Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Know This Much Is True...

I've been depressed in my life. I've been through tremendous challenge...survived things I didn't think I could ever survive. AND I've been overweight from using food to numb my pain. I'm telling you this because so many of you have told me that you think you're not like me, that you couldn't get as healthy and fit as I am. I'm telling you this because anyone who knows me personally will tell you that my life has been anything but easy and that I've surmounted great odds. I'm NOT telling you this to brag--I believe I was put on this earth for one simple reason--to help others realize that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE as long as you have the humility to ask for help. I will never say that it's easy to ask for least initially. I will never say that life won't continue to happen and that sometimes it's just really, really...well, let's be honest here--sometimes it just really sucks. But I can tell you that there are ways to transcend any situation because so help me, I've done it. I know for a fact that I'm NOT special. In fact, my friends will also attest to the fact that I'm quite average--lol. There's only one secret here, one thing that you have to keep doing to get to where you wanna be in life and that's keep asking. Keep asking the people who have what you want for help, ask and you shall receive. I happen to believe that we're absolutely meant to connect that way, that the planet is set up like that so that we need one another, and therefore must eventually gain enough humility to reach out. By the same token, we have to give it away to keep it--but that comes naturally. Think about it--how many times have you gained a new skill or knowledge that you felt really good about and couldn't wait to share it with anyone who'd listen (and maybe even those who weren't so interested in listening :).

Do yourself the biggest favor you'll ever do--get use to asking for help. I love questions from you. You can leave comments here, or go to one of my websites and send an email (the addresses are on this site). Or find someone else you want to ask--but don't give up if you don't get what your seeking--keep asking. The Internet is such an amazing tool; for the first time in history, the average person has access to (virtually) the entire planet in seconds--think about that for a minute--CRAZY! And think about the implications, for you and for your loved ones.

Life is good. Life can get better. In fact your capacity to appreciate life grows exponentially with your willingness to grow, reach out, and learn how to have it all--health, happiness, self-esteem--all of it. Take that final step and finally become who you really are. Be who you were born to be and let the world see you shine!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Do you know how Procrastination is affecting your health?

Are you a procrastinator? If we’re honest about it, most of us will admit to at least a couple of areas that we struggle with in terms of motivation. And for many, one of the hardest challenges to overcome is putting off starting a fitness program. The information has been out for quite sometime now concerning fitness and it’s impact on our health, so it’s not as if we don’t know how important it is, or how much we need to start, (like yesterday). The fact is, fear of failure and embarrassment are two of the biggest contributors to procrastinating a fitness program. And if you’re like most of us, you’ve already discovered what a disappointment willpower can be when it comes to making yourself workout consistently…

The answer lies in giving up the insanity--you know, the ol’ “If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.” And just what does that mean? Well, I’ll tell ya just what it means--the more you paddle upstream to figure this thing out, the more worn out and discouraged you’re gonna get and the sooner you‘ll quit…again. That’s because you’re trying to wear too many hats--trying to figure it all out AND implement it. The good news is that you don’t HAVE to do that anymore! (Unless of course you really enjoy beating your head against the wall! Hey…whatever floats your boat…or paddles your canoe upstream.)

What’s so amazing about Beachbody Fitness is that all of the guesswork is taken out of it--AND you can do it IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME--BUT WITH OTHERS! What?!! That’s right--if you go to right now, and check out the ONLINE VIRTUAL GYM, you‘ll see what an amazing concept this is and how it‘s actually working! I’m serious--the before and after stories and pictures are just about endless! This is the only program of it’s kind…go and see how people just like you are changing their lives daily! Check it out right now--it’s not like you have to walk into some gym and deal with all that goes along with that! You literally have nothing to lose but the unwanted pounds and the yucky self-image you’ve been carrying around for WAY too long. I’ll meet you there…and even workout with you if you’d like!

