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Don’t be deterred by New Year’s resolution saboteurs

- January 2nd, 2014

(Note: This post is courtesy TOPS. For more information on the TOPS chapters in your area, visit www.tops.org.)

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Time to take a stand against New Year’s resolution saboteurs.

Don’t be deterred by New Year’s resolution saboteurs

MILWAUKEE, WI – It’s that time of year again. Gyms are packed, diet commercials dominate television, and many people are fired up and ready to make a change. It’s no secret that New Year’s resolutions are often health-focused. Maybe 2014 is your year to lose weight, quit smoking, or be ready for that 5K race by spring.

You might start off with a bang this month … and then a little “saboteur” comes knocking. According to TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, that saboteur is different for everyone but often looks a lot like one of these:

The “I-don’t-have-time” saboteur. The combination of work, family, and social commitments makes this one of the most popular saboteurs. People are busy – period. But, ultimately, you make time for what you value most, and your health should be at the top of this list.

The “all-or-nothing” saboteur. Having an all-or-nothing mentality can actually do more harm than good. Don’t get down on yourself for skipping a workout or eating a brownie. Instead, look back at your choices and decide what you can do differently next time around. Perfection is not possible or necessary.

The “poor-pitiful-me” saboteur. Do you have a friend or spouse that can eat whatever he or she wants and not gain an ounce? Do you eat salmon and salads all week and still gain five pounds when you simply look at a piece of cheesecake? If you’ve ever had a thought like this, you may have listened to your inner “poor-pitiful-me” saboteur. A little self-pity from time to time is only human. However, frequent feelings of self-pity and resentment can and will sabotage even the best resolve. It’s time to move from thoughts of “missing out” to thoughts of freedom – freedom from the foods and behaviors that ultimately only make us unhappier in the end.

The “I’ll-do-it-tomorrow” saboteur. New Year’s resolutions and procrastination don’t mix. If something is truly important to you, why wouldn’t you want to get started right away?

With New Year’s resolutions and life in general, slip-ups will happen and saboteurs may try to stand in the way of your goals. Just remember, a saboteur can only derail your efforts permanently if you allow it to.

TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 150,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in thousands of chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

52 Million Pound Challenge starts Jan. 3

- December 17th, 2013

Need some extra incentive to make 2014 your healthiest year yet?

Well, check out this story pitch that landed in my email inbox today …

John Rowley — 52 Million Pound Challenge

2014 is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about those New Year resolutions. Many people make the same old ones, whether it’s to lose weight or eat healthier. However, losing weight is not only the most common New Year resolution, but it’s also the most commonly broken one. Enter John Rowley: Certified personal trainer and health and wellness expert has created a weight loss challenge beginning January 3rd that will help keep you motivated.

The 52 Million Pound Challenge tasks North America to collectively lose 52 million pounds through two 12-week challenges. The first challenge kicks off just in time for the New Year. FREE to join, the 52 Million Pound Challenge’s team of experts will provide you with helpful tips and information to help you lose weight and keep it off. Participants have the chance of winning a free trip for two to St. Thomas and a six-month supply of BioTrust supplements.

Grand Champions of the challenge will be voted upon on the 52 Million Pound Facebook page where participants will upload before/after pictures and submit a 350 word essay or 3 minute video discussing your story.

Dos and don’ts for New Year’s resolutions

- January 2nd, 2012
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Wanna make your New Year's resolutions happen in 2012? Heed Valerie Orsoni's timely advice.

The statistics on New Year’s resolutions, as provided by celebrity weight-loss coach Valerie Orsoni, are downright depressing:

• About 45% of Americans make one or more New Year’s resolutions each year. And only 8% of people are always successful in achieving their resolutions.

• One in four people (24%) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That means that three out of four people almost never succeed. (The top New Year’s resolutions are about weight loss and exercise).

But the founder of the world’s largest online personalized health coaching site, www.Lebootcamp.com, says the numbers don’t have to be so dismal.

