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How to Break Your Sugar Addiction

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How to Break Your Sugar Addiction

We’re going straight to the point here.

We live in a country where sugar addiction is rampant. In fact, I think more people are experiencing it than not.

There are all kinds of supplements and tricks available for purchase to help with this.

From tongue numbing agents to pills and everything in between, there’s no shortage of companies trying to make money off of the addiction that most people fail to conquer.

So, how do you do it you may ask?

Here’s the real answer…

Stop giving into your cravings.

Ouch. Not what you wanted to hear – I know.

But the truth is that we’re adults, and we can choose whether or not we give in to cravings.

And the magic about not giving into sugar cravings is that they almost always pass.

With time, they dissipate dramatically.

Most people simply don’t make it long enough to feel it, and I am guilty of this myself as I am a sugar addict!

There…I said it...I crave sugar almost every day, but I don’t always give-in to the cravings.

To make this a little easier on you, I have a challenge for you.

The next time you feel a sugar craving coming on, give yourself 20 minutes. If after 20 minutes you still want the sweet thing, let yourself have it.

That's what I do!

Most often the craving will pass if you give it the chance.

Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you!

Heather Binns

PS - If you're ready to focus more on your nutrition, I've got just the program for you! Check out my online Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching https://www.renov8.fitness/nutrition-coaching.

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When You Should Eat

I get asked all the time about when and what people should be eating.

The more clients I work with, the more obvious it has become that there’s no right answer.

So today, I want to quickly share my general rule of thumb.

Eat when you’re hungry :)

As in when you feel physical signs of hunger like your stomach rumbling.

Too many people today confuse other things like boredom and stress with hunger.

We need to tune into our bodies and listen to what it is physically telling us – your body, not your brain!

Obviously, don’t wait so long to eat that you want to eat everything in sight or you get low blood sugar.

But test it for a week. Begin eating when you feel physical hunger and stop at satiation rather than fullness.

If you want to get lean and stay that way, eat when you’re hungry and stop before you’re stuffed. Prioritize vegetables and protein, and you’ll be good.

Want more support with nutrition? Click HERE for details. My online Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching may be just the thing for you!

Speak soon,

Heather Binns

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Perspective

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Perspective

I want to share a crazy idea with you today…

It’s the concept that truth and reality don’t really exist.

Think about it. Two people could perceive and experience the EXACT same scenario in two totally different ways.

For example, let’s say you have two working moms who know they need to lose weight and increase their strength so they can live longer and have more confidence.

One of those moms could BELIEVE with her whole heart that she’s too tired and too busy, leading her to continue skipping her workouts and picking up convenience food rather than cooking.

The other mom might see it as an exciting challenge. She might move the puzzle pieces of her life around to make it work and successfully complete her goal.

This stuff happens all the time, and it simply comes down to perspective.

So, what’s the solution?

I believe we should always question and challenge our own truths.

See things from different perspectives.

Challenge your beliefs.

Ask yourself, “Has anyone else in my situation ever accomplished what I want to accomplish?”

If the answer is yes, you can do it too – all it takes is switching your perspective and changing the story.

I'm curious as to how this resonates with you – would love for you to reply and let me know Heather!

Heather Binns

P.S. As always, if you’re ready to take action toward your health & fitness goals, be sure to let me know. I’ll be in touch ASAP to set a time for us to chat online or in-person :)

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Fat Loss Over 40

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Fat Loss Over 40

WAY too many times in my career I’ve seen people simply fall into acceptance when it comes to body change that can occur after 40 years of age.

Suddenly how we were eating and exercising (or not) isn’t giving us the desired result.

Instead of resigning to what may feel like inevitable body change, here are 6 things you can do to counter an aging body and metabolism:

  1. Focus on adding as much muscle to your body as possible. Muscle will keep your metabolism high and you’ll be burning more fat all the time. And ladies, you’re not going to turn into a body builder unless that’s your goal :)

  2. Cut the alcohol. Alcohol does nothing positive for our physiques or energy.

  3. Eat mostly vegetables, then protein, then good starchy carbs like potatoes and brown rice.

  4. Drink a ton of water – aim for half your bodyweight in ounces every day.

  5. Sleep and take care of yourself. Whether that’s managing stress or ensuring your own health needs are top priority, it’s more important than ever before that you tend to yourself.

