2016 Fall Fitness Frenzy Wrap

It was an amazing finish for our 2016 Fall Fitness Frenzy at Live Oak Fitness! Our team of 41 strong lost a total of 347.7 pounds, almost 100 pounds more than last year’s top finish!

This fall’s program continued to give equal emphasis to weight loss and exercise and saw another great battle to the end. Betsy K. beat out two-time winner Merry for the top prize! Betsy collected a total of 183.10 points and just edged out Merry who accumulated 182.19 points. Both of our top competitors lost over 37 pounds, with Merry taking the slight edge with 37.4 pounds lost total! Elizabeth P. rounded out our Top-3 with 150.53 points and lost an impressive 9.2 pounds in her 12-week journey.

Overall, our team lost an average of 8.5 pounds per person and our contestants who followed the program for 9 weeks or more lost an average of 17 pounds per person! In addition to the life changing results from the contest, many participants have continued their exercise programs and have lost even more weight since the finish of the contest!

Our next contest, the Spring Meltdown, will begin on Monday, January 23. You can register at Live Oak Fitness by calling 912.602.5732, or contact our Performance Coaches at liveoakfitness@gmail.com.

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Fall Fitness Frenzy Contest Information

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Need to focus on weight loss and kick start your fitness? The Fall Fitness Frenzy will be a 12 week fitness contest beginning on the 2nd Monday in August. Contestants have the opportunity to compete for the entire 12 week duration as well as quarterly for great prizes.

Cost: $225 for 12 Weeks  |  $65 per quarter

Entry includes: Weekly Eating Plans  |  Contestant Shirt  |   Celebration Dinner
Fitness Evaluation  |  Personal Performance Coach

Prizes

Our Grand Prizes will be given to the Top-3 Contestants who score the most points in the 12 week contest. The cash prizes will be:

1st Place – $275  |  2nd Place – $150  |  3rd Place – $100

Quarterly Prize Pack of gift cards to the contestant who has the most points for each quarter.

Points System

The overall and quarterly winners of the Fall Fitness Frenzy will be determined by who scores the most points over the duration of the four quarters and the competition. Points will be totaled quarterly (every 3 weeks) to determine who the quarterly winner is. Only one quarterly winner will be named each quarter with a prize pack of gift cards from our sponsors.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes for our top 3 competitors for the overall Fall Fitness Frenzy. Competitors will be ranked on the total number of points earned throughout the contest. You do not have to win a quarter or participate for the entire duration of the contest to be eligible to win the top prizes.

FrenzyTestYou can earn points for the Fall Fitness Frenzy in five different categories: Weight Points, Weigh In Day Points, Live Oak Fitness Workout Points, Online Workout Points, Workout Points, and Diary Points.

Weight Loss Points

shutterstock_92589964One of the main reasons we exercise, if not THE REASON, is weight loss! A cornerstone of our contest are the Eating Plans. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all thought out and prepared for you as well as a full grocery list each week! All you have to do is follow the plan and lose the weight.

Weight Loss Points are earned from your weekly percentage of weight lost. If you weigh 200 pounds to begin the competition and lose 3 pounds in a week, or 1.5% of your body weight, you will earn 1.5 points.

If you are up in weight a week, this will negatively affect your point total. If you weigh 197 the previous week, but weigh in at 200 pounds you will lose 1.52 points that week. Your weight points are the only points that can be negative in the competition.

Points will be totaled from your week to week weight loss and not from your overall body weight lost.

Weigh in Day Points

Accountability is important, so important that you get a point for the day you come in and weigh!

You can weigh in any day during the week, but you will receive 1 point for weighing in on Monday and 0.5 points for weighing in on Tuesday.

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Time spent with the Live Oak Fitness team is an investment in your life, and each time you train at Live Oak Fitness you earn 2 points for every training session. These can be 60-Minute Private Sessions, 30-Minute Private Sessions, or Group Classes.

