Free Yourself Friday

We are almost to the 1-week mark of our first OctoberFit challenge.

I wanted this challenge to be about more than just a “transformation” in the popular sense as cool as those are.

So while yes, there are killer workouts and even menus, the focus is on movement and taking care of yourself in all ways.

To keep it fun, each day has a theme and a challenge that goes with it.

I want to share todays challenge with you because it’s not your typical “transformation challenge” type challenge.

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It’s All Fun and Games Til Your Jeans Don’t Fit……

Earlier this week we talked about going guilt-free when it comes to food and having an open relationship with it.

I got some positive feedback from some of you who are actively working toward separating food from guilt (cause honestly, it stinks).

However, with great power comes great responsibility right?

It is my firm hope that you gain the power over food so that it no longer racks you with guilt, but here is the other side to that:

You have to take responsibility for your actions and your decisions.

Eat the cheeseburger and fries or not. Say yes to dessert or No… it is your choice.

I say, make conscious decisions about how and when you move and what and how much you eat.

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Even Meatheads Need Cardio (workout Wednesday video)

I’m a pretty diehard weights kinda gal. Always have been.

When I turned 16 and got my DL one of the first things I did was join a gym.My parents would only let me join an all womens gym so I signed up for Linda Evans Fitness center (hmm, maybe that was the seed of what I have now).

I remember walking in and going straight to weight machines (they didn’t have free weights) moving the pins down as far as I could and getting after it.

I’d finish with some time on the treadmill and then I was off.

This was way before I really got into studying fitness but I guess even then I intuitively knew that strength training should be my priority.

It still is. And my clients that get the best results know this too.

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Monday Motivation and Mindset

Success comes first in the mind.

I’ve been thinking this to myself a lot lately as I tackle training for a physical challenge coming up in less than a month (Tactical Strength Challenge).

There are three things that are a part of the challenge: max number of pullups, maximum weight  you can lift for 1-rep on a deadlift, max number of Kettlebell snatches you can do in 5 minutes.

I’m excited but entirely out of my comfort zone. Like most people, I don’t like to fail.

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Protein Shake or Frappuccino?

In case you missed it I am chronicling my everyday food and 16-week focus on snapchat (getfitwithsarai), which by the way is the most fun I have had on social media in a long time. It’s so in-the-moment I can just let go and be who I is. But I digress…

I’ve been getting some questions and one I thought was a great topic to talk about; “As long as I stay in my calorie range, why can’t I eat whatever I want?”

This particular person said that she was actually able to eat a McDonalds breakfast sandwich in the morning and grab a Starbucks latte in the afternoon and still stay within her calories.

It got me to thinking about calories VS Nutrition.

Since I don’t believe in starving oneself (all it does is make you lose muscle, not fat) if you’re following my snaps you’ll see I eat a good amount of calories a day (around 2,000-2,200)

If I wanted to I *could* actually eat ton’s of “treat” type foods and still stay under the 2k mark.

However, it doesn’t work that way.

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So What’s Your Story?

How many times have you told yourself a story about you and then made it come true?

The answer is we all do it, we just may not realize it.

Last week while on vacation in The Dominican Republic I did something I was pretty sure I would never do.  It honestly was not even on my radar of something I would ever do. I just don’t do “those” types of things.

That was my story and I was pretty secure in it.

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Reason #3 (It Gets Us All)

Every once in a while you hit something right on the head, right off the bat. In most cases, it’s a process.

Which brings us to reason #3 why people fail at fat/weight loss or body recomposition in general:

They give up too soon – Chances are the first time you do something the outcome may not be on par with what you had expected. In fact you may outright fail.

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The Top 5 Reasons People Fail

“I told myself we will not fail”

Heads Up: I’m quote happy in the email ☺

However many people do fail, especially at fitness and health goals.

Over the next several days I want to share with you the top 5 things I have noticed about why people fail at all sorts of things in life that also apply to fitness.

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Eye Opening ONE THING To Try

“All this self-acceptance is cool but I also really want to lose weight”

I’m on it. I have not forgotten that and I’m here to help ☺c8d4e04d25a64a33c185ad462b7c868f

Yesterday we talked about focusing on just ONE thing to change instead of trying to change everything at once.

We also talked about the need for it to be specific. So instead of just a blank “I need to clean up my diet” you should focus in on what area of your nutrition needs some 1-on-1 time.

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The Truth About Your Diet

Can I just be real with you for a minute?

I am going to speak to you from my heart a bit and it’s going to seem likes it’s all about me. But really it’s about you.

It’s about how I want to help YOU finally get to where you want to be with your health and fitness goals.

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