not another Motivation Monday Post ?!

YES, another one!!

WHY, because it’s Monday and someone might need it right now.

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Don’t get trapped in that negative mind warp thinking you will never reach your goals.

YOU WILL and YOU CAN but you actually have to do the work.

Small daily changes lead to big wins!

The fact you aren’t where you WANT to be should be motivation enough to get going!

You can talk yourself into or out of anything!!

Look around this blog, I have tons of free resources to get you started.

Stop making excuses and start taking care of yourself!!

Stay strong my fit friends!!

Talk to you later.

WATCH this video. It will help get you motivated!!!

What’s your story?

We all have a story.

If you’ve been following me you should know who I am – if not, read my post
Who I am and what I believe – I spell it all out there.

I listened to a great Sermon yesterday and some of the points of the message spoke to me on so many levels.

I have been blessed to have been able to work with thousands of people and so many of them tell their story and highlight the hurt or sadness in their life.
I get it.
Life is hard and terrible things happen and those things stay with you.
When my Mom died on my 20th birthday – (yes she passed on my actual birthday) I had a choice; fall into a deep hole of depression, sadness, anxiety or continue living. I had so many people ask “How were you able to go back to school”, “How were you able to go back to work.” Simple…I had to.
There were no other options. I also knew that my mother would’ve been so disappointed in me if I didn’t. The thought of disappointing her after she was gone was still heavy on my heart. It gave me the drive. It gave me the push to make her death part of my life, not my entire story.
In the Sermon, the Pastor said;
“The beginning of your story doesn’t need to look like the end of your story”
Sit with that for a minute.
Wow!
So what does this have to do with health and fitness?!
Everything.
Where you are right now is not where you need to stay.
You are the only one that has the power to change you!
If you have been a chronic dieter and the scale keeps going up and up, then you’ve been using the wrong tools, systems, strategies. That stuff is easily fixed.
You are in charge of your comeback.
Right now, I’m your coach and here’s what I’m telling you;  “Get your mind right, get back in the game in the second half and use this new new playbook and I guarantee, you’ll win!”
I am here to make sure you ……???????
If you keep trying to come up with your own rules of the game, or looking for short cuts on how to win the game you will lose each and every time. You already know that because you’ve probably experienced it.

This is your locker room pep talk.

When you get knocked down, you get back up.
You work with a team to go farther, faster.
You do the work, you follow the play book and you win.

You get to design your hero’s journey.

It can suck or it can be an epic tale!

  • Believe that your best self is a real thing.
  • Stop trying to look for short cuts, there aren’t any.
  • If you do some work, I guarantee you will feel better about everything.
Never give up on you.
Create incredible comeback story.
Inspire others to have their own amazing comeback story.
Make this your FIGHT SONG!

If you don’t believe that there is more for you, then there isn’t.
Love you!

Carrie

Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to look and feel better?
Do you want to tone up and slim down now, before the holidays?

My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge will set you up for a lifetime of success because we work on the physical improvements and also the mental aspect. You learn how to change. You learn how to stay on track. You end up with an ultimate breakthrough so that you never look back and you know how to stay fit and healthy for good.

10 Steps To Easier Weight Loss

changeYou want to lose weight. You want to get healthy. You are confused because there are so many options available and so many different experts telling you how to do it. Where do you begin?
Well, read through these 10 tips and you will be well on your way.

1. Set Various Goals

Losing weight might be the ultimate goal, but it shouldn’t be the only goal. You should set several goals that lead to the ultimate goal. Small incremental goals that when achieved automatically lead to the big one. Eat vegetables with every meal. Drink a gallon of water. Sleep 7 hours…each of these small daily goals will get you where you want to go and they show a complete sense of accomplishment, which has a powerful psychological impact.

2. Surround Yourself With Positivity

Surround yourself with positive people, eliminate negative aspects from your life and seriously look for the bright side of everything. An emotionally healthy environment makes it easier for you to shoot for your goals because you will feel the support and when you have ‘down’ moments or thoughts, positive people that are supporting you will prop you up. Get an accountability partner, preferably someone on the same journey.

3. Rethink Rewards and Punishments

Food is never a reward and exercise is never punishment. The idea that you should reward yourself with food is crazy. “I did 500 burpees this week so I can have dessert” is purely broken thinking. Food is energy and nutrients for your body, plain and simple. Put garbage in, you look like garbage. Exercise is one of the best forms of self respect there is. You are giving yourself the gift of good health and fitness, that is a reward for longevity, never punishment.