Challenge Points

Each week of the contest, participants will be given challenges to complete for extra points. 1.25 points can be earned for completing a Live Oak Fitness Challenge Workout. 3 workouts and exercise challenges will be issued throughout the contest each week via email, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Every quarter, you will also have the opportunity to do a fitness test to see your progress! For each fitness test, contestants will perform a pushup, sit-up, 12-minute run, and flexibility test.

Workout Points

Earn 1 point for 30 minutes of daily exercise you do. Log in exercise through the Exercise Diary in your Fitness Tracker app and score points when we review your exercise log each week. You can earn 2 additional workout points per day.

Workout points can be earned by running, walking, paddle boarding, tennis, golf, basketball, or other fitness classes you participate in.

Workout Points cannot be combined with points achieved through Live Oak Fitness Workouts or Online Workouts.

Food and Exercise Diary Points

MyFitnessPal-ReviewEarn 1 point each week for submitting your food diary and an additional 1 point for submitting your exercise diary. For the Fall Fitness Frenzy, we will use the My Fitness Pal app as our online food and exercise diary. If you’re not tech savvy, or just dislike typing, you may use pen and paper.

Ready to get started! Register online today!

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Easy for You

A good beginning makes a good ending. If accompanied by a very good middle. -Bobby Knight

We are four weeks into our 2015 Spring Meltdown and have had some wonderful results so far! Currently we have dropped 135.4 pounds in the contest and we are closing in on the 151 pounds our team lost in the 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy.

Now we move into the most challenging part of the entire process: the middle. The starting gun has sounded, the first few meters of the race has started, and everyone is settling into their pace. The middle is where we are all truly tested. This holds true in any part of our lives whether it is a weight loss contest, a renovation project, a book, or a marriage.

From the outside perspective, it’s always easier for someone else to get through the middle and have success. When we view other people’s success we too often tell ourselves:

“Everyone has it easier than I do. There is no way we could ever accomplish anything like that.”

Here is a quick list of the reasons everyone else has it easy:

-They’re younger -They don’t have kids -I stay at home, they work
-They’re retired -Their kids encourage them -I work, they don’t
-They have more time -Their spouse is on board -They live closer
-It comes naturally to them -They’re not married -They make a trip out of it

I’m sure we could add some additional lines, but I’m also sure that you (like me) have used a few of these before.

But here’s the thing.  We all have a reason not to be successful from challenges we face each and everyday. Those who are successful did not have it any easier than you or I, and they certainly faced their share of challenges and bumps along the way. What made them successful was how they handled those challenges and bumps during the middle of the process.

As stated, the starting gun is always exciting and gives us a huge rush of adrenaline and encouragement. We have decided to start a journey, one which has the promise to change our lives and improve ourselves. We find time to do the little things that give us the most success as well as a little extra here and there because we are so excited!

Then one of those reasons above comes calling. Our job demands more of us. A change happens in our daily routine. We find it’s really hard to create a new habit and remove the old one. That reason becomes an excuse.

That is what the middle really gives us. An excuse. And your excuse is probably a very valid one, and one that potentially creates a huge upheaval in your life. But let’s fight the excuse. Let’s begin to differentiate an excuse from a reason.

2015-02-19 08.28.31Google defines a reason as “a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action.”

Whereas an excuse is defined as “an attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.”

Simply put, an excuse is something you have when you are unable to justify your reason.

By shifting our vocabulary and our mindset, we can turn an excuse into a reason.

Excuse: I’m up in weight because I didn’t have time to drink my water this weekend. We were out with friends on the boat and they hate water! So all I had to drink was beer…

Reason: I didn’t prepare bottled water ahead of time when we went out on the boat and our friends didn’t pack any. I’ll know next time to always pack water with me.

Excuse: We were asked out to dinner by some clients and couldn’t say no. They had to try Barbara Jean’s and they only eat fried food and they bought us drinks…

Reason: We entertained some clients and they decided on Barbara Jean’s. I ordered a salad and grilled salmon with water.

