Our first “Biggest Winner, Ultimately Thinner” Contest had such incredible results, we’ve decided to run another contest starting in May! The only difference? This time it’s going to be every man (or woman! ) for him/herself. That’s right…this contest will be done with individuals instead of teams.
Interest in the contest has been HUGE and it’s important to us to provide the same level of support and service we’ve always offered, so we’re going to limit the number of participants. So, if you’re interested, don’t wait – REGISTER NOW! In 12 weeks you could be thinner, healthier, and $550 richer! Of course, you’ll need that money to buy some new clothes….just ask all of our participants from the first contest! They’re easy to spot in class….they’re the ones who keep having to pull their pants up! LOL
So why do our participants keep attending if they’ve lost so much weight? Because our workouts are FUN, INSPIRING, MOTIVATING, and of course, HIGHLY EFFECTIVE! They come to us as strangers and quickly become friends. Join us and become part of our group. It’ll change your life!
Today we had our first annual Easter Egg(xercise) Hunt! An incredible way to get in a great workout while having a great time. Try it at home with your family tomorrow! Our participants ran to find plastic eggs – each had a slip of paper with a different exercise in it. Congrats to Clarise – she won the hunt by gathering the most eggs and a total of 20 FitCredits to use towards a future package purchase. (Each FitCredit is worth $1, so Clarise basically got a free workout today AND $$ to use in the future!…….She definitely earned those credits, though…..She literally gathered every egg that had “up-downs” (burpees) hidden inside – close to 30 up-downs total! Quite a challenge!
Speaking of challenges – Easter Sunday is typically a day where you’ll be faced with many food challenges. The key is portion control, portion control, portion control. Other strategies include choosing larger amounts of the healthiest foods available at your feast and smaller amounts of the higher calorie (and fattier) foods. For example, it’s better to have more spoonfuls of fruits and veggies than potato salad. And really….if your “salad” has heaping tablespoons of regular mayonnaise in it, it’s really not much of a “salad” at all! Try using low-fat or fat-free versions of this item and others – like sour cream and cottage cheese. You’ll be doing your waistline a huge favor without notifying your taste buds.
Another tip is to make sure that you consume protein in addition to the readily available carbs and fat on most dinner tables. This way your body will have all of the building blocks you need. Ham and deviled eggs are great sources of protein (okay, it’s the egg-white that has the protein, not the mayo/mustard/yolk concoction piled high in the middle – a great place to use that “mayo tip”!) Finally, exert your own control of what you eat by preparing things yourself. If you take something to a gathering, that will be at least one food choice where you’ll know exactly what’s in it. One of the dishes I’m taking to my family’s gathering is Jell-O Jiggler Eggs. They’re delicious, and a much healthier option than consuming high calorie, fattening, and delicious sweet baked goods after dinner. Fix that craving for sweets without any guilt. J-E-L-L-O! Give it a try!
In my last blog I said I’d write about this topic. In addition, a few of my clients and friends have asked me about the difference between multi-grain and whole grain products. Since life is short, I thought I’d pass on giving you a dissertation and instead give you some simple, short, and sweet information. If you’re really in a hurry, you can stop reading after the next sentence. When buying grain products (bread, cereal, rice, etc.) a label that reads 100% whole grain will have more nutrition than a label that doesn’t. For those of you with a few more seconds to spare, here’s a little more: Don’t look at the front of a package to tell if a food product is good for you. Flip it over and look for the nutrition facts. Below all of the calorie and nutrition info is usually where they list the ingredients. Look for the words “whole wheat,” “whole bran,” or “whole grains.” This means you’re getting the entire grain including the bran (fiber), germ (b-vitamins and essential fatty acids), and endosperm (mostly starch). If a product has the word “enriched” listed in the ingredients, the truth is that the grains in that product have been stripped down to just the endosperm (the least nutritious part), and then nutrients were re-added. This allows the company to save money and create a product that they can offer for less to the consumer. This is also why white bread is cheaper than whole-grain bread. Whole grains not only provide you with more nutrition, but leave you feeling fuller, longer – since they have more fiber. So what about “multi-grain?” Multi-grain is a term that simply means that two or more types of grain have been included in the product (for example, barley, wheat, corn). While many multi-grain products are also whole grain, many are not. That’s why it’s important to read the ingredients label to make sure. Food companies are sneaky, too. They’ll add molasses and food coloring to a product that has a few whole grains, and stamp a big “whole grains” stamp on the front. You, as the consumer, see dark bread and those “whole grain” words and think – “Oh, this one’s healthy.” And into the shopping cart it goes. Don’t be fooled. Read labels.
I just watched a popular daytime talk show (hint, starts with “O”) on my DVR and can’t resist the urge to scream. Today’s topic was childhood obesity and in addition to the regularly appearing doctor, and the host herself, a popular food expert also gave commentary and supposed insight to the issues. I’ve seen this food expert on other media sources and perused his books in the bookstores and I’ve got HUGE issues with this guy. He tells people to “eat this” type of food over “that” type of food. The problem is that he doesn’t give the audience/viewer/reader enough information before he asks them to guess which food is better. For example, he offered the choice between a multi-grain bagel with low fat cream cheese or a doughnut. Which should we choose? Well, according to “Mr. Expert,” the doughnut is healthier. Okay, sure, come talk to me in a month after you’ve chosen that option for breakfast everyday and gained 10 pounds. I can sell you a great personal training package. Geesh. Are you kidding me? That’s such poor dissemination of information! According to him, the reason you should pick the doughnut over the multi-grain bagel is calories. He made that decision by choosing a HUGE bagel over a SMALL doughnut at a popular fast food doughnut bakery. Sure, calorie wise the doughnut is lower. However, it is higher in saturated fat and lower in nutrients. Let’s step into a grocery store and compare the two. I can buy a multi-grain (and whole grain – very important, read my next blog) bagel, low fat cream cheese, and have a perfect breakfast. For less than 300 calories each morning I can have lots of fiber, some good carbs, and a breakfast that’s going to leave me full for a few hours if I go with the bagel option. Now let’s look at the doughnut. I can feel my arteries clogging as I read the nutrition information. It’s filled with saturated fat, empty calories, and I’m going to be hungry in no time since my body won’t get any real nutrition in this supposedly better choice. Please note, however, that even in my example the bagel has nearly 100 more calories than the doughnut. Calories don’t make food healthy or unhealthy, nutrients do. My point is this: this show was designed to help teens decide which foods were better choices and help them lead healthier lifestyles. Yet, as one teen even stated aloud, it left them more confused than they were before. Great tv. Bad education. If this food expert markets himself as someone who is trying to educate people to live healthy lifestyles, he shouldn’t tease them with tricks just to get a little shock value and boost his own success, he should give them real knowledge and the information they need to truly make educated choices themselves.