So this week while you're tracking your nutrition, you may be asking "what is the ONE THING I need to do to get results?"
There is always that ONE THING that people are looking for to take them to the next level. To provide all of the solutions to their problems. To get them into the clothes they desire. To feel better. To move better. To perform better.
Far to often I see people trying a bunch of things and not giving it enough time to make an impact.
"oh yeah, I tried that for about a week and I didn't see any results."
"I went to the gym twice and I didn't see any results."
"I tried that program twice and didn't see any benefit."
"I signed up for that 12 week program but only went a handful of times."
The truth about success is simple and as stated by Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect, "there are not 5,000 things one needs to do well to be successful. There are about a half-dozen things that need to be done well, just done 5,000 times over to be successful."
So for example, if we were to pick out a half-dozen things that need to be done well:
1. Continue tracking nutrition, exercise and in some cases sleep
2. Following your nutrition program 90% of the time throughout the week.
3. Eating until you're 80% full
4. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day (200 pounds = 100 ounces of water)
5. Having a protein, veggie or fruit with every meal
6. Including healthy fats in your daily intake
Seems pretty basic and it really is. We really want to be able to master the basics therefore, if I were to suggest ONE THING it would be CONSISTENCY.
Consistency with the basics. Master the basics. Doing the basics 5,000 times over to be successful. Instead of doing 5,000 things once or twice.
This is something that has taken me a long time to put into action for a different area in my life. Once my mindset shifted, it has simplified the way I do things and also less stress!
My food for today so far:
One chicken sausage (no nitrates) with one zucchini and 1/2 avocado
Protein shake (organic plant based protein, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter)
Spinach and kale salad with salmon, feta and balsamic
One small bowl of cereal (cocoa puffs)
Dinner will probably be sweet potato and salmon
The cocoa puff story- As long as I know the rest of my day has been doing well, I can trust myself enough to have a something in small amounts. In this case, Sophie wanted to spend time together eating cereal. We enjoyed a small bowl and that was that. No guilt for what I ate and I enjoyed our time together. If circumstances were different, (training for a show, getting blood sugars down, leaning down for a specific dress size, etc) then this probably wouldn't apply.
Let me know how you're doing and share your tracking!
So how did you do last week in terms of nutrition?
What did you struggle with? Was it planning? Eating out too much? Not eating enough?
Did you track your foods (right down what you ate, drank, etc)?
If not, totally OK, but I want you to really think about what your goals are.
What is it that you really want to achieve? Is it a clothing size? A certain feeling? Feeling of wellness, health, confidence, sexiness, strength? Or maybe it's energy. Energy to keep up with your kids, to work 12 hour days, to do something totally out of the ordinary but always something that you've always wanted to do.
Why is it encouraged to keep track of what you eat?
1. If you don't know what you've done, how do you know where you're going?
2. If you've tracked your intake, we can see what changes need to be made to move you further.
3. To keep yourself accountable.
4. To see on paper, or for you techies on your app, and have that visual and remembrance "oh that's right, I forgot I had a couple of beers on Tuesday night" or "yeah, I did eat the rest of my kids mac-n-cheese."
All of those little things add up.
So this coming week focus on tracking what you're eating. If you want to bring it in or email it to me that's great, I'll be happy to look at them.
One of my mentors would tell his clients that if they weren't bringing in their food logs each week, he wouldn't take the time to do measurements at the end of each month.
He's a pretty straight forward Scotsman, but it shows just how important keeping track of what you're eating, drinking, and even sleeping play in your success.
Last week I did pretty well with the exception of tax day. I had chic-fil-a's spicy chicken sandwich, a couple of fries (too dry and hard), and a sprite. Throughout the week I did some intermittent sampling of chocolate coated almonds.
If you aren't familiar with intermittent sampling, let me know and I can include that in a future post.
It was just over a month ago that I was happily walking up to Sophie’s school for her awards ceremony. It was a beautiful morning! Emma was in her stroller and I was ready to conquer the day. I had my priorities lined up to do that day. Breakfast done. Coffee done. I was ready.
