The Scale… Friend or Foe?
March 27, 2011

Most people take minimal time to care for their body and know little about it. Many do not want to know how much they weigh, let alone take their measurements. But this is an absolute must for two reasons, despite the fact that it might be embarrassing. As painful as it may be, getting to know our body is necessary.

First, this could be a shocking eye opening moment. Many people are surprised how far they have let things slide. It just may spark that fire they so desperately need.

Second, we all can use a starting point; numbers for comparison for months to come.

What should we measure? Certainly our overall body mass is a great number to be acquainted with. But let us not forget to measure our chest, biceps, waistline and thighs. These measurements will prove crucial during those times when we lose in size and not on the scale. Our shrinking numbers will prove to be important motivators.

If all else fails, nothing is more honest than our own mirror. If you like what you see, keep up the good work. If you do not, then do something about it!

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Simple Humans
December 24, 2010

Humans thrive on accomplishment, which is why we usually only succeed if we see progressive results. The gym provides an environment that encourages us to compete with ourselves. If we take the time to document our progress, we can keep track of our accomplishments.

If you have been stuck at a certain weight for a while, it is no doubt discouraging. You may quickly reason “all this work is not worth it”. However, after a few visits to the gym, suddenly your regular weights seem lighter than usual. Words cannot describe your excitement as you progress while your body becomes stronger. Taking your measurements can also prove encouraging, since there will be times when you stop losing on the scale, but keep losing in inches.

Strength training provides both an obstacle and a goal. What seems to be impossible at first may quickly become manageable in the near future. Once you look back and see how far your body has come, you are sure to get the satisfaction you need to carry on.

Humans are simple; we need to see results to succeed. So dig deep! Push mentally! Strain physically! SURPRISE YOURSELF! SUCCEED!

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STOP Dieting!
February 17, 2010

If you are on a diet now or thinking about starting one, please take a few minutes to read this blog entry. It may very well change the way you look at food and your approach to living a longer and healthier life.

To better define the word diet could be; “the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve or maintain a controlled weight.” Wikipedia. “Or a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Both those definitions raise a red flag, not to mention they don’t sound too appealing. The red flag I am referring to is the word “weight”. In our all or nothing approach to getting slim we have become so fixated with the numbers on the scale, that we have forgotten what kind of weight we are losing.

Did you know that an unbalanced diet or fad diet can cause you to lose lean muscle along with fat? We need to have a different outlook than simply losing weight! What you want is to lose fat, and maintain muscle.

If you are like me and have been dieting for a while you have most likely tried a few out there. Most diets can generally be divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-protein, and low-calorie. The main problem with any diet that fits into any of these categories is that you will lose muscle mass along with fat. As you will soon find out, muscle is your best friend in terms of fat loss and you have to learn how to safeguard it at all costs.

It is true you will get results from a lot of diets out there, but if they don’t promote balance and severely restrict fat, carbs, protein or calories – take my word for it; you are setting yourself up for failure. Diets are a short-term fix and are not practical for the long term. It’s now your time to ditch the diet and start leading a more balanced and beautiful life.

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