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Meet Jenn

Meet Jenn

“After more than 12 years of always putting the kids’ needs before my own, I realized that sometimes, I need to put my needs first in order to meet any of their needs.  That’s a hard concept for many of us moms.

Raise your hand if you can relate to that!

Like so many devoted moms, Jenn spent her waking hours making sure her kids were happy, healthy, and taken care of, even at the expense of her own well-being.  As the end of 2016 neared, she decided that sacrificing her own health wasn’t the example she wanted for her children, and decided it was time to lead by example.

Now, in just six months, thanks to the tools she has learned through her fitness journey at Summer’s Fitness, Jenn is down 55 pounds, 27.5 inches, and 8% body fat! “I have been able to change my approach to eating and activity,” says Jenn. “I have gone from an size 16/18 to a size 10.  Most importantly, I FEEL so much better.  I have more energy to tackle my week”

Energy is something Jenn could not seem to muster up before she joined Summer’s Fitness.  “Over the past several years I had put on quite a bit of weight due to lack of exercise, poor eating choices, and generally bad life decisions,” she says. “I found myself frequently moody, tired, and generally not feeling well.”  As a single working mom of 3 incredible kids, ages 9, 12 and 12, who are all very active with school, sports, and other activities, she was always skipping meals or eating fast food on the run in order to stay on schedule.

Jenn describes her old self as, “Overweight, unhappy with my appearance and how I was feeling, and starting to take medications on a regular basis for things like heartburn, headaches, and body aches.”

In addition, she was missing out participating in some activities with the kids.  What really hit hard though, Jenn says, “They were starting to take on some of my bad habits, and I didn’t want that for them.”

Like most people embarking on a new fitness journey, Jenn was apprehensive.  With a busy schedule and three kids, how was she going to also fit in exercise and meal planning? Luckily, Jenn didn’t need to fit in hour-long cardio and weight training sessions multiple days a week to get the results she wanted.

“Summer’s Fitness offers an incredible variety of days and times for boot camp classes.  These classes are short enough to fit in any schedule but very effective and fun!”

Jenn was also concerned about her own lack of accountability.  However, she was pleasantly surprised when she was welcomed into the SF family from the start. “At Summer’s, the coaches, staff and members are VERY friendly, supportive and inclusive.  They pulled me right out of my shell very quickly.  I now have this large network of other people with similar goals that I can access anytime, anywhere via the members’ Facebook group if I have a question, concern, need a pick me up or even looking for ideas for a new recipe.”

Thanks to weekly weigh-ins, monthly assessments, and daily contact in the Facebook group, Jenn has a reason to stay accountable and focused on her goals.  “In my past experiences, if I didn’t have accountability through check ins, I would quickly find other things that came before my exercise plans,” she says.

Today, Jenn has the energy and enthusiasm to keep up with work, her home, her kids’ activities, and workout on a regular basis.  “This summer the kids and I have been hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming in the ocean, and playing games nightly in the backyard.  These are things I did not have the stamina to do in the past!”

Jenn has had such a life-changing experience through Summer’s Fitness, and is proud to be a healthy example for her kids.

“I recommend Summer’s Fitness to all of my friends and coworkers in the area!  Summer’s is a great place to belong.  The quality of coaches and variety workouts offers a challenge for ALL fitness levels without excluding those of us who start out very unfit.  Everyone at Summer’s fits in because the members are there to achieve their own personal best – not compete with the other members or ‘be seen’.”

Congratulations Jenn! We are SO PROUD of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping into your greatness! It is our pleasure to guide you on your health, fitness, and happiness journey!

When you are ready to make a positive change in your life, Call us at 330-497-2474, email us, send us a message, or request a complimentary consultation at www.summersfitness.com. We look forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on your life too!

Committed to your health & happiness,

Summer Montabone, CSCS and the entire Summer’s Fitness Team and Community


Meet Sam

Meet Sam

“Not to sound cliché, but Summer’s Fitness has literally changed my life.”

