2018 Six Week Nutrition Challenge

Starting January 15th, receive online private coaching, encouragement, group accountability and 3 home-workouts per week.  You won’t regret doing this!!!

The first three weeks we will focus on detoxing our bodies of toxins and educating ourselves on the foods we usually choose.  The last three weeks we will be learning to eat balanced and correctly to achieve your weightloss and/or fitness goals.  NOTE: You will be well educated on how to read the nutrition labels and ingredients.

Join our Facebook Group and email list to start off your 2018 “Eat Right Kick Start.”

We will begin meal prep the weekend before Jan 15th.

Limited Availability. Spaces will fill up fast.

$60 (or free to anyone who orders shakeology thru me).  Shakeology is not a must, but I highly recommend because it will help with your sweet tooth cravings and provide you with the nutrients your body needs that we simply can’t get from the grocery stores anymore.  

Click here to order Shakeology  

(Mandy’s Bootcampers get a discount. $40, if you are a current Gunter Bootcamper.)

Join via Paypal

$60 via Paypal PayPal.Me/mandyfit/60

$40 via Paypal PayPal.Me/mandyfit/40

or Venmo … Username @MandyFit

 

 

I Compete Because……. I CAN!!!!

This past weekend I competed in a Crossfit competition with my Crossfit friends from Crossfit Solus.  It’s been two years since I have competed.  This actual competition I was a part of, I have participated in twice before.  It was a same-sex partner competition with four different WOD (WorkOuts of the Day).

I was very pleased with how we performed—except for my own performance in the last workout.  The first workout was a 40cal bike ride, 30 clean and jerks, and 20 pulls-ups done as fast as possible and broken up between me and my partner however we wanted.  We got first in our heat in this WOD.

The second WOD was two parts.  Partner 1 (which was me) did 150 single unders, 21 overhead squats, 100 singles, 15 OH squats, and 50 singles with 9 OH squats.  I was able to do this part unbroken with no problem (other than wanting to pee on myself a little.  Jumping can do that to us- HAHA). And my partner, Melissa did 12 front squats, 24 KB swings, 9 front squats 18 KB swings, and 6 front squats with 12 kb swings.  We finished well in this WOD too….maybe 3rd or 4th.

My favorite WOD was the Deadlift and Overhead Press WOD.  It was a 3-6-9-12, etc workout of 6mins where one partner held a static hold of a overhead press out while the other did deadlifts.. as soon as that partner was done she held the deadlift hold at the top while partner two did OH presses.  This one wasn’t any trouble for me.  My partner got a little tired at the end but not too bad.

Where it all went wrong was in the last workout.  Which was a workout I would think I would be decent at in the past but for some reason….that day was not my day for this chipper WOD.  First of all it was synchronized workout where my partner and I had to complete two rounds of 40 dumbbell snatches, 30 toes to pole, and 20 burpees over the db.  All was going very well for us until I got up from the toes to pole and started on burpees…..and suddenly the whole room was spinning.  I kept thinking it was going to pass, but it was actually getting worse the more I kept going.  I am not sure why….I am thinking I just got up too quick from the toes to pole (laying on the ground) and up into a burpee…which made me go WONKY.  I kept having to stop and take breaks, thinking I would be able to slow the room down.  But it didn’t work at all.  The rest of that workout was a blur.  By the end of it I even felt nauseated.  I felt terrible because I would usually rock this kind of WOD!  So I know it was a shock to my partner as well as myself.

But here is the deal….competing now in my 40s is so much different than when I was in my 30s.  I used to be extremely competitive. From grade school till now.  Don’t get me wrong. I am still quite competitive, but it’s all relative now.  A few years ago, I would have been extremely upset with myself for letting myself and my partner down in that last WOD.  But this time, I was able to shake it off way quicker than ever before.  And I know it’s because my mindset has changed.  I am not competing or working out anymore to PROVE SOMETHING.  Instead, I am competing because……it’s darn fun!  It’s fun to hang out with my best CF friends all day and get a lot of workouts in.  And its fun to cheer on each other and even pick on each other, too.  I also compete because…..well, BECAUSE I CAN!!!  I am 42 years OLD.  And there is something to be said about being older and throwing around heavy weights and doing pullups.  Frankly, that’s impressive! And it’s something to be proud of.  And I compete and workout cos it just makes me a better person from the inside out.

