HOW I LOST THE LAST 20LBS!

Like most women, I’ve been on a life long journey to manage my weight.  Yes I am a Fitness Instructor and Yes I love to workout…simply for the Energy it gives me and the endorphin high that I’m addicted to!!  So why was I always struggling to lose the Last 10lbs? Even to hold the weight I was at was a struggle…it seemed like I could gain 5 lbs in a weekend if I didn’t workout or watch everything that I put into my mouth.  I like eating healthy and love to workout so what was the problem?  What was I missing?  This was a question I asked myself for a long time ….and I honestly thought that my body was suppose to be this way, it wanted to be at this weight and I had to accept that or did I?  Ultimately I wasn’t happy and was determined to find a solution…

20lbs later….


I have found the solution!!  Not only to the weight loss which I have kept off now for over a year, but for the first time in my life I am in CONTROL of my weight!!!  I have more Energy than Ever and I’m NOT hungry!! That’s powerful!!!  Here is how I did it….

In January of 2010 I was at my heaviest weight of 151lbs!  I made a commitment to start P90X and drink Shakeology everyday!!  P90X is exactly what my body needed!  My body is conditioned for cardio due to years of teaching group fitness but P90X was completely different…it is a 90 day at home fitness program involving Muscle Confusion.  Basically a different workout each day so your body can’t get comfortable because you’re constantly changing it up!! Then every 30 days the program changes and steps it up a notch!  The first 30 days kicked my booty!!  I started to see muscle definition, my strength improved and the inches started to melt away!!

The Game Changer for me was Shakeology!! And that’s where I really started to lose the weight from.  How does it work? Basically its a Health Drink with over 70 natural ingredients including Super Fruits from around the world!!  It is superior nutrition that my body had never experienced before!  Within the first 2-3 weeks I watched my Sugar Cravings start to disappear, my Energy Increase and my Body began to Crave WATER!!!  Having struggled with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) most of my life, the digestive cultures and priobitics in Shakeology helped my digestive system as well!!  Personally, everytime I go on a nutrition program and restrict my calories to lose weight I get migraines, my energy gets zapped, I get moody, hungry and just in general I don’t feel like myself.  Maybe you can relate?  But this time was different..because my body was getting all the nutrients its NEVER had before all in one meal… I felt AMAZING!!  I actually 100% gave up: Coffee, Diet Pop, Artificial Sweetners, Dairy & Red Meat!!!  I never would have been able to do that without Shakeology!  I drink it everyday once or twice a day and I LOVE IT!!!

In 90 Days I lost 11lbs w/ P90X & Shakeology!! I then started Turbo Fire along with Eating Clean and lost the remaining 9lbs!! I am at a NEW WEIGHT…a weight I wasn’t even at in high school!!!  These programs WORK!

I drink Shakeology everyday and will for the rest of my life…it has changed my life ~ I feel 10 years younger

I’m not going to say it was Easy…but it was Easier 🙂  The workout program is laid out for you to just follow, it comes with an eating guide and a motivational Coach like me 🙂  I’m thankful for these convenient and results orientated workouts to have at my finger tips!!  I now have the tools to not only help myself but my friends & network get in the BEST SHAPE OF OUR LIFE!!  It starts with a question….are you ready to do the work and change your life?

MESSAGE ME TO JOIN MY NEXT FITNESS CHALLENGE GROUP & I WILL HELP YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT!!!!  I’ve been there, I know how it feels and can say…YES YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

WHERE TO START:

1. Sign up for me to be your FREE COACH HERE

(Just click on JOIN and yes its free)

2.  EMAIL ME at sullinsfitness@gmail.com – TITLED: COACH ME – and tel me your story, your goals and how I can help you begin!

YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS – START WITH WRITING THEM DOWN TODAY!!!  NOW…GO AFTER THEM!!

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Struggle to Success ~ Starting my Business

Your Life Becomes what you Think About Most of the Time ~ The Secret

If you have followed my story, you may know me as a Fitness Instructor, a Turbo Kick Presenter, a Motivator, a Wife…and I am…I am all those things but what I didn’t even know about myself until most recently is that I have become a Life Changer!!

