Testimonial from Lillian K.

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“Sara has been so extremely helpful through my health and fitness journey. Last year, when I decided to take the big fitness step, her patience and knowledge has helped me get to where I am today. I’ve lost 41 lbs through diet and exercise.

She takes the time to explain each exercise routine thoroughly, which is crucial when starting out. She also provides expert nutritional advice, and never seems to mind the countless running and strength training questions I seemed to bombard her with on a regular basis.”

Before & After - 41 lb weight loss.

Before & After – 41 lb weight loss.

 

Day 4 of the 24 Day Challenge

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Sorry for the delay on day 2 and day 3. This week has been a rollercoaster ride, but on the bright side- I stayed on the Challenge 100% and am already losing weight!

Where do I start? First three days of the Challenge are fiber drink in the morning and Herbal Cleanse Pills in the evening. First time I had the Citrus fiber drink, I HATED it. I gagged it down. However, this time around- it was nowhere near as bad. What I really like about the Challenge is that is focuses on teaching yourself on proper eating, cleaning out your diet of waste- no added sugar, no pork, minimal dairy, and no red meat.

It is actually not to hard to maintain. The hardest part for me is fighting the nighttime eating. It needs to be a mindset. The mindset needs to be backed up with a game plan. I have been reading more and have a few knitting projects I am looking on starting and finishing.

Something that I think that has helped my mindset with eating, is that I am almost back to 100%. It will take awhile, but I will get there. I am finally able to lift close to my max in my Oly lifts and I am getting close to being able to do dynamic movements.

Food may be easy to turn to in an emotional time, but staying away from the things you do not need end up being more satisfying.

Quote of the Day: If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

Day 1

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I decided to document my journey on my third 24 Day Challenge. I need to fold myself accountable.

Starting today I am back up to 178.5 (EEK!). I know where I want to end the challenge, but that is hidden to everyone. However, I will let you know if I hit it (Fingers crossed).

Most challenging part of the challenge is being conscious of what I am eating. Mainly the portions. That is what I have the most trouble with. I already eat clean most of the time, so that part is no big deal to me.

Day one- I am exhausted. Not normal for me. I am guessing it is because my system desperately needs a reboot.

Professional Self-saboteur

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Yup! That’s me- I am a professional self-saboteur. I work hard to make my goals reality- I start getting closer to my goals and then I sabotage myself. I don’t think I do it on purpose, but I realized that I am…

I do it without thinking about it. 34 pounds away from my goal and I decide I needed to eat everything in site yesterday. Yup- that’s me!

I finally figured it out. That is the first step, I think to make it more evident in my life. Track every little macro, update my tracking journal daily. Heck, if I need to- put an alarm on my phone and iPad to remember to write in my tracking journal. No more self-sabotaging allowed.

2014- My Year of Fitness Change

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March 2015… I cannot believe it has been a year since my life has taken a 180. Back in January 2014, I thought I was a healthy and in the right direction. Then I asked my mentor about trying Crossfit- so I tried it for free on a Saturday. I do not remember the strength we did that day, but I do remember the work-out of the day- “Burt Reynolds.” It kicked my ass. I thought I died and learn I wasn’t doing Burpees properly in the years that I had been doing them.


I signed up 2 days later and never stopped going.





I also thought I was eating right and properly nurturing my body, but I realized back in October I needed something more. I learned more about what my body needed and started looking for a good BCAA (branched chain amino acids). Asking questions, will lead to answers and may change your way of thinking. I asked, and was turned on to AdvoCare for Mass Impact (BCAA) and Catalyst (it acts like a shield for your muscles, it helps you keep your muscle mass when you are losing weight).  I loved my results, and was not looking for anything more.

At the same time, I switched nutrition plans- from something I was doing for over 5 years to counting my macros. With that, I realized that I was eating too much carbs and not enough protein.

My good friend challenged me to do the 24 Day Challenge in January. I was hoping it would fail. I did not believe it would work, and I saw random people do it and not get any results. I did it, and I committed to it. I lost weight and inches, and they are still coming off months later. The people I met in AdvoCare legitimately care about you and are there for you during the challenge. They want to make sure you are getting the results that you want.



I can finally say after YEARS of struggling, I am finally only 34 lbs away from my goal weight. What is interesting about that statement- a year ago my goal weight (at 5’2″) was 115 lbs. Now after being introduced to a healthy lifestyle and realizing the importance of muscle mass and having a healthy lifestyle. 