  6. Reduce sugar as much as possible. Sugar is addictive (I know this all too well), it feeds disease, and it does NOT keep the fat away – but you probably already knew that :)

I turn 45 years old later this month and I make it a priority to keep myself as healthy and fit as possible, especially now more than I ever!

It's important to me to look good, to feel good, to move better, to perform well, and to be an inspiration for you and anyone else that needs a little extra motivation and someone to look up to. I'm also determined to set an example for my grandkids...what better way than to have a grandma that runs through mountains and climbs over walls ;)

If you’re struggling with excess body fat after 40 and you find it challenging to be consistent or accountable to one or more of the above, let’s talk.

Simply comment below or call me at (818) 925-5433 so we can book in a time ASAP.

40 and beyond doesn’t have to mean fat gains, but it is hard to do it alone. I’m here for you and I can’t wait for us to connect!

Heather Binns

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The Motivator and the Trigger

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The Motivator and the Trigger

Anytime someone comes to work with me to lose weight, get stronger, improve nutrition or even to enhance performance, there are two things I am listening for.

The motivator and the trigger.

The motivator is their deep WHY. It’s the thing that is driving them to make changes to their health.

Often, it’s something like a new grandchild, fear of getting a lifestyle-related disease, or simply wanting to be more confident and happy in their skin.

There’s no right or wrong why, but the why must be absolutely powerful enough to keep you going in the moments you don’t want to eat well or get up and exercise.

The trigger is different. The trigger often leads to the motivator.

Triggers tend to be specific events that spur action…

A scary report from your doctor.

Observing the early death of a family member.

Having the realization in a dressing room that you’re no longer the size you thought you were and the shame of having to grab a bigger size from the rack.

Whatever the trigger event is, it leads to motivation

Temporarily, motivation will lead to action.

So, if we have a trigger event that leads to motivation, why not just assume all is well and you’ll be motivated enough to achieve your goals?

Because the truth is that motivation, no matter how serious the trigger event, never lasts

What I want you to take from this is that ACTION is the only way forward. Action yields results and increased motivation is a byproduct.

Not feeling motivated to exercise? Do it anyway. The motivation will follow as you get results.

I’m curious, HB, what are your experiences with this?

Be sure to comment below and let me know!

Heather Binns

P.S. If you need a little extra motivation help you reach your goals, I've got you. Simply click HERE to join my FREE online Facebook community. My goal is to show you ways you can improve your own health, fitness & nutrition so you can become your very best self!

P.P.S. If you need ongoing motivation, action, and accountability to stick with your health & fitness goals, I’ve still got you. Simply click HERE to let me know you’re ready for a no pressure chat about what you can do to start getting healthier and leaner right now. Just complete that online form :)

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Be the Change

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Be the Change

One of the most powerful ways to not only stay committed to your fitness & health routine but to actually fall in love with it is by supporting and recruiting those you care about to join you.

Less than 7% of people in the western world are “chronic exercisers” – meaning they’re consistent with exercise multiple days per week for an unending timespan.

That’s sad and scary.

But one of the ways to ensure you get into the 7% is to lift up those around you.

Lead them to join you in health. Recruit them in your mission to make everyone and everything in your life stronger, happier and more vibrant.

Don’t let them buy their own excuses (and you don’t buy your own either).

Because you know you love and care about those who are close to you.

You want the best for their health, strength, confidence and more.

Start the change and be the change.

Take them by the hand and ensure that you and those you love never sit on the sidelines of life again.

And of course, if you want to become part of a community and movement of change that’s ready to fully embrace and support you, comment to let me know so we can have a chat.

We’ve got you!

Heather Binns

PS - Early bird pricing ends tomorrow for our Shed 2 Sizes Challenge! This program is specifically designed with fat loss driven workouts and a nutrition program (not diet - we HATE diets) designed to get you down at least 2 jean sizes in only 8 weeks. Reserev your spot at https://s2s.renov8.fitness/.

