Connect the Dots Ginger | Becky Allen: 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Post Super Bowl Hangover | 5 Tips to Recover FASTER



Who else enjoyed that amazing game last night?!? Some of us probably more than others, I'm sure. Even me, guys I went in to yesterday knowing it was not going to be a weight loss day and I'm okay with that. Because we had all the fixin's for the game, pizza, ice cream, candy, Doritos, and more! I didn't eat all of what we had, I stuck with pizza and ice cream but those 2 things together, my body didn't like. And I was right, this morning, I was up in my weight from where I was yesterday.

And I'm not beating myself up about it either! That is the first tip!

1) GUILT FREE ZONE! Turn off the guilt because holding onto guilt is the last thing that your mindset needs to deal with. No matter what happened last night, it happened. Time to just move past it. Because it's a new day today. You can't change what happened you can only change what you do from here on out.

2) GET BACK ON TRACK! Get your ass up and get your workout done! NOW! By the end of TODAY! Just do it. Don't think about it or how you are feeling sluggish or blah. Just go get it done and do the best that you can do. Because a little work is better than no work. And it's Monday! #nevermissamonday

3) DITCH THE LEFTOVERS! Do you have leftovers in your house from last night, just toss them. Get back to eating on track with the foods you know you should be eating, or check out my favorite list of foods that I choose from HERE. I know it's boring but opt for a salad today for lunch and pile on the extra veggies on your plate at dinner. The best thing your body needs right now is vitamins and minerals.

4) HYDRATE! Drink plenty of water today to help flush out the foods you ate yesterday. Extra points if you add a slice of lemon to help your body detoxify.

5) GET TO BED EARLY TONIGHT! Make it a point to go to sleep earlier than normal and catch up on some sleep. Granted the game didn't last too long last night but still, if you were like me I struggled getting to sleep at a good time. My plan, in my room around 8:30, curl up with my Outlander book (cause i'm in major "Drylander" mode right now hurry up season 5 premiere!) And aiming to be asleep by 9:30 tonight.

Need more support and accountability to stay more on track? Join me and my virtual gym gals in our accountability and support group. Gain access by getting access to our online Fitness Library with access to over 1000 workouts, meal plans, cooking show and resources to help you stay on track! Get started with a 3 MONTH MEMBERSHIP for $39 plus you get 2 weeks free before your card is charged! CLICK HERE to get started!

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

February Fit Club In Our Virtual Gym | Weight Loss Support and Accountability

It's all things focused on being our most fit in February! From tracking foods to completing our workouts that are pre planned and scheduled for the week. Because it's that kind of focus and support that's needed for change to happen. It's all about taking things to the next level! LEVEL UP!

So if you have been struggling staying on track with your New Year Resolution for weight loss and better health, it's time to join my ladies who have all Leveled UP their commitment because they are ready for bigger changes in this new decade! And when you decide to work with me you also get access to my exclusive virtual gym community with daily accountability, motivation and support from other women just like you to stay committed! 

Get my ultimate pick bundle kit! This kit includes AN ENTIRE YEAR access to our online fitness library (It's like the Netflix of fitness!) plus my favorite pre workout drink to give you energy to get started (JITTERS FREE- y'all I took this while pregnant and nursing!) and endurance during your workout, and then a post workout drink to keep you from feeling sore so you can do it again the next day. PLUS, access to the nutrition program I'm doing right now that focuses on mindset with your nutrition! And best news yet, you save over $115 with this kit!


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Struggling To Stay On Track With Your Weight loss? Track Your Progress Regularly


It's the beginning of the month and in our Virtual Gym that means, IT'S TIME TO TRACK OUR PROGRESS! Most people fall off track because they see a lack of progress but, most people track from day to day or week to week, but let's say, you track monthly, over the course of 6 months, that's how you can see more progress.







First of all, mindset. You have to remember that this journey is a marathon not a sprint. For most of us, this journey is going to take way longer than 2 weeks. Most of us expect to see progress in just 2 weeks. But ladies, it can take up to 4 weeks for your body to realize you are making changes and start to change. It can take up to 8 weeks for you to start seeing change and 12 weeks for other's around you to see change. But why is it then, that most people stop or get hung up within the first 21 days of the journey? Just think on that for a moment. What has gotten in your way in the past? What can you do to change that from happening. YOUR MINDSET! Allow yourself to allow things to take time to change.

