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Flat Belly Challenge with yours truly!

So here’s my story, in a nutshell…and why I’m doing a challenge… {{Please note, I run a challenge like this EVERY month, so even if this post looks old, it’s still relevant!}}

I haven’t had kids (by choice!) But…as I got a little older, I was slowly gaining pounds. (why can’t we all stay 25?!) To say the least, I wasn’t crazy about gaining 2 pants sizes. Hey I know that’s not a lot, but it was enough to notice. I admitted early that I needed to do something. When I committed to making a change I went all in & haven’t looked back. FItness is part of my daily life now and I am so passionate about it that I always look for ways to pay it forward.

So now I’m looking for some ladies to make THEIR change WITH me. If you have been thinking about it, wanting and wishing you could really change, now’s the time to step up! I’ll be working closely with this group, daily. We’ll be serious about accountability & fitness and I’ll share TONS of tips & ideas, meal planning & motivation.

I am only taking 5 ladies so let me know NOW! I lost 2 sizes & am FITTER than I was when I was 25 and I know I can guide you to do the same. Your only role right now — COMMIT. Once you commit, I’ll help you do the rest!

So. Are you in? Comment below — or email me (amyromerova@outlook.com) if you want to know more about the details…!!! I can’t wait,  y’all!

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My legs were shakin! (A trip to Physique 57 – a humbling experience)

A couple of years ago I heard about Physique 57. I don’t now recall how I heard about it. But I quickly learned that several celebrities swore by it. Kelly Ripa was one. And I know she’s tiny, but she’s also STRONG and that piqued my interest. I had no interest in being ‘skinnyfat’ as it were. But I needed/wanted to lose some FAT & wanted to be strong and healthy. So began my at-home workouts. I bought the Physique 57 DVDs and it was deliciously difficult. Very quickly I saw changes. And it was actually fun. It’s a barre based workout, so it felt graceful while I was sweating and shaking. I did that workout for a long time. And eventually got a little burned out of seeing the same thing every day, hearing the same cues, doing the same moves, you know. So as many of you know, I started delving into some Beachbody workouts. Most recently I’ve been doing Insanity and feeling like a beast, for real. I’ve always continued with Physique 57 some though, never wanted to drop it altogether. Well, when it became apparent that my hubby, me, and some great friends were going to NYC to watch a soccer game, I knew I HAD to get to the Physique 57 studio for a live class.

It was a little scary, I had to go by myself, but luckily I had the address of the studio memorized and the cab driver got me there in one piece. (surprisingly)

I had a reserved spot in class, so I just got there early and enjoyed the waiting area. They had fresh green apples set out for clients, and even some lululemon workout gear to browse.  And of course the whole studio is super sleek and modern and beautiful. So I just perused and thought about how cool I would be in the class….since I’d been doing the workout on and off for a couple of years, I just knew I’d KILL it!

Well. No, I didn’t kill it. Nora (the super nice, energetic and graceful instructor) tried to kill me. First of all, some moves were the same from the DVD, but most were not. Since the studio has a barre attached to the wall, you can really lean back, pull, use your entire bodyweight. Where at home, you just use a sofa or chair for balance like a barre. So. Needless to say, within about 10 seconds of leg work, my quads were on FIYA!!!!!!! Shaking. Fire. Burning. Ow! But it was oh-so-good. I just took a few 1 second breaks to shake out the fire here and there and kept on going. Happy to report, that I was one of the only girls who could do real pushups though, so that made me feel a little better. 🙂 Oh. And oddly, time FLEW by. I couldn’t believe 57 minutes had passed when it was over. That’s always nice 🙂

Here’s a shot I took of the room I was in, we’d just finished up. I was very happy they didn’t overbook the room, we weren’t stuffed in like sardines like I’ve experienced at some other classes.

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While it was a humbling experience, and my quads were sore for 2 days, I really, REALLY wish I could go back. I can see that taking studio classes a few days a week would ensure HUGE changes in short order. So I’m officially jealous of those ladies in NYC who can go to the studio as they like. Maybe one day they will build studios in other cities….if so, and there’s on in Richmond, I’m THERE!

Having said all that, if you’ve ever considered a barre based workout, THIS is the one. Even if you aren’t in NYC or LA, definitely get the DVDs. It’s still a very wonderfully, difficult, fun, beautiful, effective workout! You can check them out here: www.physique57.com

Have you ever done Physique 57 before? Or another barre workout?