So will I continue to compete….you bet! Can’t wait!

 

 

“Objects in the Mirror” are not as real as they appear

I can’t even count how often I hear…..”Oh you guys are too cute!”  “You guys have such the perfect family.”  We are frequently told that some of our Facebook posts are fun and “they make me smile.” My husband and I also get mentioned as a “great couple” whom others look up to.

But I am just gonna get real raw and honest here!  We really aren’t cute!  We don’t have our “crap” together…  In matter of a fact, we are a dang mess most of the time.  We really are!!!

I do admit, we do have a great family and we work really hard to maintain our family……  BUT…….

Our kids don’t always win, we skip workouts, we eat poorly sometimes, we aren’t always “happy,” we don’t get invited to parties, our bank account gets laughable, our house is frequently messy, we fight, we skip church, we make excuses,  the sound coming from our cars need attention, and our baseboards are really bad.

Behind the curtain of our life… is absolute pure chaos sometimes.

To be honest, this past year has been the toughest year for our family. We have been in the biggest valley of our marriage. It is ONLY by God’s Grace that we are even still married.

Thankfully, we have had some good moments of laughter, success, smiles, and good friends along the way. God has been with us every step, every crawl, and every stare-at-the-ceiling late night.

So don’t let social media fool you. Most people post the best things about their week… We frequently do too. But it is not the only reality.

Don’t let social media fool you.

Tears, down times, sadness, and valleys are real, too. Struggling to just “barely hanging on” is a reality that you can live in for long periods of time. Believe me, I know.

Hang in there… if you feel alone or not as cool as the Facebook post of your friends. It’s OK. It’s OK to struggle. It’s OK to not live up to a fantasy.  We all live in the same real, broken world.

Be thankful we have a Savior that helps us through the dark times and a Savior to thank in the good times.

I know I have had to cling to Him in the valleys of life. I try to remember to cling when walking on the mountain tops too.

We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Phil 1:30

Making Changes and Seeing Changes

Feeling Great again thanks to these things….

So it’s been three weeks since I began my new program!  I thought it might be time to give everyone an update on how I am doing and what I am doing.  First of all, I am very happy with my progress, not only physically but mentally too!  I’m not only see inches and pounds coming off, but I feel so much more in control over my food behaviors and choices.  I am no longer “craving” those bad foods and seldom do I actually want them.  I have will power and discipline again! And because I do, I feel so EMPOWERED!  It’s an amazing feeling!!!

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

So what have I been doing?  I have been following a strict meal plan.  I ate exactly what the meal plan called for except if I were out.  When I was out, I ate like kinds of foods (usually chicken salads).  The first week of the program I ate very clean and very balanced meals.  The second week I cut some selected starchy carbs out….still had some but only what the program suggested.  The last week the carbs were cut almost completely out. I lost 8.2# and 4 inches totally (mainly from waist and chest) during those three weeks.

Clean Eating Works. Trust me

Workout Wise?  I did a variety of things…..   I am kind of playing around with keeping my daily workouts very unroutined, because I think my body adapts to the exercise regimen and then gets used to it.  So I would do at least two workouts a day…… all in the choices of crossfit classes, lifting, running and/or online shift shop programs from beachbody.  I would workout in the mornings and evenings.  Mornings were crossfit and/or lifting.  While evenings were shift shop or running. **Let me add, I am not going “all out” at my workouts either.  I am just moving and moving well.

I also have put Shakeology back into my daily routine!  I absolutely love it…..(SHAKEOLOGY).  I have always had success from supplementing #shakeology into my diet.  I don’t like too many veggies….this supplement makes me feel better about my picky taste buds.  LOL.  And let’s just be honest! It’s super convenient and tasty.  So it’s #win all the way around.

Shakeology is working and I can tell

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

In the next month I am going to continue my meal planning and carb cut.  I am following my very own 21 Day Sugar Detox again….but I am doing it for a full month because I have a private group following and being trained under me next week.  I have this program down to the T.  I have made some adjustments to it to make it very much doable (customized it) ** If you are interested in this private online training with me, please contact me!  I’d love to help you!  You’ll learn to so much…… (nutrition label reading, why is carb cutting a big deal, what is ketosis, what you body needs, etc).   Click here to join us.  I PROMISE YOU CAN DO THIS AND WON’T REGRET IT!

