Hate V.S. Hard

Ever hear someone say, “I hate this exercise.” Why do they use the word hate? Hate is used in place of hard frequently. When something is hard, it is challenging and many people don’t like the feeling of going beyond their comfort zone and being challenged. 

When you tell yourself you hate a particular exercise, it immediately impacts your mindset negatively. It makes you dread the movement; makes you want to find the easiest way to complete it or maybe even avoid it entirely. Where will that get you? 

Instead of approaching an exercise that you find challenging, replace the word hate with hard. Doing this will give you a growth mindset, one that understands the exercise not going to be easy, but at the same time knows that you are strong enough to complete it. This is how you grow! 

Get outside of your comfort zone and find the courage to try those hard exercises. Once you realize your abilities, your confidence will boost and you will want to continue to challenge yourself with the HARD exercises. 

-Coach Ashley  

Get Fit NH Charity Training Coming in Hot

We are SUPER excited to bring back charity training! We have not felt comfortable doing these for the last few years due to obvious reasons, but with a new space and overhead doors that open for fresh air flow, we feel REALLY good about bringing this back.

Many of you know that I have a soft spot for Best Buddies NH. I participated in the champion of the year event in 2020 and my Best Buddy and I managed to come in 3rd place raising nearly $12,000!

This year I am teaming up with another Best Buddy, Ian! We are committed to raising as much money as we can through community driven events between now and November!

This event only costs $10 to attend! We encourage you to bring friends and family from the community to help us make the biggest impact we can. 100% of proceeds will go toward our campaign .


We will be accepting cash or checks made out to Best Buddies NH with a memo of Meagan and Ian Champion of the Year Campaign

You can also donate using our unique link here

Let us know on our Facebook event if you plan to come and share, share, share!


Body and Mind Transformation Contest Sign Ups are OPEN

We are excited to roll out our annual Sizzling Summer Slimdown Body and Mind Transformation contest.

We have been running this challenge for 12 years and every year we try and make it a little better than the year before! This year we are adding a new element with a huge emphasis on MINDSET. 

Why? Because most of us know what we should be eating, but it's our mind that sets us back over and over again. So we are going to put some work in there through structured journaling!

Here's what you're going to get:

  • 5 weeks of nutrition coaching through email and private Facebook group
  • One Get Fit NH mindset journal 
  • very detailed and completely personalized nutrition plan for you and your specific goals based on your specific body
  • This plan will include exact portion sizes for YOU and a detailed list of foods to eat and foods to avoid 
  • One 10 minute onboarding call with Coach Meagan, Coach Adam or Coach Ashley to determine your specific intake
  • One video weekly  (live on social media and recorded sent through email)
  • A choice to play as a group of 3 or as an individual 

Here's how you win

  • 31 out of 35 pages DONE in your journal. We will use a system called TrueCoach to email you daily asking if you journaled the day before. You (and your group) must check off 31 out of 35 days to be eligible to win and we will want to see (not read, just see) that the pages are filled out if you are deemed a winner. We will be handing out cash prizes so it is important that we confirm.
    • We want the biggest take away of this challenge to be a mindset shift therefore journaling will weigh heaviest to win
  • Greatest percent of bodyweight lost
    • For example: Sally weighs in at 160 pounds and weighs out at 150 pounds losing 6.25% of bodyweight
    • John weighs in at 200 pounds and weighs out at 190 pounds losing 5% of bodyweight
    • Sally wins for losing more
    • This helps us keep it fair for those who may not have as much weight to lose
    • Let's say Sally and John were partners...6.25 + 5= 11.25/2 people = 5.6% as a group
    • We will be working in groups of 3 or as individuals, this was just to show how we will configure winning numbers 
  • Tie breakers
    • We will use social media posts to break any ties! The more you post the more likely you are to WIN the tie.

