Friday, 28 December 2007

Because it's the New Year!

Well am I tired. I've been celebrating Christmas, family and the
New Year that is about to show up and I am busted. My eating and
exerecise has taken a hit but they are not broken. I still try to
eat 6 times a day, keep the portions down (not easy when Nanny has
made her "special" ribs) and we are travelling all the time. I have
managed to continue to exercise, though not as long or as
vigorous as I would like. But a little is a far cry better than
none. It will also allow me to pick up my activity when I get back
as almost as strongly as I left it. I feel for everyone right now.

Now, for the fun stuff.

What did you look like last year? How different do you look
this year?

Now, how are you going to make the changes you want this year?

Start with dedicating yourself. Without dedication you're going
nowhere fast.

If you find that you have difficulty staying motivated it often is
because your goal didn't have any meaning. WHY do you want to be in
better shape? Remind yourself of this every day.

Avoid wishy washy statements like "because it's the new year". Make
strong statements like "I want it because my kids depend on me
being healthy and energetic!"

Get an index card and write it out clearly. Stick to the bathroom
mirror or the fridge door. Every day is teh next step on your
journey to better health and you nead to be steady and strong in
your dedication to this goal.

Happy New Year everyone and I am pushing for you to have a happy,
healthy and strong one.

In health,


Monday, 17 December 2007

3 Tips on How to Survive the Holidays

This is it. We are about to hit the busiest time of year for parties, dances, reunions, family gatherings and all around general fun.

So what is your strategy for making it through the season?

I have a few tips for everyone that will help keep you on pace to continue to lose weight this time of year.

1. You actually have to exercise a little restraint. Eat well, often but monitor portion sizes. It has been noted that green tea will help energize you and some almonds for a snack, with its extra fibre, will help keep the cravings under control. Fibre helps trigger the satiety reflex that tells you that food is not immediately needed.

2. Avoid the Cardio Crutch. Jumping on the treadmill for a couple hours after the big meal is not helpful. The body does not work that way. It does not reflect the on-calorie-in-one-calorie-out thought that some fitness gurus profess. You've got to believe me on this one. The year I spent consulting at an Eating Disorder Clinic made this abundantly clear. Be active, yes, but don't have it take over your fun and frolicing.

3. Fun and frolic. Let's not forget that taking the time to relax, blow off the stress that accompanies this time of year, is a good thing. We will be crammed into small spaces with a lot of people we haven't seen in a very long time. Sometimes for the better. So take advantage of the fun, relax and de-stress. Make this a priority.

4. And a fourth one you know all to well. Exercise. Take 10 to 15 minutes, each day, to keep your metabolism boosted. Get up 20 minutes early, take 3-4 minutes to wake up, exercise, then get ready for the day. Your body will react to the effort in this short period of time, especially if you have been a regularly active before this. Expecting a Christmas Miracle if this is the first time you've worked out this year is unrealistic.

Happy Holidays to all. Have a great one.

In health,


Thursday, 13 December 2007

Quittin' Time?

Don't you dare.

This is the season of parties and feasting. Don't let it derail you. There is actually a place for excess in a healthy life. It is a physical and mental reward for all your work.

The mind and body does not react well to restriction. It eventually shuts you down. So the odd reward will do well for keeping you on track in the long run.

Isn't that what it is all about? The long run. So don't let this short, yet food laden, season get you down.

Enjoy but stay focused and active. You've worked hard for it!

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Snow and Heart Attacks

It's that time of year. Here comes the snow. Break out the shovels. And a fresh rash of heart attacks clog the emergency rooms.

Now not everyone is ca candidate for a heart attack with the first shoveling, but how about those of you with a bad back? Strained shoulders? Poor flexibility? It might be icy, you know.

Pick any one of a number of latent physical ailments that an unscheduled bout of physical effort, like shoveling, can do to an unprepared body.

If you want to reduce the risk of injury, and a few of the things mentioned above, you need to invest in your health and fitness.

All year long!

A few minutes a day will go a long way to prepare you.

