So far so good. I was very focused today and got in a great workout consisting of cardio, upper body and core work. I ate pretty healthy and I’m feeling good.
What did Day 2 look like for you?
Today is day one of our 60 Day Challenge. I say “our” because we’re in this together. I will be held accountable to each of you as well. My goal is not to let one day go by where I am not focused on my fitness in some aspect, such as cardio, strength, pilates, stretching, rolling, nutrition, etc. My second goal is to be in the best shape of my life by my birthday (February).
Each day I will be reporting in what I did to reach my goal by day 60. There are times when I don’t get a workout in or do something fitness related for myself because of my busy schedule but the truth is that we are all busy. As I’ve said before, if we don’t make ourselves a priority then we will suffer the consequences.
My second goal is to be in the best shape of my life by my birthday (February). Each day I will be reporting in what I did to reach my goal by day 60.
Please feel free to report in each day. You don’t have to give your name. You can just write your initial if you’d like. The point is that if you have to check in, you will be held accountable. If we do it as a group, it is easier and more supportive.
By the way, I focused on Pilates work today!
The Fall season is fast approaching and Halloween (which I consider a holiday) is almost here.
I am proposing a 60 day challenge to everyone to focus on getting back on track with their fitness goals. If we start during the first week of September and go through the last week of October, it will ensure that we are ready for Halloween. From there it will be that much easier to focus on the other holidays. If we stay focused on making progress each day, it becomes that much easier.
Find a partner or a friend to take the challenge with you. Make it fun! Let’s Do This!
When dining out, check online offerings before making any dining decisions. You can also look for smartphone apps such as http://www.HealthyDiningFinder.com to help you monitor your meals.
Ask the waiter how and with what a dish is prepared. Look for grilled, steamed, baked, roasted, braised or poached.
You want to avoid battered, buttery, creamed, fried, alfredo, hollandaise, rich, breaded, au gratin, creamed, etc.
Avoid smoked, broth, tomato base, barbecued, soy sauce, marinated, parmesan and teriyaki among others.
1) Use a measuring cup for items like cereal to measure what an actual serving size or portion looks like. Using a digital food scale is also very helpful.
2) Make sure you eat something every few hours such as healthy snacks in between meals. Since the brain uses glucose as its primary fuel, once it drops, it triggers heightened cravings.
3) Eat at a snails pace. Chew your food slowly. This slows down the rate at which you take in food and also leads to better digestion.
Thank you for coming to Athleta and taking GLUTEUS FABULOUS with me. I really appreciate your support. I have lots of exciting things in the works regarding the class. Please feel free to follow me here on my blog page for updates as well as fitness information. Thank you.
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As we read earlier, bloating can be uncomfortable, irritating and just unpleasant. Here are some tips on how to find relief.
1) Get regular exercise (bet. 30-60 minutes) 4-5 x a week. This increases circulation and can help offset hormonal imbalance and relieve bloating.
2) Eating smaller and more frequent meals rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Foods that contain certain probiotics or good bacteria naturally found in the digestive tract such as lactobacillus acidophilus can help your body break down food which speeds it through the digestive tract (for example, an 8 oz. serving of yogurt).
3) Limit the amount of sugar, salt, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Also limiting stimulants such as chocolate and alcohol can reduce water retention.
4) Chew slowly while eating. This can reduce the intake of air which in turn eliminates excess gas and bloating.
5) Drink herbal teas such as ginger, peppermint, chamomile, etc. These help calm the digestive tract.
6) Lastly, cut down on fatty, fried, high fat foods. It slows down the amount of time it takes the body to break down excess fat causing it to linger in the digestive tract longer.
It can be a bit tricky at times trying to navigate the menu at a restaurant. Here are several tips to help keep you on the right track.
1) Check online offerings with your favorite restaurant before making dining decisions. Many restaurants post online nutrition information to help with the decision making process.
2) Ask the waiter for details such as the how and with what a dish is prepared with. For example, are the vegetables steamed and then doused with loads of butter?
3) Ask for substitutions if the meal is served with fried or mashed sides or starches. Look for grilled, steamed, poached, baked or roasted. Avoid battered, scalloped, crispy, creamed, hollandaise, alfredo, au gratin, breaded and cheese sauce to name a few.
4) If you’re trying to watch your sodium, you may want to avoid smoked, tomato base, barbecued, soy sauce, marinated, teriyaki, pickled and cocktail sauce.
5) Portion control is a must. What you may consider a portion may actually end up being 2-3 portions and can make a huge difference if you’re trying to lose weight.
6) Address your concerns with your waiter and ask for the healthiest dish. The waiter can consult with the chef and that way you can enjoy a healthy and satisfying meal.
Summer is over, school is in session and we’re getting back to our routine whether it’s getting back into the gym, starting up a fitness routine outside of the gym or just approaching whatever our routine is a little bit differently. It’s always a good thing to change things up a bit.
How will you approach this new season? Please share your thoughts.
Whether you take it to the gym or take it to the playground, there are many options to getting your workout in. The point is that there are No Excuses!!! Let’s stay on top of your fitness and get your workout in. Feel free to share what your workout looks like.