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Cindy’s results are crazy! Same dress….. bbbuuuuttt it fits ALITTLE different this time! We are so proud of her, and thankful she wanted to share to inspire the rest of the Fit For Life family!
“Who am I? A very important question I asked when I found myself as a 48 year old mom who had lost sight of herself. My kids are fantastic and challenging and I love my role as their mom. What I have done is lost focus on myself.
I’ve gained 40 lbs over the past few years. I eat cookies to reward myself. I eat late at night when I’m finally alone and my world is quiet and not demanding my time. I feel awful. What am I telling my kids with my actions – that it is okay to do everything for them and nothing for me?
I found Fit for Life Solutions through a Groupon. With both boys in summer camp, I decided to try getting some physical activity back in my life. I’ve NEVER been athletic and am not one to be motivated to do exercise on my own. Group classes have always worked best for me but I had never done a Boot Camp and was a bit intimidated. To my surprise and delight, there were other “me – like” participants in the class. All ages, all sizes, all levels, this looked promising. The instructors were supportive and fun. I could do modified versions of the workout in the beginning and slowly found myself getting stronger, having more stamina and doing more.
I did my four week promotion and was sold. I was feeling so much better, being active helped me sleep better, feel more energized and my clothes weren’t as tight. I decided to go WAY out of my comfort zone and pay for a full year in advance and maintain this good feeling. For me this was HUGE as I don’t budget for “extras” for myself but I decided to take a leap for myself!
Boot Camp was a great catalyst. I was feeling great and seeing results, so I took the next step and cut out my late night snacking, and began curbing my emotional eating. Now without making any drastic changes – no dieting and a 4 day commitment to exercise I’m seeing inches and pounds go away.Before I realized it in 3 months I had lost almost 20 pounds and dropped 2 jean sizes!
Now that summer is over and my schedule is dictated by my boys’ needs and schedule, I find myself making Boot Camp a priority. Switching my class times around other obligations. I’ve even started training for my first 5K with another Fit For Life Boot Camp friend! I am NOT a runner, but have found that I can run a mile, after doing laps several times a week at Boot Camp and can run 3.1 miles in a couple of months.
I want to thank Roy, Beau, Keith and Bo for creating an environment and community that have made me healthier, happier and “younger”. Yes, my mid-life crisis is in reverse now thanks to the combination of weights, cardio, resistance, support and FUN this team has provided. I’m looking forward to a year of continued results and discovering how much more I can do and become.
Thank you for this amazing story Cindy and the shootouts to the Fit For Life staff, we appreciate you! And you are NOT done with your transformation!
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Here is Denise! She is a Fit For Life family member from our Fresno/Clovis location. She shows in her “then and now” picture above that commitment and busting your butt everyday pays off! She wanted to share a little about her Fit For Life health journey.
“I bought a Groupon for Fit For Life bootcamp after I finished a four-year adoption process. During those 4 years I didn’t focus on myself at all…. I had to travel a lot and started eating very bad! I stopped exercising and just focused on the adoption, I was ready to start an exercise program but was petrified at the same time…. I didn’t want to get a trainer like JILLIAN :) To my surprise and delight, I didn’t get a Jillian…. I got Matt…. a very encouraging trainer who pushes me just enough (and puts up with my smart mouth).
When I first started I couldn’t do a lot of the exercises! I was completely out of shape and totally uncoordinated (but everyone was very encouraging in the Fit For Life family…. including the other bootcampers). I was given modifications for the ones I absolutely couldn’t do, shown proper techniques, since I did a lot of them wrong, and encouraged to do as much as I could.
I started feeling better about myself, I could do more of the exercises and I wasn’t giving up at all! I was feeling more and more fit everyday, but hadn’t lost any weight.… that’s when I changed my nutritional program too! Now I’m eating right, exercising, losing weight and feeling great! I’m not done of course, but I know with determination, improved fitness and the help of Fit for Life…I will reach my goals!”
Thanks for sharing Denise, we are proud to have you in our Fit For Life Family!
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Ashley NOT only has a “Before and After” photo, but she has an amazing story to go with it. You have to give this a read!
“I spent my 20’s traveling the world teaching skiing, and climbing mountains. In 2008 that all came to a halting stop. I was tired all the time, I had no energy and I felt like I was losing control of my mind. After a year of searching for answers I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection. I spent the next 2 years barely able to leave my house. At 5’8” my weight dropped to 113lbs, there was no trace of the athletic muscle left on my body.
