What’s your excuse?

I wanted to share with you a very insightful story that a friend of mine who runs a gym shared with me.

A woman came into his gym and said that she really wanted to join as she needed to lose weight for health reasons but she could not afford the monthly membership fee. My friend told the woman that he wanted to help her so he’d make her a deal…

He would give her a free 30 day membership. During those first 30 days, if she came in and exercised 15 times then he would give her the next 30 days for free, the same for the next month, and the next month. So in essence this woman could have a lifetime free membership IF she used it. The woman was so happy and very grateful to my friend for making such a generous deal with her. Do you know what happened in the following 30 days?

She showed up 6 times and never came back.

You can probably see what I’m getting at here….money wasn’t the issue. The cost of

no excuses girl Whats your excuse?

the gym membership wasn’t the ‘thing’ that was holding this woman back from losing weight. It was a convient scapegoat.

Having been a Personal Trainer for so long, I realized a long time ago that it will never be the perfect time to get in shape. Money will always be funny! Time will always be limited! Fear will often be unspoken!  And EXCUSES NEVER SATISFY!

Now, please allow me to make this very general statement that has been a fairly accurate assessment through my years training. True happiness comes from feeling good about yourself.  How you look, How you feel and how perform (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually). Rarely does in come from what you possess i.e. that Benz, that Gucci, that pair of red bottoms, those rims, etc.,etc.  I’ve also found some of the most miserable people using these possessions as medicine, hoping it will make them feel better about themselves(again, a general statement).  Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things that are sometimes out of my budget and will splurge.  But when you get out the benz, take off the Louie, kick off the red bottoms, take off the mascara, tie your hair back….when you look in that mirror, can you smile and say “I’m happy with where I am, where i’mstop making excuses custom3 300x225 Whats your excuse? going and how i’m getting there”.  If you can, that is a beautiful thing, keep up the good work!  But if you can’t, then trash the excuses stop waiting for tomorrow to come and start your journey now! All the other bullshit, is just bullshit and I have heard it all!

Take a moment and do a budget of your money, time and energy.  What are you spending them on? How much of it is being wasted on stuff that’s not moving you closer to happiness? Are you prepared to sacrifice those resources for happiness?

What are your convenient scape goats?

What are the reasons you give for not losing weight and reaching your goals?

If your will, share below! Write them down and throw it in the recycle bin never to mention them again.

Then get down to work to get in shape and lose the weight!

Sorry for the soapbox!


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Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Top 30 Worst Foods in America (Beware)

Today’s food marketers have loaded many of their offerings with so much fat, sugar, and sodium that eating any of the foods in this article on a daily basis could destroy all your hard work and best intentions of eating healthy. Beware! This list is brought to you by Eat This Not That and Men’s Health.

1. Worst Meal in America

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Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger with Medium Natural Cut Fries and 32-oz Coke

1,810 calories – 92 g fat (29.5 g saturated, 2 g trans) – 3,450 mg sodium

Of all the gut-growing, heart-threatening, life-shortening burgers in the drive-thru world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as potentially catastrophic as this. A bit of perspective is in order: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 9 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts, the saturated fat equivalent of 30 strips of bacon, and the salt equivalent of 10 large orders of McDonald’s French fries!

2. Worst Drink

2 worst drink Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Baskin-Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake

2,600 calories – 135 g fat (59 g saturated, 2.5 g trans) – 1,700 mg sodium – 263 g sugars

We didn’t think anything could be worse than Baskin-Robbins’ 2008 bombshell, the Heath Bar Shake. After all, it had more sugar (266 grams) than 20 bowls of Froot Loops, more calories (2,310) than 11 actual Heath Bars, and more ingredients (73) than you’ll find in most chemistry sets. Yet the folks at Baskin-Robbins have shown that when it comes to making America fat, they’re always up to the challenge. The large Chocolate Oreo Shake is soiled with more than a day’s worth of calories and 3 days’ worth of saturated fat. Worst of all, it takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw.

3. Worst Ribs

3 worst ribs Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Outback Steakhouse Baby Back Ribs

2,580 calories

Let’s be honest: Ribs are rarely served alone on a plate. When you add a sweet potato and Outback’s Classic Wedge Salad, this meal is a 3,460-calorie blowout. (Consider that it takes only 3,500 calories to add a pound of fat to your body. Better plan for a very, very long “walkabout” when this meal is over!)

