$525 in Gifts AND a Slammin’ Body

I just received my first freebie-gift today!!  

With Ripped Body Boot Camp, when you sign up to work out with them and keep up the good work, they give you $525 in gifts!!  I know that sometimes personal training and work out groups can be on the pricey side… BUT I love that with this group, and this group ALONE, you can practically get reimbursed for your workouts!!

I received a $200 gift of a photo shoot with MTran Photography!!  Marilen [the photographer] has a gorgeous portfolio and the gift covers a full photoshoot!! I don’t have to pay anything…  I am always thinking that with “gifts” they’ll give you a $20 voucher for a hair cut at an amazing salon- when really the average cost of a haircut is $90, so if you did decide to use it you’d still be out 70 bucks…  But sooo not the case with Ripped Body Boot Camp!!  

I’m thinking I am going to do a graduation shoot!! I graduated from college this past Spring, and it was such a busy time for me that I never really go to celebrate!!  Well, thanks to my workout group- I now can!!

If nothing else, it is just nice to know that people appreciate you…  On the card I got from the owners of Ripped Body Boot Camp it said: “Mattie- you are the coolest… We’ll have to talk surfing!  This should come in handy for the photos with your friend!  Treat yourself… You’re making big changes and that deserves a reward! -Rob & Diana”.  

Sometimes making the choice to workout is difficult… it takes motivation to get up out of bed in the morning, makes you sore the next day, costs money, and sometimes you just really don’t feeeeel like doing it….  I guess I feel the drive to go to my workout group, not only because they are the best at what the do [a woman in our group has already lost 33lbs. in one month!!], but also because I know that me showing up means something to the group!!  I am appreciated there and it really shows when they are willing to basically hand you back your money in fun rewards.

Look- I am not claiming to be an expert at fitness!!  I am actually an expert traveler and makeup artist.  Neither of which specialize in physical training…  I do know however, that everywhere I have traveled [yes, even in Morocco], and every woman whose makeup I have done- all have one MAJOR thing in common…  We as women- want to feel beautiful!!  And feeling beautiful starts from the inside and works its way outward!!  Working out with my group works on your outside- and they appreciate your inside!!  What better way to display that for all to see, than in a photo shoot!! 

Visit my blog for the next post to find out steps to take in order to feel beautiful.  And please contact me if you’d like any info on my workout group and their $525 in gifts!

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half the battle is sparking your motivation

Everyone has to start somewhere!! When it comes to fitness and health that is the BIG equalizer…

For me- I promised myself almost 3 years ago that I’d get back into the shape that I felt most comfortable in- and then things like my gluten allergy hit as well as my new found love for Moet champaign & Almond Joys… Who knew?!  So for the past 3 years I had  felt all the motivation I thought would eventually make me stick to my fitness plan- alas, it turned out to be just enough motivation to make me try a whole bunch of things that didn’t work for people like me; people like YOU!!

Okay, so if we rule out running [because not only has it not ever been my strong suit- but I can’t be in my head for that long with nothing else to do… too much going on up there…], then that leaves home work out videos or gym exercise.  Let me tell you: I have done both- and for a fair amount of time, which makes my “experimenting” with these options viable.

I worked out at “Fitness” gym for over a year, almost 3-4 times a week and  I would do the elliptical [my version of running], and then weights.  I also would use my heart rate monitor while I was working out to make sure my h.rate was always in the “fat burning zone”…  After a year of doing the whole hassle [you gym-ers know what I am talking about: getting ready your water, towel, workout clothes, clothes for after your work out, ect, ect…] I decided my money wasn’t being put to good use since my fitness level had hardly increased.

I next tried home-video work outs… It is a rare gift to be the type of person who can not only clear a large enough space somewhere in their house 3-4 day of the week in order to work out- but then be motivated through the whole hour or two of the freaking video!!  And believe you me- I tried easy exercises [like dancing workouts] to mid-range [regular push-up, crunches, squats] to the intense [P90X]…  I did my research!!  But none of these videos were working out for me- and I thought about why…

People are social and competitive, and most times need correction and positive reinforcement!

Most people [so don’t think you’d excluded from that!] need a group work out in order to see results.  In a group the members feed off each other, which increases the fun and the competitiveness to do more! do better! and not just against the other people, but against yourself as you start to see improvement.

So this is my new theory- and as always I am putting it to the test!!

I am joining a group workout club that meets in Solana Beach/ Carmel Valley [in San Diego, CA], and since I am sure my theory is right- I am going to document my journey in getting healthy again!!  I’ll review the group and see what secrets they know, and tips they can help all of you with.  So my first workout is this Saturday morning… Stay tuned!!

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