Disclosure: Author is the creator of 'Road to Awesome' and will receive revenue from the product.
After giving birth to my son, I found myself without the time or the will to drive to the gym, work out, and then drive back home again.
Eight miles doesn’t seem like much, but in Los Angeles, 8 miles means potentially spending up to 20 to 60 minutes in the car, depending on traffic. It seemed silly to be spending more time in the car than actually working out, especially when I had a newborn who needed around-the-clock feeding, diaper changing, and coddling.
That’s when I knew… if this train of thought was coming to me, there were probably others all over the world who needed an easier way to exercise.
So many programs focus on the finish line, but it’s the journey that really makes the difference. Change happens when you stick to any routine for 30 days, but that change isn’t the real deal if you don’t maintain these new habits after all is said and done. So what keeps anyone in love with working out? Falling in love with the process and not feeling like you’ve “failed.”
Read how these everyday women transformed themselves, inside and out, when they followed a 30-day guide that provided community support, a new mindset, and convenience.
Eileen Rosete, mother and founder of Our Sacred Women
How did working out for 30 days transform the way you approach health? The fact that I have come back three times speaks to Angie’s warm, welcoming nature, as I was able to move past the shame of thinking I “failed.” Angie’s Road to Awesome has helped me bring both determination and compassion in my approach to health. I’ve learned to be focused on my goals while also forgiving of myself when I fall short. So rather than beat myself up about not working out for a few days and lament my lost momentum, I now engage in much more positive inner dialogue. It’s as if I can hear Angie’s voice in my head telling me, “It’s going to be OK, you can make different choices next time, and keep going!”
How long into the guide did you really start noticing the benefits? Given that I’ve worked through the guide a few times, I usually start to feel better after the fourth day. This go-around, I felt even stronger positive shifts in my emotional and physical state by the end of the second week. It’s incredibly freeing to shift from thinking I should work out and eat healthier to I really want to work out and eat healthier.
Tami Berezay, mother
How did working out for 30 days transform the way you approach health? For me, I learned over time that following a well-designed guide was better for getting back on track with exercise and running. There is a reason such guides exist, no matter how fit or not you are. And when you find one like Road to Awesome that has all components of nutrition and physical and mental health, it can be a game changer.
How long into the guide did you really start noticing the benefits? I have done this program three times over a couple of years, and it seems when heading into the last week is when I am not modifying anymore. But there are multiple benefits to the guide that go beyond the physical. The connections made with others and their achievements, the support and inspiration from all who are doing the program, and especially Angie. All of it holds you accountable. Yes, I am doing the work and making changes, but the group also helped get me there.
Danielle Irvin, Head of People Development, Infineon Technologies
What’s the most noticeable change you experienced after completing this guide? Oh wow — I lost over 80 pounds after pregnancy not once, but twice with this plan and new mindset. I became healthier, faster, and stronger than I ever had and had benchmark workouts with data to back up that claim. This plan measures your changes with science and behaviors and strategic mind-blowing goals. I not only accomplished my goals, I exceeded them! The others in the group did, too!
How long into the guide did you really start noticing the benefits? I started noticing changes right away. First, with my energy levels, my new AOG — attitude of gratitude, as Angie calls it — and then pretty quickly with weight loss, muscle strengthening, and an increased metabolism. Overall, I felt less stressed, more patient, and more capable to achieve a work-life family balance.
Sandra Morales, mother
What’s the most noticeable change you experienced after completing this guide? I started RTA almost 2 years ago. This guide transformed the way I approach health. I am more aware of what to eat, so I eat healthier — more greens, vegetables, beans, plants, almond milk — which I have never done before, which has improved my immune system health issue.
After completing this guide, the most noticeable change I have experienced is that I have lost 20 pounds. I feel more energetic, learned to love my body, and most importantly, learned to love myself. After six months, I really started reaping and noticing the benefits. I needed a new wardrobe because I lost so many inches. I went from size 11 to size 5! I will really recommend RTA. The private community group is fun, and Angie is so helpful.
I started documenting my own workouts, creating videos and journaling each day to create a workout plan for women in the convenience of their own home. The guide I created has recipes, multiple training levels (so you can tackle the exercises again and again), and even a support group where I, and many other women, will cheer you on!
Week 2, day 3
Warmup: Full body
Perform each move for 60 seconds, then repeat.
- Rotating runner’s lunge
- Quad openers
- Core ignition
The Relentless Warrior
Perform each exercise for 60 seconds back to back, with no scheduled rest.
- Thrusters: Use weight-appropriate dumbbells
- V-ups: Switch legs at 30 seconds. To make it more challenging, lift two legs together at the same time.
- Plank pushups: Alternate arm lead.
- Straight leg raises: Relax head on mat to make it easier. Lift arms overhead to make it harder.
- Beginner: Repeat 2 times. Rest 2 minutes between each round.
- Rookie: Repeat 3 times. Rest 1 minute between each round.
- Pro: Repeat 4 times with no rest.
Plant-based Meal plan
- Breakfast: Kale Yeah Smoothie
- Lunch: 5-minute gazpacho and snack from the snack list
- Dinner: Crispy tenders with roasted vegetables and mixed greens salad
Motivation “I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point, and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most never make it at all.” — Brian Tracy
Three words: Cue. Routine. Reward.
To build the new you, you must understand the following:
- You have a routine whether you realize it or not.
- You’re a creature of habit. As easily as you’ve formed not-so-good habits is as easy as consciously forming new, great habits.
- Create a detour in your old habits. Practice your new habits, keeping in mind the principles I discussed in the videos. These new behaviors may not happen overnight. But they’ll take place with consistent practice, patience, and positivity.
Question of the day
What’s the first habit you could stop doing that would have the most positive impact on your life? (When you join this program, you’ll get a private link to share your answer with the community.)
Week 2, day 4
Perform each move for 60 seconds, then repeat.
- Butt kicks
- Knee to chest
- Cradle the baby
- Toy soldiers
- Run easy for 30 seconds, pick up the pace for 20 seconds, and then push hard — not quite a sprint, but a quick pace for 10 seconds. Immediately repeat this cycle 4 more times, producing a continuous 5-minute interval.
- Jog easy for 2 minutes between each 5-minute interval.
- Repeat the 5-minute 30-20-10 sequence, according to your fitness level.
- Beginner: Run or walk the first 30 seconds, pick up the pace for 20 seconds, and then push harder the next 10 seconds. Repeat this cycle 2 more times.
- Rookie: Repeat the 5-minute sequence 4 times.
- Pro: Repeat the 5-minute sequence 5 times.
Plant-based Meal plan
- Breakfast: PB Cup Smoothie
- Lunch: Spinach salad with homemade strawberry dressing
- Dinner: Pizza with veggie Parmesan and a mixed greens salad
Motivation If you’re interested in something, you’ll do what’s convenient. If you’re committed to something, you’ll do whatever it takes.
Recommit right now to the daily plan and posting and sharing in the private group. Knowing that you’re sharing and interacting with others — even if you didn’t do the workout or follow the meal plan — actually helps increase the likelihood you’ll do the desired behaviors. It’s how accountability and support works!
Question of the day
Do you feel and see a difference 11 days into this plan? How so? (When you join this program, you’ll get a private link to share your answer with the community.)
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Angie Stewart, MPH, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She’s a former Division I collegiate athlete from Georgia and is now a celebrity trainer in Los Angeles. As a mom, Angie created an online fitness plan called the Road to Awesome to help women access fitness and nutrition plans from the convenience of their own home.