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...

Non Scale Victory

Don’t allow an inanimate object to control your life, your day, or your mood.  

During my weight loss journey there were many victories along the way although the scale was not moving fast enough for my liking.  

In the first three months, my blood pressure normalized for the first time in 5 years.  My blood sugar stabilized & I was able to go off metformin.  My lipid panel normalized so heart disease & heart attack were no longer a concern.   

I could no longer eat the way I used to or I’d get severe heartburn, feel sluggish & cranky, especially if I skipped a workout.  

I no longer hid in pictures. I wanted to go shopping for smaller size clothes.   

My insides were healing & it was finally showing up on the outside. 

I love hearing clients like the one in this video proclaim their nonscale victories for the first time... 

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I Choose...

I love when clients reach this point in their journey...

Sassy & Sober

Click the link below the workout to see how I stayed sober on St.Patty’s Day during my weight loss journey.

Earn your corned beef, cabbage & green beer! Or do this as a fasted workout the next morning to burn off all those indulgences. 

 

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Click here to find out why St.Patrick’s Day is so special for this sassy polish lass: 

Sassy & Sober  

Sassy & Sober  

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!!!

Holiday Habits

Click on the link to see what habit Vanessa was determined to break this holiday season. 

It all started with an "I am" on December 2017

See if her "I am" became her reality on January 1st, 2018.

Destinations

Destinations are where we begin again... 

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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.   

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

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. 

Something Most Take for Granted...

To all of you sitting at home wishing you could simply walk a store unassisted this one is for you.

 I will never forget this inspiring BAM.  

Love you dearly Lori.  xo

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!  

Wall of "I am"

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.