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  1. Get Inspired! Here’s how they did it…

    There’s nothing quite as inspiring as a truly jaw-dropping before and after picture. I’m talking about a 50+ pound weight loss where they look like an entirely new person.

    It’s striking how much younger people look when the extra fat comes off. An attractive, happy, energetic person was inside of them all along.

    Many popular magazines showcase transformation success stories like this at the beginning of a new year. Flip through the pages of before and after photos and it’s hard not to feel inspired to make healthy changes in your own life.

    It’s also interesting to read how each person managed to lose all the weight. What was their exercise routine? What diet plan did they follow? The truth is that there are many routines and plans that bring success.

    The key is to choose your plan and stick with it.

    Of course, this is where things get tricky, during the stick with it period. This is when life tempts you to lose your focus and get lazy. This is when even the best intentions don’t help you win.

    Below I have compiled a list of Best Transformation Tips that came from the mouths of those who have actually done it. Every tip below is from a fat loss champion who lost 50+ pounds and some even half of their body weight.

    • Fat loss is 80% mental and only 20% physical. Get your mind right if you want to succeed.
    • Focus on non-scale victories like how your clothes fit, how you feel, and how much healthier you are.
    • Fix what’s going on inside before you attempt to fix what’s going on outside. The mind is a powerful part of your transformation.
    • Don’t stress as much on what you are eating, but instead on how much you are eating. Keep calories under control.
    • Find a workout routine that you won’t be bored with, so that you’ll stick with it.
    • Stick to your workout plan no matter how tired you’re feeling that day. Push your body through the motions even if you’re tired.
    • Don’t be afraid to make healthy changes. You have nothing to lose and so much life to gain.
    • Use a slow cooker to have healthy meals on hand to avoid unhealthy meals. Here is a recipe you can try.
    • Use a fitness app to log your meals, workouts and water consumption. This helps to stay on track on those days when you aren’t feeling it.
    • Try eating leafy vegetables and protein throughout the day to increase your energy. As a bonus this also increase the speed of your results.
    • Find a plan and stick with it. Jumping from diet to diet never works in the long run.
    • Get creative with your healthy eating by trying out new recipes. This helps prevent boredom from creeping in.
    • Find an accountability partner who will keep you going strong when temptation hits.
    • Make healthy changes gradually. If you ate a whole pizza yesterday then don’t swear off pizza completely. Just eat one slice today.
    • Don’t give yourself the option of giving up. If you messed up then pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.
    • Remember that the best part of getting into shape over 50 is no longer the six pack abs. It’s about improvements to your self-confidence and overall outlook on life.
    • Be willing to ask for help. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable fitness professional or functional aging specialist to ensure that your efforts are safe, effective and successful.

    Are you ready to unleash that over 50 year old attractive/handsome, happy, energetic person that’s hiding inside of you? I’m here to help you do it. Call or email me today and we will get your own long over do and stunning transformation started!

  2. Tides of Change

    Early summer 2015, my staff and I attended a business Summit in Phoenix, AR in preparation for our Functional Aging Specialist exams. I really connected with the doctors there, especially Dr. Dan Ritchie. Something about him just spoke to my heart and I decided to lay down a considerable chunk of money and hire him to be my business coach for a year.

    Uncomfortable with change

    At first, working with Dr. Ritchie, felt like a lot of busy work with emphasis on just making money. Numbers, numbers, numbers! I’m used to counting reps back and forth from 15 and hiring others to help me with the rest. I was definitely being pushed out of my comfort zone and had a meltdown. I had to reach out for help to unscramble all my mixed emotions.

    Learning to ask for help has been difficult for me. Oh sure, I have help with my house, mowing the lawn, etc… The kind of help I’m talking about can’t really be bought with money. It’s the kind of help that comes from being in the trenches oneself. So, I’ve had to learn to ask for help when it comes to my mental and spiritual health. I pay it forward when others come to me for help and my life is better because of this.