Sam lost 41.6 lbs, 20.5 inches & 10% Body Fat

Sam lost 41.6 lbs, 20.5 inches and 10% Body Fat

Those words, not said lightly, describe how Samantha took a small step towards a healthy lifestyle that made a HUGE difference in her life both personally and professionally.

At the young age of 25, Samantha became the CEO of her very own business, and since joining Summer’s Fitness, has become the CEO of her life.

Samantha is a hair stylist and salon owner, Modern Hairitage Salon.  Like many entrepreneurs, Samantha spent long hours building her business and left little time for anything else

“I became so engrossed [in my business], that I put my health on the back burner.  I had no exercise or nutrition routine, I ate whatever, whenever, and working out?  No, I didn’t have time for that!” she says.

Samantha would justify her decisions by saying, she didn’t have time to workout or eat healthy, and she was “fine” with her appearance.

What finally made her decide to try was the fact that bootcamps were a quick 30 minutes.  Who would have thought those 30 minutes would be LIFE CHANGING?!?!

Since joining Summer’s Fitness, Samantha said her life has changed drastically.  I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve learned to truly love myself and the skin I’m in, and I’m just all over happier.  The physical part of my journey is only half of what I have gained from joining Summer’s.  It started from within.  I realized that if I don’t put my health and myself first, I would be no good to anyone. For the first time in my life I truly know my body, and I love being healthy!  I’m a better friend, a better daughter, and a better boss now. The mental strength I have gained in the last 15 months is almost indescribable. I now have the mind set that I can do anything…and I will!  I want the people in my life to feel how I feel, it’s truly the best thing you can do for yourself.”

Sam was recently featured in About Magazine

Sam was recently featured in About Magazine

Samantha was the CEO of her company, and now she is the CEO of her life!  Summer’s Fitness helped her discover how she can have the best of both worlds!  “I have achieved things I didn’t even imagine possible,” she says.  “I walk differently, talk differently, and feel differently.  I pushed myself harder at the gym, and have used the last year to focus on my life and what makes me happy. I still have many health goals I want to accomplish, and I’m so excited for the continued journey!”

Today, Samantha is not only thriving personally, but her business is, too!  “I am in the process of expanding and relocating my salon and we will be having our grand opening on April 14th!

Even though I am busier than ever right now I have made the decision to still put my health first.  Eating right, working out at the gym – I feel like that is my core, and without that I won’t be able to function to my full potential.”

Sam is showing you can have it all without sacrificing your health. Way to go Sam!

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Are you ready to put yourself health and wellness first and become the CEO of your life like Samantha did? Give us a call at 330-497-2474 or click here to request a complimentary visit.


Meet Veronica

Meet Veronica

Veronica’s 8 Week progress photos from the New Year Transformation Challenge

Veronica is an exceptional example of how “more” doesn’t always equal “better.”

You’ve seen people spend hours and hours on cardio machines, or log 2+ hours at the gym and their bodies don’t reflect the hours working on it. Once Veronica stopped putting in excruciating long hours in the gym and adopted Fit Fab Women Online’s high intensity 30-minute workouts, she saw changes – within a week.

Originally from Argentina, Veronica moved to Boston 6 years ago and decided to stay in the area because she loved everything about it: the people, her job, the city.

She works a 9-5 at a publishing company and tries to compensate the long hours sitting by biking to and from work daily.

Before entering Summer’s Fitness – Fit Fab Women Online program, Veronica was working out 2-3 times a week for about 1.5-2 hours each time, focusing mainly on lifting heavy weights. “I was extremely exhausted, hopeless, not thinking clearly, and even losing the ability to produce coherent sentences in English,” she says. “I was worried, but I didn’t know exactly the cause of my tiredness.”

It wasn’t until she started FFWO in October 2016 that she had an “ah-ha” moment. At first, she was extremely hesitant to start a completely new training program that only included 30 minute workouts. “Bikini Body?” she thought to herself, “Whaaat? That’s impossible! I exercise really, really hard and I’m still not close to reaching my goals. There’s no way 30-minutes will do it.” exclaimed Veronica. She was in the mindset that more = better. Longer workouts meant better and faster results. Boy was she in for a surprise!

