Tips on How to Flatten your Tummy & Get the ABS you want

Summer is fast approaching and us women are looking to flatten our tummy before we strip down to our bikini’s! Yes I am one of them, so I have been doing research to Tighten my extra skin and flatten my tummy in record time!

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#1 Tip: Improve your Posture: “If you slouch, your stomach pooch” says a fitness gooroo, Ellen Barrett

Poor posture is hug for many people, you should be walking with your heart in front of your shoulders, not your ears! For better posture while standing, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, instead of a shirt on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine and keep your weight even on the balls and heels.

 

“With your shoulders back and chest up, the abs pull themselves in,” Barrett tells WebMD. “Your energy level improves when you have good posture. Your lung capacity is better. You’re open and more awake.”

 

#2 Tip: Don’t think abs= floor crunches

When most people think “I need to strengthen my core.” They relate that to being on the floor doing 1000 crunches when in reality they should be thinking WHOLE BODY EXERCISES! “If we could spot reduce, our jaws would be hollow,” Barrett says. “We probably work the jaw muscle in talking and eating more than any other, and none of us have hollow jaws.”

Pilates is huge for this, but so are many of our Beachbody programs! One that I have loved for my tummy is Insanity– you are on the floor in planks and up running and jumping but always reminded to keep your core tight because those ab muscles help you in your performance!

Work your core in 3-D, hitting the sides, back, and middle,” Liz Neporent suggests.

Plank: Start on your hands and knees and come up into a push-up plank position, balancing on hands (or elbows) and toes (or knees). Align wrists under shoulders; keep your back straight and the abs and glutes tight (to keep the back from sagging). Hold the position and breathe out for 10 seconds, exhaling to tighten the abs and draw the navel to the spine.

Leg Lowers: Lying supine, curl the upper body, chest over ribs, with your hands behind your head. Lift the legs up with knees bent at 90 degrees, knees over hips, ankles level with knees. Keeping the hips down, slowly lower the legs toward the floor without changing the bend in the knees, then lift them back up.

Seated Rotations: Sitting up, bend knees and legs together and place arms across the chest or in front of you. Tuck the tailbone and roll back slightly as you alternate rotating the spine right and left.

#3 Tip: Nutrition

Did you know nutrition is 80% the problem in most adults today? You will never have a 6 pack if you still have a layer of fat over top of them! So examine what you are eating, how much and when! I suggest you eat 6 small meals a day, limit your processed foods (slowly wean away and get into a CLEAN Eating Diet), also make sure you are eating a protein and complex carb at eat meal! I have sample meal plans HERE! Are you just starting out and want to cut out processed food and sugar cold turkey? Follow the Stripped Diet

Have you ever heard of shakeology? Check it out! It is one of my meals everyday and is the healthiest thing out there to help you maximize your results!

*** I feel if you can follow these 3 tips you will have a flat tummy before you know it… but follow the last 3 for faster results

 

#4 Tip: Equipment… not necessary

Props are optional, yes when you have to balance and concentrate you are more likely going to hold your tummy in and keep your posture on key!

Ex: Stability balls, Bosu balls, bands and straps, and weights

BUT you do not need these things or any fancy membership, you can hold your core tight while walking- lifting groceries or boxes in your house- while cleaning or washing the car… be AWARE!

 

#5: SLOW and Consistent is KEY

This is a GOAL… There is no quick fix- it will take time for you to get in the habit, the more consistent and aware of your tightened core, the sooner you will see the results

Most people will experience set backs, roadblocks, and utter frustration along the way. Rewards come with time and consistency.

 

#6: Be realistic

Be realistic when you are setting your goals! Ex. Week 1 improve posture, Week 2 press play and get a full body workout in daily, week 3 get eating on track… Always be aware of what you are doing and how it will effect your body =)

 

I hope these tips have helped! If you have any question please feel free to message me!

 

 

 








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Leah S.’s Wedding Prep; Ultimate Reset Transformation and Review

How many of you think you are eating healthy and getting the correct amount of nutrients in your body each day? I would say most of us either have a sense of what is healthy or have actually spent time researching it! Well before I did the Ultimate Reset I thought I knew what to eat and how much as well, WELL I was wrong- I learnt more about food in the 21 days of the reset then I really ever knew! Pretty Amazing!!! Do you need a TUNE UP?

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Meet Leah S. “On January 7th I started my fitness journey–but I was serious this time. I tried a couple of times before and fell off every time. I started insanity, joined a Beachbody group, and finally started listening to all the shakeology freaks (chocolate vegan is my soulmate)!! I finished 60 days straight, only missing 2 days. I lost 10 lbs. this put me at 156.8 down from 166.8, the most I’ve ever weighed!!!  That was college weight! I then started the reset, thinking it would jump start weight loss and get me motivated for wedding weight!! It made me change my ENTIRE outlook on food! I now CRAVE tomatoes, cucumbers, couscous, and quinoa (plus much more)! I lost 7 lbs on the reset, putting me at 149.8 lbs!! I haven’t seen this since freshman year of college!!! I feel amazing, think about food differently, have everyone asking ME of all people how to do it, and I just smile and say, “Beachbody”…I made myself a priority and it paid off!! This is no longer wedding preparation…this is my body, my temple, lets see what all it can accomplish!!!”

