Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ways To Get Motivated

Ways to get Motivated!

How do you find the motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like it?!!? When getting up early or exercising when you get home just feels like the biggest chore you’ve ever ad to do and you just don’t want to do it!?! We have all had days where the motivation is left in the dust and the bag of Oreos becomes the better plan!. It is really important to continue to motivate yourself to reach your goals everyday. 

Below I have made a list of some of the best ways I know how to get motivated and to stay motivated. One of the most important ways- hands down- is to find an accountability partner. Find someone that you can workout with that will hold you to your goal and scream at you if needed. Who is that person that will call you out when you are making bad food choices or skipping workouts. A few other important things that I do EVERYDAY is to log your workouts, read magazines, books and websites along with rewarding myself. It is so important to surround yourself with positive people who are supporting your goal. I constantly read blogs from people who are trying to eat clean and lose weight. I love Oxygen magazine– their magazine is based on the eat clean principles. 

So here are some ways to stay motivated below:

1. How you feel after a workout. I always feel great after a good workout. It’s a high. And I let that motivate me the next time: “You know how good you’re going to feel, Melanie!” I am always pumped for the rest of the day.

2. Time for you. While many people make time to take care of others (kids, spouse, other family, co-workers, boss), they don’t often make time to take care of themselves. Instead, make your “you” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment. I had to actually sit down and talk with my husband about not giving me a hard time when I needed to exercise. Now he is very supportive.

3. Calories burned. If you count calories (and it’s really one of the most effective ways to lose weight), you know that the more you exercise, the more calories you burn — and the bigger your calorie deficit. Personally I do not do this one but you have to do what works for you. They have a great little invention out there called the body bug and I encourage you to check it out. It makes exercise and eating a game by tracking all your movements and the food you eat and it tells you how many calories you burned vs. how many you took in! I would love this!

4. Having fun. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you. Don’t feel pressured into doing a certain type of exercise, do what’s right for you and most importantly do what you will stick with. You have to LOVE your workout routine, otherwise it feels like a chore. Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore it should feel like a reward.


5. How you’re going to look. Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you. I go through the Oxygen magazine and rip out pictures of models that I would like to look like and then I hang them on my wall where I exercise. It reminds me that I am working towards my “best” body. Now that I have achieved my weight loss goal, I still am trying to achieve that “best” body with strength training and toning. Another suggestion is to create a dream/motivation board. Cut out pictures that are motivating to you and put on a poster board and keep in a place that you will be reminded of every day!

6. Magazines. It motivates me to read fitness magazines. Not sure why, but it works. I secretly would love to do a bikini competition! I’m just too chicken to commit!
7. Cover models. Sure, they’re genetically freaky, and probably Photoshopped to look perfect. But for some reason, looking at how good a cover model looks helps motivate me to work harder.

8. Blogs. I enjoy reading blogs about people who are into running, or losing weight. It can show the ups and downs they go through, and you can learn from their experiences.  

9. Success stories. I find the success stories of others incredibly inspirational. If a fitness website has success stories, I’ll almost always read them. I also search the beachbody facebook support groups for good transformation pictures to use as my motivation.


10. Forums. Do the monthly challenge on the beachbody facebook group with your coach, or join another forum full of like-minded or like-goaled peopled. Check in daily. It really helps. It is really important to be an active member of the forums, the more you post the more comments you will get to keep you motivated.  Message me if you want in on a new challenge, starting Oct 5th!  


11. Rewards. If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning. Don’t always make it food! I bought myself a new outfit and allowed myself to purchase another exercise program!

12. Fitting into new clothes. Wanna look good in a smaller size? Work out!

13. Being attractive. That’s always a good motivator, as I’m sure we all know. I hate that I used to run into the bathroom to change because I didn’t want my husband to see me naked! Now at least I let him get a glimpse of the body that is hiding under those clothes!!
14. Adrenaline rush. I get a rush when I exercise. Ride that rush to complete the workout.
15. Stress relief. Wound up after a long day at the office? Get out and work off that stress. It makes a world of difference. I know its hard to get yourself to that point but that’s where your accountability partner comes into play. Keep each other in check even when you have a long day!

16. Time for contemplation. I love, love the quiet time of exercise for thinking about things. Most of this post was written in my head as I exercised.

17. A workout partner. Best thing I’ve done. Has totally helped me reach my goals. The Beachbody support groups have been the deal breaker.

18. An exercise class. Sign up for a class, perhaps with a friend, and you’ll be motivated to get there and work out. Coast Life Fit Club is calling your name baby!!!  
19. A coach or trainer. Worth the money, just for the motivation. How about FREE, I am a beachbody coach and I help motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals. I can also help you with meal planning and staying accountable to your workout plan.  

20. An exercise log/graph. For some reason, writing it down is extremely important. Really. Do it for a week and you’ll see what I mean.

