Spring Cleansing Wrap-up/True Confessions!

Annnnndd…..Nick and I made it through our 9 Day Nutritional Cleanse! Well, sort of…

Confession time…

Typically the cleanse ends the morning of the 10th day, but we decided to break it about 7pm last night. Why?

It wasn’t so much about hunger, it was more about planning for the morning ahead.

I knew I’d be up super early (4:15am), and I also knew I had a kick-butt workout planned (mega hill sprints & leg workout). I did not feel keen on having a shake or a bar that early, so I opted for a nice salad with grilled chicken last night.

Did I “fail” because I ended the cleanse early? Hell no!

I always tell my clients that you do what works for you! If you can only manage nightly cleansing (taking the Cleanse for Life product before bed or upon waking), that is GREAT! I’ve even done 3/4 day cleanses, where I cleanse until dinner. There will be those who say this is all wrong, but I am all about tweaking and making it work for the individual.

OBSERVATIONS:

I definitely feel much, much better! Lighter,clearer, stronger and with way more energy. I am so glad I did it!

Will I do it again anytime soon?

Not sure – I was doing one once/quarter, so I will probably get back on that schedule. What I will start doing regularly again are one-day cleanse days either one day/week or  every two weeks. I know  I felt best when I was doing this before. And of course, my normal days will still be some variation of the same theme:

As far as results go…as I said before, I do not weigh myself, but prefer to go by how my clothes fit and how I feel. That said, I definitely feel tighter and lighter. And I think I can see some changes between my Day 1 and Day 10 photos :-) :

Hi there, abs :-).

Hi there, abs :-) .

NOTE: my exercise during these last 9 days has been less than it usually is – I did not work out on any of the 4 cleanse days, and while my workouts were intense the rest of the time, they probably were not as intense as usual. And with the exception of an awesome 12 mile run this past Saturday, they were very short, and included very, very little targeted ab-work. I tell you this to drive home the fact that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym :-) .

If you have any questions/comments/thoughts, or are interested in giving this a go yourself, just shoot me an email – Tara@PrimeLifeFit.com. I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo,

Tara

 

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Days 3 through 7 – Spring Cleansing!

Playing a little “catch-up” here on that past 5 days of our 9-day cleanse! My “shake” days are usually pretty much the same, so I decided to lump them together to give you a general overview of how they usually play out.

Before I dive into that, however, I want to clear up any misconceptions that may be lingering out there.

What I’ve found is that when people question, or even “bash” the cleanse and other products, it’s because they really just don’t understand it OR they have their own products they are using/distributing.

I get it – I used to be a huge skeptic, and while I will NEVER bash another company/product, I certainly thought I did not need these products three years ago. But I was also open-minded enough to try them, and boy am I glad I did!

Further, when it comes down to it, you have to find what works for YOU. That is different for every person, but in my opinion, judging others for what works for them just reflects negatively on the person judging. It is basically operating from a lack or scarcity mindset, rather than an abundance mindset. I recognize it easily now because I used to operate from that same consciousness. If you have products or a system you’re using that works for you, then that is so wonderful!

Live and let live is what I like to say!

All of this said, if you have specific questions, please feel free to email me at  Tara@primelifefit.com

Enough about THAT!!!

Below is a summary of how that past 5 days went in several areas.

NUTRITION:

My meals were pretty much the same every day. I had two shakes per day, usually one IsaLean Pro (post-workout) and one IsaLean shake. I had one other larger meal consisting of usually a BAS (big ass salad) with lots of veggies, protein (chicken or steak)  and healthy fats. I had snacks of either 1/2 IsaLean bar or a handful of nuts when I felt like I needed them. I monitored my HEC (a Metabolic Effect term for hunger, energy and cravings), and adjusted accordingly if I needed to to keep my HEC in check.

I did have wine a couple times, including during a lunch date with my friend Kristin :-) , but both wine and coffee consumption is wayyyyy lower than it was!

I started each day with a blend of Ionix Supreme, Cleanse for Life, IsaGreens and 2 tsp organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

Kale salad with chicken, avocado and strawberries

Kale salad with chicken, avocado and strawberries

My favorite! Toss in a tad bit of EVOO and add your fave veggies and protein.