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Melissa D.’s Beachbody Transformation

Meet Melissa!!! This is one amazing Woman!!

“Every New Year’s, I would say my New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight. But I never followed through—until this past year. I was a new mother. I was totally overweight. I had no energy, no confidence, and no self-esteem. I had headaches every day. So what would I do? Turn to food.

I was literally eating myself into an early grave. Until I made my New Year’s Resolution last year and followed it by starting P90X. I loved that P90X is a routine, sets a schedule so you have something daily to look forward to. It changes daily and it’s fun. Also, the meal plan and recipes kept my eating on track.

And when I started adding Shakeology, I gained a ton of energy, could sleep better, and felt like I could focus better. Don’t get me wrong, there were tons of days when I felt like giving up, but being in a Challenge Group helped me keep up—those people were there to support me, give me courage and inspiration.

And this time it worked. Thanks to P90X and Shakeology as well as TurboJam and TurboFire, I kept my Resolution. I lost well over 100 lbs. I have more energy, more confidence, I haven’t used pills for my headaches, my body doesn’t hurt anymore, my blood pressure and cholesterol are the best they’ve ever been— and I can run and play with my son without pain!”

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Are you gaining weight??? Read this to see if maybe this is why!

5 Reasons You Could Be Gaining Weight

By Steve Edwards

Nothing taps your panic button quite like gaining weight, especially when you’re on a weight loss program. Unfortunately, it’s an inevitable fact of life. Luckily, you’ve got me here to tell you that, as long as you’re following a solid program, results will come. It’s a physiological certainty (unless you have an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism).

I realize this might take further convincing, considering our instant-gratification society. But this ain’t my first weight loss rodeo. I’ve seen almost every scenario you can dream up, most of which were solved by patience. That said, there are some strategies you can use to ensure you’re getting the most out of both your diet and exercise program. Let’s tackle five of the most common weight loss conundrums.

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  1. I’m following the program perfectly. Why isn’t it working?! Cortisol is a word you should become familiar with, as it’s a key factor here. You’ve probably heard that it makes you fat, but you have no idea why “they” say that. What is cortisol? It’s actually a performance-enhancing stress hormone that serves an important function in survival situations. Unfortunately, when we force too much daily stress on our bodies, we shift into a state of chronic cortisol release. This can cause us to store excess fat as a survival instinct. While it sounds pretty dire, it’s generally only a serious problem in those with poor lifestyle habits.

    The beginning of a diet and/or exercise program, however, is a survival situation. In a very simplistic sense, your body releases cortisol, which, in turn, causes excess water retention to help you rebuild broken down muscle tissue. While this is cortisol functioning properly, it does lead to a period of water weight gain as you adjust to a new program. It’s nothing to worry about. By following a solid plan, your body will adapt by repairing this muscle tissue. This results in an increase in your metabolism and leads to weight loss if that’s your goal.

    The trick is that there is no hard line on how long this adaptation takes. It’s based on your individual parameters. Just rest easy in the fact that it will happen, unless you force it not to, leading us to . . .

  2. Woman with Small PortionI’m barely eating. Severe undereating causes cortisol release, as it’s the definition of a bodily emergency. Beachbody® offers many kick-start (or express) eating plans where you undereat for a few days, but you’re always encouraged to get back to a solid maintenance calorie level quickly. A short period of strategic undereating with proper hydration will help your body dispense of unneeded food (most of us chronically overeat) and regulate bodily functions. Go too long, however, and chronic cortisol release is the result.

    This is a tough situation because our natural reaction to weight gain is to eat less. When you’re exercising, it’s important to keep your eye on workout performance, as opposed to how much weight you’re losing. You should be eating enough so that your daily workouts improve over time. As long as that’s happening, your body is adapting, your metabolism is increasing, and you will lose weight provided you also don’t overeat.

  3. I’ve been doing hard workouts for weeks. On the performance theme, you need to continually improve, which is why workouts get harder as you move through any of Beachbody’s programs. It’s also why we add resistance (via added weight or gravity, as is the case with jumping) to workouts. If you’re doing the same workouts at the same intensity constantly, you are not forcing adaptations that lead to changes in your metabolism. This is called a plateau.

    A plateau, technically, isn’t gaining weight—it’s remaining the same—but a proper diet and exercise program should continually force improvements (in the form of adaptations). Otherwise, your metabolism won’t continue to increase, which is the goal of most weight loss programs.