4. Worst Pizza

4 worst pizza Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Uno Chicago Grill Classic Deep Dish Individual Pizza

2,310 calories – 165 g fat (54 g saturated) – 4,920 mg sodium – 120 g carbs

The problem with deep dish pizza (which Uno’s knows a thing or two about, since they invented it back in 1943) is not just the extra empty calories and carbs from the crust, it’s that the thick doughy base provides the structural integrity to house extra heaps of cheese, sauce, and greasy toppings. The result is an individual pizza with more calories than you should eat in a day and more sodium than you would find in 27 small bags of Lays Potato Chips. Oh, did we mention it has nearly 3 days’ worth of saturated fat, too? The key to success at Uno’s lies in their flatbread pizza.

5. Worst Mexican Dish

5 worst mexican Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Chili’s Fajita Quesadillas Beef with Rice and Beans, 4 Flour Tortillas, and Condiments

2,240 calories – 92 g fat (43.5 g saturated) – 6,390 mg sodium – 253 g carbs

Since when has it ever been a smart idea to combine 2 already calorie- and sodium-packed dishes into one monstrous meal? This confounding creation delivers nearly a dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts worth of calories, the sodium equivalent of 194 saltine crackers, and the saturated fat equivalent of 44 strips of bacon. Check please.

6. Worst Seafood Dish

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill Parmesan Crusted Sole

2,190 calories – 141 g fat (58 g saturated) – 2,980 mg sodium – 145 g carbs

Fish is normally a safe bet, but this entrée proves that it’s all in the preparation. If you fry said fish in a shell of cheese, be prepared to pay the consequences. Here that means meeting your daily calorie, fat, saturated fat, and sodium intake in one sitting.

7. Worst Chinese Dish

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P.F. Chang’s Combo Lo Mein

1,968 calories – 96 g fat (12 g saturated) – 5,860 mg sodium

Lo mein is normally looked at as a side dish, a harmless pile of noodles to pad your plate of orange chicken or broccoli beef. This heaping portion (to be fair, Chang’s does suggest diners share an order) comes spiked with chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork, not to mention an Exxon Valdez-size slick of oil. The damage? A day’s worth of calories, 1 ½ days’ worth of fat, and 2 ½ days’ worth of sodium. No meat-based dish beats out the strip.

8. Worst Appetizer

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On the Border Firecracker Stuffed Jalapenos with Chili con Queso

1,950 calories – 134 g fat (36 g saturated) – 6,540 mg sodium

Appetizers are the most problematic area of most chain-restaurant menus. That’s because they’re disproportionately reliant on the type of cheesy, greasy ingredients that catch hungry diners’ eyes when they’re most vulnerable—right when they sit down. Seek out lean protein options like grilled shrimp skewers or ahi tuna when available; if not, simple is best—like chips and salsa.

9. Worst Burger

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Chili’s Smokehouse Bacon Triple Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

1,901 calories – 138 g fat (47 g saturated) – 4,201 mg sodium

Any burger whose name is 21 syllables long is bound to spell trouble for your waistline. This burger packs almost an entire day’s worth of calories and 2 ½ days’ worth of fat. Chili’s burger menu rivals Ruby Tuesday’s for the worst in America, so you’re better off with one of their reasonable Fajita Pitas to silence your hunger.

10. Worst Sandwich

10 worst sandwich Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Quizno’s Large Tuna Melt

1,760 calories – 133 g fat (26 g saturated, 1.5 g trans) – 2,120 mg sodium

In almost all other forms, tuna is a nutritional superstar, so how did it end up as the headliner for America’s Worst Sandwich? Blame an absurdly heavy hand with the mayo the tuna is mixed with, along with Quiznos’ larger-than-life portion sizes. Even though they’ve managed to trim this melt down from the original 2,000-plus calorie mark when we first tested it, it still sits squarely at the bottom of the sandwich ladder.

11. Worst Salad

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On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Chipotle Honey Mustard

1,700 calories – 124 g fat (37.5 g saturated) – 2,620 mg sodium

The dismal dawn of the 1,700-calorie salad is upon us. With as much saturated fat as 37 strips of bacon and more calories than 11 Taco Bell Fresco Beef Tacos, this abdomen expander earns a well-deserved spot on our list of the Worst Foods in America.