3 years ago I wouldn’t have ever thought that my life would take the turn that it did…but it has…and a lot of it is due to having my MIND in the right place!!  I did receive an Amazing Opportunity that could change my life, but if my MIND wasn’t in the right place to RECEIVE & ACCEPT IT I’m not sure the end result would still be the same.  I have read “The Secret” along with many other Personal Development books designed to help me become the BEST PERSON that I can be.  I recently read a quote by Jim Rohn “Work harder on yourself than you do on your Job…Work your Job and Earn a Living, Work on Yourself and Earn a Fortune!! —-  The Secret ~ Your Life becomes what you Think about Most of the Time… What are you thinking about most of the time? Who are you spending most of your time with? Because the Top 5 People you spend the MOST TIME with is the end result of who you become….wow!!!

I invite you read and watch my story…after Struggle comes Opportunity…the question is are you READY to Embrace It?  It might be your one chance to Change Your Life…I have done “it” and the only way I can possibly say Thank You is to LEAD OTHERS on the same path…I want to help as many people as I can to do the same – find Happiness, Success, Passion & Financial Hope…your Someday just might be Today…its 100% up to you!!

3 Years ago I signed up to start my own Fitness Business as a Rep for the Company that produces P90X, Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, Turbo Fire & More!  Basically I’m a Resource helping people find a SOLUTION to Weight Loss, Fitness, Health & Finances…I decided to sign up because of a couple of reasons—

#1 I love TURBO!!! & Believe in the product 110%

#2 I LOVE Helping People get Healthy & Fit – and with “Beachbody” its easy because the products are INCREDIBLE and they are already in place!! I’m NOT the fitness professional, I’m simply the customer saying hey you should try this, its worked for me & I know it can for you too!!

#3 It’s Online Marketing!! YES I am working my fitness business via social media sites like Facebook, Blogging and more…why? This is where most people are hanging out so why not? Its also makes it 10x easier for me to meet new people and build relationships quickly….and if you think this is “sales”, its not!! It’s building & mentoring a team of people who share the same goals!

#4 I had faith in my Leadership–My Coach is a 25 Star Diamond Level Coach & she LEADS US to Success!! How? A Business Plan is in place all I had to do is LEARN IT and PLUG IN…Webinars, Team Calls & Videos at my fingertips!

#5 Financial Freedom~ Yes this is REAL!! By helping people DO THE SAME THING I AM DOING…the Beachbody Business Plan sets you up for success based on your Goals & Time Comittment…I am working on a 6 figure salary in 3 years…this is a business that is Part-Time that you will do on the side from your full time J.O.B but can and will set you up for the rest of your life….!!!!!

It’s Real, I know it because it’s happening to me!!  I LOVE IT, I’m ADDICTED to it!!  I LOVE TURBO — But what I Love even more is helping others FIND this business and SHOW them HOW they can Change Their Life the same way…..put fear aside…if you don’t do something DIFFERENT, your life will continue on the same path that it is on….take a minute and think about it…WHAT IF you made a decision TODAY to start something for your FUTURE NOW, where will your life be in 2012? 2013?

What would happen if you FOCUSED in a New Direction…

Contact Me (in the upper right hand) and let’s chat…it’s never too late to start!!!  I would be honored to have you on my team!!!!!

How To Avoid Gaining Weight at a Party

#1 Question I get asked all the time is…how to eat and enjoy yourself during the holidays or any party without gaining weight? The first thing to know is that you have to PLAN AHEAD…if you know you are going to a special event/party/holiday party etc. you MUST Plan in Advance….

1. Workout that morning! Working out the same day will help you gain energy for the rest of the day as well as boost your metabolism and control your appetite.  Making time for your workout will set your whole day up for success!!  Traditionally if you skip your workout, you feel tired and lethargic all day….which in turn can also cause you to make unwise eating decisions come party time

2. Eat Balanced Meals every 3 hours up till the Event: In theory, you may think that you do this but usually your eating/workout schedule can be thrown off around the holidays or special events.  Make the TIME to eat a balance of protein to carb ratio in small portions every 3 hours up until the event – I know some people think “I’m not going to eat until the event because I want to SAVE my calories” but actually that is the WORST IDEA because what happens is by the time you make it the event – you are STARVING!!! You probably have a headache from hunger and your appetite and cravings are so out of control you start to eat everything in sight!!!  Your metabolism is off, your blood sugars are off, energy is low and you try to feel better by eating something you probably wouldn’t have had you “prepared” ahead of time.

