Forget Weight As a Measurement!

Often I have clients who say, “I want to lose weight.  My ideal weight is 140 lbs.”  This makes me shudder a little.

Women, especially, are so hard on themselves. I see these beautiful faces staring at me and think, “You are lovely.” And by the time we finish working together, I want them to feel that way too. These aren’t women with low self-confidence or self esteem, these are powerhouses that are managing companies and taking major risks each day. Yet, when we’re naked, staring at the scale, this number sums us up someway.

The main thing we need to understand is the scale is not the answer. It’s time to take another look around, understand shapes and sizes as well as what can you achieve with your body, your unique body.

before and after weight

Both of these women weigh 150 lbs.

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What do they all have in common? They “weigh” the same but look differently.

Your body is yours alone. If you’re curvy and want to be more muscular, if you’re big boned and want to appear leaner, or if you just want to fit into a pair of jeans that have been hanging in your closet, work with a trainer to figure out what is realistic and what is achievable. Have no doubt, there is work required, but as you train keep in mind you will grow stronger in more ways than one.

I do promise something, re-evaluating your diet, activity and/or lifting weights will reshape the way you look in the mirror. Most importantly based on the activity and the nutrients, your serotonin levels will be shooting up through the roof.

Side effect: Happy

At the end of the day, it’s not the number on the scale that matters but how you feel best.

When asked what’s the overall point of this path? Why be healthy? What will change?

Running, jogging, biking, dancing, walking in the park are cardiovascular exercises. Anything that has your body moving is a plus. Simply put, they are designed to make your heart pump a little better, stronger, efficiently.

Side effects: You might lose some “weight”. Your core will get stronger. Your legs may lean up. Your arms may lean up. Your cheeks will flush. You will run further each time. Your endurance will grow as will your stamina. The time you spend running may clear your mind and improve focus. This may serve as meditation.

Weightlifting, crossfit, HITT training will give you a great strength training, core development workout.

Side effects: It will tone you up, lean you out, improve your focus and consequently strengthen you. It may be your “me time”, your social hour or your way to diffuse stress. Your lean body mass may increase and at the same time decrease your body fat levels. You might notice yourself flexing all the time and observing weekly dates like Flex Friday.

Healthy eating will provide a reprieve from sugar cravings, from stress, from mood swings and from health issues such as diabetes 2 and obesity. You might lose a few pounds too.

Side effects: You might long for green juices, you might feel great after eating a bowl of kale with salmon and almonds, when people say, I tried a juice cleanse, you’ll have your own recipes.

Eat Well. Sweat Often.

Scratch the Diet.

Sugar and the American Civil War

At 2:30 every day my body starts crying out for a little piece of chocolate. I read and re-read different nutritional guidebooks to better understand why my body responds this way. I wanted to conquer this battle. It was my fault and my dependency on this food. It was my fault and my inability to control my cravings. It was my fault and the fat little girl inside that wanted nothing more than a tub of cookies n cream ice cream. Then one day, actually, it wasn’t my fault, it was much deeper.

I am part of a target audience, a segment, that the sugar food industry converted into a return customer AND so are you! Dope up food with the right amount of sugar and watch people transform into recurring customers. High doses of sugar create surges of dopamine that when cut off suddenly create a yo-yo effect that it makes you crave that high again and again.
 
Have a little piece of cake and you’ll crave another to get back to that high. I am addicted and many are. It’s a different kind of addiction we all share, it takes longer to kill you and it’s governmentally endorsed.

Sugar has a new face- High fructose corn syrup- how many of you know what that is? It’s modified corn syrup that spell OBESITY AND TOXICITY. The majority of shelf food boasts high doses of this ingredient and no one knows what the heck it is. Fast food restaurants serve this up to us without a second thought and you wonder why you’re craving some fries at 10pm?

Here’s a quick list for you if you’re interested, click here.
 
Who is responsible for this and where are the regulations to keep these people in check?

It’s no small coincidence that the US is the largest sugar producer in the world. Domestically grown white sugar in the US costs 56 cents versus the world sugar cost of 30 cents. Why? The main reason is it costs more to develop sugar on American soil.

But, don’t feel too bad for our challenged farmers because we give these sugar lobbyists subsidies to offset the extra effort and so they can continue to feed our addiction.
 
What are the effects of all of this sugar?

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Heart disease

What are the effects on kids?

  • An influx of Attention deficit disorder
  • ADHD
  • Childhood obesity and lifelong battles with food.

Sugar companies have placed its sticky hands in our schools, marketing to our kids and making sure they are addicted to “fast food”, soft drinks, vending machines and more. So while the rest of the world is suffering from hunger, we’re on the polar opposite side of the spectrum. How are we going to claw our way back?

  • Demand nutritional information from fast food industries and restaurants.
  • Shop at Whole foods, fresh market or local farmers markets.
  • Audit schools for nutritional information.
  • Ban vending machines that don’t have nutritional food products.
  • Feed children organic foods with natural spices to improve the taste and quality of foods provided and rewire kids thinking.
  • Penalize fast food industry and junk food industries to subsidize the healthier counterpart.
  • Teach kids to cook and give them information about nutrition.

It will take time to beat the sugar out of our foods but this is a health issue we must win or it will further cost us not only our health and wellbeing but our children’s as well.