Move Your Body!!

If you don’t exercise, you don’t like to exercise, or you wish you had more motivation when you exercise this is for you!

Here are some tips and tricks to get excited to move your body!

#1 Make a realistic plan– get a journal, here is mine.

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It’s tattered and torn but it has workouts (4 good workouts shown), bible verses, meal plans, and water and food stains throughout.  I right down moves, reps, and even what muscles were sore the next day.  Having a plan and setting goals gives you something to achieve and work towards. Not to mention it shows you how far you’ve come!  My old workout that I called “Insane Workout” is a walk in the park now!

#2 Get a friend – or 2 or 3 when Becca and I started working out it was just the two of us. It gives you accountability, encouragement, and a little competition pushes you to do more then you would on your own.

#3 No Excuses – Everyone can come up with reasons not to exercise.  I will give you 1,000 reasons why you need to but here are my top reasons.  #1 God gave you an amazing body (same as an Olympic athlete) and if you don’t use it you lose it!   #2 the benefits are endless- more energy, better brain function, you feel good, look good, which rolls over into being a better mom, wife, friend, and employee #3 God cares about how we take care of our body and if you don’t believe me just pray “Lord please give me the motivation to exercise” and look out!  #4 It’s Fun – when you find activities you love, people you love, and keep trying something new it really becomes fun!

swim workout This morning a few of my amazing friends did a swim workout (Melissa and Amy the girls in the back both swam in college so they couldn’t wait to kick my butt in the pool).  It was something new and scary (because I sink better than I swim) but it was fun and they got us special pink swim caps for the occasion!!

#4 Just Do It – Don’t over think it and just move every day!  Try some of my 2 minute challenges at Shannonclelli on Instagram or on our You Tube Channel linked above!  Before long exercise will be a great habit, like brushing your teeth!

On your mark, get set, go!!!

What are you waiting for?

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I spent YEARS yo-yo dieting, here was my mental state….one minute……”I don’t care”…..next minute……”I’m so fat”…..”I will start Monday”…..”maybe this new diet will work.”   Until God showed me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Relying on Him to help me with my struggle changed everything. When things are hard and I lean on Him with all my might He gives me joy in the midst.  When I lean on my own strength I am a mess….full of stress, worry, and fear.  I’ve learned that I’m God’s girl and nothing is going to stop me!

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This is me today; I’ve managed to stay within 5 pounds of my transformation which was a year and a half ago.  I’ve had moments of being focused and driven.  I’ve cut out everything from my diet with Whole30 and experimented with different recipes and eating styles such as Paleo.  I’ve also had weak moments of not wanting to think about food at all and I’ve fallen off the wagon into a pit of ice cream but I haven’t given up!

I get bored easily so I’ve challenged myself (and Becca) with different workouts.  I’ve taken crossfit classes, trx, spinning, and even tried some lap swimming.  I also just went for my first bike ride of the season and I still try to go for a run here and there.  I believe fitness should be fun and when it’s not you’ve got to try something new.  I even tried resting…haha.

The best part of this journey God has put me on is that He has used me to inspire others.  Life is short and everyone should get the chance to love their body and see it’s full potential.  It took me 34 years but I know it can happen at any age, and any fitness level.  We were all created perfect, in God’s image and it is up to us to seek Him in being all He designed us to be!

I started a new journey for a few reasons #1 I want everyone to experience what they are capable of and love the body God gave them #2 I want them to inspire others #3 If it could be their job that would be amazing!!!

I own a successful smoothie franchise that I have had for 12 years.  I love my smoothie shop and hope I have it forever but I also love helping others with their fitness goals!  I could be a personal trainer? Go into nutrition? or join an amazing organization with a product I know works and give people the opportunity to make a great income, while helping others from the comfort of their own home!

That’s right

Beachbody!

I’m sure you have heard of the company, the makers of P90X, Insanity, and Shakeology.  If you haven’t heard of them their programs are exactly what I preach – clean eating (with occasional treats), muscle and cardio combined for the most effective workout in the shortest amount of time and a smoothie to replace one of your meals!! I am running my first challenge group over the month of July.  The program is the 21Day Fix Challenge pack.  You get a simple eating plan with proper portion containers, it comes with great workouts, and a 30 day supply of Shakeology (your protein smoothie that curbs appetite, gives you energy, and all the nutrients you need for the day)! Here is what comes in the mail!

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My husband is doing it with me and he already lost 7 pounds, so not fair!

The BEST PART of doing this program with me is that I can be your PERSONAL COACH for FREE (if you want accountability)! I want you to SUCCEED and for you to see your full POTENTIAL!!

If you want any information about the company, why I’m doing it, and how you can join me, please don’t hesitate to contact me at shannonclelli@gmail.com

So what are you waiting for?

With Love,
Shannon

Who Cares About the Scale?

“Life is not about body fat and muscle tone.

It’s about where our hearts are at and His grace alone.

It’s not about the mirror or any other measurement,

but in our service to others, reflecting the Son He sent.

We’re called to honor the body,

but not for our praise or reward.

We’re just simple, humble stewards, on a mission for the Lord.

So eat right, train hard, but don’t forget your purpose,

God sees your heart and not what’s on the surface.”

