Cheers to 2018 and Low-Cal Cocktails

2018 cheersWhy not start 2018 off by making a positive change and choosing a low-cal cocktail to toast the new year?  Most of the temptations of this seasons sweets and treats, but cocktails, holiday punches, and drinks can be just as packed with calories.  I offered Holiday Eating Tips and Tricks earlier this month, but this blog is focused on making better choices when it comes to your cocktail of choice.

With so many people focused on weight loss, cutting calories, and getting in-shape as their New Year’s Resolution, I suggest you start early on making good choices.  There are many ways to cut calories, but if you choose to partake in the midnight toast, consider researching your low calorie options, on Self Magazine’s website.

Remember 2018 STARTS NOW!!! BAM!!!low cal drinks

2017 with Chef B-Rizzle – Set #3

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December of 2016

2017 was a year of changes and REALLY pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  I am a creature of habit and planning.  I like to be on time. I like to follow a plan.  I don’t like change, but like I said, this year, life required me to push myself to develop and accept new norms.

After a few months of slacking off of my independent workouts due to personal and professional obligations, eating out while on the road with work, and allowing myself a few cocktails while on the social scene, I realized I had taken 30 huge steps back.  I gained 30 pounds.  In just a few short months, I had undone at least 6 months of hard work and dedication.

This summer, I went in for one of my normal sessions with Rob and we had what some people might call a “come to Jesus” conversation.  I needed someone who is calm and could talk me out of my negative dialogue from letting myself go backward.  Rob spent all of our time that day being a true coach.  We talked about getting back to basics, because that seems to be the easiest way to make it work.  Follow and be consistent with the basics building blocks of a solid regimen.  We agreed that I needed to get back to consistent eating, portion control, my regular, and workout schedule.  IMG_1441Rob also suggested that I look into supplements and consult with my doctor to get current blood work done, especially since I have been struggling with my vertigo again.

Now, at the end of 2017 I have made a lot of forward progress.  I have a lot to show after 22 months on this journey, 160 workouts with Rob, an additional 400 workouts on my own, 2 fit bits, 2 magic bullet blenders, 3 different types of protein shakes, countless hours of food prepping, and about 12 appointments with doctors. I am down to 280 pounds from 335 and have lost 8 inches in my pant size.  It is a daily struggle to balance my work travel schedule, social life, working out, and food prepping, but it is far easier to STAY on TRACK than to get back on track! Thanks for your support Rob! BAM!!!

Holiday Eating Tips and Tricks

Santa weightI have both good and bad news about holiday eating and weight gain. In actuality, researchers have found that most people do not gain 5 to 6 pounds during the month between Thanksgiving and the New Year.   The actual average is between 1 to 2 pounds, which is manageable if you have a plan to get it off.   This article from the Web M.D. archives offers a brief explanation and some great tips on holiday eating.

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As I shared in my blog earlier this week, awareness of one’s self is key to making conscious choices and achievable goals.  One of the biggest pitfalls is to have your fitness / eating routine interrupted and struggling to get back on your plan.  There are countless tips, tricks, and plans for eating less calories while bouncing from party to party.         Quick tips to stay on track with your holiday eating!

EatRight.org has a quick 4 tips on how to tackle the holiday temptations.

A week before Thanksgiving this year, The American Heart Association posted a list go tips and some recipe makeovers to help you through the season. Ornament

Here is a list of a few suggestions that most of the lists have in common.

  • Enjoy any of your favorite holiday treats in moderation.
  • Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active during the season.

If you can incorporate these integral steps to staying on track, you should have a head start on minimizing the effects of your holiday indulgence.

Transformation Tuesday Recipe Edition!

54ead6c10d391_-_thanksgiving-elegant-food-1114-xlnI have featured some incredible client transformations, but none of the warriors’ transformations would have been possible if they did not focus on making healthier food choices.  Exercise alone will not result in long-lasting, or consistent weight loss results.  As I shared in Mini Treats Can Have a Major Impact!, the holiday splurges really add up and can derail your progress before you know it!

If you take the time to research “Healthier Holiday Food Makeovers,” you will find over 400,000 pages and each page contains multiple recipes. pumpkin pie cake “Cooking Light” magazine offers a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie and a lower-calorie. dairy-free mashed potato recipe for your Thanksgiving table.   If your holidays have more of a down home Southern flair, the FOOD NETWORK has a great selection of “Healthy Comfort Food Makeovers,” including Mac & Cheese!   YES!!! I said HEALTHIER Mac & Cheese!  BAM!!!  One of my favorite articles is Eating Well’s “How to Cut Calories at Thanksgiving Dinner!”  This article offers total makeovers of all of your holiday favorites, Turkey, stuffing, and even SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!!!  The key is staying on track without feeling deprived! Dive into these articles and when you try they #CoachRobJCooks!!!

Mini Treats Can Have a Major Impact!

