Check out this guest post from Cristina Panagopoulus. If you’re in the Chicago area and want an in-person trainer, be sure to look up Cristina.
What does it mean to be healthy?
Being healthy is a broad term. There is no "one" way to be healthy BUT there is a way for you to be healthier. I always tell clients that making smaller steps in the right direction can do wonders. For example, if you eat out every day for lunch try bringing your lunch instead. Or perhaps you don't care for vegetables. Start incorporating them week by week. Try something new at the grocery store you don't normally eat. Being healthy, for the most part, is making small steps to living a long life. Make your food instead of buying it pre-made. Eat out once a week. Exercise 4-5 times a week. Eat more vegetables and less processed foods. Taking the steps to change your lifestyle will keep you living a healthy life.
How can people stick to their New Year’s...
My Top 3 Tips to Get into Competition-Ready Shape
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to compete in another bodybuilding competition this summer and my ultimate goal is to get my pro card in one of tougher natural federations called the OCB (Organization of Competition Bodies). The OCB only allows competitions who attain their physique without the use of drugs or diuretics. This it what makes this competing with this federation more difficult and more rewarding
I work full-time, manage a family and still find the time/effort to prep for figure competitions. It’s not always easy, but anything worth achieving usually isn’t easy. It’s doable even with a crazy lifestyle.
Tip #1 - Make your goal a top priority and have a deadline.
When I plan to compete, I need to select a federation, date, and location. Normally I try to pick shows that are close to home so there is minimal disruption for my family. That said, I also try to be realistic about how much weight I...
Have you ever had a work meeting or been on vacation and stuck eating at the proverbial buffet? Maybe you’re at a party, holiday gathering, or other event where eating at a buffet is your only option. Here are five tips to keep your diet on track without making you feel like you’re missing out:
Does this sound familiar...stuck in back-to-back meetings from morning until evening? Wondering when you’ll get a chance to eat or even take a bathroom break? I’ve been there and I feel your pain! Be prepared for those crazy marathon meeting days and pack your snacks ahead of time. Here are my top 5 best snacks to keep on hand -- whether it’s your car, your purse or your desk!
You’ll notice that these snacks are low in fat and high in protein. They will help keep you full and are only around 200-250 calories. For #1, #2 and #4, there are a variety of flavors and options.
Keep these on hand whether you’re stuck in the car driving or on a flight delay. When you don’t have options and you’re ravenous, that’s when bad food decisions happen!
What’s your favorite go-to healthy snack to keep on hand?
What does it take to reach your goals? I think there are several important pieces...
1. You need to have a clear vision.
What does your end result look like? Why is this goal important to you? What needs to happen to make it a reality?
2. You need a strategy.
Make sure your goal is SMART -- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Outline each step you need to take to reach your vision. It may take one month, one quarter or one year. It's hard to reach a destination without a map.
3. You need to be consistent.
Aim for progress (not perfection) each and every day. Keep that vision in your mind. Work towards it a little bit every day.
4. You need accountability.
This one has taken me awhile to realize. Over the last few years (and currently), I've had a figure coach help me prep for competitions. I want to win. Having someone to hold me accountable to this goal has made a world of difference. I've come to realize in order to be successful with any goal I've set out for...
The holiday season doesn't have to mean you pack on the pounds. Keep your weight in check with these tips:
1. Keep doing your workouts!
The holidays are not the time to stop working out. If anything, you should increase them. In addition to burning more calories, they’re a great stress reliever. If you’re traveling, make sure your hotel has a gym.
No gym? Bring your own workout...resistance bands, jump rope. Try to get more movement in no matter what. Again, the holidays are not an excuse for your exercise routine to “go on holiday.”
2. Don’t overeat
The holidays do not give you carte blanche to eat everything in sight. Go into parties and events with a game plan. Don’t show up hungry...keep your mouth and hands occupied...chew gum...Try one thing that you really like -- not everything. Keep alcohol to a minimum -- those are empty calories! Do not eat like every day from November through December is a holiday. Cut back during the day if you...
This is my family’s all-time favorite dinner. From my husband to the kids, they request this dish every week. Best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to make, especially with a crockpot.
Serve over rice. I also like to include some broccoli.
When it comes to losing weight, stress eating or emotional eating can quickly derail even the best laid plans.
How do you know when you're stress eating? Typically something triggers you. This could be anything from getting a rush project at work to finding out a loved one is sick. Your heart starts racing and you start searching for food. You mindlessly start putting food in your mouth without much thought to the taste or the quantity. And once you start eating, you just can’t stop. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun. But if you plan ahead and stay aware of what you’re doing, it can definitely help!
Here are some ways to prevent a stress eating spiral:
Are you ready for the big game? Do you have your Super Bowl diet strategy in check? Whether you’re rooting for the Falcons or the Patriots, one thing’s for sure, you don’t want to wreck your diet as you cheer on your favorite team. With some pre-planning, you can enjoy the game, the food and the festivities without wrecking your diet.
Some of the tips from How to Party Like a Rock Star Without Wrecking Your Diet still apply. But here are some additional ways to keep your diet on track:
It's 3 p.m. You’re tired…you’re bored…or maybe you’re both. It’s nothing a sugar fix couldn’t handle, right? STOP! Step away from the candy bar! When a sugar craving hits, you need a game plan.
Here are four ways to avoid the grips of the sugar monster.