Be That Power Girl!

I often here from clients that when go to social events, they feel left out or they just don’t go. If they do go, they are the girl in the corner with duck tape of their mouths and handcuffed to a chair so that they won’t go over board with treats and booze.

Do you really want to give a cookie or a glass a wine all that power??

Why not be “That Girl” who can attend social events and know that you can enjoy yourself, but not lose it. Give yourself permission to enjoy social events. Go there with the intention of enjoying other people’s company. Have protein and veggies. Eat before you go.

Us, girls of a certain age, we don’t have many spontaneous things that come up. So.. we know when we will be attending events, so plan for it in your week. During the week enjoy your healthy lifestyle (workout out and eat on track) and then know that you are going to an event that you will enjoy yourself with moderation.

I know this sounds weird, but I have a 2 bite rule. If I don’t like it in 2 bites, I toss it. No.. it’s not wasting food, it’s helping me to stay on track.  I’ve long given up on being a member of the clean your plate club.

Leave a comment below to let me know how you will enjoy your next social event.

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{Day 17} What Should I Eat Before Or After A Workout?

I get this question all the time from my clients and folks who take my class. There is so much information out there. I want {Day 17} What Should I Eat Before Or After A Workout? to keep this very simple. Much of what we eat before and after (even during) will be determined by your personal preferences, food tolerances and experiences. This is followed closely by your athletic and/or aesthetic goals. Much of the information that I’m sharing with you on this challenge is very high level, if you have specific questions about your personal goals. Let’s set up a 15 min conversation. Just shoot me an email to schedule.

This is a challenge with my job as a health coach.  Not all solutions are created equal when it comes to pre- and post-workout nutrition isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. It’s the blessing and curse of my job.

Before we get too far into this discussion. I first want you to focus on are you getting in all the components of a meal like we talked about earlier in this series. If you aren’t getting in all your meals, then stop don’t pass go and focus on making sure you are eating.. If you are doing all of that then read on.

  • Pre workout –gives you energy to train optimally.
  • Post workout — all about feeding your muscles and helping you to recover.

Now with that being said, this all really depends on when you workout. I don’t advise working out on an empty stomach. Many preach about fasted cardio aiding in fat loss the research is inconclusive. Some studies say yes and other say no chance for me the jury is still out so I say eat.

Early AM Workout
I recommend having at least a whey protein shake. It’s easy to digest and gives you nutrients to to fuel you while you workout. My favorite shake is Isagenix Isapro mixed with 1 scoop Want More Energy. I get my protein and electrolytes. I sip this while I workout.

Workout Later In The Day
Schedule your workout and count back 30 minutes — take your meal that you will have before and cut that in half.  — This 30 min is just a start, you may find that you need a little more time due to your digestive system. Here is where it gets tricky based on your own body’s digestion you will need to determine how much in advance you need to eat so that you aren’t too full and not starving Here is where YOU listen to your body.  You can do a fruit and a protein or  2 rice cakes and a small piece of fruit.

Best protein sources
Whey Protein
Egg whites
White fish

Best fruit sources
(nothing to big — medium size)

Not so good choices
heavy fishes — salmon or swordfish
dried fruits
any good fats — nuts, nut butters, good fat oils
*These will slow down the rate of absorption

Post workout you’ll want to consume at minimum 10 min after a good lifting session and a late as 30 min.
You should have a fast acting protein.

  • Whey protein
  • Egg whites
  • Dairy (cottage cheese, greek yogurt)
  • White fish
  • Turkey

You will also want to couple that with a fast acting carbohydrate.

  • sugary fruits (pineapple, apples, mangos)
  • rice cake
  • chocolate syrup

When And How To Use Shakes
What’s The Best Protein For Losing Weight

Today’s assignment. 

  1. If you haven’t been getting in your meals, review Day 4.
  2. What will you do to incorporate pre/post nutrition into your workout.

** Remember if you need assistance determining your pre/post workout nutrition contact me for a FREE 15 min consultant.

Interested in getting started with whey protein shakes.  I highly recommend this as a starting point, it’s a nice healthy jumpstart.

Don’t forget Leave a comment below. Write a facebook post on the Fabulous Fit Squad. If you have a personal blog, write a blog post. Make sure you link back to the site so we can cheer you on and hold you accountable.