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Love vs. Hate

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Love vs. Hate

The mindset and perspective with which you approach your health & fitness journey can have a huge impact on your results and ability to sustain your results over time.

You may have heard this phrase before, and it’s absolutely true:

“Workout because you love your body not because you hate it."

If you take action from a place of self-loathing and wanting to fix something that you perceive as “broken,” you may find the motivation initially to get some results, but the likelihood of sustaining those results is extremely small.

Instead, it is critical that you adopt the perspective of taking care of your health and your body because you love yourself.

We get one body and one life…what a waste to not give it our best!

Benefits include: confidence, better sleep, more intimacy, prolonged lifespan, avoidance of lifestyle related diseases…to name a few :)

So, find that drive and desire to take care of the one body you’re so lucky have and give it your very best. You with me?

Yours in Health,

Heather Binns

P.S. If you know it’s time to love your body by gifting it better health & fitness, reply to this message to see how I can help you or click HERE to learn more about our Shed 2 Sizes Challenge. Early Bird Pricing ends September 18th! No matter what, I’d LOVE to support you!

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Why Counting Calories Doesn't Work

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Why Counting Calories Doesn't Work

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably counted calories. And if you're a woman, you've probably fixated yourself on consuming 1,200 calories per day or some other lower number. Weird fact: a majority of women think they should eat 1,200 calories per day for no apparent reason. It seems like women have just "heard" over the years this is the goal number, but I digress....

So, here's my straight to the point list on why calorie counting doesn't work:

  • You probably don't know your RMR (resting metabolic rate). This is what your body needs to function and stay alive. Without this baseline, everything is just guessing.
  • Food labels are off by as much as 25% in either direction - that's a HUGE varienace!
  • Your gym equipment is also off by as much as 25% (or more in some cases) with how many calories it's telling you that you've burned (between this and food labels we could be off by 50%!).
  • We all process and absorb food differently.
  • 3,500 calories isn't 1 pound of fat. Not all calories are equal. This thought process sets you up for failure.

As you can imagine, it can feel like you're doing "everything right" and still not losing the weight. How discouraging! This frustration is what often makes us think our metabolisms are broken, or we decide to resort to some crash diet, a million supplements, or even HCG injections.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The more you crash diet or lose and gain weight, the less calories you need to survive, so essentially your RMR goes down. Your body is adaptive like that. So no more crash dieting, ok? :)
  • Focus on eating protein, fibrous carbs like fruits and veggies, good fats, and some high quality starchy carbs. Not only will you naturally decrease the number of calories you're consuming while staying more full, but you'll simultaneously increase the number of calories your body actually needs to digest the food!
  • Unless you're training for a competition, you don't need carb or calorie cycling, special diets, or beat down workouts 5 days per week to lose weight. You need the right consistent efforts over time and a little patience.
  • Don't compare yourself to others. The body is a crazy unique thing, so what your friend is doing likely won't have the exact same effect on you...expect it and focus on YOU.
  • Weight loss truly occurs through a balance of good nutrition, strength and cardio training, proper sleep, stress management, hormonal balance and hydration. So unsexy but so true.

It's heartbreaking for me to watch so many people struggle because of the wrong approach. Self-compassion also plays a HUGE role in fat loss, so be sure to speak kindly to yourself always.

I want to teach you what you need to know to lose body fat and keep it off with my upcoming Shed 2 Sizes Challenge, so check it out!

Also, please reply and let me know if any of this information resonates with you :)

To Your Success,

Heather Binns

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The Most Important Factor in Weight Loss

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The Most Important Factor in Weight Loss

What would you say is the most important factor in long-term weight loss?

Nutrition? Exercise? Sleep?

I’d argue none of the above.

I believe, without a doubt, that the factor that influences weight loss above all else is your mindset.

After all, Henry Ford said: “Whether you think that you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”

I have personally experienced this undeniable truth in every aspect of life from strength, fat loss, running a business, achieving higher education, relationships, and even building my fitness coaching center. It’s absolutely the truth.

