Your Personal Stimulus Package

The economy is in the news all the time. Stimulus this, stimulus that…Spending millions, billion and trillions…

Well I want to stimulate something else…your mind.

Despite the financial “crisis” that is going on now, we still realize the importance of investing our money for the future.

Successful investors are consistent – riding out the daily fluctuations and adding to their accounts on a regular basis. They understand that nothing is gained by sitting on the sidelines, but by wisely and consistently adding to their investment. Great fortunes were and still are made this way.

It is no different with the investment you make in your health. The correct action consistently applied is the key to your health as much (if not more) than your wealth.

Sure there are going to be ups and downs. Nobody is at the top of their game all the time.

But you are just kidding yourself if you think that you can miss workouts, eat junk half the time, and stay up until midnight watching the idiot box and reach your goals.

Why do you expect something for nothing?

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I want you to think about why you train, why you exercise, and if you are in this category – why you come to bootcamp.

Isn’t taking action investing in the future of your health?

After all, what difference does it make how much money you have if you aren’t healthy enough, or even around, to enjoy it?

Look, getting old isn’t for sissies.

You have a couple choices – you can sit on your butt and let your body waste away, or you can start fighting back now so you have a solid foundation for great health when you get into your 60’s, 70’s and beyond.

I am at the age where you really start to realize how short and fragile life is. It seems not a day goes by when my friends and peers are telling me that one of their loved ones is sick, or in the hospital.

You know what’s sad?

Many of the reasons they are sick are behavior related, like diabetes and heart disease, which in most cases could have been prevented with diet and exercise.

It’s just stupid!

Let me tell you about Dan.

We had an absolute butt kicking training session last Friday. Very challenging. And I watched a 52 year old man (Dan) smoke the rest of his class – who were up to 35 years his junior.

It got me to thinking – Dan has been training with us since May of 2008, and besides a week of vacation he took with his family, has missed maybe two sessions. He has made great strides in his nutrition habits, works hard every time he shows up, and has lost a boatload of weight.

In short  – He Makes It Happen!

Dan is doing what it takes now to increase his chances for lifelong health.

It’s not just about living long, but living well.

So what about you?

Are you going to let life pass you by?

Are you going to wake up another 10 years older and still be the same person you are today?

Are you going to be lying in that hospital bed kicking yourself because you know it didn’t have to be this way?

Are you going to finally stop making excuses and do what it takes to show up every day?

Some of you will, but many will not.

Will this be the day that you once and for all determine that you will do what it takes?

Time Will Tell…

It Always Does…

Now Make It Happen!

Dean

6 Pack 6 Week 2 – We Have A Winner!

I congratulate all of you who turned in a score sheet this week. Keep up the good work.

As you know last week we had a tie at the top, so we rolled the points over into this week. We added up the point totals for the first two weeks – and we have our first winner!

Congratulation to Chrissy Schultz, who will receive a check for $50! All that hard work paid off – literally!

Next week the points for the weekly prize reset – so keep getting after it and working hard. The habits you are building now can pay off for a lifetime!


Week 2 Top Ten

Lisa A.
72 Points
Karyn M.
72 Points
Chrissy S.
71 Points
Jeanne T.
71 Points
Judy S.
68 Points
Steph G.
67 Points
Donna K.
65 Points
Tammy B.
63 Points
Greg S.
62 Points
Angela D.
62 Points


Overall Top Ten

Chrissy S.
143 Points
Jeanne T.
142 Points
Lisa A.
142 Points
Karyn M.
141 Points
Steph G.
137 Points
Judy S.
136 Points
Greg S.
130 Points
Donna K.
130 Points
Tammy B.
129 Points
Julie D.
127 Points


Now Make It Happen!

The Valentine’s Day “Hot For My Honey” Workout

For most people Valentine’s Day is an excuse to eat chocolate and spend time with your honey. Look, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of chocolate, and I love my honey, but how about mixing it up a little?

Today I am going to introduce the concept of partner training. If you are in our boot camps you know we like to mix it up and train with one or more other people from time to time. Isn’t it about time you introduced your significant other to the joys of training?

There are a ton of benefits to partner training, including:

  • Social Support and Accountability
  • No Equipment Needed
  • Provides a Ton of Variety
  • Breeds Competition and Drives Better Results
  • It’s FUN!

Partner training definitely cranks it up a notch in our boot camps. Pushing and encouraging each other is a great way to kick up the intensity and blast through a plateaus.

So here’s one you can do at home with your honey – They’ll LOVE you for it!

The Valentine’s Day Workout for Couples- Tabata Style Partner Training

This 20-minute total body partner workout will consist of all body weight-based exercises. For each exercise at each outlined station below you will alternate between 20 secionds of work and 10 seconds of rest. Repeat this 30-second sequence eight times for four total minutes followed by a one-minute rest before moving on the the next sequence.

