Build Your Path to Better Health

Build Your Path to Better Health

We are currently in the process of building a path to a healthier, fitter, happier you over at Total-Workout-Routines.com. We are looking for people who are interested in losing weight, building muscle, or just looking to improve their overall fitness to participate in an upcoming Pre-Launch Group where they will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the tools and programs that will be soon be available with a Premium subscription.

We are asking that participants provide feedback, testimonies, and reviews of the services that may be featured on the website.

If this sounds like something that may interest you or you want more information, please email me at Kimberly@Total-Workout-Routines.com with “Pre-Launch Test Group” in the Subject or go directly Here to sign up.

 

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Your Greatest Barrier to Achieving Fitness Success

Life has become so full that it sometimes seems like there is not time enough in the day for all the many things I wish I could accomplish. I chose to skip the gym this afternoon so that I could instead spend the time working on one of the many other areas in my life where I am massively behind. I still am not caught up.

It is okay to take time off from working out, especially when more pressing matters arise; and it is very important that we listen to our bodies and maintain a healthy balance in our lives.  But I know that if I chose to skip my workouts, or ate out instead of cooking meals at home every time I was behind on something or whenever I felt rushed for time, I would be back where I started 3 years ago; 40 lbs overweight, unhealthy, unhappy, and still sitting in a messy house.

At that time my greatest barrier to achieving fitness success was…Me. I made poor food choices even if it was just as quick and easy to choose healthier ones. I exercised occasionally, but I did it half-heartedly and lacking the intensity needed to effect any positive changes in me. I had a bad diet, bad work ethic, bad self-discipline, a bad schedule (or lack thereof), and a very bad attitude and outlook on life in general. I was in serious need of a full-life makeover.

But I wasn’t in the right mindset to get one. I was depressed, angry, and pointing blame for where I had ended up anywhere but where it lay. I whined and complained constantly, waiting for my husband or my friends or my family to come along and somehow fix it all for me. I sat doing nothing and simply wishing that overnight everything would just be better and that I would somehow have instantly lost all the weight that had slowly crept on, wishing that all the negativity that had been brewing in me could just dissipate.

When I finally realized that the only thing keeping me from living a happier, healthier, fuller life was only me, I was devastated. I couldn’t believe how far I had let myself go from the girl I used to be. But I was also determined to finally make a change for the better. And I had a great partner to support me through it in my husband, and two of the cutest fans ever cheering me along.

By prioritizing my health and fitness, I have been able to achieve greater levels of strength, flexibility, and increased energy which usually allow me to accomplish more in a day than I used to be able. I have massively reduced my stress and anxiety as a result of exercising and eating better, and in turn have achieved much greater overall joy in my life.

Although I was blessed to be able to implement the changes in my life that have led me to where I am today and had amazing support along the way,  I understand that the barriers that prevent us from achieving success in our health and fitness journeys are very, very real.

All of us have days where we lack the motivation necessary to even show up at the gym, let alone do something that resembles exercise. Other days there are important events or people who take priority of our time and getting in a workout is just not feasible. But then there are those days it just does not seem to matter how hard you try to squeeze in even brief moments of exercise, or to cook a fresh meal at home, something just seems to get in the way.

Each of us has goals for our lives whether physical, personal, financial, educational, etc. Each of us also understands the burden of the seemingly never-ending obstacles we must maneuver along the road to success. Often the burden becomes too great and we are unable to stay the course for a particular goal. This seems to be especially true in regards to health and fitness goals, as they usually take a back seat to other more urgent objectives in our lives. So, what is your greatest barrier to achieving success in your health and fitness journey? And what are you doing or what do you need in order to overcome it?

Dani Johnson’s First Steps to Success

I had the opportunity to attend Dani Johnson’s First Steps to Success Conference in Anaheim on June 13th-15th with some of my new friends from Body FX. It was a really great seminar and a fun weekend and it was really cool being able to meet some awesome friends in person who I have been corresponding with regularly online. Including Danny J of The Sweaty Betties, who turns out is just as incredible in person as she is online.
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During the course of the weekend I learned a lot of valuable tips for business and things that I can apply in life overall as well. The seminar was very informative and one that I would recommend to anyone who is pursuing any type of home business that includes direct sales.

