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The Challenge Begins!

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch- what make you go beyond the norm.
— Cicely Tyson

Our Fit & Fabulous February Challenge has officially begun! Today, you begin your 28-day commitment to a healthier you. Be sure to join below to be entered into our prize drawings and receive updates throughout the challenge.

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In all the excitement to reach our goals, we tend to just jump right in. But if I have learned one thing from my past failures, it is that success is a continual cycle of preparation, action, and evaluation. So, before we lace up our running shoes, it is time to set some goals.

A goal is only a dream until you write it down on paper! Grab a journal, or if you prefer, I am sure there is some cool goal-setting app out there, and jot down your goals for this challenge. What do you want to accomplish in these 28 days? Remember your goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound). In your journal, you will also track your progress. To help with this, you may want to include your start weight, waist measurements, pant size, blood pressure, etc. 

Next, take your "before" picture. You can decide later whether you would like to share the photo and earn some prizes! For now, just keep it as reference of your progress. Trust me, you will want it at the end of the challenge. 

Alright, now for the real important stuff- FOOD! From an athletic perspective, I can ensure you that working out all day is not going to get you the results you desire. Food is a huge component in athletic performance, weight loss, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While a perfect diet is ideal, the chances of you sticking to it are slim to noneOver the years, I have tweaked my diet until I found one that can fulfill my performance needs while still satisfying my desired tastes and overwhelming sweet tooth. Finding your perfect balance takes time. So, for this first week, let's just make some small changes that will lead to big results!

  • Get off to a good start. A healthy breakfast will set the tone for the rest of your day.
  • Include a fruit and/or vegetable and lean protein serving in each meal.
  • Use small plates. This one is tried and true. It is the easiest way to control your portions without all the measuring.
  • Follow the 80/20 rule. 80% of your diet should be whole, nutritious food, while 20% is leftover for your eating pleasure.
  • Water, water, and more water. The goal is half your body weight in ounces (180 pound person should consume 90 ounces of water or about 6 bottles of water) plus one bottle for every workout.
  • Make your own meals. This one is going to take some planning, but will make a huge difference! Consider this, the spaghetti and meatball dinner at Olive Garden is over 1000 calories (not including the breadsticks and salad) while the homemade version is easily half that amount.
  • Finally, plan out your week. A little preparation keeps you from an impromptu (and diet-blowing) visit to the drive-thru window.

For those of you with weight loss as a goal for this challenge, trimming just 500 calories a day leads to one pound loss each week. Start by making the above small changes and then keep checking back throughout the challenge for more great tips, meal suggestions, and sample diet plans.


Last, but definitely not least, let's talk fitness! Bear with me,  I know this is a lot to cover for one day, but preparation is key! For this week, Steve and I have carefully chosen a week's worth of workouts for you that complement one another and appeal to all different fitness interests. The weekly plan includes 2 or 3 active rest days (depending on your preference) which will aid in proper recovery and ultimately better results. While most of our workouts can be done with no equipment and in the comfort of your living room, we will include workouts with weights, medicine balls, jumps ropes, etc. If you do not own or have access to this equipment, we will always include a no equipment version or make another workout suggestion.

Well, that basically covers it! Now it is time for you to take a picture, make your goals, plan your meals, go grocery shopping, and get ready to rock this challenge! You GET what you GIVE!

Workout- Day 1

You have a lot of planning and preparing to do today, so for our first workout, we are going to participate in what I like to call "active rest." Being that this is your first day, you may want to be more "active" than "rest." As the challenge progresses, you may need to use these days to stretch, rehabilitate, and rest your muscles. 

Active rest activities include going for a walk, enjoying a bike ride, taking the family ice skating, or swimming some leisurely laps in the pool. If weather has you cooped up inside, try some housework (you know cleaning those baseboards is no easy task), going up and down your basement stairs, or a favorite among couples- a little bedroom nookie (yes, that counts!) The whole idea is to stay active and not spend your rest day vegging on the couch. 

Enjoy your first day of the challenge, and get ready, because tomorrow's workout is a tough one!




What Will You Bring?

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.
— Vern McLellan

Today marks the beginning of a new book. A blank page ready to be filled with great adventures, twists and turns, and a hero who lives happily ever after!

