goals

BIG Things Happening at TransFit As We Have New HOPE In March!

IMG_2727.PNG

Happy March, sweet friends! 

Yes! March is here! A new month and a fresh start and Spring is in the air!  This month at TransFit we are so excited to announce some BIG changes happening at TransFit! New sessions, new trainers, revived workouts, focused nutrition packages, and a new focus for outreach in the community! We are focusing on the word HOPE for March and how we can best serve you and others. One of our very own personal trainers, Shelley Tanner, has started her own non-profit organization called Hope 139. Hope 139 is inspired by Psalm 139.

Shelley Tanner had a God-sized dream to create a ministry to support women who are less fortunate. She has started Hope 139 House, Inc. TransFit is partnering with Hope 139 House to transform all types women by donating a percentage of our retail profit to support this amazing, new ministry. We also would love to get our incredible TransFit community of inspiring women (you) involved in supporting this ministry. What an amazing opportunity for us to continue to lift up women less fortunate in this community!  Encouraging others inside and outside of the TransFit studio! Check out the information below to learn more about Hope 139 and the plans and needs for the ministry! 

tf_main_group.jpg

Mission: 

Hope 139 House, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit incorporation seeking to provide housing and support for women in crisis pregnancy and parenting situations.  This maternity and second chance home will provide hands-on training in many areas through a Christ-centered environment so that mother and baby have a better chance of staying together as a family unit and having hope of a beautiful future together.

Plans for the Home:

  • Provide adequate, comfortable housing for up to 16 women in crisis during or after pregnancy through maternity home
  • Housing for women and their young children for those at-risk of being separated due to various individual circumstances in the second chance home
  • Lessen the strain on the foster care system by providing women with alternatives to their current situations, where mother and child can remain together under supervision, implementing a plan for behavior change. 
  • Both mom and child will experience the extravagant grace and love of Jesus Christ and be forever changed by Him

Services Provided:

  • Education- traditional and skills training, GED
  • Bible study
  • Parenting and life skills training
  • Counseling services through partnerships
  • Mental and physical healthcare needs
  • Career training
  • Behavior modification strategies

Current Needs

  • Prayer
  • A building for the home
  • Funds
  • Staff
  • Van or other vehicle for transportation
  • Many other needs for furnishing the home when the building is secured
CWP_0016-2.jpg

Ladies, we ask you to join and pray with us as we support this incredible ministry. If you have any other questions or want to learn more, you can contact Shelley at shelley@transfitathens.com. We are so excited to spread HOPE this month! 

IMG_2710.PNG

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our Night of Hope Community Workout Event! This event will be on March 22 at 6:00 PM! It is a FREE workout where we will sparkle, celebrate, and fellowship together while supporting Hope 139! We are so excited and hope you will join us! You can sign up on our FREE app HERE

IMG_1685.jpeg

We are offering three different March Recharge Nutrition packages! These packages will provide great accountability throughout the whole month! You can find them under SERVICES on our website HERE or purchase them on the app

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

Top 5 Super Foods For Your Heart! ❤️

Happy Wednesday! 

It has been another incredible week in the studio! Thank you for bringing your heart and soul into every hour! We can continue to celebrate the love we have for our bodies through movement and change our perspective to view exercise as worship! That is how we can live transformed!  While exercise is a way to honor your body, eating nutritious, healing, and nourishing foods is another way to live transformed.  Exercise and nutrition are a vital piece to keep your hearts healthy! We want to share five superfoods for your heart and a fun, new recipe to try! 

1. Hemp Hearts. Hemp hearts are the "heart" of a shelled hemp seed. They are rich in protein and have a high balance of proteins, fats, vitamins, and enzymes. They have been shown to decrease blood pressure, as well as lower the risks of colon and prostate cancer. Also, they can relieve indigestion because they have no known allergens.  Sprinkle hemp hearts on your salad, yogurt, or smoothie. 

IMG_1451.jpg

2. Avocado is full of healthy fats and contains many vital nutrients and fibers that your body and heart need. Avocado offers nutrients so that you can have a healthy heart! 

3. Leafy Greens contain a nitrate content. This nitrate content allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently and allows for an overall better blood flow. 

babyspinachsaladwithbluberries.png

Baby Spinach Salad with Blueberries and Pecans

  • Fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed and spun dry
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries or strawberries, cleaned
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries, cleaned
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup Goat cheese, crumbled

Blueberry Vinaigrette 

  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the spinach, raspberries, blueberries, pecans, and feta in a large bowl; toss. To prepare the vinaigrette, in a food processor add the blueberries, vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Process to break down the blueberries. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil. Taste the vinaigrette and adjust any ingredients to suit your taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the spinach salad and serve.


4. Tomatoes have nutrients that are found to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Additionally, tomatoes have nutrients that can protect and reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. 

5. Berries are a source of micro nutrients and fiber. They support your heart through decreased activity of carbohydrate digestive enzymes and inhibit inflammatory gene expression and foam cell formation. If the cell formation and gene expression is not kept under control, it can result in heart disease and a lower, decreased heart health.  Raspberries are the highest in fiber, lowest in sugar fruit! Enjoy! 

IMG_1494.jpg
IMG_1481.jpg

Dark Chocolate Energy Bites for the Heart

Serves 20

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup creamy nut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ***optional- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Pulse in food processor. Roll into balls and chill for 30 minutes. Enjoy this fudgy, sweet protein-packed snack! 

IMG_1483.jpg

Add these foods to your meals throughout the week! We believe in YOU! We have nutrition sessions available if you would like to meet with our dietitian or registered nutritionist, to learn more about your health and nutrition. You can purchase these sessions via our app or website!

