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VIP Client Spotlight: Biggest Loser & Go-Getter, Valerie

Who is Valerie?

Mom. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Full-Time Finance Consultant. Side Hustlin' VIPKid English Teacher. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I attended the Univ. of Minnesota for a year and then enlisted on Active Duty in the Army as a Combat Medic; later attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and Commissioning as a Logistics Officer. I spent the last ten years all over the place traveling due to the Army. Since retiring from the Army I'm a full-time Finance Consultant by day and a VIPKid Teacher in the early mornings and evenings. I'm a chronic/genetic disease warrior with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome among other co-morbid conditions which have led to multiple joint surgeries and hardware over the years; I love to shed light and perspective on invisible illnesses and help people realize our biggest limitations really do lie within our own minds. I'm a single momma of a sweet and sassy two-year-old girl and have two dogs who are also 2, Luna, a Great Dane...

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VIP Client Spotlight: Biggest Loser & Motivator, Kimberly

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

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

We are excited for you to get to know our latest VIP Spotlight, Kim!

“If you’re really hungry, you’ll eat fish and veggies.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself this as I’ve resisted the urge to eat a candy bar or stop at a drive-thru on the way home.  

As cliché as it sounds, changing my mindset was the first step I had to take in order to start seeing results.  While I’ve always been happy with myself, regardless of the number on the scale, I knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be physically.  I spent years trying to see change, but I was ultimately my own roadblock.  It was a continuous cycle of me putting forth the effort, not getting results, and giving up.  I would see all these...

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Top 7 Movements for a Stronger Core & Visible Abs

Get a Stronger Core and Reveal Your Hidden Six Pack

And steps to see your abs ...

Whether summer is around the corner, you are ready to rock that bikini on vacation or you just want to see those mystical abs! 

GOOD NEWS: WE ALL HAVE ABS! AND YOU/LL EVEN BE ABLE TO SEE THEM.. FOR SOME AS SOON AS 3 MONTHS!

UNPOPULAR NEWS: IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO SEE THEM + THERE ARE MULTIPLE STEPS TO GET THERE!

Okay, I’m done yelling but got my point across. 

One of the biggest goals Okon clients set out to accomplish is to see their abs, which is a pretty common end goal! 

For many losing belly fat seems like a longgggg road, but what's more important is how dangerous stored body fat that surrounds the internal organs is. Excess fat makes it more difficult for organs to function properly.

This fat is also known as visceral fat, this  type of fat circulates throughout your bloodstream which puts you at risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease!

But back to...

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Top 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Optimize Your Immune System

Immune System 101

The immune system is an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together as your body's natural defense system. It gets a lot of attention during the winter months (aka cold and flu season), but it is working year-round to protect you from a flu/virus or an infection that could happen at any time.

According to WebMD, "A healthy immune system protects us by first creating a barrier that stops those invaders, or antigens, from entering the body. And if one slips by the barrier, the immune system produces white blood cells and other chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy these foreign substances. They try to find the antigen and get rid of it before it can reproduce. Failing that, the immune system revs up, even more, to destroy the invaders as they multiply."

If you are somebody who tends to get sick the second someone around you coughs, maybe you need to think about strengthening your immune system. Below are five of the most...

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How To: Use your FITMAS Calorie Surplus to Your Benefit -- Holiday Gains the Right Way!

 

The Holiday Season -- Filled with Joy & Cheer, a time to celebrate when loved ones are near!


...as well as the dreaded holiday weight gain...

Tis’ the season,  to eat all the treats, cheese & meats, a real Holiday Feast... The time of year that we aren't seeing our fitness goals clear, even with the coming New Year!

It is the season of indulgence and we merrily enjoy the festive fulfillment of stuffing ourselves into a ham, potato, pecan pie coma concluding the end of this year in true American culture -- tis the season to binge eat!

But for those of us who want to make it out of the holiday season without gaining the dreaded holiday weight, here are some tips to stay fit.

Tip 1: Eat in moderation & Enjoy time with loved ones

Christmas Dinner— the biggest concern over the holidays for almost everyone! You should partake in your holiday festivities and that INCLUDES FOOD!  You get to have your dinner (try to have some control) your...

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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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