Top 5 Tips: Fitness Success

Today I would love to chat Goals and how you can reach them, but you know what- thats for another day… Today is going to be my top 5 tips on how to succeed when you are on your fitness journey!

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#1: Support: You have to have support, whether it is at home-friends-or online support, like myself. You can reach only so much by yourself- you can also sacrifice and give up easier when its just you! So before you move onto tip #2, you have to commit to getting a support partner! If you need me- I am a message away! 

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#2. Be mentally prepared: You have to mentally be ready to commit to your fitness. You have to know that you will be tempted, you will have setbacks, but you will have the mental strength to put one foot in front of the other! We all go through ups and downs in our fitness journey- but you have to have the willingness to keep going, every day, no matter what you are faced with. 

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#3. Plan: You have to plan and be prepared to start, When will you start? What is your start date? What is your fitness regimen? What is your nutrition and meal plan like? What will you do every day to stay accountable? How will you plan for that birthday party or office lunch in? You can fail to plan or plan to fail. You have the decision to make- what will it be? Will you have your commitment, plan, and support ready to start on X date? 

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#4. Start: When you have your known supporters, you’re mentally prepared, you have your plan in stone. You have to just start- You cannot procrastinate. The longer you say tomorrow the longer your results will happen. The longer you wait the more time you are setting yourself up for failure. You must start and stay on track- Progress not Perfection.

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#5. Decide. Commit. Succeed.: Now it is time for you to decide, commit, and succeed. Your success is a direct reflection of how ready you are for change! If you are ready to conquer the world, then you need to have your plan in place! You need to commit- write your goals down and strive to do better each day. You will succeed, but you have to have the confidence that your goals are worth it to you! YOU ARE WORTHY! Make this fitness journey like no other journey out there!

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Next we will touch on GOALS, those are scary! Stay tuned! 

Core de Force Week 1 Nutrition Plan

Core De Force is AMAZING!!!! I am so happy to have been starting this program, it makes me SOOOO excited to wake up and KICK BUTT!!! Are you doing Core de Force? JOIN MY GROUP!

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Ok so- When I went to make my meal plan, as always I had to Calculate my caloric intake which is STEP #1: page 1 in the Book: Your Weight x11= Calorie Starting Point, take your starting point and +400 = Maintenance Calories, then take your Maintenance Calories and -750 to get your TARGET Caloric intake

STEP #2 – Take the number in the last field above and look below to see which nutrition plan you should follow. ( I am following PLAN B @ 1659 calories and Chris will be at PLAN C with 1805 calories)

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STEP #3 – Now that you know your PLAN from above.  Now you can see the number of servings you need per day following the CORE DE FORCE Nutrition Plan. This follows the winning nutrition of 30% Protein / 40% Carbs / 30% fats which have been the fuel behind a lot of successful results.

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You can track your daily nutrition with THIS GUIDE that can be printed for your use!

IMPORTANT Difference with the CORE DE FORCE Nutrition Plan!!

You may have used the INSANITY Max 30 Nutrition Plan or the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan, but this one is a bit different!

Here is the big difference:

The above plan and servings are considered your “BASELINE”. Keep that in mind as we discuss this next part…

On WEEK #2 – Add an extra FRUIT (Purple Container) serving every day

On WEEK #3 – Keep eating the extra FRUIT (Purple) and add an additional HEALTHY FAT (Blue Container) serving every day

On WEEK #4 – Return to your BASELINE serving from the above calculation.

Why this change?

I think it’s brilliant! According to the guide, as the workouts intensify, your body needs more fuel! Gradually increasing your calories with “energy foods” like fruit and health fats keeps your metabolism firing and plateaus stay at bay. When you drop those calories back down in Week 4, your body is primed to accept the deficit, which translates to killer results at the end of the program.

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As we go through this together, I am looking forward to seeing what this change-up will do for us!

Insanity MAX 30; 2 week results! Nikki Kuban Minton

Insanity Max 30; Beachbody and ShaunT’s NEWEST Workout program!!!!

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Lets be honest Shaun T is a KILLER trainer!!! He knows what he is doing and these workouts, we are seriously CHALLENGED!!! There are mornings I wake up and I dread the workout, because I know I will be pushed to my limits, but then I forget the workout— I forget what we did last week and feel like everything is new!!! I have increased some of my max out times, but I have to modify as well!!!!

