If you’re not happy with your body then your workouts have lost focus.

What is your immediate goal?

If you don’t have a ready answer then chances are good that your motivation is low and it has resulted in a lack of results.

I know from firsthand experience that operating without a goal will get you nowhere. Sure, you may still be exercising regularly and eating mindfully but without that concrete goal your efforts will yield little results.

1. Setting your goal

You want to be in “better shape” but that’s so vague. Dig deeper.

What specifically do you wish you had now that you don’t?

To drop 3 dress sizes.
To lose 2 inches of arm fat jiggle.
To melt 4 inches from your waist.
To be able to run 3 miles without stopping.

2. Define your timeline

Now that you’ve determined exactly what part of your body isn’t up to par, tie that goal in with a specific timeline. When you have a timeline to measure your progress against, you’ll find that achieving your goal becomes an easier process.

To drop 3 dress sizes by August 20th vacation.
To lose 2 inches of arm fat jiggle by October 13th wedding.
To melt 4 inches from your waist by July 7th pool party.
To be able to run 3 miles without stopping by June 16th city 5k.

3. Name your prize

It’s time to take your motivation to the next level. Now that your specific goal is set and your timeline is clearly defined, let’s add a prize that you’ll receive once you’ve accomplished your goal. This prize shouldn’t be anything related to your unhealthy habits – so no junk food or extra large meals. Make the prize an item that will reinforce your slimmer body, like a nice piece of clothing.

A couple new outfits for your August vacation.
A sleeveless dress for the October wedding.
A new swimsuit for your July pool party.
A new pair of running shoes for your June 5k.

4. Picture it

You know what you want, when you want it by, and the reward you’ll get by achieving it. Now spend time picturing your end goal. Find a comfortable, quiet corner, close your eyes and see a mental movie – starring yourself – enjoying your reward with your new and improved body. Play your mental success movie several times throughout the day.

See yourself enjoying an afternoon of your vacation, wearing your new clothes with confidence.
Imagine how you’ll feel walking down the aisle baring your toned arms.
See yourself lounging by the pool in your swimsuit, carefree and happy.
Imagine the feeling of accomplishment you’ll feel as you cross the finish line.

5. Recipe for success

The steps that you’ve taken above have prepared you to mentally take on the challenge of motivating yourself through this transformation process. All that remains is a solid exercise and nutrition plan to push you through to your new body.

This is where I come in.

I’m fanatical about propelling each and every one of my clients through their own personal body transformation.

Call or email today and I’ll get you started on a program that will make your goals a reality.

Super Soup

Soup is a wonderful meal to enjoy when you’re focused on losing weight – with a few guidelines.

Never choose soups that have a cream base. These are filled with more calories and fat than you need.
Avoid soups that have noodles or rice.
Make sure that your soup has a lean source of protein, such as lean turkey or chicken breast. Try the Turkey & Veggie Soup recipe below.

Turkey & Veggie Soup

This soup has everything going for it. The base is broth, not cream. It doesn’t have any added carbohydrates in the form of rice or noodles. And it’s filled with lean ground turkey.

Servings: 12

Here’s what you need…

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 bunch of celery
1 fennel bulb
1.3 lbs lean ground turkey
4 cups veggie broth
1 (14.5oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 (15oz) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 ears of corn, kernels sliced off
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried basil
dash of salt and freshly ground pepper
In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add garlic.
Add chopped carrots, cover for 5 minutes.
Add onions, celery and fennel. Sauté until soft.
In another skillet cook the ground turkey over medium heat until fully cooked, stirring often. Drain off excess fat.
Transfer the veggies to large soup pot and add the remaining ingredients, and the cooked turkey. Cover and cook over low heat for 40 minutes. Add extra water as desired.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 119 calories, 1 fat, 336mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 15g protein.

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