Tag Archive | exercise

Who’s Ready for a Challenge?!

Happy Monday Fitsters!! I hope you’re getting your day and week started off right! I started my day with run/ walk intervals and long walk with a friend. 🙂

Here’s a fun meme for you, made by yours truly:

Keep Calm...

Keep Calm…

Whatcha think? 😉

If you follow me on Facebook you know that we are smack dab in the middle of our Sizzling Summer Slim Down Challenge with Mother Pumper. If not, or if you missed it, we have been running a closed group for our challengers where they have access to personal trainers, fitness enthusiasts, healthy recipes, workouts, group support and so much more all for FREE! Everyone is doing fantastic and having great results!

Well, I’m sure you can guess… It’s time to start thinking about our August participants! Who are they? Hopefully YOU! During this challenge I want to focus on finishing our summer STRONG!

Hey! I think I’ll call it our Finish Summer Strong Challenge!

Would you like to take part in the next group? Send me an email to fitifitness.bodyfxdirect@gmail.com and I’ll get all the info over to you right away! You can also shoot me a message on Facebook if you prefer. It’s super easy to join, minimal requirements, and lots of fun!
Together we can do anything!

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My 30 Day Transformation with Body FX!

My 30 Day Transformation with Body FX!

Wow!! I never would have thought that I’d be a true testimony like this. I knew I’d get results with our fantastic products, but to change my body the way I have still has me in awe.
This is my 30 Day journey.
I used Body FX products regularly. Some days I’d drink a Shake FX if I needed something quick and fully nutritious. I’d drink After FX post-run to help me recover and sometimes after doing JNL Fusion depending on my time schedule. I took Slim FX on the days that my cravings were trying to take over and on days when I caved and cheated to help me stop the binge from taking over my day. Protein FX was a staple as I LOVE grain-free protein pancakes in the morning. The Energy FX got me through those long days with JNL Fusion in the morning and the 1hr long interval training class at the gym.
I was working out 5-7 days a week doing JNL Fusion, light weight training, running (I was doing C25k during this 30 day period), walking and attended a couple interval classes at my gym, played basketball with my son and went on a few bike rides. On top of everything, I ate clean almost 100%.
I had a wonderful support system with my Body FX sponsor who helped push me and keep me accountable, as well as all the members of our amazing team. My family supporting me in this was the best! They kept me going, encouraged me to stay on track, and even had to get stern with me when I wanted to cheat. I probably would have had more slip-ups if they weren’t here to smack my hand. 😉

I hope I can inspire others to take back their health and get the body they so desire. Body FX is so much more than “weight loss” and meal replacement shakes! Our products are truly changing lives because we are HEALING our bodies with proper nutrition and more importantly the PROPER DOSAGE of key ingredients.
I encourage you to take a look for yourself at my website, watch some of the videos from our incredibly caring and committed formulator, Don Bodenbach. Read over the white papers and see what our products can do for you. It’s not anything you’ve seen before. People may try to compare us to our competitors, but there really is no comparison. We have what you need to feel great inside as well as out.
You can always contact me at fitifitness.bodyfxdirect@gmail.com if you need anything!
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The Benefits of Regular Exercise for those Battling Cancer by Melanie Bowen

I am super excited about today’s post!! I have for all of you a guest post from Melanie Bowen. She has researched and written an article about the benefits of regular exercise while battling cancer. There is some great onfo here and linked resources. I urge you to pass this on so that maybe we can help people suffering from this horrible disease. 

When Melanie contacted me and told me about her article I was very honored that she chose me and my blog to share this on. So without further ado, here is her fantastic article:

 

The Benefits of Regular Exercise for those Battling Cancer

 There is no getting around it, recovering from cancer is a long, painful, exhausting process. When your body seems to be fighting against you so strongly, and you feel so weak all the time, maintaining fitness can be extremely difficult. While it is important to always follow your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to exercise, if he gives the go ahead, keeping up with some amount of exercise during the recovery process can not only help you feel better during the course of it, but ultimately speed up your return to normalcy once you are all better.

 

Light Activity

 For those undergoing the most aggressive cancer treatments, you will want to keep the exercise very light. Exercise, by definition, stresses the body so it rebuilds itself stronger – but those patients with serious cancer cannot risk stressing the body any more than the treatment already is. The focus of light exercises here is simply to keep the body moving at all.

 

Light stretching can help one remain flexible and mobile despite being bedridden for long stretches. The slightly increased breathing that comes with stretching can aid those with a lung-related cancer treatments such as mesothelioma and the movement reduces effects of lymphedema, a side effect of some breast cancer surgeries that results in painful swelling. Remaining at all mobile through light stretching can help you improve flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve sleep, and even help keep depression and feelings of negativity at bay.

Moderate Activity

 Once recovery starts to begin, exercises can be increased to a moderate level. The goal of moderate exercise should be a light sweat after ten minutes of working out. One common choice at this stage is yoga. Practicing yoga can decrease fatigue and improve overall physical functioning, and has a noticeable effect on reducing both pain and stress levels. Since yoga classes are social, they can also have a profound mental effect on a recovering patient – many cancer centers are even starting to offer their own classes on-site.

 

The light physical activity and mental calmness associated with yoga can keep one flexible and dramatically improve the outlook of a recovering patient, often becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy and speeding recovery.

