Open Letter to my Abs

Dear Abs,I know you’re in there. I see you peeking. You’ve blown your cover! I’m coming for you. I will work hard to get you out of hiding. You are no longer in the Fitness Protection Program. I have put you on my hit list and I will hunt you down. 
Sincerely, 

Francine 

Breaking News: I’m a Youth Fitness Instructor! 

As some of you may know, I love fitness! I love seeing results and how it makes me feel. I am more confident, happier, stronger and healthier. My love of fitness has turned into passion. 

  
Through hard work and determination I have become a Youth FItness Instructor at the Y. I am thrilled beyond belief!

  

 I get to teach children how to get and stay fit. Working with children in fitness has been a dream of mine for a while.  I am hoping to instill healthy habits that will follow them into adulthood.  If I can change the life of one child and one family I will consider myself successful.

  

I took a tour of the facility and the Youth Fitness Center and I cannot wait to implement the various programs for them.  Not many people can say they love what they do, but I have joined the ranks of those who do by accepting this position.  I am going to make fitness fun!! 

Wish me luck!! 

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Transformation Tuesday

I have been tracking my workouts since I  started solely focusing on strength training.  I can feel the changes my body has been making with the way my clothes have been fitting. 

My shirts have been feeling tighter across my back and cause T-Rex arms to stop from “Hulking” my shirt to shreds.

But the pictures of my progress have been confirming what I  have been feeling.  I am pushing myself harder than ever and staying outside of my comfort zone.  I want more!
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I will continue to push myself and reach for the goals I have set for myself. I do not let my mind talk my body out of what it is capable of. I get stronger every day.

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The pictures don’t lie! I am proud of myself and how far I have come. If I stay positive and focused, the results will follow.

Go get ’em! Make those results happen.

Fitness Friday – New Workout

This week I started a new workout regimen focusing on strength to gain muscle and tone. I LOVE IT! I am pushing myself and realizing that I am stronger than I thought I was. It is a great feeling. My plan is to post monthly progress pictures and hopefully get your feedback.

Here’s a little snippet of my workout results on my polar. The first picture is Monday and the 2nd is Thursday. I am pushing harder with each passing day.
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Have you started anything new recently? If so, what? I’d like to hear from you.

Chasing Gainz!

When most people think of fitness success stories they automatically think of the weight loss. There is another side to it. I consider myself a fitness success story for GAINING weight. Yes, you read it right GAINING WEIGHT!

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You see, I have been “skinny” my entire life. I have been called various forms of the word my entire childhood; string bean, bean pole, malnourished, anorexic, and bulimic just to name a few. I got pregnant with my first child and gained some weight. I was happy to have the extra pounds. After the baby I was right back to where I was before I started. In fact, I wore my pre-pregnancy clothes home from the hospital. Then 2 years later I was pregnant with baby #2. I gained even more weight with him. Again, I was thrilled. After delivering him, I lost even more weight than I expected. I went from an 8 to a 4. I was not happy about this and neither were my friends. “How do you lose baby weight so fast? You make me sick!” They had no idea about my struggle. I was healthy, but I had no muscle mass or weight. I did not like what I saw when I looked in the mirror.
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When I would go out with my boys I would was often asked if they were my children because “you don’t even look like you had kids” whatever that means. I grew even more frustrated. I began exercising and running. It did not help. I would maintain or lose and it was a vicious cycle. I decided to hire a professional.

I hired a personal trainer and nutritionist. I started following the plan and I was gaining weight properly. As the pounds began to add up I felt healthier and more energetic. My strength training was working I was adding weights to gain weight. I started seeing muscle definition and my clothes fit differently. I feel confident and love what I see when I look in the mirror. I am strong and confident, 2 things I have never said before.
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I love the changes my body is making and the person I am becoming because of it. Gaining weight CAN be healthy if done properly. I am proud to say that I have gained 20 pounds and weigh a healthy 165 pounds. I am happy, healthy, energetic and confident all because I GAINED weight.
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What is your fitness success story?

My Transformation Journey

As I look through old pictures, I see how far I have come. My journey is not about weight loss. My journey is about gaining weight and muscle the healthy way.
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I have always been thin, but I wan not always healthy. I would eat whatever I wanted and have no worries about gaining weight. I would eat junk and processed foods.
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I was not happy with the way I looked or felt. I knew something had to change. I hired a personal trainer who is also a nutritionist. We put a plan together and changes started happening. I felt better and stronger.

I started seeing results and it made me want more. I have been going to the gym 4 times a week for strength training. I love what I see when I look in the mirror and I feel confident. A feeling a rarely felt. My strength training had helped me mentally and physically.
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I am proud of my journey and they person I am becoming. I will continue to be a work in progress, my healthy living journey will never end.
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What journey are you on? Are you seeing the changes you want to see?

Stronger than Yesterday

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As some of you may know, I have a personal trainer. I wanted a change and could not do it on my own no matter how hard I tried. I wanted, no NEEDED to gain weight and muscle.

When I first started training with him, I was doubtful. I was not seeing results fast enough. I told him so. His response, “Have faith Francine I know what I’m doing. Just stay consistent.” I took his advice. I have been gradually gaining weight and muscle. Once he saw my determination and consistency, he started pushing me beyond my comfort zone.

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My sessions began and continue to get harder. I LOVE learning how strong I am. I LOVE seeing my body prove to my mind wrong. My mind says you can’t and my body says I’m going to prove you wrong.

I have made going to the gym a part of my daily routine. I go 4 days a week right after work and see my trainer twice a month. Results are happening and I’m hungry for more. With each passing day, I realize that I am stronger than yesterday.

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What have you done to achieve your fitness goals? Would you hire someone to help you achieve them?