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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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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 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.

Coach Heather's Thanksgiving Plan

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Coach Heather's Thanksgiving Plan

Do You Have A Thanksgiving Plan?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because I love to eat and give thanks! I look forward to splurging on mashed potatoes & gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pumpkin/pecan pie, and more! Some of you may think I eat healthy 100% of the time, but I don't. It’s not realistic and it doesn’t make me happy. I believe in balance and moderation.

So what do I do, you ask? Well, I try to eat healthy most of the time and plan my splurges. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I plan the biggest splurge of the year :) Let me tell you how I do it.

It starts with maintaining, or upping, my workout game the week of Thanksgiving to help offset the increase in caloric intake that one day. I don't count calories, but I know they will increase tomorrow.

Second, on Thanksgiving Day I eat a small protein and veggie-based breakfast so I have room to splurge later on during my Thanksgiving meal.

Third, I make sure to workout Thanksgiving morning. Tomorrow, I will be running hill repeats with my husband and am actually looking forward to us pushing each other up those hills :)

Lastly, I take my usual high-quality salmon oil supplement to gain my omega 3s as a counterbalance to the omega 6 increase from the turkey that will be consumed. Turkeys are usually fed mostly a corn and soy diet, even if they are organic. Omega 6 causes inflammation in the body, raises blood pressure, may lead to blood clots and causes the body to retain water…we don't want any of that!

So, it’s all about planning ahead. But Thanksgiving is not only about the food. It’s also about giving thanks and being grateful.

I am grateful that I have two wonderful families to share Thanksgiving with, both at home and at the gym. My Renov8 Fitness family is gathering tomorrow morning for a big pre-Thanksgiving workout and my bio family is gathering later on for our wonderful Thanksgiving feast mentioned above. I am grateful to have both families to share this special day with tomorrow.

Don’t forget to be grateful, especially when so many people have recently lost almost everything due to the recent California fires. Reach out a helping hand and show gratitude for the positive people in your life. Let people know you love them and care about them, which leads me to YOU! I am grateful for you allowing me to share my health & fitness thoughts, ideas and journey with you. I hope it leads to greater awareness and learning, which eventually leads to improvement and positive change.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Coach Heather Binns

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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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Hunger or Craving?

You’d think it would be easy to eat when you're hungry and drink when you're thirsty, but as we all know, it’s not as easy as it sounds. In our day of living we’ve all become accustomed to habits based upon our daily lifestyles. For example, when I worked in the corporate world many years ago, I started drinking coffee each morning because that’s what everyone did. It was an unnecessary habit I started when I arrived at work each day.

Nowadays we’ve lost our true perception of hunger. How do we know if we’re truly hungry or just experiencing a food craving? The key is learning how to recognize the difference between hunger and cravings.

True hunger commonly occurs when you haven’t eaten for a while (a few hours or more). If you’ve gone a really long time without eating, you’ll also notice hunger pangs in your stomach such as rumbling and grumbling. You may feel weak and lightheaded with a possible headache. My husband always knows when I’m hungry because I get cranky, too (commonly referred to as ‘Hangry’).

One important thing to remember about hunger is that the feeling doesn't pass with time. If you’ve waited approximately 15-20 minutes and you’re still feeling the same way, then you really may be hungry. Your body is telling you that you need to eat and satisfy that hunger with food. Just make sure it’s not one type of food you are fixated on, as that may be a craving.

Cravings are usually for one specific ‘comfort’ food such as sweets, salty items, and fatty foods versus just nourishment in general. Cravings are also commonly caused by negative feelings and can be stronger if you’re dieting or restricting specific foods from your nutrition. And for us ladies out there, these cravings intensify during our menstrual cycle and pregnancy. What fun!

Many times we give-in to our cravings to feel better, but it can also put us a through an emotional roller coaster. We feel good while consuming the food item of choice, but then feel guilty afterward. Occasional guilt after over-indulging is normal, however if every single meal is a battle with excessive guilt, regret, and shame, then this might be something more serious.

Cravings can also occur right after we’ve eaten. For example, I commonly crave sweets the moment I’m done eating dinner – that’s my downfall and it’s a true sugar craving! But the most important thing to remember about cravings, is that they will pass with time. When I have those sugar cravings, I sometimes give-in to them, but many times I try to distract myself and eventually forget I even had the craving in the first place.

Try distracting yourself with journaling, exercise, sleeping, working, studying, listening to music, talking to a friend, or anything else that will shift your mindset to a positive new task at hand.

So, the next time you have the desire to eat, stop and try to recognize if it’s hunger or just a craving.

Have a happy, healthy and nutritious day!

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC


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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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Do You Eat?

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Do You Eat?

Healthy that is....

But what exactly does "healthy" mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, healthy means "free from disease or pain," "showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being" and "beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state."

Do you REALLY eat healthy?

I know many times I think I am eating healthy, but when I start logging my food for a couple weeks, I notice that I have slacked. I got caught-up in my old ways of eating too much sugar, not enough protein, not enough vegetables, etc. See, I have the same problem as most people and have to continually remind myself to eat healthy as well.

So how can you REALLY know if you are eating healthy?

I recommend logging your daily food and drink intake for at least 2 weeks to really get a good look into how you eat on a regular basis. You'll most likely be surprised with what you find out. For example:

  • How often do you eat vegetables, lean protein, sugar, processed foods, etc.?
  • How often do you drink alcohol?
  • What is deficient in your nutrition?
  • Do you tend to eat smaller or larger portion sizes?
  • Are you eating only when hungry or are you emotionally eating as well?
  • How much water do you drink each day?
  • How do ingredients make you feel 30 minutes to 48 hours after consumption?
  • And so on...

By putting pen to paper you are actively recording in your brain and keeping your nutrition at the top of your mind. You'll start noticing what you reach for in the refrigerator when it's time you eat versus mindlessly choosing and consuming.

To help make these two weeks of food logging easier for you, keep a pen and paper/notebook with you at all times. Record your intake including food item, quantity, and notes on how you feel or the situation you were in at the time. This is important as snacks are typically consumed unpredictably and, as a result, is impossible to record accurately unless your food log is nearby.

Try to record as precisely as possible every single item that you consume including water, vitamins, condiments, etc. Use a small food scale if you have one, or use standard measuring devices (ex: measuring cups and measuring spoons) to record the quantities consumed as accurately as possible. If you don't eat all of an item as planned, measure what's left and record the difference.

Also record combinations of food separately (ex: 100% lean ground beef, brioche bun, and condiments) and include brand names of food items, or list the contents of homemade items, whenever possible. For packaged items, use labels to determine quantities and ingredients.

Now I admit, this will still feel cumbersome over the 2-week period, but the knowledge you will gain from this experience is ten-fold and well worth the effort. Like I said before, you will most likely be surprised with what you find out. And best of all, you don't need to count calories!

So choose your pen and paper/notebook of preference, determine a start date for logging (ex: Monday, February 12th), and when you are done I would love to hear what you found out. What nutrition habits were you surprised by and what are your plans to adjust them based upon your goals?

Ready, set, go! You got this!

Yours In Fitness, Heather Binns

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Do You Drink?

Enough water that is....

Many times we think we are properly hydrated, but how do we really know?

Our body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ needs water. Without water our body cannot remove waste, metabolize food, lubricate joints, maintain its temperature, and transport nutrients.

Did you know that water makes up more than half of our body weight and is the most important nutrient that it uses? We only have one body to live in, so we better make sure to take care of it!

Here are some of the signs of dehydration: " Extreme thirst " Headaches " Muscle cramps " Darker urine or very little urine " Rapid pulse " Dry mouth " Confusion " Sleepiness or fatigue

Here are some easy ways to help stay hydrated: " Drink water (duh!) " Eat foods high in water content such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, green peppers, lettuce, radishes, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, pineapple, cauliflower, strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, grapefruit, berries, baby carrots, kiwi, radishes, and cantaloupe " Drink beverages high in water content such as coconut water, tea, coffee, lemonade, vegetable juice, fruit juice, milk, etc. " Carry a filled water bottle all day long (I do and it really helps!) " Consume ice chips " Use all-natural sea salt sprinkled sparingly on food to help balance water and potassium levels and to alkalize the body " Exercise to increase circulation to get more nutrients into your cells

I usually recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, then 70 ounces of water is ideal. If exercising or working extra hard in a day, additional water will be needed to make-up what is lost while sweating.

So, start drinking up, but keep in mind that increasing water intake abruptly can be a challenge. The key is to slowly work your way up to the allotted amount of water each day and eventually your body will compensate. If you stay hydrated, your body will function properly every day!