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

You are LOVED! 😍

valentines day.PNG

Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend! 

We hope that you feel so LOVED today! Take time to reflect on this verse from Song of Solomon. This is how the Lord feels about you! You are known and loved by Him! We are so thankful you are apart of our TransFit community of women encouraging each other. We want you to know how loved you are today! 

Let's make this our BEST February. Try these 3 goals each day in February! Let's finish February strong!  

  1. Drink 80 ounces of water a day
  2. Give a compliment each day
  3. Exercise 30 minutes daily 

We believe in each of you and know that you can achieve each of these goals! Let's live faithfully fit this February! Continue to love your body by completing our February calendar challenge! We believe you can do it! 

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Kroger Ancient Grain granola (or granola of your choice)
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Line baking sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate. Stir in granola, zest and cinnamon. Spread out onto baking sheet and top with cherries and salt. Chill for 30 mins or until firm. Enjoy! 

1454944785690.jpeg

We hope to see you in the studio the rest of the week! You can find fun, healthy Valentine's Day recipes on our past blogs and under the HEALTHY LIVING tab on our website! Click here for our recipes page! Don't forget about our Valentine's Day Merchandise SALE! Grab those gifts for your loved ones! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Goal Setting Takeaways that will help you Finish January Strong!

26993258_1710431255660389_4961810047097657240_n.jpg

Sweet friends, 

Last Friday, we had an incredible Lunch and Learn where we heard from our TransFit Personal Trainers, our Dietitian- Kaeti Shurling, and Kristy Smith from lululemon. We walked away feeling refreshed and renewed, ready for this new year and ready to conquer our goals and dreams. We wanted to share some of the key takeaways and the delicious salad recipe.

3 Key Things that Can Transform Your Life in 2018:

1. The people you spend time with! 

Are you spending time with people that lift you up, encourage you to be your best? 

2. The books you read! 

Are you reading books that challenge your mind and spirit? Here are a few that we recommend.

IMG_1010.jpeg

3. Encountering the presence of God! 

Are you taking time to be still, rest, and listen? Even a few minutes of calm and stillness can change your day and enhance your mood.

IMG_0980.jpg

Kristy spoke to us about how to identify our core values, write them down,  and reminded us to come back to those values each day as a reminder of the amazing woman you CAN become! Listen to this beautiful song we played while centering our minds....

Remember ladies, even more important than the dreams and the goals you achieve is the person who you become along the way! The journey to your goals is where the real transformation takes place! These dreams make take a lifetime to achieve but they are worth waiting for and working for! Let's start today by CREATING the future of our dreams! Pray big bold prayers! We are here to help you! 

IMG_0946.jpeg

Transformer Plate at The Pine (Above)

Mix greens, curry vinaigrette

Herb roasted heirloom carrots and cauliflower (Roast veggies on 425 for 25 minute)

Crispy quinoa cake, sweet potato puree, goat cheese, toasted pecans

Curry Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 c Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • S&P to taste

TransFit Quinoa Cakes

Makes 10-12 cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oil, plus more as needed
  • **any seasonings you like to add deeper flavor

Directions:

1. Combine the quinoa, eggs, salt, and lemon pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the parsley, onion, and garlic.

2. At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into 10 thick patties (use a ¼ cup to form into patties). You want the mixture moist, so the patties aren't dry tasting. However, you want the mixture to hold together when cooking

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add 5 patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes until the bottoms are deeply browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a large plate while you cook the remaining patties. Add more oil to the skillet if needed between each batch.

1829x2250.jpeg.e4a296cd673a45e98741b79c6ab92c84.large.jpeg

A goal that one of our TransFit trainers had last year was to serve the community well. After praying bold prayers and lots of hard work Shelley is in the process of opening a home to help women called HOPE 139! If you want to help Shelley with her ministry in anyway, please reach out to her at shelley@transfitathens.com. 

We hope that you feel inspired. It's never too late to set your goals! You can print off our 2018 goals handout and kickstart this year! Don't forget to send us your January challenge calendar! Remember, the winner wins a package of FREE sessions!! You can email the calendars to us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

 If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

New Recipes and Lunch & Learn You Don't Want to Miss!

Sweet friends, 

Wow! It has been a wonderful week at TransFit! We are so proud of each of you for showing up and giving it your best, both in and out of the studio! One hour, one day at a time - yes you can transform!  If one of your 2018 goals is to eat more nutritious foods our TransFit Team is excited to share new recipes this year! So bookmark our recipes section of the website for new healthy favorites! 

Today, we have a few new, amazing healthy recipes that you and your family are going to LOVE! Kelly and I had this dish with the cauliflower rice and we served the kids with regular rice. The salad will keep great for days so you can make a big batch and eat all week long (anyone's goal meal prep?)! Save these recipes and add them to your meal plan! 

asian kale salad and stir fry ginger cashew chicken wordswag.PNG

Stir Fry Ginger Cashew Chicken

Total time- 20 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the cauliflower rice:

  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • OR purchase already riced cauliflower 

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons warm water, to thin the sauce
  • spicy: add a few bits red pepper flakes

For the stir fry:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut small 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 large carrot, shredded

To garnish:

  • extra green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
IMG_0839.jpeg

Instructions

Remove all greens from cauliflower and break into florets. You can either use a box grater, or a food processor to process the cauliflower into rice. If using a food processor (the easier method), simply add half of cauliflower florets to bowl of the food processor with a blade attachment. Pulse until cauliflower resembles rice. Add in remaining florets and process again until cauliflower becomes rice-like. Set aside in a large bowl until ready to cook.

OR- cook already riced cauliflower! 

Next prepare your stir fry sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, warm water and red pepper flakes if desired. Set aside.