What to track:
Weight
Measurements
Progress pictures of your front, side and back
Body Fat %
Commit to tracking monthly for the next 6 months

Tips for pictures: Pick a spot where you can see your entire body. Use the timer function on your camera or phone if taking the pictures by yourself or have a friend do them. Set the height to be straight on and not pointing up or down as that can alter the look of your pictures. I use a tripod for my camera, set the timer and run into position!




Tripod I use! 


I personally have been using the Fittrack Dara Smart Scale which tracks more than just you weight. You can set it for athletic mode and track your BMI, Body Fat %, body water%, Muscle Mass, Lean mass, and more! Get yours below!


In the end, Change will happen, with time! But first you have to start tracking. Most people don't want to take that first progress picture, but I promise you, DO IT! Not for now but for later so you can compare!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Oral Health For Improved Overall Heath | GIVEAWAY

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This past year I've been working hard on my overall health. It wasn't until August after realizing my hormones were out of balance and doing hours of research that I decided to take a more proactive move to stabilizing my gut heath. Yes, the gut. When your gut is out of balance, it can mess with your hormone health, digestive health and even moods. It all starts with what we put in our bodies but also, the whole process starts in our mouth. Not only from what we put in it for fuel for our bodies but also keeping it nice and clean! Oral Health!

Having good oral health allows your gut to have the healthier bacteria in it. Now, I know we all know to brush our teeth twice a day, but, let's talk about the kind of brushes to use. Our family switched to the electric toothbrushes after multiple cavities were infecting my kids teeth because they just weren't brushing their teeth well enough. And honestly the fighting and screaming from us having to do it for them, was enough. So I'm always on the lookout for the best of the best products out there.

That's why I was so excited to be sent the Caripro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant! It came with its charger and 2 super soft brush heads in the box, the brush also has a built in tongue cleaner on the back of the brush head! Guys, this brush has 5 separate settings on it with varying speeds and ability from Clean, White, Massage, Gum Care, and Sensitivity. Plus it's smart with a 2 minute total run that pulses every 30 seconds to remind you to switch to a different quadrant of the mouth to brush.
The first thing I noticed using the brush was the pitch difference. I'm a musician and I can hear the difference in the pitches which relates to frequency. I compared it to my current brush and it's a 2nd and 4th higher in pitch (depending on setting) meaning it is brushing at a faster frequency, so it's moving at a faster speed than my current electric brush.


I also love the different settings options. You can truly customize your brushing to your needs! My favorite settings were sensitive and white. I had a gum graft a few years ago on my lower front teeth and I'm still super scared that I'm going to mess my gums up again because I do not want to go through that surgery again, so I've been using the sensitivity setting at least 1 time a day. I've also noticed that my teeth looked like they were brighter and freshly polished by the dentist after every use. And I'm right at that 6 month check up point with my dentist, so having that super clean look was so nice!

So if you are ready to get an electric ultrasonic toothbrush, I highly recommend the Caripro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smily Brilliant! Want 20% off your new brush? Use code: connectthedotsginger20 at checkout! And be sure to enter using the next link for a chance to win a GIVEAWAY: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/gb/connectthedotsginger

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Friday, January 3, 2020

All About Beachbody's 6 Weeks Of The Work AND 4 Weeks Of The Prep

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AHEM, do I have your attention now??? HEY! Down here! Keep reading! I know the picture is amazing but you are here to learn about the program. Read this then scroll back to the top and check out the picture again!


Now this program is my jam! Hard hitting, heavy lifting intense workouts. That is what is being delivered in our new program with brand new Super Trainer Amoila Cesar! Amoila is a NASM and NCCPT certified personal trainer with clients ranging from pro athletes to celebrities to regular, everyday people. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology from the University of Central Florida. This is his first collaboration with Beachbody. He was handpicked to create 6 Weeks of THE WORK because of his intense training regimens, the results he’s achieved with his clients, and his motivating, tough-love workout style

What is 6 Weeks of The Work? 
6 Weeks of THE WORK is cutting-edge functional training designed to help you build real-world strength that translates beyond the gym.

In six weeks, you won’t just be leaner, but you’ll also be stronger, more agile and mobile, and see improvements in your performance in everyday life—all while strengthening your mental game.

--> 6 Weeks of THE WORK is an advanced program designed by a trainer whose job is to make sure his professional athletes and celebrity clients are in peak physical condition.