Excuse: We had a girls trip and there was no way I could say no. I didn’t want to be a drag the whole trip…

Reason: We had a great girls trip this weekend! I did enjoy one drink a night with them, but I drank my water all weekend, and got them really excited about my lifestyle change too! They said I look great!

Excuse: I didn’t want to come in and weigh because I know I’m up…

Reason: I need the accountability, even though it was a challenging week.

During the next few week, I want you to find a reason for success! No excuses! Excuses only create blame and shame. With a reason for a difficult week we can empathize and help refocus.

I want you to be the person everyone else talks about having it so easy. We know it’s not easy and we can begin to help others work through their challenges with our success.

Why is it easy for you? Because you have a reason!

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6 Months!

Thank you!

As I left the studio on Wednesday after another great day I realized that it was September 17, six months to the day that I launched Live Oak Fitness!PicsHeader

I’m looking forward to another amazing six months as we celebrate our one year anniversary on March 17, 2015. The mission of Live Oak Fitness is to help people live better lives, and my goal is that through stronger bodies and better health we can continue to make this possible.

IMG_53502 years ago, Cassie and I were sitting on the beach in the Bahamas. We were enjoying the first day of our vacation and were looking forward to a wonderful week. Our family had grown to three beautiful children, Cassie had a wonderful job at Lumpkin Elementary School, and I loved every day I got to go to work and change peoples lives. As we talked with the ocean in the background, she asked me what would I do if she just so happened to get a job in Glynn County. I thought about different ideas and careers, but I continued coming back to opening a private training studio on St. Simons Island.

This is one place where Live Oak Fitness started. It is amazing how moments in your life, sometimes small, make such an impact down the road.

Thank you for being a part of the Live Oak Fitness story. Each day I wake up excited to see who is scheduled for a session and who I get to pour into that day. I’m excited to see our amazing growth and the success we have enjoyed with our first Fall Fitness Frenzy. I have many more plans for Live Oak Fitness as we grow, and I’m most excited that you get to be part of this story!

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Creating a Postive Routine

I hope you are having a great week. School is back in full swing today for everybody and many families are getting back into their scholastic routine. For the Busby household, our routine is the same every day of the week for school:

1-Alarm goes off at 5:30, Mom heads to the shower and Dad heads to the kitchen to begin breakfast.

2-Gracie Jane dances into the kitchen followed slowly by Lily… Little barks soon after signify Chase and his stuffed puppies are awake too!

3-Breakfast of Daddy’s Life Cereal for the kids, 2 cups of coffee and PBJ for Daddy, Coffee Protein Shake for Mommy.

4-Mommy’s out the door at 7:00 followed by Daddy and the kids at 7:20!

A good routine helps us align our compass for the day so we can navigate the inevitable challenges that each day presents. As we get closer to the beginning of the Fall Fitness Frenzy, I want to ask you what your daily routine is and most importantly, is it beneficial to your overall health.

Our daily meal routine is vital to our overall health, but it is often something that is unplanned. We skip meals, grab what ever is convenient, drink calories in the form of soda, forget to drink water, and typically give little thought to what we put in our body’s for fuel. We eat to lose weight. If wep92 neglect to create a sustainable plan, then we will never see continued success.

If you need to realign your meal compass and create a meal plan that works, the Fall Fitness Frenzy is your opportunity to do that! Our contest starts this Monday, August 18 with our first weigh in. Your first of 12 meal plans will go out this Friday so we can hit the ground running! We have some great contestants already signed up who are ready to lose weight, and maybe even win some cash in 12 weeks. Will you be atop our board, win $250, and be 30 to 50 pounds lighter?

Have a great and healthy day!

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Perfect Timing

I wrote this article on March 17, 2014 as I started my new business. I’m happy to say that I am still in business and currently in the throws of a boot strap start up! For everyone who’s waiting on that perfect time to begin, here’s my perspective on it.

