January Challenge Group RESULTS

Can I get a virtual HIGH FIVE to all the January 21 Day Challengers?!

Just LOOK at these freaking results, y’all!

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23 folks reported results.   Those numbers — can you believe it???   23 people lost a TOTAL of 181 pounds and 139 inches.

There were even more folks who chose not to report, but hung right in there with us.

I can’t say enough great things about each and every person in this challenge group.   Each day they made a decision to choose the right foods, workout and report in how their day went.

Every. Single. Day.

For 21 days.

Dang.   PROUD COACH right over here.

I want to point out that it isn’t always about the scale or measurements.   Sometimes we just need the encouragement.  Sometimes we are looking to gain muscle.  Sometimes we just want to be a part of a team effort.  Camaraderie.   There is plenty to gain from participating in a challenge group.   I asked for folks to give me some non-scale victories as well…

I feel lean!

My clothes are baggy!  I have no idea if I lost inches since I didn’t measure myself, but my clothes tell me I did!

I am seeing some muscles peek through.   EEK!

I feel better overall.

So happy to exercise!

Baby steps – I am getting there.  This helped me get started. 🙂


And, this…  

I feel my biggest success is that I’m starting to live again… I lost my husband last April and since then I have just been existing. I needed to get out of that mode for myself and our 17 year old son. I’m so glad Jordan answered my questions a few weeks ago and encouraged me to try. It’s a difficult road but for the first time in a very long time I’m thinking of myself and making things better for us. I’m so proud of myself. Baby steps will get me healthy and back to living again. I’m so glad I joined!


This is what makes it all worth it.

This is what is important.

This is why I love what I do.


And now for the individual shout-outs.

  • Stacie
    • 9 inches
  • Laura
    • 3 lbs & 12 inches
  • Erin
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Kathy
    •  16 lbs & 9 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs & 8.5 inches
  • Niki
    • 7 lbs & 8 inches
  • Chris
    • 13 lbs & 12 inches
  • Diane
    • 6 lbs & 5.5 inches
  • Shelly
    • 12 lbs & 14 inches
  • Kristy
    • 9 lbs
  • Katie
    • 7 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 4 lbs & 11 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 6 lbs
  • Sam
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs
  • Kendi
    • 10 lbs & 4 inches
  • Nancy
    • 10 lbs & 7.5 inches
  • Whitney
    • 5 lbs
  • Andrea
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Connie
    • 7.5 lbs & loose clothes
  • Kalyn
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Scott
    • 16.5 lbs & 6 inches
  • Paige
    • 5 lbs & 4.5 inches


To the January Challengers … Congrats!

You are on your way to making 2015 your best yet.   


Team Fit Focused

Are YOU ready to take the challenge?   

Let’s start the conversation.   ↓


I can be a little over the top when it comes to organizing.   I like to have control over things.  So, it shouldn’t surprise people when they find out I track my eating and exercise routines.   Writing things down is another accountability piece that works for me.

What should surprise you (actually you should be worried) is that I write this all down in multiple places.  Right now?  Three places to be exact.

I know.

1. Right now I am co-hosting a 21 Day challenge group with two of my coaches.  We are all following a detailed eating plan of natural, whole foods but with a focus on portion control.   It requires some thought and effort to pre-plan meals – but the list of approved foods to choose from (proteins, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, grains, etc) makes it incredibly easy to follow.

Bonus piece is that there are exercise routines to follow so you don’t even have to think about what to do at the gym.  This is a HUGE advantage for those with very busy lifestyles.

What I like about these accountability groups is that it forces you to reflect on your day and post to a group of people what you ate and what you did for exercise that day.   The thought of fessing up eating a bag of M&M’s or admitting you haven’t worked out in a few days is enough to get your butt off the couch in a heartbeat.

A glimpse inside our Private FB group:



2. In addition to this group, I always keep a planner that I write all my fitness routines in.  What is a planner you ask?  Well friends… it’s a paper calendar, often times held together by spiral bounding, that requires the use of  a real life #2 pencil – or if you are feeling adventurous, a ball point pen.  EEK – the commitment!!!   I know… you poor technological people might not remember those handy little tools.  🙂

Anyway, I have to plan out my week in weight training, otherwise, I’d get to the gym and forget what it is I am doing OR I just don’t go.  I need a visual reminder to keep me on track – so I always plan a week at a time of workouts.  Writing it down also helps me to keep track of my teaching schedule at the gym and coordinate cross training workouts around it.


3.   I am also doing a private accountability piece with a High School friend.  I created a Google Doc that I am having her log her nutrition in addition to her fitness routines.   She wanted a little extra help staying on top of her routine, so I am doing it with her.