“You can reach your goals this year by avoiding the most common traps,” Orsoni says.

Here’s how …

TOP 5 REASONS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DON’T SUCCEED AND HOW YOU CAN AVOID FAILURE

By Valerie Orsoni

1. GOING IT ALONE

Unless you have the thick skin of a shark and the crazy stubborn attitude of a mule, it is extremely hard to stick to a weight loss resolution by yourself. This is the No. 1 failure reason. If people are not aware you want to change, chances are their attitude towards you won’t change either and they will keep on offering you cakes, cookies and other weight loss resolution saboteurs.

By going it alone, you will also not feel compelled to make any effort and you might collapse halfway to your goal.

SOLUTION: PUBLICLY DECLARE YOUR WAR ON POUNDS!

Create a support group on Facebook, put sticky notes on the fridge, in your car, everywhere, enroll a few friends (not too many, just 2 or 3) who share the same goal so that you feel the support at all times and you have their back like they have yours.

You don’t have to publish your weight but you can publish how many pounds you lost or the % of goal you have reached, etc.

2. DEPRIVING YOURSELF — FOOD AS AN ENEMY

You have gorged yourself for a few weeks, in fact you haven’t looked at the scale since Thanksgiving! The pounds have crept on your body and have added to your figure. So you starve yourself. You look at food as evil.

Not eating or eating only one category of food (think high protein diets or mono diets), can lead to very short term good results BUT if you have read the research, the pounds almost always come back.

SOLUTION: REMIND YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE A FOOD LOVER!

I know it is hard to know that you won’t lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks but think about the next few months. Would you rather lose it quick and see it come back quick? Or would you rather lose it forever? Then learn how to cook, learn how to love food and eat the food that’s good for you, learn one new recipe at least per week. Take a cooking class to learn about healthy recipes or watch online. Food is a positive part of your life, not the enemy.

3. TOO FAST AND FURIOUS

You did not gain those extra pounds overnight. You won’t lose them overnight either. I know it sounds like a terrible wake up call but it is the truth! Expecting to change your eating habits and exercise routine drastically and instantly will shock not only your system, but your mind too and your stress levels will jump.

SOLUTION — SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Change your habits slowly. Take one step at a time. Lose your extra pounds one day at a time. Make one major change per week and one baby change per day.

For instance:

Week 1: add a freshly squeezed lemon juice + room temperature water every morning on an empty stomach

Week 2: add a 30 min walk on an empty stomach (before breakfast, lunch or dinner, you decide)

Week 3: cut out that daily snack in between meals or stop eating the leftover mac n cheese or other foods on your kid’s plates!

Week 4: have one 100% raw meal per day ( a raw breakfast could be 10 sprouted almonds, 1 banana, 1 pink grapefruit and unlimited seasonal berries)

Week 5: Try going without sugar for a few days (believe me, it’s not easy. Sugar is in everything!).

Week 6: Add 2x1h cardio sessions per week

As for daily baby steps: try a 25th hour (or my version of integrative gymnastics) every day: squeeze your glutes while folding laundry or cooking, suck your stomach each time you go through a door, stand back up 5 times from your chair each time you sit, etc…

4. LACK OF CONFIDENCE

I cannot do it. I have tried over and over. Or others repeating “you tried last year and it did not work, the idea of losing weight or exercising seems like such an incredible feat, you don’t even know where to begin, or maybe you might be genetically programmed to be fat,” etc.

