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5 Things I Learned Following a 6 Month Fitness Plan with a Trainer

Six months ago I said goodbye to someone forever. It was less a death of this person and more a birth of someone new.

It was me.

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At least a version of me I needed to put to death—a version I needed to birth.

It was the girl who comforted herself with food, who ping-ponged between healthy eating and binging almost every week. A girl who lacked integrity, breaking promise after promise to the most important person in her life. Herself. As an overweight teenager I had already lost a considerable amount of weight, and ate relatively healthy, keeping the weight off for years. But I still couldn’t seem to get past the last 10-15 pounds holding me back from the person I knew I was inside.

Six months ago I asked someone to help me on a journey to a better version of myself. This person happened to be my sister whose passion for health and fitness has now turned into her second ministry and business as Fortitude Fitness. I asked her to become my trainer. To put me on a six month meal and workout plan to get me past these last pounds. Graciously, she said yes.

Six months ago, I wrote this in my journal:

I don’t want to be that girl anymore who’s always going back and forth. It helps that I’m not doing this alone. Knowing I have others cheering me on helps me to keep the promises I’ve made—I’m not strong enough on my own. Having a plan gives me a reason to say no—I won’t say no on my own and that is hard to admit. This has to become my life now. It’s a different kind of freedom. A freedom born of restriction and discipline. A freedom that brings true fulfillment and satisfaction like food never could.

I’ve learned many lessons over the last six months, but here are five of the most important.

1. Keeping Promises

I’ve always been a woman of my word. When it comes to the relationships around me, if I say I’m going to do something, I will follow through. The problem was, I could keep my word to everyone but myself. Broken promises wreck havoc on any relationship. Over time, trust is broken and resentment can settle in. When you’re breaking those promises to yourself, it can feel like a trap with no way out. That’s where I was six months ago. I didn’t trust myself any longer to help me reach my goals. I was beginning to not like myself again, and if you know my story, you know I could never go back to that kind of living.

I like myself better now, have so much more confidence and self-acceptance, not because of the scale, (although, that helps) but because I made a promise to myself and saw it through to completion. I remained faithful to the commitment I made, so my relationship with myself has grown in trust and love. And when you love something, you take care of it.

2. Results Take Time

There were times I wanted to quit. I’m sure there were times my sister wanted to quit on me too, but she didn’t. I struggled to see results in the first and second months. So much work and nothing to show for it. I felt frustrated. This is why so many people who start a healthy plan give up. Results take time. Lots of time. Especially if your body is used to going back and forth from diet to diet with long stints of eating whatever you want in between. My body was confused and it needed consistent discipline to gain traction and create change. Change finally did come. But not all at once. It was slow, gradual, painstaking. But it was worth it.

3. Restriction Brings Freedom

Many people have told me along the way, “I could never do a meal plan. I like the freedom of eating what I want.” I did too, at first. The plan felt restrictive, although I was never hungry, and ate all the time. It just wasn’t the food I was used to eating. I would cheat out of rebellion and anger. But I realized I was only hurting myself and my progress. I realized that having freedom to eat whatever I wanted actually had unseen consequences of weight-gain, food addiction, and depression. I’m not saying if you eat whatever you want, you’re going to struggle with those things. But I did.

For me, I found freedom through restriction. Freedom to enjoy life with extreme amounts of energy. Freedom to put on anything in my closet and feel and look good in it. Freedom to no longer give brain space to the worry of how I look, what I eat, or what people think. It is a different kind of freedom and I like it so much better.

4. How I Look is Less Important than How I Feel

At some point over the last six months my focus dramatically changed. I first started the program to look better, lose weight, and have more confidence in my appearance. When I started all I thought about was what I had to give up. I looked forward to every cheat meal but soon began to get sick after eating food that wasn’t on my plan. Now when I’m tempted to eat junk I think about how it will make me feel after eating it. The momentary pleasure of less-than-healthy food is nothing in comparison to the on-going vibrance I feel when I choose to stick to the plan.

I’m finishing this six months with the knowledge that nothing can replace how good I feel—all the time. I have insane amounts of energy which gives me the chance to be a good mom and a great wife! 😉 I don’t experience the afternoon slump, or need naps to get through the day like before. I feel good physically which helps me feel good mentally and increases my motivation to reach other goals in my life.