Mirror, Mirror

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Today’s Prompt – Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances?

I usually don’t write from prompts, but today this prompt is quite awesome and fitting thanks to my post yesterday.

Body image.

Looking in the mirror can cause happiness, depression, anxiety, and goals. 

Body image is a HUGE factor in a lot of people’s lives. Looking in the mirror can cause happiness, depression, anxiety, and goals. That is just the tip of what looking in the mirror can cause.

all my flaws

Looking in the mirror is hard for me some days, and still is. I see all my flaws in the mirror- loose skin, stretch marks, my big stomach/butt/thighs, and acne.

Then I remember these things were caused by my abuse on my body. I let myself get up to 250lbs, and I am not proud of that. Loosing weight has given me loose skin and has pronounced my stretch marks.

my abuse on my body

While it makes me sad looking in the mirror, I need to take a step back and remember the journey to where I am now.

Then I smile.

This is a neverending journey, that started with me looking in the mirror and making myself accountable for where I was and where I am now.

Looking in the mirror shows me I am strong and I CAN do anything.

Building a Door!

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Okay… so it is a dramatic title, but these last couple months have been a journey. This journey is making my life into something I never thought possible. If you told me in college that I would be where I am now, I don’t think I would believe you.

So where am I? I am a CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER with NASM, I ran a half-marathon, looking to become a spin instructor, growing my own business, working and traveling for a small (yet, big) company and a proud dog and cat owner.

Every day I am making changes in my life and becoming healthier and more fit than where I was in 2009. Back in 2009, I was 248 lbs and I thought I knew what I was doing. I didn’t. I slowly made changes, and worked hard to get where I am. I even had to deal with people who thought it was okay for me to put on a XXXL shirt (when I was a Large), when I already had mental issues dealing with my weight and my clothing size. It was hard to deal with mentally. It still sits with me.

I finally am starting to let go of everything that is haunting me. It is a long and hard journey. It is never ending, but I will succeed.

I met someone last night that really was able to let me see into my future. She was able to talk to me and let me see what they need for personal trainers and what personal trainers need to succeed  in life. It is going to be a hard transition for me, but I need to get back in the game and continue these life changes.

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Life Happens. Half-marathons happen.

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The half-marathon is done and over. Okay, it’s been done for over a month, but these last two months have been the craziest and most exciting months. 

Half-marathon:

The week before the half-marathon went by in a flash. I felt unprepared, nervous, ready to puke at a second’s notice, and out of shape. This was all in my head. I prepared. I felt good on my long runs. I had to realize I was at my best. I took a half-day the day before to go get my packet. 

Packet pick-up: Face-in-palm! What do I do at the pick-up? Sign-up for 2 more half-marathons next summer! I didn’t even run my first one yet, and I decided Hey! Let’s do some more. STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! (Okay, maybe not… but that is what I was feeling later)

Morning of: I had to be up and ready by 5:15am. I am NOT a morning person. So this was not so awesome, but I did it. I get in the car with Sarah and we were off. Both extremely nervous and ready to get this done. We got there. Parked on the opposite side of the park as the starting line, went to the bathroom- which was a riot since they cleaned out the port-o-potties before the race, so there was nothing weighing them down- they were rocking.  As we walked to the starting line, time flew. By the time we pushed into the starting corral- the gun was off and waves were starting.

Half-marathon: The gun went off. Sarah and I looked at each other started our music. Hit our GPS unit and wished each other luck. You just start running. I kept reminding myself, “The first mile always sucks. Push through it.”

I pushed through the first mile and I fell behind Sarah (I knew it was going to happen) and I met up with Mr. Stinky. Mr. Stinky- he is that guy you know that prefers going au natural. No deodorant. No deodorant and a full-sleeve shirt on a half-marathon run when it is 70 degrees out and he is a major sweater. OH! I almost quit being stuck behind him. It was that bad. Luckily, we got separated and I was on the next leg. I ran into Sarah a little bit later where there is a circular part of the course. She high-fived me and encouraged me (thanks babe!). I kept running, jammed along with my music, ran through Marquette, looked for the basketball team and my cousin. Damn! They weren’t there. They were probably training.

