Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Diary of a Wrestler

     My little wrestler cutting weight 
                   (the right way)!! 
This Saturday morning, in 3 days, Oakley needs to be 60#s or less for regional wrestling.

His Weight this morning was 61.0

No Sugar Power Packed Oatmeal
Cook 1:25 in microwave:
1/2 c Old Fashioned Oats 
1/2 c water 
1/2  apple cut up

Then Stir in 1/2 banana sliced 

Make protein cream in shaker bottle:
2-3oz low calorie almond milk 
1/2 -3/4 scoop low carb vanilla protein powder 
Cinnamon and vanilla 

Shake well and pour over oatmeal! 

(Oakley suggests stirring the cream in, to get the sweetness in every bite.)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year and A New Year's Revolution!

             HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
Reflecting on 2013! 
WOW and what a year it has been!  Here's the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of 2013.  -- This is the year that I completed 12 years of teaching and then walked away from it all the end of May! I must say, as much as I miss the paycheck, I don't really miss the stress of teaching "naughty" middle school class!  This is the year I turned my hobby of fitness,,, into more!   So far this year it has been just a "Part-time" job; Thus putting my family in a bit of a "financial situation" which has been a little depressing.  However, I've tried really hard to "keep my chin up" as my ol' grandpa (and mom) would say!  I pray to my Heavenly Father to provide and not just provide me with money, but provide me clients who could really use my help.  I am happy to say that each month (since June) has gotten better and better.  I've had twenty clients thus far and currently I have fourteen!  People come and go and even come back! 
WOW, what a year it has been.  This is the year I've learned so much about new training concepts I've never even heard of,, like joint integrity movements,  EPOC and dysfunctional glutes!  Everyday I learn something new,,, and the knowledge just keeps coming,,, BRING IT ON,, till my brain is over flowing.  

SO what is 2014 going to bring? What do I want to do in 2014? 
Well,  in past years I've tried to make Resolutions and I just end up breaking them and then here comes the guilt! Agh, how frustrating!  That's just not healthy for me!  But, I don't think I'm alone,,, I once heard only 8% of people keep their New Year's Resolution. That's sad!
Instead of making a Resolution this year, I'm just having a Revolution!
  I need goals! 

I once went to a teacher in-service three years ago that was all about goal setting.  There weren't really any magic answers of how to achieve your goals... the speaker said you just need to write SMART goals, (to include short term and long term goals) and then you MUST write them down!  He had everyone in the audience do this! I wrote down my three random goals... My short term goal was to clean my desk at work by the end of that week. My next goal was to lose twenty pounds (5 months after having my 3rd baby), and my long term goal was to take my family on a family vacation within the next eight months.  I wrote these goals down and then put them in my desk drawer at work.  I saw them two days later when I cleaned my desk and then it was almost nine months later before I saw them again.  Much to my surprise I had achieved all of these goals in less than the time I specified!   So, right now, as I'm thinking about how positive that experience was for me, I'm saying to myself- why NOT try that again?   Heck with a Resolution,  I'm going to have a Revolution and just write down some goals! 

   So before we get started how do we write a SMART GOAL?
Let's start with the "R" and see if it's relevant.  Is this even something you want to do? Next, let's go to the "A" and ask yourself can you really attain this goal?  When I look at my three goals I wrote that day in the teacher in-service I knew I need these goals, so they were relevant and they were easily attainable.  Well, the fat loss goal was going to be tough but I told myself I've done it before after the first two babies, so I could do it again.
When I think of the "S" for specific I think about my teacher goal writing training and "numbers" comes to mind.  My goal of 20 pounds was specific.  My goal of taking my whole family of 5 on vacation was pretty specific.  So, I highly reccomend you put a number in your goal.
The "T" is what I like to call Time sensitive! You have to do it in a certain amount of time.  There's got to be an end otherwise you may never achieve it!
Lastly,  the "M" for measurable you have to ask yourself, "Can I see the goal being achieved and can I actually measure it?" This is the S, A, R and T put together. Here's an example.  Which of these goals are measurable?
 1. I will get healthy this year
 Or 2. I will lose 20 pounds by April 1st?!  
Yep you guessed it, #2
I know #1 seems so silly but I have been guilty of saying similar non-productive  "resolutions" in the past. 
Please don't fall trap to doing the same thing.  Instead, make this the year you write goals and achieve them!
Okay, now since this blog post is getting sooooooo long, and your eyes are burning, I'll just get to the point and go ahead and finish with my goals.
Here goes nothing...
In 2014...
I will study 14 hours a week until I take my PT test
I will take my ACSM PT test (and pass) by March 1st
I will increase my training clients by 2 clients per month till May by talking to people, handing out business cards and referral promos
I will be in the Word 5 out of 7 days a week and memorize one scripture per month 
I will volunteer 2x a month (church or nursing home or food pantry)
I will go to bed earlier (before 9:30) so I can get up earlier and be more rested

