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Taking Progress Pictures

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Anyone else cringe when you hear those words? I know I do! The awkwardness of just standing there like a weirdo in all your glory is by far the hardest thing ever. I personally always do it in the morning with zero makeup on and hair is a hot mess, so it makes it extra ugly. Plus it is way better to wear as little clothing as possible so you can get a better gauge on progress. Have I painted a pretty enough picture for you…..ha ha.

With that being said, I know how awkward it can be, but from experience they are the best thing you can do to stay on track. We all know when we are in a “ dieting” period it is easy to get discouraged when you don’t see instant progress. Weighing yourself on the scale is never a good gauge of progress because one day you are down and the next you are up. That is why taking pictures are so beneficial, even though the scale isn’t showing much movement the pictures will show a different side of progress. Your waist could be smaller, back bigger, legs have more muscle or definition, the list goes on. That little change you see in one picture could be the one thing that pushes you to keep going.

I would recommend taking pictures once a week in the same exact clothing in each picture. Stand in the same position in the same place you take every picture. By doing this you see way more changes then if you were to be in different lighting, clothes, or position. Also take them at the same time each day, for me that is first thing in the morning before I have anything to eat or drink.

Remember they will pay off in the future. If anything it pushes you to be more accountable because you want to see changes, you got this sister! If you need help I wrote a couple Blog posts regarding these topics, accountability or tips for working out.

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4 Tips to Add in Workouts to Your Busy Schedule

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I don’t have time is probably the most popular excuse in the book. I am guilty of using that excuse more than once. I get it, you have 1 million things to do so devoting uninterrupted time to a workout is hard. That is why I thought I would share these tips for adding exercises to the things you are already doing.

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  1. School pick up, how many of you get to the school early to avoid being all the way in the back of the pick up line? I am doing a challenge where I have to get in a 45 minute workout outdoors, with a 5 year old some days that is near impossible. So I got smart, I make it a point to get to the school 45 minutes early and walk around until it’s time for him to get out. That is time I would’ve spent sitting in my car on social media. Another way you can do this is to walk to school, if you have multiple kids chances are you have a stroller or even a double stroller aka the heaviest thing on the damn planet, use it to your advantage! That is a free workout in itself, by walking to school or walking some where pushing that you are getting in a pretty intense workout!

  2. Using a booty band while doing housework, trust me I thought it was bat shit crazy to walk around my house with a booty band on. Until one day I had 15 minutes left of my workout and had so much to do. I put on my medium sized booty band and walked around the house cleaning, up and down the stairs with a laundry basket and did abductors while doing the dishes. I know it sounds like it wouldn’t do much but man I was hurting! I wrote a blog post with a bunch of exercise ideas to do around the house Here!

  3. Going to the park with your hyper ass kids! We all do it! the kids are on a good one so we take them to the park to run out some of their energy. But what do we do when we get to the park? sit there on our phones or relax and enjoy the peace and quiet for once hah! Now, I walk laps at the park, I don’t go far that way I have eyes on my kid at all times, I walk the corners of the playground back and forth until It’s time to leave, not only does my kid get to burn out some energy but I do as well.

  4. Taking the stairs and parking far from your office building. This sounds almost like a no brainer but you’d be surprised how many times we don’t do it just because we are in a rush. I notice sometimes I will park in the first spot I can find just to get in. But taking the time to park far away forces you to take the extra steps in your day. Taking the stairs is also a more time consuming thing but it is so easy to start incorporating and literally costs you nothing.

    Now that you have these 4 ideas to start adding into your normal day, you will see yourself finding more ways you can add in more activities. It was weird at first but once you notice how much more productive you feel afterward it becomes addicting! If you have any tips that you currently do, share them in the comments so we can all benefit from them!

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How to start working out

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If you follow me on Instagram, You might have seen my white board with the workout of the day on it. Writing out my workout helps me stay on track and have a plan in place. Depending on your goal’s, chances are you will be working out at minimum of 3 times a week or at most 7 days a week.

You are going to need a plan to follow so you aren’t wandering the gym drawing a blank, or if you’re like me and workout at home start getting side tracked and end up cleaning or folding laundry.

So how do you plan?

1. Figure out how many days you are going to work out that week. If it’s 3 days, you will want to get the most out of those 3 days. I would focus on a full body workout. Think about all muscle groups and choose 1 or 2 exercises that works them. If you are going to do 4 or more days, I would recommend working body parts that get worked at the same time. Example being back and biceps, they are considered pull movements that work together simultaneously.

2. How much time do you have to devote to your workout? Now this one is easy for me because I like to get in, get it done type of workouts. I’m guessing you are with me on this. That’s where an EMOM type workout comes in, its quick and efficient. You can customize it to however long you need. Don’t know what an EMOM is? This blog post explains it in detail Here!

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3. If you have zero clue what exercises work what muscle do not worry, your girlfriend Renee has you covered, 1st Phorm has a program called “Transphormation Challenge” that’s Free, it provides meal plans, free workout plans and all of your calories and macros. It is a great tool to have in your pocket. You can also email me and I will help get you started!


4. Purchase equipment to get the job done or find a gym that is convenient in distance and price. I would grab 2 different size dumbbells for options, one lighter and one heavier. Those will take care of most upper body exercises. A good quality cloth booty band, the elastic ones scare the shit out of me (insert YouTube video of getting slapped in the face) a cloth one stays put and offers a more intense resistance. A yoga mat, from experience its great to have for comfort as well as a place to lay when you are sweaty (Moveo Fit Co mats are machine washable and very sturdy) I wrote a blog post with examples of workouts you can do at home Here!

5.To make it easier, I created a hashtag on Instagram that has all my workout videos saved for reference, feel free to use it to share your home workouts! #heresmyhomegym . I also added a highlight full of workout of the day ideas.

Most of all you just have to start moving! If you are just starting out it’s important to start slow. If you go hard everyday you will be so sore and not able to train for a couple days. Start by going on walks with the family, slow jog if you feel up to it. Working your way up to a schedule is not only smart, it will save you a lot of pain in the future. Don’t over think this, it’s not meant to be hard. You just have to stay consistent, I’m right there with you cheering you on!

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