August 23, 2009
Okay the verdict is out on McDonald’s!! After about an hour of studying these nutritional facts this is what I recommend.
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Dr. Sam Bakhtiar is fitness expert in the Inland Empire.
August 18, 2009
Over the past 18 years I have helped thousands of my clients transform
Here is what I’ve discovered
In my opinion our mind is the most important factor when it comes
to getting in shape or achieving any goal for that matter.
Now, there are thousands of books out there about new ways to exercise and I am not even going to start about books on diet. It seems like everybody and their mother has a diet book.
But then that got me thinking; what other aspects of our lives are controlled by our mind?
The answer: EVERYTHING!
If you tell yourself you will always “struggle” with weight loss, you will. You’re right.
If you believe you are “too busy” to exercise and things aren’t going to change. You won’t make the time – you WILL be too busy.
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Zig Ziglar
How can we make that adjustment – what we call “the mindset shift?” We need this to be successful on all levels: personal, financial, physical, mental, etc.
At Fitness Concepts, we refrain from using words such as “I hope,” “I can’t,” “I wish I could.” There is nothing positive about these statements.
Think about your own life. A UCLA (Boo I am a Penn State and USC fan) study showed that kids heard the word “no” over FOUR HUNDRED times each day.
Think that influences their thoughts? Of course.
For instance, when things go wrong, instead of criticizing yourself, work on focusing on the positive, your strengths, and talents.
Try reframing your thoughts:
Instead of: “I can’t be successful at weight loss, I have tried so many times in the past-I just wish I looked like my friends.”
Try: “I am in complete control of my body and fueling it with the most nutritious foods that will allow me to feel even better and lose fat.”
Imagine thinking THAT each morning vs. the first statement!
We simply need a mindset shift.
Our minds play funny games and it’s often because of the continual negative messages we hear and the blame we put on others. But in reality, no one can “fix” you, but you.
But just like you are in control of the foods you put into your body, to fuel your muscles, cells, etc, think of the messages you read and hear as fuel for your brain.
Your brain needs the right fuel too.
Feed it junk, and you’ll have junky thoughts. Die fat or get tough by Steve Siebold is the best books out there for helping with that mindset shift.
Leave me a comment and let me know what do you feed your brain. I am always looking for ways to learn from others. Also if you like this post share it with your Facebook friends simply by clicking on the Facebook emblem below.
August 13, 2009
Yes, it’s been about a month since I started and since then not only do I have more energy than before but I have noticed than my jeans and clothes are a bit loose no matter how many times I’ve actually put them in the dryer.
I have had only good compliments from my husband who is so supportive and from my family members and friends.
They have noticed that my tummy has gone down, my face has gotten slimmer and have said that my skin is glowing.
It makes me feel good not only about myself but It gives me confidence in my trainer and your company that I have made the right decision in signing on.
I won’t lie that there are days where I feel discouraged only because I see myself every day and It seems like the mirror is lying and that I want to reach my goal much faster.
I know that it takes time and effort in getting there. It really is a good thing that I have appointments with my trainer, Gina cause if not, I would not be able to do this on my own.
Prior to signing on with Fitness Concepts, I have visited other health clubs like 24 hour fitness and LA fitness to determine which would be a good fit for me and with all the research that I’ve done on my own, your company is not only result oriented but your staff are very knowledgeable, fit and friendly.
I would also like to add that where, at any health club would you be able to not only meet and see the owner on a regular basis, receive daily emails, updates and health information, who is very personable and make clients feel like they really matter?
Only at Fitness Concepts. I like the fact that someone can’t just join Fitness Concepts to work out on their own but rather paired with a trainer to make sure that they achieve their goals. That’s what sets you apart from the rest.
Thank You for your concern and I wish your business success !
Motivated, Kathleen Miyashita
Dr. Sam: Kathleen, Thank you for your positive attitude and the willingness to follow the program. I have no doubt that you will get excellent results for months to come. We truly appreciate you and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
August 7, 2009
Is coffee OK to drink?
At just 5 weeks old, our daughter Bailee isn’t always the best at sleeping … 2 hours here, 3 hours there.
Sometimes leaving me and my wife Johnette woozy … tired doesn’t even scratch the surface.
But we of course need to still function during the day – me, at 4:00 AM working out and getting ready to work and throughout the day – Johnette, as she juggles feeding, being mommy, and getting some work done.
As I sat drinking a few cups of green tea this morning, Johnette drinking her coffee, I thought about one of the most common questions we get – “is it OK to drink coffee?” For some it’s a savior – what I call a “liquid nap.” But is this drug (yes, caffeine is a drug) a true necessity? It surely can help keep you alert (particularly when you have a 6 week old at home!)
I have to be honest, I would never in a million years get between a person and their coffee. Of course not everyone is a coffee drinker, but for some it’s a staple.
So if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re paying attention to your calories and all of your food where does coffee fit in? I have to be honest, I’m fine with you drinking coffee … it’s not coffee itself that’s the “issue” it’s everything most people put in it.
Sugar, cream, half and half, or that horrendous artificial, imitation, fat free creamer junk.
Those things all add up – 100 calories here, 100 calories there – and you’re left wondering why you can’t reach your fat loss goals.
A regular cup of black coffee – no calories – no worries.
But a coffee shop latte can pack a whopping 400-500 calories! Talk about sabotaging your fat loss efforts! Particularly when coupled with a scone, muffin, or whatever else you may pick up on the way to the office.
The bottom line is you need to know how many calories you’re truly taking in and how they all fit in your daily routine. Drink an extra 100 calories each day (which would be just a bit of whole milk and 1 tsp of sugar in a coffee) and you’ll pack on 10 extra lbs at the end of the year. Couple this with other added calories and that weight can come on pretty quickly.
And if you were to rationalize that you’re going to exercise to “balance” out those added calories, remember that walking or running 1 mile burns just 100 calories.
Therefore, drink a latte and run 5 miles – you’ve essentially stayed the same.
Not that I’m saying walking or running is the best way to burn fat, but you get the point.
Moral of the story? You need to account for the calories you put in your body … all the calories you put in your body.
3 Things will help you do this:
1. Eat attentively – don’t eat or drink when distracted. That means NOT in front of the TV, while reading, or in front of your computer. Doing any of those means you’ll eat more calories, without even “knowing” it.
2. Avoid the extra BLT’s – bites, licks, and tastes – tasting while cooking, finishing off your kids’ drinks or foods, or eating before putting food away (you know, when there’s leftover dinner and you take a few bites before you put it away)
3. Write down what you eat and drink – this increases your awareness and will help you lose fat.
Oh yeah, and coffee is OK – just watch those added calories.
Coffee-Good or Bad??
Coffee Good or Bad?
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