12. Worst Dessert

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Romano’s Macaroni Grill New York Cheesecake with Caramel Fudge Sauce

1,660 calories – 97 g fat (57 g saturated) – 950 mg sodium – 165 g carbs

Considering the fact that Macaroni Grill’s savory menu is already cluttered with one of the country’s most potent arrays of calorie, fat, and sodium bombs, its lineup of destructive desserts only adds insult to injury. There’s the Dessert Ravioli (1,630 calories), the Lemon Passion (1,360 calories), and the always classic and catastrophic caramel-smothered cheesecake, which, with more calories than 3 Big Macs and as much saturated fat as 57 strips of bacon, is the worst dessert in America. Seek solace in a scoop of sorbetto—one of the country’s best sit-down sweets

13. Worst Pancake Breakfast

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Bob Evans Stacked & Stuffed Caramel Banana Pecan Hotcakes

1,543 calories – 77 g fat (26 g saturated, 9 g trans) – 2,259 mg sodium – 109 g sugars

This appalling platter is stacked and stuffed with the sugar equivalent of 7 Twinkies, the caloric equivalent of 8 Dunkin’ Donuts glazed doughnuts, the sodium equivalent of 6 ½ large order of McDonald’s French fries, and 4 ½ times your daily limit of trans fat. It’s made numerous lists in our newest book, Eat This, Not That! The Best (and Worst!) Foods in America, including Worst Foods, Most Sugar-Packed Foods, and Trans-Fattiest Foods. Above all of these dubious distinctions, it’s the undisputed Worst Breakfast in America.

14. Worst Omelet Breakfast

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IHOP’s The Big Steak Omelette

1,490 calories

We’re not sure what’s more concerning: IHOP’s never-ending stacks of margarine-slathered sweets or their reckless attempts at covering the savory side of breakfast with entrees like this one. With close to three-quarters of a day’s worth of calories folded into its eggy shell (thanks to a heaping portion of fatty beef), you’re committing to eating rice cakes for your next 2 meals when you start your morning off with this bomblette. Why not enjoy the substantial Garden Scramble and 2 more real meals instead?

15. Worst “Healthy” Sandwich

15 worst healthy sandwich Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Applebee’s Chicken Fajita Rollup

1,450 calories

For some curious reason, wraps have come to be viewed as a healthy upgrade from sandwiches, as if those massive tortillas can be filled with nothing but anticalories. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The problem with wraps is that they function as holding tanks for fluids, so hurried fry-cooks can squirt in as much sauce as they want without making it look messy. With Applebee’s rollup, the offending sauce is a Mexi-ranch sauce, which looks suspiciously more like ranch than anything eaten in Mexico. But here’s the final insult: This “healthy” meal is served with fries. Eat them and you tack on 400 extra calories.

16. Worst Sliders

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Ruby Tuesday Bacon Cheddar Minis

1,358 calories – 86 g fat – 75 g carbs

Diminutive dishes are one of the hottest trends in the restaurant world right now (probably since most are looking for ways to stretch a buck), and you’d think that would serve health-conscious eaters well. But not under the reckless watch of the burger barons at Ruby Tuesday, who manage to turn 4 “mini” burgers into the caloric equivalent of 7 Dunkin’ Donuts Sugar Donuts.

17. Worst Kids’ Meal

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Uno Chicago Grill Kids Kombo with French Fries

1,270 calories – 79 g fat (11.5 g saturated) – 2,850 mg sodium

For food marketers, the color of money isn’t green—it’s beige. Any parent knows that most foods kids clamor for, from fries to white bread to chicken nuggets, come in beige. It’s also a marker of cheap, calorie-rich, nutritionally bankrupt foodstuffs. So when you see this monochromatic cluster of cheese sticks, dinosaur-shaped chicken and fried potatoes, you know your kid’s in trouble. Make it a rule when eating out: All dishes must come with at least two colors (and ketchup doesn’t count).

18. Worst Vegetarian Sub

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Blimpie Special Vegetarian Sub (12″)

1,186 calories – 60 g fat (19 g saturated) – 3,532 mg sodium – 131 g carbs

“Vegetarian” doesn’t automatically translate to “healthy.” Sure, this sandwich has vegetables, but it also has 3 different kinds of cheese and a deluge of oil tucked into a hulking 12” roll. No wonder it contains more than half a day’s worth of calories and a cascade of carbs. For a truly healthy pile of vegetables, try the garden salad. If a sandwich is the only thing that will do, you’ll have to settle for the small VeggieMax, still far from a model of meatless eating.

19. Worst Frozen Meal

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Stouffer’s White Meat Chicken Pot Pie

1,160 calories – 66 g fat (26 g saturated) – 1,780 mg sodium

The potpie is one of the world’s worst dietary inventions to begin with, and the damage is all the more extreme when the pie seems as big as a child’s head. Stouffer’s tries to get away with it by falling back on the serving-size sleight of hand; that is, to list as 2 servings what every person with a fork will consume as 1. Nobody splits potpies, and eating this whole thing will fill your belly with more saturated fat than you should eat in an entire day.