This was quoted from The PrayFit Diet.  I don’t have the book but I get their daily devotional and I love the message they share.  It’s not about diet, it’s not about your size, or what the scale says it’s about honoring God in how we take care of this incredible body He’s knit together.  It’s about seeking Him in every area of our life for His glory to be revealed.  I am just a work in progress, God keeps shaping and molding my life if I let Him one day at a time.  So throw out that scale and live each day to glorify and honor God with all the blessings He has given us!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Colossians 3:23

10 Weeks to Summer

That’s right ladies summer is just 10 weeks away.  It will be HOT, we will hopefully get to lay by the pool or the beach, and we will surely be outside often either working in the yard, going on hikes, or playing with the kids.  Please don’t let this be a summer that you need to hide under a cover up or feel uncomfortable in your own skin.  We are God’s girls made perfect and beautiful and this could be your summer to be healthy, strong, and fit just as God intended!

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We have 10 little challenges for the next 10 weeks, because we know you can do it!!!

  • Start a Journal Start keeping track of each day- your lessons from God, your food, and your workout.  Make sure to write your victories and failures and learn from them!
  • Sign up and Train for a race – This is not just great for you but usually a charity is involved with this goal.  So find something that gets you motivated.  You can race with Becca and I in the Rugged Maniac in NJ or the Patriot Games at Peace Valley Park in PA (info isn’t out yet for this race but we will keep you postedWinking smile)
  • Lose up to 20 pounds (crazy right, just 2 pounds per week) by tracking your food and keeping exercise a priority you can do it.  Check out our food diaries and workout routine if you need any help or ideas.
  • Find your fitness love Make it your goal to find something you love to do that requires you to break a sweat.  Try Zumba, weight lifting, tennis, running, biking, Spinning, or TRX.  The list goes on and on but try a bunch until you find something that makes you feel great, has you looking forward to your next time, and something you will “love”!  I promise everyone has something they just haven’t found it yetSmile
  • Achieve a fitness goal- complete 100 pushups or 5?  Run 5 miles or 3? do 10 pull ups or 2?  Whatever your goal is see it through, but be sure to set a new one!
  • Find 10 Healthy new meals you love keep trying and experimenting until you find super healthy foods that you don’t just eat to be healthy but because they are delicious and you love them!  Make sure to write the recipes and the meals down because I promise you will forget!  Then be sure to share them with usWinking smile
  • One Day at a time Focus on each day, not 10 weeks.
  • Find a workout buddy start asking friends and family if they would like to workout with you and hopefully in the next 10 weeks you can find someone that will buddy up and hold you accountable.
  • Find Balance – over the next 10 weeks aim for balance.  Do not beat yourself up when you eat something you shouldn’t but pat yourself on the back when you overcome a temptation.  Depriving yourself will never work it is about moderation and balance.
  • Draw closer to God This should be your most important goal because nothing else matters!
    “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 
1Corinthians 9:24-26

Every time I lose focus about why I do what I do I’m a mess. I will be taking on these challenges with all of you over the next 10 weeks and I’m going to run this race to win a crown that will last forever, not in my own strength but God’s, what about you?

Love, Shannon

Who’s Ready for an Amazing Week?

Are you ready?  We’re ready, let’s motivate each other and all those around us to make God proud!

We have a great quick video for you that puts everything into perspective.  We don’t exercise and eat well to be super models but to bring glory and honor to God.  He gives us one amazing body to use for this short time on earth and He tells us, “  19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Let the focus of the week be on making God proud with our choices!

We love Francis Chan!!

It’s hard to follow that amazing teaching but now it’s time to move our bodies!!  I have a simple challenge for you 100 burpees, 100 push ups, and 100 sit-ups you can break it up however you need to but DON’T take a shower before you do thisWinking smile

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Becca and I both love our plain Greek yogurt. Please don’t buy the sugar loaded version, just add your own sweetener and fruit or make our recipe below!!  These ingredients are always in my house so I have no excuse not to grab something healthy when I’m hungry.  This also travels well just keep the cereal on the side!

Yogurt Crunch!

1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt

Any fruit – strawberries, bananas, and blueberries are my favorite

1/4 cup of Kashi Go lean crunch

any sweetener of your choice

and the secret ingredient is Chia seeds, if you haven’t tried these wonderful little seeds you must!  There are so many reasons you will love them, go here for the health benefits of the chia seed.  Try Chia seeds in your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, even pancake batter (your kids will never know).

Go out today and make God ProudSmile

Love, Shannon

Nobody is Motivated Every Day

I don’t know anyone who is overflowing with motivation every day.  There will surely be days that you have nothing, like your motivation tank had a leak and there is nothing left.  But “ Do you not know? Have you not heard?”

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Isaiah 40:28-31 says how even the youth grow tired but if we hope in the Lord He will renew our strength.  So if you have an empty tank and are feeling like you can’t make it through the week remember that God never grows tired and when our hope is in Him we will run and not grow weary!!!

This morning the treadmill seemed more like a torcher devise then fun.  Running outside to me has become pure heaven.  I have a perfect 3 mile loop around my house so it is the minimum I can go unless I turn around and come back.  When I was pregnant that loop took me an hour to walk.  After I had the baby I would run just until I was going to die and walk the rest.  One day I ran the entire 3 miles without stopping, I almost died, I couldn’t breath but it was such a huge accomplishment.  Today, I can run forever but in PA it is cold and dark at 5am so my running fix will only happen on a treadmill…yuck!  To make my treadmill workout a bit more exciting and a good sweat session I do this 20 minute routine.  You can do it on any cardio equipment and if you aren’t dying at the end you didn’t do it right.

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Hope you have a spectacular day!

Love, Shannon

Don’t’ Be Ordinary Be Extraordinary!

Ok Ladies, we get another week to get it right and be the best we can be!

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This is our weekly challenge to ourselves and hopefully you will join us in making small goals every week to stay focused and be extraordinary!

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