Before and after

Before and after
Before...eating junk, no exercise and feeling terrible. After...eating "clean", weight training, cardio and feeling amazing 19 years later.

30 years ago I was in the path of an unhealthy future due to my poor food choices and no exercise. Eating Clean cleansed the inside of my body and I sculpted the outside with weight training. Now 48 years old, I'm in the best shape of my life. It's never too late to change your body and your life!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Same 'ol, same 'ol...?

Fortunately, I’ve met a lot a nice people at the gym.  For the most part, everyone takes their workouts pretty seriously and there’s not a ton of chatter.  Most people are hard at work sweating it out and making the time that they have count. 

Unfortunately, I’ve also noticed several of the same people on the same treadmills and elliptical machines doing the same thing every day and always looking exactly the SAME!?  What gives?  These people are taking time out of their busy day to come workout, but there’s never a real noticeable difference in their appearance.  After many months of monitoring this, I’ve come to the one conclusion that I know is true…it’s their diets! 

Yes, you should be working out...yes, you should be sweating...and yes, it’s great that you’re motivated enough to actually make it to the gym and put in the hard work!  But, why make it harder on yourself by not eating healthy (clean, non-processed foods & NO sugar) all the time?  

Who wants to waste time dogging it out on a treadmill every single day with no real results?  Don’t keep doing the same old thing by eating cruddy and then trying to make up for it with cardio.  If you eat clean, that’s 80% of the battle right there! The next 20% can be spent on weight training.

In a recent study from the University of Southern Maine, it showed that weight training offered more bang for your buck in the calorie-burning department than cardio.  Participants burned as many calories in 30 minutes of weight training as they did going for a 30-minute run at a lightening fast six-minute-per-mile pace.  So, if you're looking to burn calories, weight training is your best bet!

If you want to look the same…do the same.  If you want to look different, then do something different…EAT CLEAN & LIFT WEIGHTS!  J  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Suck it in or suck it up?

Last night I went out to a local club.  It was something that was not planned and the invitation came very unexpectedly.  No big deal right?  Well, for those of us that have had weight issues in the past, it can be a bid deal and an emergency/freak-out situation!  You think… ~Oh geez, how do I hide the pooch…Do I have a big jacket…I look too fat in this…Oh god, I don’t have anything to wear…I look terrible…I’m just staying home.~  We’ve all done it.  Most of us have “skinny” clothes that we hope to fit into and “fat” clothes that we wear because they fit. 

As I reached into my closet and pulled out a couple of choices of what to wear, it hit me…everything fits, I’m not in panic mode and I “know” that I will look and feel great in the clothes that I decide to wear.  There was no sucking in and folding over flabs of skin as I buttoned, hooked, and zipped things up.  There were no girdle type undergarments needed for any pooch and there were no back boobs bulging out.  I cannot tell you how great it feels after putting in all of the work on my body to not have to worry about all of that “extra baggage” and how to hide it! 

Face the facts…undergarments, like the one above, are out there for everyone trying to conceal the pooches, flab, and folds that we know we need to get rid of for good.  Besides being very hot and very uncomfortable, they're just hiding the truth…the truth of knowing what needs to be done to rid your body of fat.  You can continue to keep “sucking it in” for last minute plans, photos, skinny clothes, and the mirror, but eventually you have to let it out.  If you want to get rid of those “fat” clothes for good, do what it takes, don’t deviate from your plan, and MAKE IT HAPPEN to shape your new body.  You’ll be ready for any unexpected plans with no “freak-out”.  Suck it up now and do what needs to be done so you won’t have to keep sucking it in!