  4. My friend and I are doing the exact same thing and she’s losing. Back to adaptation. We all react differently. The only absolute is that our bodies will change over time with a healthy program. A fitness rule called the Specificity of Adaptation states that it takes the body between 3 and 12 weeks to adapt to new stimuli, which is a very broad range. This is why it’s vital that you stick to your program and not change it repeatedly based on your daily results!

    In our test groups, two-week results have almost no bearing on who does best in the end. In fact, many people that undereat early and get off to a fast start will stagnate, while those who stick to the plan and eat as advised will start slower but train harder over time, leading to rapid weight loss as the program wears on.

  5. Woman with Small PortionI lost weight for a while but now it’s stopped. For ages on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards, this was our most frequently asked question. You eat less to lose weight. Things are going great, but suddenly you plateau—or start gaining. Odds are, your metabolism has slowed down in order to deal with the decreased calories. You’re starving your now fit body, so it’s doing what it needs to do to survive. The answer to this problem is pretty simple: eat more.

    Again, this is a tough sell, so here’s an example. One of our early Success Stories lost 40 pounds during a round of Power 90®, eating only 1,200 calories a day. He then stagnated for a long time and was very resistant to eating more, fearing it would kick-start a regression. We talked him into adding calories until, finally at around 2,000 calories, weight loss resumed. It then became so rapid he dropped through his goal, and about 20 pounds below, until finally, at around 3,000 calories, he leveled out. Then a daily diet of around 3,500 calories a day got him to a ripped 175.

So the moral of today’s lesson is to trust your exercise program—at least if it’s a Beachbody program. We’ve been doing this a long time and we know what works. There are no magic bullets. Body transformation is based on making consistent, healthy lifestyle changes. Do that and you’ll never need to ask yourself why you’re gaining weight again.








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Tara G.’s AMAZING Beachbody Transformation!!!

Tara achieved this stunning transformation in a little over a year with the help of P90X®Insanity®, and Insanity The Asylum. Now she can keep up with her Marine Corps husband, and she won $500 in the Beachbody Challenge. Enter your results for a chance to win:http://bit.ly/ChaLNG

“I chose P90X because it was the most intense program Beachbody offered—and I was looking to take no prisoners. My results were great, so I moved on to Insanity. Shaun T is amazing and has a no excuse work ethic that I love! He doesn’t baby you. It’s ‘Get fit or get out!’ You gotta love that. I love it so much, I entered The ASYLUM, and that’s my favorite program so far. I’ve lost 78 lbs. to date. I’m lean and toned, but the best news is that I can keep up with my Marine Corps husband—and that makes me really happy!

 

Way to go Tara!

 

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Tips on avoiding a sweet/ food craving…You don’t want to cheat, it’s not worth it!

What to do when you are craving sweets but trying to watch what you are eating and be healthy?

Here are a few tips that I have used to help me get past grabbing for that candy bar, ice cream, or fruit snack (that I have in the house for my kids)

We should all be eating 5-6 small meals a day, every 2 1/2 -3 hours (if this craving comes at any time between these meals follow the steps below)

1st: Drink a large glass of water

2nd: Get a cup of HERBAL Caffeine Free Tea (any flavor)

if 1 or 2 do not help, proceed to the other options for a fix

  • Grab a piece of fruit (berries, apple, orange, melon- low glycemic fruit) OR dried fruit, nuts, and seeds
  • Grab a piece of gum, try chewing the gum and waiting until the next time to eat
  • Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. “Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery,” to take your mind off the food you’re craving.

LASTLY: if these things stated above do not help you with your sweet/food craving think QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! I am a firm believer in moderation…For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then “savor every bite — slowly.”  “Don’t swear off favorites — you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options.”

 

Here are some tips on what you are missing when you crave certain things:

  • ChocolateMagnesium Women should be cautious during menstruation, as magnesium levels do drop. Instead, try snacking on natural fruits, nuts, or take a vitamin/mineral supplement.
  • Sugar or Simple CarbohydratesProtein & Complex Carbohydrates. A quick science lesson: Carbohydrates break down into sugars. Since sugar metabolizes very quickly, it is not a good source of long term energy. The best source of energy includes protein and complex carbohydrates, which break down much slower. Good examples include brown or wild long-grain rice; and pasta or bread made from wholewheat flour. It is called “wholewheat” because it includes the “whole” kernel, of which the outer shell contains the germ, bran and nutrients of the grain. White rice (Minute Rice) and white flour have been stripped of this goodness, leaving only the inner starch (simple carbohydrates).
  • Fried foodsCalcium & OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids OMEGA 3’s are good fat! Try eating more fish, or check your grocery store for milk, cheese, or eggs containing theses essential oils plus calcium (it will state such on the label).
  • SaltHydrationVitamin BChloride When you desire something salty, try to drink water instead. Also, stress can lead to a Vitamin B deficiency, so if your experiencing hardship, take a second Vitamin B supplement half way through your day.

