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2016 Predictions (my accuracy is remarkable #humblebrag)

I PREDICT that if you reach into your wallet/daytimer/agenda on any day in 2016 and pull out a card or piece of paper with all your realistic goals written on it in precise detail, the odds are in your favor of you’ll achieve every one of those goals before the end of the year.

 

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on your goals and how you are going to achieve them, you will reach your goals so fast in 2016, it will make your head spin. #truth – try it!

 

I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on health woes and body fat problems and if you think about what you don’t want, your problems will get worse than ever this year.

 

I PREDICT that if you can tell me all the reasons why achieving your goals are important to you, you will be motivated from within to stick with them when the going gets tough.

 

I PREDICT that at times, the going is going to get tough. But you need to tough it out.

 

I PREDICT that the way you see yourself in your mind’s eye today will be an exact reflection of what you see in the mirror at the end of the year.

 

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I PREDICT that if you have a setback that seems to get in the way of you reaching your goals and you tell yourself “this is temporary; this too shall pass”, then it won’t set you back and it will pass.

Don’t be a victim to excuses.

 

 

I PREDICT that if you believe the way your body looks today is out of your control and you feel helpless or powerless to change, you won’t even make much of an effort this year.

 

I PREDICT that if you accept complete responsibility for the way your body looks today and you believe that you have the power to change, that you will take action and keep taking action, even through the tough times.

 

I PREDICT that if you’re unhappy with your physical condition and you say, “it’s not my fault” or you blame it on genetics, hormones or age, then your body will look pretty much the same at the end of 2015 as it did on New Year’s day.

2016

 

 

 

I PREDICT that the more you seek “miracle pills” or “quick fixes,” the more likely you are to be a failure a year from now.  That’s the cold hard truth.

 

I PREDICT that you will be tempted by many quick fixes in 2015. You’re smarter than that–don’t fall for it.

 

I PREDICT that if you hang out with negative people this year, you will become just like them.

 

I PREDICT that if you hang out with winners and positive people this year, you will become just like them.

 

I PREDICT that you will run into more negative people this year than positive people. Choose wisely who you want to be like. There is a reason there are more negative people…it’s easy.

 

I PREDICT that if you recruit just one friend or support partner that stands behind you and the lifestyle changes you want to make in 2016, you will double your chances for success. If you surround yourself with numerous support buddies, you will become unstoppable.

Did you reach your 2015 goals? Think about that for a minute. Are you heading into 2016 in the same spot?

 

The past is the past and you can’t change it, but by changing your thoughts, attitudes and ACTION in the present moment, the future is yours to create.

Read these predictions again.

Share this and rally your troops.

Make 2016 different… really different. Get uncomfortable.

 

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How Tilapia Is More Unhealthy Than Bacon

The true chicken-of-the-sea, tilapia is a mild-tasting white fish that’s cheap to breed and easy to sell.

Original post.

 

In fact, for the first time in 2012, farmed fish production topped that of beef, reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with beef at 63 million. But there’s a dirty secret about tilapia, the lean-meat alternative that beckons you in the supermarket–promises of weightloss  a healthy heart and beautiful skin ringing in your ears. While most health experts agree we should be eating more fish (for all the reasons listed above), this Eat This, Not That! research has found the inflammatory potential of farmed tilapia to be greater than a burger, doughnuts—even pork bacon! It gets worse …

 

 

It’s the Worst Kind of Fat

Compared with other fish, farmed tilapia contains relatively small amounts of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids–the heart-healthy and essential fish oils touted by health and nutrition experts as the main reason to eat fish frequently. While a portion of salmon has over 2,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, a serving of tilapia has a mere 135 milligrams. Moreover, because farmed tilapia subsist on a diet of corn and soy instead of lake plants, they’re proportionally sky high in omega-6 fats, which studies have proven to harm the heart, the brain, and even your mood. The Wake Forest University study that produced the tilapia vs. bacon findings revolves around this dangerous omega 6:3 proportion.

