Fitness Health

Move of the Day: Chest fly w/ leg raise!

Okay, this move is harder than it looks! First, let’s make sure we have light weights. With the chest flu, palms face in and go out with a slight bend in the elbows. The weight needs to be light since your lever (arm) is long (not bent @90), making the move harder.
Likewise, let’s go straight up and down, breathing our as you lower. Abs are in but if you feel any pain in your lower back, bend your knees or alternate one leg at a time!

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What is the most generous thing someone has ever done for you?

This is a great first question to ask when thinking about generosity.

As you think about the most generous thing someone has ever done for you, take note of how you feel inside. Maybe a warm fuzzy feeling? Maybe you can’t help but smile or even hold back tears?

Those feelings are evidence of a motto from our pastor that we love:

Generosity generates goodness.

There’s also a concept of reciprocity that generates goodness. When someone is generous to you, a sense of obligation to also be generous is often generated within you. That’s a good thing! As the scripture says:

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24-25

Now, another great question to ask is to think of a time when you were the one being generous. Think about a time, then take a moment to think about how it made you feel.

Did you feel great?

Did you feel fabulous?

If that’s the case, why aren’t you being generous more often?

There are many traps that keep us from being generous.

  • “Let me know” is a phrase I’d love to have end. When someone is in a tough spot, we tell them to let us know how we can help. We’ve all done it, we’d all rather do something more it’s just hard.
    • The solution is to “Do unto others.” Think about what you’d want done in the exact same situation, reversed. Then just do it. Don’t ask for permission. Just do it.
  • We also get paralyzed from being generous because we think whatever gesture it is needs to be big, be bold or be perfect. So, because we can’t do something big, we do nothing.
    • The solution is to do for one what you would do for many. Likewise, give a little (time, words, energy, money) until you can give a lot.
  • Unwillingness to ask for or accept help
    • This is a societal problem. We’re all so used to trudging along and doing it all ourselves that we don’t give others the opportunity to bless us. And we’ve already gone through how amazing it feels to get & give generously, so why are we doing it?

So, let’s change the game. Let’s be aggressively generous and start generating goodness all around our communities! You can be generous with your time, your words and your money.

So, what’s it going to be today? How can you be generous today?

Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre, Florida that focuses on Fitness, Family & Finance. We help our clients create the discipline & habits they need to strip off what’s holding them back from living the life God created them to live. We work with clients in 1-on-1 sessions in person and virtually as well as in Small Groups in Personal Training sessions, workshops and other events. We’re on a mission to inject hope and empower our community one client at a time. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.

Fitness Health

Move of the day: Inchworms

Move of the day: Inchworms! 🐛

The inchworm is such a great move for total body strength & stabilization. You’ll find it appear pretty often in our warm ups at Ideal Balance because it gets the blood moving and heart pumping!

Start with feet hip width apart, then roll down and walk out on your hands to plank position, keeping abs in! Then walk hands back in toward feet and return to standing, smile at the top optional. 😉

This move strengthens, stretches and targets all stabilizing muscle and it targets the front (anterior chain) and back (posterior chain) of your body.

Give it a try!!!

Join us for small group personal training M/W/F @ 630/830/930!!


September Debt Payoff

Ideal Balance was born on April 1, 2020. Kind of like an April Fool’s joke, but not really. The joke was on 2020 because even though it tried, it can’t keep us from doing what we’re called to do!

A big part of what we are called to do is help people get out of debt! We’ve been helping one client, one family at a time to get out of debt. In fact, our clients have met 2020 head on just like we have and they’ve CRUSHED debt! Check out the numbers below:

April $25,288

May $26,143

June $40,162

July $73,034

August $65,899

September $70,053

Those numbers represent credit cards being paid off and cut up. They also represent cars being paid off. They even represent mortgages being paid in full. They represent hundreds and thousands of dollars not being paid OUT each month for each family we help. That means more money in their pocket, less stress and more breathing room.

Since April, we’ve four separate families get debt-free. All in all, so far, our clients have paid off $300,579 since April! And we’re just getting started.

As a company, our goal is to hit $1,000,000 by our 1 year anniversary next April.

If you want to be a part of that, we encourage you to sign up for a free 15-minute coaching call to see if we can help!

Home Marriage

4 Reasons You Need Date Night

Date Night is something that we know we need to do with our spouse but it’s also one of the first things that gets dropped from busy, overwhelmed schedules. At Ideal Balance, we encourage clients to budget date night in with their finances and the calendar as one of their TOP priorities and we’re going to do the same for you! This particular line item should be added to your budget just as soon as all the basic needs & wants are met with your finances. It should also get plugged into your schedules priority-wise after work and before kids activities. Why? Here are 5 reasons you need date night!

1. You need to shake it up.

We know you’re busy. We know you’ve made commitments. However, you need to shake up what we “business” of life: the kids, the schedules, the house repairs, the bills. You need time that is just for fun, for play and just for you!

2. Put each other first!

By making date night a priority, you’re proving to your spouse that they come first and that they are important. This goes a long way in developing/maintaining trust and commitment in a relationship. It creates a sense of team or “we-ness” that you won’t get any other way. The National Marriage Report tells us that couples who do this are “markedly” happier and even have lower rates of divorce.