 

***Don’t keep these foods in your house and NEVER go to the grocery stop hungry!

*** Stay around the perimeter in the grocery store, RAW and FRESH is the best way to go! 

15 Tips to help you stay on track to Reach YOUR MOMENT

Take your training to the next level – whether that means upping your game by signing up for an extreme challenge or just getting off the couch and into your workout shoes for the first time. I’ll be here to guide and support you along your journey by providing expert diet and fitness plans, inspirational videos, informative tips and much more to help you Train for Your Moment.

 

Eat less, exercise more.That’s the simple solution to anyone’s weight loss questions. But if it was that easy, more people would be in great shape. Turns out, some of your other behaviors play a big role in fat loss. Try these 15 tips—including several surprises—to fire up your metabolism speed up your lean body transformation.

1. Have a Plan

The old saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Have a realistic goal and set specific targets for your week to reach that goal, says Emma-Leigh Synnott, M.B.B.S, an exercise, nutrition, and metabolism specialist. However, make sure that you don’t end up being too strict with yourself. Life is about more than your diet. So be sure to find that balance between reaching your goal, and enjoying the moment too.

2. Sleep More

Sleep does more than help your body recover from a long day — it actually helps you fight fat. In fact, researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours can increase your appetite (forcing you to overeat), slow your metabolism (causing you to burn fewer calories) and make the body retain more abdominal fat. Need another reason to sleep more? Lack of shut-eye is also associated with bad workouts. Do yourself a favor and get some rest. Your body will thank you.

 

3. Eat Less More Often

Eating 5-6 small meals a day will speed up your metabolism and teach you how to eat in portion. Studies have said several things but when you eat smaller meals throughout the day (clean, raw, and healthy), you will rev your metabolism up and it will help you lose weight!

4. Know How Much You Are Eating

Part one of the energy equation is to simply restrict your fuel intake. But unfortunately, most people do very badly with this. Research has shown that most people grossly underestimate how much they are eating, sometimes by up to 50 percent! There are a number of ways you can track what you are eating, such as using MyPlate through livestrong.com or Myfitnesspal,com, but whatever system you use the key is consistency and accuracy.

5. Move More (LOTS more!)

This is, essentially, the second half of the equation – the calories-out side.Unfortunately, most people struggle with this process. In today’s society we are largely sedentary: We travel in cars, we work in front of computers all day and we relax in front of the television. Add incidental exercise (like talking the stairs or tapping your foot) in addition to formal activity (such as playing sports, lifting weights, running, a Beachbody Program) to see the greatest benefits

6. Remove Liquid Calories

You want the truth: 65 percent of Americans drink beverages that are heavy in calories. Not only are these drinks less likely to keep you full, thus leaving you hungry, they are oftentimes loaded with sugar. Yes this means your crystal light, juices, alcohol, pop, sweetened tea, and anything with artificial sweeteners in it!

7. Plan a Cheat Meal

This will help your body see that you are not depriving it from what it is use to and you can splurge, will losing weight!- it is ONE MEAL, not a WHOLE DAY!

8. Make Yourself Accountable

Surround yourself with tools to help you with your journey. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Join my support group or Challenge group! Let people know your goals and ask for their support in helping you achieving them. The more supported you are, the better.

9. Practice Carb Swapping

Carb swapping is is one of the easiest (and fastest) ways to jump-start weight loss. Replace foods like pasta, rice and bread with fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables have fewer calories and carbohydrates than their processed counterparts. That means you can eat more total food without adding weight.

 

10. Eat More Fat

Did you know that the Institute of Medicine recommends that a diet be made up of 25 to 35 percent fat? Turns out, high-fat foods like nuts, avocados and healthy oils can help you lose fat faster than other diet approaches. Just make sure you figure out how much fat you need in your diet to prevent yourself from overeating. And, as always, avoid the trans fats. They’re still not healthy.

11. Eat More Protein

Protein helps you maintain lean body mass (muscle, not fat), and increase the thermic effect of your diet. That is, protein requires more energy for your body to process than carbohydrates or fat. This can subtly contribute to the calories-out side of the energy equation. As a bonus, eating protein keeps you fuller longer, and researchers have shown that it can reduce how much you eat per day by hundreds of calories.

12. DRINK MORE WATER: Become a Heavy Drinker

No we’re not talking about alcohol. While there’s nothing magical about water, the process of consuming lots of liquid can trick you into feeling less hungry. What’s more, when you’re dehydrated you burn 2 percent fewer calories per day, says University of Utah researchers. So if you struggle to control your appetite, drink up before your meal. Then drink some more. You’ll be more likely to fight off fat. You should be drinking 50% of your weight in ounces!

Read more: HERE

13. Drink Shakeology

Your diet should primarily consist of whole-food sources like meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. However, research published in the Journal of Nutrition found those who consume whey-protein shakes lost almost twice as much fat as those who didn’t have the shakes. Magic? Hardly. The protein in shakeology isn’t any more effective than protein found in solid meals. However, most people don’t get enough protein in their diets, and the shakeology is a convenient way to meet your body’s needs.