20. Worst Mall Treat

20 worst mall treat Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Cinnabon Regular Caramel Pecanbun

1,110 calories – 56 g fat (10 g saturated, 5 g trans) – 151 g carbs – 47 g sugars

Cinnabon and malls are inseparable. Consider it a symbiotic relationship: Researchers have found that men are turned on by the smell of cinnamon rolls, and further studies have shown that men are more likely to spend money when they’re thinking about sex. But just because Cinnabon might be good for Gap doesn’t mean it’s at all good for you. This dangerously bloated bun contains nearly an entire day’s worth of fat and more than half of your daily allotment of calories. (For those keeping score, that’s as much as you’ll find in 8 White Castle hamburgers.)

21. Worst Breakfast For Your Blood Pressure

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Arby’s Sausage Gravy Biscuit

1,040 calories – 60 g fat (22 g saturated, 2 g trans) – 4,699 mg sodium

This is absolutely one of the worst ways you could start your day. Make a date with this and you’ll have consumed 2 full days’ worth of sodium before the noon hour. The key to maintaining a reasonable blood pressure for most folks is to take in at least the equivalent amount of sodium and potassium throughout your day. (A 1:1 ratio is seen as ideal.) The problem with this biscuit is that you’re consuming a heart-stopping level of sodium and almost no potassium. Throw in an abundance of calories and trans fat and you may have been better off sleeping in.

22. Worst Adult Beverage

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Red Lobster Traditional Lobsterita

890 calories 183 g carbs

Lobsterita means a lobster tank-sized glass filled with booze and high-fructose corn syrup. You’d have to drink 4 regular on-the-rocks margaritas to outdo the massive caloric load. Pair that with a dinner and you might be pushing a full day’s calories in one meal. If you want to get drunk, take a shot. If you want to enjoy a cocktail, make sure it doesn’t start with a bottle of mix—your body and your taste buds will thank you.

23. Worst Frozen Breakfast

23 worst frozen breakfast Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Bowl

710 calories – 31 g fat (11 g saturated) – 890 mg sodium – 34 g sugars

A disastrous trifecta of refined carbs from the pancakes, saturated fat from the sausage, and added sugar from the syrup. Jimmy’s got his name attached to more than a few solid breakfast choices, so find one less than 400 calories immediately and make the switch. Hint: Look to the breakfast sandwiches and the D-Lights line.

24. Worst Frozen Pizza

24 worst frozen pizza Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

DiGiorno for One Supreme pizza with Garlic Bread Crust

840 calories 44 g fat (16 g saturated, 3.5 g trans) 1,450 mg sodium

Regardless of the crust you choose, DiGiorno’s For One line is dominated by nutritional duds. The bloated crust and the greasy toppings will saddle you with 60 percent of your day’s sodium, 80 percent of your day’s saturated fat, and nearly twice the amount of trans fat you should take in daily. Hands off!

25. Worst Side Dish For Your Arteries

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Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges

760 calories – 52 g fat (16 g saturated, 13 g trans) – 960 mg sodium

It’s no surprise this side dish is bursting with fat and calories—it’s a plate of fried potatoes topped with bacon and melted cheese. The Jack in the Box menu is so thoroughly swaddled in trans fats that they truly have earned the bottom slot on our list of the trans-fattiest foods in America—not to mention, the title of Trans-Fattiest Restaurant in America. The good news is that not all of Jack’s items are filled with the bad stuff—a smarter appetizer or side dish would be the Grilled Chicken Pita Snack.

26. Worst Supermarket Kids’ Lunch

26 worst kids sup lunch Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Combo Lunchables

680 calories – 22 g fat (9 g saturated) – 1,440 mg sodium – 61 g sugars

The Maxed Out line is the worst of the lackluster Lunchables, with a back label that reads like a chemistry textbook. By cramming dessert and a superweet drink into the box, Oscar manages to saddle this already-troubled package with more added sugar than your child should take in all day. This meal has the sugar equivalent of 10 Dunkin’ Donuts jelly-filled doughnuts!

27. Worst Gas Station Treat

27 worst gas station treat Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie

520 calories – 24 g fat (14 g saturated, 1.5 g trans) – 45 g sugars

This is the type of snack you pick up at a gas station in a pinch and feel vaguely guilty about, not knowing that you just managed to ingest nearly three-quarters of a day’s worth of saturated fat before your tank finishing filling up. And considering these little packages of doom cost a buck or less across the country, the pudding pie qualifies as one of the cheapest sources of empty calories in America.