    For the past couple of weeks, you’ve been receiving a great fitness newsletter from me on Tuesdays. Up to two other times during the week, I’ve been writing a more personal newsletter, sharing a bit about myself, my struggles and what makes me tick.

    Too many newsletters

    I received a tip one day from a trusted colleague who suggested, “Too many emails turn people off and they will unsubscribe.” This really wasn’t news to me because I had the same concern when I committed to writing two personal newsletters per week for 5 weeks last year.

    Self-doubt began to creep in. I started obsessing and worrying. Fortunately, I met with Dr. Richie one Tuesday and he reminded me that what I do by vocation is very personal. People want to know the person they may consider trusting their body, health and fitness to. If I’m honest about who I am, it will come across in what I write. What I have to sell as a Fitness professional is a very personal service, different from some other small businesses.

    Learning about honesty

    When I made the decision to re-invest my time and money in my personal training studio, I began to review all my previous efforts and among many, these stood out:

    • I have almost 400 blogs on my website that are mostly just a bunch of words, saying what I thought you wanted to hear. I even hired others to help me write these blogs. Only about 10 or so were straight from my heart with regard to who I am and how I think and care about you.
    • I also have almost 400 videos on my YouTube channel. Many are “How to” videos, testimonials from clients and again, others of me very uncomfortably trying to say what I thought you wanted to hear or me just being silly.

    I had to correct some things in order to learn to speak to you from my heart. I know some of you will not resonate with what I share and may unsubscribe. Others will and have encouraged me, beyond measure, to keep telling my stories because they are relating to the “me” that works at her job with the passion of having been in the trenches.

    Being honest; of course I want you to try my studio or come back if you left. Of course I want you to call me today, NOT unsubscribe and tell everyone you know about how I want to help them with their fitness! Here’s my personal cell 361-549-4604, should you decide to ask for my help.

  3. New Year…New You!

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, New Year resolutions are a good thing. If you struggle to believe that, it’s probably because of a history of failed resolutions. This year, however, you owe it to yourself to become the new person you want to be. Not in order to impress other people. You’re going to do it to remind yourself that yes, you can do whatever you put your mind to—you can become a healthier person.

    Ready to get started on the road to a new you? Keep reading to find out what you’ve got to do this year to make the new you happen!

    Talk about It

    After a few years of failed resolutions, you may want to keep your plans a secret. But don’t! If your family and friends don’t know what your goals are, you won’t have their support in your journey. They may scoff or snicker when they find out you have big plans for the coming year, but don’t let them get you down. Most likely, they’re jealous. So whether you want to be more committed to your gym routine, eat better, or be more patient with your kids, don’t keep your resolution for a new you to yourself!

    Start with Pre-Tests

    Next Monday may be when you’ve decided to really begin committing to your new self, but don’t wait that long. Start today with some pre-tests. Once a day, find a way to implement your new lifestyle into your routine. That may mean skipping dessert one night. Or maybe it’s letting your spouse have the remote control. Then again, it could be chewing on a carrot instead of going for a cigarette break when stressed. Whatever it is, scoring these small victories lets you know that you can indeed become the new person in the New Year that you desire.

    Expect Success

    There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are the punch line for countless jokes. There are people; however, who beat the odds and stick with their resolutions. This time around, you’re going to be one of them. Not because you’re better than other people who can’t keep from overeating. And not because you’re smarter than people who don’t read a book every month (like you’re planning to do this year). The reason you’re going to succeed is because you want it, and nothing is going to stop you. When you expect success and realize it is possible—which it is—you’re prepared to do what it takes to find that success. Now go for it!

    Go for the Right Goals

    Before you set a resolution for a new you in the New Year, take stock of your life to determine what would give you the best bang for your resolution buck. Already spending more time than you’d like away from the family? Maybe you should resolve to work your way into a position at work that requires less travel. Thinking you need to lose more weight when all your friends think you’re exceptionally thin? Maybe you should work on adding muscle to your frame instead. Only when you have the right goals can your new you be the best you.