In reality, it takes more than pen and paper to achieve our dreams. We must go out and live them! We must put forth a valiant effort in everything that we do. We must fight our demons and climb over each obstacle that stands in our way. 

What will you bring to the New Year?

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I am a firm believer in goal-setting. It is important to determine your biggest dreams and desires. Write them down, shout them from your rooftop, but do not forget to put them into action. New Year's resolutions are often forgotten as quickly as they are established. It is up to you to bring your very best! Bring your hard work, your perseverance, your optimism, and your passion. Get up early, read often, take care of your mental well-being, clear your head of negativity, workout, eat healthy, and sleep well. You have the chance to be the hero of your story. Ultimately, your success depends on you and what you bring to the New Year.


Some of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight, adapt a more healthy lifestyle, and to begin working out. No need to join a gym or spend money on the latest fitness gadgets and weight loss diets. We are here to help with over 100 workout videos (and more to come), motivational blogs, and monthly fitness challenges. Join us this year and make all your fitness dreams come true! You GET what you GIVE!

"Countdown to a New Year" is the perfect workout to kick start your New Year's resolutions! 



Get Up, Get Inspired, and Get to Work!

Let me begin by apologizing for not blogging lately. I know there are countless women who have beautiful pregnancies full of unicorns and rainbows. I, on the other hand, have spent the last nine months wondering why in the world anyone would ever do this twice. I will spare you all the miserable details, but I have definitely struggled. I did manage to finish some tough continuing education classes these last few months, but mainly I have put all my dreams on hold and have just been trying to get through this life one day at a time. Me and my little pity party coping through the day. Pathetic, right?

Today, however, I have a different attitude. I feel inspired. Motivated. Determined. Today is not only the first of the month, but also a Monday. As a perpetual goal-setter, a day like this is a dream come true! It is just the nudge I needed to get out of this funk and back into my chasing dreams, kicking butt, bring it on, kind of life that I used to live. As my life is drastically different nowadays, so are my goals, but that does not make them any less important. 

Join me. Write down your goals. Do not hold back. Make sure you are dreaming big, being bold, and not afraid to try something new. Throughout our lives, our goals will constantly change. But, remember, they will always be important. 

So, get up, get inspired, and get to work. 

Our latest training video is perfect for all fitness levels and abilities! The exercises are tough, but pregnancy-safe, and can be done at home or in the gym.

You GET what you GIVE!

Finish What You Start!

You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.
— Unknown

I have ideas, lots of ideas...and some of them are actually kinda good! I stay up all night coming up with these grand plans, I write them down, draw them out, think about them night and day, and then eventually something happens and I have to put it on a shelf, or even worse, watch someone else live out my dream. 

I am definitely a starter, but not always a finisher.

For example, about ten years ago, I came up with a household product. I pitched my invention idea to a company. To my surprise, they loved it! Next thing I know, we are discussing names and developing prototypes. Then, "stuff" just happened. Steve and I were planning a wedding, money got tight, and there was a death in the family. I never got around to finishing the product and two years later, I saw my idea on TV. I was crushed.

Was I upset? Of course, but mainly because I knew it was my own doing. This wasn't the first time I didn't follow through with my plan and it sure would not be the last.

Fast forward to the present and I am diligently working on my next big plan! However, this time will be different. I will finish what I've started! Obstacles will most certainly come my way, but I am prepared this time. I will not give up on my dream.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. Well, I have learned a lot these past few years and have come up with some foolproof ideas to help me finish what I start.

  • Only pursue ideas you are passionate about- your life is busy enough already
  • Be sure you have the resources to complete your idea
  • Prepare a detailed plan and budget your time to follow it
  • Keep track of your progress and reward yourself along the way
  • Periodically, reevaluate your idea and be sure it is still worth your time and effort
  • Commit to your idea
  • When things get tough, remind yourself of why you started
  • Be sure to enjoy the process

I will keep you posted on my progress and good luck to all of you and your adventures to come! I have faith in your abilities to finish what you start!

Today's workout is double the fun!

"Double Trouble"

10 rounds:

  • 5 Double Squat Med Ball Throws
  • 20 Double Unders
  • 10 Double Kicks

* Click the link and view the video for exercise demonstrations and modifications.