So if you want to lose body fat, increase health and live in the body you deserve, I want you to consider a few things…

Many diets work. There, I said it. They work for a while. They work while you have enough “willpower” to adhere. But you know something about willpower? It’s finite. We can’t rely on it forever.

If you want a lean, healthy body for the long term, whatever you’re doing today needs to be something you can imagine yourself doing a year from now and beyond. If you’ve ever had the following thoughts, you’re not alone:

“I’ll be happy when I weigh ___.” “I’ll be happy when I can fit into a size __.” “When I finally achieve __, I will go back to eating ‘normally’.”

These statements are what I refer to as the DIETER’S MINDSET. It’s short-term focused and unsustainable.

Too often in weight loss, we have a restrictive mindset. We say “I can’t have that! " And that thought will start to dominate. Then, the thing you “can’t have” will be the one thing you really want! Yikes!

But what if we changed our mindset to one of abundance? What if you thought “I get to eat all of these beautiful, colorful foods that will nourish my body.” Or, “I CHOOSE not to eat cookies.” How EMPOWERING is that!?

So what’s your choice? A short term mindset of restriction or a long term mindset of abundance?

Believe in your ability to be successful. Commit to a plan. Throw out the dieter’s mindset. Operate from a place of abundance. Love yourself no matter what.

There’s your formula for success!

Comment below and let me know of a time in your life that you can look back to and recognize a dieter’s mindset. How could you do things differently going forward to ensure success?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

To Your Success,

Heather Binns

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It’s Okay to Be a Little Bit Hungry

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It’s Okay to Be a Little Bit Hungry

Food is all around us. It’s available everywhere.

Whatever you want you can have at any time. But because of our over-abundance of food, we’ve forgotten what hunger actually feels like. We are completely out of touch with what our body truly needs.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to eat every two hours to lose weight. In fact, it takes your body closer to 3 hours to metabolize your last meal! If we never allow ourselves to actually get truly hungry, the fat is going to pile on for the majority of people.

We all know this scenario – you are about to cook dinner, but you’re “starving.” You grab some crackers or chips and think “I’ll just have a few to take off the edge.” Before you know it, half the bag is gone AND you eat dinner.

Yikes!

I’m writing this to you today so that you can take time to learn about your own hunger…sounds odd, I know.

The next time you go to eat, I want you to rate your hunger level on a scale from 1-10, 1 being not hungry at all, 10 being absolutely have to eat or I will pass out (you won’t unless you have medical issues, I promise!).

Try to eat when you are about an 8 on the scale and stop before you’re stuffed. By practicing using the hunger scale, you will learn for your body exactly what it needs, when to eat, and you will learn that being a little bit hungry is okay and even a good thing.

Reply and let me know you’re giving this a go and how the experiment works!

To Your Success,

Heather Binns

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Are You Human? You Need a Coach!

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Are You Human? You Need a Coach!

This is a subject I am REALLY passionate about.

As most of my readers know, I’m writing to you from the perspective of a weight loss, nutrition, and fitness coach.

I own my own facility coaching others in North Hollywood, CA.

You see, despite being a highly qualified coach myself across multiple areas, I hold a deep belief that everyone needs a coach in their life.

I have a business coach that I speak to multiple times a month, and it’s been a powerful investment I’ve made in myself. I love the personal growth that comes from it.

I also have an obstacle course racing (OCR) coach. Even though I coach my own OCR clients, I still need the proper guidance to propel myself forward in this sport and so I can perform my best.

There is tremendous value in being coached!

So what area of life should you look for a coach in?

Anywhere you are struggling, really. Struggling with weight loss? Hire a coach. Struggling to make major decisions in life? Hire a coach. Struggling to transition careers? Hire a coach. Looking to improve athletic performance? Hire a coach.

Think about it…there are not many people (if any) who reach high levels of success in life without a coach. It’s too hard to go it alone, to know what to do, to see things in life objectively.

The number one reason I hear from people for not hiring a coach is cost.

How many times have we tried to “do it on our own” and failed? Here’s the thing…we can’t afford not to. We need accountability, support, guidance, advice, etc.

I’ve been there. I’ve fallen off the wagon. I’ve given up. I’ve stopped believing in myself.

