How To Do Fitness On Vacation

Travel is a NORMAL part of our work and family life.  More often than not, I see folks peg their vacation plans as a “bump in the road” or a kink in their fitness journey so I wanted to focus on the ADVANTAGES behind not being in your normal gym element.

  • 1. JOJI – The Joy of Joining In

Most folks have heard of FOMO – the fear of missing out – but it’s lesser known cousin, JOJI, is a major travel/vacation win.

If you’re normally a fitness fanatic, love a scheduled regimen, a never go “off plan,” opening the door to JOJI is an act of SELF RENEWAL, not SELF SABOTAGE.

You see, for those who love to feel “in control” (that’s me!), it’s important to balance out our love of certainty with periods of go-with-the-flow uncertainty.

It eliminates burn out and allows us to reestablish that it is “I” that’s driving the habit vs “the routine” that controls us.  It opens the door to exploration of new foods, new goals, and wonderful memories with family and friends!!

Our normally regimented lives will be there waiting for us when we return.  The opportunity to celebrate won’t.  Take advantage of JOJI!!!

  • 2.    Elasticity for the Win!

Okay, so maybe you’re not that regimented so a week’s worth of JOJI is literally going to be what derails you completely and it will be another 6 months before you reestablish any sort of routine…

I got it.  This is certainly true for many people and I actually see your ability to normally go with the flow as a HUGE travel advantage!!!

You already know the importance of being bendable, elastic, and flexible with your plans.

You enjoy structure but know how to be flexible with what life presents you at the same damn time.  You Rock!

If this sounds like you my #1 piece of advice is to realize that getting the workout started will be the hardest part.  Once you’re in the gym doing the thing, you’ll feel great, you’ll crush your workout, and proud that you stuck to your normal.

Get past the feeling of not wanting to hit the start button and you’re going to coast!

Vacation/Travel does not need to be the thing that throws you off course.

3.  “X” Marks the Spot

Vacations are a kick ass motivator to GSD.  Treat those suckers like the thing you’re training for.

Some people need a 6 – 12 week motivator, an ends to a means, a thing that they are training for in order to bump their fitness up on the priority list.

I know for me, my 10 year high school reunion provided the 6 week jump start that literally changed my friggin’ life.

I didn’t want to “look frumpy” so having this date and desire in mind sharpened my focus and I began to lift weights and watch my nutrition.

While having a lifestyle goal is certainly commendable, that alone would never have gotten me to jump on a fat loss bandwagon and follow through with my intentions.  I needed the short term win first!!!!!

So… instead of starting “after the vaycay” … take a look at your calendars!  When’s the next trip?

Count backwards 6, 8, or 12 weeks.  Set your workout and nutritional goals for JUST THAT TIME FRAME. It’s okay not to look that far ahead!!!!

You can worry about the rest later.  After vacation 🙂

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EmpowHER Workshop – Discover, Define, Defend Your Boundaries

I’m going to tell you a story.  I’m not proud of it.  In fact, I am the grand coward, an elephant afraid of a mouse.

 

And while it would be more comfortable to talk about empowerment at moment where I am a woman standing her ground and facing her fears, that superwoman cape is fake.   I have a hidden when asked to lead.

 

To understand the EmpowHER Workshop and it’s impact, it’s important for you to SEE me at my weakest so that you understand why I’m a woman hungry for better.

 

Everything changed for me in college when I found out my friend had been beaten by her boyfriend.  A boyfriend who also happened to be my close friend.

 

Until that day, I would have sworn that when asked to take sides I would have chosen the victim.  How could I not?  I’d experienced sexual assault.  I knew the shame.  I knew the fear.  I had first hand knowledge of what it meant to be both believed and ignored.

 

I’d spent hours of my life questioning my behavior, replaying the moments prior, and wondering what I’d done “to ask for it.”

 

It’s almost inexplicable, today, how I chose the perpetrator.  Despite my past, in the end, I picked the person who offered me what the victim could not – The opportunity to live my life as if nothing were different.  

 

In a defining moment, I shrunk when life asked that I expand.

