Motivational Monday

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.”
-Winston Churchill

There are always going to be struggles. Without struggle there can be no progress.  If you find yourself frustrated, if you’re ready to give up, STOP!!

Stay strong and keep pushing!!

You’re always going to find challenges, but you need to take them head on.

Fitness Friday-Articles of the Week

Want to know what the number one problem is that most people face?

At the first sign of struggle or first sign when things get hard, or the results aren’t what you expected right away, people jump ship and switch to something new.  No other place is this evident than with nutrition. People start one plan, maybe it’s actually eating healthy, and when the results don’t come instantaneous, its time to bail and find something new.  They never actually gave the first plan a chance. Remember there are no shortcuts, at times you’re going to have be a little persistent.  
Why We Fail!

Speaking of mistakes, women tend to make the most mistakes when it comes to nutrition.  Most commonly, over thinking everything.  They tend to go to extremes with choices, go to plans they see on TV or celebrities endorse, and reach for “healthy” snack bars.  This isn’t an attack on women, but in general they tend to get sucked into quick fixes, and putting to much thinking into everything they do and eat. 

10 Mistakes Women Make

There is a lot of misinformation out there and it is easy to get confused.  With so many buzzwords floating out there, it’s hard to figure out what to eat, what not to eat.  Check out the 8 worst offenders.  “Detox” is my favorite on the list as there is NO need to detox.
8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

Fruits and vegetables are super important to ones nutrition plan.  You see, they are full of phytonutrients that help keep us healthy.  These can impact everything from hormonal status, to disease risk, to your ability to fight off colds.
Color Chart

Motivational Monday

“Not everything that is faced can be changed.  But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
-James Baldwin

How can you change anything if you don’t try?  We’ve all tried a new diet here or there, or a new exercise program, but how were the results?  Have you really gone 100% after what you want or are you just trying shortcut after shortcut.
We all try to take shortcuts, it’s human nature.  Find the quickest and easiest path to your goal.  The problem with that thinking is that when it comes to health, fitness, and losing fat, there is no easy or quick path.  It takes hard work, consistency, & perseverance.

Think about what you can control, what you can measure, what you can track.  Not over the course of a week or a day, but months, years.
Choose your goal, develop some realistic expectations of what its really going to take to get there, track your progress, and hold yourself accountable.

Fitness Friday-Articles to Check Out This Week

There’s so much information that gets circulated that it’s hard to figure out what right and whats wrong or misguided information.  Weight loss is a trillion dollar industry, yet we still have a rising obesity epidemic.  It takes hard work, consistency, and perseverance to lose weight, and no amount of “miracle cure or pill” is going to help when your diet and exercise programs are out of whack.

Dean Somerset- Missing the Boat

Speaking of which, the biggest perpetrator of said “miracle pills or fixes” stood before congress and was made an example of.  Science does not back any of his claims or anything he “endorses” and the public eats it up.  Why?  Because he is a doctor…on TV!!!  If these actually worked, would we be having the obesity epidemic we are now?
Diet Scams

Lift heavy!! Lift heavy relative to your strength and your abilities.  There is the perpetual myth that lifting heavy, especially for women will make them bulky and huge and She-hulk.  Couldn’t be further from the truth.  Why, in a world where you might need to pick up child that could weigh 25lbs would you only choose to lift 3-5lbs?  Doesn’t make sense to me.  Challenge your muscles to get stronger, because your body will thank you for it.
Lift Heavy

The “perfect diet” is going to be the one that works for you and is healthy.  It is not one made up of strict rules of what you can eat, what you can’t eat, what you should only eat at this time or that time.  How about instead you strive to get better at your choices?  Choosing healthier options over crappy ones will lead to better habits, and one day you’ll wake up healthier and probably in way better shape.
“Perfect” Diet

Try following some of these tips to develop some healthier strategies, in terms of fat, carb, and protein intake.
10 Nutrition Tips

Motivational Monday

you can fail at what you don’t want,
 so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Don’t let fear take control of your life.  Do not let anyone tell you that things are out of reach.  Nothing is out of reach.
Take a chance on what you love, because it is possible to fail at what you don’t.

If you haven’t heard Jim Carrey’s words yet, I implore you to watch the video above, or find the entire 26 minute video on YouTube.