Just joining now?? Don’t worry you can catch up.
Day 1 — Intro the challenge
Day 2 — Getting your mind straight 
Day 3 — Goal setting 
Day 4 — What’s on your plate
Day 5 — Lift
Day 6 — Cardio
Day 7 — Living on your own terms
Day 8 — Rest day
Day  9 — Forming a habit
Day 10 — Just Breathe
Day 11 — Fat loss secrets revealed
Day 12 — Can you pinch an inch
Day 13 — Dedicated and Focused 
Day 14 — Doubt
Day 15 — Rewards and Consequences
Day 16 — Damn Hormones




If you workout is mid day or evening.

Tips for Kicking Unhealthy Habits

You know what they are.  Every time you do them you think, “I really shouldn’t be…”  Fill in the blanks!  Drinking this, eating this, smoking MP900402666 Tips for Kicking Unhealthy Habitsthis – the list goes on and on.  We all have habits we would be healthier without.  So what do we do about them?  How do we kick the habits for good?  Here are ten tips for kicking unhealthy habits and living a better life.

  1. Acknowledge and own the habits.  there’s no sense denying them; they exist, your friends and family know they exist, so own them.  Say aloud, “I need to stop!”  Once you’ve acknowledged it, it begins to lose its power.  It’s certainly much better than ignoring your unhealthy habits or hiding them.
  2. Let go of shame.  Don’t be ashamed of your unhealthy habits.  No one is perfect and we’re all striving to improve ourselves.  Everyone has something they need to work on.  Once you stop feeling ashamed of it, you can move forward and take control of your habits.
  3. Understand where the habits came from.  One of the great tools to kicking a habit is to first understand where it came from.  For example, if you have a tendency to eat a lot in the evenings it could stem from your breakfast habits.  Once you know the reason behind your habits, they’re easier to change.  In the example of the late night eating, a simple solution may be to develop a resolution to have a good breakfast every morning, rather than trying to stop eating at night.
  4. Understand why you want to get rid of your unhealthy habit.  Do you want to feel better?  Have more energy?  Look better?  Extend your life?  When you understand why you want to get rid of your unhealthy habits, it is easier to find the right motivation to help you achieve your goals.  For example, if you’re motivated to look better, maybe an old picture of yourself when you liked how you looked would work as appropriate motivation. 
  5. Set reasonable goals.  Lofty goals don’t serve anyone.  If you want to get rid of unhealthy habits, establish goals you are fairly certain you can attain.  That doesn’t mean they have to be easy goals, but it is important that they are attainable.
  6. Replace bad habits with good ones.  One of the best and easiest ways to get rid of unhealthy habits is to replace them with new habits.  For example, earlier we mentioned late night eating.  Rather than struggle with cravings while you’re sitting on the couch each night, brew a cup of green tea and change your habit to a good one, one that is healthy and beneficial for you.
  7. Seek support.  Sometimes we just need a little help.  We need an extra hand, a little encouragement, or someone to listen to us when we’re having a tough time.  Support groups, friends and family can all be a great resource when trying to kick old habits.
  8. Stay positive.  A good attitude is extremely helpful to kicking unhealthy habits.  It helps to be able to focus on more positive thoughts when you’re trying to get rid of habits that are detrimental to your health.  Before you set about accomplishing your goal, it helps to come up with a few methods for staying positive.  Find what makes you happy and make note of it.  When you’re having a negative thought or a tough moment, pull out your happy thought or your happy trigger and use it.
  9. Reward yourself.  Reward yourself for accomplishing the small steps along the way and for making it through the tough times.  For example, if you’re trying to cut out after dinner snacks and one particular evening you’re really craving something other than the tea you’ve been drinking, and you manage to avoid the bag of chips on the counter or the ice cream in the fridge, then you could reward yourself by getting your favorite coffee at the neighborhood coffee shop in the morning.
  10. Plan your success.  Rather than trying to wing it, it is helpful to plan how you’re going to attain your goal.  If you want to eliminate your habit of getting fast food for lunch each day, or you want to stop drinking coffee in the morning, how are you going to do it?  Break your goal down into smaller, more manageable steps for easier success.  For example you could stop going through the drive-thru four days out of the week but still go with your co-workers on Fridays.  After a week or two of success, you may even find that you’re ordering a salad rather than a burger.

Small successes give us confidence for larger ones. You create a pattern of success and strength.

The Girl Friend Project

For the past few months, I’ve been traveling for work and the holidays. My workout schedule and my eating has been all over the place. Have anyone else had the same experience? Come on, I can’t be alone with this.  You woke up on January 1st and you had tight clothes. I’ll raise my hand to that one.

