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Do you have the “Eye of the Tiger”?

Most people you talk to at one time or another have stopped and started a weight loss program. When someone starts a weight loss program, they’re usually very motivated about it. They’ve got the “Eye of the Tiger”. But then, after a few weeks or months, they lose momentum and motivation. They’ve lost their “Eye of the Tiger”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Procrastination Getting in Your Way?

What’s the biggest thing that blocks people from successfully losing weight and improving their health?  They never get started on it in the first place.  You HEAR people all the time TALK about how they want or need to lose weight, exercise or eat better, but all they do is TALK about it and never actually get started.

It’s not that they can’t exercise or improve their eating habits; it’s just that they never actually “DO” it.  And it’s not just with their health and fitness goals.  This concept applies to other goals as well.  So what’s holding you back? Read the rest of this entry »

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 4

Week 4John weighed in this morning at 210.2 lbs (basically 210).  As of today, he’s 10 pounds down for 4 weeks of effort – which ain’t too shabby. It’s also a milestone of sorts, as losing 10 pounds was his primary goal. Under the circumstances, it’s time to move the goalposts: he’s now focused on breaking the “205 barrier.”  This is as low as he’s ever gotten in previous efforts, so it will be pretty significant if he can blow past it in the remaining (6) weeks.

Fingers crossed…

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 3

Week 3According to the scale this morning, John weighed in at 212 lbs (211.8, to be precise).  That’s 8 pounds gone over the last 3 weeks.  He’s doing great, too!  He’s not hungry; battling cravings; grumpy; feeling run-down or tired.  He has plenty of energy and overall, feels pretty good about the whole thing.

He’s also looking leaner. For example, when we walked into the gym on Tuesday (for Workout 7), he ran into a casual acquaintance he hadn’t seen in 2 – 3 months.  One of the first things the guy said was “You’ve lost weight, haven’t you?” Needless to state, John was pleased about that.  When you see yourself every day in the mirror, it’s harder to see progress.  But the changes are more obvious to folks you don’t see very often.

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Do organic snacks have less calories?

While shopping at major chain supermarket, I noticed a box of Organic Oreo Cookies in another shopper’s cart.  This is the first time I saw this product and I couldn’t help but talk to the shopper about this product.  There are many junk/snack foods that are made with organic ingredients (and are not necessarily 100% organic) .  The problem is that when people see the word “organic”, they immediately associate it with being healthier, which then leads people to believe it has less calories, making us believe we can eat more of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 2

As I mentioned last week, we faced an additional challenge to the Challenge: a family trip to Spokane.  This meant we had to shift John’s nutrition plan and workout into travel mode.  I think it went quite well… and the scale apparently agrees with me.  He wasn’t able to weigh himself until we got back home this afternoon – which meant he had a couple of meals under his belt vs. weighing himself first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Yet he still came in at 214.5 lbs. – 1.5 pounds down from last Sunday.

He’s down 6.5 pounds to date… which ain’t too shabby for only two weeks work!

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The Write Stuff

NotebookYears ago, my husband’s weight hit a high of 257 lbs.  Now, John’s a big guy, but this still put him on the cusp of obesity. He knew he had to start eating less and exercising more, but he was under a lot of work stress – it was hard for him to make all the necessary changes in one go. So we took a more gradual approach to get him started in the right direction. He decided to drink more water, eat a minimum of 5 servings of veggies/fruits per day, make time for some moderate daily exercise and eliminate desserts/treats.  Overall, these changes were pretty painless… and they definitely helped. His weight and girth slowly began to drop.  As the months went past, we also increased the intensity of his workouts, which helped him shed some more.

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Out of the Starting Gate

Out of the starting gateIt’s official: this is the first day of John’s 10-week AMC program.

Lemme tell you a bit about him, so you know where he’s starting from…

John is 53 years old. He stands 6′ 3″ and currently weighs 220 lbs. He’s a “corporate warrior” battling a high-stress work environment.  Physically, he’s quite healthy: his lipid profile, fasting blood sugar and hormones are all in pretty good shape. He has no injuries, prior (serious) illnesses or limitations. He sleeps well, and has a (very) healthy libido. 😉

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John’s Alpha Male Challenge – Week 0

Alpha Male ChallengeMy husband John and I teamed up to do the AMC workouts back when the book was first released (Fall 2009). At that point, we were ready for a change up and were curious about the program. The workouts were awesome (as you already know), but the process taught us two things:

  1. John works a lot harder when I’m there to keep him on the straight-and-narrow.
  2. The opposite isn’t true… with the exception of a few odd exercises (bench press, for example), I prefer to work solo.  In addition, I HATED training in the evenings – which I was compelled to do in deference to John’s (corporate) schedule. Sure, I can deal with a late workout here or there, but hitting the gym after 5:00 p.m. for 10 straight weeks was a drag – I never got used to it. I’m at my strongest and most focused in the late morning/early afternoon.

Fast forward to the present… 

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Words of Wisdom From James Villepigue

James Villepigue is one of the top Fitness Professionals in the country.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest on my Fit Talk Show and during my conversation with James, he said something which really stuck with me.

James said, “the best workout program is the one you’re not following”. Think about that.  There are so many great workout programs you can buy, but if you’re not following the program, what good is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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