 

So while, today, I can shout, “NEVER AGAIN” it’s because I saw my mistake as a clear violation of my values and needed to understand why I had found it impossible to take a stand.

 

What I DISCOVERED were layers of false narratives about pretty, little, mild, pure and damaging ideas surrounding perfection, image, loyalty, being liked, being admired, and falling into line.

 

Today, I am unwilling to pass on these beliefs to my daughter and refuse for my son to passively absorb them.

I rise up to the bar that empowers my baby girl and all women the freedom to DEFINE female outside of confinements that keep her quiet, small, and in line.

 

  • That has meant purposefully using adjectives like big, strong, and heavy to describe myself and other women positively.
  • Letting the rolls on my belly be seen at sweatlocal and on social media because something as simple as NORMAL defies the impossible physical standards we are asked to reach.
  • Openly speaking about fitness in the context of sexiness and not just health because I can create both FOR myself instead of as an offer TO someone else.

And now, in 2018, The EmpowHER Workshop. … Because it’s time for me to stop talking and for all us to EMBODY the woman we dream our daughters to become.  A woman living in alignment with values she has defined for herself and is unwilling to apologize for standing up when those boundaries are crossed.

I hope you join us on April 15th from 2 -5 pm as author, speaker, and activist Erin Brown leads us through a transformative evening of introspection and empowerment. 

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The Year of Bold

It’s absolutely insane that sweatlocal has been in existence for over 5 years and it wasn’t until this Fall that I sat down to write our EXACT mission and vision statements.

You see, I’m a free thinker when it comes to business (and fitness) and so I outwardly reject or at least QUESTION a lot of established norms.  

Take the phrase, “It not personal.  It’s just business.” for example.  It’s often used to make hard decisions land softly except uhm… no… we work with and for humans.

It’s all mother effin’ personal!!!!

Business decisions impact PEOPLE and PEOPLE impact business.  I believe losing sight of that connection diminishes your services, creativity, hospitality, influence, and impact. #peoplematter

Well then, I guess that means I must embrace the idea that “The customer is always right?” 

Except… NO to that too. 

The client (and I hate that clinical word) ALWAYS HAS A VOICE and a DIRECT AVENUE to communicate with me but there are lines that CANNOT be crossed and that are not up for negotiation.   

Touch a trainer or another client inappropriately, refuse to work next to someone because of their religion, the color of their skin, their physical abilities, their sexual orientation, then that client is actually NOT RIGHT, should be called out on it, without any regard to losing their business.  

There are lines in the sand that we ALL have to draw.

And while I’ve always KNOWN and been COMFORTABLE with these out of the box operating procedures, I have come to understand that without your mission, vision, and principles explicitly written you can get LOST or off course in the middle of a big storm.

  • You must be CLEAR about your destination BEFORE the disruption.

  • You must be CONFIDENT with your navigation system BEFORE the surge appears.

  • You must be ANCHORED to your principles and values to hold on to your integrity because the RIGHT THING is often the HARDEST THING TO DO.

And so as #leggo2017 began to come to a close, I took a major deep dive into the very essence of our existence and I came out of that reflective process ENERGIZED, DRIVEN, FOCUSED, and EMBOLDENED like never before.

2018 is THE YEAR OF BOLD, as a result.

I’ve got some things on our 2018 agenda you may not be expecting but you’ll soon not forget.

Several things are in the brewing stages as of yet, but THEY WILL HAPPEN.

And so before all those things come to light, I wanted you to SEE and KNOW EXACTLY what we’re after, where we are going, and the values we bring to the table. 