 

 

They Have the Crappiest Diet

There’s a good chance the tilapia on your plate was raised on a poop diet (that’s poop as a noun, not an adjective). Research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future revealed the gory details of disease-ridden fish farms in Asia, where pig and chicken feces serve as a cheaper alternative to standard fish food. While the FDA vehemently denied any of these goings-on, the Johns Hopkins investigation revealed only 2 percent of imported seafood to the United States is actually tested for contamination. It’s not just mega gross. Experts worry that the large amounts of antibiotics given to the fish to ward off infections may give rise to antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella.

 

 

They’ve Had a Sex Change

Virtually all tilapia sold in American supermarkets has undergone a sex change–the result of being fed methyltestosterone during the early, sexless stage of life. Tilapia pumped full of hormones grow bigger quicker than their natural bros, because they don’t expend energy developing reproductive organs and require less food. Seafood experts consider the effects of methyltestosterone in fish to be insignificant to our health. However, there’s research to suggest the drug can be highly toxic to the liver. In fact, methyltestosterone has been taken off the market in Germany due to its high potential for liver toxicity.

 

They Cause a Negative Environmental Impact

Environmentalists argue that intensive and unregulated tilapia farming is damaging ecosystems, leaving dead lakes and extinct species in poor countries with practices prohibited in the United States. In Nicaragua, for example, huge numbers of fish are bred in cages, where fish waste pollutes the lake water. Such was the case at Lake Apoyo, where pollution killed off the aquatic plants, leaving the lake a wasteland.

Eat This, Not Tilapia!

When it comes to choosing a fish that qualifies as one of the foods that will help you lose weight and one of the healthiest for your body—and the Earth—abide by the number one rule: Stay off the farm. Farmed seafood, not just tilapia, can have up to 10 times more toxins than wild fish, according to Harvard Researchers. Your best choices at the fish counter include: Wild Alaskan Salmon, Alaska Pollok, Atlantic Cod, Clams, Blue Crab, Atlantic Mackerel, Striped Bass, Sardines, Herring, Rainbow Trout and Flounder.

 

Originally posted www.eatthis.com

National Honesty Day

So this is a “thing” thanks Facebook for keeping me up to date!

So here is my “Let’s get honest” post.

Gut Check Time.

How much is patting you on the back vs kicking you in the butt helping?

I want to encourage you – I want to help you face your fears.
It’s a disservice by not being hard on you.
Let’s be honest, you’re expecting more than what you put into it.
If you want results you have to work hard…set yourself to another, a higher standard.
Yes you are going to have to sacrifice, face fears but its worth it.
Be honest with yourself. What is your strategy?
Fail to plan…plan to fail?
We all want the “Do less and get more”  -that is not how the world works!
What are you prepared to do to see results?
Stop being mediocre, stop treading water.
If I moved in with you for 10 days I guarantee your life would change.
Get serious today.
Be hot or be cold – don’t be in between…its painful.
“I care” and “atta girl / atta boy” is ok, but most of the time you can do better.
This is your wake up call!!!
Stop wasting time.
Stop making excuses.
Distractions of life happen and they wont ever stop, but if you give up, that’s on you.
I want you to decide to be great – you have been around long enough to know what to do – make it happen
Decide to be great NOW.

Suck it up buttercup. Fight the weight loss battle and win!

They’re Not Afraid to Say It: ‘Fat Yoga’

Ms. Ipox does not answer yes. Instead, she said, “I make them say it: Say, ‘Is this Fat Yoga?’ ”

That’s the proper name of the studio, and one that many people struggle to spit out. One caller, typical of others, refused to respond directly, instead replying, “Well, how do I know you’re fat?”

“People think ‘fat’ means slovenly, uncontrolled, dirty or lazy,” Ms. Ipox said. “It doesn’t.”

In addition to the fact that the word fat feels fraught, it’s not usually paired with yoga. Yoga conjures stringy, bendy, barely clothed bodies — not soft, round ones. But that’s the stereotype that specialized classes and studios, like Fat Yoga, around the country are trying to combat in an effort to reclaim the practice for people of all body types.

