Friday, January 29, 2010

Why do you need to supplement

Here is a great video to watch about why we need more calories sometimes and why we need to supplement. Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Get a head start with great Breakfast Nutrition

Today I would like to talk to you about Breakfast. Do you eat it? Sometimes, or are you in a rush? Maybe you are dealing with nausea in the morning and can't eat right away. I have heard that too.
I have heard this many times before: "Dani, I can't eat in the morning, I don't have time".

My comeback to that is this. What is important to you? Are you tired of being tired and over weight, even if your not overweight are you looking for something to wake you up and end up putting tons of sugar in coffee? Maybe you just eat later in the day and think that is OK, because your trying to watch the calories. Eat breakfast, even if it is hard, just do it. Before you know it your body will wake up wanting food right away.
I heard this just today, from two women at the gym. They just finished taking a Turbo Kick class and one of them was going to stay and do the step class as well. She said she has maintained the same weight for a while and is hopeful that doing more will help. The other one said that she has felt like that for years.

So, I jump in with this now, to say. Are you feeding your body what it needs to keep the metabolism up and running? I hope so. I have posted things about that in the past, today lets look at breakfast.

I know that when you start your day off with a great Breakfast, it is going to help you the rest of the day.
Here are some great tips that I have used over the years to help you get in your breakfast. Some great tips from Tosca Reno's book Eat Clean too.

The night before prepare some hard boiled eggs, so when you get up you can start off with one or two. Have this with some Oatmeal and your going good so far.
OK, if you travel, have a container ready to go with dry oatmeal, some flax seed, bee pollen, and how about some protein powder in there. when you get to where your going just add a cup of hot water, mix and enjoy.
I also tell people to bring snacks into there car. Like P90X Protein bars, bags of nuts and granola. Things that will keep you out of the drive through window lane. A shake in the morning works really well for a lot of people, I personally like my shake later in the day. But, My good friend Kristina Sullins loves hers for breakfast everyday, go girl. My shakeology is best for me at lunch time! Love it!
Take some time to get your breakfast choices ready the night before so when you wake up it is there waiting for you. Even get the coffee pot ready if you drink coffee. I know I do!
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Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Transformation Story

Check out this amazing story: This is one of the reasons why being a Coach means so much to me. I hope you find something in this that reaches you. Contact me with any questions.

My older sister told me about this program that helped her and my aunt lose weight, and they enjoyed it. Now, for one, I'm skeptical by nature. For two, I have tried many programs that range from the cabbage soup diet to the ten-pounds-in-two-days diet and from the ab rolly thingy to the ab springy thingy. Lastly, neither my sister nor aunt was remotely as large as I was. One thing that helped was how enthusiastic she was that it would work for me. She even got our younger sister to join. The next thing I knew she wanted to take before pictures and measurements. "What if the program doesn't work?" I remember thinking. I did not want measurements written down cause I thought the next time I checked, will probably be bigger anyway. As for the pictures, I would not even take off my shirt because I was too embarrassed of myself. Even in front of my own family.

"Welcome to Power 90, I'm Tony Horton." This program changes lives? Will see how day one goes. Right off the bat Tony was moving. I was already behind and struggling to catch up. Tony and the crew lifted their knees, so I lifted mine. I kept up until I had to fight gravity with jumping jacks. Gravity won the battle big time. Something in the program and in my mind kept me going. By the end of the 35 minutes I looked like I stepped out of a pool and panted like a woman giving birth. But for whatever reason, I felt good. Each day I pushed play. People who saw me sporadically said I looked like I lost a bunch of weight. That motivated me more. Before I knew it I was halfway through the program and I lost 40 pounds! Granted I had about 100 pounds of pure krispy kreme to lose, but it felt great! I was swimming in my clothes. I tried to only buy a few shirts because I knew I would be swimming in those too. I got down to 250 in one year, but then I hit a plateau. So I got Slim in 6. Talk about kick-starting your life again. I had a whole new wave of dedication. For one month straight I did Slim in 6 in the mornings and Power 90 at night. Not to mention my diet was close to impeccable. I was hooked. I then got P90X. Talk about challenging gravity, say hello to Plyometrics. Ab Ripper X, "I hate it, but I love it." This program was the most challenging physical activity I ever even attempted. I got down to 180. Half of me . . . GONE! Luckily, it wasn't my good half.