My favorite! Toss in a tad bit of EVOO and add your fave veggies and protein.

 

EXERCISE:

I worked out pretty hard Tuesday – Saturday, and felt great each day. Energy was high, and recovery was QUICK. After running 12 miles yesterday, my legs feel great! I also brought back some heavier weighted workouts this week, and any soreness was minimal and went away quickly.

SLEEP:

I’ve needed less sleep this week, and it’s been easier to get out of bed – I’ve been waking up before the alarm and get right up. No snooze button!

PHYSICAL:

I never weigh myself, but I still feel lighter and less bloated. I should have at least taken measurements at the beginning, but I didn’t. I’ll snap some new pics on Tuesday, however. The main thing is that I FEEL so good!

MENTAL:

My mental clarity and focus has been very on-point this week. I had quite a bit to do for the next phase of our Healthy Aging Lifestyle program – knocked it out in no time, as well as some other things I’ve needed to do. Feels so good to check things off the list!

So, things have gone well. Was I “perfect”? Heck, no. And that’s OK!! :-)

Today starts the last 2 cleanse days. I’m actually looking forward to them as I know my energy, etc. will just get better and better from here. It’s just the “reboot” I needed!

Next recap will be Tuesday after the cleanse officially wraps up!

xoxo,

Tara

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Day 2 Recap – Spring Cleansing!

WE MADE IT!!

Nick and I both made it through two cleanse days with minimal effort and discomfort – yay!

There were a couple times when I felt a few very minor hunger pangs, but it was manageable, and there were ZERO cravings for anything.

Tuesdays are one of my early mornings where I train clients at 7:30am, and I try to get my workout done beforehand. I typically workout fasted AND I have a hard time eating at 4:30am…but, given that I need to get something in the bod after the past two days, I”m opting for the following:

  • 1/2 IsaLean Bar
  • My normal non-cleanse day morning elixir of 1 scoop Cleanse for Life, 1 scoop Ionix Supreme, 1 scoop IsaGreens and 2 tsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

This will suffice until I get home around 8:45 and have my super yummy shake!

Not sure if there are any changes after 2 days, but I sure feel good!

Not sure if there are any changes after 2 days, but I sure feel good!

Observations:

  • This is normal for me, but I had a huge surge of energy yesterday and actually had a hard time sleeping. I woke up 15 minutes BEFORE my alarm went off at 4:15am, and did not go to bed until nearly 10pm. I’m typically an 8 hour/night girl, so this always surprises me. 
  • I feel GREAT! It’s hard to describe, but those feelings of lethargy, puffiness, etc. are gone. I feel lighter and more like myself. I don’t weigh myself, but can tell that my clothes are a little looser.
  • The times when I was tempted to break the cleanse were mental, not physical. We are so conditioned to eating 3 or more times per day, and it can take our brain awhile to readjust on cleanse days.
  • I knew this would happen, but my morning coffee does not taste as good as it usually does. This was a big reason for me doing this cleanse…I wanted to break my cycle of having 3 or more cups/day. You will find as you go through this process that you lose taste for certain unhealthy things, and start craving the good stuff.

You might be wondering how the toxins get OUT of the body. It happens through excretion through urine, sweating, etc. It is NOT a colon cleanse – lol! It IS interesting though. When a friend of ours who is a hair stylist did her first cleanse a couple years ago, she couldn’t understand why her sweat smelled like perm.  It was because she was sweating out all of those chemicals she is exposed to on a daily basis as a hair stylist.

SIDENOTE: if you are a hair stylist, auto mechanic or anyone else who works around chemicals or toxins every day, YOU NEED TO CLEANSE more than anyone!

As I started writing this before I started my day, I wanted to share how I’m feeling after morning workouts, etc.

I got to the gym around 5:45am and warmed up on the treadmill for 15 minutes, followed by hill sprints done in the following fashion:

4 x 45 secs at 15% incline
4 x 45 secs at 10% incline
4 x 45 secs at 5% incline
I took as long as needed in between each sprint to recover, usually 45 seconds to a minute.