There are 36 workouts packed with challenging compound lifts, agility drills, cardio exercises, and mobility moves—all designed to help you get in incredible shape in record time. It’s going to be one of the toughest programs you’ll ever take on. And Amoila is keeping it real for ya but having 2 different versions of the program. The original EXPLICIT language version and a clean version with the swearing cut out.

Also in the program materials, you'll find the nutrition guide and also how to incorporate this program with our 2 nutrition programs available as an upgrade option.


Want to try a sample of the 6 Weeks of The Work program? CLICK HERE TO TRY THE SAMPLE WORKOUT FOR 6 WEEKS OF THE WORK

But to do 6 weeks  of the work you gotta pass the Fit Test first to make sure you’re up for the challenge. But, it’ll all be worth it, because in six weeks you’ll see results you never thought possible.

If you're not ready for 6 weeks of the Work, Amoila also created a 4 Weeks Of The Prep to get you ready, physically, for 6 weeks of the work.


It's a toned down version of 6 weeks of the prep. You do have to repeat workouts tho because there are only 11. But that's okay it's only for 4 weeks!


Want to try the sample 4 Weeks Of The Prep workout program? CLICK HERE TO TRY THE SAMPLE WORKOUT! 

4 WEEKS OF THE PREP IS INCLUDED IN YOUR EARLY ACCESS PURCHASE OF 6 WEEKS OF THE PREP! IF YOU'RE READY TO COMMIT TO EITHER OF THESE PROGRAMS CLICK HERE TO GET HOOKED UP WITH MY FAVORITE BUNDLE! 

IF THIS WORKOUT ISN'T YOUR JAM CHECK OUT OUR OTHER NEW PROGRAM BARRE BLEND! Beachbody's first barre workout program! 

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

All About Beachbody's NEW Barre Blend Program

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I am so excited to share about our soon newest program. And to be completely honest, I really wasn't all that excited about it when it was announced last summer. I've done a barre class and it was good, but it wasn't my kind of workout. I like the heavy hitting intense workouts. And guys, I've done a couple of workouts now and my mind has changed. Is it a heavy hitting workout? No but honestly it is just as intense. A different kind of intense. My arms, legs and booty were on fire from the beginning of the workout until the very end. And the energy that that trainer, Elise, gives is HIGH and infectious. And I actually want to be more graceful. Cause I'm not but she says be graceful and dang it I was trying! 


People have been asking Beachbody for a Barre workout for a long time. They have delivered and this program is going to be life changing for many people!
Barre workouts are one of the hottest fitness trends and have been for years. There's lifers that praise the way the programs sculpt and tone with low impact while improving flexibility and posture. So, available January 3rd Beachbody's first Barre workout will be available as Early VIP Access only and will be released across the online fitness library June 1.

What is Barre Blend? 

  • Low impact, high intensity, high energy workout from our very own barre expert and professional dancer, 3 week Yoga Retreat co-creator Elise Joan.
  • Dance inspired moves that are fun and challenging. (no dance experience required!)
  • Fusion program incorporating, ballet barre, pilates and cardio interval training
  • 30-40 minute workouts 5 days a week for 60 days

Wanna try the sample workout? CLICK HERE TO TRY THE SAMPLE WORKOUT!

Interested in getting early access NOW? CLICK THIS LINK RIGHT NOW And get immediate access to the complete program and workouts, including meal plans and daily affirmation cards to be sent to you in the mail plus a full year access to our online fitness library, plus my favorite pre and post workout drinks. You're going to need them. Get energy to get started and then the post workout drink to keep you from getting too sore so you can push play the next day!

Want more info or want to be notified when it's released in the main library? email me or message me!

Need something a little more hard hitting, heavy lifting and intense? Check out our new 6 Weeks of the work with included 4 weeks of the Prep program by or newest super trainer Amoila Cesar!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Lack of Consistency or Progress? What Makes You Stop Your Weight Loss Journey?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FIT FAMILY! Can you believe it is already 2020??? So weird yet so exciting at all the possibilities ahead of us in the new year and decade. Also I'm kind of wondering of flapper dresses will make a comeback!? I kind of dig that idea! 

