If your goal is weight loss (along with getting stronger and toning up your body): As a fat-loss strategy, you should do your cardio work AFTER your weight/strength training, not before. Weight/strength training is about improving the intensity of the stimulus to your muscles...for hypertrophy (muscle growth to tighten and tone and gain muscle definition - which is what most women want!) , and you can't do that if your exhausted from high intensity cardio training. You would be breaking down the muscle, not building it. If your muscles are fatigued (from weights) but you overall are not exhausted, you can still work hard, elevate your heart rate and burn a ton of calories! Which, translates to faster, efficient fat loss, not muscle loss! Happy Memorial Day!!!!
Took me 5 months to reach this goal of 1 hour cardio session on my elliptical & over 514 calories...7800 steps. ..with all the pain in my back & feet...not bad for an old chick who has herniated discs in her low back, spinal stenosis, degenerative arthritis throughout her spine, plantar fasciitis both feet, pinched nerve in her shoulder blade, & benign bone tumor on her T3....I'm making a comback!! WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE??!just GO DO IT!
KICK IT OR PICK IT? NUTRITION QUIZ!!!Can you spot the healthier choice in these common food comparisons? The answers here may surprise you.
Turkey burger vs. Sirloin burger
Better choice: Sirloin burger
Why? : Turkey burgers, especially sold at restaurants - are often made with dark turkey meat and skin, making them far from low-fat. A better choice would be a sirloin burger made from 90% or leaner ground beef that provides 20 grams of protein. Just be smart when it comes to toppers - cheese and sauces stack on the fat and sodium.
Pretzels vs. Almonds
Better choice: Almonds
Why?: True, pretzels have gained popularity as a virtually fat free snack, but almonds provide the protein, fiber and the good mono-unsaturated fats that will help you feeling fuller longer. Plus, salty, high carb pretzels often leave you feeling more hungry and thirsty.
1/2 cup of regular full fat ice cream vs 3 scoops of sorbet
Better choice: 1/2 cup of ice cream!
Why?: Beat a sweet craving by choosing a sensible serving size of ice cream. Sorbets often contain twice the sugar as ice cream without any of the calcium & protein ice cream provides. Yay!
Lose the "All or Nothing" attitude about working out & eating clean...it sets you up for failure....not success!
One thing I have learned in life is.....it isn't only just BLACK and WHITE, GOOD or BAD, ALL or NOTHING. As a health & fitness professional for over 18 years, I am here to teach you that there IS a MIDDLE GROUND (aka Moderation!) that we must learn to accept, and strive to reach. No one has perfect days or weeks when it comes to weight loss and getting more fit. Everyone slips at times...its life. And life can get in the way of the most determined person. If you have a bad day eating or not working out, remember, every day you get a new chance to do damage control. What a lot of people do, is say "well, i had a bad day...ate too much, drank too much, i failed." So they continue this mind-set for the weekend. Then they say "well, i blew it this weekend" then it extends to a week, after week....believing that if you don't achieve 100% perfection every day, you might as well throw in the towel. This "all or nothing" extreme mind set sets you up for failure. Remember...ITS NOT ABOUT BEING PERFECT, ITS ABOUT MAKING A SLOW LIFESTYLE CHANGE! Just as life has its ups and downs and roller coasters....somewhere, we have to find BALANCE. Its the same with fitness and weight loss. If you have a bad day, weekend or week, get back up, dust yourself off, and FORGET it and MOVE ON!!!!! Every day you get a do over, every MEAL or workout you get a do over. Redemption is there for you everyday! USE IT! Doing this damage control and hitting the "reset" button in your mind is THE KEY TO LIFELONG FITNESS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS! CONSISTENCY AND MODERATION WILL ALWAYS WIN OVER THE ALL OR NOTHING ATTITUDE! So set yourself up for SUCCESS!!! One day at at time....and if you have a bad day...that is ALL IT IS!! Get back on the wagon the very next day and keep moving forward!
FROM TWO OF MY FAVORITE AND AMAZING CLIENTS.....ENJOY!
