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:
Stress
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.


In health,

Todd

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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.

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In health,

Todd


PS: If you want to lose inches Bootcamps are a fun and certain way to achieve those goals, so act now to get yourself in line. There are only 10 spots in a group. Make sure you get your chance this September and get a huge jump on your New Year's Resolutions!

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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,

Todd

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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.


In health,

Todd

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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,

Todd

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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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Todd

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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!


Looking out for you,

Todd

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