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Whose Life Are You Living?

I’ve noticed something about myself lately – and maybe you can relate. I think I’ve developed a nervous tick of sorts. You know like that funny twitch or anxious habit we don’t even realize we’re doing? Mine involves my phone – and my tendency to grab it and start flipping through social media at any “down moment” in my day.

It’s funny to me [well, more amazing than funny] that when we, ourselves, become more aware of something in our own lives, how apparent it becomes all around us. While in line at a coffee shop the other morning, I noticed a girl at her computer scrolling through celebrity gossip columns. The person behind me was scrolling through Facebook not even looking at any “stories”, just flipping. As I walked back to my own seat, I saw two other computers with people looking at Facebook..then I realized I also had my phone in my own hand, open to Instagram — and it got me thinking, whose lives are we living?

On the PhoneHow much time do we spend looking at other people’s lives [and comparing it to our own] versus being present to our own habits, thoughts and actions each day? How much time are we investing in cultivating our own health, happiness and well-being instead of pouring over the “happenings”, successes, stories and bodies of those around us? Even more so, how much time do we spend talking about other people’s lives – gossiping, making fun of or cutting them down? How much emotional energy do we expend trying to be something we’re not? Coveting the body of our high school friend we see on Facebook, the celebrity gracing the cover of whatever magazine or trying to be the “ideal, perfect” [and may I add non-existent] version of ourselves? And whether we acknowledge or stop to think about it or not, the media, Facebook, Instagram are all snapshots of the BEST moments in people’s lives – not a true capture of reality. Let’s be honest – when we don’t like the way we look int a photo, we either don’t post it or we de-tag ourselves, right? I know I’ve been guilty of this more than a time or two.

But the question I really want to get it as how much time do we REALLY spend focused on our own self-worth, happiness and well-being [in a positive way]? We spend so much wasted time looking and coveting the lives, bodies and possessions of those around us. And this practice, in my opinion, leads to a culture so wrapped up in “looking good” to others + presenting a “perfect image” that we’re living in a perpetual cycle of criticizing both ourselves and others. It’s all very superficial isn’t it?

The truth is, we spend so much time caring about things going around outside ourselves and around us, that we forget to pay attention to what’s actually going on inside us and to us.We’re so wrapped up in the image we present to those around us that we forget to actually connect and be present to the REAL LIFE moments that are happening around us every day. Ladies especially – we have a tendency to covet the things around us [the bodies + lives of other women] and try to fit ourselves into a mold that in no way, shape or form serves us. In fact, it does quite the opposite – causing us to tear down our fellow women and in turn, criticize our own perceived unworthiness.

So I have a challenge for you [and myself] — to get us more present and aware of our own thoughts, behaviors, habits and lives. Put down the phone, shut down the computer and choose to BE in each moment. Be present to what’s happening in your own life. How are you feeling and what thoughts fill your head? Do these thoughts and feelings build you up or tear your down? What’s your energy level like? Are you engaging in practices that nourish your energy + spirit or suck it away? Are you connecting with REAL people on a daily basis or spending more time scrolling through social media?

Connection - J and RegoTRY THESE 4 STRATEGIES TO PLUG INTO THE PRESENT AND START LIVING YOUR LIFE:
#1: Develop a regular gratitude and/or meditation practice. For example, you could keep a daily gratitude journal, taking the time to write down 3 things you’re grateful for each day. Or better yet, if it involves people, send THEM a thank you note – handwritten, email, text or phone call to let them know how much they add to your life. For meditation, I am not saying you need to sit in silence or OM. For me, my meditation involves visualization in the morning – running through my day, thinking of the people I will see and things I will accomplish, along with the energy I will project and feel throughout the day. You could also do a short 5-10 minute “workout” – I love yoga-inspired movements to wake up my mind + body right upon rolling out of bed.

#2: Ditch celebrity gossip, news and TV shows. Or least cut down on them as a start. Remember, anything we “take in” helps to form the thoughts and beliefs we have about the world and ourselves. Although many people use reading magazines or watching reality TV as a way to “wind down”, I believe we waste precious time “tuning out” when we should be tuning in. I encourage you to seek activities that will give you energy vs. suck it out of you; or at least ones that add VALUE to your life.

#3: Stop trying to look like anyone else. We’re bombarded with pictures of “fit people”, models and the “ideal body: that all serve no purpose but to make us feel bad about ourselves. And, they aren’t reality. Photoshop is used to distort most photos we see and on top of that, people often engage in extreme dieting and unhealthy, non-lasting “weight loss” tactics leading up to photoshoots that again, paint an unrealistic picture. Let me tell you that there is no one in the world created with the same body type, personality and thoughts as you – no one. And that’s freaking awesome! You weren’t created to look like anyone around you for a reason, so I encourage you to embrace your uniqueness and stop trying to sculpt a superficial look that you were never meant to have. To begin to cultivate a deeper sense of self-love, try standing in front of the mirror and stating things you love about yourself – inside and out on a daily basis. It might feel funny at first, but the effects will radiate deeper than you could’ve imagined.