Yoga, martial arts, jogging, you pick it, just do what you like the whole year. Every year. Embrace the activity and enjoy moving.

So take solace that you are probably not the only one who may be needing a little activity and know that a little bit at a time and your body will get stronger.

Have a great day!

Monday, 3 December 2007

Qualified Clients?

Have you ever wondered why you are successful at some things and perhaps not so much at others? Well there are many factors that play in the success of a person's goals.

If the professional you are working with has taken the time to talk to you and ascertain your goals, interests, availability or other factors necessary in achieving your goals you are in business.

People learn if they qualify for my services when they talk to me. I don't hire just any client. They have to be interested, motivated and willing to put in the effort with the available time. I have fired clients because their schedules would not permit success of their goals. I don't want to be paid if I see the chances of success are minimal due to existing circumstances. I don't enjoy that.

This is about a healthy life change. No magic pills. So you can see how one may not qualify if they feel just having a Fitness Professional show up and the weight will fly off (if weight loss is what they are interested in). That would just end up reflecting poorly on everyone involved!

I want my clients to be successful.

So if someone wants to learn if they are qualified, in these ways, they just have to call. A few minutes on the phone, if they are honest with themselves or me, can start the ball rolling. Take this into consideration the next time you are speaking to a "professional"

I hope this has been helpful. Have a great day.

In health,


Thursday, 29 November 2007

Get your sleep, Grehlin

Next on the docket, grehlin.

This is a hormone that increases before you eat. It stimulates hunger.

Guess what one of it's greatest influencing factors would be.


I can not stress enough that you get enough sleep.

Decreased sleep results in an increase in grehlin production and a decrease in leptin, an appetite suppressor, among other things.

This increases appetite.

Can you see where this is going?

So pay attention to how much sleep you get. Get more of it. Make it good sleep. Not broken.

In health,


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Making Lemonade

Today, I wandered into the Passport office. I'm getting mine so that I can travel the eastern seaboard for training and presenting.

Well long story short, once I got my ticket number I sat, and sat and sat. My letter was an F. All the A's, B's and C's are being called. 20 minutes turn into 35. I'm noticing but not really minding because I took a window seat with a spectacular view over the city of Halifax.

I notice the guy a row in front of me has an F-ticket as well. He wanders up to the reception area to ask the obvious. Was there a moratorium on the letter F (and apparently E's from the lady who chimed in behind me)? He was informed that they were about to try and figure that out.

By this point, if they were just now going to "figure it out" I was plenty out of time. I had a dinner date with my daughter. Can't miss that. So I crumpled up my ticket and walked out.

I think it is important to see things for what they are. I had no control over the tickets. I can come back.

What I did have was a spectacular front row seat to the city.

What are you seeing?

In health,


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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

New Years Success

Time is upon us. Time to put it together for a fine New Year.

What do you want to look like next summer?

Put a little push on it and you could look a little slimmer for the New Years Parties.

If that doesn't shake your tree then find something that will get you moving.

An anniversary, your health, your grandkids, kids, that mountain you always wanted to climb, or maybe a significant other.

What is going motivate you to ensure you feel better next year than you do right now?

Solve that and you are 80% done.

Oh, the other 20% will require some sweat equity, but you are worth it!

In health,


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Sunday, 11 November 2007

Weight Loss Starters

I just had a conversation and a couple things came to light.

If you want to lose weight, where do you start?

1. 5 meals a day. At the very least start by spreading out your food intake. Concentrating it at one time of the day is a recipe for disaster.

What I've run into for the most part is that most are too busy during the day and most of the food is ingested late in the day. This is not good.

First things first, get food in many times during the day in healthy portions. Then fine tune what you eat.

2. If I had a choice between resistance (weight) training or cardiovascular training, I would start with resistance.

The body becomes stronger.

The metabolism is boosted.

Weak joints or injuries get a more secure support structure before cardiovascular training starts.

I'm just saying. This is a really good way to get started.

There is so much more to do, I know, but if you can get these two building blocks under the belt, the rest will come much easier.