Now you’re ready to cook your stir fry: Add coconut oil to a large wok or pot and place over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes or until fully cooked and no longer pink. Once chicken is cooked, transfer to a bowl.

Add in the other ½ tablespoon of coconut oil to the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, then add in green onions, red bell pepper, shredded carrot and broccoli florets. Stir fry for 5 minutes or until onions cook down and broccoli becomes a little tender. Reduce heat to low, add in chicken and your sauce, gently stirring to coat veggies. and cook for another few minutes while you make the cauliflower rice.

When veggies are cooking, make your cauliflower rice: Add ½ tablespoon coconut oil to a separate large skillet and place over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in cauliflower rice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

There are four servings: Serve ¼ of stir fry with about 1 cup of cauliflower rice. Garnish with green onion, cilantro and cashews. Yummmm!

asian kale salad.PNG

Asian Kale Slaw with Ginger Cashew Dressing

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 4 cups chopped curly kale, thick stems removed 
  • 3 cups  shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups  shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced small
  • 3/4 cup chopped  cashews
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
IMG_0844.jpeg

For the Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons creamy cashew butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut amino acids 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
asian kale salad not mixed.jpeg

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients for the salad in a large mixing bowl. Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Let sit 10- 15 so kale and cabbage can wilt some.  Add in extra rice vinegar and more cracked black pepper if needed at end!  Serve & enjoy.

Today is the last day to sign up for our Lunch and Learn! We would love to see you 12:30 Friday!  The program for the Goals workshop will help you to make a plan and teach you how to achieve your goals and dreams for an amazing year! 

 Please sign up by 1 PM today on our FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTS! We look forward to seeing you! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Release, Reset, Renew in 2018!

CWP_9339crop.jpg

Happy Thursday! 

We are off to an amazing start this January and we are excited to see all that this year will hold for YOU! With a new year, it is so important to focus on our goals for the month and upcoming year! We want to challenge each of you to take the time to think about your goals. We all have goals and dreams that we want to accomplish and our TransFit team wants to help you see each goal achieved! It is not too late to purchase a January Jump Start Package to help kick start your January! You can purchase it on the app HERE or on our website HERE

 A new year gives you time to start fresh with your goals. Let's not look back at the past at what we should have done or missed out on, but rather look to the present moment and get ready to focus on what we are going to accomplish! Setting goals will allow you to focus on what you want to accomplish- your dreams and your passions. Setting goals and completing action steps will help you to make what seems impossible become possible! In addition to goals, we must focus on accountability. When someone is on your side, keeping you on track with all of your goals, you can transform and achieve! This person should be someone who checks in with you, at least weekly, and is encouraging and motivating you to be your best! 

Please print and fill out this goals sheet below and send us a picture or bring it to the TransFit studio so we can help hold you accountable!

Congrats to all of our Holiday Extravaganza participants! We are so proud of each of you who participated in our challenge. We will be doing final weigh- in's today and will announce the winners this weekend! We hope that you feel inspired and ready to start this new year! We want to say thank you to each of these businesses who donated-

CWP_9727crop.jpg

Celebrate each small victory and realize that your health and nutrition is not a diet or a means to an end. This is your new healthy lifestyle!

 If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Why you need an Accountability partner!

Do you ever have days where you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to do what you planned to do?  I love to run, but that doesn’t make getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning easy.  There have been countless mornings I would have missed my run if I didn’t have an accountability partner. We probably had many similar conversations with ourselves before our feet hit the ground.   “I’m going to pretend my alarm didn’t go off.  Maybe I have a sore throat? I think I hear rain.”  Yet because we were accountable to each other, shoes were tied and a goal was achieved. I’ve tried it both ways, and without a doubt I am more successful in every area of my life when I have an accountability partner. 

CWP_8792.NEF.jpg

Here are Lisa’s Top 10 Reason’s for an Accountability Partner.

1.    Friendly competition! It’s fun to add incentives to accomplishing goals and some consequences to missed opportunities.    

2.   It’s easier to quit on a goal when you don’t have to tell anyone:  Let your guard down and say your true goal (not an easier version of what you really want) out loud to your accountability partner.  Sometimes this is scary for me! But….  saying things out loud makes goals become reality.

3.   Many study’s have shown people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent them regular updatesproved to be more successful in accomplishing their goals. 

4.   I love the encouragement: Having a partner you can be honest with and that will be honest, sometimes brutally, with you is key.  You will be each other’s coaches and cheerleaders along the way.

5.    Everything is more fun a friend:  an accountability partners reminds you your not in this journey alone.  Share your strengths and weaknesses with each other and push on together! 

6.   Our brains can talk us into and out of almost anything:  an accountability partner make us check and double check our decisions.

7.   Accountability partners come in any shape, size, or age…It can be your trainer, an exercise group, a friend with your same schedule, a spouse, or a friend across the country—check in via text!

8.   Having an accountably partner is a way you can minister to someone in your life.  If you need accountability to reach your goals chances are someone else needs it too!  

9.   We are held accountable for our actions one way or another wether we like it or not.  

      10. Sometimes we just need a little extra push!  Having someone remind you of what your are working for is priceless!  Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”.


Accountability is such a crucial aspect of whole body health. Who is your accountability partner? If you don't have one, pick up the phone and text or call someone today! Let's make accountability one of our goals for 2017

Come join us tonight, January 18th for a TransFit Ladies Night at the Root, next door to TransFit. This will be a time to gather together as a TransFit community to enjoy and get to know one another better! We would love to see you!

Our Live Transformed Bible Study will begin Thursday 12:00 February 2nd. Please email us if you would like to join the 6 week study! We love any lady to be apart of this transformation group! 