21. Your before picture. You often don’t realize how far you’ve come. Take pictures. I have taken pictures and I hide them on my computer so no one can find them. I always take pictures in a sports bra and shorts and then some with form fitting clothes on. That way you can eventually share some pictures!
22. A 5K race or triathlon. Just sign up for one, and you’ll be motivated to train. I’m still working on this one!
23. The dread of feeling “yuck” from not exercising. I hate how I feel after not exercising. So I remind myself of that when I feel tired.
24. Living long enough to see your grandkids … and play with them.
25. The scale. It’s not motivating to weigh yourself every day, as your weight fluctuates. But if you weigh yourself once a week, you’ll be motivated to have it keep going down, instead of up. Combine the scale with the measuring tape, and measure your waist. I haven’t weighed myself in a week and today I got on the scale and it was down 2 lbs!
26. Reaching a goal. Set a goal for weight, or your waist measurement, or a number of days to work out, or a number of miles to run this week. Setting and tracking a goal helps motivate you to complete that goal. Make it easily achievable.
27. Posting it on your blog. Tell people you’re going to lose weight or exercise daily, and report to them. You’ll make it happen.

28. Motivational quotes. I like to print them out or put them on my computer desktop. You can always take what I’ve posted, print it out or re-post it!

29. Books. I just bought a strength-training book as a reward. It makes me want to hit the weights! I love love love Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean books. I am also reading the Abs Diet now!

30. Others commenting on how good you look. When someone notices the changes in your body, it feels good. And it makes you want to work out more.

31. An upcoming day at the beach, or a reunion. Nuff said.
Other motivational groups out there that I sponsor:
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

From A Stay At Home Mom To A Leader And Mentor

Happy Tuesday!!  The kids are still in bed and I just finished my 21 Day Fix workout.  I’m sitting here checking in with my groups and responding to my emails.  I came across a few emails this week that have totally changed my perspective of what I do. 

