Monday, February 29, 2016

Is Chaos Careening You Into Cravings?

This. Would. Make. Me. Crazy.
Do you ever feel a little "off" when things are a mess? When papers pile up in your office? Clothes laying around? The kitchen, ahhh, like this one? It can be... overwhelming. People don't make the best decisions when they are overwhelmed.  

If my kitchen looked like this it would easy to decide to eat out, eat poorly, make a bad choice.  It would also probably make me want to simply move out. (Ha!)

Appliances on the counters in your kitchen or other unnecessary clutter that you never use will push the same mental buttons. Getting organized isn’t about re-arranging, it's about tossing it altogether or at least, giving it to someone who will use it.  

When you walk into a room and you feel like screaming, the old F-it attitude can rise up. You could quite suddenly find your face in a bag of Oreos in your pantry. 

I am not a huge fan of cleaning. I am however, a relatively neat person. Not freakish, but organized-looking is what I go for. Clean counters, papers picked up off the floor in my office, a clean bathroom. This doesn't always happen I'll admit!

If too much of this kind of chaos starts to seep into my rooms (which it does at times) my energy gets all 'ziggy' and I know it's time to get cleaning and organizing my spaces. It's when I feel this way and don't follow through with a clean up, I continue on with my unproductive, lazy ways.

Think of your home as a reflection of your state of mind, the choices you make... the choices you make for your body.

Look around. Go through your rooms. Is your home office a giant paper origami? Is your kitchen a hot mess? Is your closet something you dread to walk into?

If they are, it will be more difficult to make positive, healthy eating choices.

Healthy eating isn’t just about "dieting."  It too is about clearing and cleaning.  Look in that fridge! Open that pantry and slide the trash can right up next to you and get busy!

Making positive, healthy choices is about changing what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat. You'll make better shopping decisions as well.  Start fresh in your fridge. Toss out all the old, unhealthy stuff. Go buy fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats for the week. Eggs, milk, all your staples, etc.  Remember, there is a ton of "food-like" food which is not food and is making people fat and unhealthy (read: most of the grocery store).  Stay away from that stuff! Stay in the produce area and around the perimeter.

Purge honey!  I promise you it will clear and clean up your energy like nothing else.

Man I love purging my spaces!  It truly sets my energy on fire and sets me free to make better choices.

Feel free to reach out.  Knowledge is power!  To get your FREE GIFT and start on Step One of my six steps to massive and final success Go here for your FREE GIFT. To continue on with your journey, call me! I'd love to help you as well.
  Hugs and blue skies!


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater.

Yep, over and over again, I've seen it, and you probably have as well. The gym is a place where people frequently cheat themselves out of a good workout.

In order to make your workouts more productive and efficient you'll want to avoid these following common exercise "cheats." Cutting corners in your workout cheats you out of money, time and results. I'm fairly certain that is not what you intended.
Many cheat without even realizing it. On cardio machines, cheating might look like locking your elbows while leaning on the handrails. In the weight area, it could be the use of momentum or a slight change in the angle to make your lift easier, and therefore, less effective. Then there’s that dreaded comfort zone, which is so nice and… well, comfortable!

Here are some ways to identify some of those cheating ways. Let’s banish them forever!
The “Hold me Up”
When you start to feel fatigued on the treadmill or Stairmaster, it seems easy to reach for those handrails or the console. That’s because it is making it easier! I've seen people practically tip toeing on top of a very fast treadmill because they couldn't run that fast. "Running" this way while propping themselves up on locked arms! Hilarious, thanks for the laugh, but please stop.  Locking your arms and shrugging puts stress on your back, shoulders and neck and creates an unnatural posture that in time can cause muscular imbalances. Not to mention how you'd feel if you lost your footing and fell. Hmmmm...
The Fix:
Try for fewer distractions like reading, or watching television during your workout. Maintain good posture, get into the groove, looking straight ahead with your shoulders back. Touch the handrails lightly to maintain balance. But if you find yourself holding on for dear life, slow down until you regain some strength, then resume your tempo. Focusing on your posture will also help strengthen your back, abs, and shoulders.
"Dude, Those Weights Are Too Heavy”
Some people think that lifting heavier weight means you’ll see results faster. When you swing your free weights around instead of using a slower, more controlled movement, you take the focus off the muscles you are working. Say no to momentum during a rep. Lifting too heavy of weights incorrectly can cause injury to tendons, ligaments and joints. Ouch! Injuries are never fun.
The Fix:
Keep your spine erect, core strong, body firmly planted and move only the muscles you are targeting while keeping the occupied joint in a fixed position. For example, while doing a bicep curl, don’t arch your back and shrug your shoulders.  Sorry, but you shouldn't be bending at the knees for a bicep curl to hurl that weight up to your shoulder. The only movement should occur at the elbow, and that should remain stable at your side.
The “Comfort Zone" (yawn...)
Day in and day out of the same workout, lifting the same loads and never challenging your body, can become tedious at best. Your body will only improve by gradually increasing your weight loads. You need to occasionally challenge your muscles with more stress for noticeable strength gains, along with mixing up the exercises for the same muscle groups. If you don’t test your limits, you won’t see or feel improvements.
The Fix:
Challenge your body a couple of times a week to go beyond your comfort zone. Push it honey! Try a new machine, slightly heavier weights or higher resistance to increase your level of exertion. Keep your form strong.

