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Is Dr Oz starting to be like Jerry Springer?

Oh CANADA, Happy Birthday

Long weekend time here in Canada…we will all proudly wear red and white to celebrate Canada Day. Some of you might celebrate a little harder than others and to those of you I say , “Simmer down.  You’ll only regret it come Tuesday morning!”

So…Dr Oz is on my radar. I will start by saying, I like Dr Oz. I think he is what we would all love to have as our family physician. Down to earth, relatable, fun, fit, etc.  I’m starting to take issue with the show. It is a television show and that being said, it needs advertisers, paid promotions and ratings.  I get that.  It’s big business. It is sometimes at the sake of the public though.  The premise of the show is to provide an educational forum for viewers on health topics/issues.
I am starting to see that The Dr Oz show is at risk of becoming the “Jerry Springer Show” for weight loss fads.  “Lets just keep bringing out the next outrageous act.” Before you start jumping down my throat, hear me out in this, stay with me and let me explain.

Every week, there is some new product he is promoting that is great for weight loss.  Every week, week in and week out for a few years now Dr.Oz has been providing information to get the population thinner, fitter, healthier.  Here’s the kicker.  The population is still overweight and by every account, getting bigger!!

People believe him because he is a “Dr.”

I know he believes in a total body approach.  How can he not? Look at him.  But most people want the quick fix and will run out and buy/try whatever supplement that is “hot” and not heading the advice of healthy eating and exercise.  The magic potion, lotion, pill or toy.

If I told you how many emails I get a week from people who ask about products that have been on the Dr Oz show you would be shocked!

This week for example, he was highlighting the virtues of tea.  They featured three different kinds of herbal teas that claim to help with weight loss, cravings, metabolism, etc.

Here is where I have to take issue…People will watch the show, see to healthy/fit people swilling back these herbal teas and think, “I’ve got it!! There’s my answer to losing weight!”  They will rush out and buy these teas and start drinking them while still eating crap and sitting on the couch watching Dr Oz.  Then they will do it for the next supplement they see, and so on.

Dr. Oz has not cracked the code to weight loss because he has not motivated the nation to cut the crap and exercise.  I know the show highlights Dr Oz success stories and so they should but what about the millions of others??

No supplement is a solution….not now not ever!

You did this…so be responsible and take the steps to fix it. Don’t look to Dr Oz and some magic teas, pills or potions.  Lazy has to stop and common sense has to come back.

“I like to move it, move it”

Here  is what is amazing and awful at the same time.  The weight loss industry is a multi billion dollar a year industry that sells every kind of product or service but it is the only industry that people don’t revolt about not having success with.

Think about it….most people buy a weight loss product/service with such low expectations because they know it won’t work BUT THEY STILL DO IT.

People are conditioned to spend hard-earned money on something they know going in won’t likely work but they try it any way.  Some will even risk their health to try crazy products.

You would never buy a broken appliance right?

Our hope is high but our expectation is low.  The marketers of these companies have done this and we have all bought in.   Wake up call and reality check.  If a company came up with the magic touch, do you think they would let you have it?  It would end future sales of everything!  They are in the business of making money, not ending their ability to sell to you.

So when I rant and rave and SHOW YOU PROOFof what works you bet I get frustrated when you push it aside because it wasn’t on Dr Oz and or some infomercial with fabulous fit and toned people SELLING A PRODUCT, not a lifestyle……sad that common sense is gone.

Which pound would you rather have?

We teach or kids right from wrong but disregard the rules when it comes to our health??? EPIC FAIL!

Sorry…no crazy infomercial or shiny box coming from me…..just solid advice that works.
And if you read this Dr Oz, please go back to really trying to help change the mindset of America with sound advice, great facts and the harsh reality of what the North American diet and lifestyle is doing to us.

If nothing changes……nothing changes.

Everyone knows what they “should” be doing but only very few actually do it, and by “it” I mean exercise and eat properly.

It’s time to make changes.

  • Time to plan your meals and COOK THEM
  • Time to schedule in your workouts

Things will come up that will derail your from your plan, but you need to dial into your ninja stealth moves and be able to recover and stay on track.
(Oh yes, I just said ninja stealth moves! LOL)

Meetings come up, kids get sick, traffic happens, you forgot your lunch.  The list of “didn’t plan on this happening goes and on and on…

Bumps in the road are bumps in the road.  They do not give you a  licence to eat whatever is quick or easy.  It’s not permission for you to skip exercise.  You really need to be stronger than your excuses.

Being healthy is not a punishment…it is a reward!