4. Meditate /  Breath Deep

Taking a few minutes at the beginning of your day to sit quietly and clear your mind is a great way to gain focus on what really matters throughout the rest of your day. Deep breathing has a calming and de-stressing effect and combined with meditation has a powerful outcome.

 5. Stop Concentrating On A Calendar

While goals with a set date for achievement are vital, don’t get discouraged when you miss your goal. You didn’t gain the weight in a month, so stop thinking you’re going to lose it all in a month. When we look at a calendar we don’t see the long term picture that great health and fitness is a long term plan. It’s a lifestyle change that is more important. A 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a great kick start to your new lifestyle, but it doesn’t end on day 30…in reality that is just the beginning.

6. Identify Your Weak Spots

Identify the places, people and times that get you into trouble and stop or change them. If you have a friend that is crappy and negative all the time, move on…they aren’t going to help you or your mindset. If a particular restaurant has a dish that you love but you know is horrible nutritionally, don’t go there. If the evenings are troublesome for you and your health, be prepared with healthy snacks or change your routine completely so that you are busy during that time.

7. The Scale Is Not Your Friend

You tend to think of your weight as good or bad based on what the scale says. How you look and how you feel is far more important a better gauge of success. Are your clothes fitting better? Do you look thinner and feel stronger? Those are true measurements that go beyond numbers. Muscle weighs more than fat so as you drop the fat and increase lean muscle the changes won’t appear on the scale nearly as well as they will appear on your frame in the mirror.

8. Be Honest With Yourself

Don’t accept excuses or tell yourself, “It’s OK to have a cheat meal.” What is your goal? Think in terms of an employer.  If you were paying you for the work you we’re doing would you accept less than the best? No, you would demand a better job day in day out. While you maybe hard on yourself you will become a better manager of your success and eliminate your failures.

9. Foods Are Good or Bad…Deal With It

Somewhere along the line, we’ve learned to feel either proud or guilty about every food choice we make and that is a good thing because it holds us accountable. We wouldn’t send our children off to school with a chocolate bar, bag of chips and a giant bottle of Coke because we know it isn’t good for them, yet we will do that to ourselves.  Food is energy. Food is fuel. Food is nutrition. Crappy food gets you crappy results for energy, thought and performance.

10. Exercise Is Essential

Your body needs to be challenged. In the beginning, if you have led a sedentary lifestyle, a challenge might be for you to take a 20 minute brisk walk. GREAT!!! Do it. As your fitness improves, you can bring in greater challenges. Push-ups, sit-ups, weights can all be added to your routine as you get stronger and improve your fitness level. You might be intimidated by thought of going to a gym. No worries…you can gain an incredible fitness level right in your own home with just body weight exercises.

Losing weight is not hard from a physical stand point. It’s the mental challenge that kills so many good intentions. You need support and a plan for success.

If you are serious about making a wholesome change in your life, here is a great place to start.

My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge will set you up for a lifetime of success because we work on the physical improvements and also the mental aspect. You learn how to change. You learn how to stay on track. You end up with an ultimate breakthrough so that you never look back and you know how to stay fit and healthy for good.

Our family of #FitFriends are there to support you, encourage you and I’ll be there every step of the way with you!

Join today for the next session!

What if you stayed the same?

Here is my question to you, please feel free to answer it or leave a comment below.

If you stayed at your current weight would you be happy?

Could you go through the next 20, 30,40, 50 years in the shape you are right now and be happy ? Honestly happy…not just settling.

 

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Where some might think that your physical appearance should not be tied to your happiness or state of mind, I say different.

So many people are consumed…yes, comsumed with unhappy thoughts because they are over weight and out of shape.

When I was at my heaviest (225lbs + ) there were days that all I could think about was how much happier I would be if I could just lose weight. Then there were days that all I could think about was which decadent food could I eat next. It was a viscious cycle and I am still tormented by it today.

I know I am happier now for a few reasons. Being over weight is not an all consuming thought. I am able to be active and do activites that I never dreamed of doing. I am happier now because I don’t beat myself up meal after meal, which is exhausting.

If you aren’t willing to make some sacrifices then you need to make peace that you are where you are and your weight will not change.

In fact, and this is not to fear monger but to open your eyes…your weight will go up.

Getting older and not being active means you slow down. Your hormones are involved (menopause) your metabolism slows to a grinding halt, add in stress and you have a recipe for obesity.

What will your life look like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to do nothing?

What will you feel like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to gain weight?

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I guarantee…I mean I guarantee that if you start to put focus on your health you will feel better, you will stop feeling fat, ugly and miserable. Today is your day.

