Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

Progress!

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May 15th, 2015

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August 10th, 2015

Not too shabby! The shorts used to be too tight on me, but they fit perfect now. The bottom picture is my official “Before” picture for TurboFire. Excited to see what kind of results I can get.

It’s great because even though my program hasn’t arrived yet I can still start it because of my access to Beachbody on Demand! They have a ton of full length programs (All the P90X’s, Insanity, Asylum, TurboFire, ext..) available plus nutrition guides and corresponding workout calendars. They also have sneak peak workouts of their new programs so you can try them before you buy them. The cost is very reasonable too. $2.99 (USD – P.S. why does our Canadian dollar suck so bad right now?!) a week billed quarterly.  So about $40 every 3 months. That’s the equivalent of my beloved Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte people. :)

The Thing I Love Most About Exercise

So as I was moping around – because woe is me, I can’t go to the gym everyday and Quinn’s nap schedule makes it super hard for me to take any classes – and I started to brainstorm things I could do to change my mindset.

WHAT specifically was it about the gym that I loved so much? That’s easy, the exercise classes.

But what is it about taking an exercise class that is so different from working out to a workout DVD at home?

The Sense of Community.

Of course! That’s what it was that I was so desperately missing. It was the camaraderie in being there together and working on improving our health as a collective. I may be a loner in most areas of my life, I’m a homebody, I don’t really go out much (aka at all now that I have a baby 😉 hah), but when it comes to exercise I want to be in a group. A spin class, a yoga class, boot camp, circuit classes.

That’s why a workout DVD alone doesn’t cut it for me. Because the accountability is lacking, no one is doing it alongside me and encouraging me to push that extra bit harder. I know the main person I need to be accountable to is myself, but there’s something special about knowing someone else is along side you to give you that extra oomph.

Now, I know what your thinking – (And BFF Kate, I know what your thinking too 😉 – p.s. I <3 you.) “But Amie, you lack follow through with at home programs.”

Your right! I did. But I am *pretty sure* I’ve figured out why I lacked follow through, and I’m excited to change that.

Enter Beachbody. (Thanks, Coach Alison!)

I’ve dabbled here and there with programs. I own a few of them and have tried a few workouts here and there. But what I’ve never been a part of is the Beachbody community. I’ve never participated in a challenge group.

This, my friends, is the piece I’ve been missing.

So! I am jumping in head first and I’m going to host a 60 Day Beach Body Challenge.

Why 60 Days? A lot of positive changes can be made in 60 days, and by the time 60 days are over, a lot of those positive changes will have become habits.

What does a Challenge include? You sign up for a Challenge Pack and get an exercise Program of your choice, 30 days of Shakeology (autobilled monthly, so for the 60 day challenge you would pay again after 30 days and get an additional 30 days worth), 30 day access to the Team Beachbody Club with Beachbody on Demand (think Netflix but for workouts!) and motivation and support through a private Facebook Challenge group. BONUS – I’d be your coach 😉

It’s the best bang for your buck – Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

I’m super excited to give this a go. The group will be capped at 10 people, so it won’t be overwhelmingly large. The start date will be September 1st – the perfect way to kick off fall (ugh, FALL.). It also means you will be in rockin’ shape just in time for Halloween 😉 haha. If your interested in learning more about the challenge group, or finding the perfect program to meet your needs (and trust me, there is something for everyone!) send me an email – amiekerber (at) outlook.com or click HERE to check out my FB Page or HERE to check out my Beachbody Website.

There really is nothing better to invest in than your health.