If you have any questions, email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

Holiday Extravaganza 2nd Place Winner- Jennifer Rickard

Happy Saturday! 

Wow, it has been an incredible week in the studio! We were so excited to announce our Holiday Extravaganza winners and we are still so proud of each of you for giving your best in the studio these past two weeks! Today, we want to share Jennifer's story with you! Jennifer Rickard won second place in our Holiday Extravaganza challenge and is truly living transformed! 


Jennifer Rickard 

I'm a home school mom of four and have a degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Georgia. I'm passionate about health... particularly gut health.  The bacteria in our guts play a critical role in digestion, metabolic health, immune system, mental health and weight management.  I'm also an independent ambassador with Plexus Worldwide:  a company that offers a holistic approach to health & wellness. 

That's also one of the many reasons I love TransFit.  I love its mission to combine body, mind and spirit into our overall wellness. It's unlike any fitness program I've ever known. My regret is not starting sooner. My beautiful cousin, Lisa, tried to tell me how much I would love TransFit, but I shrugged it off.  I was already a member of a local gym and group fitness was all the same, right?  Wrong! I finally agreed to try a free community workout session supporting Mercy Clinic.  So, on November 3rd I walked thru the TransFit doors for the very 1st time and was completely blown away!  I knew that this was exactly what I needed.  I had been going to gyms for my entire adult life, but I had never experienced such over-all "balance" (for lack of a better word).  I love the positivity and encouragement.  I love the change in mindset and goal setting.  I love the meal planning and the informative blogs.  But most importantly, I love the heart of TransFit.  Worshiping the Lord through exercise and meditating on His Word and His promises while working out... it's truly an amazing experience. 

Fast-forward a couple of weeks... When I learned about the Holiday Extravaganza challenge, I was all over it!  I had a very specific goal for myself and I knew that this challenge was going to help get me there. So, I weighed in, measured and took some embarrassing belly pictures. I downloaded the "My Fitness Pal" app on my phone and began food journaling.   I started meal planning and trying to more fruits and vegetables and high protein meals.  I got creative in the kitchen and learned how to substitute healthy options for some of my favorite guilty pleasures.  I committed to at least two strength-training classes each week at TransFit and 3-4 weekly cardio workouts.  I started drinking half my body weight in ounces of water and got laser-focused with taking my Plexus products. I think that the key to being successful is writing down your goals, being consistent and surrounding yourself with positive people who will encourage and inspire you to be the best version of you.  And even though the Holiday Extravaganza challenge is over, I know this is only the beginning for me!  Live Transformed! 


Jennifer, we are so proud of you! Ladies, we can do this! Let's make this our best year yet! Come join us this week sessions! Make sure to sign up for sessions in advance, so that we can prepare the workout for you and to ensure your spot in the session! You can still sign up your sweet girl (4th- 9th grade) in one of our TransFit Girl sessions on the TransFit App. Don't forget to purchase your January Jump Start package, it's not too late! 

Also, join us for fellowship, and food, and tips for your best year at The Root (under the Pine) this Wednesday 6 pm.

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

How can you reach your goals in 2017?

Happy Friday! 

We are off to an amazing start this January and we are excited to see all that this year will hold for YOU! With a new year, it is so important to focus on our goals for the month and upcoming year! We want to challenge each of you to take the time to think about your goals. We all have goals that we want to accomplish and our TransFit team wants to help you see each goal achieved! It is not too late to purchase a January Jump Start Package to help kick start your January! You can purchase it on the app HERE or on our website HERE

 A new year gives you time to start fresh with your goals. Let's not look back at the past at what we should have done or missed out on, but rather look to the present moment and the  future and get ready to focus on what we are going to accomplish! Setting goals will allow you to focus on what you want to accomplish- your dreams and your passions. Setting goals and completing action steps will help you to make what seems impossible become possible! In addition to goals, we must focus on accountability. When someone is on your side, keeping you on track with all of your goals, you can transform and achieve! This person should be someone who checks in with you, at least weekly, and is encouraging and motivating you to be your best! 

Please print and fill out this goals sheet below and send us a picture or bring it to the TransFit studio so we can hold you accountable!



We want to encourage you to focus on your goals for body, mind, and spirit. One important  part of whole body health is nutrition. Below is week 2 of our January Jump Start meal plan! While focusing on nutrition, we want to challenge you to hydrate! Focus on drinking 80+ ounces of water daily to make that healthy habit. 


Celebrate each small victory and realize that your health and nutrition is not a diet or a means to an end. This is your new healthy lifestyle! 

 4th grade girls, Middle School girls, & 9th grade girls are starting so please email us if you would like more details about these exercise programs! 

If you participated in our Holiday Extravaganza and want to weigh in, come by the studio today or tomorrow! We will announce our winners next week! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

CWP_9455.NEF.jpg

Happy Labor Day!

Good morning! Happy Labor Day friends!

We celebrate Labor Day the first Monday in September and  this special day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. What a blessing that we  are able  to give national tribute to American workers because of the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country! We are grateful to be apart of such a great country! 

Today, TransFit is closed, but we look forward to seeing you the rest of the week! Check our September schedule and sign up on MindBody or our TransFit app!  We have new 3pm & 4:15 afternoon TransFormer sessions and we have moved our TransFlex/Yoga session to Fridays at 11:30!

Please try to schedule your sessions as far in advance as possible so that we can prepare for your specific workout! We love feedback on session times so please let us know what works best for you!  


Enjoy this day with your family and friends! We look forward to seeing you this week! Keep track of your squats and work hard to complete the September Squat Challenge! If you haven't started yet, today is a great day to start! Continue to be motivated throughout September, growing in your strength in mind, body, and spirit. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Are you getting enough protein?

