Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Biggest Loser Transformation Challenge

Things have been a tad bit crazy here, but the craziness was all for a good cause. I am putting the finishing touches on my first ever Biggest Loser Transformation Challenge. 

What is the Biggest Loser Transformation Challenge?

This transformation challenge is a chance for participants to change their lives. Permanently. Led by a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant, participants will have the opportunity to lose weight, have fun, and change their lives for the better

Each week there will be a new challenge issued to participants. This will be issued on Monday and need to be completed by Friday to be eligible for that weeks prize and to also become eligible for the final prize.

Participants will be required to purchase a Transformation Package. ($99+shipping)

What's included in the transformation Package?

 30 day supply of Shake mix
Meal planning and grocery lists
One on one support from a personal trainer
Personalized exercise plan
100 Shake Recipe e-book
Fitness Ebook
Private Facebook Group

What are the Prizes?

The grand prize is going to be valued at around $250-$300 depending on sponsors. Once I have more solid info I will post it. Weekly prizes will range from free products to gift cards to PayPal cash.

When does the challenge Start?

August 1st 2012

When Does The Challenge end?
November 1st (Just in time to look hot for the holidays)

When are sign ups available?

Sign up is open now thru July 25th

How do I sign up?

Send an email to maustin27@gmail.com with BL Challenge in the subject.

Sign ups are limited, so get your email in today!

I need to quit eating like this...

How many times have you uttered those exact same words while sitting in the drive-thru line at your favorite resturant? Or as you polished off a bag of chips? I would guess you've said that at least one time. And, if you are like me, you've probably said it numerous times. And you do stop. For a day or two. But, it isn't long before you find yourself right back in the same old eating pattern. And then, the cycle repeats.

Food addiction is a very real and very serious thing. And unfortunately, along with other eating disorders, is hardly talked about and often ignored.

But, the thing is, you can't ignore it. You may alter some things in your life and things might get better for a short time, but it comes back. The saying goes "Once an addict, always the addict." Ask any recovering drug addict or recovering alcoholic and they will likely say the same thing. An addiction is a hard thing to shake. But, it can be done.

You just have to want it. You have to learn to be bigger than your addiction. And you have to be willing to face some things in your life that you may not want to face. But in order to get a grasp on your food addiction--or any addiction for that matter--you have to face down your demons.

I don't share a lot about my past anywhere. My husband is the only person who knows everything about my past. My mom, whose my best friend, doesn't know everything. Nor my dad who I lived with for a few years after my oldest was born. Yes, the demons are that big.

I mention them now, because I haven't faced them down. I have confronted several of them, but there are still some that are much bigger than I am. And they are affecting my life. Again. 

But, the difference between this time and the other times, is that I can recognize that I have an issue and I can deal with it. I know what I need to do to face them. And I will do it. It's a matter of finally realizing that I deserve the happiness I am so desperately seeking. We all do.

So, as the song from Third Eye Blind, Jumper, goes:

Everyone's got to face down the demons, 
Maybe today, 
We can put the past away, 

Friday, July 13, 2012

P90X2/TurboFire Hybrid Schedule: Week One

As promised, here is my first week of my P90X2/TurboFire Hybrid Schedule that I am starting July 16th. It's going to be intense, but I know that the end result will be well worth it

July 16th: X2 Core and Fire 30/Stretch 10
July 17th: Plyocide and HIIT 15
July 18th: X2 Recovery and Mobility and Core 20
July 19th: X2 Total Body and Stretch 40
July 20th: X2 Yoga and Sculpt 30/Tone30
July 21st: Rest Day

If you are interested in joining me, let me know!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TurboFire/P90X2 Hybrid

Up until this point, I have been working out at my local gym. It has been the perfect situation. Summer Camp for the two older kids and the younger two either utilized the daycare in the gym or, like this past week, spent time at a babysitter's house.

But, like most things lately, there have been some changes. The boys will no longer be attending summer camp and my babysitter didn't work out, so it means the kids are home with me until school starts.

Of course, this means that I need to change up my workouts. So, starting Monday, I am going to be doing a TurboFire/P90X2 Hybrid. Yes, that means at least 3 days a week of 2 a-day-workouts. The good part about this is that I should hopefully see my weight loss speed up a little bit.