Another 2 years and 35 pounds later I was healthy again but not happy about my body, endurance or energy level. I wasn’t overweight but I was heavier than I had ever been in my life and none of my clothes fit anymore. After a few failed attempts at starting an exercise regime, I found Fit for Life Solutions in May of 2013.
The first few months I was very weak, I had to modify almost all the exercises, I could barely jog around the field and even the lightest weights were too much for me. Five months later I’m running around the field no problem, rarely modifying exercise and challenging myself to some pretty heavy weights. My endurance and energy levels are returning. My weight is shifting to muscle and my BMI is dropping back to an athletic level.
I’m still not the athlete I was before but in August I was able to participate in my organization’s Ryde for Lyme fundraiser. I rode 30 miles, a huge feat for me. I don’t think I would have been able to ride if I hadn’t been going to boot camp for the months leading up to the event!”
Great story Ashley, and thank you for sharing and inspiring the Fit For Life Family!
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Todd wanted to bring his story to the public, to show what dedication can do for anyone who is willing to put in the work! Check out his story…
“About a year and a half ago I decided I really needed to do something about my health. Over years of working a desk job and the time pressures of raising a family I had slowly put on enough weight that I was uncomfortable a lot of the time. I had tried several times to lose some weight or get into better shape but my attempts were haphazard and my motivation was low. After all, I reasoned, I ate healthy food most of the time and friends and family were kind enough to say that maybe I could lose a few pounds but I looked OK. On the one hand, middle age weight gain seemed expected and inevitable. But 5’11” and 227 pounds was far from where I wanted to be. I could still remember about 10 years ago when the scale went over 200 and how that seemed heavy at the time and I had this nagging feeling that I could do better.
Alarmingly, my doctor was becoming increasingly concerned about my cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure and was suggesting (threatening) meds. I knew that if I could get my weight under control I could probably improve my lab results and keep off medication. And I knew I had to do something so I stared dieting and managed to lose about 10 pounds over the course of six months or so before I got stuck. Trying to come up with a way forward, I purchased a coupon for the Fit for Life Boot Camp trial one day but then didn’t do anything with it for several months. Although I really wanted to change, I had never done any kind of group exercise class I really didn’t think it would be for me. But I kept thinking about it, knowing that I wanted and needed change. Finally, I decided to go check it out and attended my first class. It was really tough, tougher than I expected, and I was sore for a few days but I wanted a challenging workout and I was surprised by how much being in a group helped to motivate me. And while my inability to perform certain exercises was frustrating, it really fueled my fire. I could tell the trainers really knew what they were doing so I committed to doing whatever they told me to do reasoning that after all those years I obviously didn’t have the right answers. The results started coming in and I lost a few more pounds. They gave me some nutrition advice and I took it. Someone suggested I use an online app to track my eating so I did that. I was encouraged to take part in a weight loss challenge and I did. I read online about fitness and nutrition as much as I could, started really controlling how I ate, and attended boot camp religiously three or four times a week most weeks. I started running and signed up for my first 5k and also did a 5 mile trail run and I’ll be running a 10k later this year. When friends and people at work started noticing changes in how I look and complimenting me I got even more motivated. I had to buy new clothes.
Ultimately, during the first six months of boot camp I lost another 30 pounds for a total 40 pound loss over the course of about a year and I’ve managed to maintain that. I’ve also seen major improvements in my strength and endurance as well as having increased energy. At a recent wellness check sponsored by my employer everything looked really good and they noted no increased risk for heart disease. The best thing is that I feel good and I’m able to fully participate in outdoor activities with my family while modeling an active, healthy lifestyle for them. Although it is sometimes a real challenge to fit training into my busy schedule, I feel that the investment in my own health has been well worth it. I’ll be turning 46 soon and am happy to report that I weigh now what I did when I was 22 and I’m probably in better shape- I can do more pushups for one thing-and I now know what a burpee is. I truly appreciate all the friendly and knowledgeable people at Fit for Life and the assistance and encouragement they’ve provided. And the camaraderie and teamwork among boot campers is outstanding. We always work hard, have fun, and achieve amazing results together!
Todd! You are awesome, we love having you in our Fit For Life family! Keep paving the way for others starting, just like you once did!
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Ok Fit For Lifers….. let’s get real here. Everyone is afraid of “that” word, you know the one that makes you cringe. Yes, I am talking about DIET. But I am here to shed some light on this wonderful word that we use usually follow with “uuggghhhhh”!
Check this out:
Diet: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
Does this definition say, “an amount of time where you have to eat tasteless food and be miserable”? I think not…..
So when I reference a “diet,” I get the look of, “Are you saying I need to lose weight?” But what it really means is what I stated above. I am talking about consistency. That word is one of my favorites, Why? Because consistency always delivers! Make any kind of consistent healthy choices into a HABIT and it will always bring positive results.
Let’s go further.
Habit: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
Another definition shows that once this CONSISTENT positive HABIT is established in your life it should be hard to give up. Positive results always motivate people to stick with something, so after being CONSISTENT with this healthy HABIT for a few weeks, it should be hard to give up the positive RESULTS in your life. Why would you want to give that up? You deserve it. After all, you have been CONSISTENT :)
Here at Fit For Life we try to be the example; to set the standard in our OWN personal lives, so it may trickle down to our clients by practicing what we preach. Who will your positive choices affect? Your kids? Co-workers? Family? Friends?
So, will you be a yo-yo dieter? A weekend gym warrior? Or will you grab your life by the horns, set a CONSISTENT practice of healthy choices that will positively affect your life everyday?
You will likely see a lot of question marks when I write blogs. Why? (<<< see there is another one.) Because I don’t want to provide you with a bunch of information you could easily look up on Google. I want to spark these questions in your mind, get you thinking, to find that source of motivation you are looking for to get you to the RESULTS you have been chasing.
Result: a consequence, effect, or outcome of something.
I’ll end this rant with this.
CONSISTENT healthy HABITS bring RESULTS.
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Look at that picture…. I promise you it’s the same person!
Nicole wanted to elaborate more on her amazing journey! She isn’t done yet, but like past success stories she has put in the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to make this AMAZING transformation happen. She wrote up a little something so we can all share in her fat loss adventure.
“Year after year I’ve slowly put on weight. I’m 5’2” so a few pounds here and there are noticeable but not horrible. I considered myself average weight for a woman of average height (fully knowing I’m not average height but dismissing it successfully). I’ve never been physically restricted from participating in anything and I didn’t consider myself obese (even though all those pesky BMI charts argued with me!). I referred to myself like I would a good salsa; Thick and Chunky! In other words, it wasn’t bad enough to really put forth effort to change, until the day I stepped on the scale and hit that magical number…. 178 pounds! That was my hospital intake weight when my daughter was born. It was the moment when I KNEW I was no longer ok with how my body looked or performed. I could no longer deny the fact that I was constantly tired, running out of breath easily and dreaded the warm weather “bikini/summer dress” months.
I’ve heard it said that “action is taken when the pain of staying the same is greater than the fear of change”. I’ve made attempts in the past to become healthier, eat better, lose weight, etc. None of them have been consistently successful, probably because I was inconsistent with my efforts. Like most people, I have GREAT intentions, but suck at following through. I started my fitness journey 3 years ago by doing Weight Watchers, but I again didn’t incorporate a solid workout routine so I got discouraged and quit. I fell into the “workout at home” trap and purchased a number of “systems”…. Without being held accountable, all they did was take up space, but one day I saw a Groupon/Living Social deal for a local Bootcamp. I figured it’s only $30; what the hell?! In order to be held accountable, I got 3 of my friends to also buy the coupon and go with me.
Day 1 of the class, I had no idea what to expect. I walk into a room with a huge monster tire, several mats, dumbbells and a boom box. This goofy guy in a Superman T-shirt welcomes us to class. He immediately reminded me of the class clowns I knew from school! Music starts and plays the theme from Rocky, “Eye of the Tiger”, Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and more. (Don’t worry, that was before Dan started coming up with his own playlists.) I found myself laughing, being encouraged, and surprising myself at all the things I could and couldn’t do. This was NOT what I expected from a “Bootcamp”. After the class I felt pumped up, energized, fatigued and exhausted all at once, but I went back the next day. On Day 3 we could barely walk but we kept coming back.