Happy Thursday sweet friends! It has been an awesome week in the TransFit studio!  Each of you are working so hard to reach your goals and finish August as strong! Remember those goals you set at the beginning of the month and push yourself toward progress each toward your goals! We had a great vision and goal setting workshop with lululemon Tuesday, if you would like a copy of the handout please let us know! 

Nutrition was a goal for many of you this month! Food journaling, decreasing, sugar, processed foods, and increasing water intake were a few of the many goals. We want to encourage you today to be mindful of how much protein you are eating and below we have a few tips and recipes to help you get in your recommended daily intake! 


Importance of Protein- 

  • Nutritionists advise eating 1.1 g of protein daily for every 2.2 pounds of body weight.  (Take your body weight and divide by 2- is a great estimate of grams of protein per day)
  • Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 20% - 35% of their day's calories from higher protein foods
  • Ways to add protein into your diet-
    • A small 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein. 
    • One 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein.
    • One cup of milk has 8 grams of protein.
    • One cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein.
    • One egg contains 6 grams of protein.

Eggs are great way to add protein to your diet. Eggs are one of the least expensive, purest form of protein. Sweet friend, Sarah Bennett, owner of Five Arrow Farms, offers fresh eggs to each of you here at the TransFit studio. 


Here is Sarah's favorite way to steam eggs

With over 100 pastured laying hens eggs are certainly a staple in our home! Farm fresh eggs are delicious, but can be difficult to peel once hard-boiled. I found myself avoiding hard-boiled eggs for this very reason until a friend introduced me to the art of steaming my eggs.  It has made all the difference!  They are just as delicious and take seconds to peel.  Now we are back to making Jain's favorite "doubled" eggs and keeping steamed eggs in the fridge at all times for extra protein on salads or as a side for lunches or dinner! Follow the simple steps below for perfect steamed eggs!

  • Fill saucepan with an inch or so of water
  • Please eggs in a single layer in steamer basket
  •  Place basket in saucepan one water is boiling
  •  Cover and steam 10-12 minutes
  •  Remove eggs with a slotted spoon directly into cold water, or run cold water directly into pan to cover eggs
  •  Once cooled, peel and enjoy!

*Cooking time can vary based on egg size, altitude and the number of eggs cooked at once, so I always recommend testing one before peeling them all


Jain Making her famous "doubled" eggs! 

Jain Making her famous "doubled" eggs! 

 Healthy Deviled Eggs Recipe:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine hard boiled eggs yolks with all of the above top with smoked paprika


Continue adding in more protein to your daily diet. If you would like to meet with our nutrition consultant, Katie Woodall, please email as at transfitathens@gmail.com for more information. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you achieve your August goals! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

Life Transforming Goal Workshop: Lululemon & TransFit Next Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! We are halfway through August and we want to focus our minds on those goals we set at the beginning of the month! Start today and re-commit to setting a specific goal for this week and a larger goal for this month! Let us know how we can help you achieve those goals! You can do it!! We believe in you!


As we have been reading The Circle Maker, the quote above has inspired us to take risks and step out in faith toward new directions and to strive for new life goals. You may be wondering, how can I really reach my life goals and dreams? 

We are excited to team up with Lululemon for a life transforming goal workshop in the studio one week from today! Next Tuesday, August 23, 11:30-12:30 we will learn how to create that life vision and achieve your goals and dreams so you can thrive and live your best life! 



Let's stay focused and create a positive vision and have faith to step out and begin the journey todayYes, we know life can be "full", messy, and loud, but we have to stay faithful and remember that every path is for the purpose of changing us one day at a time into His image! Let's don't waste a single moment- let's seize every opportunity! 

Use each day as a blessing and a new opportunity to thrive and grow! What risk will you take today to be challenged, to be changed... to transform

Come into the studio for some training sessions to transform your body, mind, and spirit. Join us for the FREE workshop next Tuesday and sign up on our new app! If you have any questions, please contact us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit


TransFit Middle School Girls!

Hi sweet friend! We hope you are off to a strong start this August and are focusing on your goals you have set for this month. Goals are so important and can be used in all areas of life, including faith, friends, family, and fitness. We are excited to give you the opportunity to help middle school girls set goals and gain strength in body, mind, and spirit at TransFit Athens!  The 55 MINUTE training session for girls will help them to love their bodies and to empower them to feel confident, beautiful, and strong! 

Our first middle school session will begin August 15- September 23. The six week session will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. We will teach the girls about whole body health through mind, body, and spirit. We will focus on learning how to correctly perform exercises, the importance of nutrition, and how to feel your best on the inside and outside!  The sessions will allow the girls to work hard, laugh, sweat and finish with a time of stretching and inspiration in the 55 minute full body session.


Here is a brief outline of the topics to be discussed during the workouts each week! 

  Week 1:

Theme: Your life is a gift!

Discussion: How can you honor your body?

Through exercise, nutrition, and rest.

Set goals

Week 2:

Theme: Power of Positive Thinking/ Encouragement

Verse: Philippians 4:8

Discussion: What you think is how you act. How can you encourage others?

Try a 1 day no negative words challenge!

Importance of breathing & relaxation

Week 3:

Theme: You are strong. Have confidence!

Female Speaker from UGA College Sports Team

Verse: Ephesians 6:10 Be strong in the Lord….

Discussion: How can you be strong?

Best strength exercises for specific sports.

Week 4:

Theme: Commitment/Nutrition

Don’t compare your self to others

Discussion: You are what you eat. Healthy snacks.