Well,,, Now it's written down! So, I better go and get after achieving these goals! 
Best Wishes for a Prosperous and Productive Goal-tastic 2014! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Confessions of a Personal Trainer

I just think it's fair you know that your personal trainer probably isn't so perfect as you might think!   Actually not even close!  I'm sure a few people have overheard me saying one of my favorite "Avoiding Responsibility" Sayings, "Do as I say, not as I do!"  I thought it would be good to have a little Confession Session especially this time of year when the temptations are so high and no one's really perfect!

Confession #1 I don't workout on Holidays...
YEP, I pretty much like to be a bit lazy and just enjoy my family for that one day.  I've had good intentions of at least going for a walk after Thanksgiving Dinner but that has only happened twice in the last 10 years!   If you get up and go for a run or do a HIIT workout before everyone in your house gets up, before the hustle and bustle begins, good for you! Way to GO!  For me that sounds great, but I just don't do it!

Confession #2 I usually eat pie at least twice during the Holidays.  
I eat clean about 80% of the time but I have never deprived myself of everything during the holidays.  Knowing my body, I know that I will probably gain a few pounds that week just for that small slice of pie and half a cup of greenbean casserole, but I don't care!  Well, I do care, but I also want to enjoy life and depriving myself of life's little goodies isn't on my ToDo list!

Confession #3 I once ate a whole bag of Holiday Dark Chocolate Peppermint Candy Covered Thin Pretzels!

  Not sure if it was last year or two years ago, but I remember stopping at Safeway and I saw these little Pepperidge Farm treats on an end cap just gleaming at me! I thought I would get them and just have a few... Big Oops!  I seriously ate the whole bag on the way home that night!  Needless to say, when I saw these treats this year I literally slapped my hand as I walked by them,,, and (lucky for my waist line) kept on walking!

Well, I'm sure there are more confessions but I better stop because I'm a personal trainer and I'm supposed to be a good role model... haha!   DO as I Say NOT as I DO! Right??
I'm not perfect, no one is!
When you're not perfect, don't sweat it... just enjoy a little in moderation and move on, but Don't give up!  Living the healthy lifestyle is for the rest of your life!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Almond Joys

I'm always making protein treats of some sort that my family likes to consume. This particular day I was making almond protein balls, just like I had so many times, but this day these protein balls turned out a little different.

As I was mixing up the ingredients and I started to roll them into balls, my ten year old overheard me complaining that they were too sticky. Thankfully he knew what to do, "Hey Mom we have coconut, just roll them in coconut!" 
And so that's exactly what I did! 

As the family gathered around for a
sampling I heard someone yell out "These are just like Almond Joys"
And ohhh, what a JOY they were! 

1 jar of natural creamy almond butter
1/4 c ( or less) honey 
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 packets of TLS chocolate whey protein (or TLS chocolate
nutrition shake would probably work- it would just change the nutrition facts)
3/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut 
Optional (probably not on your approved food list)- a handful of mini chocolate chips
 Mix all ingredients except the coconut and form into balls.
Roll in coconut.
Store in airtight container in the freezer (or the fridge if you like them soft.)

