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Portion Sizes – Measuring is Critical for Weight Loss Success

I recently hired a natural bodybuilder to set me up with a diet plan. As I get older, I find I have to tweak my nutrition plan to get the results I’m looking for. I typically do not stay lean all the time and have to lean out for certain events or video filming. So in this occasion, I was curious on how my body would react with something specifically structured for me.
The diet plan was pretty bodybuilder basic 101. He had me eating 6 small meals a day and drinking at least 150 oz of water.

I was getting results, slowly but surely. But then my body hit a stall. The weight wasn’t moving for 3-4 days and I didn’t look any different either. The problem lies in my serving sizes. I wasn’t measuring, just eyeballing. Hey, I’m a fitness professional, I know what 4oz is. I can figure this out. I THOUGHT my husband threw out my manual scale when we moved from NY to TX. He always hated that thing. I went searching for it again deep in the cabinets, and found it!

To my surprise and madness, I was overeating on serving sizes! Sometimes 3-4 times the amount! Pictured here I was suppose to eat 2.5 oz Chicken and 3 oz Yam. As you can see my “guessing plate” and the “measured plate” on how I was way off!

So many of my meals throughout the day consisted of having 1oz of peanuts with the meals. Well, boy do I love peanuts! And the daily increase of an extra peanut or 10 surely made a difference when you times that by multiple meals in a day! No wonder I wasn’t losing weight! Even an extra couple hundred calories a day can make all the difference. Here was another one of my meals and how off I was:

So what does this all mean? YES, weighing and measuring is THAT important for your weightloss success! Even a fitness professional like myself can get it wrong. Invest in a digital scale (btw, I did throw out my manual cheap one after I bought a digital). It will seriously make all the difference in your hard efforts. By delaying measuring, is only delaying the success of your efforts and hard work.

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How to Start Running! I am not a Runner, I just Play one!

 

I am NOT a runner and by no means, will I claim to be an expert! BUT, what I will have to share is the aspect of just getting out there, no excuses, and just following through.

When it comes right down to it, when I am sitting comfortable in my chair, and I say in my head, “I’m gonna go running”, there’s a SMALL window that can easily derail my efforts.  Being careful to not sit down at my computer, if taking too long to figure out how to get Pandora to work on my iPhone, or even just not finding the perfect pair of sneakers, all can be an easy excuse for me to say- Oh well! I just won’t go. I WISH I established that “runner’s high!” What is that? HOW do you actually get that, can I buy it so this becomes easier???

I have decided to start my days at least with a quick jog around the block. Cross Training is very important, especially when your body gets used to doing the same type of work outs all the time.  I’m normally not a runner, I really should be saying jogger. To be very candid and honest, most of the time it’s because I just hate getting those shin splints and so sore!

So in my ventures to stick this out and start “jogging” more, I started to do some research on how to avoid those shin splints. I have found I tend to be a heel strike runner. Eh, that’s what I get for being a novice! And after watching many training videos on how to land more on your ball of your foot and roll onto your toes, it just doesn’t come that easy. I could have SWORN my high school track teacher says long distance runners run heel/toe and sprinters run on their toes. Well, we know I’m not going out for any records, so feel comfortable on the heel. But, those darn shin splints come fast!

So I watched videos, read articles, and they suggest landing on the ball and rolling off to toes.  I understand this will take practice, just like everything does, but the morning I ran this way I felt slower, it was harder because I had to keep thinking, “Stay off your heel”, “don’t point your toes” “just land neutral” “just be loosey goosey”….seriously, everything was rolling through my head to try and make that happen.  Eh, not sure if I succeeded or not, but I did wake up the next day with my shins and calves more sore. Could it be because of 2 days running in a row or because of my challenge in foot position?

My 3rd day, I snapped some pics while running, and what do you know, the proof is in the picture. 

I’ll keep working at it. It’s something I know I just have to keep practicing. As with everything, you will get better with practice, and I may just find that I might practice this so much, I may actually start to enjoy this!

Well, to tell the truth, I should whisper and tell ya, It’s actually been kind of enjoyable!”

I grew up in a small country town in upstate NY. To find myself in a place where I have been able to actually enjoy my scenery, and put myself back into the world of nature that I actually enjoy, has been nice!  I have been able to figure out that Pandora account on my iPhone, take in the lush scenery around me, get some sun in which I enjoy, and feel good about actually following through with doing what I said I would do!

What is really cool is living in an area that brings me joy! All the things that I have been building up to, and finding a moment of peace in my day to take in the scenery, enjoy the sun, listen to my favorite tunes, and not feel the pressure of constantly feeling like I should be doing something for work or for someone else.

I enjoy that the park across from my road and is the same name as my father’s name. I look forward to seeing that everyday as a mark of completion.

These are my moments, and I should protect them.  Who know’s if I’ll ever become a “runner”, but just to enjoy something different for a moment has been nice!  Being able to step out of my comfort zone and to be vulnerable as a novice.  There is no excuse.  Even if you only have a spare moment in time to do something quick for your work out, those 10-15 mins is better than nothing.  No excuses! You have your gym equipment. You have your gym membership. It’s free.  Just open your front door and go! Squats, walking lunges, and push ups are an extra BONUS!

SHORT BURSTS & DRILLS get you FASTER Results! Training HIIT!

The #1 excuse as to why people do not exercise, is they do not have time. But to me, that’s an excuse that makes me roll my eyes. HO HUM! Excuses never get you anywhere but just an eye roll.
You know you should exercise and you may want to exercise more, but some days, it is tough to fit in a full hour long work out.
But the good news is that even fitting in a small quick high intensity work out or drills, will keep you motivated, keep the metabolism firing, and keep you focused on a lifestyle for fitness.

Some of the BEST moves you can do, are short bursts that take you into an anaerobic state. Training anaerobically is when your muscles switch over to using the fast twitch portion of the muscle fiber, which draws on the glycogen stores to power through the exercise. This is a short term exercise, one your body can not handle doing at this rate of intensity for a long time. Think back when you had to run the track in either PE class or even for the athletic season. When you were told to run 2 times around the track, you jogged it out and burst your run at the end. Primarily, that run was aerobic, using the endurance portion of your muscle fiber, the slow twitch fiber. But when you were being clocked to run the 100 meter dash, you went all out as fast as you can! Because the finish line was just RIGHT THERE! You knew it would be over ASAP! That’s anaerobic when you push as fast and as hard as you can, drawing on your fast twitch muscle fibers.

Slow twitch muscle fiber training is when you primarily train for endurance. Lifting light weight for many many reps. Or staying in the aerobic zone. When you primarily train this muscle group, you create a flat thin strong muscle. Think of a marathon runners body type.

Fast twitch muscle fiber training is when you primarily train for power and strength. Lifting heavy weight, slow and for a few reps. Or burst training in the anaerobic phase. When you primarily train this muscle group, you build a thicker, stronger, more powerful muscle belly. Think of a sprinters body from the olympics.

Muscle burns fat. So if you work hard in training both fibers, you will balance out your body best. Building more muscle will allow you to burn more calories at rest.

So back to having no time for exercise. Fit in short quick anaerobic bursts! You can scatter this throughout your day- or just pick 15 straight mins and PUSH!

Here are some examples of some drills:
1. Jumping jacks- vary the tempo, go for time, go for speed, go for depth.
2. Squat Jumps- scoop the abs, power through the legs and go for time!
3. Quick high knee runs- Go for time! Run the arms as fast as you can by your side. Alternate with fast football feet, wide knee runs, mud runs
4. Suicides- shuffle touch the floor as fast as you can side to side
5. Skater Leaps – vary the speed, vary the quantity side to side (singles, doubles, 4 steps..etc) jumping over an object.
You don’t need equipment, a gym, or even a trainer to get your work out in. You can just drop and do some push ups! Fit in something so your body stays revved up!

What Workout will Work for ME?

This is a question I get a lot.

I mean it’s either cardio or strength training or both – right? Well, at a high level, sure. But if you really want your workouts to be the most effective, understanding the type of cardio and strength training you’re doing is key.

Wait, the hours on the treadmill or stair climber and doing countless sets of heavy lifting isn’t going to get me where I want to be?Exercise and Workout Questions?

Let me explain. Sure, walking, running, stairs and weight lifting are all great exercises.

BUT.

There are some really effective concepts that are utilized in exercise, workout and training programs that can increase your results and performance so I wanted to talk about them here. You’ll see that I reference some workout programs that utilize each specific concept but it’s only because these are the programs that I am most familiar with and know deliver results, there may certainly be many others as well.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – Exercising at your max in short (less than 1 minute) intervals improves aerobic and anaerobic energy release and cranks up your body’s metabolism to burn calories faster. So you burn more stored body fat to help you recover from the workout. This occurs because the intense intervals fatigue your muscle groups. In turn, your body works overtime to replenish the tired muscles with oxygen, creating the AfterBurn Effect, which can last for up to 24 hours after you’ve finished class. The AfterBurn Effect means you actually continue to burn calories for hours after your workout is over.

