Posts Tagged ‘Weight’

The million dollar question

June 6, 2011

If I had a penny for every time someone asked it, I’d be a millionaire.  For women, it’s called a “muffin top”.  For guys, lovehandles.  There are many different variations of ‘it’:

  • belly roll
  • beer gut
  • spare tire

What’s the question, then?  How to get rid of it!

Washboard abs are made in the kitchen.  Seriously, it all boils down to this:  if you eat more calories than you can burn off, the body stores excess calories as fat.  My advice?

Clean up your act.  Take a long, hard and honest look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Get real. Toss out the twinkies, grab your sneakers and head out the door after dinner tonight for a long stroll.  Get an extra 30 minutes of activity in every day (in addition to your regular program).  Cut down on the cheese, meat, bread and pasta (and get rid of the cheesecake and other nonsense).  Guzzle oodles of water.  Do this for 6 weeks and then email me.

If you don’t see any results, whatsoever, you didn’t stick to the program.

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A moment at the lips…forever on the hips?

May 23, 2011

How many times in the past year have you begun a new eating/exercise regimen and, after a few days, a week…maybe even a month, a setback occurs and you fall ‘off-track’. The mentality is that if you screw up you might as well stop altogether, and eat the entire pizza-pie, the bowl of candy, the fries and soda.  Quit.  End of story.  Better luck next time.  Old habits die hard, right?

I cannot tell you how many times my clients show up to a session, lamenting to me in near-tears that they “totally blew it” over the weekend at their best friend’s birthday party with mac&cheese, cake and french fries! (“But Jenny, grilled fish wasn’t on the menu!”)  I know — such perfectionists. After kicking up the intensity a few notches in our workout and a bit of emotional coaching, I help them realize it’s not so bad — one night of fun doesn’t mean they’ll never reach their goal!!  In fact, everyone falters from time to time–by giving yourself a little wiggle room, you will learn to truly enjoy those little indulgent moments (and keep them small) and charge ahead on the straight and narrow!  The worst thing you can do is be hard on yourself: negativity leads to more negativity and misery loves company.  Look ahead instead of backwards.

A respected colleague of mine eats clean & hits the gym hard 3 days in a row.  On the 4th day, she enjoys ice cream or another ‘fun food’ and cycles back to the 3 days on.  She follows this pattern every week, month and all year long…she’s got a phenomenal body.

In general, I follow the 80/20 rule:  I eat whole, clean foods 80% of the time, partake in a little ‘fun’ 20% of the time (except these days, since it’s beach season, it’s more like 85/15).

What’s your strategy?

Self employed? Read on.

April 6, 2011

In the last two years, the ups and downs of the economy have forced many people to reinvent themselves and become self-employed.  It can be very liberating on one hand, but if you’re not careful, it’s very easy to put on weight.  The highs and lows of business are very stressful and many business owners put themselves on the back burner.

My advice?  Set yourself up for success.  With a little preparation and planning, those lovehandles will have nowhere to go:

  • Have set mealtimes.  Instead of grazing throughout the day, eat every 3-4 hours, i.e. breakfast at 8am, lunch at noon, afternoon snack at 3:30pm, and dinner at 7pm
  • Portion out snacks and serving sizes. Remember that commute you used to have?  Use that time to set yourself up for success.  Peel and cut up carrots for dipping into hummus, count out and divvy up nuts so you don’t overeat them, cook up some turkey meatloaf and freeze the leftovers.
  • Substitute coffee throughout the day with caffeine-free green or herbal tea. My favorite is Republic of Tea’s Pomegranate green.
  • Nix the junk food. It shouldn’t even be in your home.  Buy your favorite salad fixin’s and eat a salad every day.  Fill a giant fruit bowl with your seasonal favorites.
  • Exercise.  Wake up an hour earlier than you planned and get a literal jump-start to your day.  Every day.  Now that you’re making “real money”, hire a trainer to bring the pain.
  • At mealtime, sit at the table. Turn off the TV or any other electronic devices and focus on your food.  Enjoy it!
  • Adhere to a schedule and stay focused. Need to catch up on emails?  Have bills to pay?  Mark your calendar for a specific amount of time to get ‘er done!

Eyes on the prize, friends!