I then met up with my friend, Emily, for a heavy-ish leg workout, which looked like this:

4 rounds of the following circuit
8 x each leg step-up/stiff-legged deadlift
10 x walking lunge/reach

3 rounds of the following circuit:
8 x each leg single squat off bench
10 x full reps/10 x bottom half reps hamstring curl
10 x new jacks

I felt really good during all of this – no loss of strength at all. Don’t get me wrong, it was HARD…but, I was definitely able to push harder today than I’ve felt like doing recently!

It’s close to 10am now, and I just finished my shake – 1.5 scoops IsaLean Chocolate and 1 scoop IsaPro for 36 grams total protein…so good!

Sweaty, but happy!

Sweaty, but happy!

Tomorrow, I’ll share how I’m eating these next 5 days, as well as how I’m feeling, workouts, etc.

xoxo,

Tara

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Day 1 Recap – Spring Cleansing!

Welp…Nick and I made it through Day 1 of our 9 Day Cleanse!

Given the fact that I haven’t done one in a LONNNNGGGG time, I was a little nervous about how I’d feel, especially given my overindulgences in wine and coffee lately :-) . I think the fact that I started cutting back on both things for about a week beforehand helped tremendously.

My energy stayed up all day, and I only experienced mild hunger later in the day. I kept activity low – Sunday is a rest day normally anyway, which is one of the reasons why I chose it as my start.

Nick and I kept busy, but not overly exerted, by doing some Spring Cleaning in the basement and around the house, and then took a nice leisurely walk at the park.

So exactly WHAT does a Cleanse Day look like as far as what’s consumed (or not consumed)? Below is the schedule I follow – depending on the day, the timing may change, but you get the point. You can click each link to learn more about each product and what’s in it.

One thing to note: while this is basically an intermittent fast (which I’ve been a fan of for a long time), it is different in that you are actually flooding your body with nutrients – probably more nutrients than you’d get from regular meals. So, this helps nourish the body, while assisting it in removing impurities.

Here we go:

9:30am: 1 oz Ionix Supreme, 1 Natural Accelerator

10am: 4 oz Cleanse for Life

11am: 2 IsaSnacks

12pm: 1 IsaDelight chocolate

1pm: 4 oz Cleanse for Life

2pm: 2 IsaSnacks

3pm: 1 IsaDelight, 1 Natural Accelerator

4pm: 1 oz Ionix Supreme

5pm: 4 oz Cleanse for Life

6pm: 2 IsaSnacks

7pm: 1 IsaDelight

8pm: 4 oz Cleanse for Life

9:30pm: BED

I also drank water throughout the day, infused with apple cider vinegar and lemon.

CONFESSION: the program does NOT include this, and I am NOT condoning it, but for my own sanity, I did have one cup of organic coffee when I woke up. I also had 2 cups of herbal tea throughout the day.

So, how am I feeling as I start Day 2?

Great so far!! I will not workout today, but will take a nice walk later and will keep myself busy again with work and errands. Today I know my energy will increase even more as HGH and other fat burning hormones increase. I can already tell my mental fogginess is gone, and I’ve lost water weight and puffiness.

Tomorrow starts 5 regular/healthy days, or what we call “Shake Days”. I’ll give you the blow by blow of what I eat on these days, how I’m feeling, changes I’m noticing, etc. I’ll also give you an update on how Nick is doing!

Until then…

Have a great day!

 

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Time for some Spring Cleansing!

The past 3 months or so have been crazy with travel and other engagements, and while I’ve enjoyed it ALL, I have noticed over the past 6 weeks or so that I’ve felt a little…blah.

I’ve felt sluggish, a little bit “foggy” mentally and…ahem…my “monthly” symptoms have NOT been pleasant. Since most of the folks who read this will be women, I don’t mind telling you that PMS has been a beast – moodiness, puffiness, swollen, tender breasts, abnormal cravings, etc. And while some people might welcome swollen breasts, I am NOT one of those people lol. Ugh.