I was thinking about the past 2 years and what they have looked like.  I mean have you ever really just sat and reflected on how your life has changed?  So I started out as a woman who had 2 kids and felt disgusting in her skin.  I was not ‘big’ in the eyes of most. I was in the process of losing about 10 pounds to feel comfortable with my ‘weight’ but I was also depressed, miserable and just unhappy with my life as a whole. But WHY?! My husband is great, I was blessed with two beautiful babies, I was a stay at home mom and I should have been counting my blessings… but I wasn’t. Stress and overwhelm were all that I could think about.
I mean seriously how many of you can relate to that?!?!  I had always been active. I always worked out, but my CONSISTENCY had been seriously lacking….NORMAL AGAIN right?!?!  
But this time- I decided to go all in- choose a program, not skip a day, pair it with Shakeology and eating better and BAM…. my life started to change. Little by little.
 The majority of people who start a fitness program do not finish it!  So what was different?!  It was the SUPPORT of the new friends I was making with challenge groups, it was my DECISION to change more than I wanted to stay the same- it was my MINDSET because I was surrounding myself with like minded people!  It was like a lightbulb moment for me.  Seriously how could I not shout this from the roof tops at how down right amazing this program was!
Well, there is a way to do that.  It’s called becoming a Beachbody Coach.  I will not lie, I remember sitting on the couch watching the “What is a Beachbody Coach” thinking that this is to good to be true.  This is just one of those ‘scams’ that we hear about- right? No way could people really build a business- from home- with their kids (if they have any)- with or without a college degree- with or without any background in health and fitness… and the list goes on. It took me almost 5 weeks to DIVE IN. I kept saying ‘yeah… I will do it” But then- I was just on the fence and honestly- too lazy to get up to get my purse to grab my credit card out! BUT– guess what? In reality, it is true and it is totally good! I am PROOF. 
I brainstormed all the ways that I could help other people get the same results that I had.  I was beyond excited to get started with helping others.  I KNEW that if I was a product of the product. If I was the EXAMPLE for others, then I could FOR SURE HELP others do the same thing.
The one thing I will note is that when I started coaching I was not at my goal weight, I had no idea what social media was or even where the heck to find a facebook group.  But I jumped feet first and decided that I would take it one day at a time and I would  make my focus on helping other people.  I will also add this- I was in it because I knew that I had to help change my family. My husband and I had debt stacked against us and we had creditors calling us because we weren’t paying our bills on time. We don’t even know how it happened- but we were drowning and we had to do something. I saw this as an OPPORTUNITY to do something that I was passionate about and earn an income. I remember thinking “WHY NOT ME?” 
So this brings me to the point of this blog post.  Two years later after pretty much dedicating myself to helping other people get results I have achieved some pretty significant milestones in the Team Beachbody business.  I earned the Success Club Trip for my husband and I to Cancun, Mexico this past April,  I have attended one coach summit and I will be attending my second on next month, I have attended an all expense paid Leadership Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ, I spoke to over 300 coaches at a leadership training in Pittsburgh, PA this past January, I have helped launch several Elite Training systems with the #1 coach in the network and I have been a guest speaker on several Elite Training Webinars for our company. I am an Elite Coach, I am currently ranked the  #1 COACH in the state of Mississippi, I am ranked the #79 coach out of 270,000 + coaches and I am a 7 star diamond coach.  I am a wife, mom, daughter, friend and a typical house wife who had a dream of doing something extraordinary.  I have the same 24 hours in my day that you have, I just have mastered the art of multitasking, prioritizing (although not always good) and staying focused on my goals.
So this week.. my next big NEWS is that when I was asked to speak at our COACH SUMMIT IN NASHVILLE next month I was pumped! I will be standing on a stage in front of over 1,000 people teaching, talking and hopefully INSPIRING others with my STORY. I used to say ‘I’m just a mom’ but I changed that mindset once and for all. WE ALL HAVE A STORY. WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE. WE ALL CAN ACHIEVE GREATNESS!!!  I have gone from a 2 star diamond to 7 star diamond in the past year!  Pretty exciting stuff!!!  Words cannot describe how PROUD I am of my Legacy United coaches and all of their success as well!  I feel that creating a systematic approach to growing your business is a key to success.
So I’m here today to share with you my top tips.  
Below is my presentation for you to listen to and share!!!  
  1. Start Now vs. Someday- Every single thing I have done as a coach I was not ready to do.  I started my first group before I had my posts ready, I advertised before I had my first customers. I ran my own challenge group before I was at my personal weight loss goal.  I had no idea where I was going but I just went for it and figured it out along the way.  You don’t have to have a perfect blog, like page or body before you become a coach.  Part of the excitement is sharing your story as you go!  You don’t have to see the whole staircase you just have to see the first step! That is it!!!  If you have a great idea, just do it!!!
  2. Research and take initiative- As a new coach I didn’t have all the answers.  I didn’t know anything about social media, facebook, blogging, tweeting, Instagram or hashtags.  Heck I didn’t even know what a facebook group was.  But instead of sitting here using my lack of knowledge in social media as a reason not to be successful I took initiative to find out more.  The most successful coaches don’t wait for someone to tell them what to do, they just do it!  The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack!  If you want your own future team to grow and blossom then you be that example.  
  3. Always self evaluate yourself.  Do people know the real you, the struggles, triumphs, what I do to maintain my fitness and nutrition?  If something isn’t working, re-evaluate and try again.  Always share your healthy lifestyle vs selling it!  Always ask yourself if you are living the life you want others to live as well.
  4. Leadership is not a sprint it’s a marathon- Being a leader does not happen over night.  Being a leader is sometimes painful, scary and hard.  Being a leader takes time, energy and perseverance   Being a leader means that you lead with excitement and passion even on days when you do not feel like it.  Being a good leader is always improving yourself.  The one thing that I live by is this, “Never build a business so that you can be better than someone else, build a business and create a huge life so that you can help others more!!!
So be fearless, follow your heart, lead with passion.  If you do those things others will follow you and you will naturally rise to the top!!!  
Have you ever considered becoming a Beachbody Coach Yourself?
Then complete this application to be considered for the Legacy United Coach Internship Program.
This is my system for training new coaches and helping them to achieve success as quickly as possible. My goal is to teach you everything that I know and provide you with the tools so that you do not have to re-invent the wheel.  My goal is cut down on your learning curve to increase your success.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mommas on a Mission





As a mom and a very busy mom at that I know that the STRUGGLE is REAL!!!  I know that you are being pulled in a million different directions and the last thing that you want to worry about is what you are eating and when you are fitting in your workout.  I also know at the exact same time you are wishing you could fit in those jeans, were that dress for that event or just feel comfortable without your muffin top spilling out of your pants. For goodness sakes I remember not wanting to wear anything but yoga pants because it didn’t squeeze my FAT!  I get it!!! Like I said, the STRUGGLE is REAL!  You aren’t getting enough sleep, the kids are misbehaving and they won’t eat anything that resembles a vegetable.  You also don’t want to invest in a fitness program or even Shakeology because you are afraid you won’t like it, you won’t actually start or finish it and you don’t want to WASTE money that can be used for the family.  I get it, I know how you feel.  I mean I drug my FEET FOREVER about Shakeology!  I had honestly never done a meal replacement shake before so I didn’t know what to expect.  I finally decided, what the heck, I can give it 30 days and see what happens.  