SOLUTIONS:

a) get rid of your diet saboteurs: don’t let them make you feel you cannot reach your goals because magazines and websites are covered with stories of former obese people who made it. Do respond to the saboteurs comments by saying, “I am sorry if you don’t believe I can make but believe me I WILL and nobody will prevent me from reaching the goal I HAVE DECIDED I WILL REACH.” Chances are those people suffer from lack of confidence themselves or else they would not need to make you feel so bad.

b) It is hard to stay highly motivated after years of trying BUT losing weight is like living in Hollywood. Only the highly motivated ones who never lose hope make it. You need to thicken your skin and not let others deprive you of your motivation and dreams. Write empowering messages everywhere and don’t you care about what others think: “I can do it,” “by February 14th I will have lost xxx pounds”

c) Buy an outfit one size smaller and leave it in sight. By seeing it constantly your motivation will stay high and so will your self confidence that you can reach your goal. Try on the outfit each week. You will see your progress. You can also write on a piece of paper a treat, like getting a massage, as a monthly goal. You will be much more motivated when you have rewards.

5. USING THE WRONG MOTIVATION/TECHNIQUES

Using the wrong tools will use a lot of your energy and yield no results. How frustrating can that be?

SOLUTIONS:

a) Change your atmosphere! Don’t start your morning at Starbucks with a calorie-loaded drink. Your friends want to do Happy Hour at a fattening restaurant? Meet them for book night or a movie instead and don’t have food and drink be the focus if this puts you in your danger zone. Going to the same places is not motivating and makes it harder to change habits.

b) Repeating the wrong mantra like “I don’t want to be fat” is not positive enough. Instead repeat “I want to be fit and healthy.”

c) Confiding in and counting on a naturally very thin person who constantly eats rich food in front of you will not help.

d) Also, hanging out with highly overweight people who don’t care and eat too much for their health is not a solution either because you will be tempted to eat as much as they do. Countless studies have shown how obesity is socially contagious. The solution? Enroll the ones who want to be healthy with you and once your results start showing go back to hanging with your hard core overweight friends. You will even serve as a motivation to these people and being so will empower you even more and motivate you to reach your goal faster.

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Meet VALERIE ORSONI.

Entrepreneur. Mom. Cancer survivor. World-renowned trainer. Best-selling author. Celebrity coach. Nutritionist. Valerie is a major inspiration to the over one million members worldwide on her site www.LeBootCamp.com. She is the first to create an online personalized coaching program which is now one of the leading programs in the world. Her book Le Personal Coach has many fans (including actress Michelle Rodriguez).

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Eating out guilt-free

- January 20th, 2011

The slogan says it all: “New Year’s resolutions never tasted so good.”

This past Monday, I invited Edmonton Sun city columnist Andrew Hanon, online editor Max Maudie and multimedia editor Nathan Martin for a complementary dinner at Applebee’s Clairview, 13006 50 St.

Our mission: to each taste-test a meal on the casual dining chain’s “Unbelievably Great Tasting & Under 550 Calories” menu.

As someone who’s looking to lose 100 pounds this year, it’s good to know that I can still eat out – and not feel guilty about it.

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Half of us plan to spend more on fitness: poll

- January 12th, 2011

CanadianMoneyThe perennially popular New Year’s resolutions of “exercising more” and “losing weight” remain in the Top 5, according to a U.S. credit-card poll.

What’s different this year, however, is that 47% of consumers plan to spend more on health and fitness in 2011.

And 28% of consumers starting the year with a specific savings strategy say they would sacrifice a portion of their savings to achieve their goal weight.

That’s according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.

The survey also found:

• Consumers plan to spend an average of $131 per month in 2011 for a gym membership, with young professionals* (65%) more likely than the general population (28%) to have a health and wellness spending plan

• Other top areas for fitness spending include fitness equipment and personal trainers, with consumers expecting to spend an average of $127 per month on each.

• Fitness-related video games see the largest increase in spending in 2011. Over half of consumers say they will increase their spending on fitness-related video games as well as fitness equipment and a personal trainer

* Young professional – defined as less than 30 years of age, having a college degree, and a minimum annual household income of $50,000.

American Express Spending & Saving Tracker research was completed online among a random sample of 2,025 consumers aged 18+. Interviewing was conducted by Echo Research between December 10 and December 15, 2010. Overall, the results have a margin of error of +/- 2.2percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. For access to previous American Express Spending & Saving Tracker results, please visit www.americanexpress.com.