Looking back over things, I can pinpoint where my typical life of moderation has crossed the line a bit into overindulgence – especially where wine and coffee are concerned. And while I’ve kept my nutrition and exercise pretty much the same, I have definitely let those two things work their way in a wee bit too much. I know from past experience that when I do this, my PMS is much worse.

So, over the past week, I’ve dialed in the coffee consumption…having my usual one cup in the morning, and subbing organic tea at other times. I also did NOT have wine most nights, which had become a bit of a ritual over the past few months. I will never give these two things up completely – they both bring me much pleasure, but again…moderation…not deprivation, but not overindulgence either.

This past week served as a bit of a prep for a 9 Day Nutritional Cleanse that Nick and I are starting TODAY!

It has been quite awhile since I’ve done one, and given how I’ve been feeling lately, I knew it was time. Once you’ve done it, you can definitely tell when you need it – lol. Before I had ever done one, I didn’t really know how it felt to feel really, really good. It’s like being tired and having slow recovery from exercise, etc. had become my norm. I just thought it was because I was getting older. But when I did my first cleanse over 3 years ago, I realized that wasn’t the case.

Even when you eat clean and are fit, you are still being exposed to toxins every day. You just can’t avoid it. Everything from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the cleaners we use, the potions we put on our skin…all of that contributes to toxicity in the body. ESPECIALLY if you are an athlete who is super-fit – you probably are more toxic than you think given you don’t have a lot of body fat to protect your organs from toxins. That’s a subject for another post, but just know that pretty much everyone is carrying some amount of toxicity around.

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ANYWAY…back to today, and what this cleanse will consist of.

First off, it is NOT one of “those” cleanses, where I’ll be in the bathroom all day. It’s a full-body cellular cleanse. It aids the body’s own natural detoxification system by gently helping it remove impurities.

The schedule looks like this:

2 nutritional cleanse days, 5 normal, healthy days, 2 nutritional cleanse days…done!

It’s basically an intermittent fast. The difference being that while my digestion will be getting a break on cleanse days, I’ll be flooding my body with tons of nutrients via the products you see in the pic. And yes, I get to eat dark chocolate on my cleanse days :-) .

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What can I expect?

Usually the first day is the hardest – your body works through stored sugar/glycogen, and there can be some hunger and fatigue. Most of this is mental, however, and I’ve been prepping myself mentally for about a week – ha! I also chose to start on a day when I knew I could sleep in. I’ll keep myself distracted by doing things around the house, and Nick and I will go on a long leisure walk later today.

On Day 2, the magic starts to happen. HGH and other fat-burning hormones increase, and typically so does energy. For me, it is the easier of the two cleanse days.

I know that by Day 3, I will already be feeling so much better – cravings will be diminished, and water I’ve been holding onto will be released, and that mental fog will clear. For those who have some fat to lose will lose it, although that is not my intention. I basically am using this as a “body reboot”.

I will keep you posted each day with how things go. Tomorrow, I’ll post the exact schedule of what I’m doing and also check in to let you know how today went, how I’m feeling, etc.

Finally, I took these pics today just to see if any outward changes occur over these next 9 days. Now before you go and say I don’t need to lose weight, remember that that is NOT what I’m after here. It’s a reboot – a way to get back to feeling as good as possible. When I look at the pics, I’m totally fine with them. I took them more out of curiosity than anything :-) .

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If you want to learn more about the Cleanse, you can check it out here.

HERE WE GO!! Wish us luck!!!

Stayed tuned…

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I’ll be happy when…

I was flipping through Success magazine today, and one article caught my eye. It was titled, “Need to Lose Weight? Get happier.”

The article was written by a woman who lost 50lbs, not by going on the latest fad diet, but by addressing her thought patterns and overall happiness through therapy and other techniques.

I almost cheered out loud when I read it, as its underlying message is about self-love and well, being happy NOW. Not 10 pounds from now, not when you get that big raise, not when you win the race. NOW, right now…imperfections and all.

But why is it so hard to do this? We are so stuck in that “I’ll be happy when…” mentality, that we don’t notice how amazingly awesome we already are. It’s a dang shame, in my opinion.

It’s this way of thinking that keeps us stuck and so NOT happy.  The more we beat ourselves us for not achieving whatever it is we think we should, the further out of reach it becomes.

