Saturday, August 22, 2009

had to laugh

A friend sent me a link to an article about why so many people fail at weight loss goals they set. It had a lot of great information including:
- not eating the right amounts of food and trying to starve
- not making a lifetime commitment to a lifestyle change
- falling for gimmicks with big promises that are usually short lived
etc...
But one of the reasons listed made me gag!
"shooting for a reasonable size 6 instead of a dream size 2 is a reason most people never reach their ideal size."

wha....?

Have you ever been overweight and struggling with depression? do you know what it is like to hang onto those size 6 pants and hope that you will one day fit back into them?

I am trying to remember if I was ever a size 2 after 3rd grade. and the answer is ... uh, no. nope, never. I ran track, played basketball, danced, cheered and worked my tushie off as an aerobics instructor before giving birth to 6 kids and the smalles I ever was at that time 6th grade thru college years was a size 6. shooting for a size 2????? unthinkable!!!!! and depressing!

So I am standing with the ladies that are taller that 4'll" and want to be healthy and athletic. I am with you!
I was upset that so many people were reading this article on a well respected fitness website about what ideal size they should shoot for.
I had to actually come to terms that I would never be a size 6 again. I had to face the facts that my hips had actually changed after giving birth to an 11 pound baby and my size 6 jeans I had been hanging onto will only fit me with some surgery shaving off my hip bone. Sorry, not that desperate to be the size ideal that articles like the one mentioned, Hollywood and the general media put out there for us women to fall prey to.

I got curious and decided to do some research. I knew the answer to the question but decided to ask again: "what is the ideal size for a woman?"
the answer I knew was: there should not be an ideal size, just a fitness level to have a healthy heart and physique. sizes are so dependant on a variety of factors and for anyone to tell me what size I should be is just wrong. Now ask these questions:
- are you diabetic and can it be changed by exercise and diet?
- can you run a mile without getting winded?
- can you talk a walk or play in the park without getting tired?
- can you pull up your own body weight in an emergency?
- do you have a heart condition that can be fixed with diet and exercise?
- do you have any other health conditions that can be fixed with diet and exercise?
- do I crave food that are healthy to my body or am I addicted to high fat, sugary, sweets, and junk food or sodas?
- Do I look forward to active play? DO I get excited about getting out and getting fit?
- Do I feel good in my own skin? Or can I look in a mirror and feel confident about what I see? (within reason, there are those that will never like their body - this may be a mental challenge to approach for those trying to get "too skinny" or anorexic, so be cautious about being overly critical)

keep asking these questions until you receive the answers you are needing on all of them while working out and eating right.

toss out the goal size. track measurements just for the fun of watching inches come off. but if the inches are no longer coming off and you are following a clean diet and working out every day and the answers to these questions are all where they should be. quit taking measurements and wieghing in and just keep going because it feels good!
If sizes and measurements and getting to a goal size are keeping you from feeling great about making a lifestyle change - toss it all out!

I was reading more on my question about ideal sizes. There are 2 basic points of view I found to be most "vocal"
the first is one I disagree with.
1 - I found a lot of information put out there by popular fashion magazines, sexy websites for people trying to find a perfect match, and just general public opinion message boards on the topic of ideas size. the general consensus was that the ideal woman was a size 2-4 and that size 6 was too big. HOOO boy! I had to either laugh or cry since I tossed out my size 6 jeans. none of these sources mentioned a height, bone frame or fitness level. just boobs, butts, and hips and that girls should be skinny, skinny, skinny! (but not a size zero, that was taking it too far) Oh thanks - from a satisfied size 8 that used to be a 14 - you are so kind.

the second opinion was the one I agree with:
2 - this was found in medical journals, doctor's blogs, nutrition and fitness experts, etc...
Toss out the ideal size! none of them mentioned what size you should be! imagine that? the experts on health are telling you to forget shooting for an ideal size (because there are too many factors playing into that) and just get healthy and physically fit. your body will change to a smaller size if you are too big and it will change to a bigger size if you are too small (and yes, there is such a thing)