The bottom line is you want results! Wasting time and not seeing results or worse, causing injuries, is just downright silly. I. Can't. Even. Begin...

When you want to learn something new you hire someone to teach you that thing, right?  Want to learn piano or guitar? You hire a teacher.  Want your son to be a better pitcher? You hire a pitching coach. Want your kids to learn golf?  You get that pro at the range to teach them.

Whenever you find yourself in the gym and not feeling completely confident or comfortable in the weight area, then that my friend, is the time to hire a trainer.

I've had the pleasure of helping so many women and men (and yes, some teens) over the past 13 years learn this stuff.  It's awesome.  I would totally dig helping you as well. Check out my website at Full-Body Fitness. Call today to find out about the rockin' Spring Specials going on right now that will get your booty in shape for summer!

Hugs and Blue Skies,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bite Me.

I am a firm believer that your body knows how to be healthy. I am also a firm believer that what we put inside our bodies determines our level of cellular health, how we age, and how we look and feel. There are a lot of people walking around feeling like crap. Lots and lots... and lots of people.

What amazes me is that a lot of health issues are brought on by not remembering one simple fact: The human body was never intended to be able to adjust and adapt to fake food. Basically, in any grocery store, if you are not in the produce area, you are in the fake food area.

This is not where the real food is:

Real food rots.

Don't like fruit? Hmmm, grow up. (sorry, that sounded mean ....what I MEANT is that your taste buds grow more mature as you do... Check it out here!)  It's in the real food category though. Don't like veggies? Sigh... They're not my fave either, however I do eat them, and I like them, but I'll juice the craziest stuff and slurp it down no questions asked! (yes, even beets...on occasion).

Real food has flavor!

Everyone has read at least one weight loss story where the now healthy person has completely changed the way they used to eat... and they love it!

My favorite saying is: "Your body will acclimate to everything you give it and do to it." Let that sink in. Time and again I have shared the fact that once I quit eating either pasta, potatoes, rice and rolls with every single meal, my body suddenly stopped wanting it. (and I lost 30 lbs)

Just the other day another client and friend told me that he just doesn't even think about "not having it" anymore (it being the unhealthy stuff like fries) - he simply doesn't order it, buy it, eat it.  He's lost 30 lbs. and has only worked out with me eight times.

I assure you, your body will acclimate to everything you do to it in one way or another.  Do good to your body, it will acclimate and treat you right. Do bad stuff to your body, it'll acclimate to that and eventually give you a rather hard time.  Are  you going to live forever if  you eat right? Nope. But honey, you'll live well and age beautifully and have energy to rock the body you're in!

Refuse to give in. It's less expensive to be healthy!

STOP eating this stuff if you want to age fabulously! Don't hate. ;)

If you DO want to age well, feel fabulous, lose weight, look awesome - drink water. Plain old water.  Hydrate your internal system for heaven's sake. It is one of two things you absolutely, positively will not survive without: oxygen and water. Don't like water?  Tough. Suck it up sweetie... especially if you want to look better and yes, even lose weight. Read THIS to get picture on Hyration.

I get to talk and listen to a ton of people about health and wellness. I've heard story after story about how real food, juicing and good nutrition has literally wiped out a certain health concern or two over the years.

It seems logical that if people have made an illness/disease "go away" to never reappear again, by changing what they were putting in their body, isn't it worth a shot to stop debating and start listening and doing? I am all for being proactive and preventative rather than reactive.  Being in a reactive, fight or flight state causes a great deal of stress internally, and over time is down right unhealthy.

So remember, this is not where you find real food.

Yes, you've heard it all before - yet you just don't do it. Change is tough. Real food however is delish!  Are you wondering why you're fat, your kids are fat, the dog and cat are fat. Who on earth is doing the shopping? You are. You're in charge of you. So, hit the perimeter of that grocery store. If it has a label with ingredients, put it down. Because

If you'd like some more help in this area let me know. You can reach me Here!  I'd love to help you tackle this part of your journey!

Bon Appetit!

Cin :)