In New York, there’s MegaYoga, Buddha Body Yoga and Yoga for Abundant Bodies. There’s Curvy Yoga in Nashville, HeavyWeight Yoga in Austin, Tex., and Big Yoga in Buckingham, Va., among others.

“I’m more interested in working with the large bodies,” Mr. Hayes said.CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

“Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice,” said Ragen Chastain, a writer in Los Angeles who blogs at danceswithfat.org.

She said she applauds the honest labeling of these specialized studios.

“If you sell bubble gum, you want a sign that says you sell bubble gum,” Ms. Chastain said. “These names say, ‘fat yoga here.’ If you’re fat and want to do yoga, go here.”

The language is not incidental; it is no mere marketing gimmick meant to set people whispering.

“I wanted something that was unapologetically and enthusiastically voluptuous, and not as p.c. as ‘Yoga for people who have pleasing curves,’ ” said Megan Stancill, who teaches a class called MegaYoga at studios in New York. “People pussyfoot around saying it, and I wanted to make it really clear who this was for. It’s for people who are large.”

Not everyone buys into yoga’s new linguistics.

“Words are tricky,” said Tracy Weber, who holds a class called Yoga for Round Bodies at her Seattle studio. “ ‘Fat’ may be an empowering word to someone, but for me it’s a word that made me feel less than. If someone puts that word to me, I feel bad.”

But most of these instructors have a similar intent: to associate yoga with images that transcend the Instagramification of perfectly fit people in the King Pigeon pose, so that it feels accessible to all.

“It’s been said that yoga in America is miles wide but only an inch deep,” said Abby Lentz, who owns HeavyWeight Yoga. “But it’s spreading to places that it’s never been before, and that includes people who thought, ‘The only way I’m going to be able to do this is if I lose weight first.’ ”

Mr. Hayes leading a yoga class. CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times

Instructors of yoga aimed for large people customize the practice for their clientele. In yoga, unlike other workouts like running or Zumba, it is necessary to adapt your practice to your body size — something some teachers don’t know how to do, said Amber Karnes, who teaches Body Positive Yoga in Charlottesville, Va.

Jayvin Jordan-Green, 28, a student at Fat Yoga, found the studio by Googling “fat yoga,” he said. He wanted a place to practice where the teacher wouldn’t assume he was going through the flow to lose weight.

“I’ve had teachers who said, ‘This is going to help you stay thin,’ or ‘This is going to get rid of this unwanted roll here if we keep practicing,’ he said. “It’s like, ‘Maybe I like that roll, maybe the people I date like that roll.’ I had a lot of teachers treat me like I’m their special project. They’ll say, ‘I’m going to make you the buffest person.’ They see me as the ‘after’ picture, when I don’t want to be the ‘after’ picture.”

Some purveyors are adamant about exclusivity. Michael Hayes, who owns Buddha Body Yoga in New York, refuses to let smaller people take his classes; if you’re too skinny, you are shut out.

“Am I excluding small people for larger people?” he said. “The answer would be yes. There are lots of studios for people who are smaller.”

At his studio, he once refused three tiny women who wanted to take a class.

“People who are slender aren’t happy about it,” he said of his policy. “The shock, annoyance and pissed-off-ness is really profound. But I’m more interested in working with the large bodies.”

But other yogis are more flexible. Ms. Ipox of Fat Yoga said the point is to welcome people of all sizes. She said potential students often ask, “Am I fat enough?”

“I had to find a way to say to someone, ‘You’re plenty fat’ or ‘It’s O.K., you’re fat,’ ” she said. “The script is completely flipped. A lot of people wouldn’t call themselves fat anywhere but Fat Yoga, where being called fat is a good thing.”

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Weekend Gone Wild

You’ve stayed on track all week. You have made sure that you’ve had healthy meals, stayed on top of your water and stuck with your exercise.

Today is Friday and you are now  counting down the hours until it is officially the weekend. Some of you will start your weekend at 5pm and it will be an all out weekend fiesta.