I had a size 2 client once. she was a beauty queen, very pretty, very skinny, but very unfit. when she came to workout with us she insisted that she worked out in the gym, did her aerobics and could do a pro-level bootcamp. a coupld of minutes later she asked if she could join the Rookie level instead because she couldn't handle the other workout. Her body lacked the strength because she was focused on being skinny instead of healthy.

during the rookie workout she could not keep up with our clients that were size 14 and 16. she nearly passed out. I asked her what her workout and meal plans were like. She eats only a big salad once a day and diet coke the rest of the day and works out 3 times a week in her aerobics classes. well, that can kill you as slowly as eating too much and never working out.

She missed nourishing her body, strength training and focusing on health rather than being that size 2.

instead of shooting for those size goals put out there by the general public, ask yourself a few questions for the day:
1 - what is the purpose of this fitness plan?
2 - what are the benefits of exercise and a good diet plan?
3 - If I am seeking to lose wieght, why do I want to be smaller? what are the benefits?
4 - How long am I willing to commit to doing the plan I am looking at?
5 - do I tend to fall for a quick fix and then stop after reaching close the my goal only to balloon back up again?
6 - am I a yo-yo-er in weight loss?
7 - could I benefit from being stronger?
8- could I benefit from having better endurance?
9 - could I benefit from learning to try different types of foods that fuel my body better than my old stand-bys?

these might seem like simple questions and obvious to some. But I hope we can change the tide of the public view on size and health.

where do you stand? how do you feel about your size and health?
feel free to leave comments.

and don't forget to sign up for our new programs and get the benefit of menus, workout plans and regular calls from your trainer to keep you going!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Success Magazine is Full of Fit Tips

I love Success Magazine. I highly recommend you get a subscription. Other than being chock-full of overall personal and business improvement ideas and motivation, it also is usually packed with fitness tips. It seems that there is a direct relationship with physical fitness and financial and business success. In a world where having the competitive edge is becoming increasingly important as 100’s of people apply for every available job. It makes sense to make sure you have the appearance of someone who achieves success in all areas of your life, especially fitness. Recently I was reading an article written by Bob Greene for Success Magazine. Bob Greene is a Certified Personal Trainer and exercise physiologist. He is a renowned expert in the fields of fitness metabolism and weight loss. He is also a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has written several best-selling books.

Here is what I have gleaned from a portion of one of his articles that I would love to share: “…Never do anything that is temporary. When you make a change in your life, let yourself know that you’re making a lifetime commitment to giving up some things and adding others. When it comes to exercise for example, you don’t incorporate into your lifestyle only until you lose weight, but, rather, for the rest of your life....

Don’t make it about numbers. I don’t see the magic in striving to reach weight loss numbers. Your ideal weight is individual. I’ve found that most people are pretty realistic about what they’d like to weigh based on what makes them look and feel good. And that doesn’t mean model thin.

Take those first steps today. Change your thinking. Remember – there are no gimmicks. Weight loss requires long-term thinking. You HAVE to exercise and gradually modify the way you eat over time. Crash diets, where you narrow food choices to the point that it’s uninteresting to eat, will cause you to rebel and fall back into old eating habits. Try this approach: Toss this out, throw this in as a replacement, gradually make some changes and eliminate those foods that get you in trouble.”

I love his words! They seem so simple and ring so familiar. It’s strange that the best trainers in the world are all saying the same thing. When I look up a well-respected trainer and read what they suggest – it’s ALWAYS the same – lifetime commitment to fitness and food exchanges.

There is NEVER a suggestion to limit what you eat to 500 calories and get shots. There is never a suggestion to take crazy pills that block your appetite.

The only people you will hear that from are those that seek your dependence on them for the rest of your life as you crash and yo-yo with your weight.

