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A Woman of Indomitable Spirit

When I looked up the word “Indomitable,” I read this:

Impossible to subdue or defeat.

And this is exactly how I would describe Janice.

Since I’ve known Janice, she has fought to overcome numerous challenges.  When she initially wanted to train with me and the MissFits, Janice struggled with vertigo and, as she described, “crazy dizziness three or four days a week.”

Once the dizziness became manageable, she started training at Camp MissFits up to 3x/week, including in our “Personal Training Team.”  The Personal Training Team is a cutting edge program where we provide a completely custom program for our clients – plus place them in a team of supportive, like-minded ladies.  This is what she told me and her teammates (makes me chuckle):

“You provide amazing encouragement and a positive attitude; I do not even realize most nights we are getting our butts kicked for an hour.”

An avid hiker, Janice sets big goals!  Weight loss has been one of them.  Check out the amazing difference in her before and after pictures below!

Janice before
Janice (left), Hiker Extraordinaire – Before Pic.
Janice after
January 2015. 
Doesn’t Janice look AMAZING?

But what I have always admired about Janice is that she’s not fixated on weight loss.

She sets activity goals for herself and focuses on building strength and stamina, as well as improving her balance and nutrition habits.

So, being a serious hiker, she set an ambitious goal for 2014:  To climb Mount Meru in Africa!

And climb it SHE DID!

She recounts her experience:

“Priscilla, I did summit the mountain. It was an awesome day, although the most grueling hike I have ever done. Altogether we hiked four days. Summit day was a 15 hour day with 5000 feet plus of elevation gain. The guides said Mt Meru was harder than Kilimanjaro!

Thank you again for all the butt kicking and encouragement for my training.

The safari in the Serengeti was awesome. I lost count of all the animals we saw. Elephants in their natural environment are pure entertainment. And I could watch the giraffe all day.  We have been within feet of lions mating!  The wildebeests (gnus) are fascinating! We have seen those guys in the 10 of thousands on their spring migration to the grasslands.”

What an inspiring life, wouldn’t you agree?

Even now, Janice is recovering from a broken arm – broken because she was out backcountry skiing!  By the way, Janice is in her 60’s.  :)  And she’s not letting the injury hold her back, doing everything she can to recover fast.

Janice is a beautiful example of someone who gives serious push-back to physical illness and limitations.

I admire her tenacity.  Or, I should say, her indomitable-ness.  :)

Now, It’s Your Turn!

Have you faced physical or emotional challenges when it comes to reaching your fitness or weight loss goals?  What have you done to overcome them?  Your story will undoubtedly encourage others who may be struggling so we’d love to hear from you!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

Want a Guilt Free Way to Cheat? Here’s How

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Cheaters never prosper,” right?

But did you know that, when it comes to weight loss, cheating is actually good for you?

In fact, you will have GREATER success if you DO cheat!

Let me explain (before you think I’ve lost my mind).

The Cheat Day

calm cheat day

 

There are numerous studies which show that, when working hard at weight loss, one needs a “Cheat Day.”

A Cheat Day is actually a psychological break that helps you maintain a healthy mindset towards your weight loss journey.

Frankly, even I find it extremely difficult to eat PERFECTLY day after day, week after week, month after month.

Don’t you?

So, in addition to the studies I’ve seen, this is what I’ve found in my years of coaching over thousands of clients:

Cheat Days prevent you from burning out, getting discouraged, or feeling overwhelmed that the lifestyle changes you’re working hard to establish feel too hard. 

Plus, we all enjoy a little off-the-plan treat now and then, don’t we?

What’s important is that you are “planful.”

If you allow yourself to get caught off guard by extra social activities that you didn’t write in your calendar, your cheat days could turn into cheat weekends or cheat weeks.

Here’s how to plan for a Cheat Day and make it a regular part of your nutrition or weight loss program:

  • At the beginning of the week, look at your calendar.
  • Plan for the day where you will allow yourself to splurge a little.  Normally that is one day on the weekend.
  • Stick to your plan to eat clean all week long, regardless of special events on the weeknights (if you choose a Saturday or Sunday – otherwise, make your cheat day a week day).
  • Plan for your cheat day!  Buy chocolate or pizza or ice cream – literally whatever it is you’ve been craving!
  • Most importantly, DON’T skip your cheat day!

You’ll find that you won’t go totally crazy if you work hard all week long….and you’ll be much happier.

Not only that, you’ll be quite surprised that you’ll still lose weight at a steady pace!

Now…It’s Your Turn!

I’d love to hear what you think about my recommendation of the Cheat Day.  Does it sound counterintuitive?  Are you worried you’ll gain weight if you do it?  Or does it sound like a nice reprieve – helpful to getting you to stick to your diet goals long-term?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla

Are you looking for this sign? (Everyone is wearing it)

Best-selling author and speaker Darren Hardy says:

Everyone walks around with a big sign that says, “I need love. Make me feel important.”

In fact, perhaps no human need is more neglected than this one:

FEELING VALUED.

(AKA Feeling Important, Feeling Significant, Feeling Appreciated, Feeling LOVED).

With it being Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I found it appropriate to focus on this for our Friday Inspiration:

What can you do today to show others that you love and value them?  How can you show them that they’re significant in your life?

Studies show that the more YOU show OTHERS how much you love and appreciate them, the happier YOU will feel!   In fact, your happiness could increase more than 90%!  That’s amazing!

Isn’t it interesting that this is how we’re wired?

We’re WAY happier when we focus on expressing gratitude to others (versus focusing on ourselves :).

I just LOVE that!

Feeling bummed out?  Feeling frustrated?

Give Love!

So, what ideas does this spark in you?

Here is what I plan to do:

  1. CALL my mommy and granny in California to tell them that I love them and miss them (so much!)
  2. START a new special Valentine’s tradition with Robert and my step-daughters Jordyn and Rachel!  I’m planning multiple fun activities:  Hiking, giving each other home-made gifts, playing a game, and making cheese and chocolate fondue – yummy!
  3. TELL YOU how much I love and appreciate you!

And yes!  Per #3, I want to make sure YOU know that I appreciate having you in my life and in my fitness family.  Thank you for joining me on this adventure.  :)

Now it’s Your Turn!

What will YOU do today to show someone that he or she is valued, appreciate, and loved?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Valentine’s weekend!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed