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Again with the Diet and Exercise!!!!

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608039486897783099&pid=15.1&P=0Thanks to everyone that came out for senior strength training today.  While this particular class has been slow to grow, today we were over 30 strong–and I DO mean strong…Don’t forget the SilverSneakers luncheon is this Thursday at 12:30 at China Buffet on University Drive and Sunset Strip—head count is about 110!  It’s our once a year splurge and we will just work harder tomorrow and Friday, because buffets are really not EVER our friends (veggies and tofu for this girl—see next paragraph) but being with our gym friends in a different environment is always great fun for all.   Thanks, Ellen, for taking care of all the arrangements!…

Confession.  In December I decided to really let my hair down and indulge like the rest of the world does through the holidays.  For the first time in, probably my entire adult life, I stopped counting calories and thinking about every food choice and just enjoyed.  I ate the most amazing vegan foods in Vegas (and with all the walking and hiking didn’t gain a pound) and came home to Chanukah, my birthday, Christmas and New Years.  My takeaway is that I can now truly understand how easy it is to put on the “average of 7 pounds” from Thanksgiving to New Years.  My bigger take away is that it really is harder to take the weight off, the older you get.  I am now officially a counter, once again.  Counting calories, counting steps (thanks to Carole and my pedometer which I wear every day) counting miles jogged, counting reps, etc.  While there are many roads to choose in the weight loss journey, for me, the only sensible way is counting calories and NOT by elimination of one food, or food group.  I have come to realize that most people that say they lost their weight by cutting way back on breads, rice, pasta and potatoes forget to include the worst culprits of all like cake, cookies, chips, ice cream, candy, donuts, creamy sauces, etc.,  We need to all get real with what we eat (and what we stop eating) so we aren’t “out there” offering false hope or spreading weight loss myths.  I am tired of potatoes taking the rap for the cookies and ice cream.  Nuff said.  About that, anyway.  It is, after all,  just my 2 cents.

I have many other things on my mind but feel that this entry has already turned into an all about me story, which I so hate (and have been shying away from)– I shared the above paragraph with you because I think the December “story” speaks to so many of us.  It is now 3 weeks into January and I hope that all of us have gained control of our eating/drinking/etc.  This isn’t just about weight gain, but much more importantly, about HEALTH.  It’s hard to be truly healthy when our numbers are out of whack.  We can all moan and b*tch about the state of health care in our country,  but don’t we each have a responsibility to take care of our own health???  Almost 100% of the time, when I watch people get to a healthy weight via exercise and healthful eating, I also watch their numbers stabilize and their health improve–often dramatically.  Let’s all stop placing blame and start taking control of our lives, regardless of the obstacles involved.  One life…….

I’ll be back at the gym tonight for 6pm cardio/combo and 7pm Yoga/Pilates streeeeetch reduction.  It was so nice, last week, to see so many faces I hadn’t seen in a while.  And some new ones, too!  Hope to see all of you again, tonight.  Doesn’t really matter where we get our daily dose of peaceandfitness, as long as we are getting it somewhere!

It Must be Sustainable, in Order to be Maintainable………

This morning the news reported that fad diets, while they work for weight loss in the short term, don’t work in the long term.  What works?  The reported concluded that exercise and healthful eating are the solution to long term weight loss.  AND THIS MAKES THE NEWS?  The problem with diets, to me, is that if you can go ON one, then of course, you can also go OFF of one, as well.  While there is no doubt that many fad diets are incredibly effective at getting the pounds off, if it is not something you can sustain for the long haul, it is highly unlikely you will be able to maintain the loss.  This is what leads to the yo-yo syndrome which is, according to those in the medical field, rather unhealthy.

While I am on this topic, I need to say, once again, as a society we need to stop confusing CARBS with CRAP!  If you are eating veggies and fruits, you are eating carbs and they are NEVER going to be what’s making/keeping you overweight.  From my experience, when people are successful on a low carb diet it’s because they have cut out the CRAP they ordinarily eat.  The main purpose of carbohydrates in our daily “diet,” is to provide energy to all the cells in the body.  If you are limiting your carbs enough, the body will resort to using the amino acids from protein, but only if your carb level is low enough to be in ketosis, which may have been a natural state for the caveman, but our modernized world has definitely not allowed for ANY of us to live like they did.  Ketosis is very controversial so I leave that up to you to do your homework.  Once again, this only happens when carb intake is EXTREMELY low and that means one is probably not getting ample fiber and nutrients to stay healthy even if they are losing weight.  I promise that if you listed all the carbs you eat and then delete the ones that are CRAP you will lose weight–perhaps not as fast as you would like, but in a way you can sustain to maintain!