Exercise and eat smart.  That’s all I’m asking for.  It’s prevention.  It is going to help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.

Think about this for a sec.  How many people do you know that have health issues and for them, it’s now too late.  TOO LATE.  Don’t become that person or statistic.  Not when you have the ability and wherewithal to take control.

You get through one day at a time. You set goals, real goals (specifics please!), not fluffy, obscure goals (i.e. I will lose weight).  You say, “I will lose 10 pounds by April 1st, be able to do 10 more pushups”…etc.

Those days you just aren’t feeling up for a workout.  Show up to boot camp.  I guarantee that you will leave feeling happy and proud of yourself that you did it!

Boot Camp is BETTER!

Boot Camp IS better!!

A bold statement.  A true statement.  Don’t worry I can back up those statements too.   For those of you know that know me, I am not the wishy-washy type. So, when I say boot camp is better, I mean it, I believe it and I can prove it.  Here’s why.

At boot camp we move from our feet to fingers.  By move, I mean we MOVE our ENTIRE bodies, every single muscle. We push, we pull, we lift, we get up, we bend/stretch, we run stairs.

What kind of moves are those? ALL FUNCTIONAL REAL LIFE MOVEMENTS.  They are the moves that mimic real life activities.  Things you actually do!  We make those movements more challenging with the use of body weight and resistance.

Boot camp better because we have accountability.  You don’t show up, you get an email from yours truly!  You have group support.  Other boot campers support and encourage you…we’re a team, a kind of family.
(The gym knows and actually hopes you don’t show up.  I want you to show up.  We want you to show up.  I make sure that you do! )

Simmer down all of you yogi’s and gym goers.   Sitting on a bike peddling away, going nowhere fast doesn’t do it for me.  To each their own.

An ABC news report revealed that standard cardio equipment caloric readings are not accurate.  “Liar, liar elliptical on fire” was the biggest offender with a false reading of 42%.  42% over-estimate of calories burned!  Yikes!! You just got burned! Your calories, not so much.

So you think that you just burned 500 calories pushing away on that elliptical, bike or treadmill and you really didn’t #fail.

We burn 800-1000 calories at boot camp.  We move feet to fingers!

I am proud of you boot campers.  I am proud of how hard you work.  This blog post is to give you a virtual hi-5!!!  I am proud of your dedication, commitment and energy!

Here is a shout out to some of our 7 Day Slim *stars*.  These are INCREDIBLE 7 DAY results! 7 DAYS people.  Who else wants results like this?

  • Kelly  8 3/4 inches lost
  • Rhoda 5 inches lost
  • Lori 9 inches lost
  • Bridie 5.5 inches lost
  • Sara 10 inches lost
  • Maureen 9 inches lost
  • Lisa 4.5 inches lost
  • Diane 7 inches lost
  • Jess 5.5 inches lost

So proud of everyone that shows up to boot camp each and every night!!!  You are awesome!

Beware of the “Experts”

I saw this on Facebook the other day , shook my head and now I have to comment on it.

Just have a baby, low on energy, want your old body back? (notice the bad grammer-guess the product doesn’t help that)
Have picky eaters, children, teens, seniors, want to ensure their nutrition?
Need to lose weight for health reasons, Diabetes, Heart Conditions, Back Problems?
Want more Energy for family, friends and the busy holiday season?
Want to trim down for Family Pictures, High School Reunions or Tropical Vacations?

Well what is this all in one miracle that works for children to seniors?
For sickly people to people in pain?

So if you are trying to lose baby weight or if you are a senior with a disease then this miracle product will work for you!! Actually, it will work for anyone with a heart beat including the dog or the squirrel on your lawn.


This is a post from someone with ZERO health/fitness training and education–pimping some product.

I am sure you all know someone like this. It could be a neighbour, co-worker, family member that has gotten involved with some kind of multi level marketing company.

They have no idea how these products are manufactured–they have no idea about the “ingredients” in these products–all they know is that it might help them lose weight and get rich.

What also shocks me is that smart people will take health advice from someone who has no training or education–that is a whole lot of crazy!

I always find amusing is that the majority of these people selling these types of miracle products are usually unhealthy, sick and broke!  Great role model for your company folks.

If you are selling a weight loss product, you likely shouldn’t be overweight.
If you are trying to get someone to join your “company” you likely shouldnt be broke.

There is no miracle product that is a one size fits all…..read that again.  If someone is trying to tell you that it is good for your kids and for your grandparents they are way off base. (Unless they are selling water or vegetables).