3. Have 1 Meal Replacement Shake the day of: Meal Replacement Shakes help in so many ways – they curb your sweet tooth!! And most likely the party you are going to has cake, ice cream and more…so I’m not saying you can’t have a piece of cake, but I am saying that if I have a chocolate/banana/peanut butter Shakeology before I go the party – I am much more likely to say No Thanks OR have ONE small piece.  Meal Replacement Shakes control your appetite and fill your stomach up as well.

4. Bring a Healthy Dish: If you know your family and/or friends are not going to have too much for you to select from for healthy choices…then bring your own dish!!!  That way you are guaranteed to be off to a Great Start!!

5. Choose Healthy Options: Ok so I know there is everything and anything at parties!!  Now if this is NOT your Cheat Day – here is what I suggest: Start w/ the Veggie Tray and Fruit Tray for appetizers, they are usually at EVERY PARTY!! Grab a bottle of water to stay hydrated.  Main Dish – Fill your plate with lean proteins like fish, turkey, chicken or lean red meat if you choose AND Veggies / Salad!!  FILL your plate w/these and leave a small amount of room for all the “other stuff”….so if you are going to have the pasta salad, potato salad, cheesy casseroles etc its a SMALL amount that you can barely fit a spoon full on your plate.  Oh and ONE plate, no seconds 🙂

6. ONE Cheat Day – If this is your cheat day….definitely TREAT yourself!!! but know that you get ONE cheat day and this is it…so whether that is cake and ice cream, alcohol or cheeseburgers?? It’s up to you…I guarantee if you start to “EAT CLEAN” 6 days a week and have ONE CHEAT DAY A WEEK, once you eat the JUNK it doesn’t event taste good anymore because your body starts to reject it….at least that has been my experience especially when I started Shakeology.

So remember, its ok to Treat yourself and NOT feel guilty….but in moderation

Life is full of Parties, Birthdays, Weddings & Holidays – you want to enjoy yourself and you should….but remember that doesn’t always have to be with “food”

And if you do cheat yourself silly, and we all have :)) You can always go on the 3 day Shakeology Cleanse on Monday and lose the pounds!

**If you would like help with your Fitness Program, Nutrition, Weight Loss etc. Please CONTACT ME below or in the INBOX on the Right and I will Coach you to Success**

Cheers!!

Day 30 of P90X Hybrid – It’s been rough

Ok this has been a rough past few weeks!  I started off strong but hit a hault when my IBS started to take control of my life…physically, mentally & emotionally I hit the WALL!!  BUT what’s important is that I got right back on track…and I think that’s what we all have to remember, Fitness is a Journey Not a Destination.  It’s a Challenge, a Struggle…but the journey is worth the ride!! Take a listen to my video blog:

Check out my Shoulders & Arms Workout – I can see the bloat diminishing, my body starting to get lean and change shape!! I can see a big difference from Day 1…one day at a time, that’s all I can focus on

HOW TO Build a Full Time Income as a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers are people who have chosen a career path that they have a GREAT PASSION for!!  But WHY does that mean that they have to earn less?   One of the questions I get asked all the time is….HOW can I make a Full Time Income as a Group Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer either by doing more or supplementing with another area of fitness?

