GYMTIMIDATION – The fear of being a new or inexperienced gym-goer

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The day has finally arrived and you are a spectrum of emotions: Excited for a change in your life; hopeful for positive transformation; eager to improve your health, and yet FROZEN WITH FEAR at the thought of finally purchasing a membership at this strange place known worldwide as “the gym.”

When you first walk into the place it could almost give you sensory overload.  There are almost too many sights and sounds to take in to make sense of it all.  From all the strange and complicated looking machines, the constant “clink” of metal plates on those machines making contact, the humming of the cardio machines along with the soft thuds of feet running on treadmills, the racks of barbell plates (all different sizes with numbers on them) all over, the grunt of someone straining in the background on every rep, the trainer in the corner counting reps and loudly “motivating” their client, someone in front of the mirror taking their gym selfies, and several of the gym members doing weird movements that you have never seen in your life.

You stand there for a moment and think to yourself:

“What the hell am I getting myself into?”

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EATING HEALTHY vs. EATING FIT – part two

In the first installment of this series I went over the math of calories and macronutrients. (If you missed it, you can read it here:  Eating Healthy vs. Eating Fit – part one).  Granted, its not stuff we want to think about when we’re about to chow down on a tasty meal, but it is crucial to have a handle on it if you want a healthier and more fit lifestyle. You need to work the macro numbers in some way, at least for a short time to learn how to do it, to make it beneficial to you.

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Some of you may view decreasing carbs as a punishment for weight loss. Others see increasing their total calories as an annoying chore for putting on more muscle. And another bunch of you groan that just eating enough balanced meals per day are a nuisance to your already busy schedule. Believe me, I get it because I have done all of those. But I’m here to tell you the truth. So, you can either whine and complain and make excuses as to why you can’t use a little brain power and effort to plan your foods out according to your needs………or you can put your big boy/big girl pants on and take action. Weeks, months and another year will pass regardless of what you think. You might as well take control of your diet in that time and mold yourself into what you want to become. Read More

EATING HEALTHY vs. EATING FIT – Part One

What if I told you that there’s a difference between eating “healthy” and eating to be fit?

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(gasp) Shocker, eh?

We have all heard some of the following phrases over and over again:

Eat clean”

Fuel your body”

An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

(XYZ product) is part of a nutritious breakfast”

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How Do I Stay Committed During The Holidays?

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November is here:  time of the holiday season ushered in with cooler weather.  The hubbub of Thanksgiving, then Christmas and followed by New Year’s.  Of course, with all social customs involved this season, nothing says togetherness like food. It’s a time we create memories with family and friends, and when our bodies want the extra carbs and fat to insulate itself.  Before you know it, aside from the previous month of scarfing down cream and sugar laced  pumpkin lattes, your mouth has become an ingoing floodgate for potatoes with gravy, pies, Christmas cookies, red and green  M & M’s, candy canes, and plenty of booze.  What’s even more frustrating is that no one else around you wants to moderate the intake either!

During this time of the year we already know deep down that we want to buckle down and stay on track with keeping our fitness and nutrition goals.  Worst case scenario, we want to just hopefully plateau and not put on any noticeable weight.

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