Friday, 26 October 2007

A Thousand Miles to Go

Well...

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,

Todd

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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,

Todd

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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,

Todd

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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.


In health,

Todd

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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?


In health,

Todd

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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,

Todd

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