In health,


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Want a Big Brain

*Warning*- I'm about to geek out!

I've said this a million times. Exercise makes you smarter. Not just kinetically but semantically as well.

As it turns out, working on a specific task will make you better in that way for many years to come. Not bad.

But for global cognitive improvement, exercise is the key.

One example is how it reduces the potential of Alzheimer's down to a third of the general population if you begin exercising in midllife. 50% if 60 years old.

Imagine. Getting energized, losing weight, maintaining your health AND getting smarter. At the very least keeping sharp. That'll keep people from taking advantage of you as you age. A concern for a few people.

It increases the release of growth proteins that are reponsible for neuronal growth.

Blood flow to the hippocampus is doubled when exercising. This also is an area where neuronal growth occurs.

The region important for memory is sustained or growth occurs.

Shrinkage of the frontal lobe is halted! That's the bit responsible for high reasoning and decision making.

So take control of your body, your mind and for all intensive purposes, your future.

Go get fit!

Here is the article: NYTimes.

In health,



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Thursday, 8 November 2007

$3000 a year!

Did you know that the average person eats out 11 times in two weeks. Guess it was too confusing to say 5.5 times a week.

11 TIMES! Are you kidding me. Let's put it at a respectable $10 an outing. That is $55 a week and $2860 a year.

Now, if someone was to take nearly 3 thousand dollars a year and invest it in a gym membership and a personal trainer for 3 months to get some education on healthy activity and lifestyle, do you think we could put a huge dent in scales?

At a respectable weight loss rate of 1lb a week, that is 50lbs a year.

That would put a serious in the our collective girth.
I just have to figure out a way to get people to put their money somewhere other than their mouth? Rhetorically speaking, that is.

In health,



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Friday, 26 October 2007

A Thousand Miles to Go


I was sitting on the couch earlier today. Well before I wrote this. Trying to figure it all out. What do I need to do to get moving forward with my business? What do I want to get out of today?

Then I quickly went over what I have read in the past about getting things done. Then the saying, loosely, about the journey of a thousand miles beginning with the first step rang in my ears.

Well didn't that get me off the couch!

You see I am prone to paralysis by analysis. I like to have things just so before it is unleashed on the earth. It also means that not much gets unleashed.

Well nuts to that. The last two weeks have been my most productive. All because I am "doing" more.

So I sat and began to compile a list potential business partners. People who may need my service or who could easily show me a niche my business could fill. I have some ideas as well.

They are going to get an e-mail shortly.

Not earth shaking. But it is certainly getting my earth spinning again.

It's more fun like that.

In health,



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Sunday, 21 October 2007

New Year Success

Some things go unsaid. This shouldn't be one of them.

It's time to get started.

What did you look like last year at this time?

Did you want to lose some weight? Get stronger?

Well if you haven't then now is the time to get started. There are 10 weeks left to this year. Get a huge start on New Years Health Resolutions by starting right now.

Would you want to start next year off at 10 lbs (if you have them) lighter than what you are right now?

Then take action. Get a professional to help build you a plan that will be successful.

Start by signing up for my weekly newsletter to help keep you motivated and informed.

Be seeing you.

In health,



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Monday, 15 October 2007

Tough as Nails

Mental toughness is not only for athletes and military types. The market is not even cornered by CEO types either.

When it comes to food and all the wonderous reasons we eat it is important to remember one very important thing.

Food is life.

You can't stop eating food. It's not like alcohol in that way. You can self medicate (negatively speaking in this instance) with food. You can control with food. But none of this is healthy.

So think about food. What is important about it to you? Do you need to eat more earlier in the day to avoid a binge later in the day? Do you need to eat more to gain your strength and energy back?

Be mindful of your eating and take a moment now and again to think about what you are eating and appreciate it.

Please, be mentally tough, breath and think about what you are doing with your food. Too much, not enough, imbalanced, hi energy-low quality. Realize your potential and take a stand with your food.

Eat healthfully and supportively.

If you need help contact a professional for guidance.

