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Monday, February 24, 2014

Lose 30 pounds in 30 days

"Buy Now, Pay Later" should be the title of the new book and program being revealed at a local gym.

The book- and program- promise a 30 day 30 pound weight loss strategy.  Hmmm... sounds enticing, huh?

Well, of course it does who wouldn't want to lose 30 pounds in 30 days?? I mean, if you HAD 30 pounds that you 'need' to lose....

Why should you choose this program when all of the others like it have failed?

You see, that's the kicker.. you SHOULDN'T choose this program.  Nope.  Not at all.

It won't work just like all the rest haven't worked.

Yeah, I hear what you are saying, "but Michelle, I DID lose weight doing those others!"

Yep, you did.. and then you gained it back!

And that is exactly what will happen again THIS time.

Let me let you in on a secret..ok, it isn't actually a secret, it's called SCIENCE and lots of people like to ignore it.

You can't trick human physiology.  You can try all you want, but you just can't do it.  The sooner you learn  accept that fact the better off you will be.

Here's the deal: cutting your calories to a level that this book (and many others) suggest causes a really cool hormonal shift in your body.  It causes your body to think you are starving- not necessarily from a caloric perspective(although that can happen to), but from a nutrient perspective.

So what?

Well, this causes your body to actually increase your desire for food (hello cravings and mood swings) as well as causing it to burn fewer calories.  Ever wonder why you have so many food cavings on a low calorie (and nutrient poor) diet? Yep, this would be why.

Ya know what else it does?

It actually causes you to store body fat more readily! Yep, your body wants to survive and this is how it is going to make sure that it does.

Ever wonder why people that drop weight doing things like this put it all back on, and then some?? Yep this is why.  Science.  Physiology.  Can't trick it folks, you just can't.

Right about now you are thinking "yeah, but I'll exercise so I will burn more calories and this won't happen."

Ha ha.  Ok.

Did you know that the more you perform the same exercise- or do the same amount of work the fewer calories you expend?

True story.  Your body becomes efficient and subsequently requires less effort and less energy to perform the given task.

"No problem" you say "I'll just do more work."

Ha ha, sure.  How long can you keep that up?

Besides that - doing this in the midst of cutting your calories will actually cause your body to expend FEWER calories.  So you spend more time exercising and actually burn fewer calories.. and now your body REALLY thinks it is starving ...yep you guessed it- hormonal signals for you to increase food consumption while very efficiently shuttling all of those calories you take in straight to FAT.


So, sure go ahead and buy the book.  Heck, buy the program. I guarantee you will pay later.

You may lose weight in 30 days, but you will set yourself up for a lifetime of struggle.

If you've done programs like this before you probably are already struggling with the effects.

You know who you are.

There is a better way.

This is not it.

You're welcome.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The low down on surviving a relay

Unless you've been under a rock and missed all of my Facebook posts from the weekend you are well aware that I, along with 5 other women, ran the Ragnar Florida Keys Relay from Miami to Key West.  All 200 miles of it.

In case you've never done one, or heard anyone describe it, it goes something like this: Runner #1 starts at start line while the rest of us drive to the exchange point where we let runner #2 out and wait for runner #1 to hand off.  From there we drive to the next exchange where we drop off runner # 3 and wait for runner #2.  And so it goes until we drop runner #1 off again while we wait for runner #6 to finish her leg.

We run through this rotation 6 times until we finally reach our destination- Key West.

Do we sleep? I'm sure someone got a few minutes, but no, not really.

Do we shower? Ummm no.  Can you say "baby wipes and change your clothes???"

Sure the van might not smell like roses and we may be a bit sleep deprived, but we must keep moving forward.

When you embark on an adventure like this pretty much everyone will run their first leg well.  But the key to reaching the finish line in a timely manner is making sure that you can consistently run well.

How do you manage to do that???

The key is to know how to properly fuel for and recover from your run as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I probably shouldn't be sharing these "secrets" that give us the advantage, but I'm betting that even if people DO read this, they won't actually follow through.

Here it is.  Here is the secret to great performance especially repeat performance over a matter of hours.  In this case 6 runs in just over 24 hours, all of which were able to be run at about the same pace (read: no performance decrement) despite the searing sun and heat.

Oh and BTW, that is me on the far left of each of the pictures at the top of the page.  I look like an ultra runner, right? Ha, this supplement combination is also the secret to building and keeping MUSCLE!

Now you know :)

Want to know more? Let me know..

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Searching for that mystery exercise?

I got in a great workout while I was out of town this past weekend.  I always enjoy checking out gyms in different areas as well.  The gym we went to was pretty well-equipped and had a really cool "feel" to it--well minus the guy that told me I probably shouldn't do deadlifts (no joke).

We knocked out our workout (which DID include deadlifts) and walked around to check out some of the other equipment.  You had the standard pin-select stuff, cardio, medicine balls, kettle bells and the like, and then we found them...

The mystery machines.  No, not the one from Scooby Do although I think that one does serve more of a purpose.  These machines left us with a mystery-- why the heck would anyone use that let alone build that?

They reminded me more of a ride that you would find at Disney. The entire machine moves with you as you perform the exercise.  The seated row made me feel like I was riding a horse, the shoulder press felt like you were trying to launch yourself into space, and the bicep curl felt like you were in a rocking chair.  What the????

Yeah, mystery machines for sure.

Why? Who knows.  Somehow, for some reason, the basic machine needed to be tweaked.

Why?? Well if it did something that the basic machine did not, it must somehow be better.  Why would you waste your time with the basic, old version when you could have the new and improved one?

Logical, right?

No, actually not at all.

Seems to me that all too often people are searching for that one different thing.  That esoteric ingredient, the magical exercise that will some how bring them miraculous results.

Well, I'm sorry to say (no, I'm actually happy to tell you) that it doesn't exist.

The basics are the basics for a reason.  You can't skip over those and head right to the most obscure thing and think it will be the ONE.

You can't do a 2 handed kettle bell snatch with your eyes closed standing on a Bosu while signing the national anthem before you learn how to do a squat. Well,  you can try but I promise it won't turn out well.

You can't eat McDonald's for breakfast, skip lunch, and eat KFC for dinner and take green coffee bean extract and expect anything to happen. Again, many people try and as we can see it doesn't turn out well.

The truth is simple, as it always seems to be.  You have to consistently nail the basics before you even think about doing anything else.

Basics in the gym and basics outside the gym. It doesn't get any more simple than that.

Learn the basics.  Nail the basics consistently.  Succeed.

Learn the basics