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Posts from July 2013


It's Easier with a Partner
Yes most things are easier with a partner...but exercise is a biggie.  My girlfriend, Krista will text me the night before bootcamp, "I'll pick ya up at 5:15.  See ya dark and early!"  There have been many times that one of us has gotten into the car, eyes half open and said this is the LAST thing we wanted to be doing at the crack of dawn.  But as we get going with our workout and most especially on the way home, we're glad we did it and proud that we made the commitment to be there.  There have been many times that, had I not had Krista, I would've hit snooze, rolled back over and gotten an extra hour of sleep.  AND...then be mad at myself all day for not getting to the gym.  It's the reason why Weight Watchers is so successful...you have a group weigh-in that holds you responsible for your decisions that week.  Same as an exercise partner.  You have that person to answer to if you ditch them for some reason or another.  If you don't have a partner to work out with, then choose your workouts wisely...go to a class on a regular basis so that the instructor or the other people in the class get to know your face and can give ya a hard time if you miss.  Or...we're SO lucky to have a few great choices for small group, functional fitness gyms.  Orange Shoe Gym, Hybrid Fitness and The Monkey Bar Gym are three that come to mind.  And of course, the creme de la creme if you can afford it...get a personal trainer. 
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It's Really Pretty Basic
If you want to shed a couple pounds, it truly comes down to something very simple; burning more calories than you take in.  Of course there are factors like your gender, age, genetics and health...but those only slightly budge the equation.  It helps to look at fat and sodium while reading labels to make sure you know what you're eating, but if you're really paying attention to your calories, the rest sort of falls into place.  It all starts with pulling up your big girl shorts and getting honest about what and how much you eat.  Don't forget to fess up to the handfull of M&Ms you grabbed from a coworker's treat drawer and the fatty frozen coffee drink you guzzled thinking it 'can't be that bad.'  The good news is that you don't have to give up everything you love.  I thought I'd make it easier for you and list a couple of my favorite snacks.  
Frozen Treat:
Yasso does a Greek Yogurt frozen bar that will make you feel like you’re cheating, but you’re not.  It’s at most Copp’s and Woodman’s.
www.yasso.com
Bread:
I LOVE bread just like you.  But there are definitely some good and some bad choices.  Here are some good.  Try the Morning Rounds by Ozery Bakery Inc for breakfast in the toaster, they’re great tasting, full of super good-for-you things and it’ll fill you up so you don’t grab a doughnut in the breakroom.  You can find them at Whole Foods and CostCo.  Health Life bread is 35 calories a slice and their whole wheat is very nice.  They also make whole wheat English muffins which is great with a couple slices of strawberries and some honey or agave syrup. I’ve been able to find this at most grocery stores.
http://us.ozerybakeryinc.com/ozery/morningrounds.php
http://www.healthylifebread.com/pages/original/100-whole-wheat-bread.php
Alcohol:
If you’re trying to lose weight...any kind of alcohol should be cut out.  But it’s summer and if you’ve got a cookout with friends and would like to partake in a grown up drink, try Skinny Girl.  I like the red wine and the Sangria.   You’ll find Skinny Girl at most grocery and liquor stores. 
http://skinnygirlcocktails.com/
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