A few weeks later I felt my core tightening, an increase in energy, I was sleeping better and I could do a full 30 seconds of triceps dips! A week after that, I noticed a difference in how my clothes fit, that’s when I started calling it “Bootycamp”! A week after that, my Groupon was up. I told myself I couldn’t afford a membership and was determined to find another way. I joined a gym (with a friend)…. didn’t work! A small group of us hired a trainer to do an outdoor bootcamp once a week…. didn’t work! I bought several “at home” programs…. didn’t work! They were not fun and I was NOT being held accountable. I purchased ANOTHER Groupon for a DIFFERENT bootcamp closer to my house. Because, they’re all the same, right??… NOPE! NOT THE SAME!! I wasn’t laughing and I wasn’t being encouraged. They also weren’t very accommodating to my knee/wrist issues. Fit for Life always modified things to avoid further injury. And I missed my high 5’s! So that didn’t last long…
Needless to say, I went back to Fit for Life and worked with Roy to become a member. In the 8 months or so I had been away they had expanded to a new location which was easier to attend (and harder to justify not going!). And in the past year they’ve expanded even more. So now I have options! This is the only fitness lifestyle I’ve stuck to for over a year, in fact I’ve stuck to it for the past 2 years! I have been so happy with the results. Just like anything else in life you get out of it what you put into it. And unfortunately I spent a long time NOT giving it my all, but I still got results! Slimmed down, built quite a bit of some muscle, felt a lot better, became more active all around, etc… But I wasn’t willing to take the advice of the amazingly knowledgeable trainers and incorporate the nutrition aspect of a fitness lifestyle. I admit that at times I did the bare minimum.
Tired of not getting the results I saw everyone else getting (Stacy, Kim, Linda, Ricardo, Rob and many more) I decided to follow the suggestions and give it (close to) my all. I’ve lost more weight and trimmed down more in the past 4-6 months than I had the previous year and half because I made it my lifestyle. People I haven’t seen in a while are amazed at my accomplishments. I’m like most people (especially women); I love to hear that I look great! But what’s more important is that I feel like I look great. I’m proud of all of the progress I’ve made. When I became a member in June 2011, I considered myself the average size of most women. I wore size 14 pants (with a permanent waistline indent), weighed 178 pounds with measurements of “41 chest/36 waist/45 hips”. I now wear size 6/8 pants and weigh 150 pounds. (This was my goal weight on that intake form!) My most recent measurements are 39/31/37; that’s an hourglass figure!!!
Like any successful journey I have hit multiple strength and stamina related goals along the way. And I haven’t done it alone. The Fit For Life trainers have been my constant motivators, keeping me coming back and providing me with tools to change how I look at food (MyFitnessPal, Paleo Lifestyle, etc). My fellow Bootcampers are constantly pushing me to push myself. This is the first “organization” I’ve belonged to where my success is important to the owner. It’s not just about paying my dues and then forgetting about me. It’s calling me out when I haven’t been for a few days or encouraging me when I’ve hit a wall. It’s not just my success, it’s theirs too! Now that I have hit my first goal weight it’s time to step it up (again!). I am so grateful to be a part of the Fit for Life Family! Thank you to everyone who has supported me up until this point. I’m not done with my goals, but am damn proud of where I’m at now and thanks to my “Bootycamp” family, I am getting closer to my next goal.”
That was great Nicole! She has shown us with a consistent workout program and an amazing support system, that NOTHING is impossible. Making the decision to finally make a change, is what started it all! Nicole is an amazing addition to the Fit For Life Family, she will inspire more and more people everyday with her get attitude towards bootcamp and fitness as a lifestyle.
The picture pretty much says it all…. BUT wait there is more! Jeremy not only put in the blood, sweat and tears necessary to make this AMAZING transformation happen, he also wrote up a little something so we can all share in his journey.
“ Time for a change…
In May of 2008 I was challenged by my family to lose 30 lbs by my 40th birthday the following May (I weighed over 250lbs). I was able to make it happen, but it was a slow, difficult and a boring process. I was a member of 24-hour fitness at the time, and not being well-versed in exercise routines, it was cardio work only.
Since then I put about 10lbs back on. Last Winter(2012) I saw a Fit for Life Bootcamp deal on Groupon, being the softball off-season, I thought it would be a great way to start getting ready for spring and summer seasons.
When I first sat down with Beau, I told him I was coming in with my ego in check, and he (and everyone else) had my full attention for the 30 days of my trial. We set some start-up goals, talked about some of my eating struggles, and setup some workout routines to do on non-Bootcamp day. At the end of 30 days I was hooked… I had lost “10 pounds, 1% body fat, and 3 inches off my waist.” I told him “Sign me up Beau!”
It has been a very big challenge over the past year to keep up on my training and nutrition, being single and self-employed, it has required a significant increase in my self-control and discipline as I am so used to doing what I want, when I want. I do alot of work at “remote offices” (short for coffee shops) and am also always on the go, so it has required a HUGE change in my eating habits as well. Keeping those habits has been the biggest challenge because it almost feels like an addiction I am trying to free myself from. THAT is a lifestyle change…. walking into a supermarket and shopping is very different than before, NOT stopping at 7-11 on the way home from a softball game…. or before one for that matter!