Set specific nutrition goals for week ahead

Week 5:

Theme: Perseverance/Discipline/Trials

Verse: James 2:4 Consider it pure joy when you face trials…

Discussion:  We have to know that everything happens for a reason in His perfect timing. When have you had a trial or something bad happen? What would you do differently next time?

Week 6:

Theme: Endurance

Verse: Hebrew 12:1 Run the race with endurance….

Discussion: Never give up on your goals. Review goals and discuss never giving up on your goals- set new ones for future! How can you live transformed each day?


Partner exercises for our middle school girls! 

Partner exercises for our middle school girls! 


If you or someone you know is interested, please have them sign up at transfitathens.com or on our our new TransFit app! You can purchase the full package, allowing her to come twice a week for the session or you can purchase the half package, allowing her to come once a week for the session! 


We are extremely excited about this opportunity to extend our TransFit community to all generations of women and look forward teaching them about whole body health! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

FREE Back to School Meal Plan & Healthy Kitchen Tips

Hey, sweet friends!! What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited about the goals you have shared with our team and can’t wait to see you reach them — one meal, one workout at a time!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are also ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Just the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead!

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall is sharing a full week’s meal plan with you (below - for FREE) so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

Included are simple breakfasts your whole family can enjoy, and we’re recommending healthy mason jar salads for your lunches this week! Since your lunches are all planned out, you’re probably wondering what your kids will eat for lunch. We want to help you with that, too.

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?)


Pack foods your kids will eat! 

Sure we’d love it if all our kids would eat carrots, broccoli, sliced turkey and edamame. But let’s face it, not all kids will eat this and they need nourishment for school and after-school activities! Pack them a variety of foods so they have choices and be sure to include a couple items they already like.

We talk in the studio a lot about fueling our bodies for our workouts. Our kids need that fuel, too, so they can perform their best at school!

Let your kids pack their lunch. 

From kindergarten to 12th grade, each kiddo can help even if it’s a small task! Find a way they can be a part of choosing healthy foods for their lunchbox and feeling like it was “their idea.” 

Make it fun!

 Use bright or seasonal muffin cups to separate foods. Add toothpicks or make mini fruit kabobs. Send along a sweet card or note to make them smile! My kids love a funny joke, so I buy a couple books with tear-out lunchbox jokes, and I send one each day with a simple, “I love you!”


What to pack!

1. Protein.

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butters (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

4. Sweet and salty snacks.

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.


Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare your salads for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

Reflect on our verse for this week: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to this family meal plan and planning out healthy lunches for your family. We believe in YOU!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit



CLICK the image to download the app! 

CLICK the image to download the app! 

ABSolutely Committed for August

Happy August!

A new school year is about to begin, schedules are changing, and you are going to achieve your goals this month! This August we are focusing on committing to our goals! August is a perfect time to make a new exercise plan and commit to making 2016 your best year! Make exercise a priority and come join us in the studio! Whether this is your very first time or you have been a loyal client for years, we are so excited to get to spend this August with you! 



Today is the day to realize that you are a product of your choices. Small choices you make each day become habits. Habits lead you directly into your goals! Goals are such an important part of your transformation because it gives you an idea of what you are working for in life. Your goals are made specifically for you and by you!  In addition to setting goals, we want to encourage you to have accountability partner. Let this August be a time that you use accountability in exercising, nutrition, and faith. Let this August be a time where you break down your bigger goals into daily habits and achieve your dreams

Make sure to download our NEW APP. This app will allow you access to recipes, workouts, inspiration, and allow you to sign up for classes directly through our personalized app. The app links directly though Mind Body so any credit you have will be carried forward. We are offering a middle school girls session beginning August 15. If you, your daughter, or anyone you know of would be interested in joining this session, you can sign up for the program on the new app! If you have any questions about the app or how to find categories within in the app, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com


Let's make this August one to remember! Stay ABsolutely committed to your goals- starting today! We believe in YOU! If you would like to meet with one of our trainers or nutrition consultants one-on-one please let us know. You can sign up for these 1-1 sessions on the TransFit app!  We would love to set up an opportunity to meet with you to help you reach your whole body health goals! Clean the slate, August is a new month!  

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Finish Last Five Days of June feeling your best!!!

Hello friends! 

We had such a great week in the studio! Thank you for working so hard and for being so determined to reach your goals! We realize the summer can be a hard time to stick to any routine, but let's focus on the goals we set at the beginning of the month and give our best these last 5 days to achieve success in the last week of June 

Today TransFit has updated and is re-releasing the TransFIVE ChallengeThis 5-Day challenge focuses on eliminating sugar from your body and reviving your body, mind and spirit! It includes a 5 day meal plan, recipes, tips, daily inspiration and more!  We have updated the e-book with a new summer meal plan and new recipes! This is a great time to challenge yourself, as we finish out this month! You can do it!

The TransFit community and anyone who wants to join us will start the TransFIVE Challenge this Monday! Join in the fun and download the TransFIVE e-book (FREE for TransFit clients), plus be added to the TransFit Facebook group to join other ladies in this journey! We are so excited to encourage and inspire each other as we do this challenge together! To download the free ebook, use the code CLIENT at checkout and you will get it for FREE

Spend time this weekend preparing for your upcoming week through nutrition and exercise. You can create a weekly calendar and can plan your meals and exercise, so that you are not in a scramble each day, wondering what to cook or when to fit in your exercise. Please try to book classes at least 24 hours in advance, so that we know you are coming and can specifically prepare the workout for you! You can see this upcoming week's studio schedule below! In addition to these sessions, we offer one-on-one personal training consultations and nutrition consultation by appointment. Email us at, transfitathens@gmail.com if you are interested! Continue to purchase and sign up for classes on MindBody. You can access MindBody online HERE or on the free app HERE

There will also be the  Friday Running Group  session with Lisa at  6:00 AM ! It is FREE! We would love to see you Friday mornings! 