In health,



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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Promises, Promises

Well that does it! My camcorder is officially dead. That'll learn me. I promised a series of short videos to educate and motivate. So I may have to change formats.

this time I am going to have these little nuggets of fitness goodness all lined up before I go and make any promises this time.

So todays little lesson (to me at the very least) is preparation. Get ahead of yourself with an eye to the future.

I love this stuff, helping and motivating and I was really jazzed to put this project together. But did I ever get derailed at the station. So let that be a lesson to all of you. Oh, all right, you knew that already. I'm off to look at camcorders.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Body Mass Index

This tickles me.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet Index is a statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height. It was invented between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet during the course of developing "social physics". (source - Wiki)

This fella wasn't worried about weight lifters and tri-athletes. Or even weekend athletes for that matter. So here goes.

OK. So how am I supposed to be 170lbs? Let me tell you, that was junior high. A long time ago, ok! I am not obese, I am not even overweight. But the BMI says I am.

It bothers me that there are a lot of people who are convinced that they need to lose weight according to the BMI scale. No one has bothered to explain to them what Body Composition is. Briefly, and non-exhaustively, it is the proportion of lean tissue and fat tissue your body possesses.

I have had many clients who were restricting to get down to a "healthy" weight only to find out that they had a significant amount of muscle when I assessed their Body Composition Analysis (bio-electric assessment!). Which is to their benefit.

You know muscle is denser than adipose tissue (fat) so to try and lose the weight they think they need to would mean they would have to trim down their lean tissue.

Um, lean tissue burns calories, so they would have to eat less, which means less to maintain the lean tissue. Followed by further restricting to achieve more weight loss.

The more one restricts, the more stress is put on the body to perform, the more the body wants to store fat.

See where I am going with this. It is not a good equation.

Yes, the BMI correlates to a lot of things and is a great, quick, way to encourage people to get healthier. But a critical eye must be applied to each case. Not everyone is built the same. Let's crank out a metaphor here. We are all made of bricks and mortar, however, we are not all given the same plans to our building.

Who's looking out for you?

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Losing weight? How easy is it?

It is as easy as setting a goal. But it had better be an achievable one.

Shoot for 1 pound a week. Go ahead, try it. That's 52 lbs this year alone.

Sure dieting will work for a while but there are two words why dieting alone is a multi-billion dollar business. Repeat business.

The body is a wonderful thing. It will take what you give it (or take from it) and adapt and continue to run. Wonderful thing. But we lose sight of what we are doing to ourselves because of the adaptations.

You've heard the conversation. "I didn't lose any weight this week. I don't know what is wrong!" Still people don't get that they have hit their plateau and need to change their approach.

Naturally I lean towards eating a more appropriate amount of food that sustains their activities and a healthy amount of exercise.

Years of experience and an ever growing amount of research is clearly demonstrating that dieting alone is not as healthy as it once was considered.

It can't be said enough. Be active, eat a healthy amount of food, don't restrict for restrictions sake. This is where an experienced fitness professional who is looking out for your best interests is extremely helpful.

Find one who understands the difference between a BMI (ok) and Body Composition (best) and how it influences your BMR (basal metabolic rate). BMR is the baseline energy requirements of your body before you even think about getting active. Literally. Then have an appropriate nutrition plan designed that supports your goals, be they mass loss or gain.

Now get to it. I believe you can achieve your goals.

In health,



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Saturday, 22 September 2007

Michael Moore it Ain't

Well the camera is a little dicey and, yes, I know it's a little dark. but this is the first kick at the can. I think I'll be in the great outdoors for as many of the following videos as I can.

I am planning a series on weight loss and "fitness moves explained" for safety.

This is for you. Your suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Ship me an e-mail when you get a chance.

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In health,



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Sneaker Camps

Well I would love to be witty about this but I am a little serious when it comes to peoples health and delivering results.

It is about your health and what you want to look like in three months to a year. Do you want to look different in the mirror? Would you want to start right now and achieve your goals?

With SneakerCamps there is no yelling, no fatigues (yay!), goal achievement, and a lot less Boot!