Read more: HERE

14. Be Patient and Give Yourself Time

You didn’t gain weight overnight, so you will not take it off overnight either. Give yourself time and know that the weight will come off if you stick to your plan.

15. COMMIT to a program

Sticking to a program will give yourself the best results, whether that is getting involved into a support group or a challenge group. COMMIT and write down your goals that you want to reach- share them with me and I will help you succeed. nminton24@gmail.com

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Ready to see some AMAZING results by the help of Beachbody Programs? I would make sure you are sitting down!

These are real people (Kenna’s Results) and real results! All it takes is joining a challenge group for extra accountability and support to motivate you through the programs and DEDICATION to yourself!!! Where would you be or WHAT would you look like a year from now with the help of me?

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What is a Beachbody Challenge and How can I benefit?

Do you need change in your life? Need more energy, to get healthy, or to just get fit!? Then please continue to read and watch the videos!

If you are not ready to change- I would keep scrolling! 

 

What is a Beachbody Challenge???? Watch this 4 1/2 minute review on what is it!

 

Now is this something you would like to join??? Well you might be thinking, this is not for me! I could never do this… Well have you ever felt like this?

 

If you can relate to any or all of this above I would LOVE to help you reach your goals- feel good, lose weight, or even just get healthy! Message me NOW @ nminton24@gmail.com

 

 

I run a challenge group a month so even if this one is not going to work for you- message me and I will get you on the waiting list for the next one! 

 

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What are you eating? Do you know what is in your food?

Pay Attention to EVERYTHING you eat: Fresh Veggies, Lean Meats, and foods lower in fat and higher in fiber are the basis of nutrition

-What you eat is a DIRECT effect on everything from how your body works to your mood to the amount your body burns and stores. 

– WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN (or use myfitnesspal to have a journal of your food intake)

– Balancing the types of food you eat are important! Make sure you get enough protein!

– Try to sticking with Michi’s Ladder as a guide- The closer you are to the TOP, they BETTER results you will get =)  It is a DIRECT relationship and CANNOT be overemphasized! (http://www.teambeachbody.com/eat-smart/michis-ladder)

-No Matter how much you exersice, if you are not watching what you eat than that layer of padding over your belly and thighs-WILL GO NOWHERE!

– Give yourself 3 weeks of eating at the top tier of Michi’s Ladder and your results will STARTLE you =) YOU GOT THIS!!!


 

Portions and The Right Foods: Every Meal should be conservative in portion sizes and have fairly even ratios :Protein 30%, Carbs 40%, and Fat 30%

–       Use Fresh Veggies and fruits to replace processed foods and you will lose weight!

–       Skinless white meat in BETTER than red meat

–       Egg Whites have LESS fat than whole eggs

–       When looking at a plate full of fat or carbs (pizza or pasta) eat half f your normal serving. Do not overeat!

–       Choose Low- density, high-fiber foods when possible.

 

Shakeology is ONE meal where you KNOW your body is getting the right FUEL!!!

 

 

 

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Control your PORTIONS!

Control your PORTIONS : “Don’t eat until you are FULL; eat until you’re NOT HUNGRY.”

  • In general you want to eat ½ what the chef prepares for you at a restaurant! (ask for a box right away and put ½ away)
  • 4oz of lean meat (chicken, tuna, ground turkey)- measure by the palm of your hand! And 1-2 tablespoons of dressing (JUST TO TASTE) these are ADEQUATE portion sizes!
  • Control your Calorie intake and Portion Size: Your daily exercise will increase the amount of calories you burn, so make sure you eat FEWER calories than you burn (get a heart rate monitor and wear it all day!) approx. burn 300 calories every 30 min of rigorous activity
  • Recommended if you are trying to “trim fat” goal calories should be 1200-1500 per day (use myfitnesspal.com/ app on smart phone to calculate) DO NOT GO LOWER THAN THAT… your body will go into starvation mode and will RESET your metabolism
  • 500 calories eaten less than burned a day= 1lb of fat lost a week
  • ONLY add calories when you feel you need more energy

FOOD IS FUEL!

 

 

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OPENED DOORS…. MY STORY

Why I invested into MY FUTURE….