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With Halloween around the corner there are sweet treats up for grabs every where!  I thought I would take a minute and share some calorie counts and offer a bit of education on how to offset this season’s indulgences.

In our society, holidays and celebrations are synonymous  with food.  Make sure that you educate yourself on the amount of calories you could be mindlessly eating as you walk by the candy bowl at work or dip into your children’s Halloween treasures.  Below, is a chart to give you an idea of what it will take to burn off this MINI-SIZED Fun Treats6b166b124c5f41cc9f556d1e3be1a071--halloween-treats-spooky-halloween

As with any health plan, complete deprivation will set you up for failure.  A term I frequently remind my clients of is, “everything in moderation.”  I do not recommend that anyone completely forego sweet treats, IF they want to indulge.  It is not realistic to expect to sustain a lifestyle change without participating in days of celebration.  Whether it is Halloween candy, the office birthday cake, or the upcoming holiday season, don’t allow an exception to your daily eating plan to derail your fitness journey.

IF you choose to eat the treats, be ready to do the work! BAM!!!

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Team Chelly-Chell #CoachRobJsTT

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There are people who can work out every day at home and make great strides in their health and wellness.  After I had my third child, I was one of those people.  I was 215 pounds and dedicated myself to doing Insanity at home and lost 60 pounds on my own.  Losing 60 pounds on my own was a huge accomplishment.

As we know, sometimes life gets in the way and during a really stressful time in my personal life and dealing with health issues in my family, I gained 30 of the 60 pounds back.  I knew that I needed something different and someone to hold me accountable.  Last December, I started regularly attending Coach Rob’s bootcamp and  although I was getting in my workouts, I did not lose a pound from December of 2016 to February of 2017.  I was frustrated!

image1March first of this year, I started one on one personal training with Rob.  This was my LAST DITCH EFFORT.  If this didn’t work, I was going to throw in the towel and just live my life.  I needed accountability.  I needed someone asking the important questions everyday.  How’s eating going?  How’s today going? How’s the body feeling?  Once I started working out with weights and Rob, I dropped 5-6 pounds a week.

I am one of those people who is motivated by seeing the sun go down.  After being 215 pounds after my third baby, I am now 142 and have incorporated running, multiple bootcamps, working out with Rob, and somedays, I even do INSANITY at home.  On Labor Day weekend, I went to the 5:30 am bootcamp and stayed for 4 back to back sessions, I pushed myself!  BUT!!! Rob pushes me.  Rob motivates me.  He encourages me to grab heavier weights, holds me accountable, and is always asking me how many miles I ran over the weekend.

IMG_8572-2In 2016, I decided to run more than I have ever run, a half marathon, all by myself.  At the end of the Two Cities Marathon, I didn’t have a great time, but I finished and was alive! My average was 14 minutes a mile 2016 and now, I average 11:35 minutes a mile.  I am excited to run this year’s marathon and see how far and how fast I have come to my next big finish!

Transformation Tuesday! #CoachRobJsTT

Tony-Robbins changeThere are many ways a person can transform themselves.  Where do you want to focus your efforts? How do you want to transform your life? Spiritually? Emotionally? Physically? Yesterday’s blog, Monday Motivation – Tony Robbins, is proof that anyone can transform and create the life they desire.

Every day, I work with people who are focused on changing their lives, their health, and their bodies.  In order to make these changes a reality, they have to create a goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and make a concentrated consistent effort.  A perfect example of a transformation and consistent effort is #FresnoFitChef, Barb!  BarbBarb is someone who has changed almost every aspect of her life to achieve her goals.  When she started her journey 3 years ago, she was a completely different person both mentally and physically.

If you Google “Transformation Tuesday,” over 40 MILLION results come up in less than a second!  This is an incredibly inspiring number and a great resource to see so many others taking control of their future.  A common piece of advice to help anyone achieve a new goal, is to surround yourself with like-minded people and those who have succeeded on a similar path.  I would love to see your transformation pictures!  If you want to share your fitness journey, show off your success, and inspire others, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CoachRobJsTT!  I just might use it in a future Transformation Tuesday blog!

If you are ready to take control of your health and work on new goals, check out my philosophy on implementing change in your life.  BAM!!!

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Happy, Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

 

bbq-healthyHealthy eating is an integral part of any weight loss or healthy lifestyle plan, but we also know, you shouldn’t deprive yourself.   With this weekend being filled with barbecues for Labor Day and the Fresno State Bulldogs tailgating season kicking off in full swing, I decided to share something healthy BBQ side options.  Let’s just assume we are all going to indulge in something tasty off the grill but this does not mean your entire meal has to be “an unhealthy indulgence.”

As I discussed on my blog last week, access to healthy eating has never been easier.  Easy Access to Eating Healthy   The central California is especially lucky to have fresh produce on every street corner, farmer’s market, and even in some of our own backyards.

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CLOVIS Farmer’s Market Friday nights and Saturday mornings!

Heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and fresh stone fruit are all in season and can add a new twist to your normal barbecue side dish selection.  Change up those high fat sides of macaroni and cheese, chili, and potatoes salad with some healthy alternatives using fresh produce which is rich in natural flavor and can be locally sourced!

 

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Cooking Light Magazine’s Easy Barbecue Side Dishes!

I googled “healthy barbecue side dishes” and within .66 seconds, I had 5.31 MILLION webpages, all loaded with recipes and photos at my finger tips!  Here are some great resources to help you contribute healthier sides to any BBQ or tailgate.

If you get adventurous this weekend and make a new healthy side dish, post a picture on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and #CoachRobJCooks or you can SNAPCHAT me at coach_robj and I will feature some of the photos next week! Have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday weekend! Go Dogs!

Fitness Magazine has a great healthier “Mac and Cheese” made with cauliflower.

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BAM! Motivation Monday

Monday-MotivationDo you dread Mondays?  Do you sit at work on Mondays struggling to get in to the groove of a new work week?  For some, just getting out of bed on Monday is a struggle.  After a leisure weekend, working out before work, prepping your meals for the day, and making it to work on time, can make any Monday feel overwhelming.  I found this quick read, from the HuffPost, on why you should NEVER miss your Monday workout.

IMG_9105I also checked in with some of Coach Rob J’s Real Warriors to see how they maintain motivation and asked for some of their favorite resources to kickstart their drive, when they are feeling a little sluggish.  Chef B-rizzle, Bryan, isn’t one for social media or inspiring quotes; his motivation is fueled by results!  He said, “results become an addiction.”  From fitting into smaller sized clothing, the number on his scale decreasing, and consistently noticing improvements in his health, Chef B-rizzle is his own motivation.  I can personally attest that Bryan reigns himself back in and seeks guidance and motivation when he needs to refocus.  Check out his story – Chef B-Rizzle Gets Fit

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Steph, aka #TeamKilla, has several resources of encouragement, and much like B-Rizzle, her own results fuel her fire.  Having transformed her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year, she gets a much needed boost from her before and after photos, inspirational quotes, Pinterest, Tumblr, and she follows a few male and female weightlifters and athletes on Instagram.  Check out some of the accounts #teamkilla shares: Gymaholic, HealthyFitMantras on IG, and Bossbabe.inc.  But between you and me, I think she gets her biggest boost of motivation when she shows up in new workout digs!  Check out how her transformation started, Team Killa.

Deb, aka #teamSunshine, gleans inspiration from all over, but says, “My BIGGEST motivations are Coach Rob’s page at 4:30am, #TeamKIlla and #FresnoFitChef’s instagram feeds, they are 2 crazy inspiring, positive women, and watching the successes of so many others on the web.”  Some of the accounts that she follows on Instagram are The Good Quote, GlennonDoyleMelton (author of “Love Warrior”), Better Things in Life, Kate.Cash.Fitness, and LvnFit.  IMG_5599In my opinion, Deb isn’t motivated by a number on the scale.  When she came to me, she said that she didn’t care what she weighed as long as I  could help her get to a healthier version of her old self.  Baby steps Sunshine, back to baby steps.  Check out when #teamSunshine started her baby steps.

As I have discussed before, motivation and maintaining motivation are key components to any successful lifestyle change.  Starting next Monday September 4th, my Monday posts will be dedicated to sharing the people, quotes, and sites that I turn to for my own MOTIVATION!   Just in case you missed it, check out one of my blogs on Motivation, “The M in B.A.M. Logic!!!”

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Easy Access to Eating Healthy

Changing your eating habits is a process, it is not something that happens overnight. In the age of the Internet and apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and the Food Network, there is no reason why you can’t find healthy recipes that fit your tastes and dietary needs.

Food Journal VeggieAs a trainer, I recommend that you begin a new eating regimen by first understanding what types of foods you are currently consuming by creating a food journal, even if it just for a week or two.  This article from Redbook Magazine offers a list of the best food journaling apps on the market 18 Best Food Tracker Apps of 2017

  • What are you eating?
  • Why are you eating?
  • When are you eating?
  • How much water are you drinking?
  • How many of your calories are from drinks other than water? Coffee? Soda?
  • How many calories are you consuming?

water-1When you have a handle on what you are consuming, educate yourself on what you should be consuming.  You can consult with a nutritionist, a healthcare professional, or a personal trainer like myself that is educated in the types of nutrition necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.

  • What should you be eating? Carbs? Proteins?
  • When should you be consuming your calories?
  • How much water should you be drinking?
  • How many calories are you burning?
  • How many calories should you be consuming?

When you have a better idea of what you should be doing, start by making a few changes every week and ease yourself into a new lifestyle.  BuzzFeed has a GREAT list of tricks to help you baby step your way into new eating habits.   Remember, changing your eating habits is not about self-deprivation, it is about living healthier.