Nutition Facts per ball: 24 servings Calories: 114   Carbs: 6 grams   Fat: 8 grams   Protein: 4 grams

Sunday, October 6, 2013



Blend in the blender:

1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 C water
1/4 C pure pumpkin purée 
1/4 teasp. pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop low carb vanilla whey protein
5-6 ice cubes


Protein Pumpkin Bars for Fall 2013


These bars go quite well with my pumpkin protein shake!

1/2 C Splenda or brown sugar substitute of choice: I like "Ideal Brown Sugar"
1 heaping cup of Oat Flour
1 cup Low Carb Vanilla whey protein powder
2 teasp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp vanilla extract
4 lrg egg WHITES
15 oz. can raw pumpkin
4oz. of natural applesauce
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

chopped nuts are optional
Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and all wet ingredients in a different bowl
Combine the two bowls, try not to over stir
It will be the consistency of thick cake batter
spray or grease a  9x13 baking dish (I use a glass dish)
bake on the middle rack at 350 for 30 minutes or until the middle is firm and toothpick comes out clean.

When they cool I cut them into squares and individually wrap them, for a convenient on the go healthy snack. Store them in the fridge or freezer. With that protein, they do not last on the counter very long.
These bars don't need frosting but to please my kid I whipped up this version of sticky cream cheese frosting and it turned out pretty tasty!

"Protein Cream"
4oz FF Cream cheese
1 teasp Vanilla extract
1teasp Truvia
1/2 Tablespoon FF milk (add more if you like it thinner.)
1 scoop low carb vanilla whey protein
blend with handmixer

Store in the fridge!

I hope you all ENJOY these treats as much as my family and I have!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It Takes Time...

Since May of this year I've been working at my new job as a personal trainer and a food coach.  It doesn't feel like a "J-O-B"  it just feels like I am helping people... Yep, helping people get healthy and regain their well-being!  BUT- I've learned the hard way that I can't help them if they don't want to help themselves....
So, here's the burning question... Why do people who so badly want to lose weight and regain their health give up after only a few weeks of being on a program?  It's so sad for me to watch people, who desperately need to get healthy, do quite well the first few weeks and then just give up after the second or third week!  WHY!!!???  What makes some people have the lack of perseverance? 
One of the biggest reasons people give up is they don't see instant results on the scale.  That's crazy!  You didn't gain all that weight in one day, you aren't going to lose it all in a day or even a week! Here's what you need to do:
#1. STOP GETTING ON THE SCALE everyday! I recommend getting on the scale every 4 weeks... Okay, I know what you "obsessive weighers" are thinking.  So fine, get on the scale once a week; same time of the same day,same day of the week~ for example every Monday morning 6am, wearing the same clothes.   WHY not every day you ask???  Due to your hormones, activity level, food choices, salt intake, hydration levels, your metabolism going crazy and for females "that time of the month" the scale is going to fluctuate a lot during a weeks time! There's no need to mentally "roller coaster" with the scale.

#2 If you are on program and you know you are moving more and eating less (at least 300 calories less than your BMR) then just TRUST THE PROCESS and STICK WITH IT. 
Sometimes it can take up to 4 weeks for the scale to start moving in the right direction.  "Weight loss happens the minute you don't give up." (Schober,2012)  Our bodies can be so uncooperative sometimes! I know it seems so unfair but if you are willing to stick with it you will eventually see results.  UNLESS....
Unless you are cheating!   Are you cheating?  Are you falling off the program in the afternoons?  or the weekends??  Did you justify that piece of cake, sugar laden latte or glass of wine because you did so well all week?  Guess what? You will probably just "maintain" this week if you are cheating, even just a little bit.  It's sad but true; I've seen it with my body and lots of other people... It only takes 2 days of "mild" cheats to blow all your hard work you did the other 5 days of the week!    
So step #3 is STOP CHEATING!  BE Consistent! 
It takes time... it takes consistency! 
Revisit your "WHY" and use your determination to stick with it, be strong and don't give up!

Schober, Tony. "Weight Loss Happens the Moment You Don't Give up." CoachCalorie. Disqus. 23 January 2012. Web. 5 Oct 2013.