Thanks to those that came back to the mat last night, proving it pays to “advertise.”  A simple reminder and a couple of flyers at the gym and class size doubled from last week to this week.   I love all the classes that I teach and love all the different types of training I do during my personal training sessions, but I have to admit that the peaceful yoga/Pilates stretch and stress reduction is the one that truly nurtures all aspects of our being–body, mind and soul.  As we continue to move into the season of giving, giving, giving, I hope that you will remember to take time out to give to the most important person of all….YOU.  We cannot give what we don’t already have, so taking care of YOU, really benefits everyone in your world.

Finally, I have to say that as I continue my daily practice of meditation, I am feeling much more focused on who I am and what I desire at my deepest level, which is helping others to feel good in their own bodies, minds and souls.  This was proof to me that taking time each day to take care of me by nurturing my spirit, allows me to appreciate how much I desire seeing others succeed in finding their own happiness through peace and fitness.  Namaste.

 

The Secret to the Age Old Weight Loss Question…and a Little Motivation

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If you know me, or read my blog, you know I am much softer than the above quote.  But it’s true!  Stop looking for secrets and start moving.  Today is SOMEDAY!  Let’s get busy!

This morning I am motivated by Hugo Radelat, Kyle’s best friend Eric’s dad, who completed the Ironman Augusta yesterday!  Congrats to you Hugo!  I am motivated by Rose Brickman who blew it out in the NGA Champions & Challengers Pro/Am 2014.

Mostly, however, I am motivated by those that wake up physically challenged and still set out to accomplish goals that others might consider impossible….individuals like my public school friend Jan’s son, Levi,  who lost a leg after a motorcycle accident a few years ago and went on to train for triathlons.  Just last week he came in 3rd place in the Tempe para-triathlon.  All of these people inspire me to push myself every day and I am grateful to be impacted by all of them.

Get out of your own head and let your body show you just how much it is capable of.  It will change your head in ways you never thought possible.  Go get em!

 

Get Real About Your Calories………

Last week I posted a bit about the Labor Day weekend, and the loss of my old friend, co-worker and mentor, Bob Considine.  This morning, I found a comment from his niece, Chantal, which made me really happy and reminds me that I never know who’s taking a peak into peaceandfitness.com.  Thanks for leaving a comment, Chantal.  It brought me a little closer to your uncle, this morning, and that is a gift.

Ellen will be back to the gym today, and back on her regular schedule, as will I.  Two weeks from today, September 22, is the party for Charlotte.  They have named her the Regional Winner of the Richard Swanson Award.  For those that are curious, the award was started by Mary Swanson, who created the SilverSneakers program and named her dad, Richard, as her inspiration.  The party will be a light luncheon at the gym at about 12:30 (immediately after my class, which we will end a bit early that day).    All students, friends and family are welcome to come on out.  If you read my blog and live locally, if you are a student in another class, or a friend, you are welcome to come join us and see what 95plus looks like!  For those of you who live a distance, and worked so hard at helping with the voting, I promise that I will bring your awesome energy with me…and I will take some pics of the event.

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English: My calculator, it’s good to use. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With only one minute left online, I have to share (because I was asked) my favorite weight loss tip.  GET REAL WITH YOUR CALORIES.  Get a journal (or a scrap of paper, or an app or message pad on your phone) and start writing down your food intake.  Don’t guess.  Look up calorie counts.  If you have to guess, maybe you shouldn’t be eating it…..and don’t overestimate your calorie burn, either.  I jog a mile or 2 in between classes and feel like I am working so hard, sweating my butt off, only to learn I have burned between 100 and 2oo calories per “run.”  We can eat that in no time flat, so don’t let your fitness be a ticket to eating more!  GET REAL WITH YOUR CALORIES and you will start to see that scale moving in the right direction.  Write em down.  Add em up.  Most weight loss programs suggest about 1200 calories a day for women and 16-1800 a day for men.  Of course this is just an approximate.   After a few weeks of trial and error, you will find your own magic number.

Monday.  Always a great day to start anew!  Go get em.