28. Worst Supermarket Drink

28 worst sup drink Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Sobe Pina Colada Liz Blizz (20 oz bottle)

325 calories – 0 g fat – 78 g sugars

Don’t be fooled by the natural motifs that adorn Sobe’s bottles. It has more sugar than you’ll find in two Snickers bars! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Don’t buy products with cartoon animals on the front.

29. Worst Snack For Your Arteries

29 worst snack Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Pop Secret Kettle Corn (1/3 bag)

180 calories – 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated, 5 g trans) – 150 mg sodium

The only “secret” here is that the company has no qualms about trans fat. Eat an entire bag of this kettle corn, and you’ll consume 15 grams of the artery-clogging junk—that’s more than 7 times your recommended daily limit. Choose Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter for fewer calories and no trans fat.

30. Worst Canned Fruit

30 worst canned fruit Top 30 Worst Foods in America(Beware)

Del Monte Peach Chunks Yellow Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup

100 calories – 23 g sugars

Peaches themselves aren’t bona fide junk food; they are, after all, still fruit. But why manufacturers feel the need to can, packaged, and bottle nature’s candy with excess sugar is a question we will never stop asking. In this case, the viscous sugar solution clings to the fruit like syrup to a pancake, soaking every bite with utterly unnecessary calories. Looking for cheap sources of fruit to have on hand at any time? Opt for the frozen stuff—it’s picked at the height of season and flash frozen on the spot, keeping costs low and nutrients high.

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Weight Loss Tips For Women In Their 20′s

Are you struggling to lose weight?  Well, if you’re like most women that I know in their 20’s you are probably not really struggling with weight but more likely struggling with body composition.

What do I mean by that?  Basically is your body made up of more fat or is it made up of more muscle?

I know how it is when you’re in your early or even late 20’s, you have that “college” look where you probably ate a little too much of3312543 f4961 300x287 Weight Loss Tips For Women In Their 20s the buffet style cafeteria food, late night pizza and of course the booze.

You might be still going out a little too much and you can definitely see a little bit of an alcohol bloat going on.

Being in your 20’s you’re at your most optimal metabolic range, meaning that you can burn tons of calories really easily with the right workout and nutrition plan.

Metabolism is the amount of calories that your body burns at rest, and you want that to be really high because most likely you’re only going to be working out for about an hour per day (anything more than that is a waste of time anyway!)…

So, check this out…  here’s the best way to melt away fat and get that optimal body in your 20’s: train like an athlete.

Just hear me out with this…. training like an athlete is not as intimidating as it sounds.  Basically, you want to get your body rocking like it’s supposed to do anyway.  Forget the machines, elliptical trainer and little pink weights.

Weight Loss Tips For Women In Their 20?s…

Instead, you want to push your body to the limit (in a safe manner) using your own body weight, free weights and even some cool toys if you have access to them.  You want your body to move as a unit and use all the major muscles at once to develop strength and stamina while developing a toned, tight and lean body faster than you ever imagined.

Top Weight Loss Tips for Women in their 20’s… Try These Exercises On For Size (less size, that is):

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2. Walking Lunges

3. Squats (front or back squats)

4. Kettlebell Training (swings, cleans, snatches, Turkish Get-Ups)

5. The Prowler

6. Slide Board

7. Battling Ropes

8. Chin Ups

9. Push Ups

10. Hill Sprints

11. Jump Rope

Performing exercises like the ones above will help you burn a ton of calories and sculpt your body fast.  Just follow these ultimate weight loss tips if you’re in your 20’s and you’ll see incredible changes.  Plus, if you combine them with a healthy nutrition plan, then you can even go out for a few drinks every now and then and not ruin your progress.

I’ll have lots more weight loss tips for women coming your way soon — don’t change that channel…

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Best Weight Loss Tips For Women Over 40

You hit 40, your body starts to sag, your metabolism is in the tank, you are sluggish and tired, you hate shopping for new clothes because you just cringe when you look in the mirror and you feel like your body will never look great again.

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Well, I’m here to tell you that hitting 40 and everything going downhill is a total MYTH.  If you sit around and do nothing and blame it on a slowing metabolism and your age then yeah, you’re going to put on weight.

But, if you crank up your routine and clean up your diet then there’s no reason that your body can’t rival that of a 20 year old.

I know tons of women in their 40’s who look better than some younger girls in their 20’s.  The one thing that I’ve realized is that women in their 40’s often put a really serious effort into their bodies when they make that commitment.

Some still just let age and excuses take over, but if you really want to be an action taker and achieve amazing success then check this out…

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My top weight loss tips for women over 40….

