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Tiffany, Week 18: 3 Ways Moms Set Themselves Up For Fitness Failure

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While working on this challenge, I’ve started to reflect on some of the ways that we all hold ourselves back from success. And I plan on being a winner in the weight loss game, so I wanted to share them with you.

1. We talk about going on a “diet.”
First things first: You need to throw the word “diet” out the window. When you make a plan to lose weight or eat more healthfully, don’t think of it as a diet. It is a way of life. Not a short-term, restrictive plan. Changing the way you eat can be difficult in the beginning. But with some planning and a little preparation you can be successful. Remember this isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. You didn’t wake up 10, 15, 20+ pounds heavier overnight. So know that the weight won’t come off overnight either. It just happens as a slow progression over a period of time.

2. We don’t really commit.
Just like the rest of you, Andy and I lead busy lives. Two full time jobs, two kids, keeping a happy marriage and a house to manage. Throw in planning and preparing healthy foods, food journaling and working out and it can be mind boggling. But you have to be willing to commit at any cost to succeed at being healthy. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your family, but know in your mind that being unhealthy is no longer an option.

3. We let life get in the way.
“Life” is going to happen and, as I’ve said in past blogs, if you wait for the perfect moment to take hold of your health it will never occur. You have to make it happen. I know a lot of women feel guilty for taking an hour out of their day three to four times a week to work out because it’s taking them away from their kids. But kids learn from watching what their parents do. Don’t you want to teach them to take good care of themselves? Getting yourself healthy and fit is not a selfish thing it’s a selfless thing and you’re paving the way for your legacy.

How do you think moms sabotage their get-healthy dreams? Post a comment and tell me!


Andy, Week 18: The #1 Workout Lesson I Learned

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You don’t need an hour-long cardio session to get fit.

That’s the biggest lesson Wes, my trainer at Gold’s Gym, has taught me. Twenty minutes of intense cardio bursts is just as good if not better since I’m shocking my body and forcing it to respond. On days I don’t do the cardio conditioning, I do weight training.

Wes has taught me four basic, strength-training exercises and twenty variations on them. Those basic movements are: the squat, bench press, overhead press and dead lift. If you can’t remember the last time you did any of those moves, it’s time to rethink your workout.

Worried that weight work will take longer than watching the counter tick down on the treadmill or elliptical trainer? Surprise: Weight training doesn’t require hours in the gym. An intense, half-hour is all that is needed. But you have to be fully present during your workout—no zoning out while watching TV on the stationary bike. The main focus is on correct form and intensity. It’s not how much you do, it’s what you do that matters.

Tiffany and I love our new, fit life and will not go back to our old ways. Sure, we’ll slip up now and then. We’re only human. But we are so aware of what our bodies need in order to thrive at peak performance and loving how good we feel, there’s not turning back.

Could you trade your straight cardio workout for conditioning? Post a comment and tell me!


Challenge Yourself: 5 Calorie-Burning Strengthening Moves

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In her post today, Tiffany noted that strength training is just as important as cardio when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. The reason? As your muscles recover, you’ll continue to burn calories.

For best results, follow Tiffany’s lead and do both strength training and cardio in every workout. Here’s how to squeeze in five easy strengthening moves in just 10 minutes.

What’s your favorite strength/cardio combo? Share in the comments below.


Tiffany, Week 17: The #1 Workout Lesson I’ve Learned

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You don’t need to kill yourself with cardio to lose fat and weight.

That’s the biggest message Lass, my trainer at Gold’s Gym, has taught me. I am lifting more weight today than I ever though I would. I’m amazed at each work out how much I can do. If you would have told me I’d be lifting heavy weights, flipping 100+ pound tractor tires and doing treadmill pushes (where I make the treadmill belt move vs. me programming it to move) I would have said your crazy!

With Lass, every workout involves strength and conditioning (Lass’ word for cardio). I leave the gym drenched in sweat and hardly able to walk due to muscle fatigue. And I love it! I went from all cardio—thinking I was really pushing myself—to really realizing what it meant to push myself and be pushed by using weights!

I’ve seen huge changes in my body (thanks to the workouts and a proper diet). There’s no way I’m going back to my all-cardio-all-the-time ways now!

Are you hesitant to try strength training? Post a comment and tell me why!


Challenge #5: Get Fit!

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Game On! For Challenge #5, each member of the Lehman and Avagliano family received personalized goals from their trainers for cardio, strength and weight loss:

The Avaglianos
Peggy’s goals
• Go 2000 meters on rowing machine in 9 minutes and 30 seconds
• Do 5 sit-ups
• Lose 6 pounds

Peter’s goals
• Walk one mile in 15 minutes
• Do 10 push-ups with proper form
• Lose 6 pounds

Michael’ s goals
• Run a mile in 7 minutes and 30 seconds
• Leg press 800 lbs for three reps
• Lose 4 pounds

Amanda’s goals
• Go 2000 meters on rowing machine in 9 minutes and 30 seconds
• Do 3 pull-ups
• Lose 4 pounds

The Lehmans
Tiffany’s goals
•5-minute continuous treadmill push
• Squat, bench press and deadlift 120 lbs each
• Lose 4 lbs

Andy’s goals
• 15-minute continuous treadmill push
• Squat, bench press and deadlift a total of 500 lbs
• Lose 1″ from waist and 1.5% body fat

Anna’s goals
• Do 15 reps each of squats, jumping jacks, toe touches and overhead presses
• Lose 5 pounds

Will the Lehmans emerge victorious for the third challenge in a row? Check in each day for Tiffany and Peggy‘s updates, as well as advice from their nutritionists Stephanie and Elizabeth.