Here is our road map and our anchor.  

sweatlocal mission:

We exist to EMPOWER and CONNECT each person with their inherent strength so that they can live their best life.  

sweatlocal vision:

We envision a world where people are unafraid to tackle life boldly.  

sweatlocal principles and C.O.R.E values

  1. Radical Truth – the personal freedom to show up in this world exactly as yourself and know it is exactly enough.
    1. Courage in the face of rejection.
    2. Ownership of strengths and imperfections.
    3. Respect for ourselves and others.
    4. Effort, because while RADICAL TRUTH is simple, it’s often the hardest thing to do. #dothehardthinganyways
  2. Radical Accountability – Outcomes are a direct result of our own actions and inactions.  
    1. Courage in the face of consequence. 
    2. Ownership in actions and words.
    3. Responsibility because we are 100% responsible for what happens and doesn’t happen to us.  (Don’t worry that someone else isn’t taking their 100% responsibility.  Eyes on your own damn paper!)
    4. Effort – You are in control of yourself and no one else.   Blame is disempowering.  
  3. Radical Resilience – success is paved by mistakes well handled
    1. Courage to take action despite fears.
    2. Ownership – It’s not about never making a mistake, it’s about what you do next. 
    3. Reaction – You cannot always control your circumstances, but you always control your reaction to them.
    4. Effort – While failures are inevitable effort decides if you fail up or fall down #getgritty

I’m proud of what you see above.  (Radical Truth)

I’m sad it took me 5 years and some madness to realize the potential and progress I was leaving behind too.  (Radical Accountability)

But, I’m insanely excited for what is to come! (Radical Resilience)

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5 STEPS TO GETTING STUFF DONE, MOTIVATION FREE

I’m waiting …

  1. for my work schedule to slow back down.
  2. for the weather to get warmer.
  3. to finish up this project.
  4. for my kids’ baseball season to end.
  5. for my big work trip to pass.
  6. for the holidays to end.
  7. for life to settle down.
  8. for kids to go back to school.
  9. to find the time again.
  10. to feel motivated again.

Sound familiar?

More often than not, getting hard things done, is a series of uncomfortable sacrifices.

It’s no wonder we create a WAITING game!

We hope one discomfort will end, settle down, or pass by before adding in another to our already busy lives.

It makes total sense… until we really sit down and consider how powerless this leaves us.

To wait means that our wants, wishes, and desires and completely DEPENDENT on someone or something else.

Rather than design, carve, or battle our way through, we take a complacent route and allow any resistance to fade or diminish on it’s own, if it so desires, whenever it pleases.

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10 Holiday Food Rules (that you don’t eat like a rabbit or kill your bikini dreams)

Pet Peeve:  I am going to start my diet AFTER ___________ (insert any holiday of the year.)

Have you looked at a calendar lately?

There’s a candy/food holiday or celebration AT LEAST once per month.

Add in birthdays, showers, weddings, sporting event celebrations, GNO, vacations, and work events and you are LUCKY to ever find even just 10 days worth of uninterrupted  “just workin’ on my abs over here” time to focus.

Why are we trying to figure things out by EXCLUDING the obviously IMPORTANT and REOCCURRING holidays that add some fun and flavor to our lives?

We are doing ourselves a MAJOR disservice on #shredmode by trying to lose weight and NOT figure out how to incorporate celebrations WITH OUR FITNESS GOALS!!!!!

Since Easter is right around the corner (and then Cinco de Mayo, and then Mother’s Day) I wanted to provide 10 super fast and actionable tips that will help set you up for big time success 365.

(1) Eat as normally as possible until the actual holiday event –

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“YES” to New Year’s Resolutions and Here’s How to Write Them

I am 100% a fan of making New Year’s Resolutions!!!

I know many people don’t meet them, but I don’t find that to be a flaw in WHAT New Year’s Resolutions are.   I simply think most folks just SUCK at writing long term goals and could use some kick ass “How To” coaching on goal setting.

So that’s what I intend to do today in this blog and on January 7th in a very hands on way (Register here:  “How to Create Goals You Actually Accomplish”

My goal is to elevate your New Year’s Resolutions so that they go from lofty OUTCOMES written on a sheet of paper to manageable TASKS you are ACTING on throughout the year.

This blog post will show you my exact process, however I highly encourage you to attend the workshop on January 7th.  This is the kind of self development work that has the biggest impact in real time, when it’s hands on, and when you’re AWAY from all of your important but very distracting responsibilities (work, kids, laundry, groceries etc!.)

STEPS TO YOUR “LET’S CRUSH 2018 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS”

  • Find some quiet time and space in your day and get as comfy as possible.  Wine, coffee, tea, pjs, prayer or mediation… do whatever you have to do so that you are not feeling stressed.  You are in a frame of mind to think BIG thoughts and BIG dreams.

 

  • You need paper and pen because this is a PROCESS you are about to undergo.  This is NOT a 2018 “to-do” list.  Grab your diary, bullet journal, or several sheets of paper and your favorite pen or pencil.

 

  • * On a sheet of paper, create 3 -5 life categories where you want to experience change.  Each category must be broad and not have any or much overlap with the other one.  For example, Fitness, Career, Family. 
  •  Under each category just free write  ideas you’d like to happen.  Don’t worry about any timelines or barriers right now.  It’s important that you begin your thoughts by saying… “If time, money, education, expectations, and fear of failure were not an issue…” and write those dreams down.  Take all the barriers out when setting your vision!!!!  You will address fears in just a sec.

 

  • By the way, if you feel hesitant to write anything down because you feel a bit exposed, vulnerable, or like it’s impossible… you’re on the right track!!  This document is YOURS and you need to give yourself PERMISSION to be AUTHENTIC.

 

  • You can acknowledge fears or mindset barriers on a different sheet of paper to keep you aware of things you DON’T want to attract in your life or as a reference point for future self development.  You don’t have to shove fears and pain away in a little box.  Give them a voice.  Write them down.  As Brene Brown brilliantly exposed… “Shame cannot withstand being spoken.” so just looking at them in the face provides you the reference point of GROWTH.  

 

  •  ** Time to REVERSE ENGINEER your goals.  You will want a sheet of paper for each life category you created.  Title each one.  For example:  Fitness Goals 2018, Career Goals 2018, Family Goals 2018.

 

  • For each life category break up 2018 into quarters starting from the END of the year!
    1. October -December,
    2. July- September,
    3. April- June, and
    4. January -March.
  • Look at your free writing sheet, if you stated that a 2018 goal is to lose 15 pounds then your job is to state IN THE PRESENT TENSE (not the future tense) what you are DOING CONSISTENTLY (not perfectly) by the last quarter of the year that get you to that goal.
    • I strength train 4 times per week.
    • I order grilled or sauteed foods when I go out to eat.
    • I drink 2 glasses of wine on Fridays and Saturdays with friends.
    • I drink 2-4 liters of water daily.

 

  • If you are consistently doing these things by October, November, or December of 2017, what is it reasonable for you to do July- September, April- June, January – March?

 

  • BAM!!!! You now have your task list for the first quarter of this year!!!!  OMG… your goal doesn’t seem so big and scary anymore does it?  If you’ve done this with healthy expectations, you are looking at January – March like … hell yeah… I got this!!!!

 

  • Repeat this process for all the other categories you’ve picked.

 

  • CAUTION:   If you focus on everything, you’re focused on NOTHING!!!

 

  • The hardest part if you’re not careful is revisiting your plan.  Out of sight, out of mind.  In sight, in mind.  If you respond well to technology, set reminders on your phone every two weeks.  Make them fun or uniquely yours so that they propel you to either look at your list, modify your list, or continue on the path you’re on.  I’m a bullet journal girl now so my 2018 vision and goals travel will be traveling with me every day.

 

  • #MindsetCheck:  FORWARD PROGRESS is success – Not landmark dates and pounds and numbers you set arbitrarily months prior!!  Your plan can shift and move WITH you and keep you in motion.  It’s not meant to hold you down.  LET YOUR DREAMS EVOLVE.  

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 * CREATING GOAL CATEGORIES TO FIX THE PROBLEM OF MOTIVATION

This is what I want you to know about motivation… it naturally comes in WAVES… with highs and lows.

So when you catch a wave on high… congrats!… it’s time to get to WORK.  This is the easiest time to harness focus, tenacity, resilience, and grit so it’s an awesome time to begin doing the hard things it takes to get you to your goals.

Here’s the thing… that wave will inevitably come to shore and THAT’S fine and completely natural!  You can expect to hit a low about every to 30-60 days.

The problem I see people make most often is that they get stuck on the brilliance of what being on that wave was like and STAY on shore waiting for that SAME wave to come back and scoop them up on another wild ride so they can finish their right all at once!