What if we changed one little word to make “I’ll be happy when…” so much more powerful?

How about this:

I’ll be happy THEN…

Think about it. I’ll be happy THEN things will start falling into place. And it’s true. If you are miserable and stuck in a pattern of self-loathing, well…let’s just say like attracts like.

But how can you get to that place of being happy when you’re not feeling too good right now? Here are some tips:

  • Find gratitude. It is true that everything begins and ends with Gratitude. The mere fact that you’re breathing and alive is something to be thankful for. It’s hard to feel bad when you’re feeling thankful. I suggest keeping a journal, and making a list each day of 5 to 10 things you’re grateful for. It may be as simple as being grateful for coffee, or as deep as being grateful for divine connection. 
  • Acknowledge yourself: a mentor and friend of mine suggested a daily practice of acknowledging myself for three things every day. It has worked wonders on my self-love and self-compassion. It could be simply acknowledging myself for being exactly where I need to be on my journey, or it can be something like giving myself props for getting up and getting this blog written :-) .
  • Take time for yourself daily: I hear from so many women that they just don’t take any time for themselves to do this kind of internal work. They are pulled in many directions, and of course put themselves and their happiness last. Taking time out for YOU is not selfish. As a matter of fact, it’s the most selfless thing you can do. Through a practice of self-love and self-compassion, you are able to give more freely of yourself. Try to work in at least 10 minutes to just “be” each day. Take a walk in nature, sit in a quiet place, etc.
  • Assume the wish fulfilled: so this is getting a bit woo-woo, but if you’re a law of attraction junkie like me, then it’s right up your alley. When you’re taking that time for yourself, get really, really clear on what it is that you want. Feel the feelings as if you already have it (because you already do, it just hasn’t shown up physically yet). Visualize, emotionalize and feel those happy feelings NOW. If you can’t quite feel the feelings yet, then you need to go more “general”. This means thinking of something that makes you happy when you think of it. For me, it’s hummingbirds. I visualize them buzzing around me, and coming to light on my finger. I feel the wind from their wings against my face, and hear their sweet little tweets. Now, those things haven’t happened yet, but I can feel the emotions now, and I know it will happen. You can follow me on Facebook to get updates on when it does :-) .

What are some ways that you get to that Happy Place? Can you make it a daily practice of focusing on I’ll Be Happy THEN? Let me know!

xoxo,

Tara

P.S. We’re going to be focusing A LOT on this type of thing in our 12 Week Healthy Aging Lifestyle Program. Nutrition & Exercise, while important, are just part of the equation for living a fulfilled, healthy life as we get older. It’s not too late to join us. Head here to learn more.

 

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Is Stress Making You Fat?

You know, one of the things I hear most from women in their 40′s and 50′s is that they have started to get a bit of a belly “pooch”, where once was a flat, toned tummy. Usually, they follow this up with something like, “I just don’t get it…I mean, I’m eating less, and working out even more than I used to.”

This is what I like to a call “a clue”.

To understand why the bulging belly phenomena can happen, you must first understand a little about hormones. We typically think of hormones as bad, especially when we talk about them in context of aging, menopause, etc.

But it’s not that hormones are inherently bad; it’s more about which hormones interact with each other and how they interact with each other, that can cause issues.

The hormones we specifically think of when it comes to women and fat loss are insulin, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and catecholamines. Don’t worry if you don’t know what all of those are – the main thing to understand is that when some hormones “play” or hang out with others, it can lead to a pretty nasty hormonal soup….leading to, you guessed it, increased belly fat storage.

So where does stress come into play? Before getting into that, I need to clarify what I mean by stress. I’m not talking just about stress that is obvious like job stress, financial stress, etc. I’m talking about anything that puts internal stress on the body – things like lack of sleep, overtraining, etc. It is totally possible to not feel unhappy or outwardly stressed, but have a bigtime stress response going on internally. Excess stress = excess cortisol.

Add to this the hormone insulin, and the hormonal soup gets even more interesting. Cortisol added to insulin is a bad combination, and the most problematic for belly fat.