“I was desperate for a change though; I knew I needed to slow down and gain myself and my life back; so I gave it a try.”

Veronica says joining FFWO was the best decision for her. “Within the first week not only did I see changes in my body (I was shocked!), but I also started to have clarity in my mind. In a matter of a few days I was myself again; I was thinking clearly and had lots of energy. That was the power of good eating, good exercise, and great support from Summer, all the coaches and the Facebook members.”

Like many people, even with her best efforts, Veronica was a victim to holiday parties and treats (we’re all human!) “Despite all of my progress, I gained 10 pounds due to some bad food choices. I was depressed about some personal and family issues back home.” However, she never quit exercising and checking in with the FFWO group. She felt like she was back at the starting line, but knew she wasn’t alone. “Summer and the FFWO members were all there and I don’t think they know how much their daily support meant to me. A two-month New Year Challenge was approaching and this time I was more empowered and determined to make a change.”

“I recharged my batteries, wrote down my goals, stopped lying to myself or making excuses, and together with everyone’s support I was able to lose all those 10 pounds and regain control of my life.”

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Veronica walked 20 Miles For Hunger in Boston, with a friend, May 7th

Today, Veronica feels more empowered than ever, with lots of energy, and very lucid and concentrated at work. “I feel good about myself, not only at the physical level but also at the emotional/intellectual one. Life goes way beyond appearance, but hey, it makes you feel extra good when you are happy about what you see in the mirror! I’m ready for more, and looking forward to what’s coming next in this journey.”

Veronica has experiences such a positive change in her overall wellness that she recommends Fit Fab Women Online to everyone and anyone that is looking for a positive change in their lives. “I happen to be single, no kids, but I am in deep admiration of all the women (many with kids) that participate in this program. Seeing their amazing work, dedication, and impressive results further motivates me to say ‘I can also do it,’ and if I can do it, you can do it too!”

We are proud to have Veronica as a dedicated member of the Summer’s Fitness Fit Fab Women Online program! It’s empowering when women from across the globe support each other. Just check out this recent post from Veronica when she returned from a trip in Argentina:

If you are interested in becoming a Fit Fab Woman – locally in North Canton – or all ONLINE, click here to fill out this application to see if it’s a fit for you too!


Meet Tammy ; She Once Suffered from “Gymtimidation”

Meet Tammy ; She Once Suffered from “Gymtimidation”

Tammy S GymIn just a few short months, Tammy has dropped 11 pounds, 10 inches, and over 2% body fat! Not only that, in those same short months, what she has lost in weight she has gained in confidence and motivation. A person who once avoided looking in mirrors because she didn’t like what she saw, now proudly sees herself as a strong, beautiful woman.

Tammy is a 45 year old mother to three children, ranging from ages 11 through 21. She works full time in a position where she sits – a lot. Before coming to Summer’s Fitness, she was unhappy with her physical appearance and lacked self confidence. Like many, not comfortable in her own skin…

She avoided social gatherings, avoided shopping, but longed for an answer to help make a life change. Her head was full of doubt and “what-if’s.

Tammy was apprehensive to start another “workout program,” due to past failures. Prior experiences left her with gym-timidation, wasted money, and a sense of failure. She didn’t think she could do a full-on program at her current weight and felt defeated before she had even started.

Thanks to Summer’s Fitness fitness bootcamp program and encouraging staff, Tammy was able to overcome her fears of the gym.

In just 4 short months, lost 11 pounds, 10 inches, and almost 2 pant sizes!

The progress she has made in the gym has improved her life outside of the gym as well. Tammy is proud of her slow and steady progress because for her, this wasn’t a quick fix.

Learning about nutrition, helpful staff, friendly members, and a support system has helped Tammy add fitness as a staple in her daily life : )

Tammy S and daughterNow, Tammy says she has more self-confidence and actually ENJOYS getting up and going to the gym. “When I miss a class I feel guilty” she says. She no longer shuns her reflection in the mirror and has enjoyed the fruits of her labor by replacing her now too-big clothes. “People are noticing and complimenting me on the hard work and determination,” Tammy adds, which also keeps her motivated to keep working hard. Her enthusiasm to create a healthier life for herself and her family is now something she can also share with her children. Tammy and her daughter both participated in the family fitness superhero challenge!

