What do I eat?

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There, it’s out!

That’s how I feel about all the information out there about nutrition! So many clients ask me…”What are we supposed to eat and how much?  How am I supposed to read a label when every serving size is different?  How come fruit loops look like they are better for you than oatmeal?”

Reading labels can be sooooo tough!  Especially for those that are reading what the “company” wants you to see.

Who wants an info session to see what is really going on in the nutrition world?  An NO there will not be a “sale’s pitch” for any product!!!

How do I fit fitness in with my kids?

I hear this question All.The.Time!

Although my classes are called FITMOM and Baby, there are many moms in the class that do not have a baby anymore!  What do we do then?  What about those who have a “baby” but also have toddlers, or even homeschooled older children?  No one really wants to just bring baby and leave the others with a sitter!

We have FITMOM and Children classes!!

If you are a mom of more than 1, more than 2 or 5, may not phase you!  So come out and have fun with us!  It shows all our family members that fitness is fun!

FITMOM and Children!

Time

Many people come to me wanting change, but say they have no time.  They all say “I will TRY to fit it in”, but as I said in this post, I don’t like TRY.

So how do we fit it in??  You do as you can!!

Do you relax in the evening and watch TV in the evening?  How about running the stairs in your house during commercials?  That could give you 20minutes in a 60min show of activity!  Oh wait, you PVR, so you can forward the commercials…heres a thought…DON’T FAST FORWARD!!!

You are busy when you get home from work, making supper, cleaning the house, putting in laundry.  You can do squats as you wash dishes, lunge to the washing machine, run the stairs to get the next load, do pushups or planks against the counter, while you wait for the oven to pre-heat, or the sink to fill.

Yes, we (everyone) is supposed to get 60 minutes of physical activity in a day…we do not need to put aside 60 minutes all together!  We can break it into 2-30 min chunks, 3-20minutes chunks, or even 6-10 minutes chunks!

All I ask, is that of your 6×10 min mini workouts per day, you reach an 8/10 intensity for 6 of those 10 minutes.  What does that look like??  I’ll tell ya tomorrow!!

Night all, i’m off to lunge to the kitchen, squat my way through washing and chopping potatoes, lunge to the BBQ, do pushups on the deck while the BBQ heats up, lunge back to the kitchen to get my steaks, lunge back to the BBQ to put the steaks on…and since we like our steaks med-rare, I will do my jumping jacks for a cardio break and more pushups while the steaks cook!

MB xoxo

 

Try????

I was thinking the other day about the word TRY.

Why do we say we try?  When we try, we are acknowledging we may fail.  Why do we want to set ourselves up to fail?  When we have to pee…do we try to pee, or do we just do it?  When we want to go upstairs…do we try to walk up the stairs, or do we just do it?  When we are pregnant, (for most of the population) do we try to go into labour, or do we just do it?  Once we are in labour, do we try to have a baby, or do we just do it?

What i’m getting at is, for the most part, we don’t try to do things we have made our mind up to do, we just do it!

“Do or do not, there is no try” Yoda!

SO I ask, why do we “try” to eat healthy?  Why can’t we just do it?  Why do we Try to get a workout in?  Why can’t we just do it?  I get it, I do, we are busy, we have kids, blah blah blah.  I have 2 kids, they are less than 2 yrs apart….I haven’t gone to a gym to workout in over 3 years.  ya ya, i’m a personal trainer, I know how to do this stuff…and you are right I do…But I LOVE a good hard workout, un-interrupted by kids, diapers, phone ringing, lunch making, being a mom, doing mom tasks workout!  So no, I can’t do those much, I don’t even pretend to “try”…but I just DO a great workout when I can, where I can!

Now you say, but I don’t have an hour to do that….and I will address that tomorrow!

But for tonight and the rest of the week…instead of trying, just do!  You will get better results that way!

night night

MB xoxo

The good, the bad, and the ugly?

So I rant, A LOT, about sucralose.  But what is it really I am ranting about?  Is it just me that doesn’t like it?  Is there a reason, like a real medical reason for my rant?

YES!!!

But first, lets see what Splenda has to say.

First they say they start with sugar, real sugar and through a process, turn it into a no calorie sweetener.  It passes through your body, without the body recognizing it is a carbohydrate, to it is not broken down and utilized for energy.  The process takes sugar, replaces 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine.  They note that Sucralose does not have any side effects.  It is not the cause of head aches, stomach issues or bloat.  It does not affect the kidneys, the liver, or the Thymus.  That 85% of what is ingested, leaves the body unaltered, and of the 15% that does get absorbed, most of it leaves within 24 hours.

Now for why I rant!

As with anything controversial, it is always hard to find truth on the internet.  There is a product, that has millions of dollars spent on advertising.  They, of course, can say in all their websites that everything is safe and fine. Then of course there is the other sweeteners that spend thousands if not millions on bashing the opposing sweetener.  Should we trust people like JoLynn Braley from The Fit Shack?  Many people do, most of what she is saying is true (if not all of it), Or Dr Mercola. Who has many many published articles. Do we trust the makers of Splenda themselves?  Many people trust them too.  There is of course, places like The Natural News, or the best article yet….Naked Food Cooking!

For me, I CAN taste it, and I DO get an almost instant headache.  I DONT like the thought of chemically altered foods, (and yes I understand that cooking foods, alters it)  I don’t like that it has only been around for 20years in Canada (1991).

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the internet is that you can research anything and get info. that is just that, good, bad or ugly!  Some is true, some is not, but it is up to us to research and decide what is best for us and our bodies!

with that…I’m off to bed!

MB  xoxo

What do I do when?….

One thing I like to do with many of my classes is have a 15 min info session at the end of every workout. Somedays it works well, others, not so much! By ‘not so much’, I mean some days we just can’t do it, and other days we just can’t stick within that 15 min time frame an it goes to 20 or 30 min. Oh well!!
The classes I really try to do it with are the prenatal FITMOM2Be classes and the FITWOMAN classes.

I get many different questions from some of the clients, an I offer to you all reading, to ask me questions as well!
Here are some regular questions:

Q. what do I do when my spouse want to relax at 9pm and snack on bad foods?
A. Go brush your teeth and run from the mainfloor to the basement and back, more than once if you need to! After you brush your teeth you don’t want to eat again or you will have to brush again, so brush, and then do an activity to get your mind off food, also, drink a huge glass of water!

Q. Do I have to do 1 full hour of activity everyday at the same time or can it be broken up to 2-30 min sessions?
A. It can be broken up to 6-10min sessions if you want! Most people just want to get it over and done with, but as long as you feel like you are working to about 80% for most of the time, you are doing great! If we look at a 10 min session, about 2 min for warm up with an intensity level of about 6, 3 min for a cool down a
with an intensity of about 5, there is only 5 min where you have to bust your butt at around a 7 or 8, work a minute at a 9 and your golden!

I’ll do more of these posts as questions come to me! There are hundreds of questions I get, but it will take me some time to get them all out!