What I see usually, are people who are drawn into these quick fixes and then they are on to the next one.  It might not be a direct selling company, it might be that they started with Jenny Craig and then moved on to Herbal Magic and then on to the next diet centre. Or diet books; one week it is Atkins then the next week it is the blood type diet.

What the heck has happened to society……
Everyone is looking for the easy way out.
Lazy, lazy, lazy.

Losing weight takes an effort.  No magic drinks, pills, lotions or potions.

Guess what, you did this to yourself. You did not wake up with an 30 extra pounds on your frame. You had to have the Eggs Benedict when a veggie omelet would’ve been fine. You had to have the chips because they were out on the table at a party. You had to have the pizza because everyone else was. You couldn’t pass up dessert because it was your favourite……shazam you gained weight!

Everyone is unique…..its this special thing called DNA, maybe you have heard of it?!

Your genetic makeup is your own. So what works for Sally won’t necessarily work for you.

One thing that is true is that you need to eat real food–(not boxed food) and you NEED to exercise—-those are two truths that will never change.

Just so we are clear anyone telling you to buy some “magic” product and replace two of your meals with this magic product and you will be a brand new person is lying.

Slim Fast said the same and remember what happened to Oprah when she went on that liquid diet.  Yeah she lost weight but now look at her.  Has she ever been able to keep it off? Did she ever learn why she loses weight than gains it back, faster and bigger then before?

What’s your thoughts? Let me know…agree / disagree?

Motivation and a YUMMY Contest

  • Proper nutrition provides energy.
  • Energy helps you move.
  • Movement creates change.
  • Change shows results.
  • Results reinforce challenge.
  • Challenge makes you stronger.
  • Strength solidifies self-confidence.
  • Self-confidence is power.
  • Power is being in control.
  • Control leads to peace.

Peace leads to efficiency in everything you do.  Once at peace, you can accomplish everything faster, better and with laser focus.  Your passion can explode.

Have a passion for your life.  Your life being your physical body as well.  Take care and respect yourself.


I know so many of you have been making so many incredible protein smoothies recipes.  So time to get creative….we are having a protein shake contest.

Submit your recipes and we will narrow it down to the top three recipes.  We have some incredible prizes up for grabs!!

So head into your test kitchen, pull out the blender and get mixing.

All entries need to be submitted by July 31st.

Be creative!!! Here is an example to get you thinking about what you can do!!


  1. Create your favourite smoothie recipe
  2. Share it with me by clicking here: Smoothie Contest
  3. WIN!! 

Fat burning Cinn-a-bun Recipe

That’s right, you read it right…a fat burning Cinn-a-bun recipe.  Now it doesn’t involve all the crap and sugar you are thinking about (hoping for) but what it does have is awesome flavour and extraordinary benefits!

Cinn-a-bun protein shake

  • 1 scoop of Boot Camp Protein Powder (vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon (more if you would like more intense flavour)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-cup sugar-free almond milk
  • 1/4-cup water
  • Ice (optional)

Blend and enjoy!

How that inspires you to share, create and enjoy!!


(and press the Share + button below…who knows, someone you let know about this could provide your new favourite taste!)

Where do you get your advice?

As you know, there are a few things that tend to get me fired up.  One of those things that gets me seeing red are diet/weight loss centers.

You all know what I am talking about….

What would happen if Jenny Craig had a romance with Dr Bernstein and they made Herbal Magic together? Bwahahahaha, in the group of diet/weight loss centers I’m going to include Weight Watchers and any multi level marketing company that markets weight loss products.

Put it perspective, would you take financial advice from someone who is broke?

Then why in the world would you take diet and health advice from someone who has no clue?   Weight loss centers have people who have no health/fitness training giving advice on how to lose weight. What??????

People that are trying to sell you some “magic potion” and they themselves are not walking the walk are nothing more than frauds.

Then there are the companies that come up with a magic product that will help you shed pounds and your approached by your neighbour who will try to get you on these products and you will lose a ton of weight and it is incredible!  What do they know about health and fitness?  NOTHING, they know what is put into a script for them by sales and marketing professionals, not fitness professionals. WHATEVER!!!

The diet and weight loss industry is a multi billion-dollar business and companies are trying to take your hard-earned money with some fad product.  Think about it this way.  Their business is selling products to make money.  If their products really worked, wouldn’t they be putting themselves out of business?

YOU ARE SMARTER THAN THAT!!  Yes I am yelling in capital letters!!