HIIT burns up to 9x more fat and calories than traditional cardio. Hello! Who doesn’t want that?

Turbo Fire uses these HIIT moves known as “Fire Drills” where unlike traditional cardio, HIIT means working out at your max in up to 1-minute intervals. Even after you’re done with class, your body continues to burn calories for up to a 24-hour period. This means 4 minutes of HIIT can be more effective than 30 to 45 minutes on a treadmill or stair climber.

MAX Interval Training – long bursts of ultra-high intensity moves at your maximum exertion level followed by brief periods of rest. Due to this fact, each workout keeps your body fully engaged as you rotate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals. Max Interval training increases your RMR (Resting Metabolic rate) which in terms continues to aid in burning fat longer than just while you are working out. Hours after finishing your workout you would be burning calories at a higher rate than normal. It is the High intensity workout’s that aid in raising the RMR similar to what having more lean muscle mass does from lifting weights and you additionally get this from your workouts during Insanity. By creating leaner muscles you aid in the increase in your RMR.

INSANITY uses MAX Interval Training which replaces your moderate intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and your short intervals of intensity with short periods of rest. Adding high-intensity exercise, during which your heart rate is raised to 80 percent or more of its maximum capacity, forces your body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning extra fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.

Muscle Confusion – Also known as periodization, muscle confusion is a systematic variation in resistance training program; periodically varying program variables such as type of exercise, training weight (resistance),position, number of sets, rest interval between sets etc. Our bodies will quickly adapt to an exercise routine and resist responding when it knows what’s coming. We can prevent this “plateau effect” by continually challenging the body to reach its maximum potential. Since it’s impossible to continually improve at the same rate over long-term training, properly varying the training variables can limit training plateaus, maximize performance, and reduce the likelihood of over-training.

P90X utilizes muscle confusion and gives you intense cross-training with 5 hard-core resistance routines, 3 fat-scorching cardio routines, and 2 ab-ripping routines, as well as extreme yoga and advanced flexibility. You work all your muscles, from every possible angle, using many different techniques. Whether you want to lean out, bulk up, or get ripped, there are endless ways to mix and match the routines to keep you motivated.

Post-­Activation Potentiation (PAP)– Doing a weighted resistance exercise prior to an explosive one can increase the amount of power produced.

Prior heavy loading induces a high degree of central nervous system stimulation, resulting in greater motor unit recruitment and force, which can last from five-to-thirty minutes; PAP intervention enhances the H-reflex, thus increasing the efficiency and rate of the nerve impulses to the muscle. HUH?

In laymen terms, this means that doing heavy lifting prior to explosive activity can actually help you fire higher threshold muscle cell motor units which, even even simpler terms, means that you will jump higher, run faster, or life more weight.

P90X2 is the next wave in applied science for body transformation takes P90x Muscle Confusion™ to a new level, focusing on strength, balance, mobility and explosive power. It takes the principles and foundation of the P90X concept and cranks up the intensity with exercises that demand balance, agility, and athleticism.

If you have questions, feel free to comment and I’d be happy to help!

Secrets to Maximize your Nutrition and Exercise Strategies

HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO REALLY MAKE NOTICEABLE CHANGES IN WEIGHT LOSS OR STRENGTH?

“Pay it forward- that’s my motto! I’m sharing ALL my secrets for free! Come and take notes on how  you can make your new years resolution last past 30 days!  I’m sharing all of my secrets for free and giving you a step by step plan of action so you can make some serious changes!”

Sign up for 1 of 2 webinars that I will be holding give you a step by step breakdown of what you need to know on setting up your daily/weekly nutrition planning, what you should be eating, as well as WHEN you should be eating to reach your weight loss goals.

Additionally, I will go through the best practices for exercise: how often you should strength train, do cardio, WHEN you should do cardio, how often you should stretch…etc

Additionally- I’ll give you my best supplement recommendations from the bars I use, shakes I use, and what I know works!

Why am I doing this?  Why not! If I have the 20 years of experience in the fitness industry as a fitness professional—and can share what I know works, then why wouldn’t I want to help you get happier and get the body you want in the new year! 2011 is the year you will say- I finally figured it out and that is what has changed me!

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