Station#1- Partner Push-up-Row Combo

Partner Push-ups: Hold your partner’s feet from a standing position as they do as many push-ups as they can, then switch roles

Partner Rows: Hold your partner’s hands from a standing position as they do as many body weight rows as they can, then switch roles

Station #2- Partner Resisted Stationary Lunges- Static or Dynamic

Partner Lunges: Drop into a deep lunge position and hold as your partner applies downward force on your shoulders for you to fight against, then switch roles.

Station #3- Partner Resisted Pillar Circuit

Partner Pillars: Get into a pillar position and hold as your partner applies downward force with hands on your ribcage, then switch roles (alternate between front and L/R Side Pillars)

Station #4- Partner Resisted Squats- Static or Dynamic

Partner Squats: Drop into a deep squat position and hold as your partner applies downward force on your shoulders for you to fight against, then switch roles.

Now really, who would want to go to dinner and a movie when you can work up a nice sweat like that?

And there’s always the post-workout hot tub to look forward to!

Get It Done!

Nancy

Why Don’t You Just Quit?

If you want to achieve more, sometimes the best thing to do is ‘quit.’

Quit?

Yes, quit.

Sometimes the easiest way to make things happen in a positive fashion, for example…

  • Feel Like You Did at 20
  • Gain Muscle
  • Eat Healthier
  • Exercise Consistently
  • Look Better
  • Have More Energy
  • Lose Unwanted Ugly Fat

…is to quit doing some of the things that are standing in the way of your progress.

Here are some ideas to get you rolling:

  • What activities can you quit spending time on that produce little value or don’t help you reach your goal?
  • What people that aren’t supportive of you can you spend less time with?
  • What websites can you quit wasting time on?
  • What TV shows can you quit watching?
  • What stresses zap your energy that you can quit worrying about since you can’t change the outcome anyway?

And one that may ruffle your feathers…

What excuses can you quit making?

So instead of quitting the way most people do…they quit thinking big and they quit setting lofty goals…go a different route and quit doing some of the things that are standing in your way.

Quit telling yourself it’s impossible, and start making it happen!

Nancy

6 Pack Six Week 1 Results

What an incredible first week of our 6 Pack 6 transformation contest! As you will see, the competition is tight, but everyone is still in the game!

To everyone who turned in their first week score sheet I congratulate you on a job well done. Even if you didn’t score as high as you wanted, you took a step in the right direction by identifying what you need to work on. Do it better next week!

For those of you (few) who signed up and didn’t turn in your sheet – What’s The Deal? You have everything in your hands you need to get organized and a system specifically designed to get you on the right track and accountable. No excuses – I want to see those sheets next week!

At the end of week 1 we have a tie at the top – the weekly $25 prize will roll over to next week, and everyone is still in it, so keep going strong! Without further adieu, here is the top 10 for Week One.

Week 1 Top Ten

Chrissy S.
72 Points
Evelyn P. 72 Points
Jeanne T. 71 Points
Lisa A. 70 Points
Steph G. 70 Points
Karyn M. 69 Points
Nadia K. 69 Points
Greg S. 68 Points
Judy S. 68 Points
Gretchen W.
67 Points

Now Make It Happen!

Carbs Are Not Evil – Your Carb Reduction Blueprint

We live in a carb obsessed world.

No Carbs

Low Carbs

Good Carbs

Bad Carbs

Red Carbs

Blue Carbs

Ok…never mind…I was channeling Dr. Seuss for a second, but seriously the fascination with carbohydrates as they relate to nutrition, performance and fat loss is confusing, and rarely does more than a day go by when I don’t get asked about it.

What’s a net carb?

What about alcohol sugars?

Why are you anti-carb?

Now it’s really the last question I want to address – I am not anti-carb! Say it with me class….

Carbohydrates are an important part of our diet, but unfortunately the vast majority of us get way too many from the wrong sources.

I don’t care what their lobbies say, sugar and high fructose corn syrup are not compatible with losing bodyfat, optimal performance or excellent health.

Now as carbs relate to body composition and fat loss, I am a proponent of limiting certain types of carbs in order to reach your goals in a rapid, safe and effective manner.

Controlling your blood sugar is a HUGE part of being able to lose bodyfat.

Donuts, bagels, pasta and muffins drive your blood sugar up and down like the stock market. Don’t do it!

If and when you are having challenges breaking through a weight loss plateau (we all do),  you need to look at diet.

What follows is a blueprint that will help you reduce your sugar and starch intake without driving yourself nuts. Cold turkey works for some, but for the rest here is an excellent plan, step-by-step.

How long to go through the blueprint? Try a week per phase, as this should give your body plenty of time to adapt and not play with your energy levels too much.