Here's what you win

  • 1st place 
    • 31/35 days done in journal from the whole group. So that means if ONE person in your group doesn't come through then your whole group is out.
    • Greatest percent bodyweight lost as a group or as an individual
    • Wins 7% of total contest revenue. Conservative estimation around $300 (split amongst the group if a group wins)
  • 2nd place
    • 31/35 days done in journal from the whole group
    • 2nd greatest percent bodyweight lost as a group or as an individual
    • Wins 5% of total contest revenue. Conservative estimation around $215 (split amongst the group if a group wins)
  • The comeback win *NEW THIS YEAR*
    • After the challenge is when results CONTINUE, but only if we keep up on the habits we build during the challenge. So for the first time ever we are going to offer another weigh in the week of 7/18 and 7/22 which is 5 weeks AFTER the challenge ends. Anyone who maintains their loss or loses MORE will be eligible to win a cash prize. 
    • The other kicker? In order to win that client must have a FULL journal (every page filled out) No exceptions.
    • The person (not group) with the greatest maintained percent of bodyweight lost and a full journal will an estimated $215. 
  • Dates
    • Start Date: Monday, May 9, 2022
    • End Date: Friday, June 10, 2022
    • Initial weigh in due by: Friday, May 6, 2022
    • Final weigh in due by: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    • Kickoff ZOOM meeting: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 6 pm 
    • In person celebration and winner reveal party: Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm

Sign up here for $67

Mindset

 Fixed or Growth?

Someone with a fixed mindset believes that their qualities and abilities are fixed traits, set in stone; that you either “have it” or you don’t. They perceive even the smallest stumble as proof of their limited intelligence or capability. When it comes to working toward goals, they give up easily because they believe they can’t improve.

Alternatively, with a growth mindset, you perceive a failure as a temporary setback and a learning opportunity to figure out what you can do differently next time to achieve a different outcome. You see setbacks as a chance to build on your abilities and knowledge base. You believe that effort influences success, so you spend more time practicing or learning, which in turn leads to greater achievement

Your mindset influences your behavior more than you might imagine and can determine whether or not you pursue and accomplish your goals. 

If you have a growth mindset around fitness then you believe you can get fitter, stronger, and even more athletic, no matter where you’re starting from. “Let's say you believe you’re good at running, so you actively work to improve at it and get better. Conversely, let's say you don’t believe you’re good at upper body strength work, so you avoid working on it, and as a result, don’t make any upper body strength gains. A growth of mindset directly affects our capacity for physical growth."

“The first step to a growth mindset:

Tell yourself a different story.”

Creating a Growth Mindset

When we run up against a wall or a difficult situation, how we interpret and react to them depends on our beliefs about ourselves. Our actions are a manifestation of those beliefs.  The first step in cultivating a growth mindset: The moment those self-defeating thoughts arise; picture a big red stop sign. And then shift the narrative. 

 

Instead of telling yourself                      

  • I’m not good at this

  • I can’t do this

  • It’s beyond me

Say

  • can do it; I am improving

  • It’s only possible if I try

  • It’s OK to fail because I’ll learn from my mistakes

 

 

Redefine “Failure”

Yes, failure is painful. It burns in our mind and makes us doubt ourselves. But rather than allowing it to define you (or your perceived limitations) and make you shy away from new challenges, reframe it as a springboard for growth. What you believe is what you achieve. How you choose to interpret your experiences can determine what you will, or won’t, accomplish. 

 

Consistency is KEY

With anything else, consistency is always key to success. It’s a consistency of your effort and focus over time. A growth mindset means there’s a belief in change.

 

A growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could spend that time getting better?”

It’s never too late (and you’re never too old) to learn. When we stretch ourselves and push out of our comfort zone, our brain forms new connections. With practice, these connections get stronger and what seemed daunting at first can soon become easy.

Coach Jared’s Obstacle Course Race Class

We are excited to roll out a new offering. One of the cool things about having a team of diverse coaches at Get Fit NH is that they each have "their thing."

Coach Jared's "thing" is obstacle course racing. He enjoys competing and pushing his limits in different ways.

He has created a Get Fit NH team for the Spartan Race that is coming to NH Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 14th. If you wish to join the team then head to the link below and join the Get Fit and Race team. We will be "racing" at 9:30 am for the 5K sprint. YOU CAN GO AT YOUR PACE!

Sign up for Spartan team HERE

If you want to do this race (or one like it) then you can also join Coach Jared's new OCR class. He will be offering it on Wednesdays starting April 20th. You will be able to select the times that would work for your schedule (between 6:30am and 8 am)

You can also choose to do the 16-week course (that leads you right up to the race) or the 8-week course if you have some travel days where you think you may miss a few classes.

He will teach things like rope climbing, heavy carries, monkey bar techniques, and a lot of outdoor fun.