Plateaus happen…. we all hit them…. Throughout the year I have struggled on many occasions, but Beau and the other trainers were all willing to give me a push…. make an exercise harder, issue a challenge to re-motivate me(they learned very quickly I am foolish like that). That has helped keep me going…. if I could do this myself, I wouldn’t be on this program…. so for that assistance, I am very grateful!
The bigger motivation has been from my fellow bootcampers. The support I have gotten from them and hopefully given back has made working out and getting our butts kicked on a daily basis almost…. FUN! From the push we give each other in class every day…. to the creation of “Hardcore Wednesdays” nights, you can’t help but want to work out harder as we all hold each other accountable EVERY day. You are all crazy…. but trying to keep up with you has made me work harder at this than anything I could have ever done in a very long time.
As I start my second year as a Fit For Life member, I look back at how far I have come and can’t believe it. I far exceeded any expectations I ever had. I recently completed the “Survivor MudRun” in Sacramento with some fellow bootcampers (my first time doing ANY type of competitive event), and we are currently training for the “Spartan Beast” later this summer. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I’d be doing these types of events. I am closing in on having lost “50 pounds, 11% body fat, and 11 inches from my waist.” I am at a weight I haven’t been at in probably 15 years!
Recently, Beau Byron issued the ultimate challenge to me.… he said “When I am done with you, you are going to be in the best shape of your life.” Well, my friend…. challenge accepted!
In summary, thank you to EVERYONE involved with Fit For Life Solutions in 2012-13 (current and former trainers, and fellow bootcampers). You have all helped me make some AMAZING changes in my life this past year. I hope to continue that trend, and that i can return the support to others as well. “
Well said buddy! Jeremy shows us with a NEVER say “quit” attitude, a great workout format and an amazing support system, that NOTHING is impossible. Lets all learn from him; make a change, keep the change a priority and have fun doing it! That pretty much sums it up people, I don’t need to say anything more, Jeremy stole the show with his AWESOME Before and After pictures! Great work buddy, we love having you as a part of the Fit For Life Family.
This is a quote that I implement into my own personal life in many areas. I believe in being an “over-shooter” in goals and dreams! I want you to use this motto in your life. Not only in your fitness goals, but in your own life.
Don’t let the “men” part throw you off. This applies to you too ladies! When you say you are going to change up your diet “a bit”…. How effective do you think “a bit” really is? It is practically giving up before you start. How happy would you be if you came into one of our locations and we said we would help you get “a bit” of results? NOT HAPPY!
So why devalue your self, results, dreams, hopes, etc.? What’s wrong with shooting for the moon? If you fall short you will still be way farther than settling for that “comfortable” goal that you weren’t very excited about. I believe if you dream BIG then the excitement remains beyond the initial stages; the encouragement lasts longer and you strive farther with bigger goals.
Like Trump says, “If you are going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” I love applying this awesome quote in my life. I’m a big dreamer and thinker. Maybe I even dream a little bigger than I can handle, bbbuuuutttt I do it anyway :). This is something no one can take away from me, and I hope you don’t allow anyone to rob you of your dreams either!
So think about this just for a minute: In what ways will you apply this to your fitness goals? Will you shoot for the moon? Will you decide to over achieve? Or will you want and shoot for what the average person goes for? Do me a favor, email your bootcamp trainer right now! Send them a goal, a dream, your dream! Anything… running a marathon, losing 50 pounds, getting a bikini body in time for summer. I hope I hear from the bootcamp trainers that their emails are overloaded!
“Do you know whats there, waiting beyond your comfort zone? Results, take them, there yours!”
We have a guest blogger!
Good-tasting food should never come at the expense of nutrition, health, or a steep price. It can be difficult to find it though. You’ll have to brows various aisles of large supermarkets and grocery stores and maybe even dig deep through dozens of different brands. While it is time-consuming and overwhelming at first, it’ll pay off later on with healthy meals for you and your family. As you become experienced, grocery shopping will be as easy as it is now!
Try the pointers below to find healthy food at your local store.
The general rule of thumb when searching for a product is to look around and give the area a clean sweep. Usually, your grocery store or supermarket area will comprise of produce, dairy, and meat products. While browsing aisles, look for certain healthy but good items like whole grain bread, pasta, cereals, beans, etc.