Then you made the resolution that you are going to get back on the wagon. You’ll hit the gym, eat healthy and give up booze, sugar, what kjefferson 1142013 225x300 The Girl Friend Project ever your vices are. You feeling me so far AND THEN here we are ½ way through January and you feel like you are spinning your wheels. You want you to button your pants, you want to take a pic and feel like you don’t need Photoshop or make sure you are on your best side.

I understand you. As I said earlier I had a tough holiday season like most of you and now it’s time to get my milkshake back in order. I’ve a very structured person and without structure I fall off the rails.  I’m ready to get my groove back. Who’s with me?

I have a proposition for you. Let’s get back on track together. Join me for my 30-day Girlfriend Project.

During the Girlfriend Project, you’ll improve your overall health, increase your energy levels and most importantly drop some pounds and inches.  Now I have your interest.

You will go through this program with me. With The Girlfriend Project, you’ll get a:

  • 30 day meal plan – including options for folks who are always on the go
  • 30 day supply of yummy meal replacement shakes*
  • Training videos about nutrition
  • Shopping list lists & recipes that you can personalize towards your tastes
  • 4 week weight training program
  • Weekly functional challenge workouts
  • Incredible support from a private Facebook Group to connect with other participants for ideas and motivation

So.. who’s with me?? The program starts Sunday, January 27th   We’ll have a kick off call at 8pm EST. You want in? Shoot me an email and we’ll take it from there.

*Order the Total Health and Wellness Pak from Isagenix to enhance your results and give you a competitive advantage.

Rules ( I told you I like structure so there have to rules)

  1. Girlfriend project begins Sunday, January 27th and ends February 23rd.
  2. All “before” and “after” photos must show participant holding a newspaper or other publication that shows the current date. Photos submitted without proof of current date will not be considered valid entries.
  3. All “before” and “after” photos must be taken in tightly fitting workout clothes or bathing suit.
  4. “Before” photo must be received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, January 26th. Photos received after this time will not be accepted.
  5. “After” photo must be received by 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 24th. Photos received after the deadline will not be accepted.


Do You Have Discipline?

Today is all about instant gratification, if we don’t get results in a short amount of time when give up.  To survive 2013 and get MP900442363 300x199 Do You Have Discipline? lean you will need discipline. Do you have the discipline it takes to make your dreams come true?

Discipline – “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – Jerry Rice. I just love this quote. Do you have your goals written down? Are they in a place where you can see them and get you fired up to take action?

Inspiration – This is what keeps you going. What inspires you to dream. I create a vision board every year and place it at my desk so that I can see if over and over again.

Sacrifice – What are you willing to let go of to make your dreams come true?

Coach – Do you have someone to help you? Someone who can give you advice and guidance when you are feeling stuck? Someone to share your highs and your lows.

Intuition – Get out of your head and do what you need to move toward your goals.

Plan – Remember the old proverb — falling to plan is planning to fail. You want to be successful with anything you need to plan. Set up your action plan and move forward.

Laser focus – Do you believe you can? Do you have the strength to stand up to the naysayers and all the negative Nelly’s

No Excuses – Are you will to put your excuses aside and make this happen? One of the best books I’ve read about this is Wayne Dyer’s book  Excuses Be Gone.

Energy – Do you have to energy to stay the course. Do you have the energy to say no to treats, the energy to get up consistently in the early AM to get your workouts in?

If you are ready to be DISCIPLINED in 2013, join me and my fitness mentor, a special guest on Dr. Oz and Oxygen cover model will coach you during your first 30 days to help you achieve your 2013 fitness goals. Click here to learn more.

Are You Willing? 3 Committments That Will Help

This month my mantra is feel the fear and do it any way. That means fear of all things — workouts, eating, my career and my personal life MP900400680 200x300 Are You Willing? 3 Committments That Will Help and if I have time I may even take on my fear of snakes.  I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching on the matter and I really think, it comes down to these core principles.

  • Make the commitment — decide that this is what you want to do and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Everything comes to fruition when you commit.
  • Be willing to be mentored — listen to the things they say and be willing to take action based on their advice. When seeking a mentor you want to find someone who can see in you what you can’t see in yourself.
  • Surround yourself with greatness — be in the company of those who are doing what you want to be doing and just observe their actions, their habits and take notes on how you can apply to your life.

