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When Things Get Itchy

You’ve got that New Year’s itch. “This year is going to be different.”drunkwaffles-300x300

As suspected, the most common new year’s resolution is to “lose weight.” According to Newsweek, there is a 12.1% hike in new gym memberships sold in January. “There are 54 million people in the U.S.—approximately 17 percent of the population—who are members of some type of gym or fitness center. A disproportionate number of them join shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in.”

Aisling Pigott, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, says many people allow themselves to binge over Christmas on the promise that they will fast in the new year. Unsurprisingly, this is not the best way to start, she says. “People need to think about moderation all the time. Weight loss involves adjusting lifestyle, diet and calorie intake, whilst overcoming the psychological barriers too.”

When that new year hits, so does the sinking feeling “I gotta do this now”. The idea of getting healthy can be overwhelming and is mostly psychological. The language we tend to use is “I’ll never be able to eat that again” … it becomes an all or nothing. Which just sets you up for failure.

It’s important to not see food as an enemy – but more of a method of fuel – a way to keep your body healthy and in optimal form. Rather than making eating a stressful experience, try to make it an enjoyable part of your day.

Make small adjustments – not trying to do everything at once. Looking for that quick-fix 10 pound unsustainable weight-loss is not realistic. Diet pills and shakes will not get you where you want to be. Remove yourself from the scale, stop over-thinking what you are ingesting and eliminate your fear of food.

Some tools to use:

  • Stop thinking about food 24/7 – make a list of healthy food choices you can pick from for each meal – takes out the guess work.
  • Know your trigger foods – what makes you feel awful after you eat it and only crave more? Remove those from your diet.
  • Don’t eat in front of the TV – it sabotage. If you must – dish out one serving and don’t return for more.
  • Try to stop eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed…you will feel so much lighter in the morning.
  • Add a probiotic to your daily routine…it works miracles in balancing out your gut and building your immune system.
  • Drink water. Chug a glass first thing in the morning to start your day flushing out your system.
  • Try to eat a salad everyday. Easy on the toppings, less on the dressings.
  • Cut out the processed foods and eat more non-GMO and organic.
  • Cut sugar from your diet – this alone will create a huge difference in bloating and energy levels.
  • Add more exercise – if you are a beginner, start small and build up.

You have to make each small commitment realistic and achievable. Always remember – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

And on the weekend, have that burger, sans fries. Just keep your daily routine in check. And, Happy New Year.

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Bringin’ Back Your Mojo

It’s so easy to get into a routine and feel like you’ve hit a plateau. Your body is not changing, you aren’t as energized as you used to be and you just go through the motions to get in a workout.

What’s it going to take to inspire you again? You need to re-ignite your mojo. Two solutions:

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

If you find yourself doing the same exercises week after week, in the same sequence, your body is going to adjust. Monday cardio, Tuesday Tabata, rest Wednesday, Thursday Tabata, comfort-zoneFriday cardio. There is a lot of comfortable anticipation and you may have stopped pushing yourself hard in each workout. It is critical to get out of your comfort zone. Change it up.

Instead of running on a treadmill for 30 minutes – change it to intervals. 5 minutes at 6mph, then 2 minute sprints at 7.6mph and repeat. Keep that going for 30 minutes, increasing your speed a little more each set. You will be much less bored and your body will be shocked into having to react to a new movement.

During your HIIT class, contract your abs the whole time and set yourself a goal of jumping the highest in the class…measure it – seek it out. Push yourself.

Keeps your muscles and body guessing…and readjusting…and changing.

Find The New

I was in my normal weekly routine (with a few summer schedule quirks) and scheduled to teach Tabata outside at my pool club and no one showed (tough summer vacation schedules!). Instead, the tennis director offered me a one hour private session. Holy kicked-my-ass. I was so rejuvenated, pumped up and excited I could not contain myself. I had a perma-grin the remainder of the day. I was so energized from the change, I came home and ran another 40 minutes outside (which I also never do) – from pure exhilaration of something new and challenging my body in new ways.