The difference is that when you’ve got someone to bring you back to reality and pick you back up, life just gets easier and less lonely. We all need an objective eye on our lives, someone who sees things entirely from an outside perspective.

So, if you have a goal that you want to achieve, stick to for the long run, and you believe investing in yourself is a top priority, hire a coach. Go on that journey. Change your life, in whatever aspect you seek change. You’ll gain more than you ever expected.

I’m also curious, so hit reply and let me know either how working with a coach has impacted your life and success or maybe even why you’ve been hesitant to hire one in the past...

Hope you’re having a great week! As you can see from the photo, my week included a special night out with my husband :)

To Your Success,

Heather Binns

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For the love of PIZZA!!!

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For the love of PIZZA!!!

We love pizza. Do you?

Did you know you can have pizza as often as you want while staying healthy and lean? Here’s how...

  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 TBSP organic pizza sauce
  • A large pile of spinach and arugula blend (obviously, wilts down a lot)
  • Large pinch of shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Hot red pepper flakes (leave these off if you don’t like spicy)

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. Voila!

We’d also highly recommend adding a protein like grilled or baked Chicken to this.

Give it a try and let us know how you enjoy it!

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6 Strategies for Healthy, Quick & Convenient Dinners

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6 Strategies for Healthy, Quick & Convenient Dinners

The biggest obstacle I hear from the people I coach is that they “just don’t have time.” People are SO busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up.

So, it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies but that also ends up negatively impacting the family and their waistlines. This leads to further guilt and a vicious cycle begins.

It breaks my heart to see these smart, hard-working, and deserving people go down the rabbit hole of convenience because they just don’t know another way. So, I’m here to help! 🙂

Check out my strategies for healthy, fast and convenient dinners (or whichever meal you choose):

  1. Pre-cook proteins and pre-wash/chop veggies. You can do this 1-2 times a week depending on time. I’m a fan of the Sunday ritual where you prep and portion for the entire week. Simply grill or bake enough protein to sustain dinner each week. You can prep the veggies to be prepared on the spot in the evening before dinner or in advance like the protein. Heck, throw it all on the grill.

  2. Purchase pre-chopped veggies. If to the first point you were thinking…”Yeah, but the part I HATE is washing and chopping.” Pretty much every grocery store sells vegetables that are ready to throw in a pan, in the oven, or on a grill. It’ll typically cost you a little bit more, but it’s worth it if this is what it takes to make the right choice.

  3. The 10-minute, minimal effort meal. Here is a favorite strategy: Rotisserie chicken, steam-in-a-bag veggies, and wrapped microwavable sweet potato. Serve the chicken, grab 1-2 cups of veggies for your plate out of the bag (season if you like), and eat half the potato with a little bit of grass-fed butter. And you’ve got leftovers!

  4. Crock pot meals. It doesn’t get much easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a crock pot in the morning then coming home to a fully prepared meal (and a house that smells awesome). This also requires minimal clean up and is definitely easy to make in large portions so you’ve got leftovers! And nowadays, the Instapot makes this process even quicker.

Still not quite going to work? Here are my GRAB AND GO strategies!

  1. Hit the hot bar. Have a grocery store like Whole Foods nearby? Chances are they have an awesome hot bar!

  2. Healthy take-out. This is easier to find than you think. I love Asian restaurants for this because you can almost always find grilled protein (I like the shrimp or chicken) and veggies. You’ll typically be able to get a few servings out of it too, so you’ve got lunch for the next day!

Believe me, I am all about convenience when it comes to food, so I always suggest making more than you need so you’ve got leftovers!

And when my hubby or I cooks – usually it's him ;) – we keep it SUPER SIMPLE! Check out this Beef Stir Fry:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Heat a sauté pan to medium high. Add coconut oil and let it melt. Add the onion and let it start to turn translucent. Add the bell peppers. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook to desired temperature. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Just throw this in a bowl and eat it as is. This makes about 3-4 servings. You can also serve this with a half cup of quinoa. How is easy is that!? Under 15 minutes!

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Yours in Health,

Heather Binns

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You Are Meant to Create Impact

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You Are Meant to Create Impact

You are meant to give, to inspire, to love, and to achieve.

