Congrats and welcome to our 15 Day IdealShape For Life Challenge. I’m so excited to start this journey with you.
Start and finish every day of your 15 Day Challenge with a 'Warm Up' and 'Cool Down'. Check out my videos below on how to do this to perfection.
So that I'm with you every step of the way, I have created a daily workout video to demonstrate how to perform each exercise. Simply select 'Workouts' from the drop down menu and then select your workout day. Take a well earned rest on 'Day 7' and 'Day 14'.
It’s important to know what you want to achieve, but equally important to know why those goals are important to you. This isn’t a time the skim the surface. The deeper you go, the more motivated you’ll be. Make a list of your health and fitness goals along with another list of your reasons for them.
Our actions and habits create our results. Make sure that your lifestyle is in alignment with your goals. For example, choose to watch one less tv show and go for a walk instead, park at the back of the parking lot to walk a little further when running errands, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Make enough of these choices and they’ll add up!
Protein takes the longest to cook and eating enough of it is often where we fall short nutritionally. Preparing protein in bulk that can be used in multiple meals and ways will ensure your success.
Try to drink a gallon of water every day. Always keeping water with you is key, so buy a water bottle that you love and keep it with you everywhere you go!
Clean and prep fresh fruits and veggies and keep them in the front of your refrigerator. You’ll eat them much more often if they’re ready to eat when you’re needing a snack. We also love to keep Greek yogurt fruit and ranch dip (see recipes for both in your eBook!) ready to eat with them!
Often we mistake thirst for hunger, so the next time you feel the munchies, drink a big glass of water instead of eating. Stay hydrated. Feel less hungry. Lose weight faster.
Often people say that they hate cardio, when really they might just hate a certain type of cardio like running. Running isn’t the only option. If running isn’t your thing, try biking, hiking, swimming, plyometrics, Zumba, kickboxing or any other fitness classes. Find something that you like, and you’ll be willing to do more of it.
Surrounding yourself with friends that keep you accountable and motivated is everything. Build a squad of like-minded people that will help you stay on track and ultimately get you where you want to be! Our Private Facebook community is a great place to meet like-minded people.
Use social media to boost your motivation by finding people or accounts that inspire you to achieve your goals and be better. When doing this, try not to get caught up in comparison with others, but rather be inspired to chase your best.
Whether it’s doing yoga or stretching out after cardio and weight lifting, it’s so important to stretch out those tight muscles to help with recovery and reduce muscle soreness. That will help you be ready to workout again sooner!
It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers of weight loss, but continually noticing the non-scale victories like more energy, less back pain, sleeping better, and feeling stronger will keep you motivated along the way. We promise, with time and consistency, the numbers will fall into place!
Sometimes setting up little rewards for yourself that aren’t food-related for achieving your goals, like a round of golf for the guys, or a pedicure for the girls, can give you that extra boost of motivation. Little rewards along the way can make the journey more enjoyable.
Invest in workout clothes that make you feel confident. Clothes aren’t everything, but a nice fitting outfit can give you the extra motivation you need to get moving!