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Fat-2-Fit Week# 34

Fat-2-Fit Week# 34

Jul 3, 2011

4 Weeks ago I posed to the experts if it was possible to lose 40 pounds in 26 weeks or less.  Overwhelmingly the answer is yes.  The last 4 weeks have been the beginning of a last ditch effort to make my goal weight in this 52 week series.  My plans have been thwarted and derailed by Holidays, Professional Obligations, Ice Cream, Beer and of course a Hang-Nail.  In other words I have been plagued by a big bite of the EXCUSE MONSTER!  The good news is I have lost 10 pounds in just under 4 weeks and certainly the next 30 will not be as easy to drop. I will say that the more I hear one basic idea the more it seems to make sense when navigating the difficult fitness pilgrimage.  The idea that diets don’t work and the only true and lasting success you can have comes from “Lifestyle Changes”.   Which is the same basic premise I use to counsel my clients in my financial planning practice. “If your path to your goal gets farther away because of your current habits, the only answer is to change them.” I have been kicking and screaming trying to fight a lifestyle change that I can live with.  Honestly why live if you are completely restricted in everything you do and you have to stress out about increasing the load of an already packed calendar with trips to the gym and outdoor ‘cardio’ activity?…. because without your health, you have nothing. My question to the readers this week is: What is your #1 priority?  If your answer is your Husband/Wife, your Kids, your Church, your Career, etc. then where would those priorities go if you were less than healthy or worse?   Make your health and yourself first priority, or #2 through #’umpteen’ won’t matter anyway.   We will be asking the experts for our next post some very difficult multiple choice questions like: If you had to eat Fast Food:  McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or Subway? Cheat Days: Yes or No? If your client could only give up one diet sin which would be first: Beer or Ice Cream? This should be interesting.  If you...

Fat-2-Fit Week 30

Fat-2-Fit Week 30

Jun 2, 2011

I only have less than 26 weeks to lose almost 40 pounds.  Is it possible?  What do I need to do to lose that much weight in a short period of time?  Can I do it in a healthy way?  Will the weight loss last?  What are the odds I decide to just give up and eat ice cream all day, everyday for 26 weeks straight? Aimee Thompson I have a product that I think can defiantly help you out with your weight loss. Its called Shakeology and its a meal replacement that is full of awesome nutrition for your body. People are losing lots of weight by just drinking this once a day. It also has money back guarantee so nothing to lose. I have personally noticed a difference by taking this….weight lose…energy….reduce cravings. I would also recommend weight lifting 3 times a week and HIIT for cardio. What are the areas you are struggling with? I would love to help you shed this weight! I think u have plenty of time to do this. Let me know if you would like more info on product. Coach Aimee www.freeworkoutcoach.com 7708513169 Sandi sandi@startwiththeinside.com Is this a personal question or one for the blog??? Eliminate problem foods/drinks. Ditch the sodas and alcohol [sorry!]. Drink water. Get over it. Get on a good nutrition plan – carbs, proteins, fats – make sure your meals are balanced and you are eating good, healthy food as opposed to processed, packaged foods. Good strength training 2-3X a week. Effective cardio training 2-3X a week. Write out your goals. Have a weekly weigh-in. 40 lbs in 26 weeks is doable, but that is an average of 1 lb a week plus 2 lbs for some of those weeks. No room for error in #1-4. Just get it done. Have a motivation board OR something that will motivate you. Who would it scare you to be accountable to? Come to my Emotional Boot Camp where you will learn to throw up red flags, put on your blinders and know that you have everything inside of you to get the job done. So now, will you? Sandi Porter Start With The Inside 404-925-2626...

Fat-2-Fatter, Week #26

Fat-2-Fatter, Week #26

May 11, 2011

Here we are, exactly one half year into my quest for a healthier life. Please forgive me readers, it has been three weeks since my last Fat-2-Fit confession.  I have fallen into the: ‘I feel better, losing the weight was easy, and I will never go back to my bad eating habits’ false sense of confidence.  We have been busy professionally with tax-time and a new office location move. Eating properly and on time has fallen to a less than controlled diet plan.  Workouts have been non-existent and I have convinced myself that lifting furniture and dusting is plenty of ‘cardio’ for now. I have been ‘carbo-loading’ like a triathlete without the triathlon or the workouts.  I have also fallen victim to cheese.  Brie and melted queso with crackers and chips respectfully. I only have 26 weeks to lose almost 40 pounds.  Is it possible?  What do I need to do to lose that much weight in a short period of time?  Can I do it in a healthy way?  Will the weight loss last?  What are the odds I decide to just give up and eat ice cream all day, everyday for 26 weeks straight? We will be working out with some of the local trainers in the next couple of months and report on how the workouts differ.  Stay Tuned.   Next week we will get some answers from the experts and hopefully post some hometown hero stories about local folks losing weight and not falling prey to the big bag of excuses that I have continued to fall back on.  It is soft and...