Sophie’s school isn’t too far from the house, maybe a 5-7 minute walk. About half way through my toes started getting tingling and like they were going numb. Soon after my fingers and hands started to feel the same. I’ve had this sensation before and it usually doesn’t end well. I took several deep breaths, slowed down my pace and focused on the beautiful day, not what my body was about to do.
I got to the school and as I got my visitor badge I remember thinking, “I really hope this (the tingling and numbness) passes.” I settled into the gymnasium with tons of kids, parents and teachers and I immediately felt my heart race. The more I focused on deep breathing, the more the rest of my body started going numb, including around my face. It started getting really hot in there, or it could’ve just been my body reacting, I don’t know but the hotter it got, the more my body said “nope, we’re not doing this today.” This made me even more nervous as I walked there with Emma. I still have to get back home.
When the awards ceremony ended, I had to get away from the commotion. Quickly. I headed out determined to “cool off” or find a quiet place before I headed back home. I didn’t make it but a few feet out of the gymnasium door. I reached out and gently put my hand on the back of Coach. As she turned around she knew right away something was up. I said “I don’t feel well.” Not long after that the paramedics were called and it was determined I had a panic attack.
As I mentioned, my body as done this a few times before. And the paramedics have been called before. I’ve been to the ER before. While I’m still not sure why I had a panic attack or even if the previous ones were panic attacks, I can tell you that all of the symptoms I had on this occasion were related to my thyroid issues (Hashimotos) since Emma’s birth. Even though my brain was ready to rock that day, my body simply said “nope.”
So I’ve been focusing on me (rest, workload, activities, surroundings, and nutrition). Nutrition has played a huge role in how I feel just 30 days later. I’ve removed coffee (sad sigh), eggs, potato, chili (another sad sigh), cheese (I’ve been dairy free with the exception of a smidgen of fiesta cheese on my eggs) and also my beloved coffee. Oh wait, I already mentioned coffee. Basically my entire breakfast.
After Sophie was born I went through this as well and it took me about 3 years to research and figure out what works best for me. What worked well then is not the case this time. As I’m revisiting and learning more about what to eat for Hashimotos I'm relieved to say I feel so much better!
The key take away pieces of all of this is:
Hi guys, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got to really celebrate Easter with this beautiful weather!
As we get a start on the week I know many of you have been non-stop working, go, go, go, and feeling a wee bit frazzled!
I wanted to share a little tip that helps me get fired up for the week.
I love Mondays. It's a chance to dive deep into what I need to get done and get the momentum going.
It's been challenging having Emma with me all the time and I often don't feel like I'm getting anywhere! Some days I get a lot done while she's napping and of course most days we play, snuggle, eat and enjoy.
What works well for me is setting my Big 5 for the week. Out of my lengthy to-do list, I pick the top 5 that are priority. If I get one thing done each day or all 5 done by the end of the week, I'm a happy camper.
I'll admit, every time I look at my list I get a bit of anxiety. I'm still learning that it's not all going to get done as quickly as I'd prefer.
So what are your Top 5?
My personal Top 5 for this week:
1. Prep my next day foods the night before
3. Aim for 2-3 workouts this week
4. Focus on quality time with family
5. Work on Finally Fit's Top 5. This is where the massive to-do list sets in! (Finish programs for my clients, etc)
I wanted to share with you our 4 week Spring Clean your Nutrition coming next week.
Join me for this accountability group that is absolutely FREE and all online for the next 4 weeks beginning TODAY Monday April 17th. If you need to spring clean your nutrition, hit me up and I’ll add you to the accountability group.
This is NOT a quick weight loss challenge, fat loss contest, or high stress get in shape fast program.
That’s not what we’re about and if you’re looking for that, we’re not the right fit for you.
We’re simply cleaning up what we’re eating, learning and establishing some healthy habits and having the accountability to see it through.
I’ll be in the trenches with you for these next 4 weeks so if this sounds like something that you'd want to do, reply back with "I'm IN!" and I’ll be looking forward to seeing you in the group!