    Have Some Fun

    Sometimes, creating a new you can be tiring. After all, you’ve spent a lifetime creating the old you, and your old self will not leave without a fight. When your lifestyle changes feel like too much and you’re drooling for ice cream, craving a smoke, or itching to ignore your family and stare at your phone, turn your focus to something fun. Grab a funny movie, go on a hike, hang out with friends—just do something you enjoy! When you’re done, your head will be cleared and you’ll, again be ready to shed the old you in favor of the new you in the New Year!

    I have just the exercise plan for you – one that will not only help you recover from your holiday indulgences, but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future.

    If you haven’t joined yet, now is the perfect time to start. Together we will get you focused on your goals with my results-driven method.

    Simply call 361-549-4604 or email today to set up your first workout.

  4. Why You’re Gaining Weight (and how to stop it)

    Capture-3.JPGTired of gaining weight? Of course you are – none of us enjoy it when the number on our scale begins to climb. So why are you gaining that extra weight now?

    That is a valid and frustrating question. And the answer is often found in recent changes in your life.

    According to Edward Abramson, Ph.D. the author of Emotional Eating, “Any change in your life circumstances can produce changes in eating and exercise, which leads to weight gain.”

    Let’s dive into the major changes in your life that have caused that annoying weight gain…

    Life’s Fat Traps: We all gain weight for different reasons. You often hear about one-size-fits-all weight loss solutions that take little or no consideration of how the extra weight piled up in the first place. To experience true weight loss it is important to understand why you gained it in the first place.

    Think back to the time in your life when your weight was just right. Were you in your teens? Your twenties? Or maybe your thirties? Picture yourself as you were at your ideal weight. Now when did things change? Was it a gradual addition of pounds that accumulated over a span of multiple years? Or did you gain it all at once?

    Check out the following weight gain triggers and determine which one is responsible for your plight.

    College: The college years are some of the easiest for gaining weight. In fact, a recent study by Cornell University found that on average, college freshman gain about 0.5 pounds a week – almost 11 times more than the average weight gain among 17-and 18-year olds and almost 20 times more than the average weight gain among American adults.

    Marriage: There’s nothing like holy matrimony to encourage a barrage of calories to overtake your diet. Late night comfort snacks are always more enjoyable when you have someone to share them with—and who better than the person who pledged to stick by your side through sickness and health?

    Pregnancy: Talk about a great time to gain weight! And we’re not just talking about women here—most men admit that they gained ‘sympathy’ pounds right along with their wife. Hormonal changes along with strong encouragement from everyone you know to indulge in anything their heart desires leave most pregnant women with a feeling of entitlement when it comes to food.

    Career: Though you may not realize it, your career choice plays a major hand in your weight. Those who go from an active lifestyle to spending 8 hours a day behind a desk and another 2 hours commuting almost universally gain weight. Conversely, people who spend their 8 hours in constant motion find weight loss a natural byproduct of the job.

    New Habits: Close your eyes and go back to the fat trap that triggered your weight gain. What changed in your lifestyle? To help sort things out, I’ve broken things down into two specific behavioral categories.

    Eating Habits: Did your eating pattern change at this time in your life? If your weight gain occurred in college then maybe you went from eating 3 square meals to an all-you-can-eat buffet style cafeteria. Or if marriage was your weight gain trigger, then maybe you went from eating small meals to fattening comfort food. Pregnancy brings on the perfect environment for a change in eating habits. You go from eating normally, to eating ‘for two’, to munching on your baby’s snacks right along with him! Your job can also dictate your eating schedule. Long hours and early meetings may cause you to grab a donut or chips from the vending machine.

    Activity Level: The second category that leads to weight gain is your activity level. Simply put, what kind of exercise were you doing before your life changing event and how does it compare to your current exercise regime? Chances are good that you were doing more exercise before your weight gain began—which means that you are doing less exercise today! Go ahead, think back to the exercises or physical activities that you used to do and compare them to your schedule today.