The 3 core principles will help you to break through those nagging fears that are preventing you from living your life and achieving all that you know you can accomplish.

I leave you with this Are you putting your health on your to do list? If you aren’t I can help. Shoot me an email or give me a call and let’s see how we can make that happen.



Do You Have The Slight Edge?

This is a scene taken from Coach Carter. I saw that movie years ago, but forgot about this scene until I was at recent seminar.  This scene struck such a cord with me!

I remember back in 2001, I was working my ass off for a company, I was traveling, working crazy hours and my workouts and nutrition were none insistent. I survived off of what was in the vending machine (ps. it was subsidized so you could get a ton for $1.00) and scarfing down leftovers from vendor meetings. Then I’d be too tired and way to hungry to cook anything so it was whoever could deliver the fastest. Plus with all my travel heading to the grocery store was a joke, because anything fresh would go bad. Does this sound like any of you?

I tell you this so you understand that I get it! I didn’t always live the “clean, healthy” lifestyle. I tell you this because I want you to know that I can help.

I was like so many of you. I was stressed, overworked and not living the life I wanted to live. But I woke up one day and said enough is enough! Is this my life. My pants don’t button, I’m always tired, my skin looks like hell and I just don’t feel good.

Are you willing to give me 30 days? Can you commit to 30 days of small daily consistent action? If you are shoot me an email or leave me a comment below and we’ll take it from there.

A Master Was Once A Disaster

Last weekend I went to a great event where the speaker keep saying the over an over again “A master was once a karate 214x300 A Master Was Once A Disasterdisaster including me”. Most of you have been reading this newsletter for a while, but not sure if you guys know that I too have struggled!

12 years ago, I was 30 pound heavier and barely working out because my 50+ hour a week job and travel schedule didn’t allow much time for anything other than work. No one reading this can identify with that right? I finally said enough is enough I was done with my work driving my life I started to take back bits of my life it started with working out in the AM so that I would at least do something for myself before the day got away from me. When I was laid off, it was a relief. I told myself that my former life couldn’t ever happen again.

Now fast forward — August 2011
I have been living a healthy lifestyle for many years. I typically workout 5-6 days/week, have a strict bed time, I cook my meals once a week and always have food with me. I have to say to you the I thought I felt great! About 9 months ago, I was introduced to new product line, by my friend and mentor Cathy. I started using these products and let me tell you I now sleep through the night, I wake up feeling refreshed before my alarm goes off (I get up most days at 5:30am) and I now power through my workouts. After using these products I now what feeling great really means.

What’s your story?? If you could change anything about your health/wealth in the next 30 days what would it be? leave me some comments below, I’d love to hear about it.

The Power Of Consistency

I’ll be the first person to admit that when I was competing my off season womenscreaming 300x300 The Power Of Consistencyconsistency was a bit of a battle.  I would finish doing a show in June and wouldn’t compete again until the following April.  Here’s my dirty little secret.  I didn’t stay consistent.  It took me about 2 seasons of this consistent non-consistent behavior for me to realize that if I was consistent with my off-season nutrition and workouts getting it together for a show wouldn’t be as hard.

For those of you don’t compete. You know what I’m talking about you know you watch what you are eating to get ready for a friend’s wedding or vacation and once that event happens you go back to your old ways and then wonder how you put the weight back on. With consistency, anything is possible. In real estate, it’s about location, location, location.  In fitness, it’s about consistency, consistency consistency.

I know first hand that consistency is tough.  In order to remain consistent, we need to change is our mindset.  Our healthy lifestyle is a CHOICE not a death sentence.  On my program, I encourage you to eat clean at least 80% of the time.  For the 20%, these are the meals that we should savor and enjoy.  It’s when we have those little nibbles, bites or I’ll do it just once’s that eventually catch up with us.  So.. how do you stay consistent?

  1. Patience.  Know that consistency will pay off. Many of you want week-by-week changes, sadly our bodies don’t agree.  We need to trust the process and stay the course knowing that your best body is just waiting for it’s unveiling.
  2. Taking Consistent Action.  I feel you; I can be one of the biggest procrastinators on the block.  The two things that make me take action with my fitness is making a plan and recipes.  Each week I sit down and schedule my workouts in my calendar.  I treat it like an appointment I can’t break.  Now if something does come up, I go back to my calendar and reschedule the workout, but trust me it must be HUGE for me to give up a workout.  As for my nutrition, I’m a big fan of recipes.  On Saturday mornings while I’m drinking my coffee I pour through the internet to find new clean recipes or recipes that I can make clean.  Trust me I’m no Rachael Ray, but I do what I can. Here is of my favorite sites. All Recipes
  3. Setting A Goal. Each month I set a goal.  With each goal, I give myself a reward.  Have you heard of a little place name Lululemon?  That place is my personal fitness reward center.  When I have a goal, I’m like a machine especially with a reward like Lulu!  Here are some examples of goals I set for myself in the past  — By the end of a month I will mix up my cardio. I will get on a new piece of cardio each time I go to the gym.  I will try 3 new starches during this month.  I will limit myself to 2-cheat meals/week – no nibbling.  Make sense?

At the end of the day we all want results.  Want to know the secret to getting results? Being consistent!  Feeling stuck or stalled?? Reach out.  I am running  30 Day Slim Down Challenge to help  jumpstart us all toward summer.

Get Off The Treadmill

I’m really fortunate that the people who read my site have two things in treadmill 200x300 Get Off The Treadmillcommon:

  • a passion to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • goal(s) that they are striving to achieve

One of things I hope that I can provide to my readers as well as my clients is prescriptive guidance to help them achieve their goals. One of their main question is cardio?

I live in Boston right next to the Charles River as soon as the snow melts the runners, joggers and walkers come out in droves.  Do you know why they run — I mean at least 85% of them, come on you the answer, think about it!! That’s right its to LOSE WEIGHT!

Running is cardio right, running is hard for me so it must be good for me, running will help me lose weight, right.  Well…. Long distance running is the worst thing for weight loss.


Most of you run because you’ve seen pictures of elite runners who are lean and mean and want to get the physique or you have a friend who has the physique that you want and you ask hey what are you doing and then they say or I just run x number of miles a day. You think to yourself — running that’s easy I’ll lace up and get moving.

I’m here to tell you unless you competing in an endurance event, running will not give you that lean toned physique. I’m sorry to report that continuous long slow steady state cardio just doesn’t get the metabolism fired up the way a strength training session coupled with interval training does.  Did know that interval training is 9xs more effective than steady state cardio? Getting your metabolism fired up is EXACTLY what is needed to get that lean and toned physique. Intervals keep your body guessing and stops it from going on autopilot.

Long slow steady state cardio does just that, it puts the body on autopilot. Your body knows exactly what to expect, how much effort to give you and therefore only gives you what you need. I’m not saying these workouts won’t be hard, but your body doesn’t have to give you as much. What’s even worse as you build up your mileage you begin to burn more fat, but guess what your body adapts to help you become more efficient at running so it begins to “store more fat”!  Yup — you heard that right.  Don’t believe me take a look at any finish line of any race; you’ll see far more average Joe physiques than you’ll see Kara Goucher physiques. They’ll be a few Kara Goucher’s, but I’ll let you in on little secret they looked like that before they started running.

You can’t run to get fit; you need to be fit to run.” – Diane Lee, Canadian Physical Therapist

When you are training for a long distance endurance race your body is recruiting different muscles to make sure that you are efficient at running.  When you are training to change your body composition you are looking to make your body’s efficient at strength training. Training for both throws your body into tug of war.  As you get more efficient at running you may experience that your fat stores tend overtake your muscle stores. Most people experience loss of muscularity in their quads and then in their tushies. Now depending on where you hold your weight, you may also experience fat gains around your mid-section.

I don’t say this to discourage your fitness goals. I tell you this so that you can make informed choices.

Need more proof – here are a few studies.

  • J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Jan 2
    Effect of calorie restriction with or without exercise on body composition and fat distribution.
    This is a six month study. Aerobic training group performed 50 minutes of aerobics 5 times a week for the entire duration. Results:  No additional effects of aerobic exercise on weight or body fat levels.
  • Obesity 2007 June – 15:1496-1512.
    Exercise Effect on Weight and Body Fat in Men and Women.
  • McTiernan et al
    For 1 year they had a test group do six hours of steady state cardio for 60 min, six days per week. In one year, the group lost 3 lbs.
  • According to a British study, levels of Human Growth Hormone, which assists in building muscle and burning fat, skyrocketed 530% in subjects after just thirty seconds of sprinting as fast as they could on a stationary bike.

I would love to hear your thoughts leave me some comments below.