1. You must strength train.  This doesn’t mean you have to pump iron like a bodybuilder dude, but use your body weight, a medicine ball, a kettlebell, dumbbells or barbells.  I’m not talking about lifting 3 pound weights for 50 reps and then doing 100 crunches.

Your strength training regimen should include movements like: walking lunges, squats, push ups, kettlebell swings, chin ups, various plank movements and medicine ball slams and rotations.

2. Don’t worry about the number on the scale.  Instead, focus on your body composition.  Many women are slaves to the scale, but that doesn’t tell you anything about how much lean muscle or fat your body is holding.

Have a qualified professional measure your body fat percentage and also focus on the body measurements such as your hips, waist, thighs and arms.  This will help you track your progress and keep you motivated.

3. Avoid steady state cardio.  Perform interval training to help boost your metabolism, burn more calories and rev up the intensity of your workouts.  You’ll improve your fitness much faster and avoid boredom and burnout with this method.  Your workouts can be much shorter and higher in intensity.

4. Eat 5-6 small meals and snacks per day.  Many people think that losing weight equals eating less.  It’s actually about eating more of the good kinds of food.  Eating too little can actually cause you to plateau or even gain weight over the long run.

Focus your diet plan on lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, nuts and some whole grains.  Eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day.

Weight loss for women over 40 is not a lost cause, you just need to put in a little more effort and focus on strength training, healthy eating and interval cardio training.  I’ll have more fat loss tips for women over 40 (and under) in the coming posts… so bookmark AndreThomasFitness and stop back daily.

Fat, Blind or Infected (which would you prefer)?

Note:  There is some profanity later in this article. In some instances profanity is called for.  This is one of them.  If you are offended please send an email to idontcare@whogivesashit.com

Thankfully, this is not a real life choice that needs to be made.  It is however one of several hypothetical questions posed to women recently by researchers at Arizona State University.  But before I get into it…

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a male.  A man.  A guy.  For better or worse I am a dude.  While it is true I was a “fat” dude for much of my life and thus have some special insights into the inner plight of the overweight / fat person, one thing I have never been is female.

400597610 tp thumb Fat, Blind or Infected (which would you prefer)?Sure, I have been teased for being fat.  Sure I have felt the horrible embarrassment of having to buy 40” 501’s jeans when all my friends were in 28” & 30”s.  (Especially since those damn 501’s put the measurements on the OUTSIDE of the jeans……. Assholes.  But I digress…)

The point is I know what it is to be “fat”.  But I do not know what it is to be a “fat” women. (I put fat in quotes because what is “fat” is a topic of much debate and not the point of this article.)

And we all know that women suffer from intense social pressure to look a certain way, and even someone like me, a one time “fat” dude, will never fully comprehend those pressures.

But this dude is going to write this article anyway. So here we go.

The Question Is…

So the previously mentioned study at ASU asked women an interesting set questions.:

[Women] were asked to choose whether they would rather be obese or have one of 12 socially stigmatized conditions, such as alcoholism or herpes. In many cases, the women would rather have more of the other conditions, with 25.4 percent preferring severe depression and 14.5 percent preferring total blindness over obesity.

That’s right, 25% of women would rather be not only depressed, but SEVERLY depresses than be obese.  That’s Sad.

And over 14% would rather be blind.  That’s insightful.eating 204x300 Fat, Blind or Infected (which would you prefer)?

How many would choose herpes over obesity was not quoted in the abstract but even one would be too many.

This was a detailed study that looked at how obesity is spread socially (they looked to see if obesity was socially “contagious”, a topic for another article perhaps) but these questions are what really caught my eye.

Without a doubt there is a social stigma to being overweight, and certainly to being obese.  And the stigma is certainly amplified for women.

If you are obese you are of course lazy, lack self control and are most likely not intelligent.  Fat, lazy and stupid. Right?

(While obviously that is FAR from the truth, it does not change the fact that that is how many of us are perceived, or even how we perceive ourselves.)

And that is what society says behind doors, and behind backs.  Oh yeah, and before anyone gets too high and mighty (which is generally my job) let ye without sin cast the first stone.

The problem as I see it is that we care.  I mean we care what society says.  And we care too much.  So much so that we would rather be blind, depressed or infected with a non-curable STD than be fat.  I mean really? Herpes?

Time to Honey Badger Up

It is time we took a lesson from the Honey Badger.  According to the 2002 edition of the Guinness Book of Records Honey Badgers are the “most fearless animal in the world” .  And one of it’s most admirable traits:  It doesn’t give a shit.

That’s right.  This badass mother doesn’t give a shit.   Watch this video to get the full weight of that statement.