Anyway, as women age, typically, estrogen decreases and testosterone increases. When insulin and cortisol are added to this mix, the result can be increased belly fat. Chronic stress in women raises testosterone, lowers estrogen and negatively impacts insulin – this, in effect, can cause increased hunger & cravings and loss of muscle, along with the belly pooch.

So before you get more stressed out by reading the above, here are some tips to reverse the trend:

  • Get enough sleep: this should be top priority. Make an effort to get at least 8 hours per night. If you’re like me, and have a hard time winding down, try a relaxing bath, reading and drinking chamomile or Sleepytime tea. Also, try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible. Lights from electronics, nightlights, etc., can disrupt the body’s natural sleep pattern.
  • Build in stress-relieving restorative workouts to your routine. These include things like leisure walks in nature, massage, gentle yoga, gardening, spending time with pets, etc. Whatever blisses you out. These types of workouts help to lower cortisol and help to re-balance estrogen and testosterone.
  • Work in 2 to 3 days of heavy weight training per week. This helps to use testosterone for muscle building, not belly fat storage.
  • Don’t go to extremes with diet. You will hear so many different schools of thought on this, but you have to find what works for you. For some women, low carb works best. With others, it’s Intermittent Fasting. It really depends on the individual as to what works. What I’ve found that works well for a lot of my clients is eating three “meals” per day and two snacks. Each meal and snack consists of quality protein, green veggies and a bit of clean starch. Again, it’s not a “one size fits all” deal though.
  • Keep long, endurance type cardio to a minimum. I’m not going to tell you to stop completely, especially if this type of exercise brings you joy. The thing to remember here is the stress response this type of exercise can cause. If you’re going to do it, try for one or two days per week max.
  • Certain food combinations are fat-storing nightmares. Probably the worst is the combination of fat and starch. Add stress to the mix, and it’s even worse. So, general rule of thumb is if you’re going to eat fat, that’s ok…just eat it with green, fibrous veggies and not with starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, etc. Likewise, if you’re going to drink alcohol, it is best to eat lean protein and fibrous veggies and shy away from the fatty foods.
  • Eating less and exercising more is not your friend. Finding a healthy balance of each is key.

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In short, keeping stress in check, whether it’s physical or mental stress, helps keep hormones in balance and the belly fat at bay.

So, get out there and enjoy that leisurely walk today!! It does a body good :-) . And while you’re at it, consider joining our 12 Week Healthy Aging Lifestyle Program. Among other things, we’ll be teaching you how to keep hormones in balance and reduce the stressors in your life. Everything kicks off April 13, 2015!

xoxo,

Tara

Reference: Metabolic Effect – they are the AUTHORITY on all things hormones and fat loss. Check them out!

 

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Embracing Your Age

I often think about when I had various milestone birthdays in my life, and how they affected me.

I don’t really remember 20 (ha!), but 30 was HARD. I remember thinking, “wow, 30…that’s so OLD!” That seriously makes me LOL now!

When I hit 40, things were different. I definitely had some moments when I thought, “40…hmmmm…not quite sure how I feel about this.” But, it helped that my inner circle consists of women who are younger than me, and other than a couple fleeting “I’m old” thoughts, it was really ok. For the most part, now I rarely ever think about being 45.

In fact, if you told me today that I could go back to being 25, exactly as I was at 25, I’m not sure I’d want to go. With age comes wisdom and a “getting comfortable in your own skin” and a confidence that I surely did NOT have when I was 25. So, yeah, I think I’ll keep my 45…thank you very much!

Now, this is not to say that we don’t have some different challenges to face as we get older. Hormonal fluctuations, increased reactions to stress, drops in energy, little aches and pains, family changes…all of this definitely affects us and how well we age.

I think this is why there are so many “Look Hot Over 40” programs and “40 is the new 30” campaigns. We have a hard time embracing where we are NOW in our journey, so we work hard to go back to where we were. Then, we just feel defeated when it just doesn’t work.

Well I say it’s time to embrace our age and OWN IT…whether you’re in your 40’s, 50’s or beyond, wherever you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be. Are there some things that could maybe be improved upon to make the journey easier and more enjoyable…of course!