Uhm… nope… that wave is gone and trying to re-create it and force it to the finish line gets you STUCK and in a rut.

What you need to do is be excited for all the steps closer you are now than you were before.  Be self aware enough to understand that maybe your whole system and life needs to do nothing more than to work on KEEPING that goal for now.

And if you’re lucky one of your other goals might catch your eye.  It might speak to you and say, “hey… you ready… let’s ride.”

2.  ** REVERSE ENGINEERING GOALS

This is NOT a new concept… maybe a new term you haven’t heard before.

If you’re a teacher, you know exactly what this looks like.

You identify the vision and goals from the course of study, you break that down into your year’s course syllabus, you break that down further to create your units, you chop that down further to create your tests, you shave that down to even further to create your week’s lesson plans where each day has it’s own tasks to be completed.

You take a MACRO look and REVERSE the learning process from there.

Not a teacher?  Do you grocery shop?  Betting your best food weeks are when you can take a MACRO look at your life, month, weeks and plan accordingly?

If the objective is… I want the family to eat their proteins and veggies then you are forced to ask questions like… What days are we at home?  What days are the kids activities?  When is that board meeting again?  What days am I cooking?  What days are take out days?

I’m betting most of what’s on your agenda repeats itself for at least a season so you begin to see patterns like:

Monday is a crock pot day so you google a recipe for that, Tuesdays kids have activities so it’s take out so what restaurants have the best proteins and veggies, Wednesdays it’s church so sandwiches and salads are easy, Thursday all the best shows are on so we’re all at home and try a new recipe etc.

You build your menu, then your grocery list by REVERSE ENGINEERING your week, month, or season.

*** 3.  LIFE IS MESSY

Life doesn’t happen in a neat and tidy list or calendar.  

Despite your best efforts, you may NEED TO CHOOSE which goal speaks to you.  Which wave do you want to catch?  Where do you most want your initial focus to be?

It is inefficient to try to do ALL the categories at once.  Then again, I don’t know you and I don’t know your exact goals either.

Some may be as “easy” as organize my house so you’ve literally picked one room in the house to tackle each month.

If that’s the case then yeah… I think you could totally organize your bedroom a little each day in January and also hit your fitness January – March goals at the same time.

Also, don’t get all bent out of shape if your fitness wave only gets you through the first 6 weeks of the year.  No biggie.  Totally natural!  Put that goal to rest… doing your best just to maintain… and simply go to another category.  I bet you’ll be crazy excited to tackle that one.

Register for our workshop here:  “How to Create Goals that You Actually Accomplish Workshop”

What’s your “good enough?”- 4 ways to find it.

GOOD ENOUGH… it’s a term that most people dislike because they automatically let their brains go to “settling for less.”

And while that can be one interpretation, I believe there’s another more positive side to “good enough.”

The recognition that the NOW, the here, the what is right in front of you has TREMENDOUS value already!!!!

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4 Cardio/Strength Workouts (that won’t kill your knees!)

There is a cardio world outside of running!

For those who suffer from knee pain, have a significant amount of weight to lose, or who just plain hate the activity, it’s important to experiment with different ways of moving.

At the heart of it all, you have to ENJOY HOW YOU EXERCISE if you ever want it to stick around as an actual habit.

If running brings you pain, makes you feel “heavy” as you move, or you find it boringAF, I’ve got 4 different styles of workouts that might make your heart, head, and knees happy.

Btw, INTENSITY will beat DURATION for every single time.  When speed is not an option, it’s time to hit the often neglected INCLINE button.  Ready?  #leggo

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3 Ways that make you DO the things you KNOW

You can KNOW what it takes to lose weight, run faster, lift heavier, start a business, change careers, re-organize your house, etc… and accomplish none.

You can read all the books, blogs, magazines, talk to all the experts, make friends with all the right people, and get all the diplomas and certifications you want and still never really reach your destination.

Isn’t it, at least, curious that we can simultaneously KNOW “all the right information” and end up DOING none of it?

That’s because…

KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION ARE NOT THE SAME!

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