fitness journey update

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perfect timing for a fitness update. today,  i’m suffering from a love hangover. yes, mr. style and i enjoyed a delightful valentine’s evening – five-course meal and all. while i savored every bite of lobster bisque, sauteed mushrooms, and scallops i have to admit i felt sluggish after i folded my napkin at the end of the evening. since january 15th when i started my fitness journey with the help of FASTer Way to Fat Loss i have been eating lean and mean and learning once more how to fuel my body. guess what? my body likes a cleaner healthier lifestyle. and my brain does too because how we feel is directly connected to what we’re eating.

in one short month, i’ve seen amazing results with healthier food choices, carb cycling, and intermittent fasting working in tandem. if you are interested in learning more about FASTer Way to Fat Loss Amanda Tress has loads of information to share. the next session starts February 26th, and you know who has already enrolled in round two! many of you have already started their own fitness journey with FASTer Way to Fat Loss so if you are reading this post feel free to chime in with your experience so far. it’s week one for y’all, and i’m on week four but looking back on the past few weeks i think one of the benefits of the program i experienced immediately was a restful night’s sleep. and i do mean restful because i slip into a deep sleep the moment my head hits the pillow until the alarm clock goes off in the morning.

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women by and large have trouble sleeping once they hit peri-menopause. for some of us, sleep disruptions continue to plague us even on the other side of menopause. did you know that sleep is critical to becoming a pro-fat burner? sleep quality and quantity are so important. guess my mother was right yet again. i think one reason i’m sleeping better (okay, i have been up late watching the Olympics…) is due to the fact i’ve cleaned up my diet. here’s one of my favorite snacks – Oatmeal Energy Protein Balls.

Oatmeal Energy Protein Balls
Serves 12
a delicious protein snack
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  2. 2 scoops vanilla vegan protein powder
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1tbsp chia seeds
  5. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  6. 3 tbsp honey
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/3 cup dates
  9. 2-4 tbsp almond milk
  1. Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon, and chia seeds.
  2. Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Add dates.
  5. Slowly add almond milk.
  6. Roll into balls.
  7. Set in fridge at least thirty minutes.
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another reason i’m sleeping like a baby is that i am consistently hitting the gym five days a week. wednesday and saturday you’ll see me at my local Orange Theory. the other three days are spent at my home gym following the FASTer Way to Fat Loss workouts. a combination of HIIT, weights, and cardio make up my fitness routine. there’s already noticeable muscle tone in my arms, but all areas of my body are starting to respond. even my mid-section is shaping up which is a common problem area once we hit the big 5-0. there are some muscles that haven’t been used for so long that they are just now waking up!

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this program is also about progress, not perfection. and it’s flexible. it doesn’t matter if you’re a travel bug, have a demanding job, work the night shift, have an injury (like my knee injury from college), have no cooking skills, or no gym membership. don’t even think about claiming you’re too old. the most important thing we can do as we age is to take care of our bodies. the amount of muscle mass we lose each year is astonishing. if we don’t use them, we will lose them. but the great thing about FASTer Way To Fat Loss is you can make it work with your lifestyle! and there’s an amazing online community with like-minded women cheering you every step of the way. our coaches are educational and motivating and answer any and all questions.

lulu lemon leggings, lulu lemon tank, lulu lemon jacket

lulu lemon leggings, lulu lemon tank, lulu lemon jacket

lulu lemon leggings, lulu lemon tank, lulu lemon jacket

here are photos that chronicle my progress with FASTer Way to Fat Loss six-week program. seven weeks if you include prep week which is devoted to education, but if you’re revving to go you can incorporate the program from day 1.

prep week

week one

week two

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week four

okay, i guess you would say i’m hooked on Amanda’s program. which is why i am sharing it with you again. many of you have asked how i’m tweaking my fitness routine because you noticed a change. well, if you are interested you can change your lifestyle too. because it is a lifestyle change, not a diet. some of you have asked how much weight i have lost. guess what? i don’t know because we don’t use scales!

 the next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss starts February 26th, and i’m already signed up!

A convenient 6-week program that fits your busy schedule.

  • A comprehensive program guide with resources to help you thrive including sample meal plans, a detailed program overview, and video interviews.
  • Prep week with training to set you up for success.
  • Weekly workout plans which can be completed at the gym or at home.
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goals.
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find (only $199 total).
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a trainer with 10+ years of success.

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  1. Sue Smith wrote:

    Good for you! Keep it up! You look terrific.

    Posted 2.15.18
    • i have to say, sue, as you know our health is a precious gift. i intend to make the best of it and not squander it all away with unhealthy food choices. nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand. when i make the right decisions boy do i feel great! sometimes, we just need a swift quick in the fanny to get back on track.

      Posted 2.16.18
  2. Linda De wrote:

    Cool! Congratulations! It shows!

    Posted 2.17.18

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