You are meant to show up in the most powerful ways for the people you love.

You, my friend, are exceptional.

And if there’s any area of your life that isn’t where you want it to be, you can decide to make it all different.

Because we all have the power to decide how we live, influence, love, and bring our dreams to life.

I’d love for you to share with me…what are your deepest dreams and desires that you have yet to achieve?

Of course, if any of these desires are related to your health, fitness, nutrition, energy, or confidence, I’ve got you. Just let me know when you’re ready by commenting to this post.

Heather Binns

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3 ways to lose body fat that have nothing to do with dieting

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3 ways to lose body fat that have nothing to do with dieting

Even as a fitness professional, sometimes I feel my own head spinning with the amount of diet plans, supplements, coaches, and offers on the market.

It almost seems like every Facebook friend is selling a different solution.

So, today I want to offer you 3 ways that you can drop body fat that cost nothing and don’t require the next crazy fad diet.

Speak kindly to yourself. I fully believe that our bodies become what we say they are. If you’re constantly telling yourself that you’re fat or out of control, your behavior will reflect those things, and ultimately, so will your body.

Visualize yourself creating the body you dream of. In your mind’s eye, every single day see the version of you that you desire to become moving throughout your day, practicing the habits you want to commit to, and creating the body you want.

Pay attention to your triggers. Notice the emotion, experiences, and/or people surrounding your choices for bad food or skipping exercise. Change the routine. Surround yourself with different people. Choose to assign different meaning or emotions to those trigger experiences. Changing patterns and habits change outcomes. Creating change is never easy, and sustaining it for a lifetime is even harder.

But I promise that if you incorporate these behavioral pieces into your daily routine, you will begin noticing a huge difference in yourself that will also show up in how your body looks.

What are your thoughts on this?

Heather Binns

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You are Unique

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Every client is truly unique and that includes YOU.  No matter who I’m coaching, I always customize as much as I can for every single person, whether in a group, semi-private or 1-to-1 setting.

Everyone, including you, has an imbalance and/or dysfunctional movement pattern, a history of sport or a sedentary lifestyle, issues of pain or mobility restrictions, various nutrition habits and mindsets, and ideals of who you want to be.

It’s up to me to help you discover the best ways to achieve your goals, to inspire and motivate you to put in the work needed, to guide you effective execution of the tasks at hand, and to educate you on your journey through a new phase in life.

This is one of the reasons I love learning and educate myself as often as I can. It’s important to me to stay on top of the health & fitness industry and to share the very best with you.

I have to earn your trust and I truly value the trust you put in me as your guide, your coach, and your mentor.  And when your successes happen, I’m on cloud 10!

I know I am doing the right thing.  I am living my passion every day and look forward to helping more people like you find the athlete within, whether it’s been buried for awhile or never been found. YOU are an athlete!! 💪🏼

Yours in fitness,

Heather Binns

P.S.  Let me show you how to shed fat and become strong while creating a lifestyle you can sustain forever in a close-knot, nonjudgemental environment.

The Final Quarter

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The Final Quarter

Yes, it's been awhile since you've received an email from me and I have no excuses. Renov8 Fitness has really been growing in 2018 and we've been assisting so many transformations in our clients and members - it's amazing!!

Yes, they've put in the hard work to make changes and build new habits such as eating healthier, skipping the drive thru, and attending their workout sessions every week. I've had the pleasure of coaching them so they can perform at their best; handling their recurring body composition assessments to gauge change; motivating them to stay on-point; answering their questions about nutrition, exercise & health; and keeping up with our own day-to-day duties so Renov8 Fitness can support them in every way needed.

In addition, I've been training competitively for obstacle course racing the past 3 months, spending time with my family (love my grand kids!), and studying for school each week. I went back after 19 years to learn emergency care/transportation of the sick and injured. You never know when you may have to help save someone's life!

I love learning new things, which is why Renov8 Fitness' Core Value #6 is the 'Continuous Pursuit of Education.' I've had a lot on my plate, but I don't regret any of it; I actually LOVE it!!

But let's talk about YOU instead! Another year is flying by as usual. As we head into the last quarter of the year, take a moment to reflect on 2017. Where were you at the start of the year? What promises did you make to yourself?

So here we are again…We’ve now surpassed the 75% point of the year. An entire three quarters of 2018 have already passed - we are now less than three months away from 2019 - 81 days to go! Are you on track with those 2018 New Year’s Resolutions you set earlier in the year (remember those)? Are you on target to hit your goals?

If you wanted to lose 20 lbs. this year – are you down 15 lbs. already? If your goal was to do 250 workouts – have you completed 188 workouts?

It’s amazing how time passes so quickly. If you need a “do-over” then I’m going to give you one.

You can REDO your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions right now and get started all over again. That’s right – I’m letting you off the hook – but don’t waste a single second.

If your goal is fat loss start today. If your goal is muscle building start today. If your goal is to train for an obstacle course race - start today. If your goal is (insert anything here) – start TODAY!

Over 75% of this year is gone forever. Will you make changes TODAY or will another 25% pass…..

Very few people actually measure and take stock of their efforts. If you are following a plan to lose fat – are you actually losing fat? And I mean at a rate that is acceptable for your efforts? Or are you blindly thinking you are eating healthy without actually logging your food intake?

The only way to gauge your progress towards your goals is to measure it. At the beginning of 2018 I talked about “SMART” goals — one of the keys is ‘M’ – Measurable. Measure your results.

As we continue the final quarter of 2018, it’s time to take stock of your efforts. Again — over 75% of this year is gone forever. Will you make changes TODAY or will another three months pass, then before you know it — it’s 2019…..

Don’t waste a single second. Start TODAY.

Where will you be at New Year’s Eve – Dec 31st? That’s less than 12 weeks away. Will you be 12 weeks leaner? Will you be 12 weeks closer to your goals?

The time will pass anyway….

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Is Your Confidence Engine Revving?

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Is Your Confidence Engine Revving?

Or is it running low? If you've ever thought about accomplishing a new feat such as finishing an obstacle course race, cutting sugar from your diet, or even reading a book in its entirety, how and where do you begin your journey?

I've struggled many times with accomplishing some of my own goals. I've had to reset my thoughts and action plans numerous times to dodge the curveballs life throws at me, but in the end I'm usually a success - I reach my goal. Now it's your turn. What is your ultimate health & fitness goal and what steps will you take to get there?

Let's say you belong to a gym that you rarely use, you have books about fad diets and weight loss on your bookshelf, and you’ve even had a consultation with a personal trainer, but you still can’t seem to get yourself off the couch and out of the house.

Is it fear of failure or commitment? Is it a lack of motivation and desire? Are you afraid to try something new and unknown? Do you just not know what to do and where to start? Whatever it may be, it all starts with goals and your belief to get to that prized end result. Steven Binns, Jr., PsyD, a Sport Psychologist in Los Angeles, California states:

“Confidence and goals go together like breathing and air. You can take a short breath or deep breath, the air stays the same. If your goal is to complete a marathon or lose 100 pounds, make it your main goal. The deep breath. Smaller goals bring you to your main goal, right? So let’s make small, realistic, attainable goals, like jogging for 10 minutes, your short breaths. Your confidence engine will start to build. It feels good when that engine builds because mentally, it’s a good predictor of how you’ll do on your next task.”

The first step is finding out and naming your ultimate health & fitness goal. Then you need to break that big goal down into smaller ones. Remember to take one step at a time, be mindful and make adjustments according to your current lifestyle.

Let’s look at an example: You want to start a new physical activity to help you improve your health & fitness. It must be one that is fun, yet challenging and the opposite of monotony. After doing some research you discover the Spartan Race. According to Wikipedia, Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. They are held in USA and franchised to 30 countries including Canada, South Korea, Australia and several European countires. The series include the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Super Spartan (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles), and the Ultra Beast (26+ miles, 60+ obstacles - one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon). SPartan Race also has a military series, hosted on military bases. There are also winter and team events.