3. Melt the stress away

Everyone needs stress relief. Whether you’re busy with kids or just work and life, you need time to destress. Scheduling that time with the person you’ve chosen to partner with in life is a great way to relieve stress. Studies show the intimate conversation and emotional support that can happen at date night can help you destress.

4. Duh, it’ll improve your sex life.

Did you know studies show that the romance & intimacy in a relationship lasts less than two years for most couples? However, adding in date nights can increase intimacy and connection which will increase desire! Date Night is all about just the two of you-minus the stress and business of your busy life. That time is necessary to fuel the fire of desire.

If you’re local in Navarre, Florida, join us for our next Dream Date Night Event!

Fitness Health

Move of the Day!

Dolphin push ups are the move of the day!!

This move is a “fun” twist on the traditional push-up while also incorporating some amazing yoga-style stretches. This move works core & back & shoulders & triceps & a little chest!! It’s so good!

Start in forearm plank and then, as if someone is pulling you straight up to the ceiling by your tailbone, push your weight back to dolphin pose. Be careful not to allow your hips to drop or your shoulders to sag!


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre, Florida that focuses on Fitness, Family & Finance. We help our clients create the discipline & habits they need to strip off what’s holding them back from living the life God created them to live. We work with clients in 1-on-1 sessions in person and virtually as well as in Small Groups in Personal Training sessions, workshops and other events. We’re on a mission to inject hope and empower our community one client at a time. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.


Move of the day: Dips!

Move of the day: Dips!

Dips are not new but they are humbling if you do them right!

The further in your feet are, the easier they are.
The further out your feet are, the tougher they are.
Stack one foot on the other to make them super tough!

The point of this movement isn’t to bounce up and down, it’s to intentionally bend at the elbows, even if it’s just a few inches!

We did 80 today but we suggest you give 3 sets of ten a try! You’ll feel it in a few days in your triceps, anterior deltoids (back of shoulders) and rhomboids & lats (back)!

Dinner Health Recipes

Steak Fajitas


  • 1½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. raw flank steak, cut into
  • 2-inch strips
  • 2 medium bell peppers,
  • cut into strips
  • 1 cup sliced onion (approx. 1
  • medium)
  • ½ tsp. + 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt),
  • divided use
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • (optional)
  • ½ cup Homemade Salsa
  • (see separate recipe for
  • Homemade Salsa)
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warm
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice


  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add flank steak; cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Set aside.
  • Lightly coat a separate large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; bring to medium-high heat.
  • Add bell peppers, onion, and 1 pinch salt; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent and peppers are tender.
  • Add garlic to pepper mixture; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Add pepper mixture to flank steak.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes (if desired), and remaining ½ tsp. salt
  • Add salsa; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Combine yogurt, cilantro (if desired), and lime juice; mix well.
  • Evenly top each tortilla with approx. 1⁄2 cup flank steak mixture and 1 Tbsp. yogurt mixture.


SERVES: 4 (2 fajitas each)

Prep Time: 20 min.

Cooking Time: 18 min.
Container Equivalents (per serving):

  • 1 Green
  • 1 Red
  • 1Yellow
  • 1 Tsp

*Recipe Sourced from Beachbody On Demand Blog


You can do it, so why aren’t you?

One of the thoughts you might have before hiring a coach is:

What can you do for me that I can’t do for myself?

We love that question because it means you’re really thinking this through!

Here’s the truth. You’re really awesome! We know that for a fact. We’re not doubting you or your ability to achieve great things.

What a coach can add to that ability, however, is substantial. A coach can help you go further faster. A coach helps you stay accountable and get results much faster than if you were to do it on your own. A coach provides encouragement and accountability that you’re probably not used to providing to yourself. A coach also brings outside perspective and tools that you don’t necessarily have at your disposal.

Just think about when you do this elsewhere in your life. You hire a personal trainer. Not because you can’t technically workout on your own, but because you know they will help you go further faster.

You might hire a bookkeeper or accountant even though you could probably do yourself if you tried really hard! However, their expertise and help will help you do it better and make sure things are done right.

You might hire someone to do your lawn or clean your house. Again, it’s not that you can’t do these things yourself. You know the desired outcome, however, and you may feel that it will get done the way you want it done only if you outsource it.

The same is true when it comes to managing your money, your nutrition, your goals and your habits.

A coach will help you do what you can’t seem to do yourself.

If you’re interested in testing this theory out, click below and get started with a free 15 minute coaching session!


Isn’t life coaching just like having a friend?

We’ve heard it asked many times: What’s the difference between a life coach and a good friend? Well, a good friend is irreplaceable. And we’re not hear to doubt how awesome your good friends are.

However, unless your good friend has an established, step-by-step process for getting you results, shows up every week just for you no matter what’s going on in their lives, understood what is going on in your life and in your head, was trained to separate feelings from circumstances, can cut the time it will take to achieve goals, was never judgmental, always confidential, always made you the top priority, never allowed distractions, was trained to see all angles and find blind spots, and had tools to help you overcome stress, anxiety, procrastination, negative self-talk, get motivated and take action it’s not the same. Your friend would also need to have an established system for holding you accountable and overcoming obstacles- and that system would be their top priority and life’s work. Your friend would be specifically motivated to help you transform your finances, health, relationships, career and every other area of life you set goals in.

Listen, if you have friends like that, you’re winning at life!

If you have wonderful friends but they also have their own lives and that sort of coaching sounds like something you’d like to try out, schedule a free 15-minute coaching session today!

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