Her advice to anyone who feels they have tried “everything” or is swayed from working out in a gym because of “gym-timidation,” she says this: “Stay away from the scale and don’t rely on it – it can hurt your confidence. We all don’t lose the same way but keep at it – it will happen. Do it for you, invest in yourself, and DON’T GIVE UP.”

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We are so proud of Tammy for putting herself first! When you are ready to invest in yourself too; experience the difference in our educational and motivating environment to achieve your personal best! ® Request a complimentary evaluation at www.summersfitness.com . We only accept motivated and coachable applicants. Our program is not a fit for everyone : )

 


Wrinkles

Wrinkles

The Other Night I Was Putting My 2.5 Year Old, Layna To Bed And It Was The Sweetest Moment 🙂

She hugged me, super tight and I didn’t want to let go.

She kissed me on the lips and I told her, I love you.

She repeated back, “I love you too“, in a whispery voice.

Then she started rubbing the sides of my face every so gently and went on to say:
Your face is so, so wrinkly.

It’s dark so you couldn’t see the shock on my face and she continued rubbing my face and said:
You’ve got a wrinkly face mom.

Oh that sweet moment suddenly turned into Layna being a little stinker. She is cute, but she is a handful!

I was also trying not to laugh, after all she seemed calm and it’s bedtime. I didn’t want her to get all ornery and start jumping on the bed.

She really is a sweetheart and I love every minute with her…the good and the challenging times too- even is she’s reminding me I am getting some wrinkles 😉

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While I know that I am getting older, after all I turned 40 this year and I get constant calls and mail from AARP and Medical Alerts, aging is inevitable too.

But age is just a number.

How you look and feel might not reflect your chronological years.

I would like to think I am aging gracefully. How about you?

Do you ever see former classmates that look like they’ve aged an extra 10 years?

When It Comes To Ageing Gracefully, That’s Where Exercise And Nutrition Come In.

What you eat and how you take care of your body is reflected in your hair, skin, nails, posture, activities, and more.

How you have taken care of yourself, is how you live.

The flip side can be for former athletes who beat their body up for years and are now paying the price with a bad back and weight gain due to depression and lack of activity.

For many it’s one extreme or the other – either they over exercise and beat their body up and it’s going to get angry back …….. or they sit around eating and drinking too much setting the stage for heart attacks and Type II Diabetes..

It’s that American all or nothing mentality;)

I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. If you recall I am a retired Pro athlete and I retired 10 years ago because I knew I would pay for it later, if I kept going at that pace. I do have days now that my joints remind me of my past flips and tricks. Some days I can start to feel my “age” too.

I have also been a fluffy size 12 eating too much fast food and spending time on the couch. Even over the past 5 years I went through bouts of inactivity.

Then I Got Smarter.

Today, I know I have a balanced food and fitness regimen and it’s what I teach my clients too.

You don’t have to spend hours in the gym or follow restrictive diets.

My most successful clients only exercise 10-30 minutes a day and enjoy their favorite foods. There’s no crazy 100 reps of heavy lifts meant for trained pros, hours running on a hamster wheel, or calorie counting and starvation diets. Just realistic lifestyle habits to for your chaotic life and make sure you fit in your jeans;)

After all, it’s our small daily habits that make us. So if I have some wrinkles on my face from smiling too much, I am okay with that and you should be too!
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We are all going to get older, so we hope, but we can age gracefully and enjoy the precious moments in life without spending hours in the gym or sulking on the couch.

The wrinkles will come too, but maybe a little less than our friends because we are nourishing and caring for our body, rather than abusing or neglecting it. I know many people who take better care of their pets, than they do of themselves.

I will embrace my wrinkles, each one at a time, and enjoy all the precious moments in life…..for a long time to come and I hope you do too!

