Fitness Friday – Where to Begin?

Ready to get into shape, but don’t have a clue where to start? First I beg you to not walk into the first gym you tour, buy a year of personal training that was so expensive that you can only afford to eat top ramen for the next 12 months, and decide that you really don’t like working out with a trainer anyways so you become a cardio drone that walks in, hops on with your drop 10 lbs fast magazine and scoots your legs for 60 minutes before heading home to make your ramen instead of a healthy breakfast…

[OUCH!] Brutal honesty right there…Did I hit home for anyone, I apologize if I did, but the above story is something that I hear way too often. First and foremost, 80% of the result that you get is because of what you put into your body, only 20% is because of what you do to be active. So make sure you set a budget before you do anything else, if you can’t afford quality nutrition, you won’t be seeing any result! Example: If your typical monthly spending is $900 for entertainment, groceries, restaurants, your ladies nights, and your drive thru coffee; figure out what you can change around to get the best out of everything. Put your priorities first…FOOOOOOOD, the good for you, came from a store, or it’s your vitamins kind, easy for a couple to spend $500 a month on that, still leaving us $500 for other things. 2 quality dates a month will run you $200. A gym will run you $65-150 depending on where you go. So that leaves us $50-135 left in our spending – this gives a cushion for the sign up fee, or in later months, use this for 2 coffees and a ladies night, plus a new shirt for your guy.

Now that we have a budget, GO EXPLORE! Fitness doesn’t have to be at a gym, with a trainer or on the cardio machines. Find something that you love to do, and that way you want to do it! Whether its yoga, zumba, barre, hiking, running, plyometrics, weight lifting, crossfit, swimming, dancing…try it all until you find what you love! This is true for gyms as well. You’re going to be spending time here, make sure you love it. Pay attention to what’s important to you…is it clean? do the hours fit your schedule? Do you need a shower there? Childcare? Is it safe – well lit parking lots, video cameras, etc [super important for ladies who go in the dark]! Most places will offer a FREE introductory class [pass at a gym] or two to see if you like it before you invest.

Now that you found what you love and you’re ready to commit, DON’T FORGET YOUR BUDGET! I can speak about this because I used to be a general manager for a gym, so here’s my behind the scenes advice. Most gyms will run specials at the end of each month to get their sales numbers in. You can either take the offer, or realize you have the upper hand because they want your business. Give them your exact budget, and stand your ground. Gyms will always give you the highest offer first to see if you’d take it. It’s ok to say “that’s not in my budget.” Just be polite – remember, they need a paycheck too and they get it by selling to you. Options to ask for to help with the price:

  • Single gym [home gym] only price – make big chains will offer you the gym that you are in only at a lower price than buying the national price
  • State or Regional Options
  • End of Year / New Year Options – November is a good time to let them know you’re looking and sometimes they can extend that sale price to you now, especially if you tell them that you will wait to sign up otherwise – remember they want your business and that sales person wants your business NOW.
  • Pay the year in cash on the spot

Once price becomes established, they will without a doubt open up many options of upgrades to you – don’t buy childcare if you don’t have a child just because it was a good price for “later” [You’re laughing at this, but it’s because you have done this, or know someone that will, ha!] You can always add things on later as you really feel apart of everything.

Welcome to being the newest member of the fitness community! But please never forget, that you don’t need lulu lemon, or brand new Nikes to get started. You  don’t need to over spend. And you sure should never feel embarrassed about getting started. It’s an amazing step and joining the right community will provide an environment that is positive, and ready to help you tackle any challenge.

If you’re not quite ready to sign a dotted line and pay a monthly fee yet, that are so many fee options now a days! Many communities are now offering FitCamps hosted at Nutrition Clubs – these are usually free and there’s an option for every fitness level. There are tons of apps too [I’ll share my favorite one next week]. And there’s always the trusted DVD that you can use in your own living room – I recommend 24Fit, which is taught by Olympic athlete Samantha Clayton. You can order it from the link below after you submit your email!

Have FUN finding your FIT and now, Go get active!

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Finding Balance

I stood on the mat, checked my Nikes to make sure they were tied and that my laces weren’t hanging. Behind me, I heard a whisper in my ear, “Ready?”

…I pause, in my head I take a moment to visualize what’s coming up next and think to myself, “Jump, Arch, Tuck, Look, Stand.” I nodded my headed yes, took a deep breath, and waited for my count…”1, 2..”

