Today I want to discuss weight loss surgery. There are about 6-7 different procedures today and it has become one of the fat loss trends. Although this drastic measure can be successful, it comes with a list of side effects and dangers. There are requirements one must have before even being considered for these procedures, one being a male must be at least 100 pounds overweight and a female 80.

Some of the requirements of the procedures state that you must be dedicated to making dramatic and permanent changes to how you eat, exercise and live. Hmmmm, isn’t that what we teach all of our fantastic members here at FBBC?

It was that kind of conversation that got Emily Myslivecek to walk in our door. Emily was not an active person at all, prior to joining our fitness family. This is what she told me about why she joined.

“I was constantly exhausted, overweight and ashamed. I didn’t feel like I could go anywhere I’d be seen without shape-wear, a full face of makeup and doing my hair.

I had a physical where the doctor had asked me about what I’d been doing actively. When I told her I’d been going to school and working, both full time, and hadn’t had much time for anything else, she’d brought up weight loss surgery. I was mortified. I knew I was overweight, but I didn’t think I was at a point where surgery would be appropriate. I knew I was capable of losing the weight myself, and that conversation had inspired me to try some pretty drastic diets before finding FBBC and learning about food logging.”

It’s sad Emily resorted to drastic dieting. You would hope the conversation would have had a positive effect instead of making her feel desperate. However, the good part is, she didn’t do the drastic measures too long and soon found out about FBBC where she can have all the support she needs to change her lifestyle.

Emily shared a little about her mom and how her lifestyle also played a big factor in Emily’s decision to take control of her own life.

“Growing up, my mom ran marathons. She’s always been physically fit and continues at 62 to take classes at the Y, ride motorcycles, change the prop on her boat by herself, and fully enjoy life. I was slowing down at 27. I would get to the second story of my house and have to stop and catch my breath. I knew I needed to change my habits if I wanted to live a long, healthy, fulfilled life like my mom.”

Emily had one more inspirational person in her life that also helped her take initiative to get her weight off and that was her husband.

“My husband had lost 90 lbs. on his own when I found FBBC. He did it by running up and down the stairs everyday, starting with 10 minutes and working up to 1.5 hours at a time. He enjoyed it, but I knew I had to find something for myself that I would enjoy–and to me that wasn’t running up and down the stairs, I wanted to find a fitness community.”

Thankfully Emily had other people to inspire her and she didn’t resort to the surgery. She found her community and what a difference it has made.

“My goal in the beginning was to lose 50 lbs. At the end of my 2nd challenge I’d lost 35. I’m hoping to reach 50 lbs. lost by the end of my 3rd challenge.

I love FBBC. I’m addicted. It’s the longest I’ve stuck with anything since high school volleyball. It’s fun, it’s fast, and everyone is supportive, welcoming, and respectful. I also love the diversity–at any age, size, shape, or athletic stage–you can make FBBC work for you, and you won’t ever feel out of place!

I’m now confident. I don’t curl my hair and put make up on every time I know I’ll be seen or where there will be pictures taken. I just feel more comfortable in my natural skin. I’ve been able to connect with others who’ve struggled on their fitness journeys. I’ve paid more attention than ever in my life on what I’m eating. I pay attention to portions and try to focus more on proteins and vegetables (still working on that–lol).

I don’t know about all of you, but to me this sounds much better than having a drastic weight loss surgery that could have some serious side effects.

 

We are so proud of you Emily. Keep it going!

If you are interested in learning more about our boot camp sessions, email us at info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com

-Megan K

Happy Friday!

This week I’m writing to you about a topic that might seem a tad bit “woo woo” but can truly have an impact on your headspace regarding fitness and your tangible results.

Have you ever heard of affirmational deficiency?

You have likely heard of affirmations and in particular positive ones.

ie: I’m whole perfect harmonious and happy.

I am a loving kind present friend.

etc.

But did you know that we can affirm our present situation and continue to create more of it if we are not careful about how we view it.

For example, if I am focusing all my energy on the 10 lbs I want to lose, I might continue to create a situation where I’ve got 10 lbs to lose.

If I’m thinking a lot about how I wish I had more energy rather than focusing on the energy I do have then I am going to continue to be aware of the lack of what I have vs the what of ​what I do have.  

I hope this makes sense.

When we want more of a thing (ANY Thing) the first step is to place focus on how much of it we already have.

Now this can be easier said than done when we are in a bad way…if my whole body aches and I’m exhausted it is easy for someone else to tell me “just focus on what feels good”. I  mean guess what jerk, nothing feels good…right? But there is always something positive we can find.

As you are going forward with your fitness and health journey find EVERY win (it doesn’t matter how small) and celebrate the heck out if it.  Ring that bell. Brag it up. Tell us about the thing you are proud about accomplishing. Find every reason to be grateful for all that is going well.

You’ll notice that more and more things will be moving in the direction you want…

If you need help framing/ reframing your goals ask one of us.

We are here to help.