5. I Can’t Do It Alone (neither can you)

Six months ago I was at my wits end and knew I couldn’t keep trying to reach my goals on my own. I laid down my pride and asked for help. The beautiful thing about asking for help is you get to see someone else’s gifts and passions at work in your own life. I used to think trainers existed only for those people who didn’t have enough self-discipline or knowledge to get fit. Turns out, I was one of those people. I thought I knew what to do, but after going through the program I can now see I knew nothing. God has uniquely gifted others in this area of health and fitness for a reason. If you are considering making a life change in the area of your health and fitness, do yourself a favor and get help from an expert! The accountability alone is worth your investment.

No one is more passionate about helping you reach your health goals than my trainer, Erin Simms. (No, she didn’t ask me to write this.) You won’t find a more disciplined, gracious and focused trainer, in my opinion. She cares more about your changed heart and attitude than she does about the scale. Her mission is to help you and your family full-heartedly pursue an energetic life inside and out.

If you’re ready to make a change, you can contact her at 4titudefitness@gmail.com 10932510_792102124240192_2021987486_aIMG_8910
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30 Days to Fit–Day 3

Day three was a bit rough… not because I was tempted to eat bad stuff, but because I was trying to get my milk supply back up. I guess I wasn’t eating enough calories to produce enough milk for Ethan, so I ate a bit more and drank a LOT more and I think we’re back to normal now. 

The good news is my back is feeling so much better, so I think I’ll be able to do more activity which will help offset the additional calories I have to eat for my milk. It’s all a science and every body is different. I encourage you to figure out what works for your body when it comes to health and fitness. 

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Today’s Menu:

Herbal detox tea, half fizzie tab

Breakfast–2 scoops vanilla protein, 1 TBS Coconut oil (for a healthy does of good fat!) Arbonne fiber boost, frozen strawberries and blackberries

Lunch–Half sandwich, 2 cuties, cheese stick, apple (there is a pattern here! I tend to eat the same thing nearly everyday!) 

Snack–pinto beans and ham (my mother-in-law, who watches Ethan on Wednesdays was kind enough to feed my lunch and my “snack” a small bowl of warm and delicious beans and ham!) 

Dinner–Chocolate protein shake, Laughing Cow cheese wedge with pretzels

Herbal detox tea (I even got Cody to try the tea tonight, since he had a sore throat!) 

WATER, WATER, WATER!!! (The average person does not drink enough water by far. You should get at least a gallon a day and that is if you’re not exercising or breast-feeding) 

 

Today’s Product:

Herbal Detox Tea—-Energy Fizz Tab

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30 Days to Fit–Day 2

Day 2 went great! 

I do need to keep an eye on my milk supply since I am still breast feeding Ethan. It was low tonight, and it may be caused by not eating enough calories. I’m going to monitor it and see if I need to incorporate more healty snacks between meals and shakes! 

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Today’s Menu: 

Breakfast– herbal detox tea with one fizzie tab (more on that product this week!) 2 scoops chocolate protein, 1 TBS peanut butter, 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop fiber plus

Lunch–Shake, with half butternut squash

Snack–2 fit chews, 2 cutie oranges, cheese stick

Dinner–Sandwich (I was on the go!) Apple

 

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We Ran the Jail Break

We ran the Jail Break yesterday and I’m chocking it up to be one of the most fun things I’ve done in a while.

The race itself was challenging but not hard. I found that if I just kept running without stopping I did pretty good. Through mud and rivers, winding woods, and crazy obstacles we finally came to the finish line in the top 20 for our heat. I finished as the 4th female for our heat as well.

It was a fun race to do with friends and we’re already planning it for next year. Who’s in?

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The Shape Project’s Fall Boot Camp

Earlier this week I mentioned something about Shape Project’s Fall Boot Camp starting September 7th. I wanted to highlight it again to encourage all of you who ever thought about signing yourself up under a trainer.

For me, it was the best decision I could’ve made. Not only does working out under a trainer push you past your limit it also helps you stay consistent in your work outs because you know she’ll be waiting for you every morning.

Now there’s even more of a reason to join the Shape Project Community. Starting September 7th Shape Project will begin it’s fall boot camp. Not only are you working out with a trainer, you are working out with ten other men or women each pushing each other to do better, work harder and see amazing results. Check out how I shaped up this summer!