Hey guys I hope you are all having a great start to your SPRING!!
I love spring time, it’s my favorite season, despite all of the allergies! It gets me more revved up and motivated then the “New Year.” Spring time really is an awakening time for me. The weather is beautiful and the outside starts calling me! Yard work, cleaning out the garage, and really clearing out the excess is my kind of fun and soothes my soul.
Joey and I rearranged the garage just a bit and as we’re moving our shelving over I kept thinking “why am I keeping all of this?” Especially after I nearly broke my nose after a lid popped off a tub and I basically slugged myself in the face! It’s so freeing to just be able to “let go “and give it someone who can find more value in it.
Now you may be thinking, “What does this have to do with health and fitness?” Of course health and fitness isn’t all about lifting weights and eating right. Although we do have our FREE 4 week Spring Clean your Nutrition coming up, but hang tight for a moment.
I share this with you because I’ve received several comments on how much my minimalism journey has inspired them to be able to “think” about letting go. It can be mentally stressful holding onto so much stuff. I watched my mom for years accumulate an unimaginable amount of fabric, notions, patterns, items for others, and collectables. She wasn’t a hoarder by any means but she did have a scarcity mindset.
“I may need this JUST IN CASE.”
When the time came to find an item for a project, it would often take a few hours to remember where she put it. It would stress her out! For me, it made me claustrophobic and a huge sense of anxiety to be in the middle of it all.
It’s literally taken me 2 years just to go through mom’s things. For a loved ones items, it really depends but you have to go at your own pace. When it comes to our belongings the process is much faster.
Where do we start? The top 3 tips that helped me:
It's important to me where this all goes. Mom used to donate to a Women's Coalition Group and have continued with that. We’ve donated to family, to her church, and even to other local charitable organizations. Donating to Savers or Goodwill doesn’t provide the same value as it does like the others. If that’s important to you as well, check out other local organizations you can donate.
Coming up: Spring clean your Nutrition!
Join me for this accountability spring cleaning for your nutrition.
This is absolutely FREE and all online for the next 4 weeks beginning Monday April 17th.
If you need to spring clean your nutrition, contact us and I’ll add you to the accountability group.
This is not a quick weight loss challenge, fat loss contest, or high stress get in shape fast program. That’s not what we’re about and if you’re looking for that, we’re not the right fit for you.
We’re simply cleaning up what we’re eating, learning and establishing some healthy habits and having the accountability to see it through. I’ll be in the trenches with you for these next 4 weeks and I’ll be looking forward to seeing you in the group!
We know we are little bit behind but we are SUPER excited to announce our Member of the Month for February to Shelley Carney!
Shelley is no stranger to being the member of the month but this time for her valiant efforts and determination to compete in her first bikini competition! We had talked about it in great lengths over the last year and in fact we were going to do this together last year (but someone got pregnant instead!).
Shelley was able to place in 2 of the 3 classes she entered and had some tough competition on stage. Everyone puts so much hard work into themselves it’s hard to put a placing on someone. There are several different categories for the competition; bikini, figure, physique and bodybuilding. Each category requiring a ton of work and dedication. Bikini has become more popular over the last several years, although my personal preference is figure. Either way, it can take several years to build the physique you want to showcase on stage.
During Shelley’s journey she has lost an overall 6.17% body fat. She’s lost 4.4 pounds which can be discouraging when you’re only paying attention to the number on the scale. However, when you look at the breakdown, she’s actually lost 9.24 pounds of fat mass and gained 4.84 pounds of lean body mass!
She had no problems telling you about her “love” for zucchini and ProTan but she made a huge sacrifice and commitment to compete and did an amazing job!
"Finally Fit provides me with a customized fitness and nutrition program that has given me a higher level of fitness than I have ever experienced. I have more confidence, self-esteem and I feel great every day. Rebecca Grijalva is a caring, consistent and friendly coach who is excited to help her clients achieve their fitness goals."
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Robbie!