I will be posting my workout schedule tomorrow or Saturday. If you want to do this hybrid or one of the programs alone, let me know! I would love some accountability.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Follow your heart

This really isn't a fitness post, per say, but it's relevant none the less and I wanted to share it with you all.

I lead a fairly private life outside of my fitness journey online. I can count on one hand the number of people that know the details of what's happened in my family over the last 12 months. And, honestly, I prefer it that way. Because all of that isn't who I am, it doesn't define me. And when people think about me or hear my name, I don't want them to associate it with things that have happened. And let's be honest, I am a mom. Someday, my children will read what I put online. And it's my job to protect them. So, I lead a pretty private life.

For the last month, I've been dealing with this feeling that my life is unfullfilled. Yes, I have 4 amazing children, I have a growing fitness business, and a husband, and those things mean the world to me. But,I want more. I have this thirst that I haven't been able to quench. There's been this tug in my heart to do something different. Something more. And I have been ignoring it. I have a lot on my plate as a mother and wife. Not to mention everything that comes with building a business. The last thing that I wanted to do was add to my plate. But, no matter how hard I tried, that tug wouldn't lessen. In fact, even as I prepared to launch Melissa Austin Fitness, that tug became harder. More pronounced. I still brushed it off. I told myself "You are launching your fitness business. You have a million and one things that need to be dealt with. You don't have time to follow this tug." Things in my life have been extremely hard. And I have prayed about the issues lying on my mind. I asked for a sign. Something. Something to tell me that I was on the right path, and that things would get better.


Today, the tug was hard to ignore. I started thinking that maybe, just maybe this was the sign that I was looking for. So, I decided to pay attention to the tug. I took out my pen and paper and mapped out, over four pages, what it was I wanted to do. I looked up the domain name I had decided on for this project. And, it was available. The ideas continued to flow. I was excited. And for the first time in a few days, I was smiling. If that wasn't the sign I was looking for....

So, yes, I am adding a little bit more to an already crowded plate. I am going to be removing things from my plate--and my life--that don't serve me. Things that bring me more pain then pleasure. I have a clear goal of what I want. And where I am going.

Of course, my Fitness Business will always be here. It's what I love. And I plan to continue to grow it as I work on this new project. In fact, they will work pretty well together.

Follow your heart. Even if it means letting somethings in your life go. Pay attention to how you feel. And always remember that it's okay to change course. Do what makes you happy.

Always Choose Joy.

Garbage In=Garbage Out

You can't out train a bad diet. Ever. I can't tell you how many emails I get each week from people telling me that they are working out X number of hours a week, but aren't seeing progress. I always ask them to track their workouts and food for 7 days and get back with me. The outcome is almost always the same. They are working at the gym, but they are eating crap the rest of the day.

That hour you spend in the gym matters. But what matters even more is how you spend the other 23 hours in your day. You put garbage into your body, I can promise you that what you are going to get out of it is garbage.

Your body burns calories at a faster rate after a workout. You've amped up your metabolism, and that's a good thing.But, if you turn around and eat crap, you are going to undo everything that you have just done...and then some.

Proper nutrition is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. It's important to not only track your food in a food journal, but to also be aware of where you food comes from. Not all food is created equal.

You are going to get out what you put in...

Make it count

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

MMA Conditioning

As a trainer, I am always looking for new specialities to become certified in. The health and fitness industry is one that is always changing. And in order to be the best trainer that I can be, it's important for me to stay as on top of things as I can.

Which is why I am excited to be starting on NASM's MMA Conditioning Specialist Certification. That's right, I am going to be a MMA trainer. The area that I live in is full of amatur MMA fighters, and it's an area that is growing everyday. I already have some connections to the local fight scene and after talking to my connections and NASM, I made the decision to add the MMA Conditioning Specialist to my repertoire. Given the area that I currently live in, it would be stupid of me not to pursue this.

And of course, I am going to be offering MMA Conditioning Programs to clients online as well. So, if you are interested in MMA and don't have a Conditioning Specialist local, you can still get all the added benefits of training with a certified MMA Conditioning Specialist.

I will be posting details for online programs in the next week or so. I will only have a limited amount of spaces available for online clients in order to allow me time to properly work with each of you.

You can email me at coachmelissa00@gmail.com to be placed on the list of interested people. Once I hammer out the details, I will email you.