Fun & Sustainable Fitness Blog

Home Workout vs Gym

by Aubrey Barker / July 30th, 2020

Do you really need a gym to get a great workout?

Millions of people have great success with home workouts while others not so much. Lets discuss some most important things you can do to get the most beneficial results.


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The Fun & Sustainable Lifestyle: Realistic Go...

by Marci Barker / January 7th, 2019

Ladies: DON'T get caught up in making goals and resolutions that don't even make sense for you. 

If you're ready to start setting and ACHIEVING realistic goals, you need to be part of FAST! 

FAST stands for "Fun & Sustainable Team." When you're part of our team, you'll learn how to create a FUN & SUSTAINABLE healthy lifestyle that actually makes sense for you and your life.


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3 Healthy Eating Myths You Probably Believe (...

by Marci Barker / November 14th, 2018

Sometimes people make healthy eating sound harder than it is. Here are the 3 myths you probably believe about eating healthy. (And they're all lies.):


Lie #1: If you are eating healthy you must be obsessed with your food.


Well let me tell you what! Your mind is about to be blown because my clients are not obsessed about their food. The whole point of learning to eat healthy is being able to incorporate healthy, delicious meals into your every day life.


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3 Fatal "Healthy Eating" Mistakes You're Maki...

by Marci Barker / November 12th, 2018

I just can’t hold it back anymore. Every once in a while I see these crazy posts on social media with people wondering why they're not losing weight, why their "healthy" diet isn't working. They’ve “tried everything already” and their cry for help will bring in uneducated direct sales and MLM people by the masses.


There are 3 fatal mistakes you are probably making right now and frankly, it’s holding you back.


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Why NOW is the best time to start eating heal...

by Marci Barker / November 5th, 2018

Ahh the dreaded (or delightful) start date of your new journey. I’m sure you’ve heard “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and it’s well known and used often because it’s true.

 

Speaking of a 1,000 mile journey, I could probably think of 1,000 reasons why procrastinating sounds good. It’s easier to blame the crappy food in the fridge on your spouse, it’s easier to cater to your kids when they want what “everyone else gets to have”, and it’s easier to eat what is put in front of you rather than plan out what will be best for your body.


These are just your average, every day excuses, but over the holidays? We definitely like over indulging. Nobody wants to be the odd one out who’s “on a diet” during the holidays, throwing away treats from the neighbors like you're ungrateful or making treats without "taste testing."


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My Story

by Marci Barker / October 29th, 2018

Of course we all wish we had that “rags to riches” or “fat to fit” story that makes others drop their jaws in amazement.

I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s just not realistic.

The truth is that life -- MY life -- my story -- the whole reason I created the Healthy Eating Challenge and more -- has a whole bunch of ups and downs -- positives and negatives. Sometimes things seem so smooth - you’re motivated to workout, craving healthy food, taking care of yourself and life just seems to be falling into place.


Other times…


You just want to eat cake, lay in bed watching Netflix, cry yourself to sleep and ignore the alarm. (or accidentally forget to set it in the first place).

That’s ok! Please let me tell you first-hand that life will never be perfect and that is TOTALLY, 100% OKAY!!


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Veggies: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 22nd, 2018

Our 4th & final week of the Good v. Bad Series is all about VEGGIES!

I'm sure you were wondering when vegetables would make their debut in this healthy food conversation.

 

Guess what? When it comes to vegetables, there isn't really a good side and bad side. Veggies are always good! Veggies are whole foods, packed with nutrition and they make you feel full longer. Veggies make you feel amazing.

 

The only "bad" of veggies is when you aren't eating them. If you aren't including any vegetables in your diet, it is detrimental to your health. Our bodies thrive off of the vitamins and minerals received from whole foods -- especially fruits and vegetables that are in season.


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FAT: The Good & The Bad

by Marci Barker / October 15th, 2018

Last week we covered the controversial topic of carbs. Today, we're talking all about FAT. In Healthy Eating Challenge I teach you the good, the bad and the ugly of about 4 different types of fat. Basically, there are good fats, bad fats and a couple inbetween. We go pretty in-depth in the challenge.

 

Today, let’s just talk about the WORST and BEST kinds of fats.


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Carbs: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 8th, 2018

When someone says "grains" or "carbs," do you get the same shivering feeling as hearing "Mufasa"? Contrary to what many fad diets would have you believe, YOUR BODY NEEDS CARBS!! It just needs healthy carbs.


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Sugar: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 3rd, 2018

Need help figuring out what to eat? Want to NOT eat all of the Halloween candy this month? Need consistent Accountability with guidance and hand holding? There’s so many fads and different opinions that navigating through healthy eating can be really hard. Over the next 4 weeks I’m going to break down some of the goods and bads -- and you might find there’s some “goods” you weren’t expecting.


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Fun and Sustainable 101

by Marci Barker / September 25th, 2018

Your fitness journey MUST be fun and sustainable. Did you know that if your current program wasn't then it just wouldn't work? 

That kind of seems like a trick question huh? Like if we want to get into the best shape of our lives we're going to have to hate it a little bit right?

I'm here to help you understand why Fun and Sustainable is the way to go and to tell you a little bit about WHY that's the name of my business.


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FOOD: GOOD V. BAD

by Marci Barker / October 24th, 2018

What foods should you eat? What should you avoid? There’s so many fads and different opinions that navigating through healthy eating can be really hard. Today I’m going to break down some of the goods and bads of 4 categories - sugar, carbs, fat and veggies. You might be pleasantly surprised that there's a decent balance of good and bad.


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Body Sculpting + Recovery

by Marci Barker / September 12th, 2018

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the rat race of life and never get a break? Life makes a lot of demands of us – work, family, exercise – everything in our lives can cause some form of stress.

Maybe if we were all energizer bunnies, we could keep going and going without ever taking a break. But we’re not. We’re human. And in reality, even energizer bunnies go, go, go… and then just die. Nobody wants that.

Cue recovery!


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Body Sculpting + Realistic Goals

by Marci Barker / September 5th, 2018

Raise your hand if any of the following make you want to curl up in your bed, eat an entire tub of ice cream and spend the day binging a Netflix series:

  • You need to lose 20 pounds in 20 days. 
  • You need to cut out ALL sugar from your diet to get rid of headaches. 
  • You're planning to cut bread to stop the bloating.  
  • Nag your partner to eat all the healthy food you're trying to make. 

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Protein + Body Sculpting

by Marci Barker / August 29th, 2018

Is it just me or does it seem like everywhere you turn people are telling you what to eat, what not to eat, how much protein you...


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Proper Form Guide

by Marci Barker / August 21st, 2018

Have you ever walked into the gym wishing you were cool enough to push heavy weight? I have a couple secrets for you...


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Macro Calculator

by Marci Barker / August 14th, 2018

Calculate your macros with our macro calculator.


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