Before I answer that, let me tell you a bit about my history…

Who am I: I’ve been a Group Fitness Instructor for 15 years, a Presenter for Chalene Johnson’s Company for 5 years – Powder Blue Productions – including Turbo Kick, PiYo & Hip Hop Hustle as well as a Continuing Education Provider for ACE & AFAA within those formats.  I’ve been a Club Manager for Women’s Fitness Clubs for over 10 years including many different positions: District Management, Group Fitness Director for 9 clubs & Fitness Director in charge of Personal Training.  I now have my own home based business: Online Marketing in the Fitness Industry.  I share this with you to let you in on my experience in many different areas of Fitness…

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Teaching Group Fitness Classes!!! As do ALL Instructors, we CHOOSE to Motivate everyone in our class to not only get a great workout but to teach them that Fitness can be FUN!!  It is the HIGHLIGHT of my day!!  And if my body could handle it, I probably would teach full-time…but not only is not good for my body to overtrain but its also not fair to my students to burn out on them & not deliver the BEST CLASS!  Instructors teach on average 5-10 classes a week and Personal Trainers are in demand at peak times of the day: mornings, evenings and weekends.  Both of these situations explain why it is a CHALLENGE to Build a Full Time Income as an Instructor or Personal Trainer.

In fact, most Instructors & PT’s work full time and do fitness on the side.  But so many of us STRIVE to be able to do our PASSION full time!!! So, is it possible?  What are the Options?

Let’s start with looking at what some of the different positions in Fitness and the Average Salaries…

2010 ACE Fitness Professionals Salary Results

Most Popular Fitness Job Titles
Full Time Part time
Personal Trainer $42,204 annually 

$21.42/hr

$18,648 annually 

$24.57/hr

Avg. Hrs = 16.38/wk

Group Fitness Instructor $31,963 annually 

$17.16/hr

$8,538 annually 

$24.05/hr

Avg. Hrs = 7.5/wk

Fitness Director $41,921 annually 

$20.19/hr

$25,400 annually 

$31.69/hr

Avg. Hrs = 23.55/wk

Pilates Instructor $46,650 annually 

$24.00/hr

$21,560 annually 

$26.57/hr

Avg. Hrs = 15.46/wk

Group Fitness Director $37,226 annually 

$18.87/hr

$17,450 annually 

$18.08/hr

Avg. Hrs = 19.82/wk

Club Owner $80,382 annually 

$33.43/hr

$35,336 annually 

$31.84/hr

Avg. Hrs = 22.18/wk

Options to Make More Income in Fitness:

  • Learning to teach an additional format such as Pilates, Yoga, Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, PiYo, Strength, Zumba may bring your current hourly rate up (depending on the facility) or give you the opportunity to work more hours as an Instructor!
  • If you are a Group Fitness Instructor, you may consider studying for your Personal Training Certification (or vice versa) Personal Training allows you to work more hours and gives your body a physical break.
  • Club Managers and Owners traditionally make a good salary but they do work long hours due to the responsibility of the staff and team Goals. If you love leading a Team and are a Goal Oriented Individual, this may be of interest to you!
  • Most Fitness Directors teach or train in addition to their required hours to make an additional $5,000-$10,000/yr. to their salary.
  • Becoming a Presenter in your favorite format is another option to add additional income & share with others what you LOVE!!  Powder Blue Productions offers a Training called: All Star Presenter Camp to prepare you for becoming a Presenter or just a ROCK STAR Instructor!!

Another option is “Coaching” You may have heard of an Opportunity Beachbody, the Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Company, has created for individuals to become Reps for their products including P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity & More!  This is an Online Marketing Business helping people Get Healthy & Fit by simply “recommending” their products and more importantly…building a Team!  It is an opportunity for anyone (not just fitness professionals) but honestly it’s what Instructors & Personal Trainers DO EVERYDAY ALREADY!!  It was a natural fit for me because I love to help & motivate people live a better life….and I could build it as BIG as I want!!!  Ultimately I always wanted to have my own BUSINESS but Financially it was Impossible….NOW I do have my own Business, Schedule my own hours and work for MYSELF all while making a full time income!!  I think its GREAT and the financial opportunities are INCREDIBLE!!  Not to mention you also receive 25% off all the products, SWEET!

December 29, 2008–December 30, 2009 – Beachbody
Coach Rank            Average Annual Income

Emerald Rank         $2751.00

Ruby Rank                $9094.00

Diamond                  $21,966.00 (approx $400/week)

STAR DIAMOND   $164,166 – $930,000!!