#4: Ditch distractions and be present. Be present with your friends + family when you get together. Be present at your meals, chewing your food, tasting your food and acknowledging the reasons you’re eating [be it hunger, emotional, boredom or the like].Be present to your thoughts and notice their nature – are the positive or negative? If negative, can you replace them with a positive thought or consciously choose to let the negative thought or feeling go? Be present in your body – noticing what FEELS good and what doesn’t. And above all else, try to connect to yourself and those around you as much as you can, whenever you can instead of the superficial connections generated through social media outlets. Stop scrolling and start living.

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What It Means to Have Health Freedom

This past Saturday, Regan and I launched the Freedom Prescription (Rx) Challenge – and are so excited to share our newest edition of Macks Mo Nutrition + Workout Programming, along with Lifestyle Coaching Techniques with you.

The Freedom Rx Pic.jpgIn the January 2014 Momentum Challenge, as a group, we lost 318 lbs., 212 inches & had a 48% average improvement on fitness tests in just 4 weeks [check out their stories + our experience here]. Inspired by this and due to popular demand, we created the Freedom Rx Challenge for the season where you want to feel & look your best in a body you’re proud to bare.

Now before you write off the idea of taking it on [because you have no time to “fit it in”], let me tell you we created this Challenge precisely to meet you there – in the midst of your busy social calendar, with Memorial Day + 4th of July, the end of school and fun in the sun.We created it for all the moments you’ll be traveling and the times spent at weddings and summer BBQ’s with drink in hand – this Challenge was designed to help you achieve vibrant health, in a way you’ve never experienced, without having to compromise any other important areas [or events] in your life.

This Challenge is for YOU if:

  • You think you’re healthy, but you don’t feel vibrant and struggle to find the energy to get through the day. You’re know you’re irritable and moody, unmotivated and lack mental focus but can’t seem to get “out of the funk”.
  • You feel like you eat well and know you workout hard, but still aren’t seeing the results you want. You’re frustrated and constantly beating yourself up for not being able to “get it right”.
  • You want to upgrade or spice up your food choices and/or find a balanced exercise routine that WORKS.
  • You sleep “well”, but still wake up fatigued, needing pick-me-ups like coffee and sweets to get you through.
  • You’re sick of yo-yo dieting and feeling out of control with your food choices + emotions.
  • You’re tired of feeling heavy and bloated or suffering from other physical issues like indigestion, gas, headaches + overall body fatigue.
  • You’re always thinking about food – categorizing it as “good” or “bad” and are constantly worried about the repercussions of your food decisions.
  • You feel like a teenager again, but not in a good way – suffering from acne or other skin related issues.
  • Cravings rule your life – you have a “sweet tooth that’s out of control” or images of carbs that dance in your head. You need coffee in the AM to get you moving and PM to keep you going.
  • You want to make health an integral part of your life, but not have it “rule” your life and suck up all your time.
  • You feel like “something is missing” from your life, but can’t figure it out. You want to add meaning and purpose to your life.
  • You struggle with balancing the “fun” in your life – eating out, hanging out and eating healthy don’t fit together.

If you are any or all of these things, this Challenge was created for you. Created not so that you can experience “health” but instead VIBRANT health. You see, at Macks Mo, we don’t believe that the absence of disease or an “illness” = health. We don’t even think that exercising hard or eating real, whole foods fully constitutes health or makes you “healthy”.

We believe vibrant health stems from an inner energy that doesn’t stop. It involves a whole health approach that encompasses your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. It focuses on changing your inner landscape so that the external changes you make [like eating healthy + working out] actually stick and make a difference. We want you to be inspired and full of energy all the live long days – because if you’re always tired, feeling like crap or frustrated with where you’re “at”, then life is no fun. And who wants to live a life that’s no fun? Even if you fill your life with “fun things”, living in a body that’s weighing you down – physically, energetically and emotionally, will always limit the amount of true happiness you can experience. So if you’re ready to finally let that go – let go of the control you’re trying to exercise on your life to “be” healthy and instead learn the steps to actually LIVE it, then I would love to have you join us for the Freedom Rx Challenge.