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This is where the Healthy Aging Lifestyle Program comes in. I’m so excited to partner with Michelle Page of Preventative Medicine Through Food and Exercise on this 12 Week Program that will address the challenges we face as we get a little older – everything from dietary needs and specific exercise, to mindset and life changes. I truly believe that everyone deserves to not only feel happy in their body every single day, but also in their life. The two go hand in hand, and you really cannot have one without the other.

You can head over here to learn a bit more, and to also register for a free webinar Michelle and I are hosting Wednesday night, 4/1/15,  at 7:30pm ET.

Regardless, I hope you’ll start owning your age – be proud and shout it out. And just for fun, hashtag your decade on social media and show everyone how proud you are: #40isthenew40, #50isthenew50 and so on. Have fun with it and be sure to tag me as well:

Instagram: @primelifefit
Twitter: @primelifefit
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Embrace your age J!!

Xoxo,

Tara

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6 Reasons New Year’s Resolutions Fail (and how you can make them stick this time)

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Here we are at the first Monday of 2015. For many, the New Year signifies a sort of “rebirth”…a time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t the past year, and to “start fresh”…again.

While I  think this is healthy for the most part, so many end up failing in their resolutions and end up either the same or worse than they were the prior year.

Let’s NOT do that this time! Realizing why resolutions fail and how you can avoid that is paramount to success. Below are why I think most resolutions fail, and how we can (finally) make them stick, once and for all.

    1. Changing too many things at once: tell me if this sounds familiar – Oh my gosh…starting January 1st, I’m going to be in the gym every single day at 5am for an hour AND I’m COMPLETELY cutting out carbs/sugar/wine/coffee (pick your poison) AND I’m going to get 8 hours sleep per night AND I’m going to be the most organized person EVER!!Whoa…hold on there, little pony!! How realistic is it that one could successfully master ALL of those things long-term without feeling overwhelmed?A better approach might be to pick one or two of those things and create a resolution that is both attainable and realistic.How about this: I resolve to move my body at least 3 days per week for 20-30 minutes at a time. I will also focus on clean, pure foods 80-90% of the time.Do you think you might be able to stick to those very positive, very doable changes? In the process, you just might find the other things falling into place as you focus more on attainable outcomes.
    2. Unrealistic expectations/goals: this one goes hand-in-hand with the above. Things like resolving to run a marathon when you’ve never run the first mile (or you hate running); or putting an unrealistic number on a fat loss goal.While I definitely like to “dream big”, I also understand that being realistic on certain things is necessary. If goals are too lofty and broad, then the negative self-talk can take over as you realize you just cannot achieve them, and you end up doing nothing at all.Perhaps a better approach would be to create goals that are challenging, and create them in manageable “chunks”; i.e., daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. And celebrate each “win” along the way, no matter how big or small.So, if your eventual goal is to do a marathon, make your first goal to run a mile without stopping, and then build upon that.
    3. Lack of accountability/support: I think we all realize how important it is to be supported in our goals. Having an accountability partner or group is a great way to stay focused and on-track. Knowing that we are accountable to someone else also makes it not “all about us” – if we don’t do what we say we’re going to, then it not only affects us, but our partner/group as well. So, partner up with someone who has like-minded goals and check-in with them frequently.
    4. Loss of enthusiasm as time goes on: it is inevitable that the January 1st sparkle will wear off as time goes on, so you have to keep polishing and revisiting those goals to keep them shiny and interesting. If your goal is to move more, then change your workouts up frequently. If you want to eat healthier, then realize there is more to clean eating than chicken and broccoli. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to modify your goals as you go along.
    5. Giving up when you hit a snag: the best-laid plans sometimes fail. And that’s ok! Too often we just give up when something isn’t working or we make a mistake. If we can learn to look at mistakes as detours and lessons instead of obstacles, then there are no failures. When you hit a bump, get up, dust yourself off, and take another path. If you are truly committed to something, then the largest obstacle can do nothing to sway you. If you are just kinda-sorta-maybe committed, then the slightest little thing can knock you down.  It’s your choice.
    6. Lack of focus and vision: we all get sidetracked. Life happens. You must get very clear on your vision of what you want, and you must focus on it every single day without fail. Whether it’s meditating on it first thing in the morning, or having a vision board posted somewhere that you can see it frequently during the day – whatever works for you. Maintaining the vision and keeping it in the forefront of your mind is imperative, because when Life throws a curve ball (and it will), you can use that vision to stay the course.I review my goals frequently throughout the day. I have them written down in a notebook that I keep with me all the time. I recite them silently to myself probably 1000 times each day, and I don’t stop even when I’m just not feeling it. It really helps to keep my mind “at home” and focused on the bigger picture.

