Results- they come in all forms.
Today, I received one of the best compliments from another member at the gym. He simply said "Before you leave, I wanted to tell you something. I am so glad you are not so damn skinny anymore."
Now for many of us that would maybe taken as an insult. "WHAT?! I am not skinny? Are you calling me FAT?!" However, if you know my story (most don't) then you will quickly realize that was an incredible compliment. Now, my results have not been weightloss but much different- the opposite end of the spectrum actually. Back when I started with Triumph Fitness I was about 95-100lbs, size 24 jeans, a scale whore; particular numbers made me panic. The image I saw of myself was truly not what I really looked like. As I reflect back and look at pictures- I never saw the bones protruding, I always saw areas to improve and lose weight. All I really remember was looking at other people and wanting to be that model thin. Now, here I am, several years later with a MUCH different image of myself- I rarely step on the scale,I wear pants 3 sizes bigger, I eat to gain strength and muscle. I feel STRONG and I am nearly 30 lbs heavier. I am healthy both physically and mentally- those are my results. And there is not stopping me now. I have found more within myself.
Triumph has many RESULTS stories from several members. We celebrate these results in ALL forms. Here are a few more forms of results we'd LOVE to share with you!
Weightloss- we've had many members have incredible results with our programming paired with their dedication. These members knew results do not happen in a night, or a week. Instead- they dedicated themselves to the time it would take to get the results they wanted (AND MORE). Each one of these members below will tell you- if they can do it- YOU can do it too!
One thing all these athlete have in common is STICKING with it- not giving up- and learning about all aspects of training and eating properly. Many of these members earned these results in 8-12 weeks because their HARD WORK, EATING, and DEDICATION paid off!
However- we've had MORE and DIFFERENT results as well!
We've had strength gains- new PRs from college lifting- we've had MUSCLE GAIN.
We've had athletes lower their prescription medications by simply exercising and eating properly. We've had Triumph Silvers who started exercising with a cane to gaining strength and stability and no longer need to use a cane!
The results, the stories are all different- each one equally impactful. We all start somewhere.
The difference maker is finding more within yourself.
Hey Hey! We are SO EXCITED to announce our FIRST FRIDAY POTLUCK! EVERY FIRST FRIDAY of each month we will be hosting a potluck at Triumph Fitness! WAHOOOOO!
We will start our potluck with a SPECIAL workout and close with food and fun! We LOVE hanging with our members and we hope you love us just as much too! Bring some beverages for you to enjoy and one of your favorite dishes to share! RSVP below so we know how many will be attending so we can provide plates, napkins, and silverware! Can't wait to see you there!
Fast weightloss- does it exist? Well, yes- it does. There are many diets that have been sold in the past and currently are being sold in our market today. A MILLION DOLLARS A DAY is spent on weightloss products- safe or unsafe, effective or uneffective. One million dollars. It is a HUGE industry. Many people have attempted or are currently attempting these diets are finding they are getting results quickly- Loosing DRASTIC amounts of weight in a matter of one week but not without long term consequences.
So, The Triumph Kitchen is here in hope to help educate our readers and members. We hope that in reading the following article, we help eliminate some past and current diets that may end up causing more harm- then helping. We hope that it starts conversation and the urge to educate and learn the facts about changing lifestyles rather than just searching for the magic pill.
The first concern in fast weightloss is actually rather simple. When we suddenly begin a diet and start a moderate exercise routine, our body quickly adjusts to this drastic change. However, with these extraordinary efforts- they often cannot be MAINTAINED without a change of lifestyle- so all the FAT & WATER WEIGHT comes back with a VENGEANCE. In addition, your metabolism has been messed with (for some- once again), and we find that each time we attempt the new fad diet, we struggle more and more to lose weight. It becomes that "stubborn fat" but in reality it comes from trying the newest the fad diet we attempted to help aid in fast weightloss and the lifestyle we refuse to change..
The average recommendation for HEALTHY weightloss is 1 to 2 pounds a week. Although that amount of weight seems rather slow paced- if done correctly and safely, it is EASIER to MAINTAIN in keeping the weight off over long periods of time. In addition, when we lose drastic amounts of weight FAST- we tend to lose water weight and lean tissue rather than fat because it is harder to burn fat that quickly in short amounts of time.
In addition, to the diets that claim you can lose weight without exercising more than 1 to 2 days a week- they are ROBBING you of gains. Not only fat loss but TONING and STRENGTH gains. You can look skinny but still have a high body fat percentage- we call this "skinny fat." In addition- reflect of the BENEFITS of exercise on your overall HEALTH. Maybe you don't like to sweat- but do you want:
1. Lower Blood Pressure
2. Lower Risk of Heart Disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, cancer, arthritis...
3. Improved Mood
4. Higher Energy
5. Better Sleep
6. Improved Sex Life
Exercise has incredible benefits on the body in itself. When paired with clean eating- benefits can be maximized but a particular fad diet that claims you do not need much exercise is promoting programming that robs you of known benefits- just to entice you with their products. It is called marketing my friends! "Magic pills", convenient pre-packaged food, no exercise- who does that not appeal to in our current stressed, busy and obese society?
So, what happens when you stop paying or stop using the products that you purchased to help you get the fast weightloss you wanted? You yo-yo!
So, our suggestion (plead) is to EDUCATE yourself before you jump on the bandwagon. Make an educated decision on what is best for you and your LONG TERM health. We are more than happy to consult with you, with all honesty out on the table, at Triumph Fitness. We have coaches with their Sports Nutrition Certification that would be eager to talk with you and help you get started on clean eating anytime!