Below is a snapshot of my week.  I won’t be showing you hers for privacy reasons. 🙂



Does this require some time?  Sure a little – but it isn’t really that much time to login and type your food and exercise routines.  Like, 5 minutes kind of time.   Everyone has time for that.

Does it seem a little obsessive? No, it’s being dedicated.  It’s my passion.   It’s my way of helping myself but more importantly – I am helping others!  Two of the three tracking pieces is for others to benefit from.

It’s knowing my end goals and working my ass off towards them.  It’s keeping my health at the forefront of my mind.  It’s keeping my fitness routine in check.

It works for me.  It works for many others.  And it could work for you too.

Join me anytime.


Finding You Lost Motivation


And so here we are.  February.

A whole month into the “Resolutioner” phenomena.    Remember my post in January about focusing on goals rather than resolutions?  How are you doing?

This is your check-in, tell-the-truth, be honest with yourself moment.


Have you lost sight?  Lost a little momentum?

Guess, what?  It’s ok!    I have hit a few bumps in the road, but it’s not stopping me.  I am not throwing in the towel.  This is about setting goals and working towards them through trial and error.  I am happy.  I am in a great place.  I am STILL moving forward. You can too!

Here are 5 ways to check back-in, get back on track and keep on keepin’ on.

1) Reconnect with  Your Goal.

Why did you set this goal?  What was your motive?  What do you foresee happening once you reach said goal?

Find the passion again.  Is it still there?  Is the goal still valid?  Reconnect, make friends with it again.

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2) Build on Small Successes

You set the goal.  Now build on it.  What have you done since January that is moving you towards your goal?  Have you added more exercise into your daily life?  Have you reached out to one or two new people?  Have you started building a portfolio of work accomplishments?

I know you have done something along the way.  Build on those!   You are getting there.  Now, keep the momentum going!


3) Stick to Your Plan

You set a goal and then you set a plan.   Take a step back and visualize.   Are you doing all you can to stick with your plan?  A breakdown is key to your success.  What needs to happen in order to reach the goal?

Is your goal health related?

  • Plan meals
  • Rid your kitchen of processed “foods”
  • Stock-up on the fresh stuff.  Fruits, Veggies!
  • Be creative in the kitchen.  Test new recipes!
  • Move!  Be active!

Is your goal Career related?

  • Gain new perspectives
  • Create new initiatives
  • Pilot new programs
  • Log your milestones to show off during your end of year reviews
  • Show up early
  • Volunteer
  • Help others.  They will return the favor when you need it most!

When your roadmap is clear, you know where you’re going and how you’ll get there.


4) Find an Accountability Partner

Find someone to team up with.  Share, in detail, your goal(s) and the steps you plan to take to reach the goal and hold each other accountable.

Your accountability partner is your go-to person who will assist you, be your cheerleader, pull you up when you are feeling down and keep you honest.


5) Rid Yourself of Negativity

YOU are your own worst enemy.

Don’t listen to those voices in your head.  Those evil ones that tell you~

“You can’t do this”

“You will never reach that goal”

“Girl, you crazy!  Give up now”

Jump off that hamster wheel.  When you keep repeating the same thing over and over again you are going to start believing it.

“I CAN do this”

“I WILL reach my goal”

“Girl, you crazy!  Crazy enough to not stop now”

Hear the difference?

Getting rid of the negative and allowing the positive empowers you to stick to your guns, follow through and reach those goals.



Monday Motivation

Let’s talk Monday Motivation.

Jan Week 1 Motivation-Monday


How are we all doing on our goals?

Week 2 here we come!


My second GOAL (Sunday Prep is Goal #1) is to track all my physical activity for the week and post it on the Monday following.


Goal #2 is Two-Fold (coincidence?)

1. For my accountability!!!

2. For motivation to others.

If it isn’t motivating, just ignore Monday posts for a little while, k? 🙂

Last week my activities were pretty relaxed.  The Turbo Days were mostly just memorizing routines.  I don’t go full out on all the moves when practicing a new Round as my focus is on cueing and proper technique.


Jan Week 1


The break down is:

1. Time of exercise

2. Type of exercise

3. Length of exercise

I am also in a 60 day Push-Up Challenge.  There are 150 of us participating!  WOW!  The gal who ran my Turbo Certification is in charge of it.

100 pushups a day!

Sound fun?  Email me and I will add you to the group!


This week my activity levels increase significantly.  I am ready!


Also, I signed up to run my second half-marathon!  Lincoln, NE, May 4th!

Lincoln Marathon

Figuring out how to incorporate a running training plan into my already busy workout schedule will be interesting, but I am determined.

And motivated.

I know several ladies from the Y who are running as well as a handful of gals from a CB running club that I am loosely affiliated with.  My sister – in – law is also signed up!  Super excited for her as this will be her first!


Alright friends, what are your fitness goals for 2014?  Let’s hear ’em!


best year yet