If you’d like to combat aging, improve your mood, and enjoy a healthy life, I’d love to help you too.

Just contact me and let’s come up with a plan that fits your life and your goals:)

Committed to helping you live a healthier & happier lifestyle,
xoxo
-Coach Summer Montabone, CSCS

PS- It doesn’t matter where you are located, my wrinkles and I can coach you virtually too:) If you are already enrolled in one of my programs, then you are good to go, but feel free to email me if you need any extra help!
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How Often Should You Change It Up

How Often Should You Change It Up

%image_alt%Plateaus are discouraging, but they provide valuable information. If you’ve been doing the same exercise routine forever, it’s time to change it up and try something new. The body is amazing. It adapts to the heavy work load we put on it and learns to be more efficient, using fewer calories and less effort to do the tasks we ask of it repeatedly. That’s why doing the same routine, without ramping it up or making changes, won’t get the same results after a while.

If you’re doing the same routine each day, consider making a change every six to eight weeks.

One reason the gyms that just put you on the trail of machines often don’t get the same results is that it’s the same workout day after day. You go from the leg machine to the arm machine, etc. Anyone that hasn’t worked out before will see dramatic changes initially. That’s the body adapting the muscles and hormones to learn the new exercise pattern. This takes about six weeks and then you’ll see amazing changes. However, between six to eight weeks, the body has made an adaptation to that style of training and the changes don’t continue. That’s when it’s time to look to something new.

Vary your routine for overall fitness.

If you’re only doing strength exercises, you aren’t doing your body a favor. The same is true for isolated cardio workouts and flexibility training. You need all types of exercises to have a healthy body. Strength training without flexibility training is the recipe for injury. For overall functional fitness, make sure you exercise all muscle groups and in all potential ways. Varying your routine also allows the muscles to rest between workouts, while other muscle groups get their fair share of exercise.

Take the boredom out of the routine and have fun again.

Yup, when you’re doing the same old thing, it start to look like a day at work. Learning something new forces you to focus on the task, rather than doing it by rote and is also a lot of fun. Whether you’re switching from a regular cardio to kickboxing (so much fun!) or calming down your inner being while improving your range of motion with yoga, you’ll start to enjoy and look forward to the workout.

Working out with a group at a boot camp adds socialization to the mix. You’ll make a lot of new friends and that makes it easier to face the grunt and grind of a good session.

Staying active is the most important part of the process, but so is making sure you give muscle groups a rest. That’s one reason people who just focus on a specific exercise often have injuries.

You’ll see weight drop off rapidly when you’re varying your workout. That’s because the body doesn’t have time to become efficient and burns more calories trying.

You’ll be giving your brain a workout, too, when you switch up your workout. Learning new movements starts to get the neurons firing and builds more connections.


Portions Matter

Portions Matter

Portions Matter

Weight loss is tough and portions matter if you’re serious about trying to lose weight. While eating raw vegetables probably won’t require you to have portion control, since the amount of fiber in them will fill you up before you add enough calories to make a difference. At one time it was thought that too much fruit had a negative effect, but since, most studies show that again, the fiber content will fill you up before you can eat too much to fill you out. Both of these types of whole foods should be eaten frequently throughout the day. However, for all other foods, portion control counts.

Drinking water before a meal will help with portion control.

Sometimes, the urge to eat doesn’t come from hunger, but dehydration. If you drink plenty of water throughout the day, you’ll probably find you’re less hungry. Also drinking a large glass of water before you eat can make you feel fuller so you want to eat less. Remember to use plain water, or water with a tad of lemon in it, rather than other types of drinks. Soft drinks are filled with extra calories and even diet soda has a negative effect causing weight gain. Stick with a large glass of water before meals and portion control will be easy.

Consider using smaller plates.

It almost seems to simple, but it’s true. Using smaller plates will visually trick you into thinking you ate more than you did. One study showed that people who used larger bowls compared to those given smaller bowls, served themselves 33 percent more food (In the case of the study, it was ice cream). The study also used two different sizes of scoops. Those who had larger scoops served themselves 14% more ice cream. The color of the dishware mattered too. The higher the contrast of the plate to the food, the less was eaten. If you’re eating pasta, don’t use a white plate, but opt for a brightly colored one. For salads and lower calorie foods, blend in with a green plate.