Let's do a little review of my 2019. I've suffered from my depression coming back. Irregular periods which led me to get checked out with my OB and after blood work, it was confirmed that my hormones have decided to quit on me, so I started hormone therapy for my peri menopause status (at just shy of 38 years old, so sad.) We are working on not only turning my hormones back on but also regulating them. Plus I started taking supplements to help with my adrenals from suspicions that they are not where they should be from my cortisol levels. But...

Hi, I'm Becky the CONSISTENCY QUEEN! I started 2019 at the exact same weight that I ended 2019. Yet, I've been exercising 5x a week on average for the entire year. I've made progress, I've lost some inches, lost some body fat, gained muscle (boy did I gain muscle) I've toned up parts of my body, my clothing fit better, I have more energy, I'm eating completely different than I was even just a couple years ago. I feel pretty good. But...I didn't get the progress I had hoped I would have at this point. 
So let me ask you, with all the negative stuff stacked against you would would you continue to be consistent or do you throw in the towel? To be honest, years ago I would have worked hard for a few weeks, and if I didn't see that scale go down, I would have downed a pint or 2 of Ben and Jerry's and said "I knew it wasn't going to work," or "who cares." When I really had hoped and believed that it would work for me. That this was going to be the time that it actually worked. 

But...guys, for this year it didn't work. I didn't lose weight. But...I had so many positives. STOP LETTING THE LACK OF SOMETHING derail you. HONESTLY isn't it better to have a consistent healthy habit and over time for the progress to come later. See below. This is my change from 2 years and 3 months compared to today. That's progress. Over 2 years! And I didn't gain weight this year, so that's a win. So...in the end. It doesn't freaking matter if your progress is slow. It doesn't matter if it takes you 5 years to lose 20 pounds but "it took Felicia 2 months". BYE FELICIA! Your progress is only dictated by the effort you put into what you do and your consistency. Don't stop your consistency because the scale isn't doing what you want it to. Keep on the consistent behaviors because those will help you in the long run health wise. And isn't that what you want? A healthier life? 

To help you feel better when there is no progress, track your Non Scale Victories. #NSV

Just a few Non scale victories are: clothing feeling looser, you have more energy, your skin looks better, you decided to not to eat the extra large cupcake in the window, you can climb the stairs without feeling winded, you can get up or down to the ground easier, you ran your first 5k, you ran your first 1/2 marathon, you made it through a move in your workout without stopping (oh girl, I celebrated big time when I was able to do the full minute of burpees in 21 Day Fix Cardio, when I could barely do 1 when I started. THAT'S A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!) You made it through an entire workout without stopping or pausing, you did your first pushup on your toes, you did 5 pushups on your toes. You did 20. These are all NSV's and hundreds more! Celebrate these. Give yourself $1 each time you notice a new NSV and girl, you will have extra $$ in no time. 

Let this be the year that you create the healthy consistent habit of daily exercise and eating better. Even if the scale doesn't move. Stay consistent. Let this be the year that you change your life and your daily habits. Progress will come. That's where I come in. 

💥 Maybe you're looking to save $$ on a gym membership? Or would you rather just start working out at home? Maybe you need to change up your workout routine at the gym? I got you. I can get you hooked up with the same online fitness library I use that you can use from anywhere on your phone (using the web or our app), laptop, smart tv, even on Roku, or Amazon Fire. Get unlimited access to 1000+ workouts plus my favorite cooking show with all the comfort foods health-ified. 

💥 Maybe you need to stop dieting and start living and eating all the foods. I got you here too! We have 2 nutrition programs that don't require counting calories, points, cutting food groups or skipping any meals. If anything you will be eating more food than you have before, but it's the foods your body needs to feel and function better. View the 2B Mindset Program here. View the Ultimate Portion Fix Program here.

💥 Maybe you just need support to motivate you and keep you accountable on your journey! I HAVE YOU HERE TOO GIRL! When you get our online fitness library membership, or the nutrition programs, or just the daily superfood filled shake, you get access to my EXCLUSIVE Virtual Gym and me as your 1:1 coach when you need it. We have daily accountability polls, a tracker app group, motivation, challenges, live meal planning calls, community support with the other ladies, and you always get the 411 first with me from new products released. 

Create a consistent habit and progress will come. I promise you! And stopping is a guaranteed one way ticket that you will never make progress. It's a "would you rather..." kind of situation. So would you rather be consistent or make progress if you had to choose? Drop a comment below or send me an email and we can discuss! 

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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