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

For many of us finding a fitness pursuit that becomes something we enjoy or even love, can be tough. Before MPower Fitness Boot Camp, Lisa felt lost and bored with her fitness program. She had spent a year or two trying to convince herself that she loved to run for cardio.  She found it unexciting and repetitive with no variety other than the music. When she was worn out with that, she began weight lifting. Weights were more enjoyable than running but she still didn’t love them…”I would plug in my headphones, follow a plan, and go to work. There was no community. Most people who lift do it on their own.”

We are glad that Lisa found FBBC when she did. She was inspired to pursue a fitness journey by her friends, coworkers, and her husband Cory.  Cory is “amazing and hard to keep up with…but I’m trying. I want my kids to have a mom who plays, runs and teaches them why our health is so important” .

No journey is without obstacles…Lisa has to work to balance her schedule and she had to overcome a lack of confidence.   “I had never really been the athletic type so many activities were very intimidating to me (inside and outside of the gym). I also struggled with comparison. It is is really hard to realize that everyone’s journey is different. What works for one may not for another, but FBBC looks at everyone’s journey to see what will work”  then there is the time commitment piece…

“I commute to St. Cloud for work every day. That takes two hours sitting in the car daily.  So we have to schedule it. It is just part of the plan each and every week.  Plan out when and where you get your activity and how you fit in your sessions. I try to get to a minimum of 4 sessions if not 5 each week”

Once Lisa, Cory and their family got into a routine things smoothed out for her and she began seeing results.

Lisa says, “I can’t speak more highly about FBBC. This community means so much to me. From trying out a 3 week mini challenge at the end of summer last year, to now. It has quite simply changed my life and the lives of my family. Fitness and activity are a part of everyday now. I have found amazing friendships that I was challenged finding due to busy community/ work/ family schedules”.

And speaking of overcoming obstacles…Lisa says she is about to face her biggest challenge yet. “I set the goal that 2018 was the year that I would step out of my comfort zone. I am not an extrovert by any means. I have now done the FBBC Amazing Race, signed up for the Rugged Maniac, AND With a little push from a great friend and coaches, I signed up for the “My First Tri”.  These things are all beyond that comfort zone”

WOW!

Amazing stuff Lisa.

No more of the same old thing for you! In addition to stepping outside of her comfort zone, she is also down 6.9 lbs and 18.5 inches!

We are so excited for your progress and your success.

Do you ever feel tired, worn out or moody and really don’t know why. You think to yourself “I haven’t done anything too strenuous so why do I feel so tired. I just want to sleep”. Surprisingly this happens to a lot of people. When you don’t eat properly and don’t get some kind of exercise, believe it or not, your body becomes tired.

This was a conversation I had with one of my clients, Maggie. She actually worked out to at home videos but they just didn’t work for her. She would get bored and lose motivation so she wouldn’t stick to it. She told me that prior to joining FBBC she felt so tired all the time.

“I was constantly feeling run down. I lacked the energy to keep up with the kids and often took naps when they did. I was often crabby and short tempered.”

People get confused with exercise. They think it tires them out. Of course your body will get tired with a great workout but it’s very different from what we’re talking about here. When you exercise on a regular basis you will have more energy to do the things you need to in life. Maggie is a perfect example of this. Just look at some of things she has accomplished now.

“Last year, I trained for my first triathlon and finished within my goal times. I had never thought that I would be able to something like that in my adult life! This year a few of us from the studio ran the Spartan race. It was a very tough race, but as a team we all crossed the finish line. I have a few more runs scheduled for the fall.”

Remember, prior to starting with FBBC she couldn’t do any of this. She just didn’t have the energy. In addition to these wonderful races, Maggie told me that this winter she plans to get back into snowboarding with her son.

“A stronger, better fueled body has allowed me to explore so many amazing things.”

One of the great things about Maggie changing her lifestyle is that she is passing that on to her own family. She even talks about her grandmother giving her inspiration to be better and stronger.

“I wanted to show my kids that I could stick to a program, lose the extra weight, change my diet for the better and to have more energy. By learning these skills for myself, I was passing on a healthy lifestyle to them. The second inspiration was my Grandmother. I looked at her and saw a woman that was so strong mentally but was lacking the physical power to do much for herself anymore. I knew that I did not want to end up in a body that no longer functioned at it’s best and I knew that the sooner I started the better!”

I can feel the emotions just in that statement alone. It’s amazing to hear the change in Maggie and to see how she is sharing this change with others.

As a bonus to Maggie she has met some great people and made new friends. Many of our members tell me this. We are such a great family it really is awesome.

“The best thing that has happened to me since joining the FBBC family is that I can now say that I get to work with all of these amazing people! It is truly a blessing to be able to get to know all of the clients at the gym and to get to work with them. I love it when you can get a client through a new movement that they thought wasn’t possible. Such a great feeling.”

From napping to all this excitement. I honestly love what I do!!

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(Maggie (left) along with some of our amazing Fit Bodies!)