It is important to read the nutrition facts and list of ingredients to determine how much nutrition you can get from the item. If you’re trying to lose weight, stick with low-calorie products. Make sure you’re prepared to read these labels and understand exactly what they mean. Though companies won’t really include information that could jeopardize their product, there are some giveaways like sodium and sugar content.
You can’t really go wrong when searching this area. Food items included in the “Produce” section are all natural and packed with nutrients. You’ll find fresh vegetables and fruits you can experiment with to whip up an exciting and healthy meal. In some grocery stores, there is a separate aisle for all-natural and organic food, which is becoming increasingly popular today. These are helpful areas as they include only trusted brands and there is less junk food for you to sort across.
This is a bit tricky. Lean meat is an excellent source of protein and minerals, but some parts can contain excess saturated fat. This is where your label practice reading comes in handy. Usually, the packaging is marked 90 percent lean or 95 percent lean. 90 percent is significantly cheaper but has less nutritional value than 95 percent lean meat. If you’re really aiming for health, find and buy the leanest meat in the market.
Wouldn’t it be great if food were just food? All-natural and artificial-free, health conscious shoppers wouldn’t have to worry about reading nutrition facts prior buying and consuming it. But it is what it is. Avoid falling for traps in the form of fancy marketing ads on the packaging front. Flip the product over and read the nutrition facts and ingredient list thoroughly. If you find any uncertain facts, put it back on the shelf.
Finding good but healthy foods can be tedious, but it’s a worthwhile feat. Furthermore, expect the process of changing your diet to all-natural and healthy meals difficult. Make sure to include your family in this newly established goal to make the change easier and more effective. Also, prepare a shopping list before going to your local store to avoid panic buying and/or poor food choices.
Faith Rogers writes about health, nutrition and her career as a nursing assistant.
Just 7 of the many trials you will be tempted with on a daily basis.
Read the word above again, Butter. Fat. Just fat. And not only fat, some genius decided to make it salted fat…. Does this sound funny? Are you laughing? Well keep spreading this creamy glob on your food and you won’t be laughing long. You’ll be looking in the mirror…. crying.
Healthy Butter Alternative : Incorporate more Avocado into your meals, it has a great buttery taste to it, and loaded with tons of HEALTHY fats.
Look at that little shaker. Looks innocent huh? No, it isn’t… It will make you bloat, and you do not want that. You want to keep salt intake low, just enough to stay hydrated. It’s not rocket science: don’t use the shaker, stay away from frozen meals. Anything that has a long shelf life is loaded with sodium.
Healthy Salt Alternative : Use Garlic to doctor up your meals. It has an amazing flavor, and adds a little salty taste.
Water with bubbles and sugar mixed together. No, just no. Would you sit down on the couch and eat 20 spoonfuls of sugar….? Didn’t think so. You have to think of it that way. Look at a big glass of soda like all spoonfuls of sugar dumped into the cup. You get “light” or “skinny” coffee to avoid the extra few grams of sugar, but chug a 50g mountain dew? Get real people.
Healthy Soda Alternative : Add some fruit slices to your water, or seltzer water. Stevia is a great alternative, a natural, REAL natural sweetener to add to your drinks.
Late Night Snacking.
Sooooo, I will break it down for you quick and effectively. You wake up every morning to an empty gas tank. You are on a “fill as you go” system. So why would you “fill up” your tank right before you parked it in the garage all night long? That’s correct, you shouldn’t! Have a good dinner, and a light pre-bed protein snack, and hold back the cravings!
Healthy Late Night Alternative : I personally like non-fat milk pre-bed, but the best option is a casein protein, like cottage cheese. A slow breakdown protein that will keep you satisfied through the night!
Sauce / Dressing.
Calorie sauce. You should just imagine numbers pouring out of thousand island dressing bottle, because that what it is, just calories. And who came up with taking lettuce, veggies and healthy stuff and pouring thick, sugary syrup on top. It just doesn’t make sense, and makes my brain hurt to think about it.
Healthy Sauce/Dressing Alternative : Olive oil and vinegar makes a great salad dressing. And nothing beats the low calorie salsa as an amazing topper for tons of things!
I understand being on the road, but there is no excuse for a poor high calorie choice. Every place I have stopped at has salads, or a “light” menu. It’s not a first choice to stop at a fast food joint, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
Healthy Fast Food Alternative : Salads are on the menu! Make a good choice, a bad decision for a big mac can ruin hours of cardio… hours. No seriously, hours.
The scale is for tracking progress, not stepping on it twice a day and letting it consume your life. Yeah you, I mean you reading this, I know you do that. Stop it. Do it once a week, on the same day, same time.