 

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OMG!!!!! I cannot believe I let myself get to where I was on day 1 ????????????

Being a fitness and health coach, you would think I was on my A game 100%, well let me tell you a little secret— I AM HUMAN! Life gets in the way and I totally got depressed and was in a bad place in my mental state in June-November and I would eat and slack in my workouts… But my mojo is BACK!!!! 

?#?insanitymax30? is GAME CHANGER!!!!! 

And let’s be honest, I still am getting back on track with my eat— but slowly I am getting there! 

4lbs down and 9in around my body! 

Be nice… I know these are kinda gross— but they are REAL!

Support is key to any success! Motivation is what you need— sometimes rock bottom is the push to get the motivation back!

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 Insanity max 30 is no joke, the results show for themselves!!!! Are you looking for real results in 30 minutes? ShaunT Insanity Max 30 is where it is at!!!

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Transformation Tuesday: The Minton’s 21 day fix Transformation! #fitfam

21 Day Fix Results are in!!!!!! My husband and I did it together! Faithfully everyday! He followed the meal plan to a T and I of course got my sweet tooth involved =(

 

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My Day 1 stats: 136lbs

Rt and Lt arm 11 in

Rt Thigh 21 1/4 and Lt 21 1/2 inches

Waist (ribs) 27 Belly button 30 and Hips 34 1/2

Chest 33 1/2 inches and Butt 38 in

 

 

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My after stats: day 21 131.2lbs

Rt and left arm 10 3/4in

Rt and Left Thigh 20 3/4 in

Waist (ribs) 26in Belly Button 29in and Hips 33 1/2 in

Chest 32 3/4 in and Butt 37

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My biggest indulgence was Girl Scout Cookies, so no i did not stay away from sugar!!! If I would have my results may have been better!!! BUT I am happy with where I got! The 21 day fix is an AMAZING program and has changed my outlook on food and portions!

 

Now my hubby’s results are AMAZING!!!! He followed the meal plan to a T, I packed every day for him all 6 meals and he went on his way to work! We worked out in the morning before he had to leave for work and lets just say, i am PROUD of his dedication to 30 minute workouts (he did not think it was long enough to give him results!)

 

 

 

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Day 1: 212lbs

Rt and Lt Arm 15 1/4 in

Rt and Lt Thigh 23 1/4 in

Rt and Lt Calf 16 in

Chest 40 1/2

Waist (ribs) 36 1/2 Belly Button 40 and Hips 37 1/2

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Day 21 stats: 201lbs

Rt and Lt arm 14 3/4 in

Rt and Lt Thigh 23 1/2 in

Rt and Lt calf 16 in

Chest 42 1/2

Waist (ribs) 35 in Belly button 37 1/2 and hips 36 12/ in
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Together we conquered this program and let me just tell you, this is what a #fitfam looks like! Workout together, eat the same food, grow together, and have the same passion! It was not always like this and some days are not always sunshine and rainbows! But the more we do it TOGETHER and the more we push each other, the more we grew together and individually!

TOGETHER FOREVER and guess what, YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

It does not have to be a spouse, grab a friend or virtual success partner in a group! WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

21 Day Fix Meal Plan: Week 2

Week 2 Meal Plan for the 21 day Fix

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As I have been vegan for the past year with maybe eggs in some foods I ate out I have not had animal protein in 1 full year!

I was afraid I was not going to get enough protein with this program and the first 3 days I say myself dragging at the end of the day, so I added in chicken—WRONG MOVE, I got sick and was on the couch, the second day (day 5) I added a smaller piece and was better, and then day 6 did 1/2 red (2oz) and was fine…. This week I am going to go with something milder on my digestive system and eat egg whites! I had them for dinner last night and have felt fine since!!!!

I am EXCITED to start week 2 because just in 1 week, I have lost 5 1/2 inches and 1.4lbs… I am not looking to lose weight as I am looking to just tone and make sure I am eating the right portions! I am a person of moderation and this so far in 1 week has showed me my moderation portions have been WAY TOO BIG!