Here at Triumph Fitness, we have been working hard to put together a safe and fun place for our Triumph Fitness Member's children to play when workouts are in session. We are presenting you with Triumph Minis!
If you are interested or planning on having your children attend Triumph Minis when you are working out at Triumph Fitness, there are a few bits of information that is pertinent we all agree upon. We do have policies and procedures in place to ensure all member's children a safe, clean, healthy, and happy. We ask that we all respect the policies and procedures so we can continue to offer childcare at Triumph Fitness.
First, there are some age appropriate rules that we ask ALL children to follow. You will find these rules posted on blue (appropriate) and red (unacceptable) paper above the toy area. We do ask that every family read over the rules with your child. Please discuss what these expectations look like because we do expect everyone respects and follow the expectations.
Below, we have outlined the Policies and Procedures for Triumph Minis. We have a few waivers on hand at the gym for you to sign before you child can attend.
Triumph Minis’ Childcare Policies and Procedures:
Triumph LOVES kids. In fact, we have two of our own that enjoy spending time at the gym just as much as we do! As Triumph is growing, we have had more families in need of childcare. We have avoided incident yet, but as classes are filling up with parents and kids- we have reached the point of new requirements for the way children are able to participate in the gym. Please read our policies and procedures below.
At this time, childcare is offered only Monday-Thursday at 4:15pm and 5:30pm class times. Childcare is not provided at any other time.
If you are unable to attend the specific class times in which childcare is offered you are able to bring another person, 13 years or older, with you to watch your children in the play area, however, they are not allowed on the workout floor, playing with lockers or behind the front desk under any circumstances nor can they be in the play area unsupervised. If you choose to use this option, then please ensure you clean up the play area before you leave.
We offer childcare for member's children for :
$4/day per child with previous reservation
$10/day per child with no prior reservation.
You will need to RSVP by 7pm the night before using your Triumph Fitness account.
(Please ask Coach Fonseca for instructions)
General Rules for Triumph Minis’ Childcare:
For the safety of everyone involved, parents are asked not to bring sick children to our childcare. The following standards will be enforced to ensure that all children and staff are protected from communicable diseases. Children with the following symptoms will not be accepted into Triumph Minis Childcare:
Children must be symptom free for 24 hours after symptoms cease. If your child does not attend school due to an illness, they will not be admitted into our childcare room. If your child contracts a contagious disease and has recently been to Triumph Fitness Childcare, please contact the staff immediately.
These rules have been made to ensure the safety and comfort of your child, and for all the members at Triumph Fitness.
Playing with Equipment:
You are welcome to download the waiver below, sign and bring into Coach Fonseca!
(Please ensure you bring in immediately as we cannot accept children into childcare without signed waivers)
A few days ago, I was able to have a brief conversation with a lovely lady who I attended high school with. She asked a lot of different questions about our life from Morocco to teaching to the gym. It was a really lovely conversation. However, she asked me a question that has continued to resonate with me rather deeply.
She asked "How do you have the time to be a mother, a teacher, AND workout?" She seemed genuinely curious. I answered her with all honesty I could muster. In fact, I replied with "I don't." We are all busy. We all have more on our plate that we can handle without a WHOLE LOT of stress, convenience of food, and sacrifice of well... ourselves. I hate to be the one who tells you but when you sacrifice yourself- your own needs- your happiness- you end up sacrificing your family because in your deep downs, you are not happy, confident nor healthy.
So, if I admittedly told her I don't have the time to be a mother, a teacher and workout- then how do I do it? I MAKE the time. I hold my gym time near sacred. It is MY time. I am giving myself a guaranteed ONE HOUR out of twenty-four to keep myself sane, happy, and healthy. Now, selfishly, during the summer when I am no longer a teacher, I give myself TWO HOURS. I wake my children up, haul them to the car in their jammies at 6:30am- a whole half an hour before their normal wake time to get in a morning workout. We then come home to chores, playtime, errands, etc and then I load them back up in the car at 4:00pm so I can get in another one. We meal prep all our lunches and snacks on Sundays. We enlist our children's help. It takes use TWO HOURS to measure, prep, cook, and individually package- so our RAW FOOD is all prepared for the entire week- CONVENIENT FOOD! YUM!
During the school year, I work from 8:00am to 4:00pm. I am paid from 8:00-4:00. I love my students, I love my family, and they all appreciate me more when I am happy and healthy- TRUST ME. So, I leave work at 4:00pm with my children in tow, straight to the gym. I no longer volunteer or schedule after hours work meetings or committees. I deserve my time. I sacrifice so much of me and my time that again, I MAKE the time- I PROTECT it- I DELIBERATELY tell people I cannot meet at that time because I am busy. I do not expect people to understand why this time is so important to me, I know people even judge me and hold me to standards of "gawk, she wouldn't do ____________ for _______ because it interrupted her workout??!!"
Yep. Sorry, that doesn't work with my schedule. MY time. We all DESERVE to enjoy, be and relish in time for care for ourselves because everyone else we come in contact with is positively affected by our happiness and healthiness. Now, what I am not telling you is that we do schedule our kids for activities. Chad plays soccer, baseball, and we encourage him to find and participate in activities he chooses and in doing so, I leave workouts early to take him where he needs to go. This year, I even coached Chad in baseball!
A few things I have learned about my children in this process- they survive. They even tend to PARTICIPATE in the workout with me. They CHEER me on. They INTERRUPT me to ask for water. They WATCH. In all of this, I hope that I am teaching my children to persevere, work hard, find a passion, and to be HEALTHY.
So I suppose my answer should be I don't have the time, I MAKE the time- for me. You all deserve that same. MAKE time for your passion and what you LOVE to do!