The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is REAL

For the first time in almost two years, I am finally feeling like I am gaining my will power, focus, and discipline back. It has been lost for quite some time…..which for me is very much NOT like myself. I am a very driven person. So in the last two years, its been somewhat frustrating to be lacking these things. I was very much floundering! Which has led me to weight gain and lose of true fitness (amongst others things, as well).

In the last two weeks, I have been really concentrating on my own fitness and wellness! I am eating strictly from a 21 day meal plan that will help fix my metabolism and help me trim back up. I am working out a lot too. I am back to two… even sometimes, three a day workouts; Crossfit class, online workouts, and sometimes lifting or running. I am posting like a mad woman on social media, as well….because this keeps me accountable to myself and also to my private FB accountability groups.

I am 12 days in on this new program and LOVE IT (with a 5.5# weight lose so far).

But let me be honest again with yall! It hasn’t been easy! WHY???? Well, because I am fat, fit girl right now! Meaning, I am pretty fit (I can do most WODs at a pretty good pace. I can run a couple of miles without stopping. I can lift some heavy weight). BUT GOSH YALL….. I am not in the same shape I was three to four years ago, when I was crushing all my workouts. I was 15- maybe 20 lbs smaller then. I was running 20+ miles per week, crossfitting and crushing ALL the WODs. Working out was fun and somewhat easy.

Now—well, NOW it is WORK! It is work to finish a WOD…physically and especially mentally. It makes me breath heavy to lift a lot of weight several times. And running more than 2 miles straight is a huge accomplishment if I don’t stop to rest a bit.

The Struggle is REAL HUMBLING

It’s a hard reality for me to face that I have let my fitness slip again. Especially when I am a passionate coach!! Realizing that I am not living up to what I have preached the last couple of years….is humbling, to say the least.

And it is even more so humbling when I working out and not able to push myself like I used to. For instance….1) I can’t keep up. 2) Or I can’t or shouldn’t do RX because it simply might kill me! LOL! 3) Or the fact that I went hard on Monday means that the rest of the week I am gonna be sore and tired for the remainder of the week. This is all my own fault because I let me fitness slip. And because I let my fitness slip… I am now having to retrain my body, my mind, and even my competitive spirit.

So it’s been a struggle…..not only physically but especially mentally. I have had to take on a whole new mindset to get past this!!! I have to make a conscience effort in the morning to have the right attitude and work hard mentality…. My brain has to tell my heart, “I have done this before. I have been down this road of being out of shape. And it’s absolutely possible to get my fitness back. But I am gonna have to work my tail off to do it. I am gonna have to embrace the suck!!! I am gonna have to keep moving even when I don’t want to. I am gonna have to scale, if I want to move fast. I am gonna have to eat right foods to fuel myself properly if I want to perform well and lose weight. I am gonna have to say no to social drinks or cookouts that involve non-programmed foods.”

IT’S GONNA BE HARD WORK! THE STRUGGLE IS GONNA BE REAL!

I have to change my mindset and tell my ego to stop being upset at myself, to stop frowning upon myself for not being able to kick ass at every WOD, and to not beat myself up for slowly allowing myself to fall back into these bad habits again. And instead, I have to say…..EVERY DAY… I am doing this and I am doing it well. Even if I am sore, slower than I want, or even not look the way I want. I know that I am improving myself more and more every day.

I CAN! and I WILL get my fitness back!!!!!

Gunter Boot Camp 2018

Ready to get serious in 2018?   I have no doubt that the Gunter Bootcamp is the right place for you!

Last fall, I launched a boot camp here in my hometown of Gunter (after 3 years of Crossfit Coaching and Private Training in Sherman, Texas at Crossfit Solus).  I wanted to bring Gunter the same kinds of opportunities I was able to provide the athletes of the Sherman area. The boot camp has been a great success so far.  So much so, that more classes are in demand. See the schedule below.

