Weight Loss Takes Time

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We’re in the heat of the summer, and realistically it’s time to start thinking about weight loss for the Holidays. It takes time to divest one’s self of the extra pounds that gather around the middle of our bodies, or to gain physical fitness.

Looking to lose a clothing size or two?

Want to keep it off?

It takes some time to accomplish these goals. It requires re-learning how to eat, and nurture your body. These habits take time to become part of your lifestyle. Being a healthy weight and maintaining it requires changes in your life.

It’s easy to lose 10 pounds. It’s easier to gain 10 pounds. How many “10 pound” increments do we gain before we decide to change? One day, we wake up and realize we gained 50, 100, or 200 pounds. It can be depressing and overwhelming.

So, want to lose weight for the Holidays? Want to give yourself the best present ever?

Then, now is the time to start on your journey!

I am coaching a Shakeology Challenge the week after Labor Day. It’s free to join the group. The Shakeology cost depends on how much you purchase. Sample packets are $35 + shipping. A month supply costs $97 + shipping for coaches, and a little more for non-coaches.

The question is. . .Are you ready for a lifestyle change that will help you increase your wellness, self-esteem, and fitness level? Are you ready for your clothes to fit better?

Contact me either here, through Facebook, or send me an email (karen@fitbodyadventure.com).

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Keeping the Weight Off

 

Whether easy or not, it can be challenging to keep your weight loss from creeping back! It is an issue for all who have experienced the extra pounds of fat stores clinging to their body. I am not an exception either.

It is important to know why the extra pounds accumulated on our bodies to begin with. It could be an injury, unresolved issues, medication side effects, or health issues. These are the biggest contributing factors.

So, how do we keep the weight off?

We change how we view ourselves, our past, our medical issues, and the medication we take. We change our attitude about food, and our relationship with it. We think about and make conscious choices about the food, drink, and medications put into our bodies. In short, we become aware of our lives.

Food intake is the biggest thing we have control over. With all the current research on food, pesticides, and nutrition, we have the tools to make healthy food choices. With a change in our relationship with food, it becomes easier to choose a healthy snack or meal. Our bodies start to crave fresh, raw foods, instead of processed food products.

Does this mean that some foods are no-nos?

That is a choice that each individual makes. I choose organic, because I’m allergic to pesticides. I do this to feel better, and live a healthier life. It is for myself, and benefits my family. Each person has the power to make these choices to fit their individual lifestyle.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Make a list of the foods currently included in your diet. Look at the ingredients that make each of these foods. Decide if you want to put these ingredients into your body. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Tips for Self Care

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Self care is the foundation of fitness and wellness. Both are part of self care.

Some tip ideas. . .

  1. Take 5+ minutes a day to still your mind.
  2. Walk a little further each day.
  3. Turn off the television by 9 pm.
  4. Go to the park.
  5. Eat less Fast Food.
  6. Decrease sugar intake.
  7. Replace food with a walk or meditation to cope with stress.
  8. Get enough sleep (6 to 8 hours per night).

Challenge for those who accept. . .Try one or more of the items listed above, and notice the small changes in your life. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

All or Nothing?

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Often, we approach changing with absolutes. There is nothing in the world that is truly black and white, except in the world of art.

Do you want to change? Lose weight? Eat better? Get in shape? Something else. . .

Extra weight seems to be one of the biggest changes most people wish to make in their lives. The hardest part is the time and effort it takes to lose the weight. At some point, it may even seem like a futile undertaking.

The biggest question to ask is how long did it take to gain all this extra weight?

The next question needs to be what am I willing to do to lose the extra weight?

The thing to remember is that the extra weight is fat stores. Fat stores are unused calories that were consumed, not burned through activity, and turned into storage as fat to be used another day. Each pound of fat contains 3500 calories of fuel for the body to burn through activities.

So, weight loss is a total lifestyle change. It requires good nutrition, proper amount of caloric intake, physical activity (walking, fitness program, gardening, etc.), and belief.

Are you ready to commit to your health and well being?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Dietary Changes for the New Year

copyright Karen UlvestadI believe that our over-all wellness and health are directly connected to what we eat. Our bodies require certain nutrients to be healthy, and it is easy in the modern world to lose sight of this. We are busy, and we trust the food in the grocery store to be good for us. That is not necessarily true.

It’s time that all of us start reading the labels of the food we purchase. A simple rule is not to consume an ingredient that cannot be pronounced or a chemical.

I would suggest cutting out all artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate.

Natural sweeteners would be cane sugar and stevia. The listing of sugar is usually GMO Sugar Beets. Cane sugar is simply cane sugar (and non-GMO). Stevia comes from a leaf of a naturally occurring plant. It can be grown in the garden outside, and wintered inside in colder climates. The leaves can be eaten right off the plant.

One good reason to stop consuming artificial sweeteners is simply because they make the body feel hungry. This contributes to eating more food, thus contributing to obesity. Diet foods that contain these ingredients set-up consumers to ultimately fail at weight-loss.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a chemical flavor enhancer added to food, and there are scientific indications it could contribute to developing major health issues. Allergies to this chemical can show themselves as migraine headaches, joint pain, and other symptoms. It is used in many processed foods, and is synthetically made. In its natural form, it poses little problems for the body occurring in some fruits and vegetables.

The hard part about this change is three issues. First, most non-organic processed foods contain these ingredients, especially diet soda. Second, these ingredients are in over-the-counter medications. Third, these additives go by many different names on the ingredient list. Hence the idea not to consume any ingredient that is difficult to pronounce or a chemical.

Change takes time, but small changes can make huge improves your life.

Eating Healthy on the Go

copyright Karen UlvestadOur lives are lived at a fast pace, and destinations are dictated by time. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of buying food on the go, and it becomes “the quicker the better”. Often, these fast food choices lead to excessive weight gain, contribute to health issues, and lack the nutrition our bodies’ need.

So, how do we avoid the pit-fall of a fast food restaurant? Especially with hungry children in the car. . .

The biggest thing is to bring healthy snacks, such as organic string cheese, fruit, or vegetables. For quick and easy, I choose organic granola bars or breakfast bars. These ideas work for children or adults.

The reason I mention organic foods is simply they are not treated with toxic chemicals, retain more nutrients, and taste better. It’s also the best way to avoid GMO food products.