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Back in March of last year we had our Little Black Dress Challenge and wow what an amazing turn out that was. I love setting up these challenges and watching everyone work so hard to achieve their goals. The team work and excitement shared amongst everyone is so inspiring.

But as we were about to start this challenge I received a phone call and email from a lady that wanted to participate. Unfortunately, she had procrastinated (in her words) so long that she missed the orientation and the challenge was beginning the next day from our conversation. However, this gal was so determined that she begged and pleaded with me to “please allow” her to join.

Penny Forchas is this fabulous gal I’m speaking of. Take a look at what she did to ensure she started the challenge, which I’m so happy she did.

“In the two years prior to coming to MPower Fitness I had spent a lot of time on the couch and ate a lot of comfort food! I did not have a regular fitness plan. I walked a lot and went to Yoga from time to time. I had quit the gym I had been going to a year ago.

I had been receiving the MPower Fitness newsletter on my email account for some time. One day in February “The Little Black Dress Challenge” email came. I thought about trying it. I was depressed about my weight and in turn not very happy in general. I avoided going out and seeing people that knew me when I was a couple sizes smaller and way more outgoing as a person.

I called and emailed Megan. Megan said it was kind of late for the March challenge as I had procrastinated so long I had missed the orientation and the first day of the challenge was the next day. After begging and pleading and reading a lot of information Megan agreed to let me start. The last day of the challenge was on my birthday and I really wanted the next year to start out different than the last two.”

I could tell Penny was motivated and she proved to me that she could be there day one and do her best. Wow, I’m so glad we talked that day because what a difference in her now. Not only has her body changed but her attitude and happiness too.

Penny worked hard even though it was a little challenging at times, but she set her goal and she conquered it.

“I went to the workouts 4-5 times a week and followed the meal plan. By the end of the challenge I had reached my goals! I have lost over 20 lbs., several inches, and my body fat is well into a healthy range!
My self-esteem is back!

In the beginning I wasn’t sure I would be able to do the workouts and the gym was 5 miles from my house. I just kept reading my affirmations and goals every day. I was encouraged by the people I met. I love that the workouts are always different. No one is judgmental and everyone is so supportive!

Since MPower Fitness I have become more self-confident and outgoing. One day recently I was thinking “people seem so friendly lately”. I really believe that because I am happier in my life I smile more and reach out to others and that in turn brings smiles back.”

Penny has gone from a depressed couch potato to a healthy, happy and inspiring person. We are so proud of you Penny. Way to go.

If you’re ready to join our next challenge and feel better inside and out, contact us at info@mpowerfitnessmn.com

-Megan K

Happy Thursday!

On Friday, I was watching my boyfriend’s dog Brandy, run around his back yard excitedly.
She would sit at the door, and wag her tail, and then I would let her outside to play. She would raced around the backyard, chasing whatever happened to be outside, playing with her various toys, and rolling around in the dirt. Then she would run up to the door, and whine until one of us would let her back inside. Then she would have a drink of water, and repeat the process.
Everything Brandy the dog does, she does with excitement and joy. Brandy, never has a bad day. Even if she has just broken a house rule, and is being scolded, she gets over it really quickly.

Brandy the dog, never carries around the burdens of yesterday or even two hours ago. Sure, she is a dog and she lacks the intellect that we have as human beings. But I think we could all learn a little something from our pets.
Do we really need to carry around the burdens of yesterday, two hours ago, last week or last year?
I don’t think so. In fact, I suspect if we were a bit more joyful excited, curious and playful, we would get a lot more enjoyment out of our lives.

Sure, we could argue that Brandy the dog has zero responsibilities. She has very little that she actually needs to take seriously. But I suspect, that many of us are taking our lives a bit too seriously and that even some of the time, if we adopted the Brandy approach: fun, play, curiosity and excitement that we’d really enjoy life even more.

So what do you think? Are you willing this week to approach your life with an eye for having even more fun and shaking off any of the Doodoo that comes your way?
That’s my plan.

Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team

Hello!
What if I told you that in part (or fully) your response to what’s going on in your environment is a choice.
Would you believe me?
Would that be good news or bad?

I hope good news.

When you want something to get better- in any area of your life– you can choose to focus on what’s already going well and build on that OR you can dwell on the negative.

It is your choice.

Don’t get me wrong, the choice won’t always be easy.
The positive won’t always be easy to find.

With practice it gets easier and with the law of focus: what we focus on we find, your situation will improve.
What does the law of focus mean? When we seek out the positive aspects and place our attention on them we will find more of the positive to see and appreciate.

Will you try it this week?

Focus on what’s going well:

  • The parts of your body that feel good
  • The good moments you are having
  • The blessings you have
  • The food on your table
  • The safety and security you have

…and so on and so forth.

There is so much that is positive, when you come to think about it.

If you are struggling to meet your goals, pick ONE area for improvement and find 4 things that are going well.
Work on that one thing, get excited about the four and then repeat the process.

This process works.

Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team