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BOOOOOOO!!!!!

It’s Halloween, and the only thing more frightening than a new Saw movie is all of the candy you are keeping in your hips, thighs and belly!  I chatted with you on Monday about how to avoid binging on candy in the house, but now let’s turn our attention to your entire family.  Especially your children!

By all means, allow your children to go Trick or Treating, the money you will save on therapy later will be well worth it.  But you can be mindful of the money you will be spending on diets, exercise equipmet and dentists by taking a few steps to help you children (and yourself) cope with the large quantities of candy they may bring home tonight.

First, limit the quantity of candy they actually get to eat. Allow them to pick their favorite 30 pieces of candy (the number can vary) and put that aside.  Then each day they can have two pieces, and when it is gone, it is gone.  What do you do with the left over stash?  If I were you I would get it out of the house so you don’t eat it yourself.  Especially if there are any of your favorite treats, mine happen to be Snickers Bars and M&M’s.

Second, schedule more activity to burn the calories.  You could do animal relay races where the kids imitate their favorite animals.  You could go play soccer or jump rope with your children, that way you get to burn more calories and set a good example.  Even something as simple as putting on music and dancing in the living room for 20-30 minutes will increase your caloric expenditure as well as entertain your family.

Third, make sure you increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables everyone in your household is eating.  The fiber in these foods helps you to feel full longer, hence decreasing the need to binge on anything else between meals.  This is an amazing rule to live by no matter what your age or activity level: fresh produce on a daily basis is a great way to add to the volume of food you consume while decreasing overall caloric intake….an equation that adds up to success for any nutrition plan!

Most importantly, have a safe, healthy and Happy Halloween with your family!

Have a healthy day.

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Halloween is in two days, and if you are in the holiday spirit you may have been stocking up on sweet and gooey treats for the kids.  But if you keep taking a treat here and there the number on the scale will be scarier than any Slasher Film out there. 

So how can you arm yourself against the temptations?  Here are a few hints:

1. Outta site, outta mind!  Put the candy away.  If you can’t see it you will not have subconscious urges to eat it.

2. Patience is a virtue: if you believe you need to have a piece of candy now, wait another 15 minutes and see if the craving passes.  If not, try number 3.

3. Take a walk: go for a brisk 10 minute walk, do some jumping jacks or run up and down your stairs a few times.  Increasing blood flow to the muscles decreases the appetite.   

4. Keep it special:  grabbing a bite here and there adds up.  If you don’t believe me start to write it down every time you have a treat or two…it’s no trick, those are real calories.  So if you must indulge, save it for a special time of the day, take out only the portion you want to eat (put the rest away) and sit down to enjoy a satisfying snack.  Make sure you chew it slowly to savor your favorite treat, do some extra cardio or intervals to balance out the calories.  Remember, it is not one snack that makes you gain weight. 

As always, have fun with your nutrition.  90% should be healthy, quality food and 10% can be fun!  Not 20 or 30%, 10%!

Have a healthy day

Tying into my blog from Wednesday: “Your Big Butt Is Not My Problem” I wanted to share with you an amazing story written by one of my peers in the fitness industry, Dax Moy.  Dax lives and works in England, and I had the pleasure of meeting him last year at a conference on this side of the pond.  Dax is so dedicated to his career he flew to the United States to attend a conference, I knew I was in amazing company when I saw that level of commitment.

 Dax recently published an article he wrote and the timing was incredible.   So before you click on the link ask yourself:

What is holding you back?

http://articlecrux.com/Article/What-a-3-Ton-Elephant-Taught-Me-About-Success/216
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It really isn’t my problem, so stop all the whining, blaming, and excuses you continue to dump on me about your dump truck! They will do nothing for you but kept your butt as big as it is!  Seriously!

I am a positive person, really I am.  I am definitely someone who can find the silver lining on a rainy day…sit next to me for a while and you will see for yourself.  Have I always been this way? Hell NO! But at some point in my life I got tired of hearing myself complain about my body and I GOT INTO ACTION!  Why? Because what I wanted in my life was not what I had.  So, I could have continued to do exactly what I was doing, and I would have continued to get exactly what I got.  Or, I could stop convincing myself that I was helpless to change the outcome of my life, and stop making excuses why I was right that I was helpless and finally….FINALLY BE HAPPY WITH MY CHOICES!

Now, it is not easy to look at your life- HONESTLY look at your life.  It takes courage, strength and fortitude to be honest with yourself and see that you are the only one to hold accountable for where you are.  I still do this all the time: if something in my life is not working out the way I want it to I have to look in the mirror for the person responsible.  Don’t you want to be known as someone who is COURAGEOUS, STRONG AND DETERMINED?  Do you believe Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi or Nelson Mandela listened to their own excuses or the excuses of any one around them?  There was an easier life for them to choose, but they knew what they wanted and were willing to hear a million “No’s” before they achieved their goals.   

And you want to do what? Lose weight? Eat pizza, donuts and beer and blame me when you don’t lose weight? It may look minuscule now in comparison to what another human being is taking on their life.

Look at your entire life, not just your health and fitness, but ANY area where you are not 100% happy and fulfilled. Are you doing the same thing there?  Are you making up reasons, really good reasons why you CAN”T have what you want and why you are RIGHT that you can’t have what you want?  You are the only person who tells yourself that…truly.  You are the only person who will stop yourself from getting anything you want out of life. 

GO GET WHAT YOU WANT!  You will see that your big fat butt is not my problem, but I am a key to the door of your solution.

If you want more assistance with this, log onto www.landmarkeducation.com and check out the online Introduction To the Landmark Forum, then register into the Landmark Forum if you see how it could make a difference in your life. In 3 days and one evening you will see that you are the only one holding yourself back.  I took it over a year ago and it continues to be the catalyst for my amazing life!

Let me know if you register or if you have any questions.  I am happy to help you get your butt in action 🙂

Have a healthy day!

Recently the British Government published a report stating “Obesity does not result simply from overeating and a lack of exercise, but is a consequence of modern life.”

A consequence of modern life? I have to disagree!

Read the full article here: (thank you Ryan Lee for the info)

.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21340725/from/ET/wid/11915773?gt1=10514

I personally disagree with the article, which in some ways allows us to be more accepting of the obesity related health crisis because it ‘isn’t our fault.’  Curvy Girl Fitness is founded in the belief that beauty comes in ALL shapes and sizes, but NOT to the detriment of your health!  The research should indicate it is MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER to have personal responsibility for your health AND the health of those around you. 

 You are modeling the behaviors your family, friends and associates see.  So sure, if you are eating a donut and soda for breakfast that will ENABLE others around you (including your children) to do the same.  But if each and every one of us take on that it is our personal responsibility to set the standard, raise the bar so to speak, on our health and nutrition then others will take it on as well.

Think of this: who do you influence in your life? How can you taking on your own lifestyle HELP people you care about?  Help the people you love to live a healthier life!  Be the solution you wish to find in others and remember, children learn what they see, and we are all children at heart! Start to be a catalyst for healthy eating, regular exercise or even going out dancing regularly!  Anything you do to improve your health and fitness levels will add to all of those around you, and isn’t that an amazing reason to take better care of yourself?

Who deserves the best? You do!  So take it on, your loved ones will thank you!

Have a healthy day!