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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - The marathon

    The marathon

    When we decide we want something big in life – a body transformation, to compete in an athletic event, to start a business, etc., we often WANT IT NOW. Frequently here at Epic Fitness we have to remind clients that health and fitness, like anything important and worthwhile in life, are a marathon effort, not a sprint or a race. Patience, persistence, and perseverance will get you everywhere when approaching big life changes or goals. Urgency, impatience, and inconsistency will, conversely, get you nowhere. Can you lose 20 pounds in a month? Probably. But 2-3 months down the line things won’t look or feel very good. More importantly even, things like pain management, habit ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - Come as you are

    Come as you are

    Whether you’re currently working with us here at Epic Fitness, whether you have in the past or you may in the future, it’s important to us that you know we want you to come as you are. Come as the imperfect and amazing self you are RIGHT NOW and transform into the imperfect amazing self you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised in years, if you don’t know the difference between starchy and complex carbs, or if you love or hate the idea of fitness. You have a place here. You are cared for, and you are wanted. You don’t have to be anything that you are not to walk through our doors and receive ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - Guilt has no place with food

    Guilt has no place with food

    As you might imagine, I, like many people who work in the fitness industry, have had to overcome mindset issues around food. If you’ve ever experienced guilt around food, this message is for you. I understand. I know what it’s like to beat yourself up for eating that piece of cake or for eating junk food all weekend. I know what it’s like to wake up bloated and full of regret. I know what it’s like to judge myself and my inability to make the “right choices” 100% of the time. But I’m here to tell you today that it does you no good for several reasons:
    You can’t undo what you’ve just eaten anyway
    Shame and guilt make you actually ....

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  • 5 permanent fat loss strategies cheat sheet

    When it comes to fat loss, no one argues that nutrition plays the primary role in someone’s success or failure. Your continued nutrition also decides whether or not you keep the weight off or gain it back. Crash diets and quick fixes are often extremely restrictive and require you to eat in a way that you could never sustain for the rest of your life. This is why over 90% of people who lose weight gain it back (plus some). If you have ever lost weight or attempted to lose weight and failed, you know how frustrating it can be – not only in the moments that you find yourself falling off the wagon but also as you watch yourself regain the fat you did lose, despite a conscious ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - Gratitude

    Gratitude

    With the hustle and bustle of life in the 21 st century, it’s easy to see what needs to get done, where we are lacking, and how successful other people appear to be. There are so many incredible benefits with the technology we have today from the internet to cell phones to social media. But what we often find is that these things create a gap between where we are and where we think we should be. This can lead to guilt, anxiety, stress, and even depression. If we feel like what we’re doing and where we are isn’t ever good enough, it’s not surprising. So, we continue to focus on what’s missing from our lives. Instead, I suggest implementing a daily gratitude ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - What drives you?

    What drives you?

    Motivation is one of the most common objections I hear around why people don’t achieve their fitness and fat loss goals. There are 4 types of motivation: 1. Fear-based motivation– this is where you take action because you’re afraid for whatever reason of what might happen if you don’t. This type of motivation disappears when one of two things happens:
    You do what it takes to alleviate the fear
    You rationalize the fear, accept the outcome, and are no longer afraid In either instance, you stop taking action, motivation disappears, and the cycle will repeat. 2. Obligation-based motivation– you’re ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - Stress and weight gain

    Stress and weight gain

    Have you ever eaten well, exercised consistently, and consumed plenty of water only to see no changes in your body? Have you wondered why, despite your best efforts, you find your pants getting tighter and you’re getting more and more tired. Look back on those times. Maybe you’re experiencing it now. What has been your stress level in those times? You see, your body knows prolonged stress as your ancestors used to experience it. It meant prolonged periods without food. Your body is programed to see long-term stress as a threat to your survival, so it tells your body to do 2 things: store energy and increase hunger. This is why we gain weight in stressful times, even ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - Your Best Self

    Your Best Self

    If you close your eyes, breathe deeply, and start to visualize your best self – who is he or she? How does he or she look? What’s the expression on his or her face? How does he or she feel inside? What is he or she proud of? Spend 5 minutes here – visualizing the very best version of you possible. Maybe you’re more fit and healthy, maybe you have a job you love, maybe you have the happiest relationship you can possibly image. Now, where are you today? What’s missing from where you are now to that best version of you? How would you feel if you turned into that person you saw in your mind’s eye? What’s one thing you can do to bring it to ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - For moms that don't have time (share with a friend)

    For moms that don't have time (share with a friend)

    Over my years working in fitness and nutrition I’ve worked with A LOT of moms. Given that moms give to everyone around them, I’ve had to really navigate what holds them back from giving equally to themselves. I’ve talked to hundreds of women about their struggles when it comes to sticking with their fitness. I know about the fear of failing again, the fear of starting over, and the fear of falling off the wagon
    . I know about the cravings and lack of knowledge
    of how/what to eat. I’ve watched them spend endless hours on treadmills, working with trainers, and exercising with little to no return on their time and energy investment. And I’ve seen them give up ....

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  •  in Simi Valley - Epic Fitness - What If?

    What If?

    Tony Robbins always has an amazing way of putting perspective on things. One of his concepts that I love is that everything happens FOR you not TO you. It’s the idea that everything in your life serves a purpose, teaches you a lesson, propels you into growth. When we find ourselves overweight, in pain, and out of shape, it’s easy to look back and list 100 reasons why. We had to neglect ourselves because ________________ (fill in the blank). What if that reason, like being too busy in a job for example, was used to make us more efficient with our time so that you HAVE time to take care of yourself. That busyness is happening FOR you to help you grow. Is there a situation ....

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