2018 Spring Schedule

Monday/Wednesday/Friday  – 8am

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday  – 6:30pm

***Yes you can mix class times.

A custom camp made for YOU, taught by me.

I have been asked for years if I offered instructional classes nearby but I just couldn’t make it happen. But the time is right and I am so excited. Our Fall 2017 was a BIG HIT. In 2018 will have a morning and evening workout party three days a week!!!!  Colder months will be held inside at a barn/gym in Hidden Lakes, while warmer days will be outside at the city park.

What you can expect from my Boot Camp?

  • Result Driven, Energetic Fitness, Weight Loss and Body Toning Workout Programs
  • Motivational with Group Accountability
  • Functional Movements Training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Endurance, Agility, and Speed Training
  • Strength Training
  • Personalized for EVERY FITNESS LEVEL

Activities & Equipment:

Dumbbells, jump rope, box jumps, battle ropes, kettle bells, yoga mats, and sand bags. Barbell and pullup rigs for intermediate/advanced athletes.  Every workout will be different and varied.

 

THE DETAILS:

Jan 9th through end of March

Please agree to a 3-month commitment

Monday/Wednesday/Friday  – 8am

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday  – 6:30pm

Gunter City Park

We have alternate locations for bad weather days

$110 a month

Pay monthly fee via Venmo App (use bank or debit card) or Paypal

Bring your own kettle bell and yoga mat.

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT:

Pay $50 via Venmo or Paypal to hold your spot. Put “8 am class” or “6:30 pm class” in the payment notes. (paying the $50 deposit will hold your spot. Space is limited.)

If Venmo Username @MandyFit

If Paypal ( mandyturnerfit@gmail.com)

$50 Deposit Buy Now:


I can’t wait to get started

I love coaching and I love helping people in their fitness journey. This is such a natural fit for me and I think it also is a fun event for my small town friends and neighbors.

I can’t wait to get started!!!! Let’s have fun and hit YOUR goals!!!!

 

Time for a Major Change

I’m sure a lot of you have seen me posting about my fitness over the last eight plus years. But this last year, I have hardly had time to workout and eat the way I wanted. I really only had the energy to focus on my Crossfit coaching each week.

Life gets so crazy sometimes, and working out and eating well moves down on our priority list. I have to be honest, 2016-2017 kicked my butt. It was the craziest, most stressful year of my life. I have been such a mess, I ignored important people and priorities for almost an entire year. My world has been upside down.

During this time, I yo-yo dieted. Ate out way too much. Stress ate. Tried this-or-that weight loss method for 7 days, 21 days… or even for 3 hours. (You read that right) … Even though I had the knowledge, I was wrecking my chances for fitness success.

Thanks to the grace of God, I am getting my life in order. I am eliminating unhealthy patterns and replaced them with the correct ones. God shined a light on some dark spots… and I am cleaning those areas up and mending some fences.

I am living with new priorities. God. Me. Family. Career.

Perhaps surprising to some people, “me” comes after “God?” That’s right, me. I don’t think this is because I am selfish or ego-centric. It’s because I can’t take care of anyone else unless I take care of myself. If you fly much, you have probably heard the flight attendant say, “In case of an emergency … put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help others.” I have to attend to myself first in order to help others. This includes time in the Word. Exercise. Sleep. And Nutrition. I have a strong desire and have been built to serve others… and I can’t do that while I am broken.

My excuses are OVER. I am ready to do this RIGHT!!!

When I look back at what worked for me over the years… I keep coming back to a holistic strategy that I’ve taught for years.

* Dense Superfood Nutrients
* Simple Clean Eating
* Strategic workouts that get real results
* Peer Support to stick with it (especially on days we don’t feel like it)

So, effective August 7th, I will be returning to a meal replacement and cleaner eating. I KNOW this works for me and my clients.

Time for Meal Replacement

I also will strategically insert running, high impact exercises, and strength training back into my weekly workouts.

If you want to quit making YOUR excuses, I’d love to help you! I will be setting up an free online health and fitness group to help keep us accountable and share some of my meal plans for the rest of the month of August! I did a similar plan and lost up to 10 pounds and gained momentum for my fitness journey… more importantly, I felt amazing.

So, to hold myself accountable and help and inspire others around me, I would love to have you in this group to help each other kick-start our goals. Message me or like or comment below if this is something you think you might be interested in! We all start somewhere.