Check out this promo video to learn more here, then check out these extra details below:

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT BY MERELY PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE (Level #1):

  • Coaching videos + handouts with exercises and information to set you free of health barriers holding you captive and bring you towards vibrant health from the inside-out.
  • The tools to create a richer, more meaningful life lived in the freedom of boundless energy and rooted in radical self-acceptance & love.
  • Macks Mo Skin Care 101 – a guide to transitioning your beauty products from toxic to ones that support glowing skin and healthy hair.
  • Food Rules – the “skinny” on need-to-know food information to empower your decisions behind knowledge that makes sense and is applicable into your busy life.
  • Learn how to live a life that supports goals for your body + life without the need to compromise, but instead teaching how to get MORE out of your life while shedding excess physical + emotional weight.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE ONLINE NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMMING (Level #2A):

  • 6 weeks of nutritional programming – including over 40 new, seasonal new recipes from Macks Mo and featuring recipes from local Seattle chef Aubrey Jenkins of drumbeets.com – we’re talking breakfast, lunch, brunch, party + BBQ favorites, dinner, snacks, drinks and sweet treats.
  • 6 weeks of grocery lists + prep to set you up for success every week.
  • Gain confidence in the kitchen and freedom from low energy, wasted food and stubborn weight – all while eating delicious, real food combinations that make you feel amazing!
  • Macks Mo Pantry Basics – a guide to having the food you need on hand at all times so you can whip up a healthy meal in record time without needing to run to the grocery store.
  • Making Meals Work – a guide to repurposing leftovers; cooking once, but reaping the benefits of that effort to recreate two to three different meals beyond that; meaning less time over the stove for you.
  • The Macks Mo Plate – a guide to understanding how the things we bring to the table [food + more] affect the way we assimilate that food into our bodies. Leads you through the process of intuitive eating and understanding portions.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE ONLINE WORKOUT PROGRAMMING (Level #2B):

  • 9 New Macks Mo workouts that can be done anywhere – your home, at the gym, in a park, at a track or in your hotel room that take 30 minutes or less and require just your body weight or dumbbells.
  • The workouts vary in intensity and are designed to meet you where you’re at, regardless of fitness level. Each full-body workout was created to build balanced muscle definition, a stronger core, while challenging & increasing your strength and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Online video tutorials for every workout so that you understand form + posture on exercises and know which muscles you’re targeting. This allows you to maximize your time + effort into efficient movement that WORK every time.
  • Written guidelines to understand the workout formats + journal to track your results and progress.
  • Videos and articles to support you in learning how to maximize your metabolic turn while teaching you the Macks Mo Method of getting the most out of your workouts.
  • Increase your body awareness, improve your posture, gain confidence and experience the freedom of moving your body in a balanced way that leaves you feeling taller, more tuned in and energized.

The Challenge has 4 Levels to Enter:
   – #1: Level 1 includes challenge entry [which makes you or your group eligible for prizes] and also the “what you can expect” material for just joining the Challenge. A $500 value for just $40.
– #2A: Level 1 + Online Nutritional Programming. An $700 value for just $125.
– #2B: Level 1 + Online Workout Programming. A $650 value for just $125.
– #3: Level 1 + both Online Nutrition + Workout Programming. An $800 value for just $220.

Group ShotHOWEVER…we know it’s more fun to work in groups or with a partner – not to mention the added accountability + support that comes with working towards to same goal, so for this challenge we are excited to offer PARTNER + GROUP DISCOUNTS. Get together with your significant other or make a group of 3+ people and receive 30% off whichever level you choose. And group members can participate at different levels – some could just enter at Level #1, while others choose #2 or #3. It doesn’t matter what level you choose or where you’re at – everyone in your group gets 30% off their total purchase.

At checkout, enter “getmosupport” to receive the Group Discount or “sexyrexy” for the Couples Discount [please note that couples need to purchase an additional Level #1 on top of whatever level they choose to participate in].

Like always, we determine Challenge Winners based on measurements [inches lost], weight loss and the percentage improvement made on fitness tests [for couples and groups, we combine your team’s improvements for a total percentage]. We will be offering over $750 worth of prizes to:

  • The #1 and #2 individual finishers
  • The Top Couple
  • The Top Group

We hope that you’ll join us and make the decision to finally free yourself from the things holding you back from experiencing vibrant health. It’s our passion to share this message with you – and we look forward to sharing in your journey!

Visit macksmo.com and join by clicking “Sign Up”, then selecting your Level of Choice. If you’re participating in a group or as a couple, make sure to send us a note to let you know whose on your team! Please email with questions. Challenge begins Monday, May 19th as a “prep week”. If you’re participating in Levels #2A, #2B or #3, you’ll receive the materials to get you started on Saturday, 5/17. Everyone participating will receive your “Freedom Rx” packet on Monday 5/19. Challenge ends on Wednesday, July 3rd.