It doesn’t matter whether it says diet, you can’t eat the whole box!

Not only are there plenty of other reasons not to eat special “low calorie diet” foods, one of them is portion control. Just because the box of cookies says it’s lower in calories, it doesn’t mean you can eat the entire box…or maybe two….in one setting. While some natural sugar substitutes, such as Xylitol have some benefits, However, even artificial sweeteners can create that craving for more sugar and make dieting more difficult.

You can eat the same portion of a food if you add more bulk with vegetables. Consider a plate of pasta, now add broccoli, cauliflower or other veggies to it in a 50/50 ratio. When you eat the same portion, you’ll be adding fewer calories while still satisfying your hunger.

Let your clothing be your guide. If you’re wearing sweats to every meal, the chances of overeating are greater than if you’re eating food in form fitting pants. When you feel that snugness from the pants, you’ll have automatic portion control.

Eat slower. The slower you eat, the more time you give your body a chance to signal your brain that you’ve had enough.

Eat more foods that make you work. It’s harder to eat too many pecans when they’re in the shell, requiring you to crack them first.


Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

No matter what your workout entails, it needs one important ingredient and that’s positive thinking. What you believe, you CAN achieve. Now that belief may be that you can look fantastic and achieve new heights in fitness or that you’ll never shed a single pound. No matter what it is, you’ll achieve it. That’s why working with a trainer is so important if you’re having a problem with self-belief.

We can help motivate you and make you believe in yourself.

Family is wonderful and so are friends, but often they’re not as supportive as you think and may even sabotage your attempts to lose weight and get fitter. That’s not meant to be mean on their parts, but a subconscious desire to avoid any change that might affect the relationship. That’s why having a trainer help you achieve your goals is important. We aren’t successful at our jobs until we help you successfully achieve your goals. We believe in the process enough that the belief is contagious.

We’ll create a program designed especially for your needs.

You won’t be doing a cookie cutter approach to fitness. In fact, our trainers take the time to assess your overall fitness, even identifying weaker muscle groups, listening to your goals and any special needs you may have. Only then is a personalized program designed that has a workout that will be tough, but still within your capabilities. You’ll also learn how to eat healthier.

You’ll be more enthusiastic with each passing week.

Every time you workout, you’re helping your body reach a new level. While that improvement may be small, your body is in better shape than it was the previous day. As you start to see the dramatic changes in your overall fitness, endurance, strength and weight loss, your belief in the program grows too. That can help you achieve even more success.

Sometimes it’s tough to believe when you’re not sure you’re doing a workout correctly or whether it’s the right workout. When you come here, you know the program was created by professionals and they show you the proper form.

You’ll learn how to eat healthier from our fitness coaches. Our trainers don’t give you a diet, but show you ways to eat healthier that also save calories. You’ll be making smarter choices when it comes to food.

You’ll feel fantastic after a workout. You’ll be burning off the hormones from stress that can cause you to have negative feelings and replacing them with ones that make you feel good.

You’ll sleep better at night. A good night’s sleep can give you more energy and the confidence to continue. It helps improve your ability to achieve positive thinking.


Achieve Your Personal Best

Achieve Your Personal Best

%image_alt%When you want to achieve your personal best, finding the best possible help can be what you need. I pride myself on working closely with people to help them achieve their goals. It doesn’t matter whether the goal is to become fitter, shed weight or have more energy, my staff and I can help. We assess your overall fitness level, listen to your goals and learn of any special needs before designing a program that will get you to your goal faster than you thought possible. You’ll be working hard, but it also will be fun and within your capabilities.

You can work with a trainer one-to-one or workout in a group.

