How to Quickly and Easily Burn Fat From Home

burn fat home simple tips Aug 12, 2020

Whether you’ve been stuck at home due to a global pandemic, or you are waiting for the aliens to add a plot twist to our ever-changing 2020 genre…

One thing we are all in alignment with is figuring out how to drop body fat and to do it quickly. 

As much as I would love to tell you that there is a magical cocktail of pills or steps to take to losing fat quickly while also prioritizing your health, unfortunately, that is not the case. As an online fitness coach, with over eight years of experience, I can tell you first hand that it is not realistic to expect a quick fix.

However, there are ways to see visible changes in a short period of time. So let’s begin with some of the easiest things you can do, with minimal work that will help you see results. Here are the top five ways to see changes relatively quickly.

#1 Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important. Not only does it help you mind your own business, but studies have shown that even...

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5 Tips To Upgrade Your Meal Plan

meal plan nutrition tips Jul 22, 2020
 

BREAKING NEWS: Your meal plan does NOT have to be boring in order to see results!

Whaaaattt? Mind blown. 

Now, before I get started, I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with a simple meal plan. Sometimes it is beneficial to keep your meal plan simple to make the meal prep game a breeze. However, if you are someone who gets bored easily, these tips are for you! 

Tip #1: Seasonings

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It is no surprise that seasonings play a huge role in the overall flavor of your meals. They are arguably the easiest way to mix up your meal plan. There are two ways to use seasoning to your advantage.

Pre-cook seasoning

A fairly common method to seasoning food is to season your food before or while cooking. Seasonings are generally low calories, as long as you are avoiding marinades/oil-based seasonings. 

Example 1: cook your ground turkey in taco seasoning for a tasty taco bowl. 

Example 2: add rosemary and salt to cubed sweet potatoes before popping them...

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Patience & Willpower: The Key to Results

fitness patience willpower Jul 15, 2020

Sometimes we feel like giving up.

Actually, many of us want to give up.

A lot.

It’s something that Steven Pressfield calls Resistance. It’s something that works against us to distract us or discourage us from doing the things we want to do and see true results.

This can come in the form of a family member criticizing our desire to get in better shape.

"It’s just one piece of cake. It’s not going to kill you." - Aunt Betty

How many times has that been said?

In all reality, one piece of cake will not kill you. But the cake does severely damage your willpower. The ability to continue toward a healthy lifestyle is based on your ability to resist the many temptations that you encounter in your daily life.

This is hard.

But in reality, it is resistance that is trying to push you off course. How many times do we begin a New Year with lofty fitness goals, then find ourselves at the Taco Bell drive-through after a...

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Meet Our Summer Intern, Maria!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I originally grew up in Maracaibo, Venezuela. There was (and still is) a lot of political unrest. My parents decided it would be better to move to a new country, where the opportunities would be better. We moved to Baltimore, MD for a couple of years since my dad had a fellowship there with Harbor Hospital and John Hopkins. Following that, we moved to a very small town in Wisconsin. I struggled a lot there, people weren’t welcoming towards me and my family. When I graduated high school, I wanted to get out, see the world, make new friends, so I picked the University of Minnesota. At first, I wanted to go to medical school (lol) but I took a Sociology 101 course that reshaped some of my general understandings so I decided to Major in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with a minor in psychology. My biggest accomplishment would definitely be graduating from the U. My parents left everything behind for me to be able to do that, so when...

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The 10 Best Strategies On Staying On Track During Trips & Events

health & nutrition Jun 17, 2020
Help! I have an event/I have to travel and I don’t want to eat off plan but I also don’t know how to navigate to stay on track! Sound like your current situation? Well..welcome to living a fit healthy life in an unfit world! Let me help you!! These are my best tips to give others who are really trying to make their health a priority and not just a quick fix.
 

Here are my 10 best tips to staying on track!

1. Be too blessed to be stressed!

Don’t stress. It’s ok. It’s only food. So many times people will skip events behave there will be good they can’t eat or alcohol and they want to avoid temptation.. which makes sense... not realistically... food and drinks are everywhere... so you’re better off learning what you can do with what you have without stressing yourself the Fuck out. It will be ok. I promise.