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A quick HIIT workout from me to you

I’m sure you’ve heard of HIIT by now (High Intensity Interval Training)…and if you haven’t, here’s a little info for you. It’s a quicker, more effective way of doing some cardio. You can get a better workout in about half the time by basically getting your intensity VERY high for a short burst and then recovering for a short burst and repeating. It’s been shown to burn more fat than a steady state cardio such as a jog or walk.

HIIT can be pretty tiring for newbies – and you’ll probably have sore muscles after your first few tries, but that means it’s working!

If you’re interested in trying a little HIIT, I made a quick 10 minute beginner workout for you. Try doing it 3 times a week. You can still do your normal cardio if you’d like, too. And don’t forget your strength training. This HIIT workout will help speed up your metabolism, so why not give it a go?

So give it a try, let me know what you think..and let me know if you’d like more workouts like this! (& if you like it, please tweet a link to this post…or pin it, or send to your friends!)

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Slow progress is still PROGRESS!

It’s a sentiment worth reminding ourselves…

Just because you haven’t reached your goal fast enough…or even if you’re not seeing progress like you think you should….ANY progress is still progress. We didn’t get out of shape overnight. We won’t get in shape overnight. And some changes are hard to stick with. The key is finding those changes you CAN make and that are sustainable and go from there.

Keep pushing! You haven’t failed until you give up.

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What timeframe do you give yourself for your weight loss or fitness goals? Have you ever considered setting a 5lb a month goal? Or 1/2 inch a month? Something else?

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Insanity workout & my craziness

Holy cow!

I can’t believe I’m doing it, but somehow I am, and I LOVE IT. Insanity is ca-razy. But for some reason I’ve been looking forward to it every day. What is wrong with me??

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Insanity workout is pretty much the hardest workout every put on video. It’s no joke. It’s a lot of cardio, but also plyometrics and strength training. It’s basically the best of all worlds. And seriously, I’ve only been doing it for 2 weeks and I can see my legs changing shape. That’s a huge motivator for me! That’s exactly why people love it, it’s such fast results & such beautiful ones… 🙂

But it’s not easy! Here’s a pic of my and my SWEAT during the first break. (yes, a break, not the END!)

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I’ll definitely be posting pics of progress at the 30 day mark, so stay tuned!! I’m VERY excited to show you!

If you want to check out the workout, go to my site: www.turboromero.com. It’ll tell you all about the different workouts. And you can buy it right then & there, too! Don’t forget, there’s a money back guarantee, so if you’re interested in giving it a go and seeing these CRAZY quick changes, you have nothing to lose! Aaaand, I’ll be your coach if you order, so let me know if you do & I’ll add you to a private accountability group to keep you focused!

Ever tried a workout that you thought you couldn’t do? What was it?

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Have you messed up your diet?

I admit, there’s more days than I’d like to admit where I feel like I failed at my ‘healthy eating’. (I try not to call it a diet.) I’m still susceptible to eating JUNK when I’m stressed or if I get too hungry and haven’t planned well.

I know I”m not alone. I get emails and messages about it all the time. It’s tempting to give up after having a rough go at mealtime for a few days…or weeks. But I have to remind myself – and I’m reminding you, that a few bad meals or a few bad days or weeks…does not mean you should give up. It does NOT negate all the hard work you’ve been through. Actually the same goes for missing workouts. Maybe you worked out religiously for 2 weeks but then you just sort of lost interest and haven’t done anymore for 2 weeks. You haven’t failed! Those 2 weeks you did complete are still with you. Just get back to it and be kind to yourself. The most important thing is to get your mind back in the game and just START again.

I created the poster below based on what I tell myself and what I try to pass along to you guys. Feel free to share on Pinterest, Facebook, or wherever you’d like. I think we all need to be reminded of it now and again.

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Have you ever given up on a fitness program or a diet because you felt like you’d failed after having some bad days/weeks?

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Workout Results

Ever start a workout and give up because you don’t see the results you expect in a few weeks? I know the feeling.I It’s tempting.

But remember, you didn’t put on the extra weight in a few weeks, so it’ll take longer than that to lose it. Even if you don’t have a lot to lose, maybe you’re just trying to tone up a bit, it’s going to take a little time. They key is consistency.

In a few weeks, you’re likely to see *some* results yourself. It’ll probably take double that time for other people to notice the difference. And to get to your goal, you’ve got to be in it for the long haul. Often there are body parts that take much longer to respond. But I’m here to tell you that it WILL happen.

ImageDo the right things, eat well (that’s responsible for about 80% of  your results!) And get your workouts in. Even on days you’re not really up to it, do something. Shoot for cardio a few days a week and weight/strength training a few days a week and keep going.

