I am a wife and working mom of two young boys.
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.
I am inspired most by being a good example for my boys. I want them to remember their mom being active with them.
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...
I work at the Children's Hospital in Minnesota. I am a friend, wife, daughter, and mother to two beautiful children.
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.
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.
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.
I needed to have a group that held me accountable. I knew that I wanted to...
Mom. Wife. Friend. Full-time Treasury Analyst. Aspiring Personal Trainer/Coach — working on my NASM - CPT. I have a bachelors degree in Accounting, but I started going to school for Vocal Music Performance. I love singing and performing. I used to have a family band made up of my mom, grandma and occasionally my uncle, we called ourselves Buggy Whipp. We do have a few videos on YouTube if you are interested in checking that out. What made me change majors, well I figured music was not going to make me very much money and would be better off as a hobby, so I chose to go for accounting. I have been married for 8.5 years. I have two boys — Killian (5 years old) and Porter (almost 3 years old). We also have a 7-year-old German Shepherd, Zooey Dog Chanel.
I have been overweight and unhappy about my body nearly my whole life growing up. I have never been “skinny” or even what I would call...
Everyone seems to be looking for the next big diet trend. You know, the one that takes no work whatsover and you just take the pill or eat the supplement and VOILÁ you are shredded with a six pack and the perfect aesthetic physique.
Well these aren't magic foods or beverages. They are actually pretty basic and well-know...most of you likely have them in your home! Did you know that Coffee is considered to be a fat burner? Newsflash hunnnyyy! It is.
Below I have provided a list with all the foods that burn all the excess fat. Some sources you may have known, some may be a surprise. Speaking of surprises...we want to offer all our readers a free macros guide PDF. Just click here and it's all yours! No this isn't a scam -- we are really giving it to you free of charge, so take it... it will help!
Coffee!! WHAT -- This has to be some kind of April Fools joke (wait is it even April?) ...Coffee is my...
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...
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...
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...
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...
...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.
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...
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 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.
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.
The biggest obstacles I have endured during this process is accepting the...
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