There will also be the Friday Running Group session with Lisa at 6:00 AM! It is FREE! We would love to see you Friday mornings! 

Let's finish this month strong! If there is anything we can do to help you, please email us! Enjoy this beautiful Friday and your weekend!

Blessings,

Team TransFit 

On Your Mark, Get Set, RUN!

Happy Friday beautiful friend- we made it! Enjoy and give your best the last day of this beautiful week! Make each and every day count on your journey to total body transformation! Exciting news....next Friday 6 am come join us for our new Free Runners Workout! Please sign up for this session on Mind Body so we know you are coming! We will meet at TransFit parking lot at 6am next Friday! All friends are welcome to join! The TransFit Team wants to help you reach your whole body health goals and getting in extra cardio is always essential! All you need is your running shoes and a smile! 

If you are not a "runner" walking and jogging is just as important for your transformation. Meet below, Lisa Patton, our new TransFit Running Coach and Lisa tells us her Top 10 Reasons to Run below! Come out of your comfort zone and try out this new workout- walkers, joggers, runners, sprinters are all welcome as we encourage & inspire each other to be our best! 

Car                                             Caroline Ward & Lisa Patton

Car                                            Caroline Ward & Lisa Patton

As we dive into summer, I am thrilled to come alongside you in your whole body fitness journey. I have meet many of you at early morning TransFit sessions and look forward to seeing more of your smiling faces during our Runners Workout. I am TransFit’s Running Coach, Lisa Patton, and running is my favorite way to get my cardio!

We are combining running with specific strength exercises that focus on glutes, legs, and core to get the ultimate cardio and strength workout. TransFit’s ideal location allows us the opportunity to take advantage of the UGA track. Our Runners Workout will start at TransFit with a walk/jog to the track. Using body weight strength exercises we will fire up muscles groups needed to be healthy runners. On the track we will get our hearts pumping as we build a strong cardiovascular foundation for our healthy lifestyle. A walk/ jog back to TransFit will cool us down and have us ready for essential stretches. 

Why run for cardio? Here are my top 10 reason’s Running is my FAVORITE CARDIO! 


Lisa’s Top 10 Reason’s to RUN! 

Hebrews 12:1-2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

10. To achieve goals! 

There is a variety of goals to be set for a run; finishing a workout, going farther, going faster, and more. As an added bonus, setting and achieving goals boost your confidence and self esteem!

9. To tone legs and butt! 

Not only is running an awesome heart pumping workout, it also serves as strength training for your legs and booty! When running your lower body carries your entire body weight and with each run your bones and muscles get stronger.

8. You can do it anywhere. 

At the park, in the city, in the neighborhood, or on the beach you can run. If the weather doesn’t allow, hit the treadmill.

7. Running burns serious calories. 

Typically running can burn an estimate of 100 calories per 10 minutes depending on pace. Jogging/Running helps us keep a healthy body weight. After a run be ready to fuel your body with healthy food choices.

6. Running gets you outdoors to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. 

God has giving us such an incredible world to enjoy. Even if your not going to stop and smell the flowers during your cardio workout, you can look around and smile and thank God for His awesome work.

5. Running reduces stress! 

Not that any of us have stress in our lives, but just in case please note: Minutes into your run your brain begins to release hormones that naturally improve your mood, making you calmer and more relaxed....YES, PLEASE.

4. Running can be family time. 

Your run can include the kids biking beside you or a chat with your husband about weekend plans. A run can look like a fun game of chase with the entire family. When its race time the family can be there cheering you on or running beside you.

3. Running is SOCIAL! 

It is amazing how much better you feel after a run with your friends. It’s a time to encourage each other, sometimes vent, and then encourage again. It’s a recipe swap and family activity planning. It’s also a chance to get to know someone new and make friendships that will always share a special bond.

2. Alone time. 

I know I just raved about running being fun with family and friends, but sometimes it also a time to be alone. A time to clear your mind, to be quiet, to think, to daydream, to pray, to listen.

AND MY NUMBER 1 REASON TO RUN... 

1. WORSHIP! 

God has giving us such amazing gifts; our bodies, our friends, our health, our minds, our world, our family. These are just a few of the things we are reminded of and can praise Him for on a run! 

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous” Psalm 139:13-14


We would love to see you at our next running session! In addition to the running session, you can get your whole family involved in running! Try our new ebook- Kids Couch to 5K. This ebook features a couch to 5K program, runner's workouts, healthy snacks and recipes, and more! You can purchase the ebook online at the TransFit Athens shop. Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions! 


Enjoy your weekend! Remember the June goals you have set! 

Try the runner's workout this weekend! Let us know how we can help you! We can't wait to see you in studio or on the track next week! 

Blessings,

Team TransFit

 

 

Set Goals and Finish December Strong!

Happy Friday friends! 

Can you believe December is already here? It seems like this year has flown by! However we still have one month left- let's strive to make it our best month yet! 

Here at TransFit we have a lot of exciting things going on in December! 

First, the Holiday Extravaganza is underway!! For those of you who joined in- keep up the great work! We have heard some awesome stories of discipline at holiday events and diligence in working out! GREAT job! Even if you weren't able to join the contest, join us in spirit and make new goals that you can and will achieve this month! Here is a December calendar full of challenges to help you make and achieve short term goals this month and press on through the end of the year! Goals are so important and help us strive to get to the place in our lives where we long to be! Friends, it is NEVER too late to make a new goal! Push yourself in this last month and finish 2015 out strong! Like our December theme you have to truly believe you can do it! 