For me I felt that the most rewarding part of the weekend, however, was the chance to connect and really strengthen some of the relationships I had recently acquired online. Being in an environment with so many other entrepreneurial-minded individuals was a really good experience for me. Working from home it is often difficult to separate home life from work and being exposed to others who are on a similar path and finding success in home-based businesses was really encouraging and also helped to put things in perspective for me.

I don’t have a whole lot of exciting take-away successes to share yet as a result of my attending the conference, other than that I have become much more productive with our business as well as within my home life. I have realized that in order to be successful in my home business I need to be successful in my home life, and in order to do that I need to manage my home as though it’s a business which I was not doing very well at all before.

Now I have some strategies that I can actually apply day to day and I am definitely seeing some positive changes as a result of the application of these practices. I am excited to see all the many changes that are still to come as I continue to apply the principles and techniques I have learned and as things continue to fall into place.

Most of all I am excited for my new friendships and all the doors that continue to open as a direct result of establishing relationships with people. Like Dani Johnson teaches, “relationships first, and business will follow.” To get to know some of the great friends I have had the opportunity to meet, go and visit their blogs/pages. I am sure that you will love them all as much as I do.

The Sweaty Betties
Coach Aimee
Heavenly Healthy
ALY Warriors

Just a Girl Kicking Ass in a Man’s World and an f’ing fantastic week

The past couple weeks have been full of fun and festivities that all seem to have an “f” theme, so I thought it would be fun to share them with you:

Family: 

My mom and my sister had a housewarming party and we were surprised by a visit from some distant relatives who made the trip out for their special day. It was pretty exciting and a lot of fun.

My mom and two of her sisters…

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Me and my cuz…

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Fishing and Fashion: 

My hubs took my little guy fishing for the day so Mommy and Fitgirl went shopping. She just loves getting new clothes!

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Fourth of July and Face Painting:

Took my kiddos to a 4th of July Extravaganza for the day on Thursday and then went and watched fireworks after Lance got home from work. We missed out on the face painting at the festival though cause the line was too long, so I told the kids I would paint their faces at home the next day.

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Fighting:

My son just received his first belt promotion in Jiu-Jitsu last weekend. That same day I signed up with my husband to train MMA at the same gym where my son attends, Team Quest in Murrieta. We were really wanting to find something that would allow us to train together and also spend more time together as a family. I am really looking forward to get to train with Lance again, our schedules lately haven’t allowed for it much, so this will definitely be a welcomed change. 

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I said I wanted something new to challenge me, I wanted to take my fitness to a new level, I wanted to find something that I can strive to be great at. I definitely can say that is what I think I have found, though this isn’t something I can do every day, it is something I want to do as often as possible.

I had my very first Jiu-Jitsu class the other night and go the chance to roll a bit with a friend who showed me the ropes…

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…and I absolutely loved it. Hard workout, lots of fun, so much to learn. Then this morning I attended my first Kickboxing class and was the only woman. At first I found myself feeling a little out of place, but by midway into the class I was just having a great time training hard, and learning as much as I could.

After being the only female in an office full of men for a few years, and more recently, having spent so much time working out in the free weights section at the other gym I have attended for the past few years, you would think that the discomfort associated with entering into a male-dominated environment would have dissipated at least somewhat, but unfortunately that just doesn’t seem to be the case. The same old nerves, the same feeling of heat rising up my neck into my cheeks, and the same sense of insecurity crept up once again.

It took me a little bit to get warmed up, to find my focus, and to get my bearing, but just as I presumed, I absolutely LOVE martial arts training and can not wait until the next class I can attend. This is definitely a new adventure that is going to grow into a passion and you can bet that you will be hearing about for quite some time. For now, I am just intent on working to develop a new skill while staying fit, and hoping someday to be just a girl kicking ass in a man’s world.

And, now here is an adorable video of my little girl kicking butt in pink boxing gloves…

Many of us are good at a lot of things, me included. But, while pulling weeds in the garden the other day, I started to think about many of those things in which I have some talent, some enjoyment, or some skill and began to wonder, are there any things at which I am Great?