To keep your motivation up, try taking measurements before you begin and each week after. Write it down each time. Even try taking pictures every 30 days. When you see numbers going down on the tape measure or changes in your pictures, it can be VERY motivational! 

Don’t give up!

Tell us below, how long did it take you to see the results you wanted — or if you’re not there yet, tell us how long it took to see ANY changes & let us know what you did to get them!

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How to start losing weight

It’s easy to get bogged down by all the details. Many times, we don’t even know what the very first step should be.

If you’re just getting started on your weight loss journey, here’s some thoughts on some of the basics you can start with. Try not to get bogged down with the other stuff right off the bat. The importance here is to start making some new healthy habits and make some changes so you start seeing results. After that, you can start tweaking your tactics to get even better results.

Here’s how to start losing weight:

* First, move every day. If you don’t want to think about a workout program yet, just get out and move. Try a walk every day for 30 minutes. I just ask that you push yourself a little. Try to break a sweat. Yes, do it every day, it’s only 30 minutes. You deserve it! If walking is too easy for you, jog instead. If those are too boring, consider staring on an actual workout program. This is my preference actually, because the good ones are developed for the best results, they are more interesting and fun, and it can be very motivational to have an actual program with a schedule. My preferences for some starting workouts are Turbo Jam, Slim in 6, and Chalean Extreme. Have you seen my results from Chalean Extreme??  http://wp.me/p2aVN6-6h

* Second, get rid of sweets. Anything that is sugary, including desserts, sodas, teas. Included though are also white breads. So breads like crossaints, biscuits, white bread, regular pasta, and white rice. Replace them all with whole wheat versions. The white stuff turns to sugar. And sugar is the real enemy here.

* Finally, drink water all day long, add in one serving of fruit per day, one serving of vegetables per day, and make sure you’re snacking on something every few hours.

These are the bare basics. If you stick to this type of plan for a few weeks, you’ll start feeling better and you’ll be developing new, healthy habits. If you give it a try, I think you’ll be surprised with how you feel. When you’re ready to move on, come back  here and check in, click on the fitness tab and lets take it to the next step.

So what’s holding you back? You can totally do this, it’s only a few steps, just start today. Make your will stronger than your excuses.

Tell me, what’s your fitness/weightloss goals?

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How hard should I work out?

I hear that a lot.

And totally get it. There’s SO much confusion about how often we should work out, what types of workouts to do, when to work out, and how hard to push yourself.

So here’s a good way to determine if you’re working hard enough….

A. Ask yourself if you FEEL like you’re challenging yourself. This goes for cardio workouts AND resistance/strength training. Many times just paying attention to yourself raises your awareness and you’ll know immediately that you could work harder.

B. For strength training, your goal should be to reach failure for each muscle group you’re working. If your finish your set – or your entire workout and your muscles feel like you could have done a few more, you didn’t work hard enough. Lift heavier next time, lift more slowly. Concentrate. Fatigue those muscles! You do want to build muscle. It’s what makes you look strong, healthy, and it raises your metabolism, keeping you burning calories and fat allll day long. Can’t beat that!

C. For cardio, you should be pushing yourself past your ‘comfort zone’…BUT you should still be able to hold a conversation (albeit a short conversation with short sentences!). And if you’re doing HIIT training once in a while (you ARE doing HIIT training some, right??!) then you should only be able to spit out one-word replies during the HIIT portion…but remember, those high intensity segments are short-lived and followed by a recovery. That’s the beauty of these short workouts, you really kill it and your reward is a shorter workout and wonderful fat-burning results.

If you want results like this:

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Then start working like that!

I know that doesn’t seem like much direction, but that’s exactly how to know if you’re working hard enough. It’s that simple. I hope it helps! Do you feel like you push enough yourself during your workouts? If so, how do you keep yourself pushing?

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Start today!

I love the saying “A month from now, you’ll wish you started today”

That applies to a lot of things. For me, I think of working out or eating better. But, then again you probably know by now that my mind goes there often.

So I just want to elaborate a little. If you’ve been thinking about making a change, why  not start today? Each day is a new beginning and a perfect time to JUST START. Starting is the hardest part. Once you push yourself to make the commitment…and stick with it for a bit, you’ll start seeing results and it will be a habit. If you do it right and pick the right things, you’ll probably also be in LOVE. (So if you’re not in love with what you’re doing…try something else!)

So I made this poster. I hope you’ll take it to heart if there’s something you’ve been telling yourself that you need/want/should start doing. If you are going to start something new — tell us below…what is it, and when will you be starting?
((((AND please remember if you need HELP starting…don’t know where to start, how to do something, please please please let me know. I’m here to help YOU!))))

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