Resting on Laurels

I remember when I stepped on the scale after three months with my trainer and saw I had lost thirty pounds.  I was ecstatic & flying high.  I walked outta that gym feeling taller, prouder than I had in years.  

I had lost THIRTY fucking pounds in  three months after going years without seeing the scale budge.

 I went to a dinner that night & my beloved bread basket came.  I thought,  ‘I just lost thirty pounds,  I can have a piece.’  Then the waitress asked if I wanted anything to drink.

 I thought for a second, then ordered a wine, I mean after all, deserved to treat myself, right?  I went on to have more bread, more wine leading to more poor decisions that weren’t in line with my goal of still having fifty more pounds to lose.  

My trainer was smart; he had me keep a food journal that he checked every time we met.  This way we could prevent me from going on a bender & waiting until the scale goes up to find out.

 His only rule was honesty.  So I was fucked & not in a good way.  I was going to have to write all this crap I just ingested in that damn food journal.  

I saw him two days later & his eyes got huge.  Then he looked at my 10-year-old-daughter, who was with me at that session & said “Hide your mother’s scale”.  He announced from that point forward, I was not allowed to weigh myself,  & when he weighed me he would not tell me the number.  

He told me I was cocky, resting on the laurels of losing 30lbs, and couldn’t be all loosey goosey with my eating.  I wouldn’t be allowed to use the scale as a partner in my indulgent crimes.

I now employ this with my clients who also rest on their laurels and use the scale as an excuse to go off the eating wagon.  I tell them “If you are cocky about all the weight you’ve lost, then I’m going to hide that damn scale, and only I will know if you’ve lost anything!” 

 

 Click on this video to hear my client who was caught resting on her laurels...

Miracle Meal Plan

Simpatico mind & body meal plan changed this pilots life.  

Click on his video to hear how... 

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Rewrite Your Life

It’s never to late to rewrite your life.  I have many times over.  My biggest rewrite came after my weight loss journey.

 I had no idea how much my story would change. I became a trainer in my forties, and moved to NYC at 48 years old after living in Arizona for nearly 3 decades.  I opened up my own successful company at 45 years old.

 I ran for PA President of a top Manhattan school at 49 years old & won the election even though I’d never held or ran for office. 

I went from being painfully shy to speaking in front of hundreds of people on a regular basis.  I found my voice at age 45 & it keeps getting louder. 

I changed the characters in my story when needed.  During my weight loss journey I could not hang around people who didn’t value or respect my health & fitness lifestyle.  It’s no different than an alcoholic getting out of rehab & not being able to hang around her drinking buddies anymore.  

When I moved to NYC I knew one person, one “friend”.  He encouraged my family to move but when I arrived he became toxic to both me & my family.  I held on too long because I thought I needed him since I had no one familiar here.  

The familiar—the comfortable—can keep you stuck in jobs, relationships & circumstances too long.  My weight loss journey taught me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 When I finally stepped out of my comfort zone new doors opened even when old doors slammed shut.  My life truly began after I lost 80 pounds because I became the main character in my own story.  

I decided I had the power to rewrite my life as many times as needed until it was  truly my own.  

Click on this link to hear more about rewriting your life.  You are worth it. 

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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My Free Skincare Product

I’m always being asked what my skincare routine is, what products I use & how I keep my skin so healthy.  The answer is simple.  Clean eating plus water.  LOTS of water.  I carry a water bottle around all day.  I drink about a gallon a day.  I infuse it with cucumbers, lemon, berries & mint.  

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body so you must treat it from the inside out.  Just like weight loss, the change happens on the inside first then you see it on the outside.

 If you want healthy, dewy, plump, clear skin then change what you put inside your body to see it happen in your skin.  People spend mountains of money on expensive skincare products when the best one is sitting for free right in their kitchen sink.  

This is a great article on the power of water:

Why Drinking Water Is Good For Your Skin | POPSUGAR Beauty

 

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Cheers

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Paleo Frittata

Paleo is how I lost 80lbs.  My weight loss journey taught me that I don’t have to sacrifice taste to lose weight.  

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Wishing for Waffles?

Don’t let the “paleo” part turn you off!  If you didn’t see the title & just ate these you’d never even know they were “paleo”!  I trick non-paleo peeps all the time! 

On my weight loss journey I treated myself on the weekends with these waffles.  You don’t need to give up all your indulgences, just tweak them to be healthier. 

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Easy to make!

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Quick also!

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Enjoy!!!

Muffins!

I gave up muffins while shedding 80lbs but now they are back in my life thanks to this delish product!  

20g  of protein in a muffin?!  

Come in several flavors but this one is my favorite!   

Enjoy your post workout muffin!   

 

 

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Stir Fry Chicken

My daughter found this healthy, delicious, easy recipe.   

Heat up the wok on high then add in sesame oil, chicken & garlic.

When the chicken is brown add in all the other ingredients.  

We make a big batch so that we have leftovers for lunch!  Always trying to maximize time!  

We paired it with quinoa for an added carb. 

 

 

Enjoy 😘 

 

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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... 

 

 

Salmon for Idiots

I avoid cooking salmon since it never seems to come out good.   

This recipe is super easy & delish!  Even my daughter who claims to hate salmon eats it! 

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Place large piece of foil on cookie sheet

Place salmon on foil

Sprinkle salt, pepper & garlic

Place lemon slices on top of salmon

Cover salmon with foil

Bake for about 20-25 min till flakey

 

Cauliflower Rice  (buy prepackaged cauliflower "rice" )

Heat wok on high  

Add coconut oil to coat wok

Add cauliflower

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cilantro

Stir fry till brown

 

Serve the cauliflower rice with the salmon & you have a balanced meal of healthy fat, protein & carbs! 

 

 

 

 

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My Choice

Mandi exemplifies my goal for every client: 

"I choose to be healthy, to eat for my health & fitness goals, to stay active & present in my life, to workout with integrity, to know I already am whatever it is I desire to be, to know I am worth it.   Not because my trainer told me to but because I choose to"  -simpatico mind & body 

Protein powder

Clients are always asking me to suggest a good protein powder.  This one is great because it has very few ingredients, sugar & carbs in addition to 22g of protein.  

I like to add protein powder to my coffee for a morning latte!

 I mix the protein powder with almond milk to get in a little fat/carb also.   Always thinking about balance when I eat.  Protein, fat & carb at every meal. 

Thank you to my model/client, Dawna for the demo.  That beautiful face & skin is the result of 65 & 1/2 years of clean living, active lifestyle & positive mental attitude.  She is a not only a true BAM (bad ass mom) but also a BAG! 😘

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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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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. 

10lbs in 2 Weeks! BAM!!!!!!

Diane met her goal of 10lbs in 2 weeks even though she gave herself 5 weeks to reach the goal!  

We met in the dark at 4:45 a.m. rain or shine, cold or hot...NO EXCUSES!!!!!  

One of my very first BAMs that went on to inspire other BAMs at our children's school!