Let’s call this group “No More Excuses – Kick Start

Mandy Turner

Hey… Wives and Moms, do this!!!

This is to every wife or mom out there!!! I need to tell ya’ll something that you MUST DO!!! Take some solo time… alone…away!!!! It’s a must!!! I am a wife (19 yrs of marriage) and a mom of three teenagers (parenting for 17.5 years)….and for the first time in my adult life, I took a solo vacation. And it was more than I ever dreamed and hoped for.

Early Morning Quiet Time

If you read my last post, A HOT MESS,, you would have learned that I have been in a very rough and difficult time in my life. Life has been messy. And once the mess gets so out of control….just like a dirty unorganized house, you can get overwhelmed, stressed, and freaked out. And, suddenly you do not even know where to begin to start cleaning the mess up. That is where I have been recently.

So, I needed a temporary escape from all the chaos. And it was GLORIOUS! Simply divine and glorious!!

I traveled to East Texas and stayed at a friend’s lake house. The place was perfect. Plenty to do outside, plenty of nature, and complete quietness. I came with NO PLANS other than to rest, pray, read my Bible, and be outside (I hear God best when being outdoors).

Quiet Mornings and Evenings

So I spent three days alone at this lake house. I would wake early and go for a run on the windy roads around the lake. I saw deer all the time. I would then sit on the back porch (for hours) that over looked this quite beautiful lake, and I would pray, read my Bible and work on hand lettering scriptures for fun while I ate breakfast. After lunch, I would go get in the water and either swim or paddle board. I would also binge watch Greys Anatomy on Netflix too… ha ha ha. And I did a lot of sitting and thinking and meditating on what God wanted from and for me.

I can not explain how magical that time was to have there all alone. I remember thinking to myself as I drove out there….. I am probably gonna get lonely or bored. LET ME TELL YOU!!!! I DID NOT ONE DANG BIT!!! It was so freeing, relaxing and refreshing to just BE STILL for once.

I also would advice you to do something out of your comfort zone while away too. For me….. I never knew I would have a problem getting into unknown lake waters BY MYSELF!  It seriously took me 15 minutes and a glass of wine to get in. HAHAHA! And then I got even more daring by pulling out the paddle board and then getting out on on that by myself. 1) I have only paddle-boarded once 2) What if I fell off and couldn’t get back on by myself? But I did it…..and it was a blast! I paddle-boarded all over that lake! LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!

Loved my Paddle Board

The last night my husband came to join me….he brought me steaks for dinner and I “allowed” him to crash my party for the evening. Which was a nice treat to end my time there. But do not tell him—-my time alone there was way better than the steak :).

My Cute House Guest

Funny thing was…..I found myself crying as I left my little oasis that last day. Because the reality of my normal chaotic life awaited me back at home. I wasn’t really crying because I didn’t want to come back home….but because I was so grateful for that time alone with God for a few short days. I knew the reality of the BUSY WORLD was going to grab hold of me again once I arrived back home.

Recharged

I am home! I am refreshed… a bit renewed. And loving my chaotic life. But I do have on my calendar to make it a priority to have a solo vacation once a year from here on out!!! I am counting the days to my next one……

A Hot Mess

Hey! I am back—-after a very long absence to the blogger world!!  But I am gonna shoot straight with you here…. I am entering back into this blogger world as a dang hot mess!! So much “life” has been happening in and around my world.  Too much to post here today, too complicated, and even a bit too messy.

But because of “life”,  I have a lot of clean up to do with my mess…. and dang right dirty mess to clean!!!!  I have a lot of re-aligning of my priorities to do with my Faith, Family, Friends, and Fitness.

As I type…. I am actually at a friend’s lake house in East Texas on a SOLO mini vacation.  YAP!! You heard that right!?!? I am on a solo vacation for a few days (no kids, no husband, no work, just me and some quiet time).  I am here to get away from the chaos and to be able to just focus on what God wants me to focus on. And to figure out the next steps of how to make my hot mess—–into a beautiful mess!!!!

A HOT MESS

Life can get a little dirty

And because of where “life” has recently led me, I have found myself….

