Weight loss is a very simple concept, and yet many people I meet already know what they need to do to achieve it. However, for seemingly various reasons, many don’t seem to be able to stay on track with their weight loss routine for too long. I believe they fail because they weren't ready to do what it takes in the first place.
Today I’m sitting outside in my hammock, drinking my second cup of coffee for the day, and reading my Precision Nutrition coaching lesson for the day. It’s a rare cool April day in Arizona and I’m going to enjoy sitting outside as long as possible. Annie is providing me some much needed laughter by jumping in the pool and then running around in the dirt.
I remember when I first started eating "healthy". I'm using quotes because I think this word gets misused a lot. I would fall for all the advertising buzzwords like low-fat, healthy, fat free, natural, etc until I started paying attention to the labels. It was then that I realized that what I thought or better yet, what I was sold on as being healthy wasn't really healthy at all.
How much do you really know about the foods that you eat? The reality is that there are many foods out there sold under the premise of being ‘healthy’, but guess what? Not everything is always what it seems.
The simple act of putting together a meal doesn’t sound like it should be complex, but in reality you probably feel like it's not easy...almost like it's rocket science, right? There are so many different fad diets and eating plans in existence that things have become a tad confusing; and it’s difficult to know where to start. Some people demonize certain food groups - often the same food groups that others love. As a result of all this confusion, it can be tough to know exactly how to put together a genuinely beneficial meal.
As enjoyable as fitness can be (and it should be enjoyable), the simple truth is that the goal is also important. And while you should enjoy the process, almost everyone who trains wants to see their body change as a result of their efforts.
Everyone is all about the booty these days and it seems the trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon like other fitness manias, so we might as well look into it a little deeper right? Besides I think we can all agree that there is nothing wrong with wanting a nice peach. Ladies I know you are nodding your head in agreement.
Fat loss. These two words are on most people’s lips at all times in the fitness industry. It’s likely a lot of you reading this right now are dying to lose some body fat and become leaner. You’ve probably already tried loads of quick tips here and there, but they just don’t seem to work. I'm right aren't I?
The term “coconut shoulders” is used to describe the appearance of two key muscles in the upper body: the trapezius and deltoids. I first heard it from my competition coach. The phrase earns its name from the appearance of these muscles when they are worked hard regularly; they begin to round and bulge, and take on an appearance that brings to mind coconuts underneath the skin. It’s a much wanted look that shows off your upper body strength - but it’s also incredibly hard to attain.
Welcome to Feature Friday, where I will introduce you to some of my amazing sisters in fitness. If you missed my first few posts in the series, just click on the Feature Friday category to the right to see all of the amazing women I have featured. The ladies featured in this series rise above the fitness industry BS of quick fixes, detoxes, cleanses and/or working out for hours every week in order to achieve results. I am confident that you will find them encouraging and inspirational to your fitness journey.
Today I'm honored to introduce you to Amy Vandeputte of Fast Forward Amy. Amy was inspired to become a coach after learning so much through her own weight loss & health journey and saw other people struggling with the same things she used to struggle with. She thought it would be a shame not to help them with the things she had learned! This way she could help them reach success faster, and they wouldn't have to read all the books and courses she had taken.
Happy New Year! I hope your last day of 2017 and celebrations into 2018 were amazing!
And so, the holiday season is over for another 11 months. They were great while they lasted but all of that extra food you ate is now starting to take its toll on you. Busted can of biscuits anyone?
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.