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They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, but I seriously think if you can get through the first week, which is the toughest on your body—headache, tired, sore, change… you will make it through the full journey!

Week 1 is over, now on to week 2— no excuses, just results =)

MY MOTIVATION THIS WEEK IS….. Photo Shoot on Sunday =) Have a goal, reward yourself at the end of the week- new workout shirt, new headbands, new pants, new measuring tape, new bands, new water bottle! It doesn’t have to be large, but set something up to achieve your fullest potential!

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Nikki’s Ultimate Reset Results Take 2

This time on the Ultimate Reset I was focused to see results and get myself back on track with my eating and just clear my body of extra toxins I have filtered through my body!

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I did the Reset to get rid of bloat and to reset myself back to the mode of wanting to workout and PUSH myself harder than I have ever done!

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I never took measurements because that was not my goal- but I did weigh myself and I lost 7.6lbs, I am beyond thrilled with that! It did not matter what happened through the reset I just knew I needed to reset myself back before the New Year began! I am excited to start the New Year Strong and see what and how my body will change!

 

Want to some of the Reset Recipes? Find the vegan recipes here

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How do you deal with Stress while trying to get results?

Stress is something that happens to each one of us, no matter how positive we are and how healthy we are trying to become! We have a life, whether it is our job, family, or personal things that may get in our way that cause on going negative energy and stress! How do you fight it? How do you still workout and get the great results we are trying so hard for?

 

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Exercise and stress relief

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Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.

  • It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
  • It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
  • It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.

I tend to workout my stress! I make sure I always give myself an hour a day to work on me! (I would ideally like 2 hours a day, but sleep is sometimes important for “me time”) So I wake up, workout, eat breakfast and read. It relieves what is to come into my day but helps me start the day on a positive note! Positivity is were the stress lies…. how much negativity do you have in your life? Look back and try to eliminate it! How can you get more positivity into your life? Does it mean surround yourself yourself with positive and active people? Start working out 30 extra minutes a day, spend time with your loved ones…. Find a new job?

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Write down 10 things that you could improve on to reduce the stress in your life! You will see that once you reduce the stress, your weight-loss and fitness results will increase by 100%! Change the food you are eating, the healthier you eat, the more energy and the happier you are!

 

What could you eliminate from you crazy busy life?

How to Maintain your Results….

Team Beachbody is a community to help you get the best results, support, and tips on your health and fitness journey! They provide you will message boards, daily blogs, and vip trainer chats! All of this for free or a small $2.99/wk fee… This is one of the blogs I want to share with you because I get the question all the time, what do I do next? How do I maintain these results? Here is the answer from Steve Edwards.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Maintain My Results?

 

Congratulations! You’re done with INSANITY®, P90X®, or another Beachbody® program, and you love the results. But you’re also sick of hammering your body every day and watching each calorie you put into your mouth. So, what now? Can you keep your new body without all the work?


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Yes and no. In order to function well, you need to move and properly fuel your body. But the fitter you are, the easier it is to stay fit. This means you can maintain your fitness with much less effort than it took to get there.

The following checklist will assuage the fears you have about losing your new body or reverting to the unhealthy habits you’ve worked so hard to change, and provide you with a sensible plan to maintain your results.

Lesson 1: Take a break!

Before you worry about keeping your results, you should celebrate. You’ve earned it! Your fitness won’t fall apart overnight, and a break will give you physical and—more importantly—mental relief from worrying about training, diet, and results.

Man and Woman RunningDon’t worry about losing fitness. A little time off will actually improve your fitness by allowing your body to heal microtrauma (natural breakdown of muscle and connective tissue) incurred during regimented training. If you’re in need of convincing, consider that professional athletes are forced by their trainers to take full-stop breaks at the end of each season.

Too much time off, however, will start things sliding the other way. The length of your break should be related to the length of your program. If you’ve done a month of INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®, a week off is plenty. If you completed 90 days of P90X or P90X2®, you’ve got close to a month of leeway before your fitness will begin to suffer.

You can exercise during this break and I strongly recommend it. Just make it fun and, absolutely, don’t follow a regimented program. This is the time to take your newfound fitness for a drive around the block. If you’ve ever thought there was something you’d like to try, now’s the time.

