Happy St. Patty’s Day to one and all and may the luck of the Irish be with you as you journey through your day.
Also a HUGE congrats to Carol R. on hitting the 20 pound weight loss mark this morning. This has happened in 10 weeks, proving if you can get your brain in the right place and then make good choices one day at a time goals become accomplishments. Can’t wait to celebrate together!!!
Also great article, Carole W. about the vegan course at UCSB. Knowing that someone out there is teaching our youth about veganism and how it intersects with politics, lifestyles, etc. is very encouraging! I know from my own personal experience that eating a plant-based diet has changed my thinking about almost everything! There is every reason to believe our planet would be more peaceful and compassionate if we all chose to eat living plants and not dead animals. Hence, I don’t really buy into the notion that vegans are violent. Some of the nonsense is the news is just that!
While I haven’t been ultra-impressed with this summer’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss show, last night I most definitely was! What an AMAZING job Kim did, not only losing 122 pounds in a year, but letting go of the obstacles that were holding her back from being all that she could be.
She was drop-dead gorgeous at the finale, and once again, I am inspired and motivated be the determination and follow-through it takes to achieve a goal! I cried even more so than usual, which I think was, in part, a result of all the focus and meditation we spent on balancing our heart chakra last night in class.
Photos are hard to find this morning. This show will come to the end of another season shortly, but ANYONE looking for some inspiration (weight loss/fitness/LIFE!) should check it out.
We all hold the key to our own success. Determination is everything!
Please remember there is NO 11:30 class today as it has been cancelled due to low attendance. I know that many of you (my SilverSneaker students) are really upset about the loss of this strength training class and I can only say that hopefully, as the seasons change, there will be a need to add it back on the schedule. My apologies to those of you that are upset and frustrated that you were unable to find Ron after he made this change in the schedule. I promise he will be available this week as he returns from vacation. Continue to get in your other workouts and remember that you can use the gym any and every day.
Regular schedule this evening. If you drove by last Tuesday night and did NOT see my car, it wasn’t because I wasn’t there. Due to the weather, I opted for a ride. Especially on those stormy nights, please don’t assume I am not there if my car is not. Do be careful, though, where you park your car as the parking lot does get pretty wet during downpours.
I am considering starting a back to school series of yoga classes with an emphasis on the 7 chakras. Thinking about one Friday night a month. There would be a small fee for this class. If you are interested, please let me know. I don’t think Ron would have a problem with my doing this at TFC and we can go much deeper than we do on a Tuesday yoga/Pilates class. Just in the thinking stages, so input is appreciated.
Also still have that opening for a training session on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings at 10. I would absolutely love to help someone transform so if you have some weight to lose and feel 100% ready to commit yourself to training and nutrition changes, let’s see if we can make that happen. I would also be open to training a small group which always makes personal training more affordable. With school starting next week here in Broward County, this is the perfect time for a mom who has mornings free to get into the best shape of their life. As I mentioned last week, I am a huge fan of outdoor park/track/trail training as it accomplishes so much more than just a workout.
Feel free to contact me personally thru my contact page here or at 00xrsizer@ aol.com All emails will be confidential. Let’s get busy!
Thanks to the good folks who put out the Forks Over Knives newsletter, for this recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am absolutely going to as soon as I get the cherries. I am going to get the already pitted frozen cherries. Low in calories and free of animal products. Sounds like a total win-win. We are big on the Dole Banana Dippers because the banana really does mimic ice cream very well, so I would have to imagine this recipe will be yummy!
Try it and let me know what you think! I will do the same….
This is a vegan version of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. It’s a delicious, refreshing, and guilt-free soft-serve dessert.
1. In a food processor, combine the frozen banana pieces, cherries, and vanilla extract.
2. Process until creamy, adding almond milk one tablespoon at a time as necessary.
3. Pulse in the chocolate chips. Serve immediately.
Many of us pick Saturday (or Sunday) as our “cheat” day. Unfortunately, if we let ourselves go for the entire day, it may take us half of the following week to shed the extra calories. The same is true for rule 5, which can be a big issue for those with emotional eating, especially.
This seems like some good advice. Especially rule 1! Have an awesome weekend. Do what you have to do all week, so you can do what you really want to do on (or eat or drink) on “cheat” day. Then enjoy the hell out of your indulgence.
Bryce/Extreme Weight Loss Makeover contestant –after losing 86 pounds in the first 90 days.
Bryce and his girlfriend, Amber, were inspired to lose weight for their wedding and together they lost about 200 pounds in 6 months! Crazy. While EXTREME is NOT wise for most of us, inspiration always is. Not just for those that want to lose weight, but for hitting those workouts as well.
Find your inspiration and get busy. Taking care of our bodies is a great way to build our self-esteem and confidence, while MAJORLY improving our physical and mental health.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day and, well, the same 90 days in 3 months. The time to stop making excuses is NOW. Set goals. Get busy.
Thanks 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.