 

I have always been the “big boned” “skinny fat” girl that played athletics all her life but had to work to stay smaller (size 6 was my smallest) until I went to college and did nothing and started taking diet pills and became anorexic and bulimic (very disappointed in myself for getting there but it happened) and I can admit now that it was a horrible way to try to be skinny! So after college I got pregnant at 20 with my daughter and gained 76lbs and weighted in at 200lbs the day I delivered her… I went to the gym and got down to 138 in 7months and then found out I was pregnant with my son… Got back to 200lbs the day I delivered him as well…But the weight would not come off and so one night I saw the informercial for P90X and I ordered it- I said I have tried everything else why not try this, so many people are finding success… So I did it for 4 weeks and quit a year later and 5lbs gone a friend messaged me and said she became a coach and was wondering if I wanted to try shakeology– I pondered for a month or so and said you know what I have P90X and I see people are losing weight with this shake I’m going to try it, I was so depressed with what I saw in the mirror, who I was and I was completely uncomfortable in my own skin I could not believe I let myself go and did not join an accountablity group sooner- I went all in on accountability and joined as a coach to stay motivated… We started a challenge group and I did the full 90 days and lost 20lbs and went from a size 8/10 to a 4 and then followed that by Insanity and lost another pant size! Since than I have completed P90X2, ChaLEAN Extreme, Insanity Asylum, started doing Tai Cheng (because I have a neck injury and was told not to do high intensity but got cleared) so I am starting round 2 of ChaLEAN Extreme and could NOT be happier.. In 4 days I have lost 3.5lbs and feel AMAZING, so much energy and momentum to PUSH HARDER!!!  I have gained 10lbs of muscle in the past year, after Insanity and I am currently 136lbs and muscle and can say I’m pretty confident in who I am today!!!

 

So before I started actually “coaching” I was an Office Manager for my dad and then a Full Time Substitute Teacher, as you may know teachers and office managers do not make a WONDERFUL pay, BUT I was getting by, I paid my bills; student loans (after having to defer them for hardship), gas to get to and from work, groceries so my family could eat, and try to make the minimum payment on my credit cards (racked up debt while in college and not having a job them a baby that needed cared for).. YES my husband is in the picture and has a FT job but he was paying for the mortgage and house bills amongst health insurance, car insurance, house insurance… EVERYTHING ELSE! Well it was a struggle because I was putting my Shakeology and Business Fee of 15.95 on a credit card so that I would stay active, I had my husband become a coach to rank advance (money expenses paid out) and I was putting our financial situation at jeopardy… Finally 8 months after I became a Coach I was seeing a return, people were trusting in me and knowing that my transformation changed my life that I could help them change theirs! now 17 months after signing up I am close to another rank advancement and making DOUBLE what I would have being a teacher in the public schools. I am hoping that April 2016 (5 years as a coach) that my husband will be able to retire and be a stay at home dad- take and pick the kids up from school, take them to practice, coach them, and NEVER miss any milestones!!!! I AM SO PASSIONATE IN THIS JOB IT IS UNREAL!!!! I want to help so many others become FINANCIALLY FREE, if you can relate in any way CONTACT ME!!!

LIVE YOUR LIFE. DREAM BIG. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

What to do when you take time off of P90X, Insanity, or any other Beachbody Program?

So you get sick or busy or life gets ahold of you an you just need a day or two to rest… THIS HAS HAPPENED TO US ALL!!! What do we do after we are ready to come back??? Do we start the week over, do we start the program from Day 1, do we double up on our missed workouts… NO YOU START WHERE YOU LEFT OFF!!! It is ok that your program goes 91 days, 65 days, or 39 days! WE ARE NOT PERFECT and life may get in the way! We all get sick and we all have days where we barely have time to go to the bathroom… IT IS OK to take a day to rest!

When you are sick or have a pounding headache and try to workout through the pain… You are only going to injure yourself more… your immune system is not 100% and is telling you you need to slow down… SO LISTEN! When you workout through illnesses or pain your body will never recover and you are only going to get sicker or injure yourself worse!

 

 

You never want to take the chances with any cold or injury so make sure you consult a doctor before going back to your workout regime! Also anytime you are sick you should check to see what your doctors says or feels you should do! I personally thought I just had a neck pain and it turns out I have Neck subluxation and cannot workout intensely for the next 12 weeks.. bummer YES, but if I would have not gone to the doctor, I would have never known that I would be off for that long! SO CHECK WITH A PROFESSIONAL!

 

Once you are cleared to workout, PICK UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF!!! Each Beachbody Program is designed the way it is for the BEST possible results! So if you take too much time off, yes restart it! This is just my advice and recommendations!!! I hope this helps you in the future =)

 

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Nikki Kuban Minton: Eat Clean Stripped Week 1

So As Many people say they can’t stay on a Diet or Meal Plan if they do not like the food! WELL ME EITHER!!! So with Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Stripped Diet I looked at Week 1 and just took the Meals that I KNOW I will eat and help me stay on track and I incorporated those into my week!!!! My husband and Friend Melanie Mitro are doing it as well so I HAVE EXTRA Accountability!!!!!!

The reason I decided to do this Meal Plan for the next 4 weeks is because I got off track of eating clean and I will be going to Coach Summit in Vegas in 30 days!!!!! So it seems just perfect to get back on track and possibly lose those last 10 POUNDS!!!!