While your schedule gets busier and busier and you are tempted to put your health and fitness goals- remember why you have started this journey! You long to be healthier in your mind, body and spirit. While I know you may struggle more during this season to get sessions in or make it to the gym, here is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout that you can do anywhere (garage, bedroom, outside, etc)!! It will get your heart rate pumping and help you to continue to torch calories long after you've finished! To make the most of your time, give it your absolute best for the 15-20 minutes it takes and then feel great about the workout you got in among all of the tasks you have for the day! It can be easily printed out and taken with you wherever you go! 

 

This HIIT workout, along with other full-body workouts can be found in the 14 Day Recharge eBook! TransFit was so excited to release our first ever eBook on Black Friday and you can get it TODAY still at a discounted price! Today is the day to begin really recharging your fitness- especially right before Christmas! If you start today you will be finished just in time to be feeling your best mind , body and spirit as you go into the holiday week! You can purchase the eBook for the discounted price here.

http://www.transfitathens.com/new-products/14-day-recharge-1

Friends, let's make the most of this wonderful season. Take in all the smells, lights and the wonderful feeling that lingers in the air this time of year. Take the time to cherish your family and friends more than ever before, and make the most of every day. Choose to pray more, give more and love more in the coming month perhaps than you have all year- always remembering the true meaning of this season! Happy December sweet friends!!  

Blessings,

Caroline

Motivation in March!

Friends,

We have survived a very cold and wintry February! Let’s clean the slate and move forward into March! March is going to be the month of motivation!!!

Photo by Jared Zimmerer

Definition: Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.

It involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something.

SO what is going to MOTIVATE you in MARCH?  Spring coming, Easter, work, a fun trip, a health issue, a family issue, a stress issue?  We are each going to write down ONE GOAL we want to accomplish in March! Get FIRED UP! GET MOTIVATED! You have 4 full weeks in March to MAKE IT happen!  If you need help establishing a goal, or refining one that you already have I am always here for you.

One thing I've found that helps keep me motivated is to stay accountable. Talk to a friend, spouse, or family member about some of the things you want to accomplish this month, and make a plan. Then stick to it! A tool I'm offering this month is an accountability chart. 

ADHERENCE CHART FOR MARCH 2014

ADHERENCE CHART FOR MARCH 2014

The link above will allow you to download a PDF file of my March adherence chart. When you open it you will find a place to write a goal, then a chart for filling in workouts and meals. This is a great way to track your progress and uncover any patterns that may be helping or hurting your goals. For example, if you find that on Tuesdays it is especially hard to stick to your nutrition goals, try preparing an easy, healthy crock pot meal to take the stress out of cooking dinner. If you find that eating three meals a day leaves you craving more at night, try breaking up your day into five smaller meals. I am always available to discuss lifestyle changes so you can be as happy and healthy as possible!

Don't give yourself reasons why you can't this month. Give yourself reasons why you can! Believe in yourself and you can achieve these goals!

Blessings,

Caroline

 

Keeping Your Goals

rock climbing_transfit

Photo Credit: ASME Berkeley

The end of January is almost upon us, and with it will come the urge to slack on those New Year’s goals you’ve been working so hard to keep. According to the New York Times, a third of people who make New Year’s resolutions will give up on them by the end of January. Four out of five will eventually give up on their resolutions altogether. Think of the goals you set for 2014. Why did you set them? What motivated you to want to make these changes in your life? And will you be satisfied if you don’t reach them? 

Now is the perfect time to recommit to your goals! Maybe you’ve skipped more days exercising than you would have liked to, or have fallen back into the habit of eating unhealthy food. It’s ok- we all make mistakes and tend to get discouraged from time to time. When I start to get worn down, I turn to Galatians 6:9 for inspiration

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

1779180_626027667434092_200444603_n

You are sowing the seeds of a healthy lifestyle right now. Even if you’ve had a few setbacks up to this point, keep working towards your goals so you can reap the benefits in the future. 

5 Tips for Achieving Goals:

  1. Make sure your goal is specific and measurable. Many people fall into the trap of setting a goal to “eat healthier” or “exercise more.” While these are great intentions, they are easy to ignore in the long run. Instead, try to make your goals more specific. Instead of saying you are going to eat healthier, set a goal to incorporate a salad into one meal a day. Instead of saying you will exercise more, set a goal to do your favorite form of activity (a walk, run, bike, etc.) every Sunday morning. You may occasionally miss days, but having a specific goal in mind will make you more likely to stick with it, and will allow you to measure your progress in meeting it.
  2. Make your goals fun. If your goal is exercise related, try listening to music while you work out or even doing something as simple as playing with your kids. A game of tag or soccer is a great way bump up your activity levels while getting to spend more time with your kids. 
  3. Taste test some new foods. Try different fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and find some new ones you like. It’s much easier to make simple switches, like substituting whole grain bread for white processed bread, when you find a variety of whole grain bread you actually enjoy. Eating healthy shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a way for you to incorporate some delicious food into your diet. 
  4. Limit your goals. This one may seem a little counterintuitive, but in the end it is better to make a few goals and stick to them, then make a bunch and give up because you are overwhelmed. Start out small, and then gradually add in more goals or adapt your existing ones once you start meeting them. 
  5. Remember that January 1st isn’t the only day you can set a goal. Too many people fall into the trap of believing once they set a resolution and give up on it, they should just wait until the next year to make a new goal. If your goals have fallen by the wayside this past month, that’s ok. Set a date like February 1st and get right back on track. 

Photo Credit: Cooper River Bridge Run

Seeing your strength and resolve this past month has made me so proud! Keep up the good work! If you need help with your goals or need some new ideas for inspiration, remember that I am always here for you!

Blessings,

Caroline