 

Vigorous Activity

 Once in the later stages of recovery, a patient will be seeking to regain some of their former strength and vitality and can again focus not on simple maintenance, but overall body improvement. Here is when a patient can again resume weight training to rebuild muscle lost due to the treatment and excessive bed rest from earlier stages of recovery. While like with any resistance training program one should start slowly and build up over time, the gains in muscle mass and reduction in fat can improve body image substantially and provide the strength needed to finish off the cancer once and for all.

 

Again, especially when recovering from cancer, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. But even if the exercises are not as intense as when you were young and healthy, and the lighter motions feel almost pointless, remember that they are not: any amount of movement and activity is vastly preferable to none, you will feel better throughout the recovery process, and your body will thank you with a faster, less unpleasant recovery.

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Let’s do this!

I’m going to make a real effort to keep my blog up to date. I want to post daily about my workouts, share more recipes, talk about my horrible sock tan lines I’ve already gotten from my daily walks with neighbors/ friends.
Over the last year, with becoming more involved with people online, in groups, on Instagram, etc., I’ve realized lots of us have things in our lives that are relatable. Many of us have things in common that without these social media outlets we’d never even know.
I’ve met some AMAZING women over this last year. There are three that I will name here today; Danny J of The Sweaty Betties, Crystal of Train Dirty Fitness, and Amber from Mother Pumper. These girls, among MANY others, have made such an impact on my life recently. I just feel very fortunate to have them.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up and amazing things will happen.

Since becoming a coach with Body FX Direct, I received the JNL Fusion workout DVDs and schedule and Figure 8 Fitness DVDs and schedule. I started JNL Fusion right away, today is Day 6 of Week 2. I’m LOVING these workout! Most are 30 minutes or less, and they “kick your trash”! I pass the sweat test EVERY time.
So, today’s plan is as follows:
*Fusion Lower Body (I missed it yesterday, this is makeup)
*10 Minute Total Body Transformer
*Kiss My Abs Express.
These three workouts will be approximately 45 minutes total.
Afterwards I hope to spend a majority of my day (other than doing the loads of laundry piled up) outside by the pool. Not so much laying out, but doing a little daily pool maintenance, watering some plants, and just sitting with my feet in the water.
I will be designing an aquatic workout for the summer. I was hoping to have it ready by May, but it’s taking a tad longer than expected. There’s just been so much going on recently. Once I have it finished I will be sharing it on this blog, for FREE! 🙂
I hope you have a fabulous Saturday. Don’t forget, if you any questions about Body FX or anything for that matter, please email me at fitifitness.bodyfxdirect@gmail.com.
You can also check out my Body FX website for products and business opportunity here:
http://www.fitifitness.bodyfxdirext.com.

An important PSA and Project “Fiti Wants to RUN”

Today is day 1 of project “Fiti Wants to RUN”. We had a break in the rain so I took my chances and went out. It wasn’t very far, but I did intervals with 3 of them being jogging.
I’m taking the safe route this time and SLOWLY building up to running. This is the price I have to pay for spending so many years being inactive and neglecting my health. My body was so torn down that I have to be very careful or I will be hurt and unable to exercise at all. The last time I tried to get into running, last year, I ended up with horribly painful shin splints and couldn’t do anything for quite some time. I was uneducated, I didn’t recognize the difference between good pain and bad pain, and I pushed too hard making the problem worse.
It was my husband who gave me a wake up call while I was feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t run. He said something like “You basically spent most of your life not exercising. You’ve only been doing this a few months. Things are going to hurt.”
Shin splints, bad knee, excess weight, no cardiovascular strength. That’s what happens when you sit on your ass eating whatever and however much you want, smoking cigarettes because when you were young you wanted to be grown, and ignoring ALL of the info given to you throughout your life about nutrition, health, being active, and just taking care of your body.
We are either rewarded or punished for how we take care of ourselves. It’s up to us.

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My Son Is A Plank Master and HEY! Why so long no blog?

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Yep. That’s it right there. My 11 year old son held a 3 minute plank. A plank on his hands, not forearms. This was before doing 21 pushups, too. He was bitten by the fitness bug last night and just couldn’t quit. Playing with the medicine ball, situps, planking, pushups, etc. I’m still shocked at his plank time. He hasn’t attempted a plank in months, and then he could barely hold it for a minute and a half! It must be all the football he’s been playing at the park with his buddies.

As for me, I’m getting my groove back. It’s not that I’ve NOT been exercising, just not to my full potential. And I recognize that. I think sometimes we need these little setbacks to help us remember why we started in the first place…
…While you’re (I’m) scrolling facebook liking and sharing amazing inspirational fitness and nutrition photos or info, and you realize that while you’re doing this you’re sitting on your ass eating a donut…
Yeah, that’s a good wake up call. You (I) want to give yourself (myself) a good smack for being such a hipocrit.

So with a new mindset; no more food deprivation, but portion control… No more being mad at the husband or kids for indulging, either indulge with them or choose an alternative… No more skipped exercises, I’ve come too far to look back now… No more dreading a workout, do what I love and what I’m feeling on that particular day… I think I’ve got the right outlook now. The one that works for me.

Hey, I haven’t even been on this journey for a year. I still have A LOT to learn. I’ve just decided to let that learning happen. I can’t do a 180 over night, or in 10 months, it’s going to take some time.

And I plan to truly ENJOY the road ahead.

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