***Ranks are based on the level you are at in the business.  I hit Diamond Rank in 12 months and Star Diamond in 24 months, and I’m still climbing!!

Chalene Johnson: Turbo Fire & Coaching Opportunity!!

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Resources to Get Certified as a Group Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer:

ACE – American Council on Exercise

AFAA – Aerobics & Fitness Association of Americal

Powder Blue Productions: Turbo Kick – PiYo – Hip Hop Hustle

Beachbody:

My Success Story

Connect with me if you would like more information on attending a Powder Blue Productions Instructor Training, Joining my Coaching Team or if you have any other questions.  I would LOVE to help you make your PASSION for Fitness a Full Time Career!!!

Cheers to your Fitness Career, I know you will ROCK IT!!

P90X / Insanity Hybrid…It begins

I am Super EXCITED to be going on a Caribbean Cruise in March 2011 through Beachbody…and this is definitely all the MOTIVATION I need to take my Fitness Program to the next level!!  Last January 2010 I did P90X along with taking Shakeology regularly and lost 11lbs initially in the 90 days!  I felt GREAT but was ready to change my program up, cause I’m going to be HONEST….P90X is rough!!

So here I am ONE YEAR later, I have kept off the weight…now I’m looking to take off the LAST 7 lbs and ultimately increase my lean muscle & Get RIPPED!!  So I am going to be doing a HYBRID of P90X & Insanity!!

I know from the experience from the first time….anytime I change my diet and start to eat clean, my IBS freaks out causing bloating!!  Ugh!  It will take 1-2 weeks to get it all back in balance…here is a clip of my workout of P90X on Day 2

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To hold myself ACCOUNTABLE I am going to blog my journey along the way, including my pics, videos, weight measurements, food log and more!  I know I have a GREAT Workout Program that WORKS!!! Now its just a matter of staying organized, making time & just DOING IT!!

Day 1: 1/ 10/11

Starting Weight – 139

Goal Weight – 7 lbs / 1 jean size

Measurements:


So here I go!!  When you take the GUESSWORK out of the equation, I’m telling you —It is a whole lot EASIER!!!  And that’s EXACTLY what P90x & Insanity do for me, I don’t have to THINK about or ask myself:

  • Is this going to work?
  • Will I see results?
  • What workout should I do today?
  • What should I eat?

The Program includes EVERTHING: A Workout Schedule, A Nutrition Guide & a FREE Coach for Motivation & Support….ME!

Let me know if you would like to join me on the journey or are just looking for additional support by commenting below.  Let’s Do This!

Living Life with P A S S I O N!!

Craig Holiday & Kristina (Oct. 2009)

Being in the “People Business” as most of us are…I ask you, are you LEADING your Life with P A S S I O N?  People are hungry for Motivation, Encouragement and Hope…WE all have the Power to Give that to Someone EVERYDAY – Give and you shall receive…

I’m sharing with you what Passion means to me and HOW I choose to LEAD the Coaches in my BUSINESS…

Passion by Craig Holiday (my Business mentor)

P- Being the PROFOUND SIGNIFICANCE in the Lives of Others...Accept who you are and be willing to change to become BETTER!!  EVERYDAY create Significant Moments in  the lives of others!

A- Action: Get on the Field!! Your life is waiting for you…Set Goals and Go After Them.  Do the small steps everyday that will lead you to your Ultimate Dreams!

S- Service to Others: It’s not about YOU, its about them…Care enough to reach out to people to listen, care and be there for them.  Encourage someone everyday!!

SSet your Soul of Fire!!  Decide to become BETTER by surrounding yourself around Leaders/Champions who are living the lifestyle you desire! READ 10 pages of a Good Personal Development Book Everday!  INSPIRE others to DREAM again…

IInward Devotion to Greatness!  Have the Courage to live your life everyday doing the things you don’t necessarily WANT to do, but need to in order to move forward

OOne Person with Passion is Better that 40 merely interested!! ONE PERSON can change a Home, a Family, a Business….a Nation!!

NNever Quit!! Struggle is less painful than regret….

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