    Your Transformation: You’ve figured out which fat trap in your life led to weight gain, and then narrowed down the exact behaviors that changed as a result, so this naturally leads us to a solution.

    It’s time to make a change.

    Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will make you immune to all of life’s fat traps.

    Once you start working with me, those numbers on your scale will quickly change direction. Let’s do this!

  5. Fear of Change in the New Year

    by Lisa Wright, CFT, LCI

    …and take this quiz from Fitness Magazine

    To change your body would mean to experience a sense of physical or emotional difference in appearance or feeling. For many reasons, you may have come to believe that you NEED to make a change and you just don’t. Fear may be a paralyzing and emotional stumbling block that may now, or has in the past, delayed your progress.

    CHANGE: The common expression “I need to change” would be to say that you feel the need to appear and/or feel differently than you do now.
    FEAR: When you approach your fitness with trepidation, it may take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride through a house of horrors, walled by distorted mirrors. How you should look or feel may be so distorted that you are being held prisoner by this confusion.

    CHANGE: In reality there is nothing to change. I love reminding my clients that they already are everything they desire to be, even if there is a little extra.
    FEAR: It is fear that holds your attention to the belief that, because of your life circumstances, your fitness is just the way it is was or ever will be, eliminating you from any responsibility in the matter. You may even be blaming genetics on your current condition.

    Perhaps you are afraid of hurting or being hurt, physically or emotionally; afraid of losing something that you conceal; fear of inadequacy; fear of lacking potential and ability. The biggest fear I hear, when it comes to fitness, is fear of failure.

    CHANGE: Whether you or aware of it or not, you ARE changing, every day. Growing a little older, a little grayer, and a little grumpier and the attitudes are not getting any better. An interest in getting fit just doesn’t really interest you and feels like too much trouble; and still, you ARE changing perhaps for the worse.
    FEAR: You walk into a wall of fear the moment you want anything more than status quo, because you are tired! As you move toward a new resolve, there are moments of fearful caution; moments of “Can I do this?” “I can’t do this.” “How will it affect or change me?” And so goes the monkey mind up and down the greased pole.

    CHANGE: Change may be difficult to handle and cause emotional turmoil when relating to others. As you attempt to adjust to a new fitness or eating regime, family and friends may become distant. Your friends and family may not immediately understand your change at first. Try sharing with them that you are making short term decisions toward long term health.
    FEAR: You may have the fear of giving up what you have spent a lifetime protecting – the need to be needed by your family, friends, position and wealth. This protecting an illusion has eaten up any time you have for your own self-care.  Taking responsibility for your own health is priceless!

    Remember, I said earlier, “In reality there is nothing to change?” When you are no longer afraid or attached to illusion, then everything is for your use. Position, cars, homes, money, gyms, and personal trainers may be used as necessary for your care.

    CHANGE: Positive change may come very slowly. The old “you” with whom you were comfortable may be resistant to the new decisions you are making. The mind resists and fears what it does not understand.  There may be a longing to slip back into your old ways. For a time, this change may cause an inner/outer struggle and you will forget why you are doing what is necessary and be tempted to succumb to the whims of conditioning.
    FEAR: When we are comfortable and consider change we fear that we are being asked to “give up” this or that. In reality, what is being asked is that we give up our attachments to unhealthy things, not the “use” of them. When we are unattached to certain foods, alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle then we can:

    • choose fatty, salty, sugary food once a week (as an “eat off” day) to stimulate our metabolism
    • choose alcohol once in a while to socialize with our friends
    • lie around on vacation or once a week to rest our bodies

    When you move out of your fear box, you move into perfect love. Love for yourself and the freedom to make healthier choices one moment, one day, and one week at a time for the rest of your lifetime. The lifetime that you have right now!

    Resolve to be fearless about change in 2012!

    …ok, that a little heavy. Have some fun with this quiz!

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