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For Lack of a Squat – Not Me!


I watched a video the other day which said the #1 reason people enter assisted living facilities is because they cannot lift themselves up from the toilet. While I did not personally verify the information, it really got me thinking about how important our health and our mobility is as we get older. I know, for sure, I don’t want to have to depend on someone else to take care of me. I don’t want to be dependent on anyone else.

It has been just over 6 months since I committed to being at my ideal healthy weight by December 15th, 2016 which is my birthday and my 10 year anniversary of being a Beachbody Coach. Yes, 10 years and I could either be beating myself up for not doing it sooner or going forward anyway. I have spent a lot of time beating myself up in the past and guess what it doesn’t help and in fact holds you back. Spending time on regret, what I coulda and shoulda done doesn’t work.

So moving forward it is. When we got home from our Summit (Team Beachbody Annual Convention) is July, we decided to do the Ultimate Reset and began in August. We had great results, loved the program and got us into the habit of meal planning and cooking at home. And guess what, it was fun. At the end of the 21 days Kevin was down 13.5 pounds and I was down 14.5 pounds. Since you can only do this program once a quarter, we then switched over right away to the 21 Day Fix.

We started and just kept going and beginning one Round after another. What is great about The 21 Day Fix is you can continue until you reach your goal weight. My belief is those of us who have more than 25 pounds to lose need to learn better control over portion sizes and the types of foods we are eating and this is what this program teaches. We adapted a bit to fit our Vegan Lifestyle. We have been doing the 30 minute workouts daily since we began. We only missed a handful of days and made them up the next day.

We created weekly meal plans by finding recipes we liked and planning and shopping in advance. When you wake up in the morning and know what you are going to be eating and have what you need on hand to prepare you take away a lot of excuses for not following your plan. We had so much fun, finding recipes, tweaking them to our liking and sharing the results we created Judi’s Recipe Club. When a recipe gets rated a 10 by our scale, we email it out to the people in our recipe club and each recipe has a guide to what the counts would be on The 21 Day Fix, since we are calculating that for us anyway.

Then on January 11th we began our 2nd round of the Ultimate Reset and are on Week 2, Day 5 today. We are finding it so much easier this time as we know what to expect and are familiar with the menus and recipes. We have it dialed in. Since you can’t do workouts on the Ultimate Reset, we started doing daily walking. Started at 30 minutes for me and adding a few minutes every day. We are planning to do once a quarter, so will be doing again in April, July and September.

My commitment is that I will continue to improve my health daily to ensure I am not the person living in a care facility because I cannot get off a toilet by myself. In the video he said for the lack of not being able to do ½ of a squat, these people have to rely on others. I can’t personally do a squat yet, but working on it.

What are you doing to make sure you don’t have to give up your independence? It’s never too early to start taking better care of yourself. For more information on both of these programs, below are some links for you to check out. Let me know if you have any questions. Also, for even higher accountability, you can do what I did, become a coach. When I committed to supporting others in getting healthy, I knew I had to be integrity with myself by walking the talk.

Teaching Healthy Living,


21 Day Fix Program Information, click here…
Ultimate Reset Program Information, click here…

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  • Kira Robinson January 22, 2016, 7:32 pm

    That really resonated with me. Although I can do a squat I am in poor physical shape and I really never want to be in a position to get weaker to where I have to have help to get off the toilet. I started back on ETL Jan 1 and I have a weight mini goal that I want to meet before I add strength training in. Luckily, I am a week from that goal and then I will start getting back to the gym and P90x. The only difference now is that this time I will have a picture of someone helping me off the toilet running through my head everytime I lift a weight motivating me to keep going : )

  • Julie January 23, 2016, 1:32 am

    I’m with you! I want to maintain my health and mobility as long as I can. And there is no time like the present to get it done! 🙂

  • Amy Brown January 23, 2016, 5:09 pm

    Thanks for yet another inspiring post, Judi. I too think about how every choice I make about my health is going to give me the long healthy life I desire, where I can be an active grandparent and even great grandparent–when that day comes. I want to be like the woman I passed on my walk today; she looked like she was in her 70s or even 80s and she was fitted out in her exercise pants and shirt, water bottle belt, race walking along, her muscles working hard and a big smile on her face. That’s the way to be in your golden years!

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