Reserve your spot here

Steps to Reset Your Diet

During winter, we tend to gravitate towards warm, comfort foods. It’s also more tempting
to get food delivered directly to the cozy confines of our couch, no cooking required.
Pair these heavier-than-usual meals with the fact most people  work out less during
winter , and we can find ourselves feeling less than our best come spring. Hey, it happens.
The key is not to let a few months of indulgent eating turn into a few more.
What steps can we take to reverse this?
1. START NOW
There’s no time like the present to make a positive change. So, rather than waiting for an
arbitrary start date, like the first day of spring or the “next Monday” or a month before
that beach vacation…Begin making those changes now. The sooner you start, the sooner
you’ll notice progress and make the change into a habit.
2. PLAN YOUR MEALS IN ADVANCE
When you’re hungry at 7 p.m. and don’t have a dinner plan, even the best intentions tend
to fall through. Avoid hunger-induced decisions by planning your meals ahead of time. Buy
groceries and meal prep so you have healthy options each night. Healthy decisions come
easier with a full fridge and a game plan.
3. TAKE IT ONE MEAL AT A TIME
Between work, family, a social life and other obligations, sometimes something has to give.
Unfortunately, it’s often our health. If prioritizing your diet feels intimidating, try starting
with one meal per day. You could make overnight oats the night before to ensure you have
a healthy breakfast when you wake up or start bringing your lunch to work instead of
going out. If dinner is the meal you want to focus on, create a weekly menu of what you’ll
eat each night. Once you get one of your daily meals under control, you can begin to
address the others. But, you might notice even this relatively small step is enough to make
a big impact. Smalls steps in the right direction are better than no steps at all!
4. ADD, DON’T JUST SUBTRACT
Denying your favorite foods is a recipe for failure, as you’re likely to crave those foods and
then sabotage your hard work by overdoing it. Instead, think about adding healthy foods
to your plate. For example, if you really want pizza, eat a pizza. But skip the garlic bread
and maybe pair it with a large salad instead. This ensures you get plenty of fresh, healthy
produce. By filling your stomach with greens first, you may eat less of the high-calorie
pizza.

Myfitnesspal.com

5. LOG YOUR MEALS
Tracking or journaling what you eat is a great way to understand how many calories
you’re consuming each day and to see if you should make tweaks to your diet. Logging
your food holds you accountable and helps you reach short- and long-term goals.
Journaling/logging food doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be tracked in an app or written
down. It can also be photos of meals/snacks. Photos you can look back on to see how
much of your plate has protein, carbs, fats. Is it colorful? So many things can be observed
from a simple photo.
6. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Everything is easier with the support of a friend or partner, so find someone else who
wants to make a similar change, and do it together. There’s not one right way to enlist this
approach. If your spouse is along for the ride, trade-off grocery shopping and cooking. If
it’s a colleague, bring healthy lunches to the office and eat together. If it’s a long-distance
friend, check-in periodically with encouraging text messages and recipe inspiration.
Whatever you choose, just remember you don’t have to undertake this effort alone.


Get Fit NH Scan Day March 5, 2022

We are about to roll out another scan day! This is an opportunity to come in, get your scan done and have a conversation with your coach about your results. 

We expect this to be pretty popular so we are going to ask that you sign up (and show up.) We will have one coach scanning clients and then we will give you your numbers and the opportunity to chat with a second coach about your success strategy while the scan coach keeps running clients through the scanner. 

This will also serve as an opportunity to hit the scanner on a monthly and consistent basis, while ensuring our newer clients have the opportunity to get their initial scans in. 

Our next scan day is Saturday, March 5h from 8 am - 10 am. You do NOT need to pick a specific time, but we do want to know who to expect.You can show up any time between 8 and 10!

​​Please sign up here 

Get Fit NH Paddle Board Give Away

This is the exact board we will be handing off to one lucky Get Fit NH client in April! 

If you have never been on a paddle board before then you are seriously missing out. It is so peaceful and beautiful. These boards are not cheap so we are going to make you do a little work to earn it 😉 

The challenge will start Monday, February 28th and run through Friday, March 25th and here is how you can win...

Social media sharing! There are 290 of YOU and probably AT LEAST 200 of you on social media platforms. There is such an incredible opportunity to reach your friends and family and spread the good word about your Get Fit NH experience. 

All you have to do to win the board is one of the following:

  • Post a status and check in to Get Fit NH
  • Share a Get Fit NH  post to your personal page
  • Post a picture from your training and tag Get Fit NH
  • Share your experience on your personal page and tag Get Fit NH
  • Tag us in your story on Facebook or IG

If we are friends on Facebook or IG then please also tag ME, Meagan Sbat, as that will help me significantly in the tracking process. In order for it to count you MUST tag Get Fit NH otherwise I cannot track it at all.