[[This isn’t me in the video]] Unfortunately, I never got footage of learning this skill called a “Rewind.” This was one of the scariest things I learned in cheerleading, at the same time, it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever learned in my life. I practiced for days & weeks, endless drill after drill, then countless practice attempts surrounded by teammates to catch me if I fell…which happened more often than it didn’t, and finally, I was able to try it with my partner. It didn’t matter how many times I fell It, it was something that I wanted to do. Nothing was going to stop me. It didn’t matter that practice was only 2 hours, and that I had a full time academic schedule, 3 part time jobs, and volunteering on campus, I made the time for myself to balance it all because I was hungry for success.

It wasn’t until a recent leadership development weekend training that I was able to apply this to my daily life and realized that everyone could benefit from thinking like an athlete, no matter your athletic ability.

Life Words

This photo puts my mind back to how dedicated I was to making my goals become real life. I had to be focused, confident in my ability, be precise, and trust those around me. In order to get my mind and body ready for any skill, I would first, always visualize what it looked like being done perfectly and then cue my mind with a few words. I set this photo to have my goal standout, and to set 5 words for my daily life to get my mind right. For me, the words that help me most are Balance, Focus, Results, Me, and Inspire.

ME: I have learned that if I don’t take the time to take care of myself, I am unable to care for anyone else. This means that I have to be specific about what that time looks like. For me, it means that I have to eat right, exercise, take care of my finances, read or listen to my personal development, and create a goal / dream board.

BALANCE: When I wanted to achieve something as a cheerleader, there was no stopping me no matter the amount of time I was able to pursue it. Although I may not be balancing school, part time jobs, home work, and school; my life balances out other things now – a full time job, my dreams, a healthy relationship, maintaining a home, my physical health, coaching, friends, and family…the list seems never ending and it’s been a really hard struggle figuring out how to balance it all. I often fall victim to giving 100% of myself to one area and forgetting the others until I burn out. This also seems to be a struggle for my clients, teammates and really, everyone out there! The best thing I can do offer advice is to schedule your day and be intentional with your time. I get to bed on time because I need to be up early so I have the time to get stuff for me done. This means I use the time to get the gym 3 times a week, 2 days a week I have the time read, work on my online coaching business. I have to schedule when I will be coaching, when I will be at church, and fill in a full time job in between.  The other very important thing for me to plan and schedule is my time with Jeremy. It’s easy to get so busy with making a living, that you forget to make a life. It’s also so easy get so busy making a life that you forget to pursue your dreams. Jeremy and I schedule a date every week, even if its as simple as cooking dinner together and watching our 1 TV show a week together, we have also started reading together and plan to spend a couple of hours each week setting up the upcoming week together, and discuss the book we are reading [more on that book as we get thru it!] Setting aside our time allows us to handle many things, but also for each of us to pursue our dreams and goals. I encourage everyone to use a planner, whether it’s a phone or on paper [Type A personalities use this to your advantage, break out the markers, color code everything and rock your week! Type B, don’t stress, its something new, and will take practice, don’t analyze it too hard, just do it and do it  until it becomes a habit!]

FOCUS: Without balance, focus is impossible. In cheer, if I attempted anything at all without being focused, I could guarantee I would fall. If I going to do a rewind and was even an inch off in my precision, there was no way that my two [even tho tiny] feet  could land in my partner’s single hand. Imagine going thru life being that focused on your goals and dreams. It would become impossible to not achieve them. I have to keep my focus on the things that matter most.

Body Under Construction

RESULTS:  As a health coach, it is imperative that I get other people ultimate results…in both physically and most importantly, mentally. Yet, I have to always be reaching for a new result myself. The human body is an incredible machine, I am so excited to reach new results, to take my body to new levels proving that anything is possible without crazy diet pills, crash diets, fad diets, or obsessive behaviors. I am always representing my own business, and as one of my cue words, its a daily reminder to me!


INSPIRE: Everyone has something deep down that they feel compelled it do. Something that doesn’t seem to go away, it’s hard to put it into words…it’s just this knot in your stomach…a deep passion about something that you just feel you were “meant” to do. It’s in the forefront of my mind to do this for myself – fulfill my dreams, and inspire a healthy change and body positive movement, and in turn, inspire other women to pursue their dreams! I have always been inspired by powerful and positive females, Oprah makes the top of my list. She states,

“There is no greater that you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”

So I ask you, if you were to set up to the mat that allowed you to catapult the life you’ve imagined, what 5 words would you use to stay on track? We are all worthy of our dreams, or living out our calling, worthy of health, happiness and joy. Share your cue words with me on here or send me an email –!