My goal is to educate and achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Are you tired of fly-by-night operations or "plans" that promise unbelieveable results but fall short on delivery? Then this is what you are looking for. All the information and practical experience wrapped up in a trainer that is looking out for you!

Contact me for information on the camps that are starting October 1st and find out if there are spots for you and anyone else whom you'd like to take with you.

This is your chance to get the benefits of having your own personal trainer at a fraction of the cost!

Contact me now! Spots are limited to the first 10 people!

In health,



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Sunday, 16 September 2007

That's What You Get

Well I should have known that if I promised something there might be a hitch. And voila. The video recorder dies.

So I had better get cracking. In the meantime enjoy the popcorn and catch a game or two. My humblest apologies.

Have a great night and check back soon.

In health,



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Thursday, 13 September 2007

Fearing Fitness?

A client of mine this morning, who happens to be a trainer herself, was noting how a particular group of hers displayed trepidation in going to a gym. This is not unusual.

One would think that some of the stereotypes of the gym-rat might have worn thin by now but alas, no such luck. To be sure, there is plenty of opportunity to get injured if you go headlong into the machines and pile weight on. But most (notice I said most) people use common sense.

My advice is to grab a knowledgeable friend, one who has done their homework, not the aforementioned gym-rat, or get a trainer to educate you on the basics.

It's like martial arts. If you go into a dojo, any style, you will notice that the advanced are in with the beginners to start the class. It's not just a warmup. The importance of imprinting the basics, good basics, plays itself out when advancing in technique. And they share their knowledge with the beginners who either ask or watch the more advanced and their progress.

It is equally important to have the basics before you begin your routine. I might add that this applies to the gym or home workouts.

Grab someone who knows. You'll be thankful you did. Hopefully, for a very long time.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Definately Not Britney Spears

Video is coming to town. Nothing risque or earth shattering. Perhaps myth shattering is what I am shooting for.

I have a little project that will help everyone see for themselves what this fitness stuff is all about. No, it is not going to look like any "20 Minute" craze. At least I hope not.

I'll bring video tips on fitness moves and show clips of some of the bootcamps that are available to you.

You should check back every now and again to see what is happening. I like to stay on top of the latest in the fitness world that works. Why don't you come along too.

Who's looking out for you?

In health,



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Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Psychology of Weight Loss

This is a topic that I speak at great length on with each client I have. It's not just about how you think about food but your everyday interactions. There are three major areas that affect your body's composition. Body, Mind and Motivation.

The Mind is heavily influenced by stress, that I have broken into three main components. Here they are:
1. Emotional
2. Psychological
3. Physiological

Oh, here is a can of worms just waiting to be opened. Today's business person, teacher, parent, construction worker (you name it) has stress coming at them from every direction. With a good skill set stress can be handled and kept in its place. But stress is an insidious influence on our health because it is not always readily noticed or detected. And the mixed blessing about our adaptability is that we slowly assume more and more stress and we think it is "normal" and that we are handling it.

From the ears up we may think we are handling it well but at some point too much is too much and our body's ability adapt and make sure that we can function collapses. Then we wonder why someone blows up on the highway or at a meeting.

Long story short, find ways to manage stress. Good rest, an activity program and a rational approach to your workload will go a long way to helping body composition remain healthy. Truely oversimplified but getting yourself professional assistance in one or all of teh previously mentioned three areas is the best way to learn the skills necessary to handle stress.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Paws N Boots Bootcamp is Running

Literally and literally. We've completed assessments and we are moving well into the fitness fun three nights a week for the last two weeks. Tonight will be a short cardio session followed by an educational resistance component.

The campers are having fun and keeping the jokes flowing. I'm having fun keeping up with their wit as they keep up with their fitness plans. They are soaking up the information and the camp includes a weekly handout on fitness, nutrition and healthy living.

The dogs have been running with their owners and splashing in the lake. Of course only if the owner lets them!