Things change and they did. I had a surgery which put me on a slow recovery phase. I ate badly and with no exercise, I gained some weight. I got up to about 235. I felt horrible. It was just a short time ago that I was feeling better about life than ever. You know, one of those feelings that can only be felt. I let it slip away and I wanted it back. This time I joined the gym to lose it. Don't get me wrong, the gym is great, but it wasn't for me. I never pushed myself as hard as I did when I pushed play. I jumped back into Power 90 then P90X and I'm down to under 200! I could not be happier at this time of how I have complete control over my diet and my body.

Coming up on year 5, I have managed to lose a total of 160 pounds and at least 25 percent body fat. More importantly I have kept it off and changed my lifestyle. My eating habits and my exercising routine are all designed to help me be a better and healthier me. I have gained an abundance of knowledge. I have learned the sluggish feeling after eating bad whereas in the past those nachos would have been part of my normal diet. I have learned how important exercise is to my health. My friends and family ask me, former 360 pounder, diet and exercise questions. I have learned that it is not people seeing me in a different light now that I am in great shape, but me seeing myself in a better light.

To struggle with a battle your whole life and come out victorious is the greatest feeling anyone could ever experience. I won. Losing weight has obviously benefited my life physically more than I could have ever imagined. Friends from high school don't even recognize me. I now enjoy physical activities such as hiking, basketball, and even pull-ups (except corn-cobs). While going to work, I leave the train station and get pleasure from being the only one to take the stairs. I love my body, but my most valued changes through this are internal. I am making better decisions with my life then I ever did. I have more drive, determination, confidence, enthusiasm, success, and the list goes on, than ever before. There is nothing I cannot do and no one could convince me otherwise. I owe it all to Tony Horton, Debbie Siebers, the entire Beachbody staff, the Team Beachbody community, and my family and friends. Thank you all for making me live and love life.

Tips to a better year of Wellness

As we start this year off, I have already heard so many people talking and asking each other what they can do to be healthy and well this year. This is not just about Wanting or Needing to lose weight. What I am hearing is this- "I need to feel better and have more energy, I want to help my family be healthy, I can't keep going like this I have no money and no job, I feel helpless, how can I keep my hands and mouth away from the tempting foods, If I only had more time I could do what I really want. I don't get respect at my job and it is a daily struggle. I want to be able to reach other people and teach them how to live a healthy life too, how do I do that"?

Do you ever find yourself saying these things or how about thinking them.OK, so I know that is a lot of different things. I have to tell you that it is what is important to you that matters. Let's start off by going through a few things to help you each day. This is a matter of your Mind, Body and Spirit: take a hold of these things and know that you can do it! I little bit everyday! Action cures Fear.

Take time each day to be calm and at peace.
Make sure you are getting a good night sleep and are taking in a good amount of flax seed meal and omega 3's each day.
Prepare your day with a do to list and every time you check off something take a nice long breath in and out!
Take a bath or shower and put a scripture to memory each day to keep the mind focused on good things.

Eat something that came from the ground everyday, being fresh fruits and veggies. Make sure you are getting them in each day and supplement with Shakeology, it is a great way to get it all in!
Make sure to take your mulit vitamin as well.
Put exercise on your to do list each day, make it fun and something that gets you moving. I turn up the music and can't stand still. or put in my P90X DVD!
Be sure to drink your water! 60% of your Body!

Each day take time to read and or listen to positive information on how to live a wonderful motivated and inspirational life. For me I am in the Bible everyday as well as reading other motivational books like the Magic of Thinking Big, or The Eat Clean Diet Book.
Post some scriptures that are important to you around the house, put them in your purse or wallet and whenever you are in a line waiting or feeling frustrated pull it out and read it.
Take time to pray and focus on time with God.

So, I hope this helps you to get a good start to being well for this year. I want to tell you that if you need any help in these areas please feel free to comment or ask a question for future posts. It is important to surround yourself with others who are focused on wanting more out of life too. I am here for you, if you would like to be part of my Team and reach All your Goals as well as help others, please contact me today. Thanks so much.
Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit,