Childish Excuses

I call BULLSHIT.  Based on my own experience I know what’s behind all of your excuses to eat healthy... 

Paper Plate Special

I love to find household items to use in workouts.  

This workout uses paper plates as gliders.  Cheap & easy!  Well, easy to grab the paper plates but not easy exercises to perform.   

Watch as my client demos “The Paper Plate Special”

 

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Elliana’s Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups oats  

1 small carton egg whites  

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla  

Option to add chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts or whatever else you want to mix in.

coconut oil to grease griddle 

Mix ingredients in a blender until well blended.

Grease griddle with coconut oil & when hot pour batter onto griddle. 

When bubbles appear on top of pancake flip it over.  

Top with maple syrup, agave nectar or fresh fruit. 

Enjoy!   

 

 

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Lead by Example

 

Even our new puppy wants to get into our training!  

Feel free to do these with your little human baby too!

When I train clients in their homes I notice most of the dogs want to get in on the action. 

I have been known to train both the dog and their owner at the same time! The question is who has better form?   

Much like children, when Mom or Dad are training it inspires all in the household to want to join in on the fun.

 If you have reluctant kids or a spouse just keep leading by example; I promise you they will eventually follow.  I have seen it over & over in my career.   

Ball Transfers

Fitness is fun in the simpatico mind & body Fit for Life club!  

You can do this at home with your kids, at birthday parties or alone (transferring the ball from your hands to your feet, making sure you crunch up to grab the ball between your calves).   

Mandi Egurola, one of our simpatico mind & body emotional fitness gurus came up with this fun idea!

I love this for kids since it teaches teamwork in addition to being a great core workout! 

Fit for Life Class

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A glimpse into Fit for Life  

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I am strong  

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My bear cubs  

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Here's to being Fit for Life  

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Maggie's move  

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Indian run  

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Even his mom noticed the changes  

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Indian run with incoming 7th graders  

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Working on form 

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Tired after beating the record for one mile  

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Wall of "I am"

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I am equals power  

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Students favorite activity besides eating! 

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Smoothies for brain health  

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I am smart. I am strong. 

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Educating the class on sugar. 

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"My favorite part was working out with you" 

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Learned how to eat in balance.  

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Lunch box makeovers  

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Laughter best medicine  

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Sign your students up today! 

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Great endorsement  

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Mighty oaks start off as acorns. 

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Non Scale Victory!!!

This is by far the quickest PR I have ever witnessed.  Going from being able to do one rotation of jump rope to 100 in just one week!

 Joey was determined from the moment he picked up that jump rope.

 I can relate to his excitement since I was only able to do one rotation of jump rope when I first started with my trainer.  It took me longer than Joey to reach my PR but I didn't practice everyday like he did!  I had jump rope phobia.  But my trainer didn't let me give in to my fear.  

 Joey proves that persistence & a positive mindset pay off.  At first Joey was only concerned about the number on the scale.  I love that he now finds pride in non-scale victories!   

It's much more rewarding to have non-scale goals.  I see it in Joey, my other clients & myself; it's empowering doing a movement you never thought you'd be able to do.

Focusing on the number on the scale became an obsession for me.  I stopped checking in with my body to feel what was going on & started allowing the scale to determine my happiness.  If I stepped on and was up I'd be depressed the rest of the day.  I would be angry & snap at my family the rest of the day.  I was a world class bitch because of my scale obsession.

I weighed myself multiple times a day to see if the number changed.  I didn't eat or drink hoping that would make it change.  I weighed myself before & after a workout to see the change.  I drove myself & my trainer crazy.  At one point he made my daughter hide the scale.  To this day I still don't know where she hid it.

Looking back I can't believe I allowed an inanimate object to determine my mental state.   

I am so proud that Joey has already learned the value of non scale victories--and he's only in 5th grade!!  

Fit for Life

One of the highlights of my week is teaching junior high students in my "Fit for Life" class.

I love watching the transformation of the lunches & snacks they bring to school.  

In our first class they share all the processed food they bring to school.  As the semester progresses they excitedly come in showing me their real, whole food.  "Mrs. Ceizyk, look I have a protein, fat & carb in my lunch!  Mrs. Ceizyk I get stomachaches now when I eat pizza!  Mrs. Ceizyk I'm helping my Dad who is overweight make healthier choices!"  

 They begin to notice how different food makes them feel & change their eating accordingly.  They learn that food really is medicine & fuel for their body. 

They learn to indulge in treats that are truly worth it rather than mindlessly eating whatever's in front of them.  

Athletes learn how to eat to optimize their performance.  One of my students reached a record in his one mile run by changing his eating & his mindset before the track meet.  

Another student came up to me on the last day beaming with pride about the 5lbs he lost.   

Parents notice the changes in their children & thank me for setting them on the path to a longer, healthier life.  These children are leading their parents by example.  Asking them to stop buying junk food & giving them grocery lists with healthier options for the entire family.  

If only every child had a chance to learn how to be fit for life... 

 

 

A Mother's Perspective

I had the pleasure of talking to the mom of one of my "Fit for Life" students and was taken by surprise as she described all the changes she has seen in her son!

  No more giant bowls of cereal every night, no more forcing the hand to be active, no more breadsticks at Olive Garden, no more shopping in the "husky" section & weight loss of over 5lbs!!

She was beaming with pride at all her son's new healthy choices.

He even had a backpack full of healthy snacks for the out of state field trip he was about to go on.  No McDonalds or junk food anymore for this student...he is truly "Fit for Life".

I cannot wait to have the pleasure of dining in the healthy restaurant this student plans on opening by the time he is 25. I am filled with hope for our childrens' future...

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Fly

"So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake.  Just keep on reaching though the limb might break. We've come this far don't you be scared now. 'Cause you can learn to fly on the way down." 

Elliana sang those lines from Maddie and Tae's song "Fly" to me on the night I was about to chicken out at my first speaking engagement telling my weight loss journey.  That was also Elliana's first performance playing guitar and singing in front of a crowd, and she inspired me with her courage. 

 We both have come so far & I did indeed learn to fly on the way down. This is for all of you flying out of your comfort zone.

 The first flight is where all the magic happens.

Go ahead and jump. 😘  

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Over 20lbs in 6 weeks!!! Exceeding Goals!!!

Joey transformed his life in just 6 short weeks.  

No diet; just simply tweaking his eating!

 He was already very active playing football. It was just his eating that needed adjusting, so that the pounds would melt away.  

In our sessions, Joey would always go above & beyond.  He is an inspirational athlete.

Joey's mom is featured in my testomonial section, as she leads the way for her family by putting on her own oxygen mask first.  Now she's leading Joey and the rest of her family to a healthier lifestyle.

Fit for Life

My St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School students, talking about a few things they learned to be "Fit for Life."

One of my greatest joys is working with children.  They simply do what I tell them since they are used to being given instructions in school.  

I find that if you explain to kids why broccoli is good for them, why processed foods aren't optimal for their bodies & brains, etc they will make better choices on their own.

Most important is getting the entire family onboard.

 Many of my adult clients find that their children start wanting to eat as they are.  

I'll never forget when I was on my weight loss journey, and my daughter sat at the table arms folded, pouting about eating her broccoli. Then a couple months later I'm yelling "Elli did you eat all my broccoli again?"  

Now I see that happening over & over again with my clients.

Our future is brighter with these students in it. 

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My 'Fit for Life" Junior High class transforming their minds.  

Speaking blessings over their futures.  

Replacing negative tapes in their heads.  

Transformations do not just happen on the scale, they happen in the mind first...ALWAYS!!!!  

Change your mind change your life.  

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If you want your children to be "fit for life" choose your words carefully.  Words shape futures.   

Transformation of a picky eater

Check out this testimonial from a client whose daughter is in my Fit For Life club who wanted nothing to do with anything green:

Maggie is so proud that she just made homemade guacamole all by herself! Thanks @lisaceizyk for inspiring my picky eater to try new things! Your Fit for Life club has been great for my kids!