  1. On my knees asking God for answers to hard but real questions.
  2. Battling and conquering struggles in my marriage.
  3. Wondering what God has in store for Todd and myself career wise.
  4. Needing and desiring more time with my kids but the above things often takes away from that time.
  5. 15 lbs overweight and not feeling my usual “healthy-fun” self.

This list could be more detailed and longer, but I am don’t want to blog today about all of that.  What I do want to blog about is the fact that I am HERE!!! READY TO KICK SOME BUTT transforming my HOT MESS into a Beautiful Mess!!!

So ready or not!!! Here I come….  Time to get dirty!

I’m working on the mess now

 

A “Transitional” Year

As I look back on this past year….I realize how much I have changed as an individual.  It was a very different year for me. A year of a lot of change in my life…not to mention turning 40!!

If you know anything about me, you would know I am a very much goal oriented person. I am driven. Hard working. Super dedicated.  And STUBBORN!! LOL! You might also know that I make New Year’s Resolutions (aka Goals) every year.  Since as long as I could remember, every New Year’s I would write these down and then put them in my Bible to review and remind myself throughout the year.  BUT, last year was the first year that I did not do this!  WHY?? Cos I had NO CLUE what to expect out of my year.  I had no real direction.  No real DRIVE for anything in particular….other than crossfitting and some running.

My 2015 year began with me resigning from my 6.5 year position as the Children’s Pastor at my church.  And I was coaching crossfit classes very part-time.  I had no idea what I was going to do next…. I just knew in my heart that it was time for a change.

Because I am the type of person that needs to have SOMETHING IDENTIFIED as a goal so that I can chase it, to not have any goals were a real struggle for about 8 months out of my year.  The only goal I had for the year was to do a CrossFit Competition as a RX athlete.  And that didn’t go as planned either….because I got injured one week before the competition.  **This was an athlete spirit killer for me too!

I felt like much of my year I was lost.

–I was a new crossfit coach…working hard to gather as much knowledge as possible to help my athletes.  And I was also getting to know my coaching peers…and slowly making new friends with those I worked with.

–I was a busy wife and mom—but a mom of teenagers who didn’t need me the way they used to.  It’s a big change to have kids who are somewhat independent….that need me and my attention is a totally different way than they did in the earlier years.  Now they are little adults.  I have gone from Mommy to Mom.

–I was a Christian..struggling to open my Bible and having a hard time connecting with God in my prayer life. (I truly believe this was a huge adjustment since I had just left full time ministry and struggled to know how to study without an audience in mind).

–And as an athlete….It was a humbling year.  I had spent much of my year injured. (People warned me this would happen at 40years old-haha).  I thought my injury would be just a two-three week deal but it ended up being a 4 month ordeal.  And that was just ONE injury.

I vividly remember late in the summer having a complete breakdown at Crossfit.  I was hoping to PR (aka Persona Record) on my clean lift (cos I hadn’t PRed in months…like A LOT of months) and I was due.  That day I barely hit my previous PR.  I was devastated and just threw my barbell down and took off running….while everyone else did the WOD (workout).  Yes, it was a grown woman tantrum!!!  

As I was running, I remembered that running hurt, too.  And right then and there I ran (wobbly) and cried my eyes out…wondering why God was taking everything away from me that made me ME…the things that I loved or felt like I was good at.  I couldn’t run.  I couldn’t lift heavy.  My workouts sucked.  I just ran and snot cried! I started doubting my coaching ability. I knew I was struggling spiritually but that snot run I actually felt like He was listening to me.

 

SOMETHING HAPPENED soon after that tantrum!  All of a sudden I was able to feel freedom of being okay with not having a direction.  It was like I suddenly understood I was in a “transitional stage”.  I was realizing I was refinding myself….. or I think a better term would be “redefining myself”!  And suddenly I was content to be open to any change that may come my way.

I have finished off my 2015 year feeling more confident and actually excited about this new transitional time in my life.  I am enjoying every minute of redefining who I am…..in God, as an individual, as wife, as parent, as a coach, and as a friend.

And right now I am in a good place……a very, very good place!

–And I will be making goals again this year!!! Stay tuned!  Welcoming 2016! Can’t wait to                                           see what it has in store for me!!