Yes I am repetitive with my foods, but I don’t eat fish and so these seem to be the only lean proteins I can incorporate! I will TRY fish next week!!! I am also in the last Phase of ChaLEAN Extreme– and As I said Vegas is in 30 days- so I am doubling with Brazil Butt Lift and going to Fit Club On Tuesday Nights!!!

 

I will update you WEEKLY on how everything is going and recap the week before!!!- Day 1 was great I have a ton on energy and feel motivated to get things done!!! I am running on 5 hours of sleep and feel great, later today that might be different though!!!- STay Tuned to Week 2 on the Stripped plan along with a RECAP of week 1!!!

 

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What do I do when I have NO Motivation to workout?: CHANGE!

Everyones life get crazy and I can be one to say that happens OFTEN for me! I am a mother of 2 toddlers and my husband works 16 hour days, 5 days a week! I am a stay at home mom- my kids are my number 1 priority, so to say life is a breeze IT IS NOT! BUT I can say that working out has made a HUGE difference in my life!

 

I use to wait until the kids would go to sleep to workout or wait until my husband came home and that made me CRAZY because my life was depending on something that was NOT consistent! My son napped but my daughter was iffy, it was never the same time or she just wanted to play or watch tv instead of napping! Then finally she just stopped napping- so I had to make changes to my schedule because I was not motivated at 9pm or 4pm after thinking about it ALLL day and it being in the back of my head that “I STILL HAVE TO WORKOUT!” This made me dread working out because it was more like a hassle than an enjoyable stress relief! I would work myself up and I set myself up to fail because I would worry all day about it and almost talk myself out of it before it was even time to press play!

 

So what did I do?!?! I first teamed up with a few of my best friends and got myself an accountability partner- no we do not workout together, but we workout at our own homes at the same time! SO we decided we were going to text each other at 5:30am and get each other motivated to do our workouts! This WAS THE ONLY WAY I would be able to get my workout in without interruptions! (Yes there are days my kids wake up while I am still working out, but now I have been doing it so long and I’m in a routine- they know it is mommy’s “workout time”) So now my workout is done, shower is done, and I am ready to get breakfast for me started before the kids even wake up! This changed my MOOD DRAMATICALLY! I went from being on edge to easy going! I wasn’t worrying about “when” I’m getting my workout in, I am now thinking about “what am I going to do extra with my kids?”

 

 

Working out in the morning has changed my life- It give me more energy, puts me in a better mood, and gives me more time with my #1 PRIORITY!

 

For those of you who struggle with getting motivated or letting life get in your way of YOU! Think of these few things:

1. How are you feeling? DO you want to change your attitude and physical well being?! THEN DO NOT LET WHATEVER IS BRINGS YOU DOWN, DOWN- Take control and get rid of the stress- WORKOUT!

2. What are you doing for you?! Is life consuming you that you are doing for everyone else and nothing/minimum effort to better yourself!? CHANGE- Take 1 hour a day to do something that helps YOU RELAX!-

3. What is your mood like? Are you edgy because there is something bothering you, something in the back of your head, something you can’t stop thinking about?! TAKE CHARGE AND CHANGE- Move your schedule around, address what is bothering you! DON”T BOTTLE IT UP- Talk to someone if it is something that can be resolved!!! If not WORKOUT THE STRESS!!!

4. WE ARE OUR OWN WORST CRITIC!- DON’T LET YOUR HEAD GET THE BEST OF YOU!

 

Change your schedule that works better for you! Get the negativity out of your life! AND BE YOU! Set your priorities- do they line up with what you are doing?! If NOT- CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!!

 

NEED HELP GETTING MOTIVATED?!!?!? EMAIL ME! nminton24@gmail.com I will help you set your priorities, get motivated, and STAY ON TRACK when life gets in the way! I have lived it and now I want to help others change how they react to what comes in their way of themselves!

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HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?!?!

How bad do you want it

Nobody can want it for you, you have to want it for yourself!
Is there something in your life that you would really like to achieve? You have to want it for yourself. No one can do it for you. You can have the best personal trainer, gym, nutritionist, but it basically comes down to one thing…YOU!

You have to have the desire to change and better yourself. Figure out what drives you, what motivates you. Use that fuel as motivation to work hard and accomplish your goals. Everyone has a best body and can achieve it. However, not everyone has the will power to do it. Don’t be part of the ladder.

First, start by writing it down. If you write down your goals you are 50% more likely to accomplish them. Next, create a game plan. Write down in small steps how you are going to accomplish this goal. Make sure you cut yourself some slack.Anynew goal is going to take time. There will be ups and downs just like a roller coaster, but keep your eye on the prize. Once you reach one of your small goals, celebrate! Allow yourself to feel good about the small steps that you have accomplished. Never reward yourself with food. Go out and purchase a new exercise DVD that you have been wanting or a new outfit to exercise in. Whatever makes you feel good about yourself without sabatoging your end result. Its very important to surround yourself with positive people. There is nothing worse than trying to change your lifestyle and having people around you bashing what you are doing. Be polite, but keep your distance between the negative people. Find other people out there who support what you are doing and spend time with them.
Research your goal and how to get there. Spend time on the internet with groups that have common interests. If you have people going through the same things that you are, it makes it easier to handle. SHARE on the support groups as well. Don’t sit there with questions that you want answers too, someone out there can help! Don’t be afraid! No one is going to think it’s a stupid question.