Then I ran into my Mom and Dad. My Dad was suppose to be at work, but he worked a switch because he knew how important this was for me. I was almost in tears seeing them there. They were cheering me on and then met up with me a few miles later. Between the two spots I saw my parents, I did something to my right IT Band. What? I still don’t know. All I know is in mile 6, it starting hurting, but I pushed through. I pushed through the 10K mark and the 15K mark. I pushed as hard as I could with the pain. The hill to the last 2 miles was horrible, but I did it. The last mile, I said “Screw this, I am finishing with a run.” So I ran through the parking lot, ran to the stadium (waved to my parents), ran on the warning track, smiled to the photographers (got some awesome pictures), and pushed my way to the Finish Line. 

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That Finish Line pissed me off. I hit 13.1 WAY before the finish line- thank you very much! I didn’t realize I was wearing the pain on my face until Sarah and my parents came up to me. My dad was taking items from me and Sarah asked “Where are you hurt?”

But… I DID IT! I finished a half-marathon and was NOT picked up by the SAG bus. 

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I had to limp to the car, and I needed help over the curbs. Curbs were not my friend. 

It was and still such a great feeling- knowing I achieved something I thought was impossible.

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Confessions of a Food Addict

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You can train so hard for your goal, but without the proper nutrition, you will get nowhere. I know many people will disagree, but I am a living testament to what adding a good diet can do to a great fitness regiment. I am not a nutrition specialist, I do not claim I am one, everything I am writing about is based on my personal experiences and research.

I can do all the exercises out there and not lose a pound. True story- I did Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and barely lost anything. Why didn’t I lose what I wanted to? Well, I wasn’t watching my caloric intake (or Weight Watchers PPV).  I tracked every day, when it was convenient. It was rarely convenient. I needed to learn- if you take in more calories than you put out, you will gain. It is simple.

Simple?! HA! Might be simple for someone who in not a food addict, but guess what? I am a food addict. Food is everything to me. I’m happy, sad, depressed, I eat. I’m bored- I eat. Any reason to eat, I eat. I have learned to stuff myself with water, protein and veggies, but it took time for me to get there though. It was not an overnight realization. In fact, I still struggle. I will always struggle with this. One of the main reason I wanted to become a personal trainer is to help people understand that this is a hard thing to work through, but it is POSSIBLE! I want to help others, like me, work through this never-ending journey.

Another thing I look at now, compared to before, is how fresh is everything? I am not saying I don’t processed foods because technically the moment you start preparing food, it can be considered processed food. I am saying, I want to personally make my meals, and eat more fruits and veggies.

I want to prove to myself that I am making everything count, I not only track at weightwatchers.com, but I also use myfitnesspal.com. I am able to see how I can make changes that will help me work towards my weight loss goal.

Did I mention I am a caffeine addict? Yea… caffeine makes my world go round. I used to love the mochas and extra sugary coffee drinks. Now, I cannot touch them without gagging. I need my coffee as plain as possible.  If I cannot have coffee, I have been recently introduced to Bod-e Burn from Vemma. I was hitting my mid-afternoon lag, and I replaced my coffee (0 PPV) for a Bod-e Burn (3 PPV). I was surprised by it.  Almost immediately, I felt better. Why did I choose something with more PPVs in it? Easy, the protein, dietary fiber, mangosteen, vitamins, CLA, antioxidants, and the minerals made it worth it to me. It was able to replace, not only my coffee, but my mid-afternoon snack. Totally worth it to me.

This is nowhere near the end of my food journey. I will continue to post more extensive articles about nutrition and what I have done and will continue to do.

10 Miles Down… Less Than a Month Away

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10 miles. I ran 10 miles this weekend.  Woah!

I NEVER thought I could run 10 miles in a week, let alone, 10 miles in one run.

I did it. It was amazing and exciting for the first half. I was golden- I wore a skirt (for the first time running). I was cool and the breeze was awesome. In fact, I decided that I did not need to loop back to my house halfway in the run and get more water. Big mistake, but I made do.  As the run progressed, I dealt with traffic growing, temperature rising, and running out of water. My pace suffered, but I kept going. I found a vacant house with water still on that I was able to get water from the spigot.

I made it. I kept going through all the challenges and made 10 miles.

Me. Crazy, stubborn, lazy me ran 10 miles… WHAT?!

I knew that I would have to hit that milestone, but who actually realizes how big of a milestone that is until, you hit it? I didn’t.

I felt so good after running 10 miles, that I signed up for a Triathlon Club.

I guess I can no longer say I am lazy.

Less than a month away from my final goal, and I am working hard to make my goal of finishing my FIRST Half-Marathon in less than 3 hours.

I think I got this.