Step#1

Replace all white carbs with 100% whole grain carbs and all refined sugars with natural sugars

Step#2

Limit all whole grain starch and natural sugar consumption to within 1-2 hours post-workout or immediately upon waking for breakfast

Step#3

Replace all starches and sugars with fruits and veggies

Step#4

Replace all fruits with green veggies

Step#5

Use strategic carb and calorie cycling to take your body to next level (outside this articles scope, but we’ll get there).

Questions or comment? Use the form below.

Now Make It Happen!

Dean





Get Fit NH Bootcamp Foam Rolling Video

As part of our 6 Pack 6 transformation contest, points are received for doing “off day” restorative techniques such as flexibility training and foam rolling.

This short video explains the benefits of foam rolling, and Nancy demonstrates positioning and technique for some lower body work.

The foam roller used in the demonstration is from Perform Better, and I have been very pleased with the durability.

Check out the video, then do your body a favor, and get on a roll!




6 Pack 6 Tips: Meal Planning Made eas(ier)

As a mom of six children, I know how challenging it can be to put healthy meals on the table every day. I want to encourage you that with a little planning every week it is possible to feed your family good, hearty and healthy meals.  Here are some strategies to get you started:
 
1.   Plan your week in advance.  I always take the grocery sales flyers from the Sunday newspaper, along with all my favorite cookbooks, a calendar to write in, and my planner.  I mark days that are especially busy and make sure that those days are the days I use my trusty ole’ crockpot.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  For each day plan out every meal including your snacks.  Have another sheet of paper next to you to slowly put together your shopping list.  As you add a meal, add the ingredients you need to your shopping list.
 
2.  Use your crockpot.  If it has been years since you’ve used this gem, drag it out of storage and dust it off because this thing is likely to become your best friend.  There are a lot of cookbooks out there for the crockpot.  The one that my family loves is The Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Jyl Steinbeck.  She claims to be America’s Healthiest Mom.  Hmmm…I’d like to contend for that title.  LOL 
 
3.  Prepare meals in advance.  This has been said before so I can’t claim it as my own jewel, but simply making some meals in advance and freezing them really can help.  I like to take whole bags of frozen chicken breast and throw them in a pan, cover with foil, toss them in the oven and cook until nice and tender.  Then I divide them in separate containers for 3 days worth and freeze the rest individually in freezer bags.  This has come in handy so many times.  
 
4.  Precut your veggies.  This makes salads a cinch during the busy week.  When you get home from the grocery store, wash, cut and store your veggies.  You can wash your salad greens with a salad spinner.  They sell these at dollar stores and you get a nice arm workout at the same time.  Store the greens in the fridge in a large plastic container and take out the amounts you need throughout the week.
 
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing.  Cooking healthy does not need to be difficult, but you must plan ahead.

Now get out there and do it!

Nancy

Power Foods

So you have made a decision to eat healthier. No more fast food, fritos and fudgicles. But what are you going to eat? What food choices can you make that will help you get leaner and feel better?

Let me assure you, healthy eating does not have to be boring! This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a great place to start! Filling your fridge and pantry with these healthy foods (and getting rid of the unhealthy stuff) is a big step to changing your habits, and taste buds!

Protein Sources
Extra Lean Ground Beef
Chicken/Turkey Breast
Turkey Sausage
Eggs
Yogurt
Wild Salmon
Cottage Cheese
Cheddar Cheese

Note that milk based products such as yogurt have a significant amount of carbohydrate, so if you are keeping an eye on total carbs watch this. Choosing lowfat varieties will help keep the total saturated fats down as well.

Vegetables
Spinach
Peppers
Cumbers
Tomatoes
Baby Carrots
Pumpkin
Broccoli
Shiitake Mushrooms

Fruit
Apples
Tangerines
Red Grapes
Pineapples
Strawberries
Blueberries

Fruit is nature’s dessert, and we know not to make most of our diet be dessert! While fruit is very good for you, be aware the sugar content in fruit needs to be recognized and monitored. Also frozen vegetables and fruits are a great option, especially when not fresh is out of season or not locally grown.

Grains/Legumes
Rolled Oats
Beans (Your Favorites)
Whole Wheat Pasta
Quinoa
Steel Cut Oats

Nuts
Raw Walnuts
Raw Almonds
Raw Pecans

Misc.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Green Tea
Flaxseeds

If you haven’t tried some of these varieties of vinegar, I encourage you to try them on your salads and in your cooking. They are a great way to spice up and add flavor to your meals!

Be creative and add healthy variety to your diet. Don’t get stuck eating the same old thing all the time. Trying new things helps keep you motivated and also helps you get the vitamins and minerals you need.

No excuses! Start eating healthier today!