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Instead of Resolutions, Set Some New Year RESULTS!!

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Instead of Resolutions, Set Some New Year RESULTS!!

Ah the New Year! This is always such a wonderful time of year to set new intentions. I know there is always some backlash against "Resolutions" because many people don't keep them past February... So don't call them "Resolutions" if you associate not following through with that word, instead call them New Year RESULTS!

There is something about the blank slate of a New Year to decide what you want to make happen! It is exciting, motivating and worth taking advantage of. What will your 2018 New Year Results be?

Set some goals that you know you can commit to. Here are 20 suggestions for new micro-habits that could add-up to some big transformations in 2018…

  • Drink ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water every day
  • Take 3g of high-quality fish oils every day
  • Download and use the HeadSpace meditation app for 10 minutes every day
  • Get to bed by 10:30pm (or earlier if needed) 3 nights a week
  • Write down 3 things you were grateful for during the day, every evening before you go to bed
  • Write down 3 “victories” you achieved during the day, every evening before you go to bed
  • Read for 15 minutes every day instead of watching television
  • Walk/run 10,000 steps every day
  • Do 20 push-ups every morning
  • Stretch and/or foam roll for 5 minutes every morning
  • Spend 5 minutes planning the day within the first hour of waking up
  • Have a veggie-based protein smoothie 3 times a week
  • Every 3 months write down 10 people who have supported or positively influenced you and write them a personal note to say thank you
  • Declutter your inbox by unsubscribing from any emails you no longer read. Including this one if applicable, although you’ve just got to point 14 so I’m guessing you have at least half an interest in what I’ve got to say ;)
  • Avoid caffeine after 12:00pm
  • Turn-off social media after 9:00pm
  • Plan and prepare your meals for the week every Sunday evening
  • Commit to strength training at least 3 days a week
  • Set yourself some exercise-related targets, then plan monthly non-food-related rewards for following them
  • Eat breakfast everyday

Now how do you make sure to keep yourself on-track with your New Year Results (micro-habits)? I started using an app called Productive to help build new daily habits. You put in whatever you want and it gives you a reminder when it's time to do it. Take some time this week to sit down and write down your goals for 2018. Remember to consider goals in all areas of your life - health & fitness, financial, career, family, spiritual, experiences... Or make a vision board with pictures reminding you and keeping you focused throughout the year.

Whatever you decide to change in 2018, I hope it brings you the success that you’re looking for. Here’s to you in 2018!

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Let's Talk About 2018!

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season thus far and are taking time to connect with your family and friends while reflecting on what you are thankful for.

As our holiday season continues, who else has a list of To Do's to start tackling?

Shopping Baking Holiday cards Oh my!

Remember to keep YOU as a priority. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all! Stop and make time for you.

Keep your workouts on schedule at least twice a week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as you enjoy the end of 2017! Do something every day to recharge while you start to think about what's ahead for 2018!

Goal setting is something I really believe in and love to teach others about. With every New Year comes an incredible energy to get refocused and set some goals. This is why for the past 5 years we have offered a transformation challenge at Renov8 Fitness to give our members extra motivation in the new year while inspiring their friends to join in!

We've been brainstorming what to offer for 2018 to get everyone excited and would love to get your feedback on what you loved about past challenges and what you would be looking for in 2018? Whether you have participated in the past, or are new to Renov8 Fitness, we want to get your feedback!

The survey is only 6 questions so please take about 1-2 minutes to share with us how we can help you start the year off to make 2018 YOUR YEAR!

Click here now to share your feedback

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Gratitude

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Gratitude

Gratitude I feel such gratitude for those that lend me their most precious commodity - TIME (by reading my emails). Time, in the form of your attention, is the greatest commodity that you could share.

Thank you for lending me your attention, and as such I would love for you to have this FREE GIFT! It’s a Thanksgiving Survival Guide that has 7 tips to avoid gaining weight over this upcoming holiday weekend. I hope it adds value to your life. And remember to be thankful...I am thankful for you!

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Protein Bar for a Quick Snack?

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Protein Bar for a Quick Snack?

A new Renov8 Fitness member asked about protein bars I recommend when in a bind and need a quick snack. As most of my friends and clients/members know, I always recommend real whole food first. Howeverer, if you are to choose a bar for a quick snack, this is the one I recommend - Rx Bar. Also, that link gives you 25% off :)

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