I’m looking for TEN people to JOIN ME! I am looking for MOMMIES! Those of you who have lost yourselves in the mix of kids, life, work, stress, etc! Those of you who want to learn some family friendly recipes, learn how to kick the late night binge eating when you realize your STARVING after a long day of BEING MOM and those of you who are just ready to make a change for YOU ♥

I want to do the 21 Day Fix WITH my challengers! We will be working out together *virtually* everyday! Keeping each other accountable. Keeping one another motivated and on the track to success!!

Not sure what the 21 Day Fix is all about? Check THIS OUT!
http://goo.gl/Db0QWs


This is an amazing program that was released a few months ago! I was one of the lucky coaches who has gotten to workout live with Autumn this year and she is just AWESOME!

I’m looking for 10 challengers (and only 10) that want to take on the challenge with me and shed major body fat and gain lean muscle. This workout is for everyone! The modifier shows NO IMPACT moves, but it’s high intensity to get the pounds falling off. 

Do you want a body you are confident in? Do you want to feel better? Look better? Be an all around better YOU?!!

You will receive:
-21 Day Fix workout program
-A customized meal plan focusing on REAL food
-A 30 supply of Shakeology
-Daily accountability partners
-1-on-1 coaching from me
-21 Day Fix graduate gear (upon completion) 

What you can expect:

A meal plan that will keep you burning fat and building muscle.
Around the clock support from a team of coaches who will not let you fail.
Around the clock support from a team of other women on the same mission as you are on.

RSVP or APPLY BELOW. I am only accepting 10 Challengers this October! Message me to get started!
http://goo.gl/LOrzwF

***This is not for coaches or those working with a coach already.***

Remember this is a lifestyle, not a diet!  It’s important to have the best of both worlds.

Requirements:

1.  You are required to have ME as your COACH through Team Beachbody.

2.  Then together WE pick a fitness program through Team Beachbody that fits your needs. It does not matter what your ability level is, I have something for you!
{21 day fix, T25, Chalean Extreme, P90X3, Turbofire, Insanity, Piyo, ect…}

3.  You are REQUIRED to replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology ONLY for the duration of the group. Once it is over you can decide if you have enough healthy recipes in your pocket to prepare meals without needing shakeology or if you find its convenient and it takes care of 1 meal you can keep going!  I still 4 years later drink Shakeology daily.

4.  Then, it is required that you participate in the online closed group daily.  Each day I will share a tip, recipe, motivation or meal plan.  You check in, rate your day and get your inspiration for the next 24 hours.  You can log in whenever you want just as long as  I know you are there it’s all good!

I am your personal support system so that you actually start, finish and truly succeed at changing your lifestyle.  I will share with you the recipes that my family loves along with the quick easy recipes that don’t take a lot of prep!

If this sounds like something you would like to do please complete the application below to be considered for a spot in this group.  There is limited availability so that I can keep the group small and individualized.  
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Busy Mom Tips of the Week!

Are you a busy mom? Do you always feel like you NEVER have enough time in the day? I feel the same way! But I make sure to utilize every second! There is no time to waste! 

One of my beauty ‘secrets’ is the little travel bottle of magic!

Hairspray can be a lifesaver when you are too busy to ‘do it all’ in the morning! I keep this bad boy in my purse so I can spritz and go no matter what my day consists of!

Try it!

A little ‘flip your head upside down’, spray, tousle and GO!

30 seconds and DONE! 

Do you hate looking so ‘pasty’?!! Do you wish you could have that natural tan everyday? But are you are too busy running the kids to soccer practice, dance class, to school, from school and the list goes on to even think about getting out for some REAL sun?!!

This is my secret!  I’m naturally ‘porcelain’ and I want to be naturally DARK! So- I use this AWESOME little ‘tan in a can’ to look my best everyday!

Spray it- and it goes on as easily as lotion! NO ORANGE! It is what I use as my foundation on my face! SECRET SPILLED  I do a quick rub of it on my arms, legs and face each morn and BAM! Sunkissed and ready to GO!

Best part- It’s WATERPROOF! And– only $10 at Target! 

Spend today creating an opportunity for yourself and others around you. Decide to look at your life differently: decide to overcome the struggles and be happy. Happiness is a choice. There are always things that don’t go our way, but trusting in God and pulling the good is always the way to change your outlook. 
You are special. Take pride in who you are and what you do. Make someone else smile today 

Busy Mom Tip of the Day:
Who has time to was their hair everyday? I DON’T!!! I’m lucky if I was it every 3 or 4 days– my secret? 
CORNSTARCH  Best dry shampoo ever. I workout every morning- and my days are always jam packed!! So, I need something to help me with TIME in the mornings!
On a day like today– it’s cornstarch on the roots and a side braid with a headband- I timed it– took me 2 minutes!
I also encourage you to check out my Healthy Recipes and try some of the crockpot recipes!! Quick, easy and love to have dinner done without having to actually ‘cook’!!!
Enjoy your life! 


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