Robbie has been a part of the Finally Fit family for just a few short months. She's just begun Phase 6 of her new program and is finding it a bit more challenging as we progress deeper into the Phases. She has increased her strength, fitness level, gives David a hard time for us :) and most importantly she doesn't quit!
She continues to work hard with every session and comes in after a long day at work, fighting traffic and passing the way to her house to get here. We all have been there, right?! When home is just where you want to be after a day like that. Robbie's commitment to her appointments keeps her on track and she always feels better after coming in!
THANK YOU Robbie for inspiring others and continuing to work on improving your health and fitness. Keep it up!
If you SHOULD, and you COULD, but you DON'T = Formula for disaster.
This is one of my favorite quotes from Jim Rohn as he explains his philosophy and fundamentals of life. Each person's philosophy is the major factor in how their life works out. This comes from personal experience and other people's experiences and what you have learned from these experiences; a collection of all that you know. I learned early on from certain family members what I didn't want my life to be like.
I love my mom with every ounce of my being and admired her more than anyone, but from her experiences I didn't and still don't want my life to be like hers was. The choices she made, especially in regard to eating habits, was definitely a Formula for disaster. She did have good intentions and as I went through her papers, she had a lot of newspaper clippings on certain vitamins and foods to improve health and memory. She did do pretty well at the gym with me or her friend Mary. She was very active and if she wasn't moving stuff around in the garage to find something, she was cleaning up the yard or playing with Sophie. She was a very strong woman. Her intentions of eating right were always surrounded by, "I'll start Monday, I'll do that when THIS project is done, I'll but healthier foods when all this other stuff is gone,etc." Making that change was never something she could do for the long term.She never made herself a priority.
I recently had a conversation with someone about their intentions after they started working out. The response was "probably back to what I was doing before." - which was not much. It made me a little sad that this person didn't make themselves a priority in their own life and it reminded me of mom.
One of my other clients really enjoyed this post I had written at the gym:
IF YOU WILL CHANGE, EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE FOR YOU.
IF YOU DON'T CHANGE, NOTHING WILL CHANGE FOR YOU.-Jim Rohn
This is a great article from Dr. John Berardi and how we pause to start our health and fitness journey. I highly recommend reading it.
Don't forget this is Bring a Friend Week!
Next Wednesday is our second Workshop and in honor of Heart Health month for February, we will be discussing nutrition, exercises other ways to help keep your heart healthy. It's absolutely free and we encourage you to bring those close to your heart.
Last week we held our Goal Setting Workshop and had a great turn out of ladies looking to enhance their lives, clear the clutter of what’s been getting in their way of accomplishing their goals and help build their roadmap to get to their destination. We gave them a handout of over 50 goal setting questions to really dig deep of what they want out of life. The response was great and I feel so grateful to be able to pass this on. If you’d like a copy, please shoot me an email and I’ll be more than happy to send you a copy.
I’m a big fan of Jim Rohn and I try to listen to his teachings each week. He keeps things simple, not complicated and part of our model to master the basics. As we plan our year ahead, I’d like to share his “Secret of Life Change.”
First, take a look at your life and ask yourself:
What makes life valuable?
What makes life worthwhile?
What makes life work well? (Spiritually, socially, personally, physically, economically...)
Then ask yourself,
What would I fix?
Keeping things simple, there is usually about a half-dozen things that make about 80% of the difference to change your life. The problem is not lack of information. The problem is simply, we don’t do the information that’s been handed to us. Focus on or keep looking for the few things that make a difference. The most important components. Minimize.
Seems pretty easy right? It is. Only focusing on 6 things or less. So what’s the problem?
“What is easy to do is also easy not to do. That’s the difference between success and failure.”
If you don’t neglect the easy things you can have success in your life. As Jim says, neglect starts as an infection and becomes a disease. Neglect is a disaster. One neglect usually leads to another and starts to compound.
Tip for Life Change: Clean up all neglect.
Take the time to find your ½ dozen things that you can do to have success. Once you do, shoot me an email and let me know what they are!