Now doesn’t that sound daunting, challenging, exciting and fun at the same time?! Beginners (anyone can do this) should start with the Sprint or Stadium Sprint, the shortest courses, at your own pace…walking, running or both. Your pace is dependent on your training.

So let’s get busy. Here’s your first freebee set of short-term goals:

  1. Register for a Spartan race.
  2. Start a training program using Spartan’s complimentary ‘Couch-to-Sprint Training Plan,’ or hire one of their Spartan SGX-certified coaches like myself.
  3. Improve your nutrition with Spartan’s complimentary daily nutrition tips and/or guidance from a Nutrition Coach like myself.

Sure everyone gets nervous before a race, even pro and elite athletes, especially when there’s an unknown adventure ahead. But to ease your anxiety, as you can see, Spartan and Spartan SGX Coaches offer you all the resources you need to prepare for your first Spartan race. You can’t cross the finish line until you get to the starting line.

What is your ultimate health & fitness goal and what steps will you take to get there? AROO!!

To Your Success!

Heather Binns, Renov8 Fitness

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Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

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Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

A solid nutrition plan is extremely important when it comes to seeing fast results from working out. Most people will never wear a bikini or go shirtless at the pool (I’m talking about men here), or ever feel confident in their own skin because they don’t understand one important point: No matter how much you exercise, you can’t out work bad nutrition.

In order to lose body fat, get back into a bikini or board shorts alone, you must have a healthy nutrition program that works for you. Pasta, white rice, most breads, pastries, flour tortillas, most cereals, and white flour (i.e. any processed carbs) should either not be a part of your nutrition, or should only be consumed in a splurge meal.

Don’t think all carbs are bad either. Fruits and vegetable are good carbs, along with whole grains such as brown or wild rice, quinoa, chickpeas, and wheat-free breads (healthy starches).

If you want to lose body fat and get the body you desire, you cannot eat foods that don't work for you. Instead, eat small balanced meals focused on green vegetables, lean proteins, and a small amount of healthy fats. Then fit-in those healthy starches sporadically. An example of healthy lean proteins that enable you to build lean body mass and burn fat include chicken and turkey breast, salmon, and grass-fed beef or bison.

So, eat lean proteins, load-up on green vegetables, drink plenty of water, exercise right, and you will start your journey to the body you desire. Check out the video HERE to learn more about healthy eating :)

Have a happy, healthy and active day!

Heather Binns, Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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No More Excuses!

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No More Excuses!

Sometimes clients don’t want to get a follow-up body composition assessment because deep down inside they know the numbers are going to be the same, if not worse, than the prior assessment. Many times the reason is because someone was out of town on vacation, had too many splurges in the last month, has not been working out at Renov8 Fitness as much as they used to, or is letting stress control their life.

I get that it happens to the best of us…getting caught-up in life and forgetting about our goals and making ourselves a priority…but at some point we need to draw the line. You can’t take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. That’s why I know it’s important to me to continue staying active and eating healthy as best I can.

There will always be a good reason or excuse not to do what you said you were going to do. It really comes down to commitment. The only way to get back into those jeans that you love so much, to get your body feeling better with less pain, to feel more confident and proud of yourself, or to get your body ready for summer in the next 10 weeks, is to do what you said you would do long after the emotion that prompted you to say you’d do it has left. That is commitment!

Unless you have commitment, you are not going to reach your goals and get what you deserve. The key is to be prepared for the events that will come along to derail you. That is why I am a big proponent of “splurges.”

A splurge is when you can eat any and everything in one meal that you have avoided while staying true to your guidelines of working out and eating healthy. Use your splurges for celebrations, office parties, and other social events that would otherwise throw you off your game.

The other thing that will keep you on track is accountability. Imagine if the clients I mentioned above didn’t have any Renov8 Fitness coaching sessions scheduled? It would probably make matters even worse by sleeping-in, stressing out by working too much, being lazy, and NOT working out. The goal is to lose body fat, get in shape, build muscle, gain confidence and have fun!

Be true to yourself. Plan your week better. Use your splurges wisely. Find a coach or friend to use as accountability partners and you will reach your goals and get what you deserve. Everyone deserves to be happy with themselves.

Have a happy, healthy and active day!

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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