Phazes joins the thousands of terrific trainers and weight-loss and exercise plans that suggests you live a life full of joy. Enjoy eating foods that bring the best out of you. Enjoy activities that get your heart pumping and take your breath away.

Run, play, bike!

Eliminate something today and replace it with something else

Examples that I have done that have brought amazing results:

Take out carbonation, (even diet drinks) and bring in flavored waters or juice (I treat carbonation like I do a bowl of ice cream – it’s a rare dessert, not a daily staple).

Take out refined sugar and bring in honey or stevia or Agave nectar. Who says you can’t have sweet things?

Take out white flour and bring in whole grains. I love my whole grains so much more than white flour these days - substance!

What are you going to try this week?

Remember to register for our new programs starting as low as $25/month for yummy and healthy menus, progressive workout plans, a weekly call with your personal trainer, and a day of bootcamp personal training each week.

How can we support you in making great changes? Call us, and let's figure it out together!

Michelle
President, Phazes Fitness

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Getting excited!

How much are you paying for a gym membership?
Do they offer you a menu that helps you cut fat and eat better than you ever have before?
Do they give you personal training twice a week incuded that gym membership cost?
Do they give you workout plans to follow for the remainder of your duration as a member of that fitness club? Or are you left to wander once you enter the doors and hopefully remember everything they taught you on day one visit?

We have some exciting plans in store for you! Starting September 1st you can sign up for a program that will assist you in meeting your fitness goals. Give you direction in your workouts that will include variety, give you regular consulting with your personal trainer, and get you pushing yourself.
for as low as $25/month you can get nearly 5 hours of personal training every month!
PLUS we will be offering menu plans and workout plans for free!

Imagine coming one day a week to your trainer, getting your workout program and menu off the site and then getting a call from your trainer mid-week to see how you are doing.

This is so exciting and the cost is extremely minimal.

Yes - you can still take advantage of Rookie level bootcamp or other programs we offer. Rookie Bootcamp is a 90 day commitment to get even more dramatic results. It's fun and exciting and only 3 days a week. It comes out to as low as $120/month - an amazing bootcamp price that we are thrilled to start with you.

Call us at 435.680.4025, and we will get you going on your next Phaze of Fitness!
- Michelle

Monday, August 3, 2009

almost 40 and stronger than ever!

I have to share...
I did my first pull-up in my life today. October of this year I will be 36. I have given birth to 6 babies, have come from a depressed sedentary point in my life a year ago when I was tired, weak, out of shape, etc...
Today I did a pull-up on my own. I know for those fitness buffs out there it might seem meaningless, but I am sharing for those that think it's too late for them.
I am so excited! I really never thought I would ever be able to do it personally. I hired trainers that are more fit than me for a reason - to push and motivate clients (and myself) to achieve a new level of fitness.
I just want to put the word out there - age has less to do with your ability to get strong than your own determination.
Also - another reason for developing the muscles on your body is so that you actively burn fat throughout the day while you are at rest!
Running, walking, jogging or other aerobic training is great for burning calories and I recommend it highly. However - build some muscles on your body and get twice the results of running/walking alone, cross train as much as possible, and mix up your workout.
Starting September 7th, Phazes will be offering a new class of memberships. You pay a low $25/month to get weekly workout plans, menus, a follow-up phone call from your personal trainer mid-week, and the opportunity to come to one day of bootcamp every single week!
This is so cool!
Come be a part of it and let's find out where you can get in one year...
Where do you see yourself in one year? How about six months? How about twelve weeks?
I am joyfully surprised at my results and grateful to my Phazes trainers Kim and Shandi for their encouragement and drive!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August changes

for the month of August Bootcamp will be going back to Highland Park. Believe it or not, it's already getting darker earlier in the mornings once again. and as much as I loved Pioneer Park, there just aren't any lights there.
So for those of you finishing off this session of bootcamp, we will see you at Highland Park at 6am!