You need to exercise and eat real food.  That’s it, that simple.  Yes, that simple.  You want quick and easy, you want long-term, lasting results.  Quick and easy  says to me that you don’t want to put the effort in and that is EXACTLY what these companies are preying on.  Your busy schedule, a desire for the magic fix  and your laziness is what drives these companies.

Would you take weight loss advice from a sumo wrestler?  Heck no!!

Look to people who have had success.

I have lost over 200lbs – I have over 17 yrs of training and experience.  I have seen and heard just about everything.  Please listen when I say that there is no magic potion or miraculous gadget that will get you to your goal.  The secret to weight loss and body management is sweat equity and discipline.

Don’t make it harder than it is.

Eat real food.  That’s not so hard is it? Just do it, no excuses.

Exercise.  You need it and it will get you to your goal.  Yes, that simple.

Be the you that you desire.  Do what is required and don’t look for short cuts. Make a change starting today Oh, and don’t listen to any diet nonsense!

What’s your thoughts? Let me know.

Announcing my diet book!!

I want to blog about this again, because I think some people read the words but have trouble putting it into action for themselves. Trust me…if you chose to follow this, I guarantee you are going to make the process of achieving your health and fitness goals easier.

I get asked a number of times daily via email, Facebook, Twitter, “What do you eat”

I am happy to tell everyone what I eat.  I eat real food.  Surprise!!  Mystery over, the cats out of the bag!!

I know that so many of us struggle with weight issues. I’ve been there.  I have walked in your shoes.  I was a size 16/18 and I was over 220lbs.

So when I tell you I know how you feel; I really do!  I know exactly how mad you feel when you try clothes on and they are tight.  I know how jealous you feel when you see someone skinny eating cheesecake and you secretly wish a wardrobe malfunction on him or her.  (Button on their skinny jeans shooting across the room comes to mind!)

Add ethical to this search and it drops to 30 million

It seems like there is an endless supply of diet books and each claims to be the last diet book you will ever need.  Dr’s, trainers, celebrities, coaches, former athletes, the mailman all try to capitalize on “their” idea of a “diet”.  The sad part is most don’t work!!!  You know this and I don’t need to tell you that.  Simmer down, I can hear you say “Carrie, my friend’s aunts best friends cousin did the “so & so” diet and she lost 20lbs”  Ok…yes, you can lose weight on some diets. But, go back and see them in a couple of months.  The term yo-yo comes to mind.

So, I’m going to write my diet book…right here, right now!!  Here it is. Eat real food in proper amounts.  Support great nutrition with responsible exercise and sleep.  Book done. Look out New York Time…here I come.

I know I won’t be getting a book deal anytime soon because what I am telling you requires an effort!

I know you are busy; we all are.  But, you have to make meals.  Pre-packed ‘food’ products are not going to work.  You have to exercise.  End of story, yes have to!

It all comes down to how bad do you want it??  How bad do you want to be healthy?  The alternative is being sluggish and unhappy.  Is not fitting into your clothes working for you?

Excuses; I have heard them all…..and then some.  If you have an excuse why you can’t make meals or exercise, I am here to support you.  I am here to help you, show you the light or give you a shake up and say wake up!

Real food is nourishment, it’s energy, it makes you energetic and strong. Processed food, makes you hungrier, tired, moody.  Which option sounds better to you?

Why are you punishing yourself by eating junk. That is what it is…punishment.  If you think that cookie or the chips or ice cream is a reward or treat…you are soooo wrong.  Once you get your head around that…you are off to the races!!

Here are some boot camp food rules to live by:

  • don’t go longer than 3hrs without eating
  • drink at least 3L of water daily
  • exercise daily
  • protein must be at every meal
  • say good-bye to processed foods (cookies, chips, bagels, fast food, frozen dinners)

Do the work see the results.

This is what I ate today:

  • coffee
  • chocolate/pb protein shake + apple (breakfast)
  • hard-boiled egg with cucumber slices + couple of walnuts (snack)
  • chicken breast with tomato sauce and salad (lunch)
  • yogurt with mixed berries and slivered almonds
  • early dinner before boot camp – tuna in yellow pepper cups(cut up pepper filled with tuna)
  • after boot camp – mixed berry protein shake
  • chamomile tea
  • 3.5L water

What did you eat??  Whatever emotional value you put on food, change it.  Food is fuel.  Eat smart and watch your body change.

Stop making excuses why you can’t and start making steps towards why you can!  You are where you are because of the choices you have made.  You will be where you want to be because of the choices you will make.

I have lost over 200lbs – I have been where you are!  Now trust me and come and be where I am now!!