Find something new to get you excited. Try rock climbing – go for a hike – try a new class – something to remind you how much fun it is to challenge your body.  Change your playlist. Set yourself a new goal – “I will run 3 miles in 26 minutes.” Find a partner in crime and run on the beach – or try kick boxing.  There are so many clubs, gyms, boutique studios that offer free or reduced trial classes. Take one week and try them all: Barre, Trampoline, HIIT, Yoga, SLT… call it your exercise renewal.

You will be exhilarated by the change and it will trickle down into future workouts.

Finding the new will give you that extra spring in your step and change in your body.

 

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Stop The Creep

Three Topics – One Theme.

Summer Panic
Summer is creeping up and all I keep hearing is “I’m not ready!” It’s like everyone is preparing for a fitness competition and feel the need to cram to get into shape. Well, it’s officially creepinJune. I think it’s safe to say that there are not going to be any miraculous changes in the next few weeks…nor should there be.

Your “beach body” should be your everyday body and aspiration.

The Summer Spiral Trend
This infamous trend, which I equate to the Holiday Spiral Trend, is trying to get in shape really fast and then gorge yourself for the next 2 ½ months to then feel the gnawing need to go on a “super diet” after the summer to get the extra weight off.

No, no, no. Here’s the thing – the summer is the perfect time to be more active than ever. Enjoy the outdoors, sweat a little more, eat more fresh veggies and fruits…and yes, have that summer cocktail. You’re burning more calories, so enjoy. But, as always, it shouldn’t be all or nothing.

Keep the creep in check, as you would every – other – day.

Find The Sexy
While teaching this past Saturday at Fitness Factory, I was admiring the ridiculously fit body of a women the fitness director was training. I watched him work her hard and she killed it. I finished my class, and went into his office where they were chatting. He said to me “She thinks you’re sexy.” I kinda giggled to myself and thought “she thinks I’m sexy?!” Here I was admiring her. I was so taken back by the thought that she looked at me with pure appreciation of the hard work another woman is doing to look good, as I was doing of her. I told her I thought she was sexy too & her body rocked and how much I appreciated her offering positive reinforcement vs. immediately being judgmental – as women tend to do. You have all experienced it – you see a fit, good looking woman at the gym and you immediately start creeping on her.

Let’s find the sexy in each other and let other women know it. It will brighten your day and hers.

Make Life Easier
Time is not on my side. It literally creeps up on me. I turn around and Wa-BAM, the day is over. It’s the time suckers that kill me – the food shopping for the unusual organic brands, meal planning, preparing and eating (that takes time too).

I have decided to simplify my life to free up more time. Here are some gems I have found that not only give me back some of the clock, but makes so many other aspects (read: stress, frustration, mindless thinking) a little easier:

Just Farmed:  “…a seasonal, organic and sustainably farmed local produce fresh farm box delivery company” that delivers once a week, straight off the farm, right to your door. For a mere $35/week (that’s what I spend on drinks during soccer practice). https://www.justfarmed.com/

Amazon Fresh – for all those Fresh Direct luvas out there – this choice selection includes a little extra special sauce. Prices are excellent, organic choices are abound and if you order at 9 pm, you can have your groceries delivered to your door by 6 am. No joke. They deliver in recyclable bags, which you simply leave out when your next delivery is scheduled. And there’s no gimmicky delivery schema. Over $50 and it’s free. Oh, and first time customers get a smokin’ good deal.  Just google “Amazon Fresh Coupon”.

Plated. I am a little biased on this one, as my husband is the CMO of the company, but nonetheless, it has changed my life. Complete, healthy, sustainable, pre-measured meals with recipes… delivered right to your door step. Take it out of the box and cook it in an average of 30 min. And taste? De-Lish. Takes all the guesswork out of picking, shopping, creating recipes and overall time creeping. It’s almost fail-proof. And it has opened my eyes to so many new food choices vs. rotating the same 5 meals every week. Here’s all you need to know (and a discount): Plated In A Nutshell

No. No kick-back on these suggestions (well, it does help my husband’s bottom…. line, that is 😉 I just like spreadin’ the wealth of good finds.

So let’s stop the creep and keep it movin’.

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