That led to an internal discussion about what it is that makes a person great at something and here is the conclusion I came up with. When I think of someone who is great at a particular skill, hobby, talent, etc. there are three things that they seem to display that attributes to their achieving the label of “great”:

1. They produce results that are perceived as great.

2. They produce such results with seemingly little effort.

3. They do it consistently.

So, when I then took that simple definition of what makes a person great at a thing and applied it to many of the things I am good at, I realized that the thing I seem to be consistently missing in striving for greatness, is consistency. Ironic isn’t it?

You see I, like most women, wear many hats. I am a wife, mother, homemaker, cook, teacher, website developer, business manager,and recently, a salesperson. This does not include the things I enjoy and the hats I would like to wear regularly but don’t: runner, bikini competitor, yogi,  writer, artist, blogger.

I do all of these many things and when I apply myself in any one of these areas I am pretty decent at most of them (except homemaking, that I suck at) and downright good at others. But currently I don’t feel like I can truly say that as of today, I am great at any of them. When I really put forth effort, or feel really passionately about something, I do a great job, but I rarely do it consistently for a sustained period of time. That is what I want to change. I want to create a new habit, that becomes a new lifestyle that becomes something that is a part of me, something great.

I have a deep down pull inside to be great. I want to find the thing that I am so passionate about that not only am I good at it, but that I can not imagine not doing every single day of my life. I want to find a way to stop juggling so many good things inconsistently and just focus on becoming great at something. But every time I try to embark on a personal challenge such as this I end up either talking myself out of it or going all out and trying to do everything better all at once, which leads me to burn out, drop out, and back to where I am now…managing, good even, but not great. 

I have decided that I need to narrow my focus, start smaller in order to achieve bigger rewards. I want to choose a small goal, something I enjoy, something I am good at and do it everyday for 60 days with the hopes of becoming great at it. Once I get there and can maintain consistency, or realize that the thing I have decided to work on is in fact not for me, then I will choose another goal to work on.

As much as it makes me uncomfortable to put this “out there” and pretty frightened to consider blogging about this journey, that is exactly what I plan to do. Since currently I have been doing a pretty good job with my own physical fitness and feel really passionate about about the ways improving one’s fitness can lead to improvements in so many other areas of life, I was leaning towards something related to begin this challenge.

Here are some of the things I am considering to set as a goal for myself:

1. Yoga – Fairly soon, I will be joining a new gym that will offer yoga classes as part of my regular membership and I definitely plan to be a regular attendee of those classes, however, it will not be something that I can do on a daily basis, and therefore my challenge will be to find a way to do a little yoga practice every single day.

2. Running – In the recent past I would have considered myself to be a runner, and a pretty decent one at that. I ran/walked/hiked the Tough Mudder, ran a 5K, a half-marathon, and the So-Cal Spartan all within the time frame of just over a year and I even ran my half-marathon at a 9:34 pace. But since then I haven’t really done a whole lot of running and when I do get out and hit the pavement I rarely exceed 3 miles. I really switched gears while training for my first Bikini Competition and never switched back.

3. Bikini Competition – I have done 2. The first time I placed 3rd out of 6 in my class. At the second I took 11th out of 13. Not great. I want to train harder, push myself farther, and get back out there and be great. But, I have been flip-flopping back and forth on this one, deciding on a competition date and then never following through with registration.

4. Lead others in a health/fitness challenge – This is really where I would like to go with this. I want to create a challenge group and lead others who are beginning or re-beginning a fitness and health journey. Achieving the recent levels of change in my personal health and fitness has been an absolutely amazing, rewarding, and life-changing experience for me and I can definitely say that I am much healthier, stronger, and happier than I have ever been before in my adult life.

I also can say that achieving a healthier, happier me has made me a better person to others in my life. A better wife, better mother, a more dependable friend and daughter. I have undergone a couple of very big transformations in my life recently related to my physical health which also had a very direct impact on my emotional and mental health. I want to help others going through similar struggles finally reach a place of better, and hopefully lend a helping hand in getting them on the path to “great.”