So here is what you can take from this:  The honey badger might get stung, might get it’s food stolen hell it even gets bitten by a cobra.  Does it head back to it’s hole in the ground and give up?    HELL NO!

It gets up and eats that damn cobra for breakfast.

In the United States an estimated 11 million people suffer from eating disorders, 10 million of whom are women and 1 million are men.  And whether you are a man or a woman it all starts (and ends) in the head.

That is one of the biggest obstacles we consistently overcome in working with our clients: Knocking down and completely destroying the mental barriers we all put in front of ourselves.  We go Honey Badger at Fearless F.I.T.T & F.I.T.T. Body BootCamp!

Training and body transformationTransBig 300x161 Fat, Blind or Infected (which would you prefer)? is more psychological than physiological. That is just a fact.  I cannot “out train” a head that is not screwed on right. So Honey Badger up, playa!

I mean who’s opinion is really important to you?  That should be a VERY short list.

Maybe even a list of one.  (Who’s the one? Figure it out.)

Once you get your head on straight you will be unstoppable.  Truly unstoppable.

Blind, fat, infected – it don’t make any difference to the Honey Badger.  Honey Badger don’t give a shit.

And neither should you, you Honey Badger.

Is This Helping or Hurting Obese Kids?

childhood obesity thumb Is This Helping or Hurting Obese Kids?I was a fat kid.  I was probably technically obese, but that term was not used back then.  “Husky” and “big boned” were. And oh boy was I husky, and I had the jeans from Sears to prove it.

At the age of 8 I weighed in at 100 pounds even.  I will probably go into detail about my childhood weight issues at some point but suffice it to say childhood obesity is something I take very seriously.

Some folks in Georgia are taking it seriously too.  Based on recent data Georgia has the 2nd highest childhood obesity rates in the nation.  In fact data shows that childhood obesity has increased 300% in the last 30 years, and sadly most parents are in complete denial about their kids’ health.

So in Georgia ads are now being shown to raise the awareness regarding the rising obesity issue that face our kids today.

Below you will see some of these ads and I have been told this is “Phase 1” of their campaign.

My question to you:  Is this helping our kids or hurting them? I really want to know what you think before I chime in with my position, so PLEASE COMMENT BELOW and let me know what you think…

Mothers Day Giveaway!

A little token of my appreciation!

I’m also giving away a free month of F.I.T.T. Body BootCamp to the first person who can accurately identify how many times I said “umm” in this video! (geesh, I need to work on that).

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wii Fit? Eeeh!

I have gotten asked by some what I think about the Wii Fit and the effectiveness of the workouts.  I do think they are better than other video games in which a person sits on their ass the whole game and I also think something is better than nothing, but I don’t consider it much of a workout at all!  I have seen this video I am about to show you a few times and think it’s a perfect response to the question about Wii Fit (sarcastically, of course)!

Tell me what you think in the comment box below!

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Get your mind right

Get your mind right!

To lose fat, build muscle, get a lean body or accomplish any other goals (including non-fitness related goals), it all starts with one simple component that’s almost always overlooked – developing the proper mindset.  To be frank (even though I’m Dre…), the average person is so self-sabotaging it’s not even funny.  The tricky thing is that most people will never discover just how limiting their own thoughts truly are.

Get a Lean Body Mindset Get your mind right

If you don’t know what’s wrong, it’s kinda hard to fix it, right?  If you’re having troubles achieving your ideal body, most often times it has nothing to do with you selecting the wrong workout or diet plan and everything to do with you not having the correct mindset.  So if you’re dying to get a lean body and wondering why you’re not getting anywhere, I encourage you to start spending some time on that big brain of yours.

Whether it’s reading just ten to fifteen minutes a day of an uplifting book or watching a motivational video or speech…or just spending more time around positive, successful people and less time around negative, energy-zapping complainers…you’ll begin to notice almost immediate changes in your thought process.

This is BIG, because once you start to think differently, you start to act differently.  And guess what happens when you start acting differently – you got it, you start to see different (better) results.

If you’re tired of carrying excess body fat and really want to sculpt a hard body that belongs on the beach in as skimpy of a swimsuit as possible (can I get an eww-wee?), then sure, you need to start doing things differently.  The problem is that most people skip the most crucial step of reprogramming their thoughts and jump right into switching things up (e.g. starting a new cardio workout or some extreme diet), but without changing their outlook.

This leads to a temporary improvement (at best) with an end result that’s always going to be the same…because in the end, your mind is going to direct your behavior to match your thoughts, beliefs and whatever negative crap you’re absorbing from the environment around you.