Wednesday night next week, Aug 29, is a free night for people to come out and see for themselves the fun you can have with your dogs and get your weekly fitness in. Don't miss your chance.

The next groups begin September 10th at a park near you. Contact me for more information.

In health,


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Friday, 17 August 2007

Michael Moore Challenge

Oh, I have to have a piece of this challenge.

Michael Moore's movie "Sicko" is a scathing review of the American Medical System. Undoubtedly pointing out system flaws and problems. He was gracious enough to give props to the Canadian system and it's goodness.

Though if you look closely at Canadians and Americans weight issues they come alarmingly close in the weight gaining race.

Back to my point. I am issuing a small challenge to Michael Moore to work with me on slimming down. He doesn't appear to have a fitness regimen, per se, but I have only seen pictures from big events. I hope he does. From a distance he appears to be the physical type that is adding to the pressure on our health systems, above and below the border. No pun intended.

So I am going to try to get in contact with Michael Moore to work with him and improve any weight related concerns he may have. If anyone has a fast track to Michael let me know and we'll have a chat.

Send the positive energy out their and let's see what happens.

In health,



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Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Workplace Stress

Oh, it's not that bad right? You can handle it? I mean it's not like you've never handled anything like this before? Or have you?

The body does not turn off it's stress reflex just because you don't "think" it's a big deal. That's the rub. You have to think about it, not react. Yes, some problem solving calls for quick thinking and fast reactions. But if it is every day then it is going to cause a lot more physiological stress than you think.

The good part about our stress reaction is that it snaps on in an instant and prepares us for some monumental task that is right in front of us. Fight or flight.

The bad part is that it snaps on in an instant. Without thinking. That's where your brain comes in. I won't get into the effects of adrenaline and cortisol here, however you should know that you need to relax on a regular basis to make them work effectively and not cause more stress in the long run.

Whew, looks easy on paper, but when it is right in front of you it takes practice to remain calm and level headed. That is where the real "thinking" needs to take place.

When you recognize you are stressing step back from the moment or situation. Start by taking a deep breath and holding it for five seconds and then exhale for 10 seconds. Your lungs are the only organ that is controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. That just means you can think about what you want them to do and they will listen, unlike your heart (with apologies to the yogies out there). A nice deep, relaxed breath goes a long way.

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Monday, 13 August 2007

Consistancy, again and again

What makes someone like Seinfeld so successful? Well he shared this tidbit with another up and coming comedian.

He X's out the days on the calendar when he has done his writing for the day. He doesn't try to write 100 jokes and then take a week off. He tries to write a little each day. It creates a ladder on his calendar that he doesn't want to break once he is on a roll.

What do you think? Is he successful enough to take some advice from? I thought so.

So to achieve your goals (weight, write a book, get promoted...) take it from me (or him) that a little each day will be far more rewarding, and less frustrating, than trying a quick fix or do it all in one day.

What are you waiting for? Start now!

In health,



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Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Obesity and Brith Defects

Oh my.

A bit of disconcerting news recently linking birth defects to obesity as well as the influence diabetes has on the unborn baby. The study is noted at the bottom. Here is the article from WebMD that caught my eye.

WebMD Article

It only takes a few focused activity minutes a day and good nutritional choices to help lose weight.

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Here is the article.

Waller, K. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, August 2007; vol 161: pp 745-750. Kim Waller, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas at Houston. Michael Katz, MD, acting medical director and senior vice president for research and global programs, March of Dimes.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

It's Go Time

Coming soon, Sept 10th, I will be launching 3 Boot Camps. Count em, 3! Oh, this is going to be fun.

Morning, afternoon and evening camps.

Enrollment is limited because space is limited. More information will be available here in the days to come.

Warning: This stuff has been known to be fun and shave inches off at the same time!

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Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Excitement All Round

Hello everyone.

I am so excited now because I am waiting for a package to come in the mail regarding how to develop a membership site from scratch.

I'm in my glory with research and creating ideas. I love this stuff. I will obviously be keeping you up to date about the launch of the site and the topics of choice.