Social media is hands down the most powerful marketing tool out there. Outside of referrals, social media marketing is where most of our business comes from. Every time you share we will enter your name in to win the paddle board. That gives you 26 opportunities to win, because you can share on weekends if you want as well!

The other exciting part? You sharing could change someone else's life and if they sign up and put you as a referral then you  get $50 cash for that referral!

We need your help to extend our reach in the Concord area. 

Coach Meagan


Making Eating Healthy Simple


Simply, it is most important to understand what your body needs to get from the food you eat. If you can get the balance right, it’ll be easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fuel your training, work, home life and social life. 

To eat healthy, there are three things to consider: the types of foods you eat, how much, and how often you should eat. Once you understand the best way to eat for yourself, you can be confident that you are providing your body with optimal nutrition to fuel your daily activities, as well as your training. 

Variety is key

Eating healthy means including a wide variety of foods, from each of the five food groups.  

Choosing a variety of nutritious foods throughout the week can help to ensure sufficient intake of all the macronutrients and micronutrients the body needs. Eating a variety of foods will provide you with the energy to get through your day, increase your quality of life and even help you to live longer as it reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases.

So what are the five food groups? Vegetables and legumes (beans and lentils); fruit; grains (ideally wholegrain or high fiber varieties); lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans; dairy and alternatives.The groups represent foods that provide similar amounts of the key nutrients the body needs to be healthy. For example, vegetables provide lots of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber for very little calories, and dairy foods (and their alternatives) are a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D.  

Depending on your age, basal metabolic rate and activity levels, you’ll need different amounts of each food group. However, generally speaking, most of us need roughly 2 servings of fruit, 5 servings of vegetables, 4-6 servings of grains, 2-3 servings of protein and 3-4 servings of dairy each day. 

The simplest way to eat the correct amount and serving is to focus on balancing your plate and portion sizes. Ideally, each meal should obtain a protein, carb and fat source. By doing this, you will be able to obtain the nutrients you need and be on track to meet your goals. 

“A healthy outside, starts from the inside.”


Pre-Workout Nutrition

What to eat before a workout for optimal performance?

What you eat and when you eat can make a world of difference before a tough workout. Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand no matter what your fitness goals are. A pre-workout meal will ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to perform at a high level and maintain energy throughout. 

When to eat before training?

Try and aim to finish eating a complete meal with whole foods an hour or two before a workout. If you're in a pinch for time, then drinking a protein shake and eating a piece of fruit or another easily digestible source of carbs is better than nothing. 

What works best?

You should include a good amount of carbs in your pre-workout meal. (And yes, this applies even if you're trying to lose weight) Carbs are the body’s number one source of energy! Pair these carbs with a protein and fat source to make a complete meal. About 10 to 15 grams of fat will be plenty before a training session. 

What are some good foods to choose before a workout?

  • Protein: You already know that protein is crucial for muscle growth. Some lean protein sources include; Greek yogurt, protein shake, grilled chicken breast or egg whites. 

  • Carbs: Complex carbs are going to be best for digestion and maintaining energy levels. Some examples include oats, brown rice, sweet potato, whole-grain bread or fruit.

  • Fat: Some fat sources to include pre-workout include; avocado, whole nuts or nut butter. 

Once you find carb, protein, and fat sources that work best for you, try and stick to those as your go-to pre-workout foods. Remember, what's "best" for you is relative and will make you FEEL good. 

Overall diet matters most!

No matter if your goal is to build bigger muscles, increase your strength, lose weight or run faster, pre-workout nutrition is only part of the equation. Make sure you eat a well-rounded diet (beyond a pre-workout meal) that features plenty of nutrient-dense whole foods! 

Some tips to keep in mind for your nutrition plan:

  • Eat three to five meals/snacks throughout the day, each with a quality protein source.

  • Complex carbohydrates should make up the majority of your carb intake. Simple carbs are fine in moderation, but slower-digesting carbs are preferable.

  • Emphasize unsaturated fat sources like nut butters, seeds, almonds, avocado, fatty fish, and olive oil. 

  • Consume plenty of fibrous vegetables and a few servings of fruit to help meet your micronutrient and fiber needs.

  • Hydration is crucial! Aim for at least 100 fluid ounces of water daily, if not more depending on activity level. 

Coach Ashley

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