Thank you Randy Coleman for the awesome pics!

Read the add below and sign up today!

Girls and guys, if you are tired of your exercise routine, or looking for a
fun and engaging way to get fit and lose weight then join Shape Project’s
Fall Boot Camp, starting September 7th, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
evenings at 6pm
with Shape Projects own Melissa Cox, M.S. Any level of
fitness is welcome. Join the group for only $200 for 12 sessions (4 weeks)
and get in the best shape of your life.

Join others at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City while we mix strength training and cardio to get fit, lose
weight and stay healthy. Now is the time to register! E-mail
shapeproject@cox.net or call 496-5891 for more information or to register for the class.
September 3rd is the last day to register for this class. (An early bird registration of 10% off applies if you sign up by September 1st Also, take an additional 10% off the price if you refer two other people to join the class!) Invest in your
health and join the Shape Project community.

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The Shape Project's Fall Boot Camp

Earlier this week I mentioned something about Shape Project’s Fall Boot Camp starting September 7th. I wanted to highlight it again to encourage all of you who ever thought about signing yourself up under a trainer.

For me, it was the best decision I could’ve made. Not only does working out under a trainer push you past your limit it also helps you stay consistent in your work outs because you know she’ll be waiting for you every morning.

Now there’s even more of a reason to join the Shape Project Community. Starting September 7th Shape Project will begin it’s fall boot camp. Not only are you working out with a trainer, you are working out with ten other men or women each pushing each other to do better, work harder and see amazing results. Check out how I shaped up this summer!

Thank you Randy Coleman for the awesome pics!

Read the add below and sign up today!

Girls and guys, if you are tired of your exercise routine, or looking for a
fun and engaging way to get fit and lose weight then join Shape Project’s
Fall Boot Camp, starting September 7th, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
evenings at 6pm
with Shape Projects own Melissa Cox, M.S. Any level of
fitness is welcome. Join the group for only $200 for 12 sessions (4 weeks)
and get in the best shape of your life.

Join others at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City while we mix strength training and cardio to get fit, lose
weight and stay healthy. Now is the time to register! E-mail
shapeproject@cox.net or call 496-5891 for more information or to register for the class.
September 3rd is the last day to register for this class. (An early bird registration of 10% off applies if you sign up by September 1st Also, take an additional 10% off the price if you refer two other people to join the class!) Invest in your
health and join the Shape Project community.

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Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Month!

Join Shape Project’s Fall Boot Camp!

I started working out with Shape Project in June this year. I didn’t really know what to expect but after three sessions I started to notice a difference in the way I looked and felt. Everything got tighter! My arms shaped up, my booty got firmer, my abs started forming, and I dropped 7 pounds.

Melissa is an incredible trainer. She has the amazing ability to push you past your breaking point and show you there’s more in you than you thought. She is tough, but encouraging at the same time. She has a passion to help men and women get in shape and to help them live a better life.

That’s why I’m happy to announce that Shape Project will be hosting it’s Fall Boot Camp Starting September 7th on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6pm to 7pm at Hafer Park in Edmond. These sessions are perfect for anyone wanting to get in better shape or lose weight.

The cost for 12 sessions (4 weeks, with three sessions per week) is $200 including the Shape Project’s T-shirt. Take it from me, it is a small investment into something that will change they way you think about exercise, your body and getting healthy.

Try it. Give it one month and see if you don’t notice a difference as well. The deadline for registration is September 3rd.

For more information e-mail shapeproject@cox.net and join the Shape Project community!

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I’m Running the JailBreak

A couple weeks ago, my friend, Vince Parker posted a blog about a run called the Jail Break. After little thought he, my husband, a friend of ours and yes, I joined the team as well, signed up for it.

It’s September 18th and 19th in Fort Worth Texas. Basically, the Jail Break is a 3.8 mile run over cars, through mud, and all the different obstacles around the maze. The idea behind the Jail Break is “to break free from the daily grind, from old habits, from your typical (boring) races.”

I like to think of it in a different sort of way. I am running the JailBreak for every woman, man,  girl, boy, child, and person who battles with insecurity. I will run for freedom in a different sense. I will run like I’m breaking free from a different kind of jail.

Keep posted for my own pictures and stories of this amazing experience.

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