Lastly, share your victories with others. There is nothing like getting kuddos from your friends for reaching a goal! We are all pulling for you and can’t wait to see what you have accomplished! You can do anything if you want it bad enough, so make the decision to commit, write it down and get busy!
HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

Sticking to your NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!!!

How to Keep Your Resolutions All Year!

It takes three months for a behavior to become a habit, so we’ve mapped out a plan to keep you on track through every obstacle.

 New Year’s Eve

You think: “I’m going to spend less, work out more and get promoted.” Creating a resolution that’s too big or too vague sets you up for failure. The first key to success: zeroing in on one goal, not three. Then do a quick reality check. “Look at the level of commitment it will require to achieve, and consider if you’ll be able to match it,” says Larry Kubiak, Ph.D., director of psychological services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Are you really going to be able to swear off chocolate completely? Unlikely. Limiting your Hershey’s Kisses eating to a few times a week would be much more achievable. Which brings us to the second success tip: getting specific. “The more detailed you can be—’I’m going to save $30 a week by eating out one fewer meal’—the less difficult it is to stay focused on what you have to do to succeed,” Kubiak says.

 

Make sure when you set a LARGE goal, you are setting smaller goals that will lead to that LARGE GOAL!!! Need Help Setting goals, getting started, or staying on track?!?! MESSAGE ME NOW! I will help you stick to your New Years Resolution!!!

21 Tactics To Increase Motivation!

Increase Motivation

 

I found this on Pick the Brain and It makes so much sense! If you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and others is a crucial skill. At work, home, and everywhere in between, people use motivation to get results. Motivation requires a delicate balance of communication, structure, and incentives. These 21 tactics will help you maximize motivation in yourself and others.

Motivation

1. Consequences – Never use threats. They’ll turn people against you. But making people aware of the negative consequences of not getting results (for everyone involved) can have a big impact. This one is also big for self motivation. If you don’t get your act together, will you ever get what you want?

2. Pleasure – This is the old carrot on a stick technique. Providing pleasurable rewards creates eager and productive people.

3. Performance incentives – Appeal to people’s selfish nature. Give them the opportunity to earn more for themselves by earning more for you.

4. Detailed instructions – If you want a specific result, give specific instructions. People work better when they know exactly what’s expected.

 


5. Short and long term goals
 – Use both short and long term goals to guide the action process and create an overall philosophy.

6. Kindness – Get people on your side and they’ll want to help you. Piss them off and they’ll do everything they can to screw you over.

7. Deadlines – Many people are most productive right before a big deadline. They also have a hard time focusing until that deadline is looming overhead. Use this to your advantage by setting up a series of mini-deadlines building up to an end result.

8. Team Spirit
 – Create an environment of camaraderie. People work more effectively when they feel like part of team — they don’t want to let others down.

10. Recognize achievement – Make a point to recognize achievements one-on-one and also in group settings. People like to see that their work isn’t being ignored.

11. Personal stake – Think about the personal stake of others. What do they need? By understanding this you’ll be able to keep people happy and productive.

12. Concentrate on outcomes – No one likes to work with someone standing over their shoulder. Focus on outcomes — make it clear what you want and cut people loose to get it done on their own.

13. Trust and Respect – Give people the trust and respect they deserve and they’ll respond to requests much more favorably.

14. Create challenges – People are happy when they’re progressing towards a goal. Give them the opportunity to face new and difficult problems and they’ll be more enthusiastic.

15. Let people be creative – Don’t expect everyone to do things your way. Allowing people to be creative creates a more optimistic environment and can lead to awesome new ideas.

16. Constructive criticism
 – Often people don’t realize what they’re doing wrong. Let them know. Most people want to improve and will make an effort once they know how to do it.

17. Demand improvement – Don’t let people stagnate. Each time someone advances raise the bar a little higher (especially for yourself).

18. Make it fun – Work is most enjoyable when it doesn’t feel like work at all. Let people have fun and the positive environment will lead to better results.

19. Create opportunities – Give people the opportunity to advance. Let them know that hard work will pay off.

20. Communication
 – Keep the communication channels open. By being aware of potential problems you can fix them before a serious dispute arises.

21. Make it stimulating – Mix it up. Don’t ask people to do the same boring tasks all the time. A stimulating environment creates enthusiasm and the opportunity for “big picture” thinking.

Master these key points and you’ll increase motivation with a bit of hard work.

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