I’m going to make it easy for you to complete your “mindset homework” I assigned you, by posting some highly motivating blog posts from time to time, so that you start to open yourself up to new ideas, better ways of thinking and greater opportunities.  Here’s one from the ultra successful actor Will Smith.  Will gets it!  Start thinking like the former Fresh Prince and you’ll get a lean body, make more money or accomplish any other goal you may have.

I loved how Will says we generally make things more complex than they really are.  Everyone wants to find that special secret.  Nobody thinks it really can be that easy.  This really holds true in fat loss and changing your body.

And that analogy he gave about not being afraid to die on the treadmill was straight fire.  Whether you want the best body, the biggest bonus or whatever else, you’ve simply got to be willing to outwork everyone else.  The average person is just too damn willing to step off that treadmill and accept defeat.

Now if you watched this video and thought it was dumb and are wondering what it has to do with you getting a lean body, then you’re probably one of the people that needs a change in mindset the most.  Successful people think differently than everyone else – they think better.

Like Will Smith says, it pays to be irrational and unrealistic when you’re thinking about your life goals…because if you’re thinking realistically, you’re going to act realistically, and if you act realistically, you’re going to end up with very mediocre (average) results.

If you train with us at Fearless F.I.T.T. or F.I.T.T. Body BootCamp, then you know we don’t do realistic. We’re not trying to get the people that workout with us realistic results!  I’m shooting for unrealistic and exceptional results.  If you’ve considered training with us, then understand that fact also! We go for it!  No excuses!  My clients know I have a hard time with hearing “i can’t”.  Hopefully that rubs off and we all stop using it! Just writing this is getting me excited about this weeks workouts!


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9 Tips: Plan For Your New Year’s Resolution TODAY!

ppc seo resolutions 9 Tips: Plan For Your New Years Resolution TODAY!2010 is coming to a close and I’m laying here writing out my three resolutions for 2011!  It’s been an incredible year for me and Fearless F.I.T.T.! Without going into detail, I have some of the most incredible people in the world surrounding me day in and day out, this includes trainers, staff at Mike’s Fitness and the most kick ass individuals that we have the opportunity to train.  You guys truly make what I do nothing like work and everything like play. I only hope I and the rest of the team are serving you well and if we aren’t you let me know!

This resolution thing can be tricky!  Here’s some advice that was given to me a while a go that has certainly served me well!  Hopefully it does the same for you.

With a staff of top notch trainer, Fearless F.I.T.T. is ready to help you with any of these fitness resolutions that get added to that list!  Just give us a call!

Here are a few tips for doing just that:

1. Decide on your resolution.

There are probably a number of things that you’d like to change in the New Year. Maybe you’d like to lose some weight, build muscle mass or run a marathon. Start by writing out or thinking up a list of resolution contenders – and then narrow things down to just one resolution; don’t overload yourself – achieving just one resolution is challenging enough!

2. Ensure that your resolution is SMART.

Smart stands for specific, measurable, attainable (but not too attainable!), relevant and timely. Instead of saying that you’d like to lose weight, a SMART resolution is that you want to lose 15 lbs by April 1.

3. Write your resolution down.

Put it to paper. Write it in the comments to this post. Jot it on a post-it note. Writing your resolution makes it real.

4. Visualize yourself achieving your resolution.

Close your eyes and see yourself accomplishing your resolution. Feel it with every cell of your body.

5. Articulate why your resolution is so important.

Why do you want this? How will it change or improve the quality of your life? All of these things can fuel your motivation.

6. Take the first steps TODAY.

January 1 is right around the corner – what steps can you take today to pave the road for the new year? If your goal requires joining a gym, then get the membership today. If you want to lose weight, educate yourself about the best ways and healthiest ways to do that. Set yourself up for success by doing the groundwork now.

7. Focus on the change.

a New Year’s resolution is about the result – but it makes a lot more sense to focus on the change. The result may be losing 15 lbs by April 1, but the change that is required is paramount. Know and anticipate which changes you’ll need to make (and how you’ll introduce them) to get the results you want.

8. Build a network of support.

You can do it alone – or you can lean on a network of support. Enlist the help of friends, support groups or virtual communities.

9. Plan for the hiccups.

If your New Year’s resolution necessitates you exercising regularly, anticipate your backup plan for if and when you fall off the horse. Maybe you catch the flu and miss a week of exercise, or go off on a long business trip. These obstacles can be resolution killers – so plan for them. Know that getting back on track is always an option.

By planning ahead today, you can position yourself well for January 1. And by positioning yourself well for January 1, you’re more likely to achieve your resolution.

Start today by writing your SMART resolution in the comments below.

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