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I quit my job last week to start my own personal training studio and truly follow my passion, helping people live better lives through health and fitness. I have 3 beautiful kids, an amazing wife, 4 months left on our rental house, and a mortgage from our previous home. My daughters 4th birthday is in a week and we are heading to Disney World for the first time in 2 weeks. Currently, I have no facility for my clients to go to, so in between I’m meeting at their house or mine to train.

I’ve already been asked once: “What are you thinking? Couldn’t you have picked a better time?”

Is there really a better time? Is there anything such as perfect timing?

Seizing that right moment and knowing when the perfect opportunity presents itself is every man’s dream. Business pay big money for consultants to pick the perfect time to launch a product. General’s find glory in perfectly timed attacks that catch the enemy off guard and score a decisive victory. Even something as simple as asking that pretty girl on a date requires perfect timing.

Unfortunately, perfect timing only happens in hindsight. When we wait for the perfect time, the right time, or even God’s timing most of us will continue waiting and never act.

The right time is only found when we act. At the time of our action many will think our move is ill timed, the wrong moment, or stupid. You might have a moment of pause and say, “is this really the right thing to do? What happens if this whole thing fails?” Taking decisive action always involves some very calculated, and more often some very big risks.

I remembered Brett McKay’s article from his website Art of Manliness on Dwight D. Eisenhower and his decision, and his decision alone, to send 160,000 troops into the English Channel to take the beaches at Omaha. The weather was horrible leading up to the attack and there was lengthy discussion on the right time to call the invasion. I would encourage you to read the whole article and the process of making that decision.

We can look back now and see the perfect timing of the invasion. Everything in Eisenhower’s life had led to that moment, when he acted and changed the world. But Eisenhower had no idea it was perfect timing. The first thing he did after he gave the order to move was to sit down and write a letter shouldering all of the blame for the failed invasion. He knew at that moment, that perfect moment, that he might be remembered as inept as Zhang Han at the Battle of Julu.

If we take action and move forward with our risk and fail, those people who bet against us will cheerfully step forward and exalt their wisdom and your failure. Your friends will be more loving in their critique. Bad timing, poor market, and just not the right time will be the excuses they offer.

The Book of Acts in the Bible is another great example of perfect timing because of action. The leader of this tiny movement, Jesus of Nazareth, had left this group of working class fishermen and peasants. One of the members had just recently betrayed their leader and sent him to die. The 11 primary members of the group had left their jobs and families to follow Jesus for 3 years and now he was no longer with them. Some were being hunted by the Roman and Jewish authorities. When asked if Jesus would make everything right before he left, Jesus replied: “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.” Acts 1:7 (The Message)

1560392_670565292999540_198460057_nUltimately, the timing of our act is less important than the planning and preparation done in advance. All of our hard work leading up to our moment of action helps give us conviction and a determined heart. When we act, that is the time when all of our preparation comes together.

If our action succeeds, and we score a victory in our endeavor, it will be called perfect timing. Perfect timing is only found when we stop and look back.

Today, we must act.

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100 Catches a Day

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88)I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated about Tony Gonzalez and his final game in the NFL. While his final season did not turn out the way he would have liked, it was amazing to read his take on his curtain call. I would encourage you to read Peter King’s full story, but this part of the interview blew me away: “My routine hasn’t changed at all. I still catch my 100 balls a day. First of all, that’s what I think has made me the player I am. But then I want the young guys to see it.”

100 catches every day. This guy is an NFL superstar who knows his position inside and out and he still goes out and catches 100 balls a day, in addition to team practice. He continues saying that he wants the younger players to see what it takes to be at his level.

This got me thinking about what I do everyday to make myself a better personal trainer, dad, and husband. What do I do, day in and day out, to be better? Many people I have told about this have brushed it aside by saying, “If I was paid millions of dollars to catch a ball I would do that every day too.” I then ask them, what if there was something you could do every day that would lead to you being paid millions of dollars a year to do your job, would you then do it?

So here’s my question to you and me as we enter 2014: what can we do every day to make ourselves better? Currently, I do 55 push ups and read a chapter in Proverbs before morning coffee. My goal is to do 100 push ups and a chapter before breakfast every day and grow from there.

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” -Jim Collins

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8 Minutes Ago

8 Minutes Ago

Radiolab had a great program a year ago talking about how much control we have over our lives today and how it is a thin line between what we think we control and what is actually already decided for us today.

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It takes 8 minutes for the Suns rays to hit our planet. All of the light and heat we are feeling from the Sun is 8 minutes old and if the our closest star and best buddy decide not to shine all of a sudden we wouldn’t know until 8 minutes later when everything went black and frozen. Nothing we could do, no way to prepare, no way to stop it. BAM! It’s cold and dark and…. we’re done!

Listening to this broadcast, I realized something:

Nothing you do today will have any impact on this day.

Every choice, decision, good day or bad day has already been made for you day’s, week’s, month’s, or year’s ago by you and everyone you encounter today. If I look at today’s schedule there’s little to nothing I can do to really increase my productivity. My clients who I train today made their booking either last week or earlier this week. Also, these clients made a decision week’s ago to begin a workout program. That decision could have been spurred on by a walk by the mirror, a difficult day that sapped every ounce of energy, an infomercial that was seen at midnight because they couldn’t sleep, a suggestion from a friend to find us. Regardless of how they got here today, they are here because of choices they made before today.

So what the heck am I doing today if there’s nothing I can really do about this day? You’re building tomorrow. In health and fitness this is one of the most important lessons to learn, everything we do in a workout is part of a cumulative effort. Your ability today is dictated by how much effort you put in the last day you trained and all of the previous days before that session. When a client jumps on the scale, they know what the number will say even before they see it. If you have been drinking your water, eating your snacks, and maintain habitual discipline between now and the last weigh in you will see a good number. By cheating today and neglecting today we are assuring failure for tomorrow.

This also pours over into other aspects of our life. If our marriage is a success or failure it is because of what we have poured into that relationship. Nobody wakes up in a happy marriage and one day says, “Mom was right, I made a mistake! Honey, this isn’t working. I’m going to Vegas.” On the flip side, one romantic evening will not change a life of discord.

If a child is well behaved in the store and not screaming when told no, you can be assured that the child has heard a “no” before and knows the consequences from previous battles that it does not end well for any member of the family. If you see exasperated parents pleading with a child to calm down and casting any and all forms of bribery toward them, I can assure you the same story will be played out until a new pattern is set.

Our jobs, our house, our yard, our government, our addictions and numerous other relationships could be discussed on how and why we are where we are. Both for better or for worse. I encourage you not to focus on the negative, this only breeds more negative. Instead, look for ways today you can create building blocks for new success and fulfilling habits.

While we can not change today, we can work today to create a better tomorrow.

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Chris Busby Personal Fitness

A native of Atlanta, GA, Chris has been helping individuals meet their personal health and fitness goals since 2007.

Before moving to Glynn County, Chris worked with Richard’s Private Wellness & Fitness Studios in Dahlonega, GA. During his time with Richard’s, he developed personalized health and wellness plans for clients ranging in age from 10 to 85 as well as training clients with physical and cognitive health risks to their full potential. He led training sessions one-on-one, small groups, and large groups of 10 or more and has directly trained one client who has lost over 100 pounds, three clients who have lost 50 or more pounds, and 14 clients who have lost 25 or more pounds. In 2011, he helped create the companies weight loss contest that in 2 years assisted participants loss of over 3300 pounds. Chris developed eating plans and resource materials for all weight loss contest participants.

He is a graduate of Reinhardt College with a B.S. in Sports Information and has a Masters in Sports Studies from the University of Georgia. He has previously worked in recreation and university athletics at Presbyterian College, UGA, North Georgia College & State University, and Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation.

Chris and his wife Cassie reside on St. Simons Island with their daughters Gracie Jane and Lily and his son Chase.

To schedule a training session with Chris, you can contact him at 706.429.3738 or via email at chris25busby@gmail.comImage

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