In health,


Thursday, 26 July 2007

Paws N Boots Bootcamp - Aug 6 - Lose Inches

I have a Paws N Boots Bootcamp starting this August 6th. Dog owners who need time to exercise, get fit and lose inches and would like to do it at the same time as taking their beloved pooch out, this is it.

Email me and I will send you the details.

Also those in the HRM who would like to host their own bootcamp with friends, family, coworkers, etc., contact me and we will make arrangements.

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Just so you know

We are moving. That is the reason why there has not been an update in quite some time. Nor will their be for a while.

Best health, wealth and wished to everyone in the meantime.


Saturday, 3 March 2007

Welcome Back

Hello to everyone.

My apologies for the delay. I was down, not one, but both of my computers. This is just a quick hello before I have everything up to speed.

Stay tuned for more.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007


Visualization has a long and controversial background. Most of the controversy comes from those who feel it is an ethereal process. That to get better one has to do.

If you step back a moment and think about where the "doing" comes from then you begin to see where the benefit comes from. The "doing" comes from the thoughts in the mind and through a series of neurological impulses you execute the thought.

Many studies, mostly sports related, have shown marked increases in performance from visualization. Free throws are the best example, where the practice group was trumped by the visualization group in increased performance.

This is but one tiny aspect of the mind being optimized.

So the question is, how do you see yourself in the future? What little things, done today, will become a huge influence for the future? A 30 minute walk every other day? Not a big thing, but it will impact your quality of life everyday from now on. Reading a book. Exercise.

The possibilities are endless. You just need to see the future the way you want it to play out.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Back to Back

It is important to remember your back not only when you are training but all day long.

If you are about to pick something heavy check these three things.

1. Have you just jumped out of a chair? This is a bad time to lift. Take a couple minutes to walk and and warm up the spine. Make a reason to move before you lift.

2. Avoid twisting. If you are going to have to twist as you lift take a minute to move the item to make it an easier lift.

3. Do you exercise your spine? Planks, hip lifts, sitting on a exercise ball and good posture all day long will make for a stronger back in the long run.

That and get a doctor to look you over before you take on anything new in the exercise department. Drs come in handy now and again. Then get the to a professional trainer for proper technique and progressive training.

Monday, 5 February 2007

Monday, Monday

This is from Sam Horn's book "ConZentrate" that delivers methods to help you overcome procrastination.

Here are three simple yet effective questions, my favourite kind, to help you get things done.

1. Do I have to do this?
2. Do I want to have this finished?
3. Will this be any easier tomorrow?

If you can find a way to wiggle out of what you have to do after asking these three questions then my hat is off to you.

And if you think this is good, then just you wait...

Friday, 2 February 2007

"80% of Success is Showing Up"

That is a Woody Allen quote. There are a million of them out there like that but he nailed as well.

In order to succeed you must show up. Take action. Starting now. Until you do goals will probably never be more than dreams.

What can you do right now, today, to take the first step towards your goals?

• Plan this weeks meals?

• Call a financial advisor and get your investments in order?

• Make an appointment with a friend/personal trainer/gym to start your fitness plan?

Take responsibility and, if it helps, get an accountability partner. Someone you can call you on it when you slack off or don't show up. You know the one. They'll never let you slide if you make the commitment. The best kind of partner.

It all starts NOW!

In health,


Thursday, 1 February 2007

Winter Weight, Don't Wait

Does weather affect your weight? The short answer is yes.

For most people cold weather keeps them in and they gain weight while they wait for the warm weather to show up.

Dr Gordon Giesbrcht of the University of Manitoba (a man who knows his cold) discovered during one of his expeditions over Lake Winnipeg that he and his team burned more calories in the cold conditions than what would have been expected on a warm day.

Go figure. The body trying to keep warm and expending even more energy in the same amount of time that you are out and about than any other time of year.

So thinking you can wait until the warm weather means that you are missing the best time of year to burn off the midriff.

Don't wait. Your health will thank you.

In health,


PS: Pass this on to anyone you think would benefit from this. We'll all be happier for it! ;-)