You’ll get the same expert advice in both cases. When you work in a group, it’s led by a trained professional who adjusts your workout to your fitness level. You’ll get important nutritional advice, too. While you’ll be sharing the trainer’s time, you’ll also be sharing the cost, making a group workout far less expensive. It’s also a blast and provides a great deal of comradery and group encouragement.

Your personal best changes every day.

It doesn’t matter where your starting point is, every day that starting point will be different. While you won’t go from breathing heavily from a five minute cardio workout to running at top speed for 20 minutes overnight, you will see a great deal of improvement, perhaps being able to do that same five minute cardio with ease after just a few weeks. You’ll also see pounds seem to drop off as you build more muscle tissue and learn healthier eating habits.

We won’t give you a diet.

Diets do not work!!! That’s because they always end, either in success or with a dozen donuts. Then you go back to old eating habits that put on weight in the first place. Instead of a diet, we’ll show you how to make smarter choices when it comes to food. Sometimes the calorie savings is small, such as eating whole grain rice rather than white rice, but each small change adds up to big savings. Sometimes it involves learning to cook differently and passing up fried foods for a meal of whole, steamed, grilled or baked foods. While we might give you sample meals until you learn healthier eating, you won’t be left feeling deprived or hungry.

When you combine healthy eating with regular exercise, you watch fat disappear fast. Exercise not only burns calories, it builds muscle tissue and muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does.

We track your progress, which can help you see just how far you’ve come. Since the changes are small each day, sometimes its hard to remember what it was like before you became fitter. Seeing the difference on paper will remind you.

You’ll feel more energetic and want to be more active. That not only improves your social life, it also burns extra calories.

You’ll start to feel better about yourself and as you conquer each battle, have renewed self-assurance you can achieve any goal.


Take Your Workout On Vacation

Take Your Workout On Vacation

Workout on Vacation

It’s time for Summer fun. Yes, I do mean not only fun in the summer sun, but also some of my own brand of fun that will help you workout on vacation. Taking a vacation doesn’t mean you’re taking a vacation from exercise or healthy eating, although that’s what some people do. Unfortunately, getting back on track takes weeks to make up for the eating indiscretions and lack of exercise time. Don’t throw away all the progress you made.

Use an exercise program specifically made for your travel time.

I love helping people stay fit, so it’s never a problem for me to create a special exercise program they can do in small spaces, such as a motel room. However, if you have all the stops planned ahead and know there’s a workout room, I can also create a program that maximizes its use. Many motels and hotels often have pools and a water workout might be just what you need after a long day of travel.

Use your surroundings as the perfect form of exercise.

If you’re traveling to a national park, Disney World or other place where you’ll be hiking or walking all day, use that as your cardio exercise for the day. Even in the city, walking city block after block at a good stride will bring you excellent cardio benefits, saving you cab fare in the process. Take stairs instead of elevators and build your endurance. If this is an adults only vacation, make sure you take an evening to dance the night away. Fast dancing is a great workout.

Eat healthy, no matter where you go.

Take a few minutes of extra planning to make sure you have healthy snacks on the journey. Just as you would at home, plan to be hungry between meals and take along healthy snacks. Whether getting your dinner from a fast food drive-through or five star restaurant, choose it wisely. The burger and fries might be tempting, but opt for the salad instead. Ask for dressing on the side in the restaurant and choose the wild rice over the white rice. See if there’s a local produce market near by and look for some tasty treats to stock the refrigerator in your room. The key is to be prepared, otherwise you’ll be tempted to eat the snacks in the hotel that are both high calorie and high priced.

Don’t feel like you have to give up sampling great cuisine. If your vacation includes going to a favorite restaurant that’s only available at that locale or one that’s been on your bucket list forever, don’t give up the opportunity to enjoy it. Eat slowly and savor each bite. You’re eating healthier, not dieting.

Fill up on salads and fresh fruits and vegetables rather than rolls.

Take along plenty of water and stay hydrated. Whether you’re working out or walking the city streets, keeping water ready to refresh you is far better than stopping for a soft drink.

Limit your alcohol consumption. Make sure you stick to water, particularly if it’s hot. Alcohol can cause dehydration, not to mention the empty calories it also has.