Many of you know that I started this journey of being a fitness coach because of my mom. She was diabetic, felt self-conscious and intimidated by big box gyms and didn’t really have a roadmap to get her in the right direction. I wanted to help her and then Finally Fit was born to help more people like her.
But I’m not sure I’ve really told my story of how I got into fitness for myself. In high school, I was a closet athlete. I hung around with kids who liked to drink, smoke and watch rock videos on MTV when they actually played videos. No one played any sports. Sports is what you had to do in high school and that crowd just wasn’t for me. I always wanted to play soccer but we couldn’t afford it anyway so it didn’t matter. I liked being active and how it made me feel. So, I’d come home from school, run around the block in my converse (ouch, not good running shoes!), do bicep curls with 5 pound weights until I “felt the burn,” and do as many push-ups as I could in tempo with a song that I’m having trouble remembering at the moment. That’s about all I did until mom bought Tony Little videos and we did that together. I started to see my quads take shape and that made me excited. I still had no idea what I was doing.
Over the years I began riding and racing BMX and became friends with a lady who is still a treasure to my heart. Danette. She showed me the way inside a big box gym. She showed me how to workout. We became workout buddies. I did it for fun. I had no body shaming thoughts about myself where weight was concerned. Even though I really had some MAJOR posture issues, I didn’t see it. I wanted to lift to improve my riding skills. I sucked at that too but I didn’t care I had fun.
Then one day my boyfriend at the time compared me to his buddy’s girlfriend. I didn’t have a flat stomach like her. I had a pudge. That was the first time in my life I felt badly about my body. The fact that I was being compared to someone else made me think about how I am “supposed to look.” Among other things, I had to look a certain way for someone else. It made me angry that I wasn’t accepted for me.
Fast forward a couple years and a break up later, I found my workouts to be healing. All of my anger and frustration lead to the greatest physique I ever had. Then along came Joey who turned my entire systematic world upside down (in a good way) and my routine stopped. I gained a bit of weight during that same year. Going out dancing every weekend, drinking it up, eating crappy food and we were having a blast!! I remember looking at the photos from a trip to Vegas. My thighs filled my jeans, my cheeks were round all the way down around my chin. My arms no longer had shape. At the time, I didn’t see it. I was too busy enjoying this great relationship developing.
My body has been through many changes over the near 13 years we’ve been together. From angry in tip top shape to happily chubby, figure competition ready to pregnancy, back to competition ready then maintenance back to pregnancy.
But it’s what has happened on the inside that has completely changed my focus.
I have an auto-immune disease, Hashimotos, that developed 8 ½ years ago after the birth of our first daughter. It took 3 years to get it under control to begin even feeling like myself again. Now, after this second pregnancy, I was taken through the same symptoms all over again. Heart palpitations, fatigue, anxiety, fear, dizziness, foggy thinking, weak, and of course exhaustion. The feeling of being able to pass out while my heart feels like its beating through my chest is a scary feeling. However, this time around, having 5 years under my belt of what works best for me, it’s only taken 3 months instead of 3 years to get back on track.
As I look ahead for the New Year, having just given birth at the “ripe ol’ age of 40,” I don’t have any “goals” for what I want my body to look like. I have intentions to carry through what my body NEEDS.
Regain my strength since delivery. Consistency with my strength training to improve my posture and improve my mobility from 3 months of sitting holding Emma and improve my stamina to keep up with these kids! On the nutrition side of things, gluten free is what has worked best with my Hashimotos. That has become automatic over the years but I need to work on my water intake.
So, those are what my fitness intentions are for this coming year. It’s not that exciting or some grandiose plan that I’ll be shouting from the rooftops. It’s basic, simple and at the same time, challenging to stay consistent.
What are your intentions for the year? We are hosting a “goal setting” seminar this Wednesday and also in honor of Thyroid Awareness Month, discussing the thyroid and how it affects your overall health and fitness.
Join us January 4, 2017 from 6-7pm at 9664-4 Eagle Ranch Road!