You know it’s time…procrastination IS negatively affecting your health. Let’s change that together--NOW!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Exercise Plateau

Ok, so you've been training hard for a while now, or you've been training, um...maybe not so hard, for not so long. For some reason it seems as though initially, you made progress. You could see and feel an obvious difference after about six weeks, and now...not so much. What's goin' on here? Well, sooner or later, everyone who works out consistently, hits what's referred to as a plateau. And as a result, they also hit major frustration. How fair is that? And what does one do about it? There are a few things you may have to do, but take heart--this is where exercise ceases to be monotonous and gets interesting--yeah, you read that correctly. Let me explain...

One of the nice things about beginning an exercise program after long periods of inactivity, is the relatively quick response of your muscles. Because you're doing something your body isn't use to, your body perceives your new workout as INTENSE! And that's because relative to what you have been doing, it is intense!

When someone's been working out for a while, say, six months to a year or longer, (consistently) their muscles get so use to working out that it's harder to convince them that the workout is intense. So, the muscles adapt and don't do a lot of changing. Now, don't get me wrong, generally by the time that happens a person's already in pretty darn good shape, so it's not like I'm telling you it's not worth it--on the contrary. Usually, if people stick with it long enough to get to this point, they're actually desiring more--one of the many wonderful benefits of regular exercise. But as a result of hitting a plateau, they become frustrated at their apparent lack of noticeable change.

There's also the problem of challenging oneself adequately; some people have a hard time with this issue, right from the get go--it's a common problem. Most people aren't educated in the science of exercise physiology and don't realize that they're sabotaging their own efforts through inconsistency, poor form, poor diet/supplements, lack of sleep, or simply not pushing hard enough during the workout.

Then there's the opposite problem--overtraining. Yes, it's true. There are those who want results so desperately and quickly that because they aren't familiar with the most efficient ways to do that, they jump in there and exhaust their bodies to the point of chronic fatigue, irritability, insomnia, injury, and even depression! It is not only possible to over-train, it's common among novices and a MAJOR reason that people quit exercising.

"Ok Vawny, (you say) so, now what? It all sounds complicated to me, and I'm not willing to go take an exercise physiology course to figure it all out." Can't say I blame ya... The good news is that you don't have to. Let me give you a brief explanation and an incredibly easy solution.

First, the explanation: The absolute biggest reason for plateauing is continuously using one training routine, day in and day out. People are creatures of habit and we tend to get attached to routines--even exercise routines, especially if we saw results initially. Obviously, if we're not being consistent, our diets aren't good and we're just not taking care of ourselves in other ways, we also won't see much change. But for those who seem to be doing all the "right" things, in terms of healthy living and exercise, there is an answer that TRULY WORKS! Depending on just how fit you are, there are a few things you may need to do.

The first thing you should do is make sure you're changing your routine regularly. How regularly? Again, that depends on your level of fitness. Really fit people may need to change every day! "Wow" you're thinking, "How in God's name does a person do that?" Good question; I'll get to that...

In the mean time, here are some ways to shake-up/wake-up your muscles and interupt the plateau:

  • Change the sequence of the routine regularly
  • Change the frequency of your workouts
  • Change the intensity and volume--both up and down
Make the muscles work harder instead of longer with high intensity training--this may require hiring a professional certified trainer. "Oh God...I knew it!" you're thinking, "This is exactly why I'm not even gonna bother! It always gets too hard and too expensive--just forget it!" as you grimly reach for the bag of chips and plop down on the couch for another episode of ___ (fill in the blank). NO! NO MORE!!!

...And now, the solution:

THERE IS A SOLUTION THAT TAKES ALL THE GUESS WORK OUT OF IT! That's why Beachbody Fitness is sooo AWESOME! They have it ALL covered right there--Go there now and see for yourself! When you order Beachbody Fitness workouts, you don't just get A DVD-you get SEVERAL PROGRESSIVE WORKOUT DVD'S, FOOD PLANS, TRAINING GUIDANCE, SUPPORT, WORKOUT BUDDIES, --EVEN A COOKING SHOW!!! Beachbody Fitness has a whole VIRTUAL GYM AND THEN SOME where it's all figured out for you, and should you have any questions, you can log on and get them answered by professionals. There's just too much there to list here--check it out for yourself! Drop me a line and let me know what you think! But please, do yourself a favor and at least look--isn't it time you do something that gets RESULTS?

Thanks for joining me--until next time, stay fit--stay happy!