Others will start tomorrow and wake up from a good night’s sleep and give into cravings of waffles, syrup and bacon and you’ll justify the calorie bomb because it is “the weekend”.

So many people fall off the wagon hard and fast on the weekend. No set schedules or over scheduled, whether it’s kids birthday parties, sports, get togethers, etc. We justify the big weekend binge because “we were good all week”.

It starts with a crazy breakfast then it rolls into no lunch perhaps a quick snack and then a whopper of a dinner because you are starving and dehydrated because all you had was some coffee.

You’ve worked hard to stay on track all week and then you went bananas on the weekend.  You justify it because you were good during the week or because it was a long and stressful week.  Monday feels like you are starting from scratch because you have a weekend calorie hangover.
So I thought I would try to help you get through the weekends relatively unscathed with a survival guide for the weekend.  Your meals might be harder to plan but let’s be honest, you have a pretty good idea of what you are doing so you can plan.

1.) Set your goals. Plan your choices for the weekend.  That means, have an idea of what you are doing or where you are going so you can have the right food on hand to make things easier.
2.) Schedule in some activity.  It doesn’t have to involve burpees (but burpees are badass) it could be soccer with the kids, a bike ride with the family, etc–be active!
3.) Pack-a-snack.  You know ahead of time that you’ll be in a hockey arena or dance studio all day, so pack some healthy snacks so that you don’t hit up a drive thru on your way home.
4.) ALWAYS and I mean always have water with you.  Weekend, holiday, whatever day…always have water with you.  It’ll keep you on track and it will help lessen the desire for a pumpkin spice latte.  Speaking of which…. you notice the shape of Pumpkins? Round, stubby, fat… remember that when thinking of the pumpkin spice fatte.
5.) Be Smart.  If you know you’re eating out or going to a party/event choose wisely.  Just because there are 5 kinds of dessert does not mean you were meant to try all 5! I guarantee you will feel so much better walking away knowing that you made a healthy choice and not given into temptation.

PRO TIP:  It’s just food.  You already know what it tastes like, so having the bread with butter, special nachos or a bottle of wine is just a disaster waiting to happen to your hips/butt/thighs.

The weekend is not code for 2 days of all you can eat bingeing. Don’t go crazy. You know that you will feel gross and guilty.

Yes this takes some effort and some planning but really, is it THAT big of a deal???  Please, do not email me saying that YOLO and that you want to enjoy everything life has to offer.  C’mon people, yes, life does offer a number of decadent foods but with that comes obesity, joint pain, heart disease, diabetes.  Instead of “You Only Live Once”, think “You Live Only Once” , YLOO,  so do you want to live it in pain and medicated or happy and healthy?

You will feel better and mentally stronger that you managed to outsmart the weekend gone wild mentality!  Food is meant for nourishment.  It will never take stress away.  It won’t fix things at work and it won’t make mean people not suck.

Stay strong–have a plan and follow it!

September is the new January – Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

September is the new January

Not only is it Tuesday, but it is first day of school in Ontario, Canada and a lot of the US States.

My kids are happy to go to school, which I am very thankful for. 

I was able to spend a lot of time with them this summer so today I’m sad….it is weird not to have them here.  And no, not weird enough for me to sit outside of their school or have some delusional thoughts of home schooling.  Will I be at the bus stop early?  YES, you know I will!

Will I Will I squeeze them extra tight when they get off the bus?  YES YES YES!

September for some is the official start of a new school year and for many people, it is actually an unofficial start of a new year altogether!

When it comes to health and fitness people set “goals” in January… the “New Year Resolutions”.  They then abandon them in February, book a holiday in March, agonize during April about fitting into shorts, tanks and bathing suits.  Get into party mode in May with the unofficial kick off to summer.  Opening the warm weather drinks, warmer evenings with a glass of wine and the backyard BBQ fest!

Along comes June, the official start of summer when people throw themselves into bbqs, parties, etc.  To heck with fitting into summer clothes, it’s too late now.  July continues along the same lines  and finally, August…the last-ditch effort to party, socialize and “relax” before September and the start of a new year:  School, sports/activities, etc.

October is the month of candy, a total write off because you have to start buying candy the first week of October and have no willpower not to touch it.   Oh and Thanksgiving (in Canada) another food fest that lasts days followed by the November stress….holiday party dresses that don’t fit, the start of Christmas shopping and bulky warm, layered clothes.

If you havent been working out until now, you think, ” Why exert myself now during such a stressful season?”  December-party, party,party; food, food, food, drink, drink, drink.  Then we land safely back at January where you vow to yourself, “It will be different this year!  This time I’ll be committed.”

Yada, yada, yada…….
vicious cycle.  I have heard it all and seen it all.

Let this month, this week be a new beginning for you.

Don’t over book your days (or your kids for that matter).  Schedule time to prepare your meals and plan your fitness…make time for you in the schedules.

Take care of your health and weight now so that you don’t wake up with 20 extra pounds on your body, wondering how it happened.

September is the new January.  Have a defined goal, not a fluffy one ( “I want to lose weight” is a fluffy goal)

A defined goal is,  “I want to lose 20lbs by November 1st” – YES THAT IS POSSIBLE! 

Be consistent with your commitment to yourself.   Talk to your spouse/partner on how you can work together on managing the family schedule so that you both have time to take care of yourselves.

Make your health and fitness a priority so that no matter what the season, or special occasion you are ready to rock a “cute little black dress”,  shorts or a bathing suit.

September is the time to think about what has worked and what hasn’t.  Put together your plan and make it happen.  I know you’re busy but you have got to be tired of being on the weight roller coaster.  

That gets old fast, just be done with it once and for all!

September is the new January… goals, resolutions, whatever you would like to call it just make it happen and stick to them!  Just think, you could have an entirely new set of resolutions come January that don’t include, “Lose Weight” because you will have already done that!!

Share your defined goals with your loved ones.  No loved ones or no support?  Share them with me so you can be accountable to someone and know that someone has your back!!

I’m here to help!!

Happy New Year.  Make the rest of 2014 count!

You gotta have great goals!

Here’s the good news…and some not so good news

GOOD NEWS VS. BAD NEWS

I would much rather write about good news but the reality is that with some good at times there is bad.

With the summer winding down a few of you have lost your way or your fitness path has become blurred with snacks, treats, alcohol, etc.

A couple of bites here, a couple of drinks there, a missed lunch, a skipped breakfast so you had to have a quick snack of whatever you could find, vacations, parties…the excuses or what you civilians call “reasons” really don’t cut it anymore.

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Let’s start with some good news. If you’ve gained weight or need to lose weight…you can make it happen. Your weight is not concrete (although it may feel that way when going up stairs). You control how your body looks and feels. If you’ve been off the fitness wagon for a while and the pounds have piled up the good news is….IT IS FIXABLE. 

The bad news.  If you’re overweight you will likely have a shorter, painful life. Added weight effects every part of your body. More aches & pains. Limited mobility. Low self esteem, disease….need I go on?

The key is doing the work.

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You are where you are because of the choices you have made.

If fat loss is your goal, then you put chips or candy in your mouth, at that point you are deciding that you do not want to lose weight. With that being said, just because you “workout” does not mean you have license to eat whatever you want. Old school my friends….calories in vs calories out.

You have to want it. I wish I could get some super powered pixie dust and convince you all to make healthy choices and to show up at boot camp. This is your journey and I am thrilled to be a part of your journey and whatever brainwashing I can do I will do it. 

Back to some good news…

If you choose not to have the birthday cake at the office you are not missing out on anything—you’ve had cake, you know what it tastes like.

Bad news…

If you keep having the cake, or donuts, wine, etc., you will keep getting bigger–you will get slower – you will lose your independance because your body is too beat up to move.

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Just get through today. Make today a success. Have a plan and follow the plan.

Choose good so you don’t feel bad.

 

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