2. You've got options - know what they are!

Know your options before you go! If you know what restaurant you will be at, look online...

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Rebuilding Muscle & Tips for Easing Back Into the Gym

So you took some time off from the gym... 

You may be reading this thinking: "Why would you EVER take time off from the gym?? Rest is for the WEAK. #NoDaysOff"

First off, chill.

It is true that in order to build muscle, you need to be in a caloric surplus and put in work at the gym. However, there are times when getting to the gym every day is not realistic. 

Maybe you got injured and were required to take time off for recovery.

Maybe a major life event caused you to take a break from the gym.

Or maybe you have found yourself int the middle of a pandemic and all of the gyms have been shut down for the last 3+ months.

Whatever your reason for taking time off from the gym, it is important to understand the science behind rebuilding lost muscle, and the steps needed to rebuild safely, and effectively. 

Have you truly lost muscle?

If you have taken more than 3 weeks off from the gym, it is very possible that you are beginning to experiencing...

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Lifestyle Client Spotlight: FitMom Kelsey

Who is Kelsey? 

I am a 30-year-old outgoing, working, single mom who loves to travel, go on any adventure, trying new foods, and fun things along the way. I love reading, writing, decorating, learning, and being the best mom for my son.

What made you want to start your fitness journey? 

I was into fitness and working out big time in high school, I even did lifting competitions. I loved how much confidence it gave me as an insecure high schooler. As life happened, college, partying, living in Texas, and working I lost the working out aspect of life because I was just, “too busy”. The lie I always told myself. It came down to a point where I felt like crap, I’d say looked like crap, but I’m not sure that entirely true. I got diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, high cholesterol during the winter of 2018. It was a blow to the ego because I believed I was healthy. I decided I needed a change. I was doing so much internal work, it was time to get my body up...

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VIP Client Spotlight: Athlete and Okon Lifer, Susanna

How long have you been living a fit-focused lifestyle?

I have been “fit-focused” since 2011, meaning that I loved working out. You could find me in the gym after work every day for multiple hours. Unfortunately, I never matched my nutrition to my workouts… so was it really a “fit-focused” life? Not one bit. It was just me working out and then putting too much faith in my workout and thinking I could eat like crap and drink. I started to really focus on my fitness and health around 2017, matching what I ate with what I was doing. 

What turning point led you to this lifestyle?

I lived in a town where all I did was drink with friends to “pass time.” I would drink during the week, on the weekends and eat whatever I wanted, or what I thought to be healthy. There were times where I did not know how I got home or even remember what happened the night before. I experimented with things I never thought I would and I found myself sinking deeper...

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VIP Client Spotlight: FitMom Danielle

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Who is Danielle?

I am a wife and working mom of two young boys.

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I decided to start this journey because I was going to the gym but never found a routine, felt lost on what to do, and never noticed any change. I really wanted to start to feel good in my skin and better about myself and how I felt. I noticed over the years that I put myself last which started to reflect on how I looked and felt. I decided to start to focus on myself and to become overall healthier.

What inspires you most?

I am inspired most by being a good example for my boys. I want them to remember their mom being active with them.

What have been the biggest obstacles getting started?

The first obstacle that I had was feeling comfortable in the gym to try new things and not worry about what people were thinking around me. The next obstacle that I had was during dinner time to make sure that I felt included in what my husband and kids were eating. Over time I found...

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VIP Client Spotlight: FitMom Taylor

Uncategorized May 06, 2020

Who is Taylor?

I work at the Children's Hospital in Minnesota. I am a friend, wife, daughter, and mother to two beautiful children. 

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I wanted to be healthy enough to live a long life enjoying time with my family. I have never been out of shape, but wanted to add muscle rather than fluffiness and needed help staying accountable.

What inspires you most?

I’m inspired by those around me that strive to build others up and congratulate even the smallest of wins in the lives of others.

What have been the biggest obstacles getting started?

The biggest obstacle is the craziness of a busy life. It’s the lack of good quality and good length sleep, it’s the kids’ schedules and my husband’s schedule. It’s work plus school and trying to live somewhat of a social life.

Why did you choose to work with Okon Fitness?

I needed to have a group that held me accountable. I knew that I wanted to...

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