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VIP Spotlight: Joanna

transformation Apr 28, 2019

Each month we ask one of our incredible clients to share about their lives. How Okon has transformed their mindset, bodies, and view on life. This is April's VIP Spotlight.

Who is Joanna?

Who was I? disturbed. broken. lost soul. numb. dead.

Who Am I now? QUEEN. Fierce. Wild spirit. Soft heart of gold. Sweet soul. Focused. Affectionate. Bold. Passionate. Selfless. Determined. Mended. HEALED. Alive. I am who I was intended to be because I did not stop.

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I got to a point in my life where I was considering a choice between life and death constantly. It was a very disturbing period in my life. When death started to outweigh the choice of life, I decided to give one last chance to see if I could figure out a way to cope and so I decided to turn to fitness.

What have been the biggest obstacles getting started?

The biggest obstacles I have endured during this process is accepting the...

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Lifestyle Spotlight: Krista C.

transformation Apr 28, 2019

Every month we include a spotlight for one of our VIP clients, and this month we are introducing one of our new features: Lifestyle Spotlight! 

The Lifestyle Spotlight highlights a member of our Lifestyle Program community who is achieving their goals and exhibits the spirit of Okon Fitness in being motivating, encouraging, and uplifting to the community. The other part of how we choose the Lifestyle Spotlight is when someone shows a commitment to their health, and following a healthy lifestyle.

This is Krista's Story

Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey.

I am 34 years old and live in the small town of Arlington MN. I work in accounting for a large health care organization in Minnesota. My work life is very sedentary. I started really taking my health and well being seriously when someone made a comment that they thought I was pregnant.

Which I wasn't. 

It wasn't the happiest time of my life and I let myself get to a low place. That comment lit a fire in...

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You Are Worth It: A Step by Step Guide to Creating the Life That You Deserve

health & nutrition Apr 27, 2019

Hey Queen! Thanks for being here.

Today, I’m going to share with you the top four  tools that I have implemented into my life that have made a significant impact in creating the life that I deserve (and that you deserve too!) These tools cover alllll the bases: financial, mental, physical, and emotional health.  

All too often, we forget that our health goes far deeper than eating a handful of kale or lifting a dumbbell. Our health is steeped in our relationship with money, who we choose to surround ourselves with, the media we consume, and our gut health.

I’ve compiled this list of tools because I know that taking charge of your health isn’t a simple task. We are always a work in progress; an ongoing project. We are always on a journey of creating the very best versions of ourselves.

This journey is not going to be easy, but I promise you that it will be worth it. So thank you so much for showing up today; thank you for caring about yourself enough to...

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Lizzie's Protein Rice Krispy Treats

recipe Apr 27, 2019
 

To create some fun as well as some delicious options in your week, you can make this incredibly delicious Protein Rice Krispy Treat! 

Macros: C 32g | P 9g | F 15g | 302 Calories Per Serving

* 3 cup brown rice cereal
* ¾ cup natural peanut butter
* 2 scoop Signature Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (optional)
* ¾ cup honey

Directions: 
1. Heat pan melt in peanut butter and honey
2. Add in rice crispy
3. Put into pan and let freeze for an hour
4. Cut into 12 servings and serve!

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

health & nutrition Apr 25, 2019
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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So You 'Cheated' on Your 'Diet.' Now what?

You followed your diet for a few weeks, but all of a sudden, you ate that donut, that cookie, or that slice of delicious pizza...now what?

You see her on your Instagram feed. That #goals woman crush that you want to be like. Maybe at some point that was me, but I guarantee you this example isn’t me.

It’s that fit IG model that is posting photos of her taking a bite of a donut in all her abs and toned/fit glory.

She’s living the dream isn’t she.

Donuts, pizza, and rock hard abs you can see from a mile away. I want to teach you how to cheat like this so you can experience the same thing.

Yet..the fact of the matter is that if I told you how to do this I would be lying to you and short-changing you toward your goals. You see, the photos you see of these Instagram models who are eating the donut, pizza, or cake end up being less than 2% of their actual diet over a very long period of time.

They aren’t eating like this regularly, no matter what they say in...

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VIP Transformation Spotlight: Sarah

transformation Dec 19, 2018

Welcome to another installment of our VIP Spotlight! Sarah has been a VIP client for several months, and she has been an incredibly wonderful addition to our team!

This format is always interview-like, and we are excited for you to get to know our latest VIP Spotlight, Sarah!

Who is Sarah? / What made you want to start your fitness journey?

Oh boy, this is quite the question to start out with. I grew up playing soccer so I’ve always considered myself an athlete but here’s the most recent piece of my life that has made a significant impact.

About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, alopecia. Basically, little bald spots would appear on my head, I’d get injections in the spots on my scalp and the hair would grow back.

This process was a little inconvenient but totally manageable. But about a year and a half ago, I had my biggest flare up yet. Out of nowhere, all the hair on my head and body starting shedding.

To say this was terrifying is an...

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Why use the Stairmaster?

fitness Nov 07, 2018

Why do people use the stairmaster?

The stairmaster seems to be a more and more popular option at the gym. Ever wonder why?

Picture yourself at the set of the Rocky scene.

He’s training hard and sprinting up those stairs, sweating at 4:30 AM.

Working his butt off to train hard and beat his archenemy Ivan Drago.

Now picture yourself looking at the line of Stairmasters at the gym. I’m sure this doesn’t give you the same feeling as you would feel if you were in that Rocky scene.

So why do people do the stairs like that?

Did Rocky start a revolution and make everyone want to do stairs, making it a huge fad?

Not likely.

I’m sure you see people on the Stairmaster at the gym and wonder why people do that versus some other cardio exercises that are just as well the same.

Like the treadmill, or the elliptical.

Or the bicycle.

The basis of this answer comes from the nature of the stairmaster and what you are getting out of it.

Function
On the stairs, you are continuing...

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Keys for muscle growth: 12 Science-Backed Techniques

fitness Nov 05, 2018

Your science-based recipe for muscle growth

Ever wondered what the exact strategy is to for muscle growth? 

You're not alone. Many women come to me and ask me how to see muscle growth, and I'll be honest -- it's really hard to do.

My journey has gone on for nine years and counting.

Muscle growth not only takes time, it also takes several elements that are not easy to put together to actually see true results. 

This is why I wanted to give you a complete science-based recipe to grow muscle consistently and over time. 

Throughout this ten minute read, you'll learn what is necessary to see muscle growth, and to do it in a healthy way without sacrificing your long-term health. You'll learn that some simple tips and tools are all that are needed to see the growth in all the areas you have been hoping for.

Your booty.

Your hamstrings.

Your shoulders that you want to see growth in.

As we all know, good things take time. Nothing happens overnight. So take...

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Proper Dieting and Nutrition: A Crash Course

nutrition Oct 23, 2018

A brief outline of dieting and nutrition to help you stay on course

You started on your fit journey years ago it feels like. In reality, you just started your new diet today and it is only noon.

Anyone with me here? We know how difficult it can be to stick to a program or a diet. If you are following a certain program, sometimes the most difficult reasons are due to the fact that you don’t know why you are following a certain program.

Why can you not have a bagel in the morning? Or why do you need to have oatmeal and egg whites instead of bacon and toast?

Maybe you’re wondering why you are not able to have as many carbohydrates as before, and you just want to have those carbs!

We say this over and over but 80% of your results come from your diet and only 20% of your results come from your training. If your diet is not on point then your training will be of no use.

You go to the gym six days a week but if you also drink the whole...

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