Thursday, September 29, 2011

What Would You Pay to be Slim and Healthy?

I posted this blog about this time last year but thought it was worth repeating!

I asked this question to an overweight 30-something a few months ago, and here's what happened. She thought of it from lots of different angles -- from a selfish perspective, she said feeling better about the way she looks is worth $1,000; being able to play frisbee with her kids, $500; being a good example to her daughter, another $2,000; saving on future medical bills associated with the loads of weight-related health problems, potentially tens of thousands of $; reduced future earnings due to weight (unfortunately), again, potentially tens of thousands of $. That adds up to, well, a lot. Do you know what she did when she saw the hard numbers? Economy be damned, she got a personal trainer twice a week and is paying more for good quality food. And she's lost 25 pounds so far. The avocados are NOT too expensive and the super-size chips are NOT such a good deal. Money spent of yourself for fresh produce and regular exercise classes is NOT too much of a luxury. Do you find finances stand in the way of you and better health? What do you not spend money on, that you think you maybe should spend money on?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Slender with a Blender

A blender is a tool that is highly essential when following a specific weight-loss plan. They can be used to make low-calorie protein shakes, fruit smoothies, and other assorted soups. A blender not only keeps the amount of fats consumed in check, but also lowers the intake of processed food by helping you make fresh, instant foods. This, in turn, reduces the intake of sodium, sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats. I like the Oster personal blender. 

You can experiment with your own ingredients. Whatever fruits and vegetables you like can be combined for a tailor made snack. I like to use frozen fruits in my protein shakes. If you have one of these sitting on your counter you are more likely to use it. If you have to pull out a large blender form under the counter, chances are, you won't. Get one of these and sit it on you counter!

Here is a great recipe. Again, I use frozen fruits and sometimes add greek yogurt. ENJOY!

Wild Berry Boost
2 scoops Vanilla Whey Powder
8 raspberries
4 strawberries
15 blueberries
16 ounces nonfat milk
1/2 cup ice cubes

Monday, September 19, 2011

Try Something New, your Body and (mind) will Thank-You

Strength training class for women. Tuesday's and Thursday's, 6:00PM at Hope Ridge Church 9870 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. Mentor, Ohio 44060. New session will start on Tuesday 09/27/11 - 10/20/11. If you are a woman over 40 you NEED to be here. Follow this link for all the benefits you will reap from adding strength training into you life.

Email me at with any questions or to sign up for class!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Are Modern Day Conveniences Making us Fat?

Don’t get me wrong theses modern day conveniences are great for saving time. But, could they be contributing to our laziness and the obesity rate? Hmmm...I’m willing to bet we move a lot less than our grandparents did because of all the gadgets we have. 

How about the remote control for the TV, we never leave our seat to change the channel. I remember when I was a kid and my Dad would say “get up and change the channel”. I’m not even sure my current TV can be turned on without a remote. What a panic my house gets into when we can’t find the remote. Is there anyone out there that still gets up off there butt to change a channel? I’m just curious.

How about elevators? I am guilty of the remote control thing but you will never see me taking the elevator if there are stairs available. Unless you have a baby stroller, you should be taking the stairs. You may get winded and have to stop to catch your breath but you have burned more calories than the person in the elevator.

I came across this the other day. EXPECTANT MOTHER PARKING, not kidding, its right next to the handicap parking.  I was expecting twice in my life and never used these. Ok, in all honesty, they did not have them then. At first thought this sounds pretty good. On second thought unless you are bed ridden (in that case you shouldn’t be shopping anyway) moving around is good for you. My doctor never told me not to walk. Was it harder for me at 8 and 9 months to walk? Sure it was, but moving is still good for you.

Do you have caller id that show up on your TV screen, so you don’t have to get out of your chair and see who is calling. OK, I’m guilty of this one too. Doesn’t this just seem insane? These modern day conveniences are saving us time, but saving our fat is not a good thing.

And then there are the drive through windows everywhere? I don’t really eat to much fast food but if for some reason I do, I’m going to try and get out of my car, WALK in, and WALK back out. After all that little bit of walking won’t burn an 1/8 of the calories I will buy in there. Sure the drive through will save time and since we are always in a rush these windows are huge in America, and also making us huge.
This is a picture I took on my last shopping trip. Do you mean to tell me this person is healthy enough to drive to the store, walk into the store, shop, walk back out of the store, load their car with purchased items, but can’t take another 5 steps to return the cart to its proper place? Sure they may be tired, it may be raining or cold but this is just lazy. Would 5 more steps really kill you?

I could go on and on about these modern day conveniences, but I think you get the idea. Do you have any modern day conveniences you are guilty of, or any that really annoy you?

"No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping the people sitting on the couch"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I actually looked this word up, and its meaning is, confused and upset. I was looking for a word to describe how I felt in my “before” picture. Yep, this pretty much sums it up. Look into the eyes of any person in their “before” picture and you will see that they are discombobulated. They are not able or willing to accept the body that they have. You are in your current shape, because you have been ok with it. I know you are not excited about it, and have talked about losing weight – but you have not changed what you will accept. We all have excuses, jobs, weather, no time, kids, but ultimately you have excepted your body the way it is.

You have the body right now that you are willing to accept.

Look into the eyes of any “after” picture. You will see satisfaction. They are living in the body that they are willing to accept. They have decided they couldn’t live in this “before” body another day, they were discombobulated.

Why are you still living in your “BEFORE” body?

Take action by contacting me for a fitness consultation.

I can help take you from your “Before” picture to your “After” picture.

Look into the eyes of these before and after pictures. I want to post your pictures too! Once you have reached the discombobulated state of mind, call me.