So who’s ready to make things stick in 2015? Then join us for The Freedom Project 2015 – we are a group of like-minded people who are ditching the resolutions for good, creating freedom in all areas of our life. Get the details here.

Xoxo,
Tara

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Ditch the Resolutions, Once and For All!

If you’re like most people, you may be thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions right about now.

According to Forbe’s Magazine, more than 40% of Americans make some kind of New Year’s resolution.

But only 8% stick to them. 

As if that weren’t bad enough, a lot of people end up worse off than before.

Ugh.

Let’s take a look at two of the most popular resolutions:

1. lose weight/get healthy
2. get out of debt/save more

When it comes to #1, most people set goals that are too extreme and totally unsustainable.

You only have to visit your local gym on January 1st, and then again about 3 weeks later to see this in action.

For #2, if one is living paycheck to paycheck, and income is not increasing, how likely is it that one will be able to save more or pay off debt? Not too likely I would guess.

In my opinion, both of these resolutions are of equal importance, but we usually hear more about #1.

But, consider this:

If your health is suffering, then you will end up paying more in health care costs, thereby affecting #2

If you’re not financially stable and secure, then it is nearly impossible to be healthy. Financial stress makes you sickI know this firsthand, but that is a topic for another post.

What if you weren’t part of that 92% whose resolutions fail? What if New Year’s Resolutions were a thing of the past, and January 1st was just another glorious day?

How would that feel? To be the healthiest you’ve been in your life, physically and financially?

What would that mean for you?

Would you run a marathon? Would you give more to your favorite charity? Would you travel? Spend more time with family? Quit your J-O-B (just over broke)?

If I said that this was all within your reach, would you be open to learning more?

Well, Nick and I are so excited to announce The Freedom Project 2015!

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What exactly is #TFP and who is it for? 
  • Well, it’s for ANYONE who is tired of making resolutions, only to have them fail.
  • It’s about getting the healthiest you’ve ever been and stopping the yo-yo dieting once and for all, creating a sustainable lifestyle.
  • It’s about being FREE from financial bondage, and being able to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them.
  • It’s about FREEDOM, plain and simple.
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What will I learn?
  • You will learn how to incorporate our organic superfood nutrition into your lifestyle to create the healthiest, leanest version of you (and your family) possible.
  • You’ll learn how to save money on groceries.
  • You’ll learn how you can earn up to $820 your first week, plus income that flows in even while you sleep.
  • You will also have access to top-notch nutrition and financial coaching, as well as personal development and mindset tools – because when it comes to being part of the 8% who actually succeed at their resolutions, these things are crucial. 
What if I’m only interested in losing weight/getting healthy?
  • AWESOME! We realize that some folks are happy where they are financially and don’t have a desire to earn more. Tara will work with you to help you reach your physical goals and create a sustainable lifestyle. 
How do I become a part of #TFP 
It’s super simple. There are two options:
1. If you’re local to the Winston-Salem area of NC, join us at 4pm on Sunday, 1/4/14 for an informational meeting.
2. If you’re not local, join us THIS Thursday, 1/1/14 at 12pm OR 6pm ET for a special webinar.
Regardless of the option you choose, you’ll hear our stories – how, at  ages 45 (Tara) and 50 (Nick),  we are the healthiest and fittest we’ve been, as well as how we’ve been blessed with time and financial freedom.
Complete the form below for details on each option:

Nick and I are committed to helping you reach your goals in 2015. Are you ready?

xoxo,

Tara

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