I realize that in order to be great in general and not just great at something, you have to have the 3 things I mentioned above, but you also have to have one more. You also have to positively impact the lives of others as a direct result of using or doing the thing you are great at. I don’t just want to be great at something, but rather I want to be great at something that allows me to be a vessel to help others find “greatness” within themselves too; now that, would be great. 

What is something in your life where you feel that you are great or something where you would like to be? Would you be interested in participating in a fitness challenge with me if I end up deciding to host one?

Dream Big

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

Stepping Out in Faith

I am a Christian woman. I have been a Christian all of my life. But I have also been the sort of Believer who treads lightly, who doesn’t stir the pot, who loves and prays silently; only stepping forward in faith when it is asked of me. I don’t like to make people uncomfortable. I don’t like to rock the boat, I don’t like doing anything that might make people not like me. But this is REAL life and in real life not everyone is going to like me. And even the people who do, are not going to like me all of the time. But in order to be successful in this, in life, I have to be okay with that. I’m finally ready to say that I am.

Everyday I will be going forward. It is not my job to sit back and be quiet. It is my job to go out and do my very best to be great. Not for money, not for fame, not for pride or for gaining the love of others, not even for myself; but simply and entirely for Him.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

Embrace Your Spots

I keep trying to change my spots. And each time I end up on my butt in a puddle of tears and each time I am left asking myself “Why?” And the answer is, because I don’t need to change my spots; I need to embrace them. I have infinite value. Me. Not some mold I am trying to fit into, not some made-up figure I am trying to become. Me. Instead of running away from that awkward, quirky, little girl I was at 15, I need to embrace her. Because she is Me and she has infinite value. Not for what she will become, not for the things she will go on to do or not do, not because of the way she will dress, or how she will look, or the achievements she will achieve, but because she IS.

I am a student and a teacher. I want to learn and to teach. When I first set out on this fitness journey my intention was to gain knowledge for the sake of sharing it with the world. This should not be a competition to achieve perfection or to squeeze myself into someone else’s mold but rather a lesson in self-worth, self-love and breaking free of the invisible chains that bind us; forcing us to try to bend and twist ourselves until we fit into their little boxes, or until we break.

Physically strong, but mentally ill is not holistic health. Pushing myself to the point of disorder or addiction is not what I started out on this path for. I want to help people. I want to inspire and motivate and help set free trapped hearts and lost souls.

I met an amazing young woman at my last bikini competition. She inspired me. She made me see what I’ve been missing. I have infinite value. I placed 11th after having placed 3rd at my first competition the month before. I realize that I needed to be knocked off that pedestal so that I could see that it wasn’t me that got me there in the first place. So I could see that even in 11th place I have infinite value. That fitting into a mold is not God’s plan for me. He wishes to use me, but I’ve been approaching it all wrong. I’ve been trying to do it my way. Trying once again without avail to fit in. Like a scared, awkward, little girl seeking acceptance from others while at the same time rejecting myself. Not allowing Him to rule my heart, not listening, not trusting, not seeing the Truth. That I have infinite value.

Loving yourself no matter what does not mean that you must be content to remain as you are. We are not called to remain stagnant, but rather to learn, to grow, to change. But it must come from a place of love, from a place of understanding that we have innate value. We are called to let our light shine bright for all to see. God made you beautiful. God made you valuable. God made you perfect in His own image. You were fearfully and wonderfully made; but maintenance is your job.

Loving yourself and caring for yourself in order to optimize your life’s potential is your job. No one else can do that for you. To remain stagnant, or worse, to allow ourselves, our minds, our bodies to wilt, to decline, to decay is a waste and a disgrace. Being unkind to ourselves is as bad as, if not worse than, being unkind to one another. We need to love ourselves enough to work harder, to become stronger, and live fuller, healthier, more meaningful lives. We need to do this not just for the people in our lives who love and need us, but for ourselves. You matter. You have infinite value. Treat yourself at least as well as you would treat a perfect stranger you pass on the street. Because too often many of us have been guilty of being kinder to a complete stranger, even of being kinder to a complete jerk, than we have been to ourselves.

Wear your spots with pride. Revel in your accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back and don’t be afraid to show off a little because you matter, you deserve to be seen, you are worthy of the spotlight…You have Infinite Value.