Lesson 2: Without a maintenance plan, expect to keep your results for about as long as it took you to get them.

It takes approximately 3 weeks off to fully undo 3 weeks of training, while it may take 3 months to fully lose 90 days’ worth of effort—it takes about the same amount of time to lose your fitness as it took for you to attain it.

But since starting at square one sucks (remember?), you never want to wait too long to restart your training. The break you took in Lesson 1 should transition straight into a maintenance plan. If you got in shape for something like a vacation, class reunion, or another type of indulgence-oriented function, you need a plan (if you didn’t start with one) for continuing. Hopefully your new healthy habits have been well ingrained and you’ll soon begin to miss the endorphin rush of your daily exercise sessions.

Lesson 3: Create a maintenance schedule

To maintain your fitness, you’ll need around half the volume of your training program. The two simplest ways to do this are with full workouts every other day or with half workouts 6 days per week.

For the full workout plan, pick workouts to do every other day. The workout you do can be based on what you feel like you need. The downside is that it can be boring, which is why we offer many maintenance workouts, like P90X ONE on ONE®, INSANITY Fast and Furious, Brazil Butt Lift® Master Series, and so on. You can also mix and match from other workout programs, take classes at the gym, or play sports. The key is that you push your body in the way it was accustomed to during your training program.

Doing half workouts is trickier because you’re probably going to have to abridge your workouts. Instead of “just Pushing Play,” it’s up to you to structure your workout. A good general guideline is to warm up, do one or two rounds of exercises, and then fast-forward to the workout’s cooldown (or do a cooldown on your own). About 80% of a workout’s value happens during the first few sets. And while that may put you 20% under elite fitness, it’s perfectly fine for maintenance.

With either schedule, you’ll want to make sure you’re not doing similar workouts too close to each other. Don’t do plyometrics or work similar body parts back to back.

Woman Eating CupcakeLesson 4: Continue to push yourself.

Just because you’re working out less doesn’t mean you can slack off. Your workouts should improve over time while you’re maintaining, the same way they improved over time during your program. Your goal during each workout is still to lift more weight, move faster, jump higher, go deeper into stretches, and mimic the trainers as much as possible. Your body needs to be pushed. If it’s not, it will regress.

Lesson 5: Eat how you did when you were out of shape and your results will melt away.

For a few days, or even longer, it will seem like you can now inhale burgers, beers, and everything else that you’ve been denying yourself without any consequences. This won’t last.

It’s a fun perk, but it’s simply your body’s new raging metabolism trying to heal microtrauma. The fitter you are, the slower your body is to show regressions. And while your new, fitter body will endure splurges much better than it did before, it is not, and will never be, immune. It’s like the saying goes, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. At least you can’t forever.

Lesson 6: You don’t need to eat as strict a diet as you did during your program.

On the flip side, you don’t need to eat like you have a fitness competition coming up unless, well, you have a fitness competition coming up. In fact, you probably shouldn’t. Beachbody programs are “boot camps.” They are designed to be very strict. Real life should be more relaxed and include indulgences. Fitness competitors don’t stay in competition shape all the time, and neither should you.

There are a few popular maintenance strategies incorporated by fit people. One is the 80/20 rule. Keep 80% of your diet relatively clean so that you can let your hair down with the remaining 20%. Another is workweeks on and weekends off.

Whatever you do, just remember that your new body needs more calories to maintain than it did when you began your program. That’s because your muscle-to-fat ratio is higher than it was when you started, so your metabolism is higher. Food is also essential for rebuilding the breakdown caused by your workouts, all of which means you need (or get) to eat more.

Ultimately, your goal is to stop calorie counting and learn to eat based on how your body feels. If you’re lacking energy, eat more. Avoid excessive eating by stopping before you’re full and realizing that when you overeat you feel sluggish and uncomfortable. By eating intuitively, you can maintain your physique more easily than by measuring every morsel you put in your mouth.

Lesson 7: You can’t maintain forever.

A solid maintenance plan can keep you fit for a long time. However, if you want the level of fitness you had after your last program, you’re going to require a reboot every so often, as in reboot camp. There’s simply no way around the fact that elite fitness requires sacrifice, hard work, and getting out of your comfort zone from time to time. P90X2, anyone?

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