Connect the Dots Ginger | Becky Allen

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

LIIFT4 At Home Workout Results


Hey guys! Great thing about tracking progress is that I get to show what programs actually do for me. Liift4 is a BRAND NEW workout program and I was part of the coach exclusive group getting early access to the program this summer.

It's a 4 day a week workout program with 32 separate workouts. Each workout is ONLY 30 minutes long. The workouts focus on lifting heavy, shredding it out with High Intensity Interval Training and then ending with core strengthening moves.

I actually gained 4 pounds doing this program. But... IT WAS 4 POUNDS OF STRAIGHT UP MUSCLE! Because I have never had visible back muscles before. I have never had the definition I have now. And I'm using heavier weights more comfortably now. I actually am using what I used to call my husbands weights.


Ladies, don't be afraid to lift weights. They help burn body fat. (Check out my 1 year progress photos to see what lifting weights and eating right has done for me!) Being strong is a blessing. It allows us to lift our babies easier. We have less aches and pains when we move. And for me, it's helped to regulate my crazy PCOS hormones and keep my periods more regular.

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Not sure how to get started? CLICK HERE to get set up your year membership with access to over 700 workouts, meal plans, exclusive trainer tips, the perfect portion containers and my ultimate workout game changing, my pre workout energy boosting and post workout anti-soreness drink mixes! And I'll message you to get you connected in my exclusive groups with the accountability, support and community you need to stay motivated and successful! Or send me an email to chat! 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Life Isn't Perfect, NEITHER AM I!


If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook, you see my workout highlights all the time. But let me tell you! Things are not always as they seem! The other day I found out that the horn player that sits right next to me had seen my page but didn’t realize that it was me until I showed a picture she recognized. The next question she asked me was, “How do you get your floors so clean?” To answer that, I clean them with Bona Floor Care once a week and spot clean during the week after my workouts. You know. To clean up the sweat. And honestly it’s just the floors themselves and the finish. They shine really well! 

But what really hit home with me is that per my videos it seems like I’ve got it all together. I have a perfectly clean house with 3 perfect kids. HA! That ain’t true my friends. I have a very lived in house. There’s even some writing on the walls in the basement and guest room I still have to scrub off or paint over. It’s easy for me to move the toys in my workout area. For safety too! And I have moments where I #gingersnap because my kids are fighting so much. The thing is, I make time every day to exercise and I share that with you. I’m not any different than you (and you could even do what I do and help others on their journey! Interested? EMAIL ME!) 


It doesn’t take anyone special, or some magic ability to be a stay at home working mom of 3 kids and 2 home businesses and volunteer weekly make time to exercise. 
You just have to make a plan. Find a space. DO IT and Make it work. With kids around you if you have to. You can do this! 

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Monday, October 1, 2018

1 Year Progress With At Home Workouts


1 year later and I'm well on my journey! It hasn't been easy and it's taken a lot of dedication to my programs and myself but change has happened. And all this change has happened from AT HOME WORKOUTS!

STATS:
Down 9 pounds
Lost 24 inches
Lost 6% body fat on my body!

I'm not going to lie and tell you seeing that damn number not move very much on the scale has not been easy. It's frustrating but the scale only tells part of your progress. This is why taking pictures and measurements are so important. And honestly I lost a TON of body fat and replaced it with lean strong muscle. 15 pound weights are my go to medium to light weights now you guys! That is HUGE for me considering a year ago 8's were my heavy.

If you are feeling frustrated with your lack of progress, don't. Just keep on going. Change happens but it takes time. REAL TIME.
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If you are ready to start your journey and truly make change. Not sure how to get started? CLICK HERE to get set up your year membership with access to over 700 workouts, meal plans, exclusive trainer tips, the perfect portion containers and my ultimate workout game changing, my pre workout energy boosting and post workout anti-soreness drink mixes! And I'll message you to get you connected in my exclusive groups with the accountability, support and community you need to stay motivated and successful! Or send me an email to chat!

Want more daily motivation and inspiration? Click here get free advice, support and encouragement + a free copy of my Clean Eating guide to help you get started on your health and fitness journey! Don't forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK!

Monday, September 24, 2018

5 Tips To Eating Out For Special Occasions

It's a HOLIDAY WEEKEND! YAY! For us it is our Anniversary weekend. So Labor Day is pretty special for us. (hoping it doesn't turn into actual LABOR day though...3 more weeks baby girl, 3 more weeks! 14 years on Monday and we are celebrating tonight with an amazing dinner and of course we are going to indulge in a melted pot of chocolate! So let's talk about those fancy date night meals or indulgent meals. Hey, this is real life. No more restricting things. This is why we eat clean 80% of the time! So that we can enjoy the other 20%. I won't eat like this every single day (I used to want to!) Not anymore. Just occasionally am I ok with eating over indulgent food.
HERE ARE MY 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU WHEN EATING OUT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS!

1. DECIDE BEFORE WHERE AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EAT: We have already looked at the menu and the restaurant we are going to is African inspired but looks VERY healthy and has lots of healthy options. The only thing with eating out is you don't know for sure how they prepare your food. How much salt or oil. So try to pick something that is the healthiest option. Avoid cream sauces or deep fried foods. Your tummy will thank you the next day.

2. DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO EAT ALL OF THE FOOD. There is nothing better than enjoying leftovers guys. If it is a good meal, the leftovers can be pretty yummy too! Most restaurants give you too big of portions anyways. It is best to eat 1/2 or 1/4 of what is on your plate depending on how BIG the portion is. Think of your containers. Because as we learned from Autumn, it is still not good to over eat even the good foods!

3. START WITH YOUR VEGGIES AND LEAVE THE CARBS FOR LAST. I know I am no fun! But make sure you get some veggies on your plate, just like your momma taught ya! And start with them first. Hey, I think of it that if you don't like veggies, eat them first so that the rest of your food takes away the taste of them! ;) But get those veggies in because they are the most important, then go to your protein, and leave any carb for last. You don't want to fill up on quick burning foods and have no room for the stuff that your body really wants and needs!

4. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ORDER DESSERT. Share your dessert with your date. That way you aren't eating the whole thing by yourself. I struggle with this because we are often split on what we want for dessert and have in the past ordered one for me and one for Matt and then tried both. Occasionally this would be ok. But every time you eat out or go on a date. Probably not. I will be sharing my pot of melted chocolate tonight but only because it is so much I don't want to waste any!

5. DON'T ORDER TOO MANY "FUN" DRINKS! Make sure you don't enjoy too much alcohol or Mocktails. (that is what I get since I don't drink any alcohol. Try to limit yourself, because they are more empty calories and if you are doing an appetizer, dinner, dessert, that is already a lot of calories! Before you go decide how much you are going to drink, 1 or 2 glasses and stick to it! Your bill at the end will thank you too!
Remember, it is ok to eat out and enjoy what you are eating. Tomorrow you will be back on your regular eating of clean eating. You just need to think about it, plan ahead (just like you do at home!) And you will have an amazing time. Remember you are there with your partner and as long as you are together, that is all that matters!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How To Gain Daily Motivation To Exercise In 4 Easy Steps


Are you wondering how someone, like me, has the motivation to exercise daily? I get asked, "How do you have the motivation to exercise daily?" After they have been watching my Instagram account. In truth, I didn't in the beginning. I mean beyond the excitement of starting a new program and before the soreness from said new program set in. I was just like anyone else who just wanted to sleep in, or catch up on watching last night's episode of The Bachelor. But what really changed my game was picking a time every day and sticking with it.

This was my big GAME CHANGER!

1) I carved out a time in my everyday for just that 30 minute workout.
2)  I planned out my workouts on Sunday night so I knew exactly what I was doing every day.
3)  I set up an alarm on my phone to remind me.
4)  I reminded myself first thing in the morning and had it in the back of my head that at 12:30pm I was going to work out.

MAKE IT A POINT NOT TO SCHEDULE ANYTHING DURIG THIS TIME! For me it coincided with my kids mandatory quiet time. Win Win! Me time and quiet time all wrapped up in one. And the more I was consistent with sticking to that time the easier it got every day.

STICK WITH YOUR SCHEDULE! Do the work when you planned on doing it and stick with it. You are your most important appointment you have all day!

Now a year later, exercise is part of my daily habit just as much as brushing my teeth is. My day actually feels off when I don't exercise because my body and my mind need those happy making endorphins in  my system. Even just last week, I took some extended rest from exercising because I pulled my achilles tendon, and I started to suffer from my depression. Exercising helps me function better, be a better mom and be able to handle the stress of the day a little easier. I make it a goal to workout at at least 5 days a week depending on which program I'm following.

My workout time has change to earlier in the day, because honestly, I started making excuses why I couldn't workout at 12:30, and it was becoming more difficult to get myself to do it. So I moved it to earlier in the day. Technically my new workout time at 7:15 am is more inconvenient because I have at least 1 child around and I only have a little wiggle time before I have to get my second son off to school. But, having a small of time kind of makes me focus harder and get the job done instead of blowing it off until later.

In the end, you have to make time daily to get your workout in, commit to doing it and actually do your workout at that time, and do it consistently and before you know it, it will be part of your normal every day life. A big help for me was following the hottest workout on the market right now, 80 Day Obsession. It's a 6 workouts a week program that were filmed in real time and with a total of 80 separate workouts to follow. It comes with a complete meal plan that tells you exactly what to eat, exactly how much to eat and when to eat to help you not only lose fat but totally change your body shape. Check out this link to learn more about it! This is my BEST PICK to get you what you need to be successful! And if you do decide to opt in, you not only get access to over 700 workouts, exclusive trainer tips, meal plans and the healthy cooking show, but you get to work with me directly to help you reach your goals in my exclusive groups! Any questions you can always send me a message on Facebook or email me!

Stay consistent. And trust your gut that you can do this! Because you can!

Want more daily motivation and inspiration? Click here get free advice, support and encouragement + a free copy of my Clean Eating guide to help you get started on your health and fitness journey! Don't forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK!

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