Nancy D. (Haverhill) -
I knew immediately that Melanie was the trainer for me! I had been going to a gym which can be impersonal & intimidating. She welcomed me into her home, and the equipment she has there is impressive! Her true understanding of the body and how it works is apparent in the thoughtfulness of her training. She is endlessly encouraging & seems to find a way to motivate you - even on your WORST day when you do NOT feel like doing it! (anyone been there?!) Melanie genuinely cares about you as a client and as a person and goes above and beyond to be sure you are reaching your fitness goals - safely and effectively.
Melanie's personality is kind-hearted and easy going, but tough when you need it, positive yet realistic, and ALWAYS motivating and energizing! She acts as an excellent role model with her own health and fitness level. Training with Melanie has been the best thing I do for myself!
Jill C. (Boxford) -
Melanie is very motivating, informative and most of all, non-intimidating! Finally! I have all 3 factors to set me up for weight loss/strength training success, especially for a complete fitness novice! I thought I might be a hopeless case at the start (very busy, not self-motivated at all and have a hard time carving out time for myself), but now I can see that i can do much, much more than I gave myself credit for. I am so looking forward to seeing what else Melanie can help me achieve! Onto victory!
Hi Everyone! It's spring at last! Here are my thoughts on weight loss and fitness progression. The BARE MINIMUM amount of time to see changes in your weight and strength and inches lost (change in body fat composition - more lean toned muscle and reduction in body fat) is a timeframe of 4 to 6 weeks. Why do so many women barely get to that timeframe before getting frustrated and quitting, just before they start to reap the benefits of all their hard work? I have to keep telling my clients " If your goal is to lose 30 (or up to 100 pounds), then it isnt going to happen overnight...it isn't going to happen in just a couple of weeks. This is a lifestyle change, a long term progression in the works...NOT a quick fix. Kermit the Frog was once quoted as saying, "It is not easy being green". We fit humans, who make eating healthy and working out a part of our daily lives say the same thing, "It ain't easy being lean". It does take work, committment, and time...its easy, but not simple. You have to have your WHY....in order to keep you going. You will have to sweat..you will have to shift your ass into gear, you will have to work through some discomfort. You will have to focus on the work of creating a more fit, leaner physique, which takes time (not a week or two). You can't show up to your trainer with your fast food breakfast sandwich on hand (i have had that happen!) and expect to come out 3 weeks later looking "buff". It's just not realistic....committ to yourself and your health and fitness goals. Seriously, if you keep putting other people first, and neglecting yourself, it will eventually boomerang on you. For if you don't have your health, you won't be able to take care of anyone else...they will have to take care of you. Melanie's words of the day....can you put a pricetag on your health and fitness level...if you want to live a long, excellent quality of life? Not to me, its priceless to me...and it should be to you. Happy spring! get off the couch & lets MOVE!!!
No. 1: Get off the couch!
No. 2: It is spring, finally!!!...see number 1 above!
No. 3: start moving! (just 15 minutes a day can do wonders for your health & wellbeing long term!
No.4: keep moving (there is no start/stop (end ) day....like brushing your teeth/taking a shower, you do it (hopefully!) every day, even when you don't feel like it. You just do it on autopilot....as should your health and fitness to dos!
No. 5: Smile! something is better than nothing!
No. 6: repeat daily!
The truth is that being active is a behavioral pattern, not a temporary "fix"; once you start it, you keep going and going...REMEMBER NIKE'S 2 MOST FAMOUS LINES: "JUST DO IT", & "THERE IS NO FINISH LINE" !
Over 18 years of working with clients, I've noticed something that separates those who succeed in their training/weight loss goals from those who don't. It is the ability to love and value YOURSELF!, enough to guilt-lessly make the time to take care of YOU!!! Remember...there is 168 hours in a week...its OK to devote just 2 of them to your health and well being....you are sooooo worth it!
According to Havard School of Public Health, just one serving of yogurt a daily means an 18% reduction in risk of developing the disease. Experts believe that the probiotics the "good" bacteria, in yogurt alter the intestinal environment for the better, helping reduce inflammation and promote hormone production that helps control appetite. Eat one serving of low fat Greek yogurt (low in sugar and high in protein) as a snack or part of a meal. Mix yogurt with fruit for a breakfast parfait, or blend yogurt into a shake post-workout.
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