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If you do nothing and keep doing nothing you will be unhappy…plain and simple.

 

The emotional side of being overweight is so mentally taxing but aside from that

you are taking years off of your life…which is a fact. Why would you want to do that?

 

Today is your day. Today is the day that you will make healthy choices and do some real physical activity.

 

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Happy February!!!

How is it February already?!

Did you make resolutions…and how are they doing??

I wanted to do a quick blog post and give a major shout out to our My Breakthrough Academy 30 Day Challenge Participants.

We had so many people change their lives in January, how amazing is that!!!

They ate real food, they did short focused workouts, they drank water and they were accountable!

There were no crazy food, pills, insane workouts or deprivation!

Real Results were EARNED!

I am so proud of everyone for taking back their lives.

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Real people, with real jobs, families, and responsibilities.

I am so proud of everyone that participated!!!

To see more of their results head over to www.mybreakthroughacademy.com

I hope you had a successful January and I hope your February is fit and healthy!

 

xo

 

6 Reasons your Resolutions failed…and how to make it right for 2016

Losing weight and keeping it off has become a bit of a rarity. We all know people who lose weight and keep it off for a little while and then go back to their old ways and regain the weight. If you’re lucky you only gain it back…many go beyond!

Understanding the problem better helps lead you to real solutions. Time to get off the weight loss / weight gain roller coaster.

Instead of you trying the latest diet fad, I’ve put together a few things that will help you stay on track.

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6 reasons why you fall off the wagon

1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals
in writing, and or you didn’t keep your goals in mind daily

2. No priorities:  you may have set a goal, but you didn’t
put it on or near the top of your priorities list. For
example, your goal is six-pack abs, but drinking wine and
eating fast food on the weekend is higher on your priorities
list than having a flat/fit stomach.

3. No support system: you tried to go at it alone; no buddy
system, training partners, family, spouse, friends, mentors
or coaches to turn to for information and emotional support
when the going got tough.

4. No Accountability: you didn’t keep score for your own
accountability – with a progress chart, weight record,
measurements, food journal, training journal, and you didn’t
set up external accountability (ie, report to someone else
or show your results to someone else)

5. No patience: you were only thinking short-term and had
unrealistic expectations.  You expected 10 pounds a week or
5 pounds a week or 3 pounds a week, so the first week you
lost “only” 1 or 2 pounds or hit a plateau, you gave up.

6. No planning: you winged it.  You got the idea that you need to exercise and get healthy so you hit the gym. No plan, no schedule, no direction.  How do you get somewhere when you don’t know where you going? So then, you lose interest and excuses become easier than reasons.

6 mistakes that cause most people to fall off the wagon. Are you guilty of any of these?  If so, the solutions are clear and simple:

  • Focus
  • Prioritize
  • Get support
  • Be accountable
  • Be patient
  • Plan

The 30 day weight loss challenge Starts January 1st – are you in?

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www.mybreakthroughacademy.com – JOIN TODAY and get a friend to join with you!

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#1 tool for fat loss

There are hundreds and thousands of weight loss gadgets, pills and potions out there claiming they will get you on the fast track to fat loss. Do they work? Some might, most don’t.

If I asked ANYONE and I mean anyone, on the street, on a bus at a school in an office

“How do you lose weight”

The answer each and everyone of them will have is eat right and exercise.

We all know what to do BUT NO ONE DOES IT??!!!  #crazy

If there is one “tool” that works for fat loss it is…

a journal

FoodJournal

I know a lot of you just let out a big sigh … oh, that.

I will bet those of you that just rolled your eyes don’t keep a journal and I will also bet most of you struggle with your weight.

A journal (online or old school paper) keeps you accountable.

You can go back and see what you are actually doing as opposed to guessing.

How much of that pasta did you actually eat?

Did you eat or forget to eat?

How long did you work out and what exercises did you do?

How much water did you drink?

How much sleep did you get?

Was it a good day or bad day?

 

IF YOU BITE IT…YOU WRITE IT

 

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All of these seemingly small things add up to big results.

If you are keeping track of what you are doing you can see where and why you are going off the rails or why weight loss has stalled.

It is sooooo simple but no one does it.

Why?

Lazy. More work. No time  #excuses

If you track what you do it will get you to your goals faster, I promise.

Track /journal everything that you want to change. It will give you the reality check of where you are and the awareness to keep going and recognize the work you have done.
If there’s something you really
want to change right now, get a journal and
start writing out where you are are and
track what you are doing to get where
you want to go.

I promise you it’s one of the most powerful
things you can do.

Don’t believe me… try it.

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