Fat-2-Fit #23, Food Myths

Fat-2-Fit #23, Food Myths

Apr 20, 2011

Name one food that is believed to be healthy or good for you, but is the worst thing you could ever ingest. Why? Sugar substitutes like equal, sucralose, saccharin, nutrasweet and others are the WORST possible things (I can’t even call them food) to put into your body. Many people they are better for you than sugar. This is a bold-faced, flat out, bull-crap lie. Yes, sugar is bad in large quantities, but sugar substitutes are by far worse! Sugar substitutes can be 10 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. This eventually destroys our sweet palate. No longer will an apple or any other piece of fruit taste sweet. Their sweet tooth can never be satisfied with artificial sweeteners. Not only that, but they have been linked with neurological disorders, cancer, digestive problems and a host of other ailments. If you’re craving something sweet try a baked pear. www.andreabeaman.com/health/baked-pears Example: Lo-Fat Little Debbie Snack Cakes. Name the food that is wrongfully accused as harmful but is actually an OK food. Why? The food that I believe has been wrongfully accused of being bad for us is saturated fat and cholesterol. Humans have survived and thrived for centuries, healthfully, while eating saturated animal fat and cholesterol rich foods. A great example is the French – duck and goose fat are liberally supplied in their diet – and they have had notoriously low rates of heart disease. Fat helps retain the integrity of our cells and communication between our cells. For example ALL of the cells in our body, including our brain, are coated in cholesterol. When cholesterol levels fall too low, depression, muscle wasting, bone loss and memory loss ensue. Just ask anyone on cholesterol lowering meds how they’re feeling. When eating saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods we need to make sure it’s the best quality, naturally raised and grass fed. BTW – when we took sat fat out of the diet (example: butter) and replaced it with hydrogenated fat (example: margarine), disease rates skyrocketed! Moral of the story – eat food that is traditional and natural, and delicious (of course!) and forget about the nutritional dogma. Oh, and I forgot to mention that vitamins...

FAT-2-FIT Week #22 – Best Workout Song Ever

FAT-2-FIT Week #22 – Best Workout Song Ever

Apr 11, 2011

After so much serious debate and informative health industry information, this week was of a much lighter fare. We asked the experts, what was the best workout song ever? From Rocky to Hip-Hop, from the 80’s to even more classic, the tastes of the experts is all over the board. Do you agree with their choices? What other songs are your favorites during your workouts? Answer the poll. QuestionsView Results Shari Fitness- 1. Gonna Fly Now – Theme from Rocky 2. Lose Yourself – Eminem 3. Fighter – Christina Auguliera (sp?) 4. Renegades of Funk – Rage Against the Machine 5. New Divide – Linkin Park 6. Madonna – Jump 7. Beastie Boys – Sabotage Here’s a link to an article I wrote about Music and Fitness: Fit Talk News Give Your Workouts a Boost With Music           Yogini Valarie Devi- There are two schools of thought on Yoga music: You either have it or you dont. I play music during class .. soft, melodic, with nature sounds. In all, Yoga music is meant to be cerebral. The aim is not to focus on whats going on externally, but internally, within the muscles and the thoughts. Music – especially ‘workout music’ – is meant to be loud, fast and pounding. Glaring guitars, beating drums and screaming lyrics draw the focus out of the body, so that both the fine nuances and dynamic impact of the physical exercise and mental unfolding is being drowned out. That and, it often prompts us to move beyond our means, and when that happens, injury occurs. In all, for true change to not just occur but be long lasting, it must be internal – truly ’embedded’ on a sublime level. So the music is soft so we can focus on where real change occurs – deep within. Below is just one example of music played during a Yoga class . New Age-Merlins Magic-Chakra Meditation Music-Heart Of Reiki MC Yogi: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qd-fAnHjPg Madonna and Deepak Chopra: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJeCaIXglB0&feature=related Sting and Krishna Das: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WpdSh8VYd4 George Harrison (the Beatle): httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFnyg3YhuP4 Ziggy Marley: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8oAGvFxevw BellaVoce (dont pass this one up .. Yoga Porn 😀 ) httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5fkBvliBlg And one of my favs!...

Fat-2-Fit Week 21

Fat-2-Fit Week 21

Apr 4, 2011

Here is what we asked the experts last week. So experts, what is the most common excuse you hear from folks keeping them from their fitness goals? What is your solution to remove that obstacle when you hear it?   Bonnie Talley Pfiester 1.) I’m just too busy 2.) I don’t know what to do 3.) I don’t know how to eat right 4.) I don’t have the time 5.) I don’t have the money 6.) I just don’t have the motivation My answer: “For everyone that thinks they have a good excuse why they aren’t working on their fitness goals, I can give you someone in your same situation who has more kids, more jobs, more stress, more physical limitations and more legitimate obstacles – who reached their goal because they MADE it happen and made it a priority in their life.” No More Excuses! Bonnie Pfiester Longevity Clubs Facebook Twitter   Andi Dunlop The top 3 excuses I hear: 1. I don’t have time 2. I’m too tired 3. It’s boring For the first excuse, well, we’re all busy! I usually get these people on a specific 30-day challenge I have to get their time under control and in order. They’re usually amazed at how much time they have after this challenge! Unless someone is extremely sleep deprived, exercise should be done when tired and it actually gives you energy. For those who are bored, I find out what they like to do and get them on a program that focuses on what they really enjoy while at the same time adding lots of variety in that particular exercise interest. Ultimately, the motivation must be intrinsic. I can give them a plan, a program, and all the tools for success but they must find it within themselves to use it. It must be their choice if they want to succeed. www.GetFitwithAndi.com www.shakeology.com/andidunlop GetFitWithAndi.blogspot.com   Teryl Worster One of the biggest obstacles that I hear is